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15 April 2017

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun


Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings offers us the following challenge:

Your mission this week, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1) Are there persons in your genealogy database that has the same exact birth date that you do?  If so, tell us about him or her - what do you know, and how is s/he related to you?

2)  Are there persons in your database that are your ancestors that share your birth day (but not the year)?   How many, and who are they?

3)  Are there other persons in your database that share your birth day (but not the year)?  How many, and who are they?

For bonus points, how did you determine this?  What feature or process did you use in your software to work this problem out?  I think the Calendar feature probably does it, but perhaps you have a trick to make this work outside of the Calendar function.

5)  Share your answers on your own blog, or on a comment to this post, or on Facebook or google+.  Be sure to leave a link in Comments to your post.

This one is very easy for me: ZERO!  Absolutely no one in my database has my birth date or even just birth day. Nobody.  Not one single person.

However, five people chose to make their exit from this life on my birth day.  No one in my database died on my exact birth date.

I just got the free updated/upgraded version of Family Tree Maker 2014.1.  It took a few minutes to find the place to generate a calendar.  Here is the path that I took to get the answers to this week's questions:
Publish>Other>Calendar Report>Create Report>All Individuals>Generate Report
I couldn't figure out how to make this program list the people instead of a calendar view, so I just went with the calendar view.

This calendar view shows the names with numbers out beside them.  I was unsure exactly what those numbers meant, so I did some digging around in my trees on Ancestry.com.  Apparently those numbers represent how many years ago it has been since the event in question took place. 

The most recent death on my birth day was 54 years ago, which was before I was born.  The most distant death on my birth day was 335 years ago on a part of my tree that is so messed up that I don't know if I'll ever be able to get it fixed!  Oh well, it will be an adventure. :)

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