Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Goodonya GeniMates

Last time I issued a challenge (on World Poetry Day) to fellow bloggers it was a bit of a fizzer. Since then I have been reluctant to put out any collaborative activities.

When I was going through the drafts of blog posts I had queued up I found a meme I had created quite a while ago. It looked like fun so I thought I'd give it a go. I posted my response to the questions/statements and invited others to participate in the  99 Things Genealogy Meme - Aussie Style. 

I have had a much healthier response to this challenge than my earlier effort.  For the benefit of my readers I am posting links to contributions here in one place and will come back and add any more that appear. Please let me know if I miss any.

Australian Genealogy Journeys - Aillin O'Brien
Blog Blog Blog - Kylie Willison 
Climbing the Family Rosebush - Rosemary Jones
Family History across the seas - Pauleen Cass
From Helen V. Smith's Keyboard - Helen Smith
Genealogy and History News - Alona Tester
Genealogy Leftovers - Judy Webster
Geniaus - Jill Ball
My Genealogy Adventure - Tanya Honey
SHHE Genie Rambles - Shauna Hicks
The Tree of Me - Sharon Brennan
Tracking down the family - Jennifer Jones
Twigs of Yore - Shelley 
Liz Pidgeon has posted her response on her Google+ page. With her permission I am pasting it to the end of this post for those who are not yet using Google+

Thanks, all, for your input. It is interesting to note that the majority of these bloggers have been profiled on my GeniMates Blog. I appreciate their ongoing support of my efforts.

Liz Pidgeon"s Google+ response.

The list should be annotated in the following manner:
Group One - Things you have already done or found
Group Two - Things you would like to do or find
Group Three - Things you haven’t done or found and don’t care to

Here is my contribution
Group One

1. Belong to a genealogical society
2. Joined the Australian Genealogists group on Genealogy Wise
3. Transcribed records.
5. Documented ancestors for four generations (self, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents)
6. Joined Facebook
9. Attended a genealogy conference
11. Spoke on a genealogy topic at a local genealogy society. (does a library count)
13. Contributed to a genealogy society publication.
15. Got lost on the way to a cemetery.
16. Talked to dead ancestors.
17. Researched outside the state in which I live.
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.
27. Wrote a letter (or email) to a previously unknown relative (just this week)
29. Responded to messages on a message board
31. Participated in a genealogy meme
32. Created family history gift items (calendars, cookbooks, etc.).
33. Performed a record lookup.
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.
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.
46 Got a family member to let you copy photos.
47. Used a digital camera to “copy” photos or records.
49. Found an immigrant ancestor’s passenger arrival record.
51. Used microfiche.
53. Used Google+ for genealogy.
54. Visited a church or place of worship of one of your ancestors.
Taught a class in genealogy.
55. Traced ancestors back to the 18th Century.
56. Traced ancestors back to the 17th Century.
59. Found an ancestor on the Australian Electoral Rolls
60. Know how to determine a soundex code without the help of a computer.
61. Have found relevant articles on Trove.
65 Visited the National Library of Australia.
68. Taken a photograph of an ancestor’s tombstone.
71 Joined a Rootsweb mailing list.
72. Created a family website
73. Have a genealogy blog
74. Was overwhelmed by the amount of family information received from someone.
78. Found an ancestor in the Ryerson Index79. Have visited the National Archives of Australia.

81 Use maps in my genealogy research.
82. Have a convict ancestor who was transported from the UK.

86. Taken an online genealogy course.
89 Can locate any document in my research files within a few minutes.
92. Followed genealogists on Twitter.
94. Learned of the death of a fairly close relative through research.
95. Offended a family member with my research.
96. Reunited someone with precious family photos or artifacts.
97. Have a paid subscription to a genealogy database.
98. Edited records on Trove.

Group Two
4. Uploaded headstone pictures to Find-A-Grave or a similar site. .
7. Cleaned up a run-down cemetery.
12. Joined the Society of Australian Genealogists
25. Have been paid to do genealogical research
52. Visited the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
57. Traced ancestors back to the 16th Century
58. Can name all of your great-great-grandparents
74. Have broken through at least one brick wall.
76. Done genealogy research at the War Memorial in Canberra.
77. Borrowed microfilm from the Family History Library through a local Family History Center.
84 Visited the National Archives in Kew.
88 Visited a foreign country (i.e. one I don't live in) in search of ancestors
93. Published a family history book (on one of my families).

Group Three
8. Joined the Genea-Bloggers Group. (do not have a personal genealogy blog)
10. Lectured at a genealogy conference.
14. Served on the board or as an officer of a genealogy society.
18. Knocked on the door of an ancestral home and visited with the current occupants.
19. Cold called a distant relative. (I write letters)
26. Earn a living (majority of income) from genealogical research.
28. Contributed to one of the genealogy carnivals.
30. Was injured while on a genealogy excursion.
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)
40. Assisted finding next of kin for a deceased person.
45. Disproved a family myth through research.
48. Translated a record from a foreign language.
50. Looked at census records on microfilm, not on the computer.
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.
66. Have an ancestor who came to Australia as a ten pound pom.
67. Have an ancestor who fought at Gallipoli.
69. Can read a church record in Latin.
70. Have an ancestor who changed his/her name.
80. Have an ancestor who served in the Boer War.
81. Found a bigamist amongst the ancestors.
85. Visited St. Catherine's House in London to find family records.
87. Consistently cite my sources.
90. Have an ancestor who was married four times (or more).
91. Made a rubbing of an ancestors gravestone.


Rosemary said...

Jill, I finally got around to "99 things".

GeniAus said...

Thanks, Rosemary, I'll add your post to the list

Kylie Willison said...

Hi Jill
There is an oops in your post - my blog is called Blog, Blog Blog not Australian Genealogy Journeys. This is the link to my meme post http://kyliewillison.blogspot.com/2011/09/99-things-genealogy-meme-aussie-style.html

All the best, Kylie :-)

GeniAus said...

Sorry, Kylie - I'm the Queen of Oops - all fixed now.

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