As a regular reader of Geniaus‘ blogs, I often find myself (lately) doing memes. Sometimes they are created by Geniaus and sometimes she has picked up memes from fellow bloggers. This is one of the latter, and it is a really useful way to advertise the primary surnames we are researching. I have already had considerable success with relatives finding me via my own blogs, so this meme instantly appealed to me.
On his Destination Austin Family Blog Thomas MacEntee has revived Craig Manson of GeneaBlogie’s meme from 2009. Thomas says “Why so? Well this meme actually helps the genealogy blogger create “surname bait” for other researchers to find out on Google and other search engines.”
I’m a bit behind in responding to the challenge as it is a busy (or busier) time for me at present but that won’t detract from the results I am hoping for, which may be next week, next year or even in a few years time. As Geniaus said, it has also made me reflect on my direct ancestors again as it is a while since I revisited some of those lines (having started in 1977) and more recently I have been doing my partner’s families. Plus there are so many more resources available now I really should revisit all family lines.
The instructions for this meme are very simple (although they are US centric) but simply adjust them slightly to include Country, state or county or whatever is relevant for your ancestors.
How The Meme Works
To participate, do the following at your own blog and post a link in the comments of Thomas’ post:
1. List your surnames in alphabetical order as follows:
[SURNAME]: State/Province (county/subdivision), date range
AUSTIN surname: New York (Jefferson County, Lewis County, St. Lawrence County), 1830-present; Rhode Island (Kent County, Washington County), 1638-1830
2. At the end, list your Most Wanted Ancestor with details!
Shauna’s Names, Places and Most Wanted Faces
Following are the surnames of my Great-Great Grandparents
CARNEGIE surname: Scotland (Angus, Montrose) 1786-1875; Australia (New South Wales, Grafton, Queensland, Brisbane, Toorbul) 1875-present
FAGAN surname: Ireland (Wicklow, Rathdrum, Glasnarget) 1861-present
FINN surname: Ireland (Wicklow, Rathdrum, Avoca) 1841-1882; Australia (Queensland, Brisbane) 1882-present
GUNDERSON surname: Norway (Telemark County, Seljord) 1688-1873; Australia (Queensland, Brisbane) 1873-present
HALVORSDATTER surname: Norway (Telemark County, Seljord) 1811-present
JEFFERS surname: Ireland (Armagh, Portadown) 1844-present
JOHNSTON surname: Ireland (Cavan, Bailieborough, Knockbride) 1803-1861; Australia (Queensland, Brisbane, Mackay) 1861-present
JUDGE surname: England (Northamptonshire, Croughton, Brackley) 1799-present
POLLARD surname: England (Northamptonshire, Croughton, Brackley) 1799-present
PRICE surname: England (Staffordshire, Wednesbury, West Bromwich) 1789-1878; Australia (New South Wales, Queensland, Charters Towers, Brisbane) 1878-present
ROSEWARNE surname: England (Cornwall, St Hilary Breage) 1582-present
SILK surname: England (Staffordshire, Wednesbury) 1740-present
SWEATMAN surname: England (Oxfordshire, Deddington) 1798-present
TITT surname: England (Wiltshire, Wylie, Bishopstrow) 1549-present
TREVASKIS surname: England (Cornwall, St Hilary, Ludgvan) 1698-1861; Australia (South Australia, Moonta, Queensland, Copperfield, Charters Towers) 1861-present
WHITE surname: England (Wiltshire, Pitton & Farley) 1640-1883; Australia (Queensland, Charters Towers, Brisbane) 1883-present
Most Wanted Ancestor: I’ve just recently found mine – Elizabeth JUDGE who was really a POLLARD (story here) but I’m happy to have any additional information on any of the above!