My 99 Things Genealogy Meme – Australian Style

7 September 2011

My 99 Things Genealogy Meme – Australian

This genealogy challenge was issued by Geniaus and the list should be annotated as follows:

Things you have already done or found – bold type
Things you would like to do or find – italics (colour optional)
Things you have not done or found and don’t care to – plain type

  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 (member once, now  member of other State societies)
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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 swam here)
  36. Found a disturbing family secret
  37. Told others about a disturbing family secret (our ancestors were human  & we need to understand context)
  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
  43. Been overwhelmed by available genealogy technology (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
  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 (except for 2 illegitimate  births, therefore don’t know fathers)
  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 (with a dictionary beside 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
  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 (and relatives)
  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
  88. Consistently cite my sources (usually)
  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 (mostly)
  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 (surprised a few)
  97. Reunited someone with precious family photos or artifacts
  98. Have a paid subscription to a genealogy database
  99. Edited records on Trove


Shauna has been tracing her own family history since 1977 and is a Fellow of the Queensland Family History Society. In 2009 Shauna received the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations (AFFHO) Services to Family History Award for her achievements in Queensland, Canberra and Victoria.

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