I always end up learning more about a specific ancestor when I "play" Randy Seaver's SGNF: Ancestor Name Roulette. This activity causes me to review the ancestor that was selected, look for a picture and review any interesting facts that I may or may not know about this individual. The last one of these I participated in was the one he posted on August 25th. I didn't actually do it on that day but over time I learned a lot more about Daniel Bushart, my 3rd great grandfather. As a result of this challenge, I also translated two documents from Dutch to English (with the help of Babylon ) to assist in learning some more facts about him. This activity forced me to focus on Daniel and the documents that I was given but never seem to have the time to look at much less begin to translate them.
The other activity I participated in recently was the What's Your Ancestral Name Number? - another one of Randy Seaver's SGNF events. For this event you had to determine what % of your tree you have complete back to your 7th great grandparents. Out of a possible 1022 - I only had 12% of my tree complete. This discouraged me -- I also realized from doing this that I know very little about many of my "greats."
So from this, My Ancestor Blogging Jar concept was born. - I like picking a random ancestor and I need to know more about my many great grandparents so I put 127 names on slips of paper and placed them into my jar. I then brainstormed and came up with a variety of blogging topics that I could match up with my selected ancestor. I put these on separate slips of different colored paper. These also go into my jar. I pick a topic and name --and voila, you have a blogging topic!
Blogging Topics Include:
- Just the facts - Identify three facts about this ancestor
- Pick a vital and write about what you know
- Pick a census record that they are in and review it
- Where did they live? Write about the history of the town or area.
- What is their immigration story or lack of one?
- Link their life to historical events
- Write about their occupation
- Write a family record
- Dinner date with this relative - Food and conversation, what would you plan?
- At age 40? - write an overview of their life at the fabulous age of 40.
- Family Fun - write about what they did or might have done as a family for fun
- Write about their education level.
- Write about what it would be like to switch places with this ancestor for a day.
Here is my jar - the white slips are my ancestors and the purple slips are my topics. The first name picked was Nellie Bushart and my first topic was pick a census record they are in and review it! Let the blogging begin.