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 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.
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.]
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]
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]
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]