Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Your 16 Great-Grands

Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings posts a ritual Saturday night "fun, challenge, assignment, or such." I participated in one of these before, but it has been a long time. Tonight, I have the opportunity to play along for a second time! So here is post for this week:

"Saturday Night - time for some Genealogy Fun!

Do you have a pedigree chart that shows you as #1 and goes back five generations? If not, you should make one! Fire up your software program and create a report and save it (you'll see why in am minute!).

Here is your SNGF assignment for the evening (if you choose to accept it - this is not stump the genealogist or even Mission Impossible):

1) List your 16 great-grandparents in pedigree chart order. List their birth and death years and places.

2) Figure out the dominant ethnicity or nationality of each of them.

3) Calculate your ancestral ethnicity or nationality by adding them up for the 16 - 6.25% for each (obviously, this is approximate).

4) If you don't know all 16 of your great-grandparents, then do it for the last full generation you have.

5) Write your own blog post, or make a comment on Facebook or in this post."

I wanted to list my "16" however I do have a couple roadblocks there, so I had to drop down to "8." Even at 8, I have a road block! My grandfather Lundberg never knew who his father was. He always claimed he was born a bastard. His father is not listed on any paperwork I have, so this is an ongoing puzzle. If you notice, he was given his mother's last name.

1. Unknown

2. Marta Lundberg - Born December 23, 1883 in Vasternorrland, Sweden. Died in 1925 in Vasternorrland, Sweden.

3. Halvor Westby - Born December 6, 1861 in Trysil, Norway. Died October 7, 1942 in Wadena, Minnesota.

4. Kari Jonson - Born July 25, 1864 in Trysil, Norway. Died August 14, 1949 in Wadena, Minnesota.

5. Johannes Gustavsen - Born about 1844 in Lier, Norway. Died Unknown.

6. Alette Pedersdatter - Born about 1852 in Drammen, Norway. Died October 26, 1878.

7. John C. Miner - Born November 10, 1875 in New York. Died September 23, 1939 in Alameda, California.

8. Gladys Richmond - Born July 1, 1885 in New York. Died January 11, 1944 in Alameda, California.

My "nationalities" are 4 Norwegian, 1 Sweden, 2 which I believe to be English, and 1 unknown. [so 81% English, 19% German.]Edited August 10, 2009. This shouldn't have been here in this post, it was part of a copy and paste that should have been deleted. Thank you!

My calculations would be 8 - 12.5% each which means I would be:

Norwegian - 50 % English - 25% Swedish -12.5 % Unknown - 12.5 %

This was fun, I only wish I had the unknown...I have been working on it and had a DNA test done on my father, but that will be in another post! Thanks Randy!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!


  1. I have the same problem with my paternal grandfather. My grandfather never knew who his father was. I did a YDNA on my dad. Not sure that I will ever find out though.

  2. Hi Mavis, we do have the same problem. Even with the YDNA tests we have done, you are right, we may never know who they were. I wish you luck in uncovering your brick wall!


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