Saturday, October 15, 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: GeneaMeme


Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - The Ancestors GeneaMeme

October 15, 2011

Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun Challenge:

The Mission is to:

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.

Thank you to Jill for the SNGF idea!  Jill is collecting Ancestors MeGeneaMeme entries too.

The rules, and the Meme list, is given below in my response.
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 

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
4.  Have an ancestor who was married more than three times: Friederick Fermazin
5.  Have an ancestor who was a bigamist
6.  Met all four of my grandparents
7.  Met one or more of my great-grandparents: Met Minnie Fermazin, my grandfather’s mother.
8.  Named a child after an ancestor
9.  Bear an ancestor's given name/s: Named after my mother’s mother, Nancy Ames Worthing
10.           Have an ancestor from Great Britain or Ireland: Richard Seth Worthing, Sarah Ingram Worthing from Wales
11.           Have an ancestor from Asia
12.           Have an ancestor from Continental Europe: LINDEN, FERMAZIN, POTT, KARTHEISER, BEVIER
13.           Have an ancestor from Africa
14.           Have an ancestor who was an agricultural labourer: Richard Seth Worthing
15.           Have an ancestor who had large land holdings: Richard Seth Worthing
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: My great aunt married a 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: LINDEN, FERMAZIN, POTT, WORTHING, INGRAM
29.           Can trace a direct family line back to the seventeenth century or earlier: WORTHING, FERMAZIN, LINDEN, POTT
30.           Have seen copies of the signatures of some of my great-grandparents: Ira Daniel Ames, Richard Seth Worthing
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): Wrote a poem about my FERMAZIN line and it was published in Everton’s Genealogy Magazine. Everton’s Genealogical Helper: November December 2008.
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:  Cornelia Palon Ames family Bible in my possession.
40. Have a pre-19th century family bible

41. Find the marriage of Adolphus Ames ;

42. Find the parents of Cornelia Palon

43. Find the birthplace of Friederich Fermazin ancestors

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

DNA Test Results

DNA seems to be the way to go with this family. The Ames Society was able to contact a 94 year old first cousin to my mom. With the help of the Ames Society, he tested.  The DNA test ruled out  many Ames lines. Adolphus Ames did not match with the Nathaniel Ames of Dane County Wisconsin. This was a big disappointment. Nor did this DNA test match with anyone who tested in the Ames Society.

I have not been able to find the John Ames who signed Adolphus' son into the Civil War and also why since Harvey Campbell was his guardian.

It seems that my Ames who tested with the Ames Society  is minus 2 generations from the other Ames that tested.  The other Ames is descended from a Samuel Ames and Louisa Ames who lived in New Lebanon, Columbia, New York in 1850. This family migrated to Lenawee, Michigan which was on the migration route of Adolphus on his way to Wisconsin. I have not found any of the Samuel Ames descendents in Dane, Jefferson, or Rock County Wisconsin yet.

Unfortunately, NY did not start keeping vital records until 1880.
I have to now look at newspapers, church records of the area. My hypothesis is that Samuel Ames is a brother to my Adolphus Ames since Samuel was born around 1800.

We did the 67 marker DNA test on the advice of the Ames Society.  This result should be coming in any day.

Name:Samuel Ames
Estimated Birth Year:abt 1801
Birth Place:Connecticut
Home in 1850 (City,County,State):New LebanonColumbiaNew York
Family Number:363
Household Members:
Samuel Ames49
Louisa Ames45
Edward Ames22
Elvira Ames21
Oscar Ames11
Orrin Ames7
Henry Ames5

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Source Citation:  Year: 1850; Census Place: New LebanonColumbiaNew York; Roll: M432_492; Page: 24A; Image: 398.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Decoration Day


I hope each of you enjoys your holiday, but how many remember when it was called Decoration Day? AND, how many know how it got started. As Wikipedia so nicely puts it -- Began as a ritual of remembrance and reconciliation after the civil war.