Saturday, October 15, 2011

Baa-baa Meme Sheep, redux: the Ancestors' Geneameme

From Geniaus comes this Ancestors' Geneameme.

Here are the instructions:

Things I have already done or found: bold face type
Things I would like to do or find: italicize (colour optional)
Things I haven’t done or found and don’t care to: plain type

Can name my 16 great-great-grandparents
Can name over 50 direct ancestors
Have photographs or portraits of my 8 great-grandparents
Have an ancestor who was married more than three times
Have an ancestor who was a bigamist
Met all four of my grandparents (No, they all died before I was born)
Met one or more of my great-grandparents (Ditto)
Named a child after an ancestor
Bear an ancestor's given name/s (well, middle name)
Have an ancestor from Great Britain or Ireland (Most are from England)
Have an ancestor from Africa
Have an ancestor from Asia
Have an ancestor from Continental Europe (Switzerland)
Have an ancestor who was an agricultural labourer
Have an ancestor who had large land holdings
Have an ancestor who was a holy man - minister, priest, rabbi (circuit-riding Methodist preacher)
Have an ancestor who was a midwife
Have an ancestor who was an author
Have an ancestor with the surname Smith, Murphy or Jones
Have an ancestor with the surname Wong, Kim, Suzuki or Ng
Have an ancestor with a surname beginning with X
Have an ancestor with a forename beginnning with Z (Two: Zaccheus Packard, father and son)
Have an ancestor born on 25th December
Have an ancestor born on New Year's Day
Have blue blood in your family lines
Have a parent who was born in a country different from my country of birth
Have a grandparent who was born in a country different from my country of birth
Can trace a direct family line back to the eighteenth century
Can trace a direct family line back to the seventeenth century or earlier
Have seen copies of the signatures of some of my great-grandparents
Have ancestors who signed their marriage certificate with an X
Have a grandparent or earlier ancestor who went to university
Have an ancestor who was convicted of a criminal offence
Have an ancestor who was a victim of crime
Have shared an ancestor's story online or in a magazine
Have published a family history online or in print
Have visited an ancestor's home from the 19th or earlier centuries
Still have an ancestor's home from the 19th or earlier centuries in the family (only the land)
Have a family bible from the 19th Century
Have a pre-19th century family bible

As you can see, I haven't done much, but some of these things are not attainable, of course, just from the circumstances of my family's history.  My family were just plodders -- no authors,  but there was one preacher.  No big landowners, no royalty, and nothing left behind by way of writings or Bibles or any of it.  Pretty dull, actually.

Except for the bigamist; that did liven things up some!
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1 comment:

Geniaus said...

Thanks, Karen, for taking up the meme challenge.

I think many of us are descended from ordinary folk. When we find bigamist or criminal it certainly spices up our trees.