Sunday Morning Genealogy Fun: The Ancestors GeneaMeme

I’m a day late for this week’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun mission from Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings.

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:

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 (color 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 – [Yes, here’s a 5-generation pedigree chart.  The last column shows the great-greats.]

2. Can name over 50 direct ancestors [Yes, see this 6-generation Ahnentafel report.]

3. Have photographs or portraits of my 8 great-grandparents [I’m missing Francis Taylor Kendrick, Lizzie (West) Kendrick, and Maud (Whitener) Butler. Anyone have these?]

4. Have an ancestor who was married more than three times.  [None so far]

5. Have an ancestor who was a bigamist [James B. Butler.  His third wife was denied a military pension, because he never bothered to divorce his second wife.]

6. Met all four of my grandparents. [Yes]

7. Met one or more of my great-grandparents [Yes, two of them:  Newt Ward and Rachel Johnson.]

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, lots]

11. Have an ancestor from Asia

12. Have an ancestor from Continental Europe [Yes, lots]

13. Have an ancestor from Africa

14. Have an ancestor who was an agricultural laborer [You mean there are people who weren’t farmers?]

15. Have an ancestor who had large land holdings [Quite a few, actually.  Captain Thomas Hemphill comes to mind.  He was the recipient of numerous land grants in North Carolina.]

16. Have an ancestor who was a holy man – minister, priest, rabbi [John D. Whitener was a Baptist minister (and an adulterer, but that’s another story).]

17. Have an ancestor who was a midwife. [my great-grandmother was a midwife]

18. Have an ancestor who was an author [not to my knowledge]

19. Have an ancestor with the surname Smith, Murphy or Jones (ugh, yes.  I have Jones.  And Johnsons.)

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 [no, I have a few Z names in collateral lines, but no ancestors]

23. Have an ancestor born on 25th December [four births, one death, and seven marriages – see here.  Most are from collateral lines, but my great-grandparents were married on Christmas Day.]

24. Have an ancestor born on New Year’s Day [five births, 2 deaths, and a marriage – all are collateral lines.]

25. Have blue blood in your family lines [supposedly have a line back to Charlemange – but then, who with European ancestors doesn’t?]

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 [a lot]

29. Can trace a direct family line back to the seventeenth century or earlier [a few]

30. Have seen copies of the signatures of some of my great-grandparents. [yes, in fact, I have cancelled checks written by my great-grandfather]

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

33. Have an ancestor who was convicted of a criminal offense. [Yes, David Sanford Butler was convicted of whitecapping and spent time in federal prison.  I need to post the newspaper accounts of the trial.]

34. Have an ancestor who was a victim of crime

35. Have shared an ancestor’s story online or in a magazine [just look around this blog.  : )]

36. Have published a family history online or in print [I think this website counts.]

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 [have Bible pages for births, marriages, deaths.  My mom has an actual Bible.]

40. Have a pre-19th century family bible [see above]

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