05 September 2011

99 Things - an Australian Genealogist's List

The '99 Things Genealogy Meme' is a list of 99 genealogy-related things you can do or have happen to you in your lifetime. Jill (Geniaus) took the original list and 'dinkumised' it (which, for those of you who don't speak Aussie English, means 'gave it an Australian flavour'). If you would like to do something similar so your readers can get to know you better, copy the text below and paste it into your blog or into a note on Facebook. Substitute your annotations for mine, and change the font to show your answers, as follows:

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 and don't care to - plain type

Here is my contribution. Most links open in new windows.
  1. Belong to a genealogical society.
  2. Joined the Australian Genealogists group on Genealogy Wise. (I did, but not for long.)
  3. Transcribed records.
  4. Uploaded headstone pictures to Find-A-Grave or a similar site.
  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. (Next big one is the Australasian Congress.)
  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. (I only served as a library assistant.)
  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. (My great-uncle did this to show me his childhood home.)
  19. Cold called a distant relative. (Via email, not phone.)
  20. Posted messages on a surname message board.
  21. Uploaded a GEDCOM file to the internet. (To WorldConnect, and I intend to upload one to FindMyPast.)
  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. (I earn some of my income from genealogy, but not all of 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. (The Stinging Nettle Incident in the churchyard hurt enough to count as an injury.)
  31. Participated in a genealogy meme.
  32. Created family history gift items (calendars, cookbooks etc.) (Flip-books with family photos.)
  33. Performed a record lookup.
  34. Took a genealogy seminar cruise. (Unlock the Past's cruise.)
  35. Am convinced that a relative must have arrived here from outer space.
  36. Found a disturbing family secret. (Not always a bad thing. It may mean that interesting records exist.)
  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.
  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. (I only made that mistake 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. (No, but I proved one that nobody expected to be true!)
  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. (With Google Translate.)
  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.
  55. Taught a class in genealogy.
  56. Traced ancestors back to the 18th Century.
  57. Traced ancestors back to the 17th Century. (Via Clan Campbell Archives.)
  58. Traced ancestors back to the 16th Century. (Via Clan Campbell Archives.)
  59. Can name all of your great-great-grandparents. (Only 12 of 16 yet.)
  60. Found an ancestor on the Australian Electoral Rolls. (Queensland has four separate series.)
  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.
  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. (Not that I know of, but maybe that's why I haven't found a death record for Robert BUTLER!)
  72. Joined a Rootsweb mailing list.
  73. Created a family website. (Separate sites for my maternal and paternal lines.)
  74. Have a genealogy blog. (Seven of them.)
  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. (Relatives but not direct ancestors.)
  80. Have visited the National Archives of Australia. (Brisbane Office only.)
  81. Have an ancestor who served in the Boer War.
  82. Use maps in my genealogy research. (Including those on CuriousFox).
  83. Have a convict ancestor who was transported from the UK. (Maybe Robert BUTLER. Not confirmed yet.)
  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. (Wish I'd done so when I was a beginner!)
  89. Visited a foreign country (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. (Read why I use FindMyPast.)
  99. Edited records on Trove.
I have also put a more personal (non-genealogy) '99 things' list in Jottings, Journeys and Genealogy.

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  1. Judy, You have done the meme proud - thank you so much. I am tempted to go back and add some links to my offering.

  2. Thanks Jill. It was fun. Adding the links (which I hope readers will find helpful) made me feel less guilty about taking a long tea break. (Today I am writing reports and doing genealogy research for clients.)


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