Summer Fun Trivia Quiz

By: Carolyn L. Barkley

Since its summertime, you might like to take a break from the concentration of your regular research to have some fun (after all, genealogy should be fun) and take the following genealogy quiz that first appeared in Genealogical Pointers in February of 2009. If you are a librarian, you will want to use the quiz as the basis for training your staff or in a presentation to the public.

Do you ever run across terms in genealogical documents that you don’t recognize? Or need a greater knowledge of geography to figure out where your ancestor’s records are housed? Or simply want to know more about your ancestor, such as the origin of his surname, or who his battalion mates were?

Below you’ll find a quiz to test your trivia knowledge, as well as descriptions of several books available at that are filled with fascinating facts and details that will help in your research, allow you to piece together more details about your ancestor, or simply make interesting reading for all trivia lovers:

Weights, Money and Other Measures Used by Our Ancestors

100 deals of lumber equals:

  1. 100 pieces
  2. 120 pieces
  3. 150 pieces

1 warp equals:

  1. 4 fish
  2. 50 fish
  3. 200 fish

In measuring land areas, 1 pottle is equal to:

  1. ¾ acre
  2. 416 acres
  3. 12 acres

Researchers who come across unfamiliar units of weight and measurement when reading books and documents need to find definitions in order to understand the document or text and apply that understanding appropriately when analyzing the effect of that document on the ancestor’s life. The above title will help you do that.

German-English Genealogical Dictionary

Lehrjunge is:

  1. Feudal law
  2. An apprentice
  3. An inheritance tax

Erbteilung means:

  1. Distribution of an estate
  2. A hereditary disease
  3. Probate court

Genealogy can often open up new avenues of research in foreign countries and languages. Accordingly, genealogists must become familiar with the terms used in that language for church, census and civil registrations, passenger lists and emigration records, journal entries, and correspondence. German ancestor hunters facing this problem will find this dictionary indispensable.

Our Italian Surnames

Most Italian names that start with the prefix In- or Im- are from:

  1. Lombardy
  2. Piedmont
  3. Palermo and vicinity

Which surname is derived from the name of an insect?

  1. Culicchia
  2. Spinola
  3. Pantanelli

Knowledge of names and naming patterns is very important in extending pedigrees. In addition to surnames alone, it is useful to know about pet names, botanical names, geographical names, bird names, insect names, occupational names and more.

Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army During the War of the Revolution, April 1775-December 1783

Massachusetts provided the most troops to the Continental Army. Which state provided the second most?

  1. Connecticut
  2. Pennsylvania
  3. Virginia

If you are interested in tracing an ancestor whose age suggests military service, you will want to determine if he was in the Continental Army, the militia, or state troops. This listing of 14,000 officers includes the soldier’s rank, dates of service, when and where wounded, taken prisoner, exchanged or killed, the name of the state in which service was rendered, and a designation by company and command is invaluable.

A New Genealogical Atlas of Ireland

The smallest and most ancient of Irish land divisions is:

  1. The barony
  2. The townland
  3. The poor law union

Which is a Parish of County Antrim?

  1. Clomantagh
  2. Clonduff
  3. Carrickfergus

Irish research can seem difficult at first given the variety of geographic and administrative divisions that exist. A knowledge of geography is crucial to understanding in which administrative division a specific record might be located. In addition to geographical distinctions, you will need not only  a knowledge of counties, baronies, civil parishes, diocese, poor law unions, and probates, but also an awareness of the records available in the major religions denominations: Church of Ireland, Roman Catholic, and Presbyterian.

The Indian Tribes of North America

At the end of King Philip’s War, the only important tribe remaining in southern New England was:

  1. The Mohegan
  2. The Pequot
  3. The Wampanoag

True or false:

The Cherokee language is the most aberrant form of speech of the Iroquoian linguistic family.

Not all Native American genealogical research involves the Cherokee Nation. A useful addition to any library is this definitive guide to all nations, confederations, tribes, subtribes, clans and bands. This title is formatted as a dictionary or gazetteer. Each state’s listing includes all known tribal groupings within the state and the villages in which they were located.

I hope you’ll enjoy this genealogy trivia quiz. After all, if genealogy isn’t fun, we shouldn’t be doing it!

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