Showing posts with label surnames. Show all posts
Showing posts with label surnames. Show all posts

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Surname Saturday Meme: Names, Places and Most Wanted Faces

Periodically I think it is important that we "revive" some of the more successful blogging memes in the genealogy community especially since there are always new bloggers coming into the fold. One of the more prominent examples is Jill Ball of Geniaus' revival of the 99 Things Genealogy Meme.

So, in the same spirit of "what is old is new again" I think it is time to revive the Names, Places and Most Wanted Faces meme started by Craig Manson of GeneaBlogie back in February 2009. 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.

How The Meme Works

To participate, do the following at your own blog and post a link back here in the comments:

1. List your surnames in alphabetical order as follows:

[SURNAME]: State/Province (county/subdivision), date range
as in:

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!

Finally, I'm happy to report that since I posted the info below in 2009, I've found my Most Wanted Ancestor and have had to add a new ancestor in that spot!

My Entries
  • AUSTIN: New York (Jefferson County, Lewis County, St. Lawrence County), 1830-present;
    Rhode Island (Kent County, Washington County), 1638-1830
  • CHRISTIANA: New York (Dutchess County, Ulster County), 1814-1900
  • CRANDALL: Rhode Island (Kent County, Washington County), 1630-1900
  • DEGROODT: New York (Dutchess County, Ulster County), 1800-present
  • DENCE: New York (Lewis County), 1802-present
  • FARREN: New York (Bronx County, Kings County); Ireland (Belfast), 1870-present
  • FINEHOUT: New York (Dutchess County, Ulster County), 1830-present
  • HENNEBERG: New York (Bronx County, Kings County, Queens County, Nassau County), New Jersey (Essex County, Hudson County), 1860-present
  • KROM: New York (Dutchess County, Ulster County), 1653-present
  • LEEHIVE: New York (Ulster County), 1860-present
  • MACENTEE or MCENTEE: New York (Dutchess County, Orange County, Ulster County), 1795-present
  • MCGINNIS or MCGINNES: New York (Bronx County, Kings County), Ireland (County Monaghan), 1870-present
  • PRESSNER or PRESNER: New York (Bronx County, Kings County, Queens County), 1840-present
  • PUTMAN: New York (Albany County, Montgomery County, Schenectady County), 1645-present
  • SLATTERY: New York (Orange County, Ulster County), 1870-present
  • MOST WANTED ANCESTOR: Margaret LEEHIVE, born about 1867 in Greenwich, London, England to John LEEHIVE and Unknown. Married Martin SLATTERY. Died 1898, Rosendale, Ulster County, New York.
  © 2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Another Twitter Cousin

On Saturday morning I opened up my Tweetdeck console, and while I checked out my Twitter messages I decided to post a few Surname Saturday messages. Surname Saturday is a daily blogging theme that I and many genealogy bloggers use over at GeneaBloggers - it lets us post our surnames we are researching either in a blog post or as a message on Twitter.  The goal is to get a wider recognition for some of the surnames and to see if others are perhaps researching the same lines.

Well, I posted some of my usual Surname Saturday messages on twitter which always include the hashtags #surnames and #genealogy (click the image to embiggen):

Pretty soon, I receive a reply from someone on Twitter.  While it isn't related to my MacEntee or McEntee lines, it is someone who also has a surname from Ulster County, New York:

Right away, I could see that we were probably cousins - I have the names Roosa (also related to the Roosevelts of Hyde Park, New York) and Schepmoes in my research.  So in my next message, I say how I am related along the Schepmoes line:

Well it turns out that we have the same 6th great-grandmother - Rebecca Schepmoes, born 1687 in Kingston, New York! You can see the rest of the messages here:

So to see if we are even further related and how far removed, I wanted to trace my descendancy from our common ancestors.  Hopefully I'll get a response from Chris, my new found cousin in Charlotte, North Carolina!

Jan Pieter Schepmoes, d. 24 Jun 1608 - 9th great-grandfather
Jan Janszen Schepmoes, 1605 - 1686 - 8th great-grandfather
Dirck Jansen Schepmoes, 1648 - 1724 - 7th great-grandfather
Rebecca Schepmoes, b, 1687 - 6th great-grandmother
Isaac Abraham Roosa, b. 1728 - 5th great-grandfather
Isaac I. Roosa,  1780-1860 - 4th great-grandfather
Jane F. Roosa, 1822 - 1903 - 3rd great-grandmother
William R.  Krom, 1847 - 1891 - 2nd great-grandfather
Loretta Margarette Krom, 1892 - 1947 - great-grandmother
Loretta Slattery, 1920 - 1986 - grandmother
Richard MacEntee [dates withheld for privacy purposes] - father

So the lesson of all this is: put those surnames out on Twitter, Facebook and other social media just as you would post a query on a genealogy message board! You never know who is going to find you and what connection you will make!

