From Jill Ball – Geniaus – and Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun we have this tonight…

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 [Yes - see this 5 generation chart]
    2.  Can name over 50 direct ancestors [Yes - 261 - see this ahnentafel listing]
    3.  Have photographs or portraits of my 8 great-grandparents [Yes - see this 5 generation chart although I notice there I haven't linked up a picture of Mum's Mum yet]
    4.  Have an ancestor who was married more than three times [Not that I know of]
    5.  Have an ancestor who was a bigamist [Not that I know of]
    6.  Met all four of my grandparents [No - 3 of the 4 - my Mum's Dad died when my Mum was 11 years old]
    7.  Met one or more of my great-grandparents [None]
    8.  Named a child after an ancestor [No Children]
    9.  Bear an ancestor’s given name/s [No - no ancestors that I know about called Roger]
    10.  Have an ancestor from Great Britain or Ireland [Yes - apart from parents and grandparents born in New Zealand, one great grandparent born in Australia, all the rest are from England and Scotland, and maybe 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 [Yes - many of my ancestors were Agricultural Labourers]
    15.  Have an ancestor who had large land holdings [None that I know of]
    16.  Have an ancestor who was a holy man – minister, priest, rabbi [Almost - my father was a Lay Preacher who took services at distant churches from time to time.]
    17.  Have an ancestor who was a midwife [Not that I know of]
    18.  Have an ancestor who was an author [Not that I know of]
    19.  Have an ancestor with the surname Smith, Murphy or Jones [No - lucky me]
    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 [Yes - Alexander Oliver and John Bourgoigne]
    24. Have an ancestor born on New Year’s Day
    25.  Have blue blood in your family lines [No - all red as far as I know...]
    26.  Have a parent who was born in a country different from my country of birth [No - both born in New Zealand]
    27.  Have a grandparent who was born in a country different from my country of birth [No - all 4 born in New Zealand]
    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 [No, but have copy of great great grandfather's will - that's better isn't it?]
    31.  Have ancestors who signed their marriage certificate with an X
    32.  Have a grandparent or earlier ancestor who went to university [Not that I know of]
    33.  Have an ancestor who was convicted of a criminal offence [Not that I know of]
    34.  Have an ancestor who was a victim of crime [seems quite possible, but I don't know about it]
    35.  Have shared an ancestor’s story online or in a magazine (Tell us where) [Some of these stories are my ancestors, others are about relatives.]
    36.  Have published a family history online or in print (Details please) [I think this website counts :-)]
    37.  Have visited an ancestor’s home from the 19th or earlier centuries [Yes - have been to several of the farms in Scotland where my ancestors worked as Labourers, and in a couple of cases seen what was likely the Bothee they lived in. Dovecot Hall was the last residence in Scotland of the Houliston family before the emigrated to New Zealand in 1860.]
    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 [Yes - have the bible of this couple]
    40.  Have a pre-19th century family bible

  2 Responses to “The Ancestors’ Geneameme”

  1. Thanks for the contribution, Roger.
    Great to hear from a Kiwi (albeit one who has been transplanted).

  2. I was interested to read your list and explore your links. Eventually I will get around to doing this geneameme myself. (So many plans… so little time…!)

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