Monday, October 17, 2011

The Ancestors' Geneameme

From Geniaus:

The Ancestors' Geneameme

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 - I know 14 of 16, missing the names of two Italian great-greats.
  2.  Can name over 50 direct ancestors - Yep!
  3.  Have photographs or portraits of my 8 great-grandparents - I wish!  I have pictures for 6 of 8.
  4.  Have an ancestor who was married more than three times - Not that I know of.
  5.  Have an ancestor who was a bigamist - Again, not that I know of.
  6.  Met all four of my grandparents - Met 3 of the 4, but I do have several treasured heirlooms from the one I didn't get a chance to meet.
  7.  Met one or more of my great-grandparents - Yes, my great-grandmother, Gladys Viola Healey Shinn.
  8.  Named a child after an ancestor
  9.  Bear an ancestor's given name/s
  10.  Have an ancestor from Great Britain or Ireland - Yes, both places.
  11.  Have an ancestor from Asia - Not that I know of.
  12.  Have an ancestor from Continental Europe - Yes, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and Italy.  If I want to go WAY back, France and the Netherlands also.
  13.  Have an ancestor from Africa - Not that I know of.
  14.  Have an ancestor who was an agricultural labourer - I have MANY - most of my 19th Century and earlier ancestors were either farmers or ag laborers.
  15.  Have an ancestor who had large land holdings 
  16.  Have an ancestor who was a holy man - minister, priest, rabbi
  17.  Have an ancestor who was a midwife - Not that I know of, though I'm sure a few of them helped deliver a baby of two in their time.
  18.  Have an ancestor who was an author - Stephen Vincent Benet is also a third cousin several times removed.
  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 beginnining with Z
  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
  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 - None in the last 200 or so years though (that I am aware of)
  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) - If I count this blog, then I have but that would be too easy/obvious.
  36.  Have published a family history online or in print (Details please) - It is on my bucket list!
  37.  Have visited an ancestor's home from the 19th or earlier centuries
  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 - I have copies of excerpts from a pre-19th Century family Bible, does that count?

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