Saturday, October 15, 2011

SNGF: Ancestor's GeneaMeme

 For tonight's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun, Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings suggested:
1)  Participate in the Ancestors GeneaMeme created by Jill Ball on the Geniaus blog.

2)  Write your own blog post, or add your response as a comment to this blog post, in a Facebook Status post or note, or in a Google+ Stream item.
The Rules:

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

[I've added some notes in brackets]

The Meme:
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  [I have photographs of 6 of my 16 gg-grandparents]
4.  Have an ancestor who was married more than three times  [several]
5.  Have an ancestor who was a bigamist.  [I am unsure the correct term was chosen here. Bigamy is always a crime, by definition. Someone who has a polygamist ancestor doesn't have a bigamist ancestor, as long as it was legal.]
6.  Met all four of my grandparents [3/4]
7.  Met one or more of my great-grandparents  [1]
8.  Named a child after an ancestor. [No children yet. Getting married next year...]
9.  Bear an ancestor's given name/s [My Hebrew name 'Baruch' is after my great-grandfather Barney]
10.  Have an ancestor from Great Britain or Ireland
11.  Have an ancestor from Asia [No identified ancestor]
12.  Have an ancestor from Continental Europe
13.  Have an ancestor from Africa [No identified ancestor, though I'm sure if I were able to trace my ancestry back far enough...]
14.  Have an ancestor who was an agricultural labourer [Both of my maternal grandparents grew up on a farm.  I have to go a few generations further back on my father's side.]
15.  Have an ancestor who had large land holdings
16.  Have an ancestor who was a holy man - minister, priest, rabbi [Methodist and Mennonite]
17.  Have an ancestor who was a midwife [A great grandmother practiced midwifery in Chicago after emigrating from Transylvania]
18.  Have an ancestor who was an author [Ancestry's OneFamilyTree states Chaucer as my 18th great grandfather, but I have disproven that relationship. I do have a close ancestor who published a book on legal matters.]
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 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 [I used to believe all my blood was blue, before it was oxygenated. However, this scientific myth is allegedly inaccurate. OneFamilyTree would tell you I have royal ancestry, but I haven't verified my 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 [1/4]
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 [All 8 I believe.]
31.  Have ancestors who signed their marriage certificate with an X (not that I know of)
32.  Have a grandparent or earlier ancestor who went to university [Both of my grandfathers. One of my grandmothers took college courses, though she didn't get a degree. My other grandmother enrolled at a university, but changed her mind, and didn't attend.]
33. Have an ancestor who was convicted of a criminal offence
34.  Have an ancestor who was a victim of crime. [No serious crime I can think of offhand. Not counting petty theft.]
35.  Have shared an ancestor's story online or in a magazine [I'm a genealogy blogger. That's what I do.]
36.  Have published a family history online or in print
37.  Have visited an ancestor's home from the 19th or earlier centuries [Have plans to do so next year.]
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


GeniAus said...

Thanks, John, for your meme response. I love hearing about other people's ancestors.

Martin said...

What is your royal gateway ancestor. I can tell you if it is proven or not.

John said...


I guess my 'gateway ancestor' is Robert Chamberlain (~1590-1639) who married Elizabeth Stoughton (1600-1647).

He is said to have been descended from the Plantagenets according to the Dowling Family History.

On the linked pedigree:

You can follow Robert to his ggrandfather Edward Chamberlain (1519- ?)
Edward to his ggrandfather William Chamberlain (1436-?)
William to his ggrandmother Joan De Botetourt (1362-1428)
And Joan to her great grandfather Edward Plantagenet.

I've noticed that William Addams Reitwiesner stopped with Robert Chamberlain in his pedigree for Kerry

Martin said...

Sorry to say that Robert Chamberlain doesn't show up in any of my reference works. That means that either the line is bogus or no one has taken the time to prove the line in a scholarly way. Maybe that can be your next project. Prove his lineage.