This profile won Profile of the Week the fourth week of December 2017.
RootsTech Attendee: 2018
Marty (Lenover) Acks participated with Musty Dusty during the 2021 Clean-a-Thon.
Marty (Lenover) Acks participated with Musty Dusty during the 2021 Connect-a-Thon.
Martin "Marty" Stuart Acks was born to Nancy Kay Lenover on April 22, 1957. Nancy married George "Bill" William Acks in 1968. In the summer between junior high school and high school in summer of 1971, Marty was adopted by Bill Acks and took the name Martin Stuart Acks at that time.
Marty was born and raised in Decatur, Illinois. He graduated Stephen Decatur High School in 1975. He was a member of the last graduating class. The school in the downtown was torn down to build a Civic Center.
In 1975 he enrolled at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Marty started in the Liberal Arts College but transferred into Engineering School after taking a class in Fortran. He graduated with a degree in Computer Sciences from the College of Engineering in 1979. Marty attended the summer school at Illinois State University in the summer of 1976.
After college Marty lived in the western suburbs of Chicago. He settled in Downers Grove in 1982, where he currently serves on the board and volunteers at the Downers Grove Historical Society .
Marty married his college sweetheart, Carine Mary Christiaens in 1980. The wedding was at the parish church in which she grew up, St. Willibrord Church in the Roseland neighborhood of Chicago. They have one son who is married and has two children.
Marty's first job was detasseling corn in central Illinois around the age of 14 or 15. Through high school and college, he worked at Eisner's grocery store (later acquired by Jewel). While at Eisner's, he was a five-year member of the United Retail Workers.
Upon graduating from college in 1979, Marty took a job in the computer software industry in the Chicago suburbs at Professional Computer Resources (PCR). He co-founded Silvon Software in 1987 with three colleagues from PCR. He has held a number of different positions in the software industry over the course of his career.
Marty retired in 2018. Genealogy and local history has become an even greater interest. Golf, reading, and grandkids and family also take up much time.
I had planned to come out of retirement temporarily to help with the US Census in 2020. Thats been delayed as of May 2020 due to Covid-19.
Links to notables (of interest to me)
This section lists some of my ancestor who have served in the military. It is incomplete.
Jean de Jarnette - (1679 - 1765) direct connection not yet made in WikiTree though.
The connection to the Porterfields through my maternal grandmother Juanita Porterfield is of particular research interest. There are ancestors in the following Scottish families through marriage bai the wife's lines. They tend to be lowland families. This list is incomplete. The Scottish lines run through my 9th gg grandfather, Alexander Porterfield and Agnes Blair. Relationship cited below are relationships to them
This page tracks emigration patterns of my ancestors. I have no known American Indian relatives so my ancestors have all come from other countries. Most of my ancestors have lived in the United States since the American Revolution so this leads to a large number of immigrants from many different countries. This information is a few years old as of 2018. I have more current information to be published here.
England - 3.76%
John Flood, my 6th great grandfather, was born in England in 1695. He was in the Virginia Colony by 1762 at the time of his marriage to Agnes Payne.
John Garwood, my 7th great grandfather, was born in England in 1675. He was in the American Colonies by 1696 at the time of his marriage to Mary Farr in 1696.
Edward Maxey, my 9th great grandfather, was born in London, England in 1674. He was in the American Colonies by 1710 when may have married Susannah Gates or Susannah may have come to America with him.
Germany - 1.563%
Joseph Lenover, my 4th great grandfather, was born in Germany in 1775. He was in America by 1810.
Ireland - 1.563%
John Guthrie, my 5th great grandfather, was born in Londonderry in 1725. He emigrated from Ireland after his marriage to Mary Jean Reed in 1745.
Samuel Porterfield, my 5th great grandfather, emigrated from Ireland to Pennsylvania the 1720's. He came with with his father and 5 brothers and two sisters.
France - 0.195%
Jean Pierre Bondurant, my 8th great grandfather, was born in France in 1677. He arrived in Virginia in 1700. His emigration from France was for religious reasons as he was a Huguenot. He married Rhoda Ann Faure, also an immigrant from France.
Rhoda Ann Faure, my 8th great grandmother, was born in France. She emigration from France was for religious reasons as he was a Huguenot. She married Jean Pierre Bondurant, also an immigrant from France.
Dutch Republic (now Netherlands) - 0.098%
Jan Dirckse Van Der Vliet, my 8th great grandfather, was born in Waal in the Dutch Republic in 1660. He was in America when he married his wife Geertje Verkerk in 1682.
Geertje Verkerk, my 8th great grandmother, was born in Buurmalsen in the Dutch Republic in 1658. She was in America when she married her husband Jan Dirckse Van Der Vliet in 1682.
Wales - 0.049%
Robert Perryman, my 9th great grandfather, was probably born in Wales around 1650. He came to the area of Skimino Creek in the Virginia Colony in 1663 as an indentured servant. He sailed from the port of Bristol.
These surnames are ones I have not been able to find the ancestor that immigrated to America which are also brick walls.
Acks - Adam or Albert Acks is my most recent common ancestor brick wall. He probably came from Baden as he moved to a community of immigrants from Ersingen, Baden. This is a step relative so this does not count from a DNA perspective.
Boys - William Boys is a 4th great grandfather. He was born in Ohio. She was born in Indiana in 1808. The Boys/Boyce surname is most commonly an English name.
Darlington - Elizabeth Darlington is my 10th great grandmother. She lived in York County in Virginia Colony in the mid 1600s. She was born around 1625. Probably of England descent.
Scott - John Scott is my 10th great grandfather. He lived in the York County of Virginia Colony in the mid 1600s. He was born around 1625. Probably of England descent.
First-hand information. Entered by Martin Acks at registration.
Maternal relationship is confirmed by a MyHeritageDNA test match between Marty Acks and his first cousin once-removed. Their most-recent common ancestors are Paul Russell Porterfield and Nelle Malicote, the great grandparents of Marty Acks and the grandparents of R.F. Predicted relationship from MyHeritage: 1st cousin once removed - 2nd cousin, based on sharing 361.5 cM across 19 segments.