Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – 100 Word Genealogy Challenge

It’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun time again with Randy Seaver’s challenge of the week on Genea-Musings.

The current challenge is a good one –

1)  This SNGF is based on the 100 Word Challenge ( that school children are participating in around the world.  They are given a word or phrase to write a story about in one hundred words.

2)  Write a short 100 word story using the phrase “,,,the most interesting ancestor I have…” in 100 words.  [Hint:  If you write it in a word processor, you can use Tools > Word Count (or similar) to count words].

Here is my most interesting ancestor, who was a 30 year long brick wall in exactly 100 words:

Johannes Jensen

The most interesting ancestor I have, Johannes Jensen, had a rough beginning. Born 27 April 1810 at the Unwed Mothers’ Hospital in Copenhagen, Denmark, his mother quickly signed him over to Master Tanner Zinn while his father was busy marrying another woman! Mr. Zinn died soon; Johannes went to the orphanage. Eventually, the Danish Army beckoned. At 15, Johannes began his military career as a fiddler/drummer stationed at Rosenborg Castle, assigned to guard the crown jewels. Johannes married Swedish Johanne Elisabeth Molin. Together, they created the family life Johannes never had with their four children. Johannes died 9 April 1865.

Rosenborg Castle

Barracks Where Jensens Lived Still in Use Today


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