Saturday, February 23, 2013

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – Ancestor Roulette!

Thanks to Randy Seaver at geneamusings, it's time for some Saturday night genealogy fun!  This week it’s Ancestor Roulette!  Our mission:

1) What year was one of your great-grandfathers born? Divide this number by 100 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, and what are his/her vital information?

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 status or a Google Stream post, or as a comment on this blog post.

5) NOTE: If you do not have a person's name for your "roulette number" then "spin" the wheel again - pick a great-grandmother, a grandfather, a parent, a favorite aunt or cousin, yourself, or even your children!

Here’s mine:

1)  My great grandfather, Abraham Gunzendorfer was born 28 April 1869, which makes my “roulette” number 18.69 or 17.

2)  The person in my “Ahnentafel List” at number 17 is Fredericka (AKA Frances) Wilzinski.  Fredericka is my 2nd great grandmother.  Her vital information is:

Born 20 April 1840 in Germany.
Married Benjamin Benas in 1875.
Died 4 October 1915 in San Francisco, California.

3)  Three facts:

* Fredericka and Benjamin had 4 children – Isaac (1863-1951), Goldie (1864-1926), Max (1867-1928), Morris (1872-1929).  Goldie was my great grandmother, mother of my paternal grandfather, Sigmund Levy.

* Fredericka was the daughter of Tobias Wilzinski (1816-1890) and Amelia Jackson (1816-1902).

* Fredericka was also known as Frances, I’m guessing in an effort to “Americanize” her name.  I had a hard time finding her grave at first as the listing showed as Frederick (and at the time I only knew her as Frances) so I thought she was really a he!  She is buried at Hills of Eternity in Colma, California.

Benas Fredericka Wilzinski Benas

I don’t know much more about Fredericka and I have not photos of her.  At least no photos that I can identify as her.  I hope one day I’ll be able to rectify that.

Thanks for the fun!


  1. I really enjoy Randy's SNGF - Ancestor Name Roulette posts!

  2. This is a good SNGF topic. Lovely tombstone for Fredericka / Frances.