On my birthday I thought it might be interesting to see who else was born on 10th March. In my CLOSE one-name study I found 23 individuals with the CLOSE surname who share my birthday - not counting the spouses who became CLOSE by marriage. I suppose when you have over 20,000 people in a database (although of course for many I don't have an exact birth date) there are bound to be quite a number born on any given date in the year.
I made the count using one of the tools offered by RootsMagic: an 'on this day' list - which lists not only the March 10th births in my own one-name study database but also a long list of famous people born on the same day. As I browsed through the list, I came across one I already knew about: Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex; I'm old enough to remember his birth being announced in 1964. Then I spotted the conductor Sir Charles Groves, and as a music-lover I was pleased to share his birthday. The next name which caught my eye was Sepp Blatter - not so sure about sharing with him - and from then on it got steadily worse: it turns out that I share a birthday not only with the assassin James Earl Ray, but also with Osama bin Laden. Oh dear - let's get back to the one-name study ....
Pictured here is my great-uncle Thomas CLOSE, born in Horwich, Lancashire on 10th March 1864. In 1881 he was a railway goods clerk, and by 1891 he had progressed to the level of station master.
Who do you share a birthday with? - after reading of my experience maybe you'd rather not know!