Back in 2009 Becky Wiseman of Kinexxions created this Genealogy Meme and now, two years later, it is making it's way around the blogging community again. Since I didn't participate the first time I can't compare how I'm doing but I can use it to develop a plan for the upcoming year!
So here we go.......
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. (I would NEVER do this, it might damage the stone!)
- Organized a family reunion.
- Published a family history book (on one of my families).
- 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
And one of my own to add to the list:
105. Join the DAR
In summary, I have completed 53 items! Not bad. And I have identified 7 goals I would like to obtain in 2012:
1. Research records onsite at a court house.
2. Contribute to one of the genealogy carnivals.
3. Use a digital camera to “copy” photos or records.
4. Become a member of the Association of Graveyard Rabbits.
5. Consistently cite my sources.
6. Can locate any document in my research files within a few minutes.
7. Join the DAR
8. Attend NGS 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio!
Sounds like a great plan for 2012. I can't wait to get started!