Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Ancestors' Geneameme

Been a but slack with the blogging so decided to take part in Geniaus Geneameme

The following list shows
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
  3.  Have photographs or portraits of my 8 great-grandparents (would love to but with only 3/8 currently I think this may prove elusive)
  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 (unfortunately only 1was alive when I was born)
  7.  Met one or more of my great-grandparents (missed by more than 20 years)
  8.  Named a child after an ancestor
  9.  Bear an ancestor's given name/s
  10.  Have an ancestor from Great Britain or Ireland (many)
  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 labourer
  15.  Have an ancestor who had large land holdings  (do have a land steward who looked after someone else's land)
  16.  Have an ancestor who was a holy man - minister, priest, rabbi
  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
  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 beginning with Z - not a direct ancestor but Zillah Whitehead (1870-1871) is a second cousin twice removed.
  23.  Have an ancestor born on 25th December
  24. Have an ancestor born on New Year's Day (My great grandmother Margaret Hudson was born 1 January 1867 in Ballinatry, Wexford, Ireland)
  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 (no direct but still hope to find a convict link somewhere)
  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) - Had a photo and a brief Can you Help? in AFTC (Australian Family Tree Connections)
  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 (I've visited some of the areas my ancestors came from like Lisvernane in Tipperary, Weymouth in Dorset and Standon Bowers in Staffordshire but not actually visited an ancestor's home so hope to firstly identify the home address & then to visit one) 
  38.  Still have an ancestor's home from the 19th or earlier centuries in the family
  39.  Have a  family bible from the 19th Century
  40.  Have a pre-19th century family bible


  1. So pleased you took up the meme challenge, Alison. I've a Zillah in my tree too - hadn't heard of this name until I came across her.

  2. Hi Alison,
    I enjoyed reading your contribution to this geneameme. How great to be able to visit the areas your ancestors lived in Ireland and England.