Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The 99+ Genealogy Things Meme

We did the 99 Things Meme about life in general, and now Becky Wiseman started, and several others contributed to create a 99+ Genealogy Things meme.

Here are the rules:

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. Joined the Genea-Bloggers Group on Facebook.
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.
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. (in Westminster MA - they wouldn't let me in, had to run from dog)
19. Cold called a distant relative.
20. Posted messages on a surname message board. (many)

21. Uploaded a gedcom file to the internet. (many)
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. (but not much)
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. (most of them)
29. Responded to messages on a message board or forum.
30. Was injured while on a genealogy excursion.

31. Participated in a genealogy meme. (most of them)
32. Created family history gift items (calendars, cookbooks, etc.).
33. Performed a record lookup for someone else.
34. Went on a genealogy seminar cruise. October 2008)
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. (an addiction, too)
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.
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.
47. Used a digital camera to “copy” photos or records.
48. Translated a record from a foreign language. (Is English a foreign language? If not, is Norwegian?)
49. Found an immigrant ancestor’s passenger arrival record.
50. Looked at census records on microfilm, not on the computer. (for years...)

51. Used microfiche. (a lot)
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. (in England)
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. (and before - all the way to Adam!)
59. Can name all of your great-great-grandparents. (sure, but not here!)
60. Found an ancestor’s Social Security application.

61. Know how to determine a soundex code without the help of a computer. (I use a cheat sheet!)
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. (naturalization records)
65. Visited the main National Archives building in Washington, DC.
66. Visited the Library of Congress. (unimpressed)
67. Have an ancestor who came over on the Mayflower. (White, Cooke, Soule, Warren)
68. Have an ancestor who fought in the Civil War. (Isaac Seaver)
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. ( they must have, since I can't find them before a certain date!)
73. Joined a Rootsweb mailing list. (many)
74. Created a family website. (several)
75. Have more than one "genealogy" blog. (only 5)
76. Was overwhelmed by the amount of family information received from someone.
77. Have broken through at least one brick wall. (and found two more!)
78. Visited the DAR Library in Washington D.C.
79. Borrowed a microfilm from the Family History Library through a local Family History Center. (hundreds!)
80. Have done indexing for Family Search Indexing or another genealogy project. (local CVGS 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. (my last hope!)
83. Have an ancestor who was a Patriot in the American Revolutionary War. (several)
84. Have an ancestor who was a Loyalist in the American Revolutionary War. (several)
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. (does Scotsman Peter Dill to MA in 1655 count?)
89. Found a bigamist amongst the ancestors.
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). Hi Malcolm!
93. Consistently cite my sources. (surely you jest)
94. Visited a foreign country (i.e. one I don't live in) in search of ancestors. (Canada, England, Norway)
95. Can locate any document in my research files within a few minutes. (surely you jest!)
96. Have an ancestor who was married four times (or more). (Rev. Stephen Bachiler)
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. (who?)

101. Have done the genealogy happy dance. (and had genea-gasms too!)
102. Sustained an injury doing the genealogy happy dance. (can't jump too high)
103. Offended a family member with my research. (don't think so)
104. Reunited someone with precious family photos or artifacts.

I have done 78 out of the 104 items...what surprises you the most?

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