CABS for Reflections From the Fence
From Becky's meme which is making the rounds in the land of the genie bloggers.
If you wish to participate in the meme, simply copy the text below and paste it into your blog (or into a note on facebook if you don't have a blog) and annotate the list accordingly.
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.
Uploaded tombstone pictures to Find-A-Grave.
Documented ancestors for four generations (self, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents) .
Helped to clean up a run-down cemetery. Not much interest here, can I make a monetary donation??
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, ALL THE TIME! Like this "Where ARE you??" Course, that is more like asking them questions, but, still, talking to the dead, yep, I do.
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. Totally NOT my favorite thing to do, avoid at all costs.
Posted messages on a surname message board.
Uploaded a gedcom file to the internet. And, have no intentions of doing so for some time to come.
Googled my name.
Performed a random act of genealogical kindness. How fun is this?? A LOT of fun!
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. Hope this one never happens.
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. Not just one, entire families of them came via space ship, left the same way too, no birth records, no death or burial records, and very few records for the "dash" either.
Found a disturbing family secret. Several in fact. Put in in historical context, that might take the sting off.
Told others about a disturbing family secret.
Combined genealogy with crafts (family picture quilt, scrapbooking).
Think genealogy is a passion not a hobby. More like an addiction!
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. Nope, don't wanna do this one either, I manage to lose enough by deleting sources and not realizing it for a week or more. Long story, ugly beginning, pretty good ending.
Been overwhelmed by available genealogy technology. YEP!!
Know a cousin of the 4th degree or higher. Several.
Disproved a family myth through research. Actually, several myths.
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. Not many, most of mine were here before there were "lists" and several of Man's snuck in via Canada.
Looked at census records on microfilm, not on the computer.
Visited the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Can we spell, WAHOOOO!!
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. So, like isn't that like 1501 to 1600?? Yea, I can actually do that, but, the sources are not "original", so, shaky ground here.
Can name all of your great-great-grandparents.
Found an ancestor’s Social Security application. Lots! Cousins and aunts and uncles, and more. Was a day these were very affordable, I loved that!
Know how to determine a soundex code without the help of a computer. Used to be able to do so with the cheat sheets at the libraries where we used microfilm.
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. One of my favorite ancestors to research, Solomon B Eley is just one of mine.
Taken a photograph of an ancestor’s tombstone.
Became a member of the Association of Graveyard Rabbits. Might, maybe?? Can I do another blog?? Thinking - - -
Can read a church record in Latin. Ha ha ha, tried this one, FAILED!
Have an ancestor who changed their name. Oh, YES!! Man's grandfather. Oh, boy what a story he is.
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. Being the greedy one though, I want more bricks to tumble.
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. Cannot tell you how much I love this place!
Had an amazing serendipitous find of the "Psychic Roots" variety. Yes, indeedy, especially with Man's family, another Canadian twig. Still shake my head over this one and it was nearly 15 years ago.
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. One can do research WITHOUT maps??? Really??
Have a convict ancestor who was transported from the UK.
Found a bigamist amongst the ancestors. Yep, Man's grandfather again. Maybe twice! No kidding!
Visited the National Archives in Kew.
Visited St. Catherine's House in London to find family records. Did some research in Exeter England tho. Great experience.
Found a cousin in Australia (or other foreign country).
Consistently cite my sources. No input is done without the sourcing being done at the same time. Period!
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. Disclaimer, IF they are on the computer, for sure, if they are in the file cabinets, or in piles to be filed, all bets are off!
Have an ancestor who was married four times (or more). That one is really close, REAL close! And, he was divorced five times! Yepper he was!
Made a rubbing of an ancestors gravestone. Three times, what a neat experience!
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. Only to my pride - -
Offended a family member with my research. Can we say, "Sigh"?
Reunited someone with precious family photos or artifacts.