Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – The Date You Were Born

Originally Published January 29, 2011.

I decided to start joining Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun.


This week’s challenge is the Date You Were Born:

It’s Saturday Night – time for more Genealogy Fun!

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

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

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

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

4)  Put your responses in your own blog post, in a comment on this blog post, or in a status or comment on Facebook.


1.  I was born on a Friday.  I found out from my Hospital birth certificate which includes the day of the week.

I found the following two answers by doing a google search for on this day which led me to the website for On This Day from the NY Times learning area.  The link to my birthday  (January 24th) is


2. The following events happened:


1848 James W. Marshall discovered a gold nugget at Sutter’s Mill in northern California, sparking the gold rush of ’49.
1908 The first Boy Scout troop was organized in England by Robert Baden-Powell.
1943 President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill concluded a wartime conference in Casablanca, Morocco.
1989 Confessed serial killer Ted Bundy was put to death in Florida’s electric chair.
1995 The prosecution gave its opening statement in the O.J. Simpson murder trial.


3.  The following famous people had birthdays this year on my birthday:



Ernest Borgnine



Ray Stevens

Country singer


Neil Diamond

Singer, songwriter


Aaron Neville



Mary Lou Retton

Olympic gold-medal gymnast


William Lawrence and Vada Barnes Marriage Record

William and Vada were my great grandparents.  They were married on January 26, 1913 when they were both 18 years old.

Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957


Name Vada Barnes
Gender Female
Age 18
Birth Year abt 1895
Residence May, Stone, Arkansas
Spouse’s Name William L Lawrence
Spouse’s Gender Male
Spouse’s Age 18
Spouse’s Residence May, Stone, Arkansas
Marriage Date 26 Jan 1913
Marriage License Date 22 Jan 1913
Marriage County Searcy
Event Type Marriage
FHL Film Number 1031122
Household Members
Name Age
Vada Barnes
William L Lawrence