Monday, September 12, 2011

The 99+ Genealogy Things Meme

Becky Wiseman has brought back this meme at Kinexxions that she originally ran in 2009. There are a few other versions out there and she provides links.

Feel free to modify the list to suit your needs... If you wish to participate in the meme, simply copy the text below and paste it into your blog (or into a note on facebook or Google+ if you don't have a blog) and annotate the list accordingly. We're on the 'honor system' here, no one is going to check up on you! Participation is up to you, no tagging of other bloggers required. And, if you've done it before, you can do it again.

So let's play! I modified a couple to suit myself. Numbers 104-113 I found on Sheri's list at The Educated Genealogist. My comments are [in brackets].

If you've done this in the past, indicate which answers have changed. (And please link back to Becky)


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.
  2. Researched records onsite at a court house.
  3. Transcribed records.
  4. Uploaded tombstone pictures to Find-A-Grave.
  5. Documented ancestors for four generations (self, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents).
  6. Joined Facebook.
  7. Helped to clean up a run-down cemetery.
  8. Are a member of the Genea-Bloggers Group on Facebook.
  9. Lectured at a genealogy conference.
  10. Spoke on a genealogy topic at a local genealogy society.
  11. Been the editor of a genealogy society newsletter.
  12. Contributed to a genealogy society publication.
  13. Served on the board or as an officer of a genealogy society.
  14. Got lost on the way to a cemetery.
  15. Talked to dead ancestors.
  16. Researched outside the state in which I live.
  17. Knocked on the door of an ancestral home and visited with the current occupants.
  18. Cold called a distant relative.
  19. Posted messages on a surname message board.
  20. Uploaded a gedcom file to the internet.
  21. Googled my name.
  22. Performed a random act of genealogical kindness.
  23. Researched a non-related family, just for the fun of it.
  24. Have been paid to do genealogical research.
  25. Earn a living (majority of income) from genealogical research.
  26. Wrote a letter (or email) to a previously unknown relative.
  27. Contributed to one of the genealogy carnivals.
  28. Responded to messages on a message board or forum.
  29. Was injured while on a genealogy excursion.
  30. Participated in a genealogy meme.
  31. Created family history gift items (calendars, cookbooks, etc.).
  32. Performed a record lookup for someone else.
  33. Went on a genealogy seminar cruise.
  34. Am convinced that a relative must have arrived here from outer space.
  35. Found a disturbing family secret.
  36. Told others about a disturbing family secret.
  37. Combined genealogy with crafts (family picture quilt, scrapbooking).
  38. Think genealogy is a passion not a hobby.
  39. [Actually I'm passionate about my hobby.]
  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 easily found again]
  43. Been overwhelmed by available genealogy technology.
  44. Know a cousin of the 4th degree or higher.
  45. Disproved a family myth through research.
    [I'm not a Princess :-( ]
  46. Got a family member to let you copy photos
    [Have taken my old flatbed scanner on the road].
  47. Used a digital camera to “copy” photos or records.
    [Several thousand images worth]
  48. Translated a record from a foreign language.
  49. Found an immigrant ancestor’s passenger arrival record.
    [Husband's ancestors. I've seen my ancestors ships of arrival listed in books]
  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. [Haven't been to one yet]
  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.
  60. Found an ancestor’s Social Security application.
    [Husband's grandmother]
  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.
  69. Taken a photograph of an ancestor’s tombstone.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  88. Have a convict ancestor who was transported from the UK.
  89. Found a bigamist amongst the ancestors.
    [Actually a cousin]
  90. Visited the National Archives in Kew.
  91. Visited St. Catherine's House in London to find family records.
  92. Found a cousin in a foreign country.
  93. Consistently cite my sources.
  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.
  96. Have an ancestor who was married four times (or more).
    [Several cousins]
  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. 
  105. Joined a group at GenealogyWise
  106. Joined a National Genealogy Society
  107. Used Google+ for Genealogy
  108. Have an ancestor who came to America as an indentured servant.
  109. Have visited a NARA branch.
  110. Have taken online genealogy or history course.
  111. Have an ancestor who served in WWI or WWII.
  112. Discovered a blacksheep ancestor.
  113. Joined a lineage society.
  114. Visited the Allen County Public Library.

1 comment:

Sheri said...

So you are a renegade ninja also Apple! Thanks for hanging out at my place long enough to read the post!