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.
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, Brian Michael Acks.
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, Marty took a job in the computer software industry in the Chicago suburbs. He has held a number of different positions in the software industry over the course of his career. He co-founded Silvon Software in 1987.
First-hand information. Entered by Martin Acks at registration.
Links to famous people
My closest presidential relative seems to be George Washington at 3rd cousin, eight times removed.
No known connections. Currently, there is nothing even pointing that direction.
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.
Acks - 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.
Boyce - Elizabeth Boyce is my 3rd great grandmother. She was born in Indiana in 1808. The Boyce surname appears to be of English origins.
Cunningham - Sarah Cunningham is my 5th great grandmother. She married my fifth great grandfather Samuel Porterfield who emigrated from Scotland around 1730. Sarah was born in Massachusetts in 1726. Sarah ancestors likely emigrated from Scotland or Ireland.
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.
Marty Acks's DNA has been tested for genealogical purposes. It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Marty or other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Marty:
Thank you so much for the information that you sent me. I feel confident that it confirms my grandfather and great grandfather and will help me make progress in compiling my family tree. Very much appreciated.
Hi Marty, you invited me to be profile manager of Joyce Curwen in July, and I'd like to take up the offer please. Just became aware of a rich source of original information in Carlisle, England. Regards, Ian (Dykes-950)
RE: Buchanan Stewart and Jean Primrose
Maybe we could work together to find Buchanan's parents? I also have his father as William, from Rootsweb World Connect. How do you connect to the Stewarts?
Hi Marty: Thanks for the offer of managing Joyce (Dykes) Curwen. As soon as they Dykes line (her brother is Leonard Dykes) is cleaned-up (it is in a bit of a mess circa 1500-1650) then I will take up your offer and attach her to it.
and if Wanda Palmer also died in infancy then my great aunt Susan and all her children don't exist either.
Marty I am so so sorry I am new to this and I read the report wrong. I thought it was saying your edit was the stuff written above the yellow spaces. Which said my grandma and great aunt died when they were infants. Please forgive me @hug@
Hi Marty: I received a note from Wikitree that you edited the biography of my ancestor, George Horn. However, I can't seem to notice any changes that you made. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you and I share a Horn(e) Scottish ancestor. Thank you, Mary Cudmore
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