99 Things Genealogy Meme – Aussie Style

After having 5 days away from my computer at last weekend’s Victorian Expo in Geelong, back to work on Monday morning meant that my inbox was rather overflowing with queries, newsletters and blog posts.

One that really caught my eye was from fellow geneablogger Geniaus who did a blog post on “99 Things Genealogy Meme – Aussie Style“. Back in May 2009 Becky over at Kinexxions put together 99 Things Genealogy Meme, but it had a distinctly US flavour. As there are now a number of Australian bloggers around , Geniaus thought she’d rework Becky’s meme and dinkumise it.

The invitation is extended to all fellow Australian genealogy bloggers (or anyone else that would like) to take part.

Below is my contribution, and not only was it fun doing it, but it was a really interesting experience to see written down what I have and haven’t done, and what I’m still to do genealogy-wise. So have a go.

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The list should be annotated in the following manner:
Things you have already done or found: bold face type
Things you would like to do or find: italicize (color optional)
Things you haven’t done or found and don’t care to: plain type

So here is my contribution:

  1. Belong to a genealogical society.
  2. Joined the Australian Genealogists 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.
  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.
  15. Got lost on the way to a cemetery. (not yet, surprisingly)
  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. (no, but I did see it from the road)
  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 and distant cousins)
  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. (I have now)
  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. (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 have had hard drive crashes, but fortunatley not lost data thanks to backups)
  43. Been overwhelmed by available genealogy technology. (at the beginning it is overwhelming, but gotta love the mass of info available now)
  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.
  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.
  58. Traced ancestors back to the 16th Century.
  59. Can name all of your great-great-grandparents.
  60. Found an ancestor on the Australian Electoral Rolls
  61. Know how to determine a soundex code without the help of a computer. (with some brain wracking I could probably work it out eventually)
  62. Have found relevant articles on Trove. (hasn’t everyone?)
  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.
  72. Joined a Rootsweb mailing list. (only 40 or so of them *giggle*)
  73. Created a family website.
  74. Have a genealogy blog.
  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 Centre.
  79. Found an ancestor in the Ryerson index.
  80. Have visited the National Archives of Australia.
  81. Have an ancestor who served in the Boer War.
  82. Use maps in my genealogy research.
  83. Have a convict ancestor who was transported from the UK.
  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. (time … need more time)
  88. Consistently cite my sources.
  89. Visited a foreign country (i.e. one I don’t live in) in search of ancestors.
  90. Can locate any document in my research files within a few minutes. (Those that are filed, yes)
  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.
  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.
  99. Edited records on Trove.
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6 thoughts on “99 Things Genealogy Meme – Aussie Style

  1. Thanks, Alona, for participating and publicising the meme.

    It has been fun reading the various posts and taking a break from the serious business of ancestorhunting.

  2. I can relate to your comment, “Those that are filed, yes.” Just out of curiosity, which run-down cemetery did you clean up?

  3. Geniaus – thanks for the meme, it was fun to take part
    Judy – the cemetery I cleaned up .. that would be the Cudlee Creek one, when I lived next door to it. I was a great little groundskeeper.

  4. Alan Phillips says:

    And Cudlee Creek Cemetery is half full of Alona’s ancestors/relatives … well it seems like it.

  5. Helen V Smith says:

    Great way to get to know each other.

    A convict and a bigamist! I am jealous.

    No transported convicts among my lot ( I do find it unfair that my distant English cousin Carole (we link up in 1788) has a convict that was sent out served time at Norfolk then went back to England and had a long life))

  6. Helen – I can lay claim to two convicts. My hubby on the other hand has 14 of them AND a bigamist … *sigh* some people get ‘em all!! :D

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