Thursday, November 27, 2014

Ancestors’ Geneameme

October 21, 2011 by  
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Jill Ball at Geniaus initiated a great meme for us bloggers entitled:
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
Here are my answers
  1.  Can name my 16 great-great-grandparents
  2.  Can name over 50 direct ancestors (getting close)
  3.  Have photographs or portraits of my 8 great-grandparents (not quite – working on this!)
  4.  Have an ancestor who was married more than three times
  5.  Have an ancestor who was a bigamist
  6.  Met all four of my grandparents
  7.  Met one or more of my great-grandparents  (Great Grandpa Frank Woodland)
  8.  Named a child after an ancestor
  9.  Bear an ancestor’s given name/s
  10.  Have an ancestor from Great Britain or Ireland
  11.  Have an ancestor from Asia
  12.  Have an ancestor from Continental Europe
  13.  Have an ancestor from Africa
  14.  Have an ancestor who was an agricultural labourer
  15.  Have an ancestor who had large land holdings – maybe not large but land holdings for sure.
  16.  Have an ancestor who was a holy man – minister, priest, rabbi
  17.  Have an ancestor who was a midwife (my Grandmother Isabel Irvine – nurse and midwife who delivered 30 babies!)
  18.  Have an ancestor who was an author (my Grandmother Isabel Irvine recorded her family history)
  19.  Have an ancestor with the surname Smith, Murphy or Jones (nope, but finding my Irish Kerrs is like searching for a needle in the haystack)
  20.  Have an ancestor with the surname Wong, Kim, Suzuki or Ng (my daughter in law might)
  21.  Have an ancestor with a surname beginning with X
  22.  Have an ancestor with a forename beginning 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 – nope, but does a being a descendant of une fille du roi count? :)
  26.  Have a parent who was born in a country different from my country of birth – no
  27.  Have a grandparent who was born in a country different from my country of birth – yes two, Ireland and Scotland
  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
  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) – blog posts! Also published my Grandmother Irvine’s story in local gen society newsletter the Chinook.
  36.  Have published a family history online or in print (Details please) – again blog posts.  In print – Isabel (Woodland) Irvine:  Women Pioneers of Saskatchewan by B. Joan Miller and Robert F. Irvine.
  37.  Have visited an ancestor’s home from the 19th or earlier centuries (on the wish list!)
  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 – my mother in law has one which belonged to my father in law’s family
  40.  Have a pre-19th century family bible


Comments

2 Responses to “Ancestors’ Geneameme”
  1. Geniaus says:

    Thanks, Joan, for your response to the meme challenge.
    How lucky you were to meet all 4 grandparents – only a few meme responders have been able to reply positively to this statement.
    Geniaus´s last [type] ..The Ancestors’ Geneameme – Gill Chesney-Green

  2. Hi Geniaus Jill,
    You are welcome! Yes, I was indeed fortunate to have known all of my grandparents. I was especially close to my maternal grandmother, Isabel Irvine. She was my inspiration for getting more interested in family history.

    –Joan

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