99 Genealogy Things

I ran across this meme on Tonia’s Roots.  This version originated from Valerie Elkins at Family Cherished.  I thought that it would be a good light-hearted way to begin blogging again after my incredibly long hiatus.

Things you have already done or found – bold type
Things you would like to do or find – italics
Things you have not done or found /don’t care to – (or that I know hasn’t happened in my family).

  1. Belong to a genealogical society
  2. Joined a group on Genealogy Wise.
  3. Transcribed records.
  4. Uploaded headstone pictures to Find-A-Grave or a similar site (Flickr).
  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.
  10. Lectured at a genealogy conference.
  11. Spoke on a genealogy topic at a local genealogy society/local library’s family history group.
  12. Joined the National Genealogical Society.
  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. (Doesn’t everyone?!)
  16. Talked to dead ancestors. (Specifically Mr. O.C. McAfee, you dirty scoundrel you!)
  17. Researched outside the state in which I live.
  18. Knocked on the door of an ancestral home and visited with the current occupants. (OK, I didn’t… but my DH did.  Does that count? I was in the car!)
  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. (Cruises just simply aren’t on ANY of my bucket lists.)
  35. Am convinced that a relative must have arrived here from outer space.
  36. Found a disturbing family secret. (Hoping that I never uncover one…)
  37. Told others about a disturbing family secret. (Mr. O.C. McAfee… many are more disturbed about your antics than I am.)
  38. Combined genealogy with crafts (family picture quilt, scrapbooking). (Me = NOT crafty)
  39. Think genealogy is a passion obsession not a hobby.
  40. Assisted finding next of kin for a deceased person.
  41. Taught someone else how to find their roots.
  42. Lost valuable genealogy data due to a computer crash or hard drive failure. (Knock on wood!!)
  43. Been overwhelmed by available genealogy technology.
  44. Know a cousin of the 4th degree or higher. (Maybe I already do………)
  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.
  49. Found an immigrant ancestor’s passenger arrival record.
  50. Looked at census records on microfilm, not on the computer. (This is how I started with genealogy… long long ago.)
  51. Used microfiche.
  52. Visited the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
  53. Used Google+ for genealogy. (I think I’m using it…. haven’t really gotten into it much)
  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. Know how to determine a soundex code without the help of a computer. (It’s safe to say that this is one of those skills like Calculus.  I used to know how to do it, but because stuff does it for me, I’ve filed that away in a useless knowledge bin so I could save more room for Mr. O.C. McAfee’s antics.)
  61. Have found many relevant and unexpected articles on internet to “put flesh on the bones”. (I don’t exactly know what this means……..)
  62. Own a copy of Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills.
  63. Helped someone find an ancestor using records you had never used for your own research.
  64. Visited the main National Archives building in Washington, DC.
  65. Have an ancestor who came to America as an indentured servant. (I don’t know this for sure, but I’d say it’s likely.)
  66. Have an ancestor who fought in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 or Civil War.
  67. Taken a photograph of an ancestor’s tombstone.
  68. Can “read” a church record in Latin.
  69. Have an ancestor who changed his/her name. (Oh, O.C. McAfee… or A.C.  Which one are you today?)
  70. Joined a Rootsweb mailing list.
  71. Created a family website.
  72. Have a genealogy blog.
  73. Was overwhelmed by the amount of family information received from someone. (Does the North Carolina State Archives count as “someone”?)
  74. Have broken through at least one brick wall.
  75. Done genealogy research at a court house. (Ooo. My favorite!)
  76. Borrowed microfilm from the Family History Library through a local Family History Center(s).
  77. Found an ancestor in an online newspaper archive.
  78. Have visited a NARA branch.
  79. Have an ancestor who served in WWI or WWII.
  80. Use maps in my genealogy research.
  81. Have a blacksheep ancestor. (O.C. McAfee…. have you any wool?)
  82. Found a bigamist amongst my ancestors. (Maybe I should just write this post about O.C. McAfee……..)
  83. Attended a genealogical institute.
  84. Taken online genealogy (and local history) courses.
  85. Consistently (document) and cite my sources.
  86. Visited a foreign country (i.e. one I don’t live in) in search of ancestors.
  87. Can locate any document in my research files within a few minutes. (Probably….)
  88. Have an ancestor who was married four times. (Maybe???)
  89. Made a rubbing of an ancestor’s gravestone.
  90. Followed genealogists on Twitter. Follow me @MyNeChimKiGS
  91. Published a family history book.
  92. Learned of a death of a fairly close family relative through research.
  93. Offended a family member with my research. (Not yet…..)
  94. Reunited someone with precious family photos or artifacts.
  95. Have a paid subscription to a genealogy database.
  96. Submitted articles for FamilySearch Wiki.
  97. Organized a family reunion. (Don’t know that I want that responsibility….)
  98. Used Archives in countries where my ancestors originated.
  99. Converted someone new to the love of all things genealogy.

 

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