99 Genealogy Things

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This meme is makin’ the rounds. I’ve seen it many places, but I got this version from Tonia at Tonia’s Roots, who got it from Valerie at Family Cherished.  That’s starting to sound like a game of telephone!


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 /don’t care to – (or that I know hasn’t happened in my family).

99 Genealogy Things

  1. Belong to a genealogical society (I belong to a historical one, but I don’t think this totally counts!)
  2. Joined a 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 (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. (That would be amazing – I really hope to one day).
  11. Spoke on a genealogy topic at a local genealogy society/local library’s family history group.  See #10!
  12. Joined the National Genealogical Society. (Keep meaning to do that…)
  13. Contributed to a genealogy society publication.  (I’m writing an article for the historical society, which is close…)
  14. Served on the board or as an officer of a genealogy society. (Could be fun…)
  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 (and those of ancestors – it turns up great info sometimes)
  23. Performed a random act of genealogical kindness.
  24. Researched a non-related family, just for the fun of it. (I’ve been doing this for the ladies at the historical society – it’s good practice!)
  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. 
  33. Performed a record lookup.
  34. Took a genealogy seminar cruise.
  35. Am convinced that a relative must have arrived here from outer space. (Bloody George W. Perrett…)
  36. Found a disturbing family secret.
  37. Told others about a disturbing family secret (but not all of the secrets). 
  38. Combined genealogy with crafts (family picture quilt, scrapbooking).
  39. Think genealogy is a passion and/or obsession 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. (Who knew my college German would come in so handy in /this/?)
  49. Found an immigrant ancestor’s passenger arrival record. (It’d be cool, but it’ll never happen – my ancestors were here before this stuff happened, I think!)
  50. Looked at census records on microfilm, not on the computer. (Thank gosh, NO.)
  51. Used microfiche.
  52. Visited the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.  
  53. Used Google+ for genealogy.  Not much.
  54. Visited a church or place of worship of one of your ancestors.
  55. Taught a class in genealogy. (Considering offering one for beginners in the continuing ed part of the college I work at…)
  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. Know how to determine a soundex code without the help of a computer.  (To steal Valerie and Tonia’s answers, “isn’t that what the computers are for?”)
  61. Have found many relevant and unexpected articles on internet to “put flesh on the bones”.  (Some, I think?)
  62. Own a copy of Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills. (I use it to scare my friends with my geekiness.)
  63. Helped someone find an ancestor using records you had never used for your own research.  (That’d be a fun learning experience.)
  64. Visited the main National Archives building in Washington, DC. (I drool at the very thought!)
  65. Have an ancestor who came to America as an indentured servant. (Dunno!)
  66. Have an ancestor who fought in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 or Civil War. (Yes and yes, according to family legend. The last one, MANY TIMES OVER, HOLY MACKEREL. Ahem.)
  67. Taken a photograph of an ancestor’s tombstone.
  68. Can “read” a church record in Latin.
  69. Have an ancestor who changed his/her name, just enough to be confusing. (Blood McDonald/McDaniels…)
  70. Joined a Rootsweb mailing list.
  71. Created a family website.
  72. Have a genealogy blog.
  73. Was overwhelmed by the amount of family information received from someone. (Can this be a bad thing?)
  74. Have broken through at least one brick wall.
  75. Done genealogy research at a court house.
  76. Borrowed microfilm from the Family History Library through a local Family History Center(s).
  77. Found an ancestor in an online newspaper archive.
  78. Have visited a NARA branch.
  79. Have an ancestor who served in WWI or WWII.
  80. Use maps in my genealogy research.
  81. Have a blacksheep ancestor.
  82. Found a bigamist amongst my ancestors. (Not yet!)
  83. Attended a genealogical institute. (Again, I drool at the thought.)
  84. Taken online genealogy (and local history) courses. (Taking one now through the SLCC.)
  85. Consistently (document) and cite my sources.  (It’s a goal, seriously!!)
  86. Visited a foreign country (i.e. one I don’t live in) in search of ancestors. (Will probably never happen, since they all appear to have been here for the last four centuries, darn them.)
  87. Can locate any document in my research files within a few minutes.  (Um…I won’t tell you how long it can take. It’s…embarrassing.)
  88. Have an ancestor who was married four times. (I have a couple who did it 3 times! Lusana Bell-Gibbs-Germiquet-Audiss, you serial widow you…)
  89. Made a rubbing of an ancestor’s gravestone.  (Photos is the way to go!)
  90. Followed genealogists on Twitter. (That’s the only reason I finally signed up last month! XD And I’m @Dana-JustFolks)
  91. Published a family history book.
  92. Learned of a death of a fairly close family relative through research.
  93. Offended a family member with my research.  (Sadly, yes. That was in the beginning, before I learned not everyone likes ‘truth’.)
  94. Reunited someone with precious family photos or artifacts.
  95. Have a paid subscription to a genealogy database. (I have too many. It’s bad.)
  96. Submitted articles for FamilySearch Wiki.
  97. Organized a family reunion.
  98. Used Archives in countries where my ancestors originated. (Again, likely to never happen…)
  99. Converted someone new to the love of all things genealogy.  (I’ve gotten some into it partway – it’s only a matter of time!)
That’s a lot of things I haven’t done or want to – guess I’d better get on that! So what are your 99 things? Do share or post this on your own blog! :)
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99 Genealogy Things — 4 Comments

  1. My most recent immigrant ancestor arrived 10 years before the American Revolution. And all my husband’s ancestors were here even earlier. Those early immigrants present their own set of problems, don’t they? I actually knew some neighbors were my 5th cousins long before I started genealogy. Enjoyed your comments!

    • Wow! Nice to find someone else in the same boat as myself! :) And yes, that does cause unique problems, though I guess I should be grateful for the challenge! Thanks for reading.

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