Sunday, August 9, 2009

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun on a Sunday!

I'm a day late, but this looked like fun to figure out! I'm talking about Randy Seaver's latest suggestion:

1) List your 16 great-great-grandparents in pedigree chart order. List their birth and death years and places.

2) Figure out the dominant ethnicity or nationality of each of them.

3) Calculate your ancestral ethnicity or nationality by adding them up for the 16 - 6.25% for each (obviously, this is approximate).

Yes, I admit it. I hate math, but love statistics. I'm nothing if not confused!

Unfortunately, I don't have all 16 because I've still got a few brick walls to figure out, but this is what I have now:

1. Adam Domelle: born bet. 1850 - 1860 in Austro-Hungarian Empire; married in Austro-Hungarian Empire; died in Austro-Hungarian Empire.
GERMAN

2. Christine Reiser: born bet. 1850 - 1860 in Austro-Hungarian Empire.
UNKNOWN, prob. GERMAN

3. John Francis Mix: born 09 Mar 1830 in Ithaca, Tompkins County, NY; married aft. 1854; died 1906 in Tioga County, NY.
ENGLISH

4. Mary Ellen Cook: born 19 Feb 1840 in Tioga County, NY; married aft. 1854; died Jun 1925 in NY.
UNKNOWN, prob. ENGLISH

5. John Francis Akins: born 13 Mar 1841 in NY; died 13 Feb 1890.
UNKNOWN, prob. ENGLISH (could be English, Irish or Scottish - "Akins" is spelled a multitude of ways in the records)

6. Hattie Elizabeth Kirby: born 19 Mar 1866 in NY; married 17 Apr 1885; died 04 Jun 1963 in NY.
UNKNOWN, prob. ENGLISH or IRISH

7. Nimrod Harrision, Jr.: born 19 Apr 1839 in Mt. Airy, Carroll County, MD; married 28 Nov 1860 in Frederick County, MD; died 1919 in Taylorsville, Carroll County, MD.
ENGLISH

8. Sarah C. Watkins: 22 Aug 1845 in MD; married 28 Nov 1860 in Frederick County, MD; died 1931 in Taylorsville, Carroll County, MD.
ENGLISH

9. Johann Andreas Kleylein-Weltdicker: born 04 Oct 1820 in Unterrodach, Oberfranken, Bayern, Germany; married 07 Mar 1858 in Unterrodach, Oberfranken, Bayern, Germany; died 26 Feb 1886 in Unterrodach, Oberfranken, Bayern, Germany.
GERMAN

10. Katharina Schaller: born 24 Aug 1833 in Unterrodach, Oberfranken, Bayern, Germany; married 07 Mar 1858 in Unterrodach, Oberfranken, Bayern, Germany; died 15 May 1919 in Unterrodach, Oberfranken, Bayern, Germany.
GERMAN

11. John Pawlak: born 24 Jun 1850 in Posen, Poland; married 30 Jan 1876 in St. Adalbert's Chicago, Cook County, IL; died 20 Apr 1911 in Hale Township, McLeod County, MN.
POLISH

12. Branislawa Lewandowski: born 30 Sep 1856 in Posen, Poland; married 30 Jan 1876 in St. Adalbert's Chicago, Cook County, IL; died 13 Mar 1910 in Hale Township, McLeod County, MN.
POLISH

13. John Pokornowski: born 21 Dec 1856 in Starawies, Gniezno, Poland; married 25 May 1881 in St. Adalbert's, Silver Lake, McLeod County, MN; died 21 Jan 1939 in Geneseo, Sargent County, ND.
POLISH

14. Pelagia Kautz: born 11 Mar 1864 in Posen, Poland; married 25 May 1881 in St. Adalbert's, Silver Lake, McLeod County, MN; died 15 Jan 1964 in Breckenbridge, Wilkin County, MN.
POLISH

Soooooo....my nationalities come out to:

English: 3 (21%)
German: 3 (21%)
Polish: 4 (29%)
Unknown: 4 (29%)

Now, if I'm right about my unknowns, it changes to this:

English: 6 (43%)
German: 4 (29%)
Polish: 4 (29%)

Of my English g-g-grandparent's, one line I know for sure is from Colonial New England (the Mix line). Two others (Harrison and Watkins) are from Colonial Virginia, which as you know, can't be any more different than the people that immigrated to New England. If you want to know more about the differences, I read this AWESOME book that gave me great perspective: Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America (America: A Cultural History), by David Hackett Fischer. It's not an easy read, but I thought it was well worth it.

One thing this listing has helped me with is that I still have some major holes to fix in some of my New York lines! Hopefully my visit to the Tioga County Historical Society in a few weeks will help with that!

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