Beyond the Internet Geneameme

I found this Meme at Geniaus, who got it from Pauleen at Family history across the seas blog. Jump in and have some fun 😀 I am not sure if I will have many of these bolded. Most of my research has been on the internet.

Things you have already done or found: bold face type
Things you would like to do or find: italicize (colour optional)
Things you haven’t done or found and don’t care to: plain type
You are encouraged to add extra comments in brackets after each item[]


  1. Looked at microfiche for BDM indexes which go beyond the online search dates.
  2. Talked to elderly relatives about your family history.[ lot more questions I should have asked of a lot more people, but I thought I had time]
  3. Obtained old family photos from relatives.
  4.  Have at least one certificate (birth/death/marr) for each great-grandparent.
  5. Have at least one certificate (birth/death/marr) for each great-great-grandparent.
  6. Seen/held a baptism or marriage document in a church, church archive or microfilm.
  7.  Seen your ancestor’s name in some other form of church record eg kirk session, communion rolls.
  8. Used any microfilm from an LDS family history centre for your research.
  9. Researched using a microfilm other than a parish register
  10. Used cemetery burial records to learn more about your relative’s burial. [WWI burial]
  11. Used funeral director’s registers to learn more about your relative’s burial
  12. Visited all your great-grandparents’ grave sites.
  13. Visited all your great-great-grandparents’ grave sites.
  14. Recorded the details on your ancestors’ gravestones and photographed them.
  15. Obtained a great-grandparent’s will/probate documents.[not actually a will, but Common pleas court, selling of land for debts and dowager rights this was actually 3rd and 4th great-grandparents]
  16. Obtained a great-great grandparent’s will/probate documents
  17. Found a death certificate among will documents.
  18. Followed up in the official records, something found on the internet.
  19. Obtained a copy of your immigrant ancestors’ original shipping records.
  20. Found an immigration nomination record for your immigrant ancestor
  21. Found old images of your ancestor’s place of origin (online or other).[pictures taken by a cousin who actually visited Scotland]
  22. Read all/part of a local history for your ancestor’s place of residence.
  23. Read all/part of a local history for your ancestor’s place of origin.
  24. Read your ancestor’s school admission records.
  25. Researched the school history for your grandparents.
  26. Read a court case involving an ancestor [see # 15]
  27. Read about an ancestor’s divorce case in the archives.
  28. Have seen an ancestor’s war medals.[ have great uncles dog tags]
  29. Have an ancestor’s military record 
  30. Read a war diary or equivalent for an ancestor’s battle.
  31. Seen an ancestor’s/relative’s war grave.[ have a photo]
  32. Read all/part of the history of an ancestor’s military unit
  33. Seen your ancestor’s name on an original land map.
  34. Found land selection documents for your immigrant ancestor/s.
  35. Found other land documents for your ancestor (home/abroad)[see # 15 land description with drawing]
  36. Located land maps or equivalent for your ancestor’s place of origin.
  37. Used contemporaneous gazetteers or directories to learn about your ancestors’ places.
  38. Found your ancestor’s name in a Post Office directory of the time.
  39. Used local government sewerage maps (yes, seriously!) for an ancestor’s street.
  40. Read an inquest report for an ancestor/relative (online/archives).
  41. Read an ancestor’s/relative’s hospital admission.
  42. Researched a company file if your family owned a business.
  43. Looked up any of your ancestor’s local government rate books or valuation records.
  44. Researched occupation records for your ancestor/s (railway, police, teacher etc).
  45. Researched an ancestor’s adoption. [not aware of any]
  46. Researched an ancestor’s insolvency.
  47. Found a convict ancestor’s passport or certificate of freedom.
  48. Found a convict ancestor’s shipping record.
  49. Found an ancestor’s gaol admission register.
  50. Found a licencing record for an ancestor (brands, publican, etc).
  51. Found an ancestor’s mining lease/licence.
  52. Found an ancestor’s name on a petition to government.
  53. Read your ancestor’s citizenship document. (All Aussie or British – no citizenship docs)
  54. Read about your ancestor in an undigitised regional newspaper.
  55. Visited a local history library/museum relevant to your family.
  56. Looked up your ancestor’s name in the Old Age Pension records.
  57. Researched your ancestor or relative in Benevolent Asylum/Workhouse records.
  58. Researched an ancestor’s/relative’s mental health records.
  59. Looked for your family in a genealogical publication of any sort (but not online remember).
  60. Contributed family information to a genealogical publication.

Wow, I have accomplished a bit more then I expected.

Happy Hunting!

Julie Hogston - Visit Website

About Julia Hogston

Christian, Family Historian, Wife, Mom, Grandma


  1. Thanks for participating Julie….I think we all have regrets about elderly rellies we didn’t speak to about family history -I certainly do. Not sure whether your certificates are as superb and data-rich as the Aussie ones….there is so much info there. Pauleen

    • Pauleen, you’re most welcome it was fun! The certificates have great information, but as in most cases it depends on the information given and the person giving the information.
      I think , but I am not positive, that Certificates very between states and time periods as well. Thank You Julie

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