Sunday, November 13, 2011

99 Things

This meme comes courtesy of  Becky at the Kinexxions blog.  I found it via Marian's Roots & Rambles.

The rules are simple:

The list should be annotated in the following manner:
Things you have already done or found: bold face type
Things you would like to do or find: italicize (color optional)
Things you haven’t done or found and don’t care to: plain type


  1. Belong to a genealogical society. - I see some possible benefit to it, but not enough that I have any desire to jump into one..
  2. Researched records onsite at a court house.
  3. Transcribed records.
  4. Uploaded tombstone pictures to Find-A-Grave. - Best thing since sliced bread for genealogists!
  5. Documented ancestors for four generations (self, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents). - Still working on more, but have much of the basics.
  6. Joined Facebook. - Long ago, and NOT for genealogy.  In fact, I do very little with genealogy on Facebook even now.
  7. Helped to clean up a run-down cemetery. - I've cleaned up the graves I was interested in at the time.
  8. Joined the Genea-Bloggers Group on Facebook. - I actually had to go check to be sure.  I'm much more genealogically connected on Google+.
  9. Attended a genealogy conference.
  10. Lectured at a genealogy conference.
  11. Spoke on a genealogy topic at a local genealogy society.
  12. Been the editor of a genealogy society newsletter.
  13. Contributed to a genealogy society publication.
  14. Served on the board or as an officer of a genealogy society.
  15. Got lost on the way to a cemetery. - Found a wonderful old local man who had a conversation with me while sitting on his ATV with his dog, and then gave me better directions than I had.
  16. Talked to dead ancestors.
  17. Researched outside the state in which I live.
  18. Knocked on the door of an ancestral home and visited with the current occupants.
  19. Cold called a distant relative.
  20. Posted messages on a surname message board.
  21. Uploaded a gedcom file to the internet. - If Ancestry.com counts, or WikiTree... Imported to online database(s).  Not as simply posting a GEDCOM file.
  22. Googled my name.
  23. Performed a random act of genealogical kindness. - Nothing worth mentioning yet.
  24. Researched a non-related family, just for the fun of it.
  25. Have been paid to do genealogical research.
  26. Earn a living (majority of income) from genealogical research.
  27. Wrote a letter (or email) to a previously unknown relative.
  28. Contributed to one of the genealogy carnivals.- Missed a deadline on one I wanted to do!
  29. Responded to messages on a message board or forum.
  30. Was injured while on a genealogy excursion.
  31. Participated in a genealogy meme.  This one and several others.
  32. Created family history gift items (calendars, cookbooks, etc.).
  33. Performed a record lookup for someone else. - I haven't had the access to data that many others have.
  34. Went on a genealogy seminar cruise.
  35. Am convinced that a relative must have arrived here from outer space.
  36. Found a disturbing family secret.
  37. Told others about a disturbing family secret.
  38. Combined genealogy with crafts (family picture quilt, scrapbooking).
  39. Think genealogy is a passion not a hobby. - Mostly. 
  40. Assisted finding next of kin for a deceased person (Unclaimed Persons).
  41. Taught someone else how to find their roots.
  42. Lost valuable genealogy data due to a computer crash or hard drive failure. - Not much, and only because the drive died between one session of inputting data and the next, the computer was not even turned off!  I was visiting an aunt, and away from my backups.  Not a great deal lost.
  43. Been overwhelmed by available genealogy technology.
  44. Know a cousin of the 4th degree or higher.
  45. Disproved a family myth through research.
  46. Got a family member to let you copy photos. - All the time!
  47. Used a digital camera to “copy” photos or records.
  48. Translated a record from a foreign language. 
  49. Found an immigrant ancestor’s passenger arrival record.
  50. Looked at census records on microfilm, not on the computer.
  51. Used microfiche.
  52. Visited the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
  53. Visited more than one LDS Family History Center.
  54. Visited a church or place of worship of one of your ancestors.
  55. Taught a class in genealogy.
  56. Traced ancestors back to the 18th Century.
  57. Traced ancestors back to the 17th Century.
  58. Traced ancestors back to the 16th Century.Traced, yes. Documented? No.
  59. Can name all of your great-great-grandparents. I think I can.
  60. Found an ancestor’s Social Security application. (Found or requested?)
  61. Know how to determine a soundex code without the help of a computer.
  62. Used Steve Morse’s One-Step searches.
  63. Own a copy of Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills.
  64. Helped someone find an ancestor using records you had never used for your own research.
  65. Visited the main National Archives building in Washington, DC.
  66. Visited the Library of Congress.
  67. Have an ancestor who came over on the Mayflower.
  68. Have an ancestor who fought in the Civil War. - Both sides.
  69. Taken a photograph of an ancestor’s tombstone. - Many!
  70. Became a member of the Association of Graveyard Rabbits.
  71. Can read a church record in Latin.
  72. Have an ancestor who changed their name.
  73. Joined a Rootsweb mailing list.
  74. Created a family website. - Assuming that MyHeritage and other such sites don't count for this.
  75. Have more than one "genealogy" blog.
  76. Was overwhelmed by the amount of family information received from someone.
  77. Have broken through at least one brick wall.
  78. Visited the DAR Library in Washington D.C.
  79. Borrowed a microfilm from the Family History Library through a local Family History Center.
  80. Have done indexing for Family Search Indexing or another genealogy project.
  81. Visited the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
  82. Had an amazing serendipitous find of the "Psychic Roots" variety.
  83. Have an ancestor who was a Patriot in the American Revolutionary War.- More than one.
  84. Have an ancestor who was a Loyalist in the American Revolutionary War.
  85. Have both Patriot & Loyalist ancestors.
  86. Have used Border Crossing records to locate an ancestor.
  87. Use maps in my genealogy research.- Frequently!
  88. Have a convict ancestor who was transported from the UK.
  89. Found a bigamist amongst the ancestors. - Possibly, haven't got firm documentation yet.
  90. Visited the National Archives in Kew.
  91. Visited St. Catherine's House in London to find family records.
  92. Found a cousin in Australia (or other foreign country).
  93. Consistently cite my sources. - I'm working on it.
  94. Visited a foreign country (i.e. one I don't live in) in search of ancestors.
  95. Can locate any document in my research files within a few minutes. Ha!
  96. Have an ancestor who was married four times (or more). - Three, yes, several, but not four that I know.
  97. Made a rubbing of an ancestors gravestone.
  98. Organized a family reunion.
  99. Published a family history book (on one of my families).
  100. Learned of the death of a fairly close relative through research.
  101. Have done the genealogy happy dance.
  102. Sustained an injury doing the genealogy happy dance.
  103. Offended a family member with my research.
  104. Reunited someone with precious family photos or artifacts. - I've had myself reunited with precious family photos and artifacts, does that count?



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