In the interests of practicing some programming skills that I don’t use at work (while I have written a few .Net apps at work, I mainly code in ABAP), I have tried lately to come up with fun projects to work on personally. A while back Mom and I were talking about genealogy and the fact that she mainly has information in PAF on her family and not Dad’s (even though there is lots of info in the Ancestral File on FamilySearch.org). I mentioned that I could probably write a program to extract that data, and she said that data would be good to have. As you already might have guessed, last week I took up the challenge.
- For a given person in the tree (I started the program at this node in the tree), download the GEDCOM file using the link found at the top of the page.
- Store nodes 8 through 15 for further processing.
- Repeat steps 1 & 2 for all of the stored nodes.
- Once all of the nodes have been visited and all GEDCOMs downloaded, merge all of the GEDCOMs into one combined file. This is used to import into PAF.
After a couple days of coding & testing, I was ready to try it out. As mentioned, I started the processing at Caitlin (Mom’s Caitlin, not Shannon’s) to include both Mom and Dad’s genealogical information. I created the program with a textbox that shows the names as they are extracted. While it was running, I was amazed at all of the interesting names and at the volume of names. We were always told that a whole lot of genealogical work has been done on Dad’s Mother’s side. Now I have an idea as to how true that statement is. My program ran for 10 hours before it had completed! It took 6 hours to extract 5,683 GEDCOMs and an additional 4 hours to merge them into one combined file. After I imported the GEDCOM into PAF I discovered that 19,580 names had just been extracted. Holy cow! The volume of names is not nearly as impressive as some of the cool people I found that I was related to.
- Mayflower Passengers
- Isaac Allerton (12GGF) & wife Mary Norris Allerton (12GGM): Isaac is also ancestor to Presidents of the United States Zachary Taylor and Franklin D. Roosevelt
- George Soule is apparently an ancestor though both Mom and Dad.
- John Howland (11GGF) Per Wikipedia (plus I have heard this from other sources): “The arduous voyage very nearly ended his life as he was thrown overboard, due to turbulent seas, but managed to grab a topsail halyard that was trailing in the water and was hauled back aboard.” Be sure to go to the wikipedia link and look at the notable descendents section (Joseph Smith, Roosevelts, Bush’s, among others).
- John Tilley (12GGF) and wife Joan Tilley (12GGM)
- Elizabeth Tilley (11GGM)
- Edward Tilley (12GGU) and wife Ann Tilley (12GGA)
- Witches (as in the Salem Witchraft Trials)
- Rebecca Towne Nurse (10GGM) Executed
- Mary Towne Easty (10GGA) Executed
- Sarah (Towne) Cloyce (10GGA) Accused, but not idicted
- Royalty: Over 473 Kings, Queens, or Emporers were found from Bohemia (modern day Czech Republic), Byzantine Empire, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Holy Roman Empire, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey & Wales. I have mentioned a few below.
- Kings of England
- Alfred the Great King of England (35GGF)
- Edward I “Longshanks” King of England (21GGF) This was the guy that had William Wallace(Braveheart) executed!
- Richard I “Lionheart” King of England (23GGU)
- Merovingian, Carolingian, & Capetian Kings of France
- Merovech King of France (51GGF) The “Reference in popular culture” section in the Wikipedia link is interesting, however speculative.
- Charlemagne Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire (40 GGF)
- Louis II, III, IV, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X King of France
- Hugues Capet King of France (31GGF)
- German Kings
- Heinrich I King of the Germans (36GGF)
- Otto I The Great Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire (35GGF) This guy was a German king of the Holy Roman Empire. In fact, he is buried in the Magdeburg Cathedral. Magdeburg was my last area on my mission. I saw this guy’s grave when I visited the Magdeburg Cathedral! I wish I would have known then that he is my 35th great grandfather.
I was actually going to list the complete descendancy from me to Otto I (just because I can), but I figure I have been long-winded enough. If anyone wants the data I extracted or if you actually want to see the descendancy just let me know.