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Beyond The Internet Geneameme

October 27, 2011

Pauleen from  Family history across the seas blog has put out the challenge to create a Geneameme that focuses on genealogy resources and research out in the world. Previously the Geneamemes have been all about the internet and technology. I love doing research in Archive centres and repositories, but at the moment, due to the hours I’m working I’ve had to put these visits on hold. Looking forward to getting back to doing research out in the world in the not too distant future. Even though I love doing my research online, the Geneameme makes it obvious how much information is missed by not getting out there into Archives and Family History Centres.

Beyond the Internet Geneameme

Things you have already done or found: bold face type
Things you would like to do or find: italicize (colour optional)
Things you haven’t done or found and don’t care to: plain type

  1. Looked at microfiche for BDM indexes which go beyond the online search dates.
  2. Talked to elderly relatives about your family history.
  3. Obtained old family photos from relatives.
  4. Have at least one certificate (birth/death/marr) for each great-grandparent.
  5. Have at least one certificate (birth/death/marr) for each great-great-grandparent.
  6. Seen/held a baptism or marriage document in a church, church archive or microfilm.
  7. Seen your ancestor’s name in some other form of church record eg kirk session, communion rolls.
  8. Used any microfilm from an LDS family history centre for your research.
  9. Researched using a microfilm other than a parish register (LDS family history centre/other).
  10. Used cemetery burial records to learn more about your relative’s burial.
  11. Used funeral director’s registers to learn more about your relative’s burial.
  12. Visited all your great-grandparents’ grave sites.
  13. Visited all your great-great-grandparents’ grave sites.
  14. Recorded the details on your ancestors’ gravestones and photographed them.
  15. Obtained a great-grandparent’s will/probate documents.
  16. Obtained a great-great grandparent’s will/probate documents.
  17. Found a death certificate among will documents.
  18. Followed up in the official records, something found on the internet.
  19. Obtained a copy of your immigrant ancestors’ original shipping records.
  20. Found an immigration nomination record for your immigrant ancestor
  21. Found old images of your ancestor’s place of origin (online or other).
  22. Read all/part of a local history for your ancestor’s place of residence.
  23. Read all/part of a local history for your ancestor’s place of origin.
  24. Read your ancestor’s school admission records.
  25. Researched the school history for your grandparents.
  26. Read a court case involving an ancestor (online newspapers don’t count for this).
  27. Read about an ancestor’s divorce case in the archives.
  28. Have seen an ancestor’s war medals.
  29. Have an ancestor’s military record (not a digitised copy eg WWII).
  30. Read a war diary or equivalent for an ancestor’s battle.
  31. Seen an ancestor’s/relative’s war grave.
  32. Read all/part of the history of an ancestor’s military unit (battalion/ship etc).
  33. Seen your ancestor’s name on an original land map.
  34. Found land selection documents for your immigrant ancestor/s.
  35. Found other land documents for your ancestor (home/abroad)
  36. Located land maps or equivalent for your ancestor’s place of origin.
  37. Used contemporaneous gazetteers or directories to learn about your ancestors’ places.
  38. Found your ancestor’s name in a Post Office directory of the time.
  39. Used local government sewerage maps (yes, seriously!) for an ancestor’s street.
  40. Read an inquest report for an ancestor/relative (online/archives).
  41. Read an ancestor’s/relative’s hospital admission.
  42. Researched a company file if your family owned a business.
  43. Looked up any of your ancestor’s local government rate books or valuation records.
  44. Researched occupation records for your ancestor/s (railway, police, teacher etc).
  45. Researched an ancestor’s adoption.
  46. Researched an ancestor’s insolvency.
  47. Found a convict ancestor’s passport or certificate of freedom.
  48. Found a convict ancestor’s shipping record.
  49. Found an ancestor’s gaol admission register.
  50. Found a licencing record for an ancestor (brands, publican, etc).
  51. Found an ancestor’s mining lease/licence.
  52. Found an ancestor’s name on a petition to government.
  53. Read your ancestor’s citizenship document.
  54. Read about your ancestor in an undigitised regional newspaper.
  55. Visited a local history library/museum relevant to your family.
  56. Looked up your ancestor’s name in the Old Age Pension records.
  57. Researched your ancestor or relative in Benevolent Asylum/Workhouse records.
  58. Researched an ancestor’s/relative’s mental health records.
  59. Looked for your family in a genealogical publication of any sort (but not online remember).
  60. Contributed family information to a genealogical publication. (Aust Family Tree Connection

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7 Comments
  1. I’d love to hear more about your research involving records of mental asylum patients. This is a very special interest of mine, as you can tell from http://www.judywebster.gil.com.au/casebooks-a.html. The Queensland sources I’ve used (and indexed) show that many of the patients had previously been in an asylum in another Australian State or in the UK. There are also references to patients’ *relatives* being in asylums – and again, many of those were interstate or overseas.

    • Sorry Judy, I should have said that I’ve seen the record at PROV. I’m sure with the numbers of these records that you’ve seen, you won’t be surprised to hear that his record was a scant half page. My main reason for wanting to go to the Asylum is just to get a sense of it. They have it open to the public these days.

  2. Judy I checkout out your website. My little bit of asylum research pales compared to yours. Looking forward to checking it out in more detail tonight. The man who murdered his wife, my ancestor, in my previous post was committed to Aararat Asylum. This geneameme reminded me that I had intended going there to check it out, as it’s not too far from me. But I’d forgotten all about it. So will be doing that over summer. Thanks for your interest Judy.

    • I’d be interested to hear how you get on with this. I would have expected the records to be at PRO Vic. Shauna Hicks might know.

  3. hi Jennifer, Thanks for doing this geneameme. It didn’t turn up in my google alerts, sorry! Looks like you’ve got lots done off-line and a tantalising list of things to follow up including visiting the Asylum.

    • I really loved doing this Geneameme. Made me realise how I’ve become stuck to the computer over the past few years. Need to get out there into the world again, and do some real research like we had to do years ago.

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