Friday, October 14, 2011

The Ancestors' Geneameme

Many genealogists took up my challenge in the recent Tech Savvy Genealogists Meme so I thought I'd put together another Geneameme (new term just coined). Once again this is the result of a quick personal brainstorm, I have tried to make the statements generic so that the meme has international relevance. 

I invite anyone with an interest in genealogy to participate. If you don't have a blog and wish to participate you can send your responses to me in an email and I will pop them into a blog post on the GeniMates blog. Please let me know when you participate by a comment on this post or by email and I'll collate a list of responses on this blog.
 
It would be appreciated if genealogists would let the meme run its course before copying and republishing it with alterations and amendments.

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 

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
  7.  Met one or more of my great-grandparents
  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 
  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, Murphy or Jones
  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
  24. Have an ancestor born on New Year's Day
  25.  Have blue blood in your family lines
  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
  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)
  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

40 comments:

Aillin said...

Hi Geniaus, here is my contribution to the
Ancestors' Geneameme. Thanks.

Caroline Gurney said...

Thanks, Jill, this was interesting. Ive posted my contribution at http://goo.gl/Pk3xs.

GeneaPopPop said...

Thanks, Jill. Here's my offering... http://tinyurl.com/3symkkp

Susan Clark said...

This was an interesting and much appreciated diversion this morning. Thank you! http://nolichuckyroots.blogspot.com/2011/10/ancestors-geneameme.html

cassmob said...

What a fun way to start a Saturday. Thanks for the inspiration! My post is at http://cassmob.wordpress.com/2011/10/15/the-ancestors-geneameme-challenge-from-geniaus/

Alison said...

Hi Geniaus

You've inspired me to post after more than 3 months of slackness. Thanks
http://myfamilypuzzles.blogspot.com/2011/10/ancestors-geneameme.html

Sharon said...

My post is at http://genealogymatters2me.blogspot.com/2011/10/ancestors-geneameme.html
Seems that the copied formatting has played up with my post and it's rather messy. Will fix if I have time.
Might complete one now for my husband's side of the family.

Sharon said...

Husband's side completed. http://genealogymatters2me.blogspot.com/2011/10/ancestors-geneameme-part-2.html

Sharn White said...

Hi there, I have posted my response to your geneameme (what fun) at http://www.geneathemeblogs4u.blogspot.com

Carole said...

A bit late to the party, but I've only just found your latest Geneameme.

Here's my offering

http://lazyloversancestry.blogspot.com/2011/10/ancestors-geneameme.html

Katie O. said...

That was fun! Here's my response: http://whereyoucamefrom.blogspot.com/2011/10/ancestors-geneameme.html

Helen V Smith said...

Does a Congregational deacon for over 40 years count as a minister?
My contribution is at http://bit.ly/oojfmD

Geolover said...

Great fun! You nudged me to actually begin my new blog! My response posted here http://wv-family-tracks-trails.blogspot.com/

Geniaus said...

Thanks, everyone, for your participation.
Carole - never too late to the party.
Helen - Interpret Holy Man however you will - your guy sound pretty holy to me.
Geolover - thrilled I have encouraged you to get blogging

Kay Haden said...

Oh what fun this one was.
Mine is here
http://tinyurl.com/42lwk7y

Geolover said...

Thank you for the kind words, hope you and your new software get on well.

Erica said...

Thanks for the fun activity. Here's my response:
http://genea-adventures.blogspot.com/2011/10/ancestors-geneameme.html

Dee said...

Thanks for coming up with this. It's given me some things to think about. My contribution can be found at My Ancestors' Geneameme

theKiwi said...

Here's my contribution - this broke a long blog drought for me :-)

http://lisaandroger.com/2011/10/the-ancestors-geneameme/

Anne said...

Thanks Geniaus, for coming up with this. It has shown me a few areas for future goals and research. My list is at http://pastsunfolding.blogspot.com/2011/10/sngf-ancestors-geneameme.html

RAH said...

Hi,

I've posted my response at http://blunderingblindlybackwards.blogspot.com/2011/10/ancestors-geneameme.html

Wendy said...

Thanks for the challenge. I responded on my blog: http://jollettetc.blogspot.com/2011/10/ancestors-geneameme.html

Keeper of the Tales said...

Late, but still wanted to play..:-)

http://tellingtheirtale.blogspot.com/2011/10/ancestors-geneameme.html

Tracy said...

This was a fun exercise. Here is mine: http://thepiecesofmypast.blogspot.com/2011/10/ancestors-geneameme.html

Shelley said...

It's been a big one! Well done and thanks! My contribution is at http://twigsofyore.blogspot.com/2011/10/ancestors-geneameme.html

Joan Miller (Luxegen) said...

Here is my contribution - http://www.luxegen.ca/genealogy/ancestors-geneameme/

katiesgrove said...

here's mine: http://katiesgrove.wordpress.com/2011/10/21/the-ancestors-geneameme/
Thanks for offering this to everyone.

Geniaus said...

Awesome responses, thanks all - Happy to keep adding to the list of links.

Family Historian said...

I am finally completing my version of this. It was interesting and caused me to complete a few things that I've been putting off. Thanks for the helpful activity.
http://acoupleofwhiles.blogspot.com/2011/10/ancestors-geneameme.html

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