The most recent Saturday Night Genealogy Fun from Randy Seaver is about what states in the USA and/or Canada you have been to.
The challenge is…
1) What states in the USA and what provinces in Canada have you visited or lived in?
2) Either list, or make a map of them (at the http://www.defocus.net/visitedstates/us-canada.html website) and indicate the following:
* red for states/provinces where you've not spent much time or seen very much.
* amber for states/provinces where you've at least slept and seen some sights.
* blue for states/provinces you've spent a lot of time in or seen a fair amount of.
* green for states/provinces you've spent a great deal of time in on multiple visits.
3) For extra credit, you could make a map to show where your ancestors resided at any time (e.g., in 1900), or perhaps where your 16 great-great-grandparents or 32 3rd-great-grandparents married, or where your ancestors were born, all with an appropriate legend.
1) Map of where I have been
Being half American, I actually have not been to that many States, but I am pretty happy with where I've been so far. As my family is from Texas, I have been there many times. I have spent at least a week in California, Utah, Louisiana, and Hawaii which is why they are marked amber. Colorado is marked red because I have only been to Denver airport. Does that even count? When I was a baby I lived in Virginia for a few months, so that one is blue as I have not been there since. Finally, Maryland is red because my parents say we went there whilst living in Virginia.
2) Map of where my Great Great Great Grandparents were born
The color code I used for this map was -
* red for states/provinces where 1 or 2 were born.
* amber for states/provinces where 3 or 4 were born.
* blue for states/provinces where 5 to 8 were born.
* green for states/provinces where 9 or more were born.
Six were born in Tennessee, five in Alabama, three in Mississippi, one (Daniel Guyton Smith) in South Carolina, and one (Louisa Clementine Brister) in Virginia. The other 16 were born in Australia, Scotland and England.
3) Map of where my Great Great Great Grandparents married
The color code I used for this map and the next was -
* red for states/provinces where 1 or 2 resided at marriage.
* amber for states/provinces where 3 or 4 resided at marriage.
* blue for states/provinces where 5 or 6 resided at marriage.
* green for states/provinces where 7 or more resided at marriage.
Eight of my 3x Great Grandparents were living in Mississippi at the time of their marriage. Four married in Alabama and another four married in Texas.
4) Map of where my Great Great Grandparents married
Two married in Mississippi, two married in Alabama, and four married in Texas. The rest married in Scotland and Australia.
That was fun! I think I might make more maps for my American ancestors. As my geography of the US is not that good, having a visual diagram like these maps make it a lot easier to understand! It really puts the states my ancestors came from in perspective for me, especially as to where these states are in relation to each other.