Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Your Zigzag Ancestor Lines

This week’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge with Randy Seaver on Genea-Musings turned out differently than I expected.

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):

1)  What is your father’s Zigzag Ancestor line (NOTE: I just made that up…}?  In other words, your father’s mother’s father’s mother’s etc. line back as far as you can go.

Why did it turn out differently than I expected? Well, I knew my dad’s side of the family would be a short line because the church registers in Slovakia only go back to the early 1800s.

However, I expected that my mother’s line, with deep colonial New England roots, would take me a bit longer to assemble. Nope!

First, here is my father’s zigzag ancestor line:

1. George Michael Sabo (1926-1985) of Passaic, New Jersey was the son of:
2. Julia Scerbak Sabo (1893-1985) of Passaic, then Ujak, Slovakia and then back to Passaic, was the daughter of:
3. Michael Scerbak (1869-1932 of Ujak, Slovakia, then Passaic and then back to Ujak, Slovakia was the son of:
4. Maria Patorai (1839-1912) of Ujak, Slovakia was the daughter of:
5. John Patorai (c1810-between 1859 & 1869) of Ujak, Slovakia was the son of:
6. Maria Janoskova (c1790-before 1869) of Ujak, Slovakia

I therefore can zigzag back six generations on my father’s side.

Here is my mother’s zigzag ancestral line:

  1. Doris Priscilla Adams (Sabo) (1923-2008) of Calais, Maine, many other cities and Passaic, New Jersey was the daughter of:
  2. Vernon Tarbox Adams (1899-1968) of Calais, Maine, many other cites and Canton, Massachusetts was the son of:
  3. Annie Maude Stuart (1874-1940) of Meddybemps and Calais, Maine and Ridgewood, New Jersey was the daughter of:
  4. Charles Augustus Stewart (1822-1894) of Charlotte and Meddybemps, Maine was the son of:
  5. Catherine Carlisle (c1790-after 1870) of New Brunswick, Canada and Charlotte, Maine was the daughter of:
  6. Robert Carlisle, Loyalist (c1760-1834) of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, Canada and Charlotte, Maine

Ironically, if my mother’s zigzag ancestral line would have continued through either her paternal grandfather or her mother’s paternal line, I would have listed more than double the number of generations here.

Thanks, Randy, for a fun challenge this week. It’s an interesting take on reviewing the branches of the family tree.

 

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