Saturday Night Genealogy Fun was to find out if any of your ancestors or cousins had the same birth date as you do:
1) What is your birth date (not the year, only month and day)?
Review your records, or use your genealogy management program to
create a list of persons in your database born on your birth date. Are
any of them your ancestors, or siblings of your ancestor? Tell us how you figured it out too.
List one or more of those born on your birth date in your own blog
post, in a comment to this blog post, or on Facebook or Google+.
1. My birthday is April 9 (which is also the date of the official ending of the American Civil War, when Robert E. Lee surrendered).
2. I used my family tree program to look for this information. I have information on additional relatives who are not yet entered in my program, so there may be another birth date match somewhere. I was surprised to learn that I could not search by month in the birth date field. What I ended up doing was creating an index of all the individuals in my database (7,626 people) and sorting it by birth year, then scanning each year for April 9. Kludgy, I know, but it was the quickest way to do it.
I found six people with April 9 as their birthday. None of them is an ancestor or a sibling of an ancestor. The closest relative is a second cousin, the most remote a fourth cousin twice removed. One person is not related to me at all; like Randy, I have information about extended family members in my tree. I determined the relationships by using the relationship calculator function in the family tree program. The earliest birth year is 1907, the most recent 1996.
I already knew that my third cousin Yoni and I have the same birthday. We call each other "birthday cousins", which I mentioned in a post about him winning a sportswriter award in 2013.
Genealogy is like a jigsaw puzzle, but you don't have the box top, so you don't know what the picture is supposed to look like. As you start putting the puzzle together, you realize some pieces are missing, and eventually you figure out that some of the pieces you started with don't actually belong to this puzzle. I'll help you discover the right pieces for your puzzle and assemble them into a picture of your family.
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Randy Seaver's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Relatives Born on My Birth Date
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