Monday, January 05, 2009

99 Things Meme - Now 110 Things!

This 99 Things Meme (now 110 Things!) has been going the rounds.

When it entered the genea-sphere though, it transformed into the 99+Genealogical Things Meme. Have a look at Kinexxions post link below to see how that happened. I've added a few too and made a few small changes.

The list is annotated in the following manner:
-Things you’ve already done: bold face type
-Things you’d like to do: italicize
-Things you haven’t done and don’t care to: plain type.

  1. Belong to a genealogical society.
  2. Researched records on site at a court house in the U.S.A.
  3. Transcribed records.
  4. Uploaded tombstone pictures to Find-A-Grave.
  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. *Lectured at history conferences though.
  11. Spoken on a genealogy topic at a local genealogy society.
  12. Been the editor of a genealogy society newsletter.
  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. (But haven't heard any answers, yet.)
  17. Researched outside the state/province/county/canton etc. 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.
  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 (family picture quilt, scrapbooking).
  39. Think genealogy is a passion not a hobby.
  40. Assisted finding next of kin for a deceased person (Unclaimed Persons).
  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. *I won't count my dictionary/software tries.
  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. Visited more than one LDS Family History Center.
  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’s Social Security application. *Not often applicable outside U.S.A.
  61. Know how to determine a soundex code without the help of a computer. *If I have my notes!
  62. Used Steve Morse’s One-Step searches.
  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 Library of Congress.
  67. Have an ancestor who came over on the Mayflower. *I have some connections who said they did!
  68. Have an ancestor who fought or died in a civil or revolutionary war or action, or in an international war.
  69. Taken a photograph of an ancestor’s tombstone.
  70. Became a member of the Association of Graveyard Rabbits.
  71. Can read a church record in Latin.
  72. Have an ancestor who changed their name.
  73. Joined a Rootsweb mailing list.
  74. Created a family website.
  75. Have more than one "genealogy" blog.
  76. Was overwhelmed by the amount of family information received from someone.
  77. Have broken through at least one brick wall.
  78. Visited the DAR Library in Washington D.C.
  79. Borrowed microfilm from the Family History Library through a local Family History Center.
  80. Have done indexing for Family Search Indexing or another genealogy project.
  81. Visited the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
  82. Had an amazing serendipitous find of the "Psychic Roots" variety.
  83. Have an ancestor who was a Patriot in the American Revolutionary War.
  84. Have an ancestor who was a Loyalist in the American Revolutionary War.
  85. Have both Patriot & Loyalist ancestors, as above.
  86. Have used Border Crossing records to locate an ancestor.
  87. Use maps in my genealogy research.
  88. Have a convict ancestor who was transported from the UK.
  89. Found a bigamist amongst the ancestors. *Well, she was the wife of my ancestor! He divorced her eventually - more scandal.
  90. Visited The National Archives in Kew, England.
  91. Visited St. Catherine's House in London, England to find family records. *Yes, I am that old - I've also been to the later Family Records Centre in London, now closed.
  92. Found a cousin in Australia (or other foreign country). Also in the U.S.A., Sweden, South Africa, etc.
  93. Consistently cite my sources. *I hope I'm consistent but I am NOT perfect.
  94. Visited a foreign country (i.e. one I don't live in) in search of ancestors.
  95. Can locate any document in my research files within a few minutes. *Unless it's imperative that I have it in minutes.
  96. Have an ancestor who was married four times (or more).
  97. Made a rubbing of an ancestors gravestone.
  98. Organized a family reunion.
  99. Published a family history book (on one of my families).
  100. Learned of the death of a fairly close relative through research.
  101. Have done the genealogy happy dance. * I have also quietly 'shouted' BINGO! in a tip toe quiet academic library's microfilm room. Saw some smiles.
  102. Sustained an injury doing the genealogy happy dance.
  103. Offended a family member with my research. *Ouch, I think I just upset my daughter with my on-line tombstone. Oh, well, I know now what my epitaph will likely be, if not, 'She was a strange lady, but loved..."
  104. Reunited someone with precious family photos or artifacts.
  105. Uploaded photos to DeadFred.
  106. Contributed to a GenWeb site.
  107. Visited your own country's national Archives facility or national Library to research your ancestors.
  108. Visited a museum for information or to see artifacts belonging or relating to your family.
  109. Recorded a whole cemetery.
  110. Looked up applicable census and other records on-line while watching a television biography or non-fiction feature.

To follow this Meme, see The 99 Things Meme, Kinexxions:

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