The Ancestor's Geneameme

My friend Geniaus has made another meme for us to complete.

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 (John Moore, Margaret Henry, Malcolm McColm, Jane Fleming, Thomas Merchant, Sarah Hooton, William Allsop, Mary McInerney, William Dawson, Emma Seabrook, John Lylan, Matilda Agnew,, John Ryan, Mary O'Halloran, Peter Ogden and Elizabeth Harrison)
  2. Can name over 50 direct ancestors - 125 - However, some of them are female christian names
  3. Have photographs or portraits of my 8 great-grandparents - Only have 7, Michael Patrick Ryan is missing.
  4. Have an ancestor who was married three times
  5. Have an ancestor who was a bigamist.Not a direct ancestor. (Family stories suggest that John Cottle, the husband of Maud Ford was a bigamist and this was why she committed suicide 6 weeks after she married. I haven't actually checked out the accuracy of this story.) The Tenterfield Star 30 January 1906, p. 6. Infinitely sadder than the above, are the circumstances connected with another death, which occurred in our very midst, on Anniversary Day. Mrs John Cottle, a young and apparently happy bride of not quite two months, died by her own hands for no assignable reason whatsoever. Sincere sympathy is felt for her husband, parents and numerous relations. As inquest proved that poison had been taken. The body was followed by friends and interred. Mr W A E Parrott officiated at the graveside, reading the service authorised by the Archbishop of Canterbury for use upon such occasions.
  6. Met all four of my grandparents - (James Moore, Esme Moore, Donovan Dawson and Elsie Dawson)
  7. Met one or more of my great-grandparents (Rose Merchant (Allsop))
  8. Named a child after an ancestor (I'd be in trouble if I mentioned it here.)
  9. Bear an ancestor's given names.
  10. Have an ancestor from Great Britain or Ireland (All my direct lines)
  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 - several
  15. Have an ancestor who had large land holdings (Robert Cumin Dawson in Ireland)
  16. Have an ancestor who was a holy man, minister, priest, rabbi (my 5g grandfather Rev Michael Lee - Ireland)
  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 - (5 greats in a direct line to get to a Smith)
  20. Have an ancestor with the surname Wong, Kim, Suzuki or Ng
  21. Have an ancestor with a surname beginning with W
  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
  26. Have a parent who was born in a different county from my county of birth
  27. Have a grandparent who was born in a different county from my county 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. Has 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 - 5 great grandfather Rev Michael Lee graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a BA in 1726. 
  33. Have an ancestor who was convicted of a criminal offence - Patrick Flynn, Thomas Moylan and James Agnew (All Irish)
  34. Have an ancestor who was a victim of crime.
  35. Have shared an ancestor's story online or in a magazine  Other than my blog and not strictly an ancestor but the nephew of my gg grandmother)
  36. Have published a family history online or in print - and
  37. Have visited an ancestor's home from the 19th or earlier centuries (In Ireland and Sydney)
  38. Still have an ancestor's home from the 19th or earlier centuries (In Ireland)
  39. Have a family bible from the 19th century (My aunt has one.)
  40. Have a pre-19th century family bible.


  1. Thanks, Sharon, for both this and Mr Brennan's contributions to the meme. How lucky you were to have four grandparents to meet.


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