Thursday, October 27, 2011

Beyond the Internet Geneameme

Pauleen at the Family history across the seas blog has created a Geneameme which focuses on genealogy resources beyond the Internet. 
Here is my contribution to the Beyond the Internet Geneameme

Things you have already done or found: bold face type
Things you would like to do or find: italicize (colour optional)
Things you haven’t done or found and don’t care to: plain type
You are encouraged to add extra comments in brackets after each item

  1. Looked at microfiche for BDM indexes which go beyond the online search dates. (for Queensland before they were online)
  2. Talked to elderly relatives about your family history.
  3. Obtained old family photos from relatives.
  4. Have at least one certificate (birth/death/marr) for each great-grandparent.
  5. Have at least one certificate (birth/death/marr) for each great-great-grandparent.
  6. Seen/held a baptism or marriage document in a church, church archive or microfilm.
  7. Seen your ancestor’s name in some other form of church record eg kirk session, communion rolls.
  8. Used any microfilm from an LDS family history centre for your research. Parish register for the Catholic parish of Clane, County Kildare, Ireland
  9. Researched using a microfilm other than a parish register (LDS family history centre/other). e.g. Ships passenger lists at the Public Record Office Victoria, Irish tithe records at the State Library of Victoria.
  10. Used cemetery burial records to learn more about your relative’s burial. I researched records for my local cemetery (where several of my ancestors are buried) as part of an assignment for the Graduate Diploma in Local Family and Applied History through the University of New England.
  11. Used funeral director’s registers to learn more about your relative’s burial. Sort of, I have obtained prints of indexed funeral directors records from the Bendigo Family History Group's excellent Database compiled by volunteers. 
  12. Visited all your great-grandparents’ grave sites. Some, not all.
  13. Visited all your great-great-grandparents’ grave sitesSome, not all.
  14. Recorded the details on your ancestors’ gravestones and photographed them. But not all ancestors, lots more cemeteries to visit and gravestones to photograph.
  15. Obtained a great-grandparent’s will/probate documents. Some, not all.
  16. Obtained a great-great grandparent’s will/probate documents. Some, not all.
  17. Found a death certificate among will documents.
  18. Followed up in the official records, something found on the internet.
  19. Obtained a copy of your immigrant ancestors’ original shipping records. Some, not all.
  20. Found an immigration nomination record for your immigrant ancestor.
  21. Found old images of your ancestor’s place of origin (online or other).
  22. Read all/part of a local history for your ancestor’s place of residence.
  23. Read all/part of a local history for your ancestor’s place of origin.
  24. Read your ancestor’s school admission records.
  25. Researched the school history for your grandparents.
  26. Read a court case involving an ancestor (online newspapers don’t count for this).
  27. Read about an ancestor’s divorce case in the archives.
  28. Have seen an ancestor’s war medals.
  29. Have an ancestor’s military record (not a digitised copy eg WWII).
  30. Read a war diary or equivalent for an ancestor’s battle.
  31. Seen an ancestor’s/relative’s war grave.
  32. Read all/part of the history of an ancestor’s military unit (battalion/ship etc).
  33. Seen your ancestor’s name on an original land map. Do maps on microfiche count?
  34. Found land selection documents for your immigrant ancestor/s.
  35. Found other land documents for your ancestor (home/abroad)
  36. Located land maps or equivalent for your ancestor’s place of origin.
  37. Used contemporaneous gazetteers or directories to learn about your ancestors’ places.
  38. Found your ancestor’s name in a Post Office directory of the time.
  39. Used local government sewerage maps (yes, seriously!) for an ancestor’s street.
  40. Read an inquest report for an ancestor/relative (online/archives).
  41. Read an ancestor’s/relative’s hospital admission. Again thanks to the Bendigo Family History Group's excellent Database.
  42. Researched a company file if your family owned a business.
  43. Looked up any of your ancestor’s local government rate books or valuation records.
  44. Researched occupation records for your ancestor/s (railway, police, teacher etc).
  45. Researched an ancestor’s adoption.
  46. Researched an ancestor’s insolvency.
  47. Found a convict ancestor’s passport or certificate of freedom. (I haven't found any convicts yet, though I know there were lots of convicts who share my Irish surnames and I'm sure some of them were probably related to my gold rush ancestors!)
  48. Found a convict ancestor’s shipping record.
  49. Found an ancestor’s gaol admission register. 
  50. Found a licencing record for an ancestor (brands, publican, etc). Only in indexes so far, I still need to get to the archives to look at original records.
  51. Found an ancestor’s mining lease/licence.
  52. Found an ancestor’s name on a petition to government.
  53. Read your ancestor’s citizenship document.
  54. Read about your ancestor in an undigitised regional newspaper.
  55. Visited a local history library/museum relevant to your family.
  56. Looked up your ancestor’s name in the Old Age Pension records.
  57. Researched your ancestor or relative in Benevolent Asylum/Workhouse records.
  58. Researched an ancestor’s/relative’s mental health records.
  59. Looked for your family in a genealogical publication of any sort (but not online remember).
  60. Contributed family information to a genealogical publication.
So many things still to do!  Happy researching everyone!

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  1. Thanks for kicking off this challenge Aillin. I think one of the joys for all of us, is that there's always more stuff to find. I really enjoyed your comments and the sources you've used. Pauleen

  2. Wow! That's a brilliant list! I may have to take that challenge, but I think I will be putting myself to shame! :)

  3. Isn't the UNE's Local and Applied History course great?! For one of the assignments I did a complete transcription of Cunnamulla cemetery. As for microfiche indexes - many people don't realise that Queensland's birth indexes go to 1919 on fiche (online is only to 1914) and marriage indexes go to 1939 (online is only to 1934).


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