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SNGF – The Date You Were Born

Although this was meant to have been posted on Saturday, I didn’t get round to it so it’s a tad late (yes, I know it’s nearly Saturday again). So here’s my contribution to this week’s Randy Seaver SNGF:

1) What day of the week were you born? Tell us how you found out.

I was born on a Saturday. June 1st.

I found this out via the link provided by Randy: ProGenealogist Tool

2) What has happened in recorded history on your birth date (day and month)? Tell us how you found out, and list five events.

On the day I was born..

2010 The transcript of the flight data recorders from the 2010 Polish Air Force Tu-154 crash that killed 96 Polish officials and intellectuals is published
2001 The heir to the Nepalese throne killed his parents and eight other family members before shooting himself, after an argument over his choice of a bride
1980 1st transmission of CNN, Cable News Network
1978 Cricket Test debut of David Gower, vs. Pakistan, Edgbaston, scores 58
1941 British troops occupy Bagdad Iraq

3) What famous people have been born on your birth date? Tell us how you found out, and list five of them.

These lucky people share the same birthday as me..

1978 Karen Kwan, Torrance California, figure skater, 1995 Pac Coast Sr champ
1970 Joshua Compston, born in the United Kingdom, art impressario, gallerist, Factual Nonsense art gallery, associated with the emergence of the Young British Artists, YBAs
1968 Jason Donovan, rocker/actor, Neighbors
1964 Rashid Patel, cricketer, Indian pace bowler, Lamba incident
1503 Wilhelm von Grumbach, German Lieutenant Colonel

I found out all this from Brainyhistory


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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – Randall Style

I’ve been reading Randall Seaver’s
blog for some time now but never participated in his weekly fun games but this week I thought I’d give it a go. (Yes, I do realise it’s Monday not Saturday :p)

The task was to find the geographical distribution of your surname by visiting which shows you a map with colours that reflect the high or low frequency of a particular surname. I typed in my surname and clicked on United Kingdom and my region – it came up with these results:

(a snapshot of the webpage)

Top countries:

United Kingdom

Top regions:

Yorkshire and Humberside, United Kingdom
West Midlands, United Kingdom
Oslo, Norway
North West, United Kingdom
South East, United Kingdom

Top cities:

Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom
Bradford, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
London E1, South East, United Kingdom
Manchester, North West, United Kingdom
Wakefield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Top forenames:


Interestingly, there were no female names in the top 5. Men rule, eh?

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