Friday, November 11, 2011

My 99 Genealogy Things

I found this awesome thing on Nick Gombash's Genealogy Blog so I decided to do it as well!


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.

99 Genealogy Things

  1. Belong to a genealogical society.
  2. Joined a group on Genealogy Wise. 
  3. Transcribed records (All the time!)
  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. (Haven't done it but would love to!)
  10. Lectured at a genealogy conference.
  11. Spoke on a genealogy topic at a local genealogy society/local library’s family history group. (Repeat of 10, no?)
  12. Joined the National Genealogical Society. (Really want to!)
  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. (Who hasn't? :)  )
  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. (LOL. Especially the one's that are hard!)
  36. Found a disturbing family secret. (Oh ya)
  37. Told others about a disturbing family secret.
  38. Combined genealogy with crafts (family picture quilt, scrapbooking).
  39. Think genealogy is a passion and/or obsession not a hobby. (Oh, it's definitely an obsession...I feel like a detective lol)
  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. (I def. have done this...but I've found way cooler information along the way!)
  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. Used microfiche
  51. Have researched in church records.
  52. Visited the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. (Hopefully someday..)
  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.)
  58. Traced ancestors back to the 16th Century. 
  59. Can name all of your great-great-grandparents. (Most definitely!!)
  60. Know how to determine a soundex code without the help of a computer.
  61. Have found many relevant and unexpected articles on internet to “put flesh on the bones”. 
  62. Own a copy of Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills. 
  63. Helped someone find an ancestor using records you had never used for your own research.
  64. Visited the main National Archives building in Washington, DC.
  65. Have an ancestor who came to America as an indentured servant.
  66. Have an ancestor who fought in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 or Civil War
  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.
  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.
  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. (I actually need to. There's one actually 20 minutes from me.)
  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. 
  83. Attended a genealogical institute.
  84. Taken online genealogy (and local history) courses.
  85. Consistently (document) and cite my sources.( 80 % of the time)
  1. Visited a foreign country (i.e. one I don’t live in) in search of ancestors
  2. Can locate any document in my research files within a few minutes. 
  3. Have an ancestor who was married four times
  4. Made a rubbing of an ancestor’s gravestone.
  5. Followed genealogists on Twitter.
  6. Published a family history book.
  7. Learned of a death of a fairly close family relative through research. 
  8. Offended a family member with my research. (Yep, especially when they were hoping to find something else)
  9. Reunited someone with precious family photos or artifacts.
  10. Have a paid subscription to a genealogy database. (
  11. Submitted articles for FamilySearch Wiki.
  12. Organized a family reunion.
  13. Used Archives in countries where my ancestors originated. 
  14. Converted someone new to the love of all things genealogy.

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