Saturday, October 15, 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - The Ancestors GeneaMeme

Hello, genea-world!  It's Saturday Night (in the USA!) -- time for some worldwide Genealogy Fun!

Your mission, should you decide to accept it is to:

1)  Participate in the Ancestors GeneaMeme created by Jill Ball on the Geniaus blog.

2)  Write your own blog post, or add your response as a comment to this blog post, in a Facebook Status post or note, or in a Google+ Stream item.

Thank you to Jill for the SNGF idea!  Jill is collecting Ancestors MeGeneaMeme entries too.

The rules, and the Meme list, is given below in my response.

Here's mine:

The Rules:

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

The Meme:
Which of these apply to you?

1.  Can name my 16 great-great-grandparents (from memory...)
2.  Can name over 50 direct ancestors (from memory, easier on paper...)
3.  Have photographs or portraits of my 8 great-grandparents
4.  Have an ancestor who was married more than three times (Rev. Stephen Bachiler is one...)
5.  Have an ancestor who was a bigamist (not found one yet)

6.  Met all four of my grandparents (did not meet my paternal grandfather, Frederick W. Seaver, who died in 1942)
7.  Met one or more of my great-grandparents (only Gerogia Kemp Auble, who died when I was 9)
8.  Named a child after an ancestor (gave first daughter middle name of "Lee" after her grandfather - not my ancestor)
9.  Bear an ancestor's given name/s (actually, I have a Randall Grosvenor in the 15th century - does that count?)
10.  Have an ancestor from Great Britain or Ireland (probably 90% of my ancestral lines go back to the British Isles)

11.  Have an ancestor from Asia (perhaps Genghis Khan, but I have no known link)
12.  Have an ancestor from Continental Europe
13.  Have an ancestor from Africa (well, not in the last 100 generations or so...)
14.  Have an ancestor who was an agricultural labourer (in the US and UK)
15.  Have an ancestor who had large land holdings (what's large?  Larger than 40 acres?  Yep.  Larger than 640 acres?  Probably.)

16.  Have an ancestor who was a holy man - minister, priest, rabbi (Jonathan Oatley in Killingly CT in 19th century, several more in 17th century)
17.  Have an ancestor who was a midwife (unsure)
18.  Have an ancestor who was an author (unsure)
19.  Have an ancestor with the surname Smith, Murphy or Jones (many Smiths, no Murphys, only one Jones line)
20.  Have an ancestor with the surname Wong, Kim, Suzuki or Ng (defintrely not!)

21.  Have an ancestor with a surname beginning with X
22.  Have an ancestor with a forename beginnining with Z (three generations of Zachariah Hildreths, and a Zechariah Barber)
23.  Have an ancestor born on 25th December
24.  Have an ancestor born on New Year's Day
25.  Have blue blood in your family lines (supposedly if Royal Descendants book is right)

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 (nope, one great-grandparent born in Canada is the last one born in another country)
28.  Can trace a direct family line back to the eighteenth century (all but 3 or 4 of my 32 3rd great-grandparents
29.  Can trace a direct family line back to the seventeenth century or earlier (quite a few)
30.  Have seen copies of the signatures of some of my great-grandparents (Austin Carringer, Della smith, Georgia Kemp, Frank Seaver, Thomas Richmond)

31.  Have ancestors who signed their marriage certificate with an X (probably, but not that I know of)
32.  Have a grandparent or earlier ancestor who went to university (back in the 17th century??)
33. Have an ancestor who was convicted of a criminal offence (several are in Sex in Middlesex book)
34.  Have an ancestor who was a victim of crime (logic says someone in 12 generations must have been, not sure about this one)
35.  Have shared an ancestor's story online or in a magazine (probably in Genea-Musings...)

36.  Have published a family history online or in print (two books self=published and shared with faily)
37.  Have visited an ancestor's home from the 19th or earlier centuries (several in New England, and the Ranslow Smith Inn in Wisconsin)
38.  Still have an ancestor's home from the 19th or earlier centuries in the family (not in the family...the Ranslow Smith Inn in Wisconsin would qualify if I'd bought it)
39.  Have a family bible from the 19th Century (have Bible pages for births, marriages, deaths, but not the Bible)
40.  Have a pre-19th century family bible


Martin said...

I get 30 out of 40. Interesting meme. Thanks for sharing.

Caro said...

Hi Randy. I did this one before you posted it :-) My post is at:

Helen V Smith said...

My post is at

Howard Swain said...

You said you didn't know of any ancestors who went to university. Actually, you have at least 2 among your 17th C. ministers: Rev. Stephen Bachiler and Rev. John Wing both went to Oxford.
(I share these with you.)
I also have Rev. Peter Hobart (Cambridge) and the physician, Jean de la Montagne (Leiden).

GeniAus said...

Thanks for joining the fun (and for the promotion), Randy. I appreciate your support.

Kay Haden said...

This one was fun!
Here's mine:

Mel said...

Here is mine:

Erica said...

Randy, thanks. I enjoyed doing tonight's fun. Here's my link:

Denielle Radcliff Koch said...

I have some work to do. I only had 18 so far. My contribution: the Ancestors' Geneameme

theKiwi said...

Mine is here

this breaks a long drought for me on my blog :-)

Julie said...

Here is my offering for the SNGF Meme

Tonia said...

This was fun.

Liz said...

A day late... Here's mine: