Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Genealogy Crossword Puzzle

I enjoy doing crosswords and genealogy research so I decided to try my hand at combining the two. I started with a free program on the internet, but could only include up to 49 clues. That didn't make a very good puzzle so I used the framework and added onto it, with some help from my husband. It is not as compact as most puzzles you find, but I did my best to make it solvable. It was fun, but time consuming. I hope you find it amusing.

Note: I'm a novice at creating puzzles (this is my first one) and don't have a program to provide me with obscure words to fill in the blank spaces. For this reason, I gave myself permission to include two-letter answers, which are not customary in standard crosswords. Let me also say that when you have to add the numbers manually it is a royal pain in the neck. I used a fair amount of white out in the first iteration before I came up with an easy way to do it for the second.

I'll post the solution in about a week.


1) One of a pair in a household.
5) Abbr. in a date.
6) Classification of a crime we hope none of our relatives committed.
10) Mason's tool.
12) Snow may pile up in this, especially this winter.
13) Egyptian sun god.
14) A crop your ancestors may have grown.
17) Color of many old photos.
18) Help.
19) Color or kind of wood.
22) One who delivers babies, in brief.
23) The first person enumerated in a household is listed as this.
25) Implement used in the field, generally pulled in the old days by a 15-down.
26) European height.
29) Family events may be recorded in one of these books.
32) “Ready, ___, fire.”
33) If you have many paper records you should do this so you won't lose them.
34) You may be eagerly awaiting the next one of these for Downton Abbey.
36) You'll be asked to create one of these when adding a marriage event.
38) Who else you should trace to find out more about your ancestor.
42) Everyone on a flight meets them at the airport.
43) Company head.
44) Defunct device to enhance a TV signal.
45) You'll make at least one of these during your wedding ceremony.
47) “I ___ You, Babe.”
48) One of these is rumored to have nine lives.
49) Male deer.
50) A damp basement may grow this.
52) “You've got mail!” provider.
53) A milk alternative is made from this.
54) Intro for -zoic, -lithic and -america.
55) Watch out for this danger when swimming at the beach.
61) Cleverness.
62) Fairy tale collector Andrew.
64) Vitamin bottle abbr.
66) TV manufacturer.
67) Sore.
68) When records almost magically fall into our hands we call it this.
71) What happens if there is no 158-across.
73) Difficult to trace surname or occupation.
76) A squeaky door may need one of these.
77) You may see big rolls of this in the field.
78) For general info. on recent deaths you can't beat this free resource.
81) Census milestone year.
85) Some have this kind of sense of humor.
87) If your morning quaff makes you jittery, better switch to this.
88) Many a one of these moved because of the Dust Bowl.
89) Mate for a 49-across.
90) Clotho, Lachesis or Atropos.
91) Look here to find information on injured military men in your family.
97) Personal item genealogists would love to have for every ancestor. A famous one was written by 52-down.
101) West. state.
104) Difficult to trace surname likely derived from an occupation.
105) The Mormon church is known as this, in brief.
106) Shampoo may be designed for this hair type.
107) Sally Field movie, “Norma ___.”
108) It is easier to find a record if a database has one of these.
111) Beware of the many unsourced ones online.
113) Type of infection or video.
114) “Born in the ___.”
115) Virtually every American's ancestors came here in one of these.
116) Morsel.
118) Spiced tea.
121) You'll find MDs here with at least one 135-across.
123) If you are dehydrated at the 121-across you will likely receive one of these.
124) Where you might find a divorce record.
129) Kind of old photo.
131) It's difficult to find for some females.
134) Start of -itis and -algia.
135) This person works with MDs in the 121-across.
136) This invention transformed transportation. See also 153-across.
137) Contend.
138) Many immigrants applied to become this.
139) Get the scoop on your ancestors here.
142) What every genealogist hits sooner or later.
145) Mandela's homeland, abbr.
147) After the Civil War, soldiers may have been members of one of these posts, abbr.
149) Frost wrote that a good one of these makes good neighbors.
150) There's usually one of these colorful characters in every family.
153) Alternate name for 136-across.
155) Important component of genealogical time points.
158) You'll find heirs here.
161) What our families sometimes wish we'd never discovered.
164) Import tax.
166) A Pope or zodiac sign.
167) A Federal Gov't. agency on whose website you can locate original property titles.
168) Many an ancestor served in this conflict.
169) Ger. manufacturer of a 136-across.
170) Exertion.
171) Kreskin's ___, game.
172) Sadly, most old family photographs are in this state.
176) Someone not clearly related to household members may be enumerated this way.
181) Phone provider or ISP.
183) Old Norse letter.
185) “Rub a ___, ___.”
186) Hobo.
187) Salty delicacy sometimes found in sushi.
188) Some immigrants helped dig this canal.
189) Court.
191) Slowly, in music.
193) State located between MO, OK and MS.
194) Long ago.
195) ___ at Joe's.
196) Not curly or straight.
197) __B, the three additive primary colors.
198) Detroit's county.
200) Storage spot or elephant part.
201) Opponent of 8-down in the 122-down.


1) You may be able to narrow your city search to one of these when looking in the 55-down.
2) Tyrant Amin.
3) Young newt.
4) Arena animal in Madrid.
7) Some people may call their grandmother this.
8) He served for the CSA in the 122-down.
9) Shrub from which breast cancer Taxol is made.
10) One way to date old photographs.
11) 20th century place you might find a man's signature.
12) You may find your family in a city or county one.
15) You can ride this or hitch it to a 25-across or 179-down.
16) Biblical pronoun.
17) A farmer may have this under the nails.
19) He will inherit under primogeniture.
20) You might drink this at home or in a 141-down.
21) What you should do for pedestrians.
24) OTC painkiller that works well for arthritis.
25) ___ Beta Kappa.
27) Cooke of podcasting.
28) Your ancestors may have landed here.
29) You may find this in a county history.
30) Are for one.
31) Kind of constrictor.
35) Start for hen, coat or brain.
37) Found in 139-across, this is a good place to find details of someone's life.
38) Chicago to St. Louis direction.
39) This is a good form of cousin bait.
40) One of many official groups for genealogists.
41) Tape may leave this behind.
46) Nighttime flier.
49) Feared Nazi paramilitary group.
50) Unmarried girls and women may be addressed this way.
51) Female branch of the family.
52) Dutch writer Frank who penned a famous 97-across.
56) What genealogists want for every fact in their databases.
57) Titles are often written in this type.
58) Discourage.
59) Winter month in Espana.
60) Rupture.
63) Probably one of the most commonly cited records.
65) Gamblers' cubes.
69) Angry people may fly into these.
70) Clan.
72) Start of -nary, -lateral, and -focal.
74) You can get bleary-eyed reading this for too long.
75) Hasten.
77) Pres. Obama's birthplace.
78) Drunkard.
79) You may find one of these in the closet.
80) Start for -urnal and -ameter.
82) Charged particle
83) How many it takes to tango.
84) A bit.
86) Scottish denial.
87) If you aren't handy you shouldn't attempt this kind of home project, abbr.
92) Not feeling well.
93) “I am ___ a crook.”
94) Type of Christmas tree.
95) Elba to Pierre.
96) Alkaline substance used in soap-making.
98) Jackie's second.
99) Uncommon.
100) You may find your schooled ancestors here.
102) Carte de _____.
103) Free, volunteer-based internet resource with links to every U.S. state.
109) United States military branch.
110) Affectionate term for the Atlantic.
112) Archaic numerical term in the Gettysburg address.
113) There are three basic types of this.
117) New tech. way to examine your heritage.
119) Dog to Wolfgang.
120) See 193-across.
122) Many an ancestor fought in this conflict, including 8-down and 201-across.
125) Homophone of a near relative.
126) New in N├╝rnberg.
127) Mongrel.
128) Victorian or Edwardian, for example.
130) Metallic element that gave it's name to a coin, abbr.
132) Mid-American state.
133) What a genealogist needs after an all-night research session.
140) Source citation guru.
141) Where you might drink 20-down.
142) Abbr. in a date.
143) Grant of “Arsenic and Old Lace.”
144) TV show popularizing genealogy, in brief.
146) Structure to keep track of ancestors.
147) This can help you navigate roads or state your genealogical case.
148) Fit for a king.
149) Principle of tracing unrelated people when you have hit a 142-across.
151) One place to find a genealogist.
152) One place to find a genealogist.
154) To find out what your ancestors grew on the 165-down, look on this special decennial sch. 1850-1900.
156) Per, abbr.
157) Smallest U.S. state.
159) Where cattle may roam.
160) Tennis shot.
162) Some people would like to trace their lineage all the way back to this person.
163) Tool used in wood working or leather work.
165) The majority of Americans lived on one of these in the nineteenth century.
172) You'll want to know which one your ancestor served in to learn specifics of what he did in the military.
173) Born.
174) Hard to trace surname or a color.
175) A good place to look for artifacts that have been separated from the family.
176) Common nineteenth century mode of transportation. Used with a 15-down.
177) Japanese sash.
178) When going from Chicago to LA you can get your kicks on this.
179) Cart used for delivering loads, sometimes of 18-down.
180) ___ a living.
182) Homophone of 83-down.
184) Russian mountain range.
185) Lineage society based on Rev. War service.
190) Tall shader.
192) The 1900-1930 censuses ask householders if they rent or this.
199) Probably the coldest U.S. state.

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