Monday, September 5, 2011

99 Things Genealogy Meme - Aussie Style

In May 2009 Becky over at Kinexxions put together 99 Things Genealogy Meme. It had a distinctly US flavour.

As there are now a number of Australian bloggers in the blogisphere I thought I'd take Becky's meme and dinkumise it.  I encourage Australian genealogists to post this meme, which will give others a picture of you, to your blogs. Foreigners are welcome to join the fun.

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 (colour optional)
Things you haven’t done or found and don’t care to: plain type

Here is my contribution:
  1. Belong to a genealogical society (Three actually)
  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 my fault - husband just won't follow directions)
  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. (In Ireland knocked on door of farmhouse and found two third cousins once removed - they opened the precious whisky for us)
  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 (now I've created one)
  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 (or been a long distance swimmer)
  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.
  41. Taught someone else how to find their roots.
  42. Lost valuable genealogy data due to a computer crash or hard drive failure. (Learnt my lesson years ago)
  43. Been overwhelmed by available genealogy technology. (No way - just love it)
  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. (Lots -From Paisley Cathedral to English country chapels and bush churches in the outback)
  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.
  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. (Haven't needed to try yet - schoolgirl Latin may fail me)
  71. Have an ancestor who changed his/her name.
  72. Joined a Rootsweb mailing list.
  73. Created a family website (
  74. Have a genealogy blog(you're looking at it and there's GeniMates too)
  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.
  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. (12 of my ancestors got a free passage to the lucky country)
  84. Found a bigamist amongst the ancestors.
  85. Visited the National Archives in Kew. (Held the 180 year old surgeon's jounral from an ancestor's voyage and read entries abt the ancestor)
  86. Visited St. Catherine's House in London to find family records.
  87. Taken an online genealogy course.
  88. Consistently cite my sources.
  89. Visited a foreign country (i.e. one I don't live in) in search of ancestors. (On more than one occsion)
  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.
  99. Edited records on Trove.


    Judy Webster said...

    'Dinkumise' - what a great word! Thanks for sharing this Meme idea - I'll do my version of the list ASAP.

    GeniAus said...

    Thanks, Judy - look forward to it.

    Bribie Family History Association said...

    What a challenge - I'll give it a go too. Thanks Jill

    Judy Webster said...

    During a longer-than-usual tea break, I have produced *two* 99-things lists: 99 Things - an Australian Genealogist's List, and a personal list based on the original at Kinexxions.

    Infolass said...

    Love it - I might post on my G+ as I do not maintain a personal genealogy blog.

    GeniAus said...

    Fantastic, thanks, Shauna

    Liz, A post to Google+ would be a fantastic idea.

    A O'Brien said...

    This is a great idea Geniaus, my contribution is here

    Helen V Smith said...

    Great idea Jill!

    Shelley Crawford said...

    Psst! You forgot to dinkumise the word 'color'!

    Thanks for the challenge, I've done my list.

    GeniAus said...

    Shelley,I'll colour it up in a minute. Thanks.

    Anonymous said...

    Thanks Geniaus. A very fun activity. My list is now online.

    Coloring Outside the Lines said...

    This is a great challenge- I am going to try it- thanks Geniaus!

    patientgenie said...

    Been out of the genie loop with lots of family commitments - so have just been catching up, here is my dinkie dye reply...

    GeniAus said...

    A new response from Amy

    GeniAus said...

    And another response from Janelle


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