Oh, the Places They were Born: Ancestral Places Geneameme

Oh, the Places They were Born: Ancestral Places Geneameme

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Alona Tester at the LoneTest HQ website has created this wonderful genealogy meme.  Try to fill in as many places where your ancestors were from in an alphabetical list.

I confess that I might be at a slight advantage with this challenge.  Some lines span well beyond the 1600s.  My genealogy covers six countries and a kingdom that became a state.

I focused on birth places for this list.

globe represent my ancestral homes
My ancestors came from across the globe

My Ancestral Homes List

2>And, away we go!
A Achada, Nordeste, Azores – Pacheco
B Boston, Massachusetts – Kelly
C Castet, France – Breilh/La Plagne Maucor
E England – Jackson
F Fenais da Vera Cruz, Ribeira Grande, Azores – Pacheco Grande/Ferreira Grota
H Hillsborough County, NH – Kelly
I Izeste, France – Breilh/Mazou Berges
K Kilauea, Kauai, Territory of Hawaii
L Lasseube, France – Tiret/Castera
M Maia, Ribeira Grande, Azores
N New South Wales, Australia – Jones/Haywards
O Oakland, California – Pacheco Smith/Lassalle
P Povoacao, Azores – Mello/Medeyros
R Roscommon County, Ireland – Kelly/Dolan
S San Francisco, California – Jones/Mazeres
T Territory of Hawaii – Pacheco
U USA (well, that’s cheating a little bit…LOL) – Jones/Jackson/Kelly/Mazeres/Lassalle/Smith
V Viellesegure, France – Maissonave
W Wales – Jones/Hayward

If I had one of these scratchable maps, I could mark off all my ancestral places!

Scratchable world map
Scratchable world map available on Amazon.com

I have to admit that I cheated on K.  Semi-cheated.  My grandfather’s birthplace is up in the air.  He was said to be born on Kauai, at sea, and at port in San Francisco Bay.

I decided to include Kilauea in my list because between 1882 and 1907, my Pacheco ancestors made it their home.  My great grandparents were married there.  They had 4 children there.  I still have cousins in Kilauea.  I would be remiss if I left it off my list.

Just look at it!  Wouldn’t you want to claim this beautiful place, too?

my ancestors settled in kilauea hanelei kauai hawaii
View of the Hanalei Valley, Kauai, Hawaii (Source: Wikipedia.com – public domain)

I’m sure I’ll collect the letters D and G some day.  Q is in reach if one of my Australian ancestors gets themselves born in Queensland 😉  I don’t know about X, Y, and Z though.  I wonder if there are any towns in Wales that start with those letters.

How many letters do you think you can come up with?  Participate in the meme, too!  Just head over to Alona’s website.


4 thoughts on “Oh, the Places They were Born: Ancestral Places Geneameme

  1. Great list! And thanks for the link to the “scratchable” world map. I definitely want one and I think my 9-year-old granddaughter, who I believe to be a budding genealogist, would love it, too!

  2. I think that map is pretty cool, too! It would be wonderful to work it with a child marking off ancestral places, migration routes, and so on. Thanks for sharing and keep that 9 year old interested in her family tree.

  3. Love your “U” category! While I was doing mine, I thought of doing the same thing for countries other than US.

  4. Barb, “U” was a little bit difficult, but what the heck. LOL It’s interesting to see your ancestry this way. I’ve also though of doing a migration map on Google Maps, just so I could see the different places my ancestors lived in.

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