99 Genealogy Things

I read this on Valerie Elkins blog at Family Cherished.  This is a good list to use as a bucket list.  Here is where I stand:

Bold:  Things that you have already done or found.
Italics:  Things you would like to do or find.
Blue:  Things that you have not done or found/don’t care to.

99 Genealogy Things
1.    Belong to a genealogical society [I belong to state, local, and several Midwestern societies]  
2.    Joined a 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. [I have lectured for groups and at seminars]
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.  [This is high on the 2016 list]
14. Served on the board or as an officer of a genealogy society. Not on my list at this time.
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 [found out I was married to someone else….hmm]
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. [I think I am 25% genealogy and 75% PI]
27.  Wrote a letter (or email) to a previously unknown relative.  Again with the ambivalence.
28. Contributed to one of the genealogy carnivals. [Have not done for several years]
29. Responded to messages on a message board.
30. Was injured while on a genealogy excursion.  [I can trip over anything]
31. Participated in a genealogy meme.
32. Created family history gift items.  [Christmas ornaments, photo display, fabric arts]
33. Performed a record lookup.
34. Took a genealogy seminar cruise. 
35.  Am convinced that a relative must have arrived here from outer space. [My mother’s family – just saying]
36. Found a disturbing family secret. [Great Great Grandma was a bigamist among other things!]
37. Told others about a disturbing family secret (but not all of the secrets)
38. Combined genealogy with crafts (family picture quilt, scrapbooking).
39. Think genealogy is a passion and/or obsession 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. Never again!
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. [Flip Pal to the rescue]
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. Know how to determine a soundex code without the help of a computer.  [It has been awhile….]
61. Have found many relevant and unexpected articles on internet to “put flesh on the bones”.  [Found articles about my relatives home town]
62. Own a copy of Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills. [I have already broken in the 3rd ed.]
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.
65. Have an ancestor who came to America as an indentured servant. – Rumors no proof as of yet.
66. Have an ancestor who fought in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 or Civil War. 
67. Taken a photograph of an ancestor’s tombstone.
68. Can “read” a church record in Latin.
69. Have an ancestor who changed his/her name, just enough to be confusing.  Poundstone, Pundstein – not sure who was doing the spelling.
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. 
74. Have broken through at least one brick wall.
75. Done genealogy research at a court house.
76. Borrowed microfilm from the Family History Library through a local Family History Center(s).
77. Found an ancestor in an online newspaper archive.
78. Have visited a NARA branch.
79. Have an ancestor who served in WWI or WWII.
80. Use maps in my genealogy research.
81. Have a blacksheep ancestor.
82. Found a bigamist amongst my ancestors. 
83.  Attended a genealogical institute. SLIG January 2016
84. Taken online genealogy (and local history) courses.
85. Consistently (document) and cite my sources.  My husband calls me a citation Nazi.
86. Visited a foreign country in search of ancestors.
87. Can locate any document in my research files within a few minutes
88. Have an ancestor who was married four times. Yup, Grandpa!
89. Made a rubbing of an ancestor’s gravestone. .
90. Followed genealogists on Twitter. Not yet
91. Published a family history book. Not yet
92. Learned of a death of a fairly close family relative through research. [found my mother’s estranged sister]
93. Offended a family member with my research.  Not everyone enjoys a good bigamist story….
94. Reunited someone with precious family photos or artifacts.
95. Have a paid subscription to a genealogy database.
96. Submitted articles for FamilySearch Wiki.
97. Organized a family reunion.I just live too far away from Illinois….
98. Used Archives in countries where my ancestors originated.
99. Converted someone new to the love of all things genealogy
What are your 99?


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