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Genealogy Escape Room: The Case of Ransom Olds – Not Your Grandfather’s Genealogy

September 9, 2023 @ 10:00 am 12:30 pm EDT

FGS Meeting

Meeting is a hybrid meeting. It will be held in-person in the Beech Conference Room in the Florida History and Genealogy Library at the John F. Germany Public Library. Alternately, you can attend via Zoom webinar.

900 N. Ashley Dr.
Tampa, FL 33602 United States
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You are locked in at the Florida History and Genealogy Library at the John F. Germany Public Library in Tampa, Florida. You are working on an article on old classic cars such as the Oldsmobile. In order to unlock the office door and escape, you need to locate the US Federal Census 1950 record of Ransom Olds (1864-1950), a titan of the automobile industry.


Please use the form https://forms.gle/ttbVDFDmuXGFRk5AA to answer the following questions:

  • Where was Ransom Olds born?
  • On what day and where did Ransom Olds get married?
  • Who was Ransom Olds’ wife?
  • When and where did Ransom Olds die?
  • How long after Ransom Olds died did his wife die?
  • What was the name of Ransom Olds’ father?
  • What were the names of Ransom Olds’ siblings?
  • How many children did Ransom Olds have?
  • What were the names of Ransom Olds’ children?
  • What is the name of the ship that Ransom Olds’ sailed to Europe on in February 1923?
  • What was the value of Ransom Olds’ home in 1930? And how much in 2023 dollars?
  • What did Ransom Olds list as his profession in 1930?
  • Who is the unusual neighbor of Ransom Olds in 1930 and what is the relationship?
  • What is peculiar about the Ransom Olds household in the 1940 US Census?
  • What is so unusual about the Ransom Olds household in the 1950 US Census?
  • What is the profession of Ransom Olds’ wife in 1950?
  • How many servants were in the Ransom Olds household in 1950?

NOTE: You are allowed to use ANY online sites for GENEALOGY research; all clues can be found on FamilySearch at https://familysearch.org. IMPORTANT! 

OR if you just want to learn the answer and understand the research methodology of the case, just join us for the REVEAL during the live webinar!


Below is the event itinerary (all times are Eastern timezone):

10:00 – 10:15 – Greetings and sign-in (in-person)

10:15 – 10:25 – Opening remarks and society news

10:25 – 10:50 – DNA Special Interest Group by Jean Sanner, FGS Tampa

10:50 – 10:55 – Break 

10:55 – 11:00 – Door prize, recap society news 

11:00 – 12:00 – Featured speaker: Thomas MacEntee

Our Speaker

Thomas MacEntee

Who is Thomas MacEntee? Thomas MacEntee is a Baby Boomer guy with a love of punk rock music but also art history who somehow “fell” into the technology industry almost 40 years ago, and then left a lucrative IT career to pursue his love of family history and genealogy. Technology and historical research are opposites, …

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