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Saturday, October 15, 2011

My Ancestors' Geneameme

What started over at Geniaus as The Ancestors' Geneameme is now part of Randy Seaver's Saturday Night Fun and Games over at Genea-Musings.  I thought I'd take a stab at the meme because it is a neat way for me to become re-acquainted with my genealogy database . . . and it is fun too!

The list should be annotated in the following manner:

Things you have already done or found: bold face type
Things you would like to do or find: italicize (colour optional)
Things you haven’t done or found and don’t care to: plain type
You are encouraged to add extra comments in brackets after each item

Which of these apply to you?

  1. Can name my 16 great-great-grandparents
  2. Can name over 50 direct ancestors [529 actually]
  3. Have photographs or portraits of my 8 great-grandparents [I have 6 of the 8 - missing John Vincent Slattery and Loretta D. Krom]
  4. Have an ancestor who was married more than three times
  5. Have an ancestor who was a bigamist
  6. Met all four of my grandparents
  7. Met one or more of my great-grandparents [My great-grandmother Therese McGinnes Austin died when I was 26 and had a big influence on my upbringing]
  8. Named a child after an ancestor
  9. Bear an ancestor's given name/s
  10. Have an ancestor from Great Britain or Ireland
  11. Have an ancestor from Asia
  12. Have an ancestor from Continental Europe
  13. Have an ancestor from Africa
  14. Have an ancestor who was an agricultural laborer
  15. Have an ancestor who had large land holdings
  16. Have an ancestor who was a holy man - minister, priest, rabbi [My 9th great-grandfather Johannes Putman was said to be "the son of a domine," domine being a minister in Holland; I also descend from Elder Joseph Crandall, founder of the Seventh Day Baptist Church in America]
  17. Have an ancestor who was a midwife
  18. Have an ancestor who was an author
  19. Have an ancestor with the surname Smith, Murphy or Jones [Valentine Smith d. 1780 was my 7th great-grandfather]
  20. Have an ancestor with the surname Wong, Kim, Suzuki or Ng
  21. Have an ancestor with a surname beginning with X
  22. Have an ancestor with a forename beginnining with Z [2nd great-grandmother Magdelena Zwicker]
  23. Have an ancestor born on 25th December [I was born on Christmas Day but I can't find an ancestor who shares my birthday!]
  24. Have an ancestor born on New Year's Day
  25. Have blue blood in your family lines
  26. Have a parent who was born in a country different from my country of birth
  27. Have a grandparent who was born in a country different from my country of birth
  28. Can trace a direct family line back to the eighteenth century
  29. Can trace a direct family line back to the seventeenth century or earlier
  30. Have seen copies of the signatures of some of my great-grandparents
  31. Have ancestors who signed their marriage certificate with an X
  32. Have a grandparent or earlier ancestor who went to university
  33. Have an ancestor who was convicted of a criminal offence
  34. Have an ancestor who was a victim of crime
  35. Have shared an ancestor's story online or in a magazine (Tell us where)
  36. Have published a family history online or in print (Details please)
  37. Have visited an ancestor's home from the 19th or earlier centuries [My 9th great-grandfather's house (Hugo Freer) still stands in New Paltz, New York - built around 1720].
  38. Still have an ancestor's home from the 19th or earlier centuries in the family [The above house is not in the family but is now maintained by a family association of which I am a member]
  39. Have a family bible from the 19th Century
  40. Have a pre-19th century family bible

© 2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

1 comments:

A. CAIN said...

This was informative and FUN. Is there a post to come about #33?

Thanks for sharing.