Scores of Things About My Genealogical Activities

I’m not sure who started this meme, but I first found it at Msteri’s Heritage Happens.  She called it 104 Tidbits About My Genealogical Habits.  It can be a good goal setting tool.

The list below  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
Things you haven’t done or found and don’t care to: plain type

(My comments are in a different color).

Belong to a genealogical society. Several, in fact.
Researched records onsite at a court house. In Louisiana, Texas, and California.
Transcribed records. Many times
Uploaded tombstone pictures to Find-A-Grave. Yes. See herefor example.
Documented ancestors for four generations (self, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents) .
Joined Facebook.
Helped to clean up a run-down cemetery.
Joined the Genea-Bloggers Group on Facebook.
Attended a genealogy conference.
Lectured at a genealogy conference.
Spoke on a genealogy topic at a local genealogy society.
Been the editor of a genealogy society newsletter.
Contributed to a genealogy society publication.
Served on the board or as an officer of a genealogy society.
Got lost on the way to a cemetery.    Tried to find Olivet Cemetery in Colma, California.
Talked to dead ancestors.
Researched outside the state in which I live. Mainly so.
Knocked on the door of an ancestral home and visited with the current occupants. I’d love to do this!
Cold called a distant relative. It was a bit intimidating at first, but turned out well.
Posted messages on a surname message board. All the time (most recently, last night).
Uploaded a gedcom file to the internet.
Googled my name. (aka The Ego Search)
Performed a random act of genealogical kindness.
Researched a non-related family, just for the fun of it.
Have been paid to do genealogical research. Not very much.
Earn a living (majority of income) from genealogical research.
Wrote a letter (or email) to a previously unknown relative. Turned out very well.
Contributed to one of the genealogy carnivals. And I’ll return more often in 2009.
Responded to messages on a message board or forum. Frequently (most recently, last night).
Was injured while on a genealogy excursion.
Participated in a genealogy meme. This one counts!
Created family history gift items (calendars, cookbooks, etc.). This year for Christmas we made ornaments with old photos in them.
Performed a record lookup for someone else.
Went on a genealogy seminar cruise.
Am convinced that a relative must have arrived here from outer space.
Found a disturbing family secret.
Told others about a disturbing family secret.
Combined genealogy with crafts (family picture quilt, scrapbooking).
Think genealogy is a passion not a hobby.
Assisted finding next of kin for a deceased person (Unclaimed Persons).
Taught someone else how to find their roots.
Lost valuable genealogy data due to a computer crash or hard drive failure.
Been overwhelmed by available genealogy technology.
Know a cousin of the 4th degree or higher.
Disproved a family myth through research. See here.
Got a family member to let you copy photos.
Used a digital camera to “copy” photos or records.
Translated a record from a foreign language. With some helpSee here.
Found an immigrant ancestor’s passenger arrival record. Not yet, but some good leads exist as to Scots-Irish arrivals in South Carolina and Georgia.
Looked at census records on microfilm, not on the computer.
Used microfiche.
Visited the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
See here

.Visited more than one LDS Family History Center. Arden-Arcade (Sacramento County), California, and Falls Church, Virginia.
Visited a church or place of worship of one of your ancestors.
Taught a class in genealogy.
Traced ancestors back to the 18th Century. My Clark  line off of my Carpenter line of my Johnson line.
Traced ancestors back to the 17th Century. Ditto.
Traced ancestors back to the 16th Century. Ditto.
Can name all of your great-great-grandparents. Wish I could!
Found an ancestor’s Social Security application. See below, for one example.

My Grandmother's SS-5

My Grandmother's SS-5

Know how to determine a soundex code without the help of a computer.
Used Steve Morse’s One-Step searches. The greatest!
Own a copy of Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown MillsAbsolutely.
Helped someone find an ancestor using records you had never used for your own research.
Visited the main National Archives building in Washington, DC.
Visited the Library of Congress.

Have an ancestor who came over on the Mayflower.
Have an ancestor who fought in the Civil War. Several. On both sides.  Below is an example.

Zeke Johnson (1847-1933) served in the 18th U.S. Colored Infantry

Zeke Johnson (1847-1933) served in the 18th U.S. Colored Infantry

Taken a photograph of an ancestor’s tombstone.
Became a member of the Association of Graveyard Rabbits. Yes, right here!
Can read a church record in Latin. See here for example.
Have an ancestor who changed their name.
Joined a Rootsweb mailing listSeveral.
Created a family website. Several.  Currently restricted access.
Have more than one “genealogy” blog.
Was overwhelmed by the amount of family information received from someone.
Have broken through at least one brick wall.
Visited the DAR Library in Washington D.C.   No, and strangely enough, I used to work right across the  street for four years!
Borrowed a microfilm from the Family History Library through a local Family History Center.
Have done indexing for Family Search Indexing or another genealogy project. A joy!
Visited the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Had an amazing serendipitous find of the “Psychic Roots” variety.
Have an ancestor who was a Patriot in the American Revolutionary War.
Have an ancestor who was a Loyalist in the American Revolutionary War.
Have both Patriot & Loyalist ancestors.
Have used Border Crossing records to locate an ancestor.
Use maps in my genealogy research.
Have a convict ancestor who was transported from the UK.     Probably so. Not fully documented.
Found a bigamist amongst the ancestors.
Visited the National Archives in Kew.
Visited St. Catherine’s House in London to find family records.
Found a cousin in Australia (or other foreign country).
Consistently cite my sources. Uh, hmm, ahem . . .
Visited a foreign country (i.e. one I don’t live in) in search of ancestors.
Can locate any document in my research files within a few minutes.
Have an ancestor who was married four times (or more). How about seven times?!  Yes!
Made a rubbing of an ancestors gravestone.
Organized a family reunion. I’m thinking about this.
Published a family history book
Learned of the death of a fairly close relative through research.
That’s how I found out that this person had passed away.  A long and complicated story.
Have done the genealogy happy dance. Oh, Yeah!
Sustained an injury doing the genealogy happy dance.
Offended a family member with my research. Unfortunately some people can’t take the truth.
Reunited someone with precious family photos or artifacts.


One Response to “Scores of Things About My Genealogical Activities”

  • Greta Koehl says:

    OK, this proves it – you are a true genealogy geek. I think you have more bolded items than any other blogger I’ve read yet for this meme. Congratulations (I think)!

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