My 99 Genealogy Things Meme

First of all, I had to look up what “meme” was… because I’m cool like that. Basically, it means something going viral or catches fire and is passed from person to person. I first read this on cassmob’s blog, (but was just was notified by Jill Ball from Genimates Blog that the original idea came from Becky at kinexxions blog  see what I mean about going viral?) Jill “Aussie-ized” it and I tweaked it back… because I’m not an Aussie darn it! So, here is my Yank version of whoever originally started it – to each I say ‘thank you.’

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 – (or that I know hasn’t happened in my family).

  1. Belong to a genealogical society (four, but want to add to it)
  2. Joined a group on Genealogy Wise.
  3. Transcribed records.
  4. Uploaded headstone pictures to Find-A-Grave or a similar site (Flickr).
  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. Thinking about it.
  11. Spoke on a genealogy topic at a local genealogy society/local library’s family history group.
  12. Joined the National Genealogical Society.
  13. Contributed to a genealogy society publication.
  14. Served on the board or as an officer of a genealogy society (I am the Chair of the Publicity Committee for UGA).
  15. Got lost on the way to a cemetery. (And in the cemetery too!) 
  16. Talked to dead ancestors. (All the time, so far they ain’t talkin!)
  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 (and those of ancestors – it turns up great info sometimes)
  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. Not doing this!
  31. Participated in a genealogy meme. Yay! I just got this one.
  32. Created family history gift items:check out my recent post about this here.
  33. Performed a record lookup.
  34. Took a genealogy seminar cruise. Now that would be heaven!
  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 (but not all of the secrets).
  38. Combined genealogy with crafts (family picture quilt, scrapbooking). My. Favorite. Thing. EVER! Stay tune for future post about a new project and oh! it’s good!
  39. Think genealogy is a passion obsession not a hobby.
  40. Assisted finding next of kin for a deceased person. (Unclaimed Persons)
  41. Taught someone else how to find their roots.
  42. Lost valuable genealogy data due to a computer crash or hard drive failure. (back-up back-up back-up!)
  43. Been overwhelmed by available genealogy technology –sometimes it’s borderline but it’s a great way to learn. I find learning new things exciting, but I do get overwhelmed after a day or two of conferences and brain doesn’t fit in my head anymore.
  44. Know a cousin of the 4th degree or higher (married my 6th cousin!).
  45. Disproved a family myth through research. (Oh how they love me!)
  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. (Japanese ancestry is my professional specialty).
  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. Use to work there!
  53. Used Google+ for genealogy (join my circle!)
  54. Visited a church or place of worship of one of your ancestors.
  55. Taught a class in genealogy. I am a trainer for all the Family History Center consultants in my area.
  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. Know how to determine a soundex code without the help of a computer (isn’t that what the computer is for?)
  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 – so going there someday soon.
  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. Yes to all 3!
  67. Taken a photograph of an ancestor’s tombstone.
  68. Can “read” a church record in Latin. (have managed to decipher some, but only with a dictionary, reference book or Google)
  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. I am willing to suffer this problem…anyone?
  74. Have broken through at least one brick wall (but someone keeps putting up more).
  75. Done genealogy research at a court house.
  76. Borrowed microfilm from the Family History Library through a local Family History Center(s) (Glad I live close enough to go to the one in Salt Lake now!)
  77. Found an ancestor in an online newspaper archive. Just last night found new articles about my bootleggin’ grandpa!
  78. Have visited a NARA branch.
  79. Have an ancestor who served in WWI or WWII.
  80. Use maps in my genealogy research (how can one not?).
  81. Have a blacksheep ancestor.
  82. Found a bigamist amongst my ancestors. But have one who was the mistress of her sister’s husband.
  83. Attended a genealogical institute. Been to SLIG, will go again in Jan. and wish to attend IGHR next June.
  84. Taken online genealogy (and local history) courses. Taking a class from National Institute for Genealogical Studies now
  85. Consistently (document) and cite my sources.
  86. Visited a foreign country (i.e. one I don’t live in) in search of ancestors. So doing this!
  87. Can locate any document in my research files within a few minutes (how many is a “few”?)
  88. Have an ancestor who was married four times. Hey grandpa!
  89. Made a rubbing of an ancestor’s gravestone.
  90. Followed genealogists on Twitter. Follow me @elkinsvalerie!
  91. Published a family history book. Working on it, read about getting started here!
  92. Learned of a death of a fairly close family relative through research.
  93. Offended a family member with my research, my mother-in-law didn’t believe anyone but family can know about family.
  94. Reunited someone with precious family photos or artifacts.
  95. Have a paid subscription to a genealogy database. And paid, and paid…I think I need a grant!
  96. Submitted articles for FamilySearch Wiki. See Japan articles.
  97. Organized a family reunion. But, I am on a committee now for the next Mossman Reunion in Hawaii!
  98. Used Archives in countries where my ancestors originated.
  99. Converted someone new to the love of all things genealogy. Guilty as charged!

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  1. Valerie, what a great list! Thanks for posting this.


  2. Thanks for picking this up. I had a good chuckle at a few. Did the sister/wife in 82 know about the sister/mistress? As for 16, neither are mine! Pauleen

  3. Good post,Valerie! My version will come out in a couple of days.

  4. Interesting list. I think I will do it.

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