By Daniel Hubbard | April 1, 2013
In honor of April Fools’ Day, I thought I might throw out some genealogical trick questions. See how you do.
- Is it legal in Virginia for a man to marry his widow’s sister?
- How many birthdays does the average man have? The average woman?
- Do they have a fourth of July in England?
- Can a woman living in Denver, Colorado be buried east of the Mississippi?
- A genealogist traced herself back to the Mayflower and she was horrified. Why?
- A father with a large landed estate was writing his will in a jurisdiction where land was always inherited by primogeniture. How much of the land did the first son get at that time?
- Some months have 30 days. Some months have 31 days. How many months have 28 days?
- You prove your descent from a soldier who charged the heights during the Battle of Bunker Hill. Is that enough to join the DAR/SAR?
- In Puritan communities, how much dirt was there traditionally supposed to be in an open grave?
- A man of Irish extraction lived in the same part of Connecticut his whole life and was a U.S. citizen when he died but you can’t find him in local naturalization records. Why not?
- No, dead men can’t marry.
- The average man and the average woman have one birthday, though they may celebrate it many times.
- Yes, they also have the first, second, third, fifth…
- No, because she is still alive.
- She would have felt much better about tracing herself back to a passenger.
- Nothing. The father was still writing.
- Twelve, all months have 28 days.
- No, the British were the ones who charged the heights.
- If he lived in Connecticut his whole life, he didn’t need to naturalize.