Thursday, 12 September 2013

Reply to: 99 Things Genealogy Meme - Aussie Style

In reply to Geniaus' invite, here are my answers:

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 (colour optional)
Things you haven’t done or found and don’t care to: plain type


  1. Belong to a genealogical society
  2. Joined the Australian Genealogists group on Genealogy Wise
  3. Transcribed records
  4. Uploaded headstone pictures to Find-A-Grave or a similar site
  5. Documented ancestors for four generations (self, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents)
  6. Joined Facebook
  7. Cleaned up a run-down cemetery
  8. Joined the Genea-Bloggers Group
  9. Attended a genealogy conference (going to my first one next weekend!)
  10. Lectured at a genealogy conference
  11. Spoke on a genealogy topic at a local genealogy society
  12. Joined the Society of Australian Genealogists
  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
  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
  22. Googled my name
  23. Performed a random act of genealogical kindness
  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
  29. Responded to messages on a message board
  30. Was injured while on a genealogy excursion
  31. Participated in a genealogy meme 
  32. Created family history gift items
  33. Performed a record lookup
  34. Took a genealogy seminar cruise
  35. Am convinced that a relative must have arrived here from outer space (or been a long distance swimmer)
  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
  40. Assisted finding next of kin for a deceased person
  41. Taught someone else how to find their roots (I love doing this - and watching eyes light up when they find their first record on their own!)
  42. Lost valuable genealogy data due to a computer crash or hard drive failure.
  43. Been overwhelmed by available genealogy technology. (I agree with Geniaus - "No way - just love it")
  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
  47. Used a digital camera to “copy” photos or records (does my iPhone count? I've even used it to take quick snapshots of microfilm or microfishe)
  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. Used Google+ for genealogy (probably not as much as I could)
  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
  59. Can name all of your great-great-grandparents (I even knew one of mine - Amy Alma Wardley)
  60. Found an ancestor on the Australian Electoral Rolls
  61. Know how to determine a soundex code without the help of a computer
  62. Have found relevant articles on Trove
  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 (but I have visited the main National Archives of Australia in Canberra)
  66. Visited the National Library of Australia.
  67. Have an ancestor who came to Australia as a ten pound pom
  68. Have an ancestor who fought at Gallipoli
  69. Taken a photograph of an ancestor’s tombstone
  70. Can read a church record in Latin
  71. Have an ancestor who changed his/her name
  72. Joined a Rootsweb mailing list (does GOONS count?)
  73. Created a family website
  74. Have a genealogy blog
  75. Was overwhelmed by the amount of family information received from someone
  76. Have broken through at least one brick wall
  77. Done genealogy research at the War Memorial in Canberra
  78. Borrowed microfilm from the Family History Library through a local Family History Center
  79. Found an ancestor in the Ryerson index
  80. Have visited the National Archives of Australia (Canberra and Chester Hill in Western Sydney)
  81. Have an ancestor who served in the Boer War
  82. Use maps in my genealogy research
  83. Have a convict ancestor who was transported from the UK (or quite a few in my case)
  84. Found a bigamist amongst the ancestors
  85. Visited the National Archives in Kew
  86. Visited St. Catherine's House in London to find family records
  87. Taken an online genealogy course
  88. Consistently cite my sources (bold and italics, because I never used to and I'm still cleaning up the mess)
  89. Visited a foreign country (i.e. one I don't live in) in search of ancestors (I never tell my husband that is why I want to go there though...)
  90. Can locate any document in my research files within a few minutes (bold and italics, because I haven't finished sorting all my old material out, but the more recent files are all catalogued and easy to find in hard copy or digital)
  91. Have an ancestor who was married four times (or more)
  92. Made a rubbing of an ancestors gravestone
  93. Followed genealogists on Twitter (I'm on Twitter @BranchesLeavesP)
  94. Published a family history book (on one of my families)
  95. Learned of the death of a fairly close relative through research
  96. Offended a family member with my research
  97. Reunited someone with precious family photos or artifacts
  98. Have a paid subscription to a genealogy database
  99. Edited records on Trove