Saturday, March 31, 2018

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Which Ancestors Were Born on This Date?

Tonight for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun, Randy Seaver asked a question specifically about ancestor birth dates, which I'm having to adapt a little.

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission:  Impossible! music) is:

(1) Which of your ancestors were born on this day, 31 March 2018?  How can you find out?  Tell us how you did it.

(2) If you don't have an ancestor born on this date, then select another date in March and list those.

(3) Share your findings in your own blog post or in comments on this blog post, on Facebook, or on Google+.

First of all, Randy obviously didn't really mean an ancestor born on March 31, 2018.  A descendant might be possible, but not an ancestor.  In addition, I have no ancestor whose birth date fell on March 31.  I found two ancestors with March birthdays, but two different dates, so I'm listing them both.

As to how I found the information, I have previously exported a GEDCOM file from my primary database in Family Tree Maker and imported it into Reunion because the date search function in FTM is, frankly, awful.  It isn't perfect in Reunion for single digits, but it's a vast improvement over FTM.  I had already done this because since the beginning of the year I've been posting the births, marriages, and deaths from my family tree on a (somewhat) daily basis.  The search is easy:  Command-F (for find), then select "Birth Date" and the date you want.  Twelve people in my database were born on March 31, but as I said, none of them is an ancestor.

These are my March ancestors:

1.  Sophia Bodder (1762–1836), daughter of Peter Bodder and Regina Ditor, was born March 9, probably in Pennsylvania.  She is my 4x-great-grandmother.  She married Abraham Sellers (abt. 1758–1831) in 1780 in Franconia, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.  My family line is through their son Peter Franklin Sellers (1800–1863), who married Rachel Godshalk (1809–1894).

2.  Esther Lillian Gordon (1919–2006), daughter of Joe Gordon and Sarah Libby Brainin, was born March 6 in Manhattan, New York County, New York.  She is my maternal grandmother.  She married Abraham Meckler (1912–1989), son of Morris Meckler and Minnie Zelda Nowicki, in 1939 in Bronx, Bronx County, New York.  I am descended from their daughter, Myra Roslyn Meckler (1940–1995), who married Bertram Lynn Sellers, Jr. (1935– ).

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