© 2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Working With Surname Variations

[This post was created as part of the 24th Edition of the Carnival of Central and Eastern European Genealogy]

Despite enduring two years of German while working on my bachelor's degree (can you tell I hated it?), I still have trouble with certain words specifically surnames.  When I am doing research, I will often focus only on what I am certain is the form of a surname and not consider any other options.  This is sort of like working with blinders on but I've found a free software application that can help me out of my comfort zone.

Surname Suggestion List is an application developed by Matthew Combs which takes a surname and creates several levels of variations of that name.

As explained by Matthew, the variations in the Excellent column are very similar to the surname used in the search. The Close variations are only similar and the Longshot variations are "somewhat" similar.

There is no way I would think of variations on Henneberg like Hernberg or Heinberg without this application. And while I am a huge fan of web-based applications and tend to shy away from anything I have to download, Surname Suggestion List is one of those "must have" tools for my genealogy toolbox.

Besides generating variations, Matt has also programmed in the ability to click on a surname variation and then perform a Google search with that data. You can also specify Book Search, Image Search and Blog Search.

Worried that Surname Suggestion List won't cover the foreign names you are looking for? Don't worry. From the version list provided, Matt has included the following surnames besides those commonly found in the United States and the United Kingdom: Armenian, Belgian, Czech, Danish, English, French, German, Irish, Kurdish, Lithuanian, Maltese, Norwegian, Pakistani, Persian, Polish, Scottish, Spanish, and Swiss. And Matt also updates the program to include surnames suggested by users.

Check out Surname Suggestion List and you'll be surprised at where your research takes you. As they say, "variety is the spice of life" and of surnames in genealogy research.

© 2009, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Saturday, November 7, 2009

The MacEntee Surname Distribution

This week's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun over at Randy Seaver's Genea-Musings asks participants to determine the worldwide and local distribution of their surname. Here is what I've been able to find about the MacEntee surname using the World Names Profiler:

The countries listed include Ireland with 5.49 persons per million with the MacEntee surname and then the United States at .38, Belgium at .29 and the United Kingdom at .15.  I figure there must be either some misspelling causing the name to pop up in Belgium or a large expatriate community of MacEntees.  Perhaps they are in Belgium for the better beer - I would be.

In the United States, the results are less surprising really. The yellow for Illinois has to be me - I am the only MacEntee that I know of in the state.

My home state of New York is a little surprising to me, since they show the highest concentration in Orange County and not Ulster County where most MacEntees are located both historically and in the present.

© 2009, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Surname Saturday - A to Z

I am going to copy an idea from Herstoryan in her Surname Saturday post where she outlines all her ancestry surnames (or least ones she plans to blog about) from A to Z.

I like the idea of posting my surnames - not only does it help me focus on possible posting topics but I can make sure they get out there in the search engines for others to find!

Ten Eyck

Sunday, March 15, 2009

A Surname Wordle

I'm late, as usual, for Randy Seaver's Saturday Night Fun over at Genea-Musings, but I did take some time this morning to create my Wordle:

I took the top 35 surnames in my genealogy database and then used the Wordle site to generate the above image. During the process it was interesting to see that I had more Putman names than Austin names - a surprise for me! And of course, there is the prevalent "unknown" surname assigned to many females since it isn't always evident what their maiden name was.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Names, Places & Most Wanted Faces

Craig Manson over at Geneablogie has started a new meme which I think is important since it gets the surnames in my genealogy research info out into the blogosphere.  As Craig put it:

"List the surnames you are researching and the general localities. Then tell the names of your “Most Wanted Ancestors,” that is, the ones you most want to find behind that brickwall."

Note: I have been particular with the formatting of the information below and use ________ Surname hoping this will allow more people using Google and other search engines to find my post. Also I am using _______ County for the same reasons.

AUSTIN Surname: New York (Jefferson County, Lewis County, St. Lawrence County); Rhode Island (Kent County, Washington County)

CHRISTIANA Surname: New York (Dutchess County, Ulster County)

CRANDALL Surname: Rhode Island (Kent County, Washington County)

DEGROODT Surname: New York (Dutchess County, Ulster County)

DENCE Surname: New York (Lewis County)

FARREN Surname: New York (Bronx County, Kings County); Ireland (Belfast)

FINEHOUT Surname: New York (Dutchess County, Ulster County)

HENNEBERG Surname: New York (Bronx County, Kings County, Queens County, Nassau County), New Jersey (Essex County, Hudson County)

KROM Surname: New York (Dutchess County, Ulster County)

LEEHIVE Surname: New York (Ulster County)

MACENTEE Surname or MCENTEE Surname: New York (Dutchess County, Orange County, Ulster County)

MCGINNIS Surname or MCGINNES Surname: New York (Bronx County, Kings County), Ireland (County Monaghan

PRESSNER Surname: New York (Bronx County, Kings County, Queens County)

PUTMAN Surname: New York (Albany County, Montgomery County, Schenectady County)

SLATTERY Surname: New York (Orange County, Ulster County)

MOST WANTED ANCESTOR: Frances Pressner, my Great Grandmother, born abt 1889 in Liepsig, Germany, died March 10, 1960, Bronx County, New York. Having her parents info would allow me to know all 16 of my great-great grandparents.