Tuesday, 6 September 2011

99 Genealogy Meme - Canadian Style

The original "meme" went around the blogger world a while back and was geared to US genealogy. Recently it was adapted "Aussie Style" I thought it would be fun to adapt it once again for the Canucks.


  1. Belong to a genealogical society
  2. Researched records onsite at a court house
  3. Transcribed records
  4. Uploaded tombstone pictures to Find-A-Grave or the CWGC
  5. Documented ancestors for four generations (self, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents)
  6. Joined Facebook
  7. Joined Google+
  8. Helped to clean up a run-down cemetery
  9. Transcribed a cemetery
  10. Joined the Genea-Bloggers Group on Facebook
  11. Attended a genealogy conference
  12. Lectured at a genealogy conference
  13. Spoke on a genealogy topic at a local genealogy society
  14. Been the editor of a genealogy society newsletter
  15. Contributed to a genealogy society publication
  16. Served on the board or as an officer of a genealogy society
  17. Got lost on the way to a cemetery
  18. Talked to dead ancestors. (Does swearing at the lack of their presence count?)
  19. Researched outside the province in which I live
  20. Knocked on the door of an ancestral home and visited with the current occupants
  21. Cold called a distant relative
  22. Posted messages on a surname message board
  23. Uploaded a gedcom file to the internet
  24. Googled my name
  25. Performed a random act of genealogical kindness
  26. Researched a non-related family, just for the fun of it
  27. Have been paid to do genealogical research
  28. Earn a living (majority of income) from genealogical research
  29. Wrote a letter (or email) to a previously unknown relative
  30. Interviewed an elderly relative to gain insight into family history
  31. Responded to messages on a message board or forum.
  32. Was injured while on a genealogy excursion
  33. Participated in a genealogy meme
  34. Created family history gift items (calendars, cookbooks, etc.)
  35. Performed a record lookup for someone else
  36. Went on a genealogy research vacation
  37. Am convinced that an ancestor must have arrived here from outer space
  38. Am convinced an ancestor fell off the face of the earth
  39. Found an interesting family secret
  40. Told others about an interesting family secret
  41. Combined genealogy with crafts (family picture quilt, scrapbooking)
  42. Think genealogy is a passion not a hobby
  43. Assisted finding next of kin for a deceased person (Unclaimed Persons)
  44. Taught someone else how to find their roots
  45. Lost valuable genealogy data due to a computer crash or hard drive failure
  46. Been overwhelmed by available genealogy technology
  47. Know a cousin of the 4th degree or higher
  48. Disproved a family myth through research
  49. Got a family member to let you copy photos
  50. Used a digital camera to “copy” photos or records
  51. Translated a record from a foreign language
  52. Found an immigrant ancestor’s passenger arrival record
  53. Looked at census records on microfilm, not on the computer
  54. Used microfiche
  55. Visited the Family History Library in Salt Lake City
  56. Visited more than one LDS Family History Center
  57. Visited a church or place of worship of one of your ancestors
  58. Taught a class in genealogy
  59. Traced ancestors back to the 18th Century
  60. Traced ancestors back to the 17th Century
  61. Traced ancestors back to the 16th Century
  62. Can name all of your great-great-grandparents
  63. Found an ancestor’s Social Security application
  64. Know how to determine a soundex code without the help of a computer
  65. Own a copy of Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills
  66. Helped someone find an ancestor using records you had never used for your own research
  67. Visited the Ontario Archives
  68. Visited Library & Archives Canada
  69. Have an ancestor who came over as a Selkirk Settler.
  70. Have an ancestor who fought in the War of 1812
  71. Taken a photograph of an ancestor’s tombstone
  72. Have an ancestor who was a British Home Child
  73. Can read a church record in Latin.
  74. Have an ancestor who changed their name
  75. Joined a Rootsweb mailing list
  76. Created a family website or blog
  77. Have more than one "genealogy" blog
  78. Was overwhelmed by the amount of family information received from someone
  79. Have broken through at least one brick wall
  80. Have proven direct ancestry to a United Empire Loyalist
  81. Borrowed a microfilm from the Family History Library through a local Family History Center
  82. Have done indexing for Family Search Indexing or another genealogy project
  83. Visited the Toronto Public Library to do Genealogy Research
  84. Visited the University of Guelph Library for Genealogy Research
  85. Have used Border Crossing records to locate an ancestor
  86. Use maps in my genealogy research
  87. Have a convict ancestor who was transported from the UK
  88. Found a bigamist amongst the ancestors
  89. Found a possible murder amongst the ancestors
  90. Visited the National Archives in Kew
  91. Found a cousin in Australia (or other foreign country)
  92. Consistently cite my sources
  93. Visited a foreign country (i.e. one I don't live in) in search of ancestors
  94. Can locate any document in my research files within a few minutes
  95. Have an ancestor who was married three times (or more)
  96. Made a rubbing of an ancestors gravestone
  97. Organized a family reunion
  98. Published a family history book (on one of my families)
  99. Published a family history book for a family you are not related to
I was actually surprised by the number of things I have done, but more importantly, I was thrilled to see that the things I still want to do are down to a manageable number! Only 8 to go and three of those will be accomplished THIS calendar year! Roll on retirement for the remaining 5!

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 (color optional)
Things you haven’t done or found and don’t care to: plain type

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