1) Participate in the Ancestors GeneaMeme created by Jill Ball on the Geniaus blog back in 2011!
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
6. Met all four of my grandparents (did not meet my paternal grandfather, George Sabo, who died in 1936))
7. Met one or more of my great-grandparents (Anna Murcko Scerbak lived until 1967, but in Czechoslovakia)
8. Named a child after an ancestor (son Michael named for maternal 2X great grandfather Michael Scerbak and paternal 4X great grandfather Michael Stufflebean)
9. Bear an ancestor’s given name/s (have many Annes in my line – my middle name)
10. Have an ancestor from Great Britain or Ireland (man on my maternal side)
11. Have an ancestor from Asia (perhaps Genghis Khan, but I have no known link)
12. Have an ancestor from Continental Europe (Denmark, Sweden, Slovakia, Netherlands)
13. Have an ancestor from Africa (haven’t found any yet))
14. Have an ancestor who was an agricultural labourer (yes, in Slovakia)
15. Have an ancestor who had large land holdings (don’t have many farmers and those who were had much smaller acreage)
16. Have an ancestor who was a holy man – minister, priest, rabbi
17. Have an ancestor who was a midwife ( a couple from the 1700s, but can’t think of their names offhand)
18. Have an ancestor who was an author
19. Have an ancestor with the surname Smith, Murphy or Jones (several 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 beginning with Z
23. Have an ancestor born on 25th December (no direct line, but my grandmother’s brother Peter was born on Christmas and died on Good Friday)
24. Have an ancestor born on New Year’s Day (several, plus one descendant – my son!)
25. Have “blue blood” in your family lines (yes, including a line shared with Diana, Princess of Wales)
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 (none of my paternal line, but all of my maternal line)
29. Can trace a direct family line back to the seventeenth century or earlier (many)
30. Have seen copies of the signatures of some of my great-grandparents (several maternal lines)
31. Have ancestors who signed their marriage certificate with an X (no certificates signed, but many couldn’t write)
32. Have a grandparent or earlier ancestor who went to university (one or two, not many)
33. Have an ancestor who was convicted of a criminal offence (William Knapp fined for harboring Quakers in his closet!)
34. Have an ancestor who was a victim of crime (Nana was mugged and had her purse stolen)
35. Have shared an ancestor’s story online or in a magazine (many in my blog and a couple of published stories in genealogy journals)
36. Have published a family history online or in print (several small booklets and one book of 150+ pages)
37. Have visited an ancestor’s home from the 19th or earlier centuries (A couple in Calais, Maine)
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
I could answer yes to 20/40 = 50%.
I love genealogy memes. Thank you to Jill Ball for creating this one in 2011 and to Randy Seaver for choosing it for SNGF this week.
2 thoughts on “Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Jill Ball’s Ancestor Meme”
I had a few more than you, 22 of 40, but still right around 50%. And of course neither of us can meet all of them.
Harboring Quakers in his closet?? Did “closet” have a different meaning than what I’m thinking of, a clothes storage area?
I think it was probably just an underused space!