The Ancestral Places Geneameme

As family historians we come across all sorts of interesting people and places during our research. In this geneameme I wanted to focus on the places. The countries, the states, the counties or provinces, as well as the parishes, the towns and villages. Our ancestors have a connection to these places.

What places do your ancestors come from?

Using the alphabet how many letters can you name ancestral places for? Some you will no doubt know well, some you may not … at least not yet (see my letter ‘I’ and ‘N’ examples below). I still have more research to do on those lines.

It doesn’t have to be where your ancestors were born, but it does have to be a place that they were associated with. For instance they lived or worked in that place.

Name the letter, followed by the place (town/parish/county/state/or country), and the surname/s associated with that place. I’ll be surprised if anyone can list places for all A-Z, but you never know. And if you want to double up on letters, that’s not a problem, go right ahead … after all this really is a cousin bait list detailing the surnames and places your ancestors are from, that you’re researching.

C – Cudlee Creek, South Australia, Australia (Kelly, Hannaford)
H – Helsingfors/Helsinki, Finland (Winter)
I – Ireland (McGrath?)
K – Kenton, Devon, England (Randell)
L – Lancaster, Lancashire, England (Hayhurst)
M – Modbury, South Australia, Australia (Phillips)
N – Netherlands (Beecken)

So geneabloggers, the challenge has been set, who’s up for the Ancestral Places Geneameme. Feel free to join in.

23 Responses to “The Ancestral Places Geneameme”

  1. Pauleen says:

    Okay brain being geared up.

  2. Nan Bailey says:

    Is this using State / County and Country not town, State, Country

    • Alona says:

      Nan, it simply depends which country you’re in, and obviously how much information you have narrowed down your research to as to what detail you have. For instance see the lists below. Apart from that everyone records places differently. I know not everyone records country – but as my own family come from numerous different countries, I have got into the habit of including it. Besides it save confusion if was was the write SA, which could be South Australia or South Africa. 🙂
      Australia: town, state, country.
      England: village, (sometimes parish), county, country.
      US: town, (sometimes county), state, country.
      Canada: town, province, country.

      • Nan Bailey says:

        Thanks for the clarification. Most if mine are Australian, English and Irish, but few of the Irish have a town or village. I would be interested in doing this as I haven’t sorted my ancestors bv place of birth before.

      • Alona says:

        While I came up with the idea, I’m really looking at sitting down and doing it myself. As you say, it’ll be an interesting exercise. 🙂

  3. Jane says:

    I cheated a bit, but done.

  4. Hi Alona, May we use your flags image to illustrate our geneameme?

  5. Lark Robart says:

    Thanks for this fun idea. I created a list and wrote about it on my blog, here . . .

  6. Can’t resist this Alona. I love a geneameme and I’m looking forward to checking into other blogger’s research interests

  7. I finished my list tonight. It was fun trying to fill in all the space. I didn’t succeed.

    Thanks for this challenge!

  8. Judy Webster says:

    What a great idea, Alona. I intend to put my list on ‘Jottings, Journeys and Genealogy’ ( It will have to wait until later this week, as I’m going to both days of the Unlock the Past roadshow in Brisbane. After the lectures, dinner with friends and a long(ish) drive home, I’ll probably just fall into bed without turning on the computer!

  9. Alex Daw says:

    Fab meme for #NFHM Alona. Well done you! I’ll have a crack at it but I suspect X and Z might be a problem!

  10. Jill Ball says:

    Phew – I just made it before the end of the month. My contribution is here:

    Thanks for the challenge.

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