Saturday, July 26, 2014

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Ahnentafel Roulette

Today's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge by Randy over at GeneaMusings is to play Ahnentafel Roullete. The 'rules' are as follows...

  1. What year was one of your great-grandfathers born? Divide this number by 80 and round the number off to a whole number. This is your "roulette number."
  2. Use your pedigree charts or your family tree genealogy software program to find the person with that number in your ancestral name list (some people call it an "ahnentafel" - your software will create this - use the "Ahnentafel List" option, or similar). Who is that person, and what are his/her vital information?
  3. Tell us three facts about that person in your ancestral name list with the "roulette number."
So, here goes!
  1. I picked my great grandfather, Emil Wilhelm Peters who was born in 1877. After dividing by 80, I rounded the answer to 23.
  2. Person #23 in my tree is my great, great grandmother, Elizabeth Bennett who was born in 1849 in Greene County, Missouri and died in 1914 in Sumner County, Kansas.
  3. 3 facts about Elizabeth Bennett: 

Newton County marriage record for Miss Elizabeth Bennett & Josiah R Coppenbarger (image from

  • She married Josiah Randolph Coppenbarger on the 20th of February, 1873 in Newton County, Missouri at "the home of her father", Henry Bennett 
  • She had 6 children: 3 sons & 3 daughters 
  • She moved from Newton County, Missouri to Sumner County, Kansas within a year or two of getting married (they moved before the 1875 Kansas state census)
Elizabeth Bennett (seated) with husband & her 6 children
Photo posted on FindAGrave by JRS
As always, I uncovered something new while participating in this SNGF post. This time, I uncovered the marriage record for Elizabeth Bennett on Ancestry! I also see that I can order a copy of it, which I'll probably do as the online copy is poor.

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  1. Oh, I love the picture!! What a treasure! Also, great find on Ancestry!!

  2. Great post, and how lucky to find the marriage record!

  3. What a great find! :) I love the picture- what a beautiful family! Thank you for sharing!


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