Wednesday, January 7, 2009

104 Tidbits of my Genealogy

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

Belong to a genealogical society.

Researched records onsite at a court house.

Transcribed records.

Uploaded tombstone pictures to Find-A-Grave.

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.

Talked to dead ancestors.

Researched outside the state in which I live.

Knocked on the door of an ancestral home and visited with the current occupants.

Cold called a distant relative.

Posted messages on a surname message board.

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.

Earn a living (majority of income) from genealogical research.

Wrote a letter (or email) to a previously unknown relative.

Contributed to one of the genealogy carnivals.

Responded to messages on a message board or forum.

Was injured while on a genealogy excursion.

Participated in a genealogy meme.

Created family history gift items (calendars, cookbooks, etc.).

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.

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.

Found an immigrant ancestor’s passenger arrival record.

Looked at census records on microfilm, not on the computer.

Used microfiche.

Visited the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

Visited more than one LDS Family History Center.

Visited a church or place of worship of one of your ancestors.

Taught a class in genealogy.

Traced ancestors back to the 18th Century.

Traced ancestors back to the 17th Century.

Traced ancestors back to the 16th Century.

Can name all of your great-great-grandparents.

Found an ancestor’s Social Security application.

Know how to determine a soundex code without the help of a computer.

Used Steve Morse’s One-Step searches.

Own a copy of Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills.

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.

Taken a photograph of an ancestor’s tombstone.

Became a member of the Association of Graveyard Rabbits.

Can read a church record in Latin.

Have an ancestor who changed their name.

Joined a Rootsweb mailing list.

Created a family website.

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.

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.

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.

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. (As of 1-1-2008 my New Year's resolution that I KEPT!)

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).

Made a rubbing of an ancestors gravestone.

Organized a family reunion.

Published a family history book.

Learned of the death of a fairly close relative through research.

Have done the genealogy happy dance.

Sustained an injury doing the genealogy happy dance.

Offended a family member with my research.

Reunited someone with precious family photos or artifacts.

Well, there you have it! I have quite a number of tasks ahead of me to attempt in 2009.

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The Family

The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another's desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together. ~Erma Bombeck

Genealogy Pox, author unknown


SYMPTOMS: Continual complaint as to need for names, dates and places. Patient has a blank expressions, sometimes deaf to spouse and children. Has no taste for work of any kind, except feverishly looking through records at libraries and courthouses.
Has a compulsion to write letters. Swears at mailman when he doesn't leave mail. Frequents strange places such as cemeteries, ruins, and remote desolate country areas. Makes secret night calls and hides phone bills from spouse. Mumbles to self. Has strange, faraway look in eyes.


TREATMENT: Medication is useless. This disease is not fatal, but gets progressively worse. Patient should attend genealogy workshops, subscribe to genealogical magazines and be given a quiet corner in the house where he/she can be alone.

REMARKS: The unusual nature of this disease is that the sicker the patient gets, the more he or she enjoys it!