Sep 052011

Things you have already done or found – bold type
Things you would like to do or find – italics (colour optional)
Things you have not done or found and don’t care to – plain type

Here is my contribution. 

  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
  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.
  12. Joined the Society of Australian Genealogists. (soon)
  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. (I hasten to add that I didn’t expect them to answer!)
  17. Researched outside the state in which I live.
  18. Knocked on the door of an ancestral home and visited with the
    current occupants
    . (Did it with trepidation but it worked!)
  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.(working towards it)
  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. Fell when a pheasant flew up at me in and English cemetery that had gone back to a nature reserve, bit of blood but not really hurt.
  31. Participated in a genealogy meme. (as of tonight)
  32. Created family history gift items (calendars, placemat.)
  33. Performed a record look-up.
  34. Took a genealogy seminar cruise. and it was fantastic!
  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. (quilt)
  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.
  42. Lost valuable genealogy data due to a computer crash or hard drive failure. (but only once!)
  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. 
  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. 
  54. Visited a church or place of worship of one of your ancestors. (and attended a Sunday service)
  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.  only one set so far
  59. Can name all of your great-great-grandparents. 
  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.
  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. George Howard Busby
  69. Taken a photograph of an ancestor’s tombstone.
  70. Can read a church record in Latin. (with a little help)
  71. Have an ancestor who changed his/her name. (whole family went from Cullicoat to Culley, still don’t know why, they stayed in the same parish and same Vicar!)
  72. Joined a Rootsweb mailing list.
  73. Created a family website. 
  74. Have a genealogy blog. have five so far
  75. Was overwhelmed by the amount of family information
    received from someone. (love you Carole Eales!!!!)
  76. Have broken through at least one brick wall.
  77. Done genealogy research at the War Memorial in Canberra. (found a diary of the Ceramic, the voyage to Gallipoli
  78. Borrowed microfilm from the Family History Library
    through a local Family History Center.
  79. Found an ancestor in the Ryerson index. And indexed for the Ryerson Index
  80. Have visited the National Archives of Australia. Canberra, Brisbane and Sydney
  81. Have an ancestor who served in the Boer War. George Howard Busby went to South Africa and enlisted in the Cape Mounted Rifles
  82. Use maps in my genealogy research. 
  83. Have a convict ancestor who was transported from the UK. I wish!
  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.Am trying.
  89. Visited a foreign country (i.e. one I don’t live in) in search of ancestors.
  90. Can locate any document in my research files within a few minutes.
  91. Have an ancestor who was married four times (or more).
  92. Made a rubbing of an ancestors gravestone.
  93. Followed genealogists on Twitter.
  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.
    (FindMyPast (UK, AU & IE) and Ancestry and The Genealogist and British Origins) Thank heavens I have a well paying job!
  99. Edited records on Trove.

  5 Responses to “99 Things Genealogy Meme – Australian”

  1. Thanks, Helen.

    Our small geneablogging community in Australia is really embracing this activity. I am enjoying reading the responses and finding out more about my Genimates.

  2. Great idea. Thanks for starting it, Jill!

  3. Those English churchyards are a menace. Your pheasant story trumps my Stinging Nettle Incident.

  4. Those wretched pheasants. A rabbit jumped out from a hole near a greavestone once…frightened the life out of me! How weird about the Cullicoats. Glad someone else talks to dead rellies, without expectation of reply 😉

  5. I don't expect a reply but sometimes I am working on a problem and I say things like 'Why did you go there? Why was your middle child born away from the others? etc" and then go to bed and wake up with some thoughts on further research paths. Probably just my subconscious working away but occasionally I do wonder.

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