- We’re going to do a little bit of Semi-Random Research tonight…what is your first name? [This is the easy part!]
- Go to your family tree database of choice (you know, like RootsMagic, Reunion, Ancestry Member Tree), and determine who the first person in your alphabetical name index is with a surname starting with the first two letters of your first name (e.g., my first name is RAndall, so I’m looking for the first person with a surname starting with RA). [If there are no surnames with those first two letters, take the surname after that letter combination.]
- What do you know about this person based on your research? It’s OK to do more if you need to – in fact, it’s encouraged!
- How are you related to this person, and why is s/he in your family tree?
- Tell us about it in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, or in a Facebook Status post or Google+ Stream post.
Here is Mine
My first name is ANnette.
The first person in my database with a surname starting with AN is Marie Madeline Anton.
Marie Madeline Anton was born in 1721 in Louisiana’s German Coast. She died 12 April 1777, in St. John the Baptiste Parish, Louisiana.
Her parents were Antoine Bernard (born 20 Jan 1695 in Schweigern, Main-Tauber-Kreis, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany) and Catherine Bethelere. Antoine and Catherine came to the Louisiana German Coast with their 10-year-old son in 17241.
Marie Anton was my 6th great-grandmother. According to information on Ancestry.com, Marie Madeliene married Henri Antoine Haupman and had 7 children. I didn’t find much else about Marie and her family online.
- Marie Madeleine Hoffman (1751-1819) – Marie and Henri’s daughter Marie Madeleine Hoffman was my 5th great-grandmother. She married Maurice Elfer, who apparently was born in Pennsylvania.
Pelagie Helfer (1770-1845): My 4th great-grandmother Pelagie married Jean Charles Rodrigue in 1766. I am fortunate to have records on this line because my Great Aunt Bertha Courrege did the research on their son Jean Baptiste Rodrigue onward in order to join the DAR.
- I just did!
- Ancestry.com. U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s (database on-line). Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc, 2010. Original data: Filby, P. William, ed. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Farmington Hills, MI, USA: Gale Research, 2012. ↩