Monday, September 5, 2011

99 Things Genealogy Meme - Australian

I have been away from my blog for a little longer than I anticipated. I have been keeping myself busy with babysitting and organisation tasks. Today I have returned to take part in a Meme Geniaus has organised for Australian Genealogy bloggers - the '99 Things Genealogy Meme'. 

This Meme was originally created by Becky at the Kinexxions blog. Geniaus has 'dinkumised' the list and made it more specifically relevant to Australian Genealogists.

The list is annotated in the following manner:

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
  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. (Now I have)
  32. Created family history gift items (calendars, cookbooks etc.)
  33. Performed a record lookup.
  34. Took a genealogy seminar cruise. 
  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. (scrapbooking, digital artwork)
  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. 
  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.  (Not yet on Google+)
  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 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. (Not a direct ancestor but some
    of my Chambers relatives served and die 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.
    (I think William Fullerton was probably
    William Fullard/Folliard, but I'm only conjecturing at this point!)
  72. Joined a Rootsweb mailing list.
  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(Found relatives but not direct ancestors)
  80. Have visited the National Archives of Australia.
    (Melbourne Office only)
  81. Have an ancestor who served in the Boer War.
    (No direct ancestors, but various relatives)
  82. Use maps in my genealogy research. 
  83. Have a convict ancestor who was transported from the UK.
  84. Found a bigamist amongst the ancestors.
    (Well, I'm not sure about my 3rd great aunt...)
  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. (Wish I'd been more diligent about this!)
  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).
    (Two of my 3rd great grandfather's married three times)
  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 and Ancestry)
  99. Edited records on Trove.

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  1. Thanks so much, Aillin, for taking part in this little activity.

    I am enjoying reading the responses that I have had so far.

    I appreciate your support.

  2. That 3rd great aunt of yours sounds interesting. :-)

  3. Thanks Geniaus and Judy.

    Judy, yes, that particular 3rd great aunt has an interesting story! I should have perhaps actually highlighed that category as I am fairly sure I have found Husband no.1's death four years after her marriage to husband no.2 - and then I'm not sure what became of husband no.2 before (or after) she married husband no. 3. Oh dear!

  4. Researching bigamists is interesting. (I've done it for clients, not my own family.) In one case the husband and wife both remarried without getting a divorce, and they remained in the same district. All the locals must have known but turned a blind eye. I would have expected someone to write an anonymous letter to the police. Or maybe they turned a blind eye too!

  5. Thanks was fun wasn't it. Love Judy's story too.

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