Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – My Genea-Bucket List

It’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun with genealogy extraordinaire – Randy Seaver — and tonight’s mission, should I decide to accept it, is:

Knowing that a “Bucket List” is a wish list of things to do before death:

What is on your Genea-Bucket List?  What research locations do you want to visit?  Are there genea-people that you want to meet and share with?  What do you want to accomplish with your genealogy research?  List a minimum of three items – more if you want!”

My Genea-Bucket List consist of:

1. Attending and completing Boston University’s Online Genealogical Research Certificate Program, then seek certification through the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

2. According to recent mtDNA test results, my Haplogroup origin is Ghana. Therefore, I would love to travel to the Western Region of the Republic of Ghana where the Ahanta people that I descend from are located. I would especially like to visit during celebration and festival times . . . woo-hoo!

3. Publishing a historical fiction children’s picture book that I started a few years ago that tells the story of Quakertown — the removal of a thriving African-American community by 1923 to make way for a Civic Center Park in Denton, Texas.

Do you have a genea-bucket list? Feel free to share it with me!


Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – How popular was your name?

It’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun with genealogy extraordinaire – Randy Seaver — and tonight’s activity is to determine the popularity of my name through the decades – 1880 – 2000!

Popular Baby Names by Decade

Popular Baby Names by Decade Reference

Tonight’s challenge is:

1) Go to the Popular Baby Name page on the Find the Best website at (or just click the screenshot of the site above)

2) Enter your given name into the search box, click the appropriate gender button, and click on the “All” Decade button. Note the results for your given name.

3) Tell us about how the popularity of your name has changed over the decades. Were you named during the buildup, the height, or the draw down of the popularity of your given name?”

4) Share your results in a blog post of your own, in comments to this blog post, or in a Facebook status or Google+ Stream post.
I entered my given name (Marlive), selected my gender (female), and chose to search “all” decades and my results were . . .


No results were found?!

Adjust what filters?

Yeah, you’re missing some results all right . . . LOL!

Trust me, I’m not surprise that there were no results. My given name is a rarity!

Ever wonder how popular your name has been through the decades? Then visit the site above and let me know if your care to share!

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – #1 Songs

It’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun with genealogy extraordinaire – Randy Seaver and tonight’s activity will definitely have us strolling down memory lane! Tonight’s challenge is:

What were the #1 songs on the day I was born? Or on your birthday when you were 18? Or when you married? Or some other important date in your life.”

This is my first time participating in the Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge and hopefully (as time allows), it won’t be my last; so here goes!

According to the, “This Day In Music” website, the #1 song in the United States on the day I was born was  — Santo & Johnny Farina classic instrumental hit, “Sleep Walk!” Check out their 1959 live performance below!

And . . . in keeping with my soulful roots, I couldn’t resist knowing what the #1 R&B song was the day I was born too. So according to Billboard Magazine, the #1 R&B hit single in the United States the week I was born was, I Want to Walk You Home” by Fats Domino . . .  woo-hoo! Too bad this one wasn’t playing in the background during my delivery  – LOL! Enjoy Fats Domino’s performance!