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My 99 Things Genealogy Meme – Australian Style

September 7, 2011

Have decided to take the Challenge

My 99 Things Genealogy Meme – Australian Style

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
        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
        38. Combined genealogy with crafts
        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
        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
        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
        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
        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 site my sources
        89. Visited a foreign country in search of ancestors
        90. Can locate any document in my research files in minutes
        91. Have an ancestor who was married four times or more
        92. Cleaned up an ancestors gravestone
        93. Followed genealogists on twitter
        94. Published a family history book (not yet, working on it)
        95. Learned of the death of a fairly close relative through research
        96. Offended a family member with my research
        97. Reunited someone with precious family photos or artefacts
        98. Have a paid subscription to a genealogy database
        99. Edited records on Trove
One Comment
  1. Thanks for the post Jennifer – I will add a link to the list of contributions at

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