Saturday, March 3, 2018

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Rootin' Tootin' Genealogy Quiz

I wasn't sure if Randy Seaver was going to post a Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge, because RootsTech just ended and he might have been too wiped out.  But he did, and it's one of those fun lists of questions:

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission:  Impossible! music) is:

(1) Mary Harrell-Sesniak posted a "Rootin' Tootin' True Confessions of Genealogists Quiz" on the GenealogyBank Blog two years ago and invited readers to answer the 50 questions.  She also provided a score sheet.

(2) For this week's SNGF, let's answer her questions and see how we score.  Copy and paste my answers below and edit the list for yourself (be sure to delete or edit my comments).

(3) Please share your responses and your score in a blog post of your own, in a comment to Mary's post, or on Facebook or Google+.

Here are my answers:

  1. _X_ Gone to sleep reciting details about ancestors?  Maybe not actually reciting, but running over details in my head . . . .
  2. _X_ Photographed more than 20 tombstones?  Oh, definitely.
  3. _X_ Had an ancestral chart, family photo, coat of arms, ship of immigration (or similar) professionally printed or framed?  I had an ancestral photo professionally restored and printed, then shared it with all my cousins.
  4. _X_ Figured out your kinship to someone famous?  Only a few times.  Mostly to disprove family stories.
  5. _X_ Solved a stranger’s dead-end mystery for free?  Of course — I volunteer at Family History Centers.
  6. _X_ Considered consulting a psychic about genealogy?   Yes, but I haven't done it yet.
  7. _X_ Taken a selfie in a graveyard or hugged a tombstone?  I have hugged a tombstone.
  8. __ Probed the ground or used a divining rod to locate a missing tombstone?  Nope.
  9. _X_ Written your own obituary?  A couple of times.
  10. __ Created a birth, marriage, or death notice (obit) for an ancestor who didn’t have one?  I'm not sure I know what this means.  Like create a fake newspaper article?  Um, no.
  11. _X_ Eschewed the sunshine for valuable library/research time (or met the dawn while tracing your family tree)?  Both.
  12. _X_ Celebrated a birthday, marriage, or commemorative event of a deceased forebear?  Jews do this when they commemorate the person's yahrzeit (death date).
  13. _X_ Rescued (i.e., purchased) photos, medals, or similar objects of someone not related to you?  From antiques stores, used book stores, thrift shops, and genealogy society sales.
  14. _X_ Reunited lost artifacts with living relatives?  More than once.  My favorite is still the time I returned a passport to the 88-year-old woman whose baby photo was on it.
  15. _X_ Centered a vacation around genealogy?  Several times.
  16. _X_ Traveled to meet a newly discovered cousin whom you met through genealogy research?  On some of the aforementioned genealogy-centered vacations.
  17. _X_ Tