Oct 142011
Thanks to Geniaus for this Meme

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: 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
  2.  Can name over 50 direct ancestors
  3.  Have photographs or portraits of my 8 great-grandparents
  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 (unfortunately Leslie Smith died in WW2 so can only say 3/4)
  7.  Met one or more of my great-grandparents
  8.  Named a child after an ancestor 9don’t have any children)
  9.  Bear an ancestor’s given name/s
  10.  Have an ancestor from Great Britain or Ireland (100% in this category!)
  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. I have a lot of ag labs!
  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
  18.  Have an ancestor who was an author
  19.  Have an ancestor with the surname Smith,(Have seven lines of Smiths’!)
  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 And one who died that day and a few who married on the 25th
  24. Have an ancestor born on New Year’s Day
  25.  Have blue blood in your family lines (Nope)
  26.  Have a parent who was born in a country different from my country of birth. Yes England
  27.  Have a grandparent who was born in a country different from my country of birth Yes two
  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 (No am first in my direct line to go to uni)
  33.  Have an ancestor who was convicted of a criminal offence (Samuel Jelley shortchanged his bread weights!)
  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) On my blog and in Family History Magazines, Generation, OFHS and KFHS and Wawickshire FHS journals)
  36.  Have published a family history online or in print (Details please)
  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

  3 Responses to “The Ancestors’ Geneameme”

  1. Helen, I enjoyed reading your contribution to this genememe. It looks like we share some family history similarities – lots of ag labs, Smiths, and all from Great Britain and Ireland. Thanks again.

  2. Thanks for the post, Helen.
    I think ab labs and ancestors from GB and Ireland must be common family backgrounds for we Aussies.

  3. Hi Geniaus and Aillin, Yes Ag labs and Smiths are definitely a common ocurrance among Aussies. England and Ireland most common until post WW2.

    I'd probably die of shock if I found a blue-blood!

    I do have a number of shoemakers, stonemasons, ribbon weavers and a mole-catcher

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