Month: January 2011


This week’s post is about the exact day I was born. This is what Randy Seaver’s “Saturday Night Genealogy Fun” post says:

  1. What day of the week were you born? Tell us how you found out.
  2. What has happened in recorded history on your birth date (day and month)? Tell us how you found out, and list five events.
  3. What famous people have been born on your birth date? Tell us how you found out, and list five of them.
  4. Put your responses in your own blog post, in a comment on this blog post, or in a status or comment on Facebook.

Here is my info:

  1. I was born on Friday, January 18th, 1980. Found this by just searching Google for my birthdate.
  2. Events on my birthday. Found this by using Wikipedia’s entry for January 18th. Those articles are a treasure trove of info.
    • 1535 – Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro founded Lima, the capital of Peru.
    • 1896 – The X-ray machine is exhibited for the first time.
    • 1911 – Eugene B. Ely lands on the deck of the USS Pennsylvania stationed in San Francisco harbor, the first time an aircraft landed on a ship.
    • 1990 – Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry is arrested for drug possession in an FBI sting.
    • 1993 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is officially observed for the first time in all 50 states.
  3. Famous people I share my birthday with. Found at the same place as I found the events.
    • 1882 – A. A. Milne, English author of “Winnie the Pooh” (d. 1956)
    • 1904 – Cary Grant, English actor (d. 1986)
    • 1913 – Danny Kaye, American actor (d. 1987)
    • 1955 – Kevin Costner, American actor
    • 1971 – Jonathan Davis, American singer from the band KoЯn

My wife’s entry is exactly the same, except she was born a year later which puts her birth date on a Sunday.

This week on Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun is Ancestral Name List Roulette. The rules are as follows:

  1. How old is one of your grandfathers now, or how old would he be if he had lived? Divide this number by 4 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”). Who is that person?
  3. Tell us three facts about that person in your ancestral name list with the “roulette number.”
  4. Write about it in a blog post on your own blog, in a Facebook note or comment, or as a comment on this blog post.
  5. If you do not have a person’s name for your “roulette number” then spin the wheel again – pick a grandmother, or yourself, a parent, a favorite aunt or cousin, or even your children!

For my grandfather, I chose my maternal grandfather who is still living. As of today, he is 85 years old. Divided by 4 that is 21.25, so rounded to 21.

Emma Jane Firmenich

Number 21 in my Ancestral Name List is Emma Jane Firmenich, my paternal great-great-grandmother. She was born 23 Jun 1873 in Wrightstown, Brown Co., Wisconsin, married Thomas Corrigan on 18 Apr 1892, and passed away on 28 Apr 1941 in Ashland, Ashland Co., Wisconsin. Here are three things I know about her:

  1. She lost 4 of her younger siblings in September 1885 due to a Diphtheria epidemic that hit Wisconsin.
  2. She was married three times. To my great-great grandfather, Thomas Corrigan, and then to T E Martin and George S Cook. She did not have more children besides the ones born during her first marriage.
  3. She lived in Milwaukee for a short time with 4 of her adult children according to the 1930 census, then moved back north to Ashland by 1932 after her second husband died.

Barbara Elaine (Collins) Moran
16 Apr 1924 – 11 Jan 2011

My wife lost her paternal grandmother early this morning. She wasn’t doing too well for the past few weeks, so she is now free from that pain. I’m sad that my daughter was not able to meet her great-grandmother, but great-grandma was able to see a photo of Aerissa. Plans are still up in the air, but we may be making a cross-state drive sometime in the near future for the funeral, which may be interesting with a 2-month-old baby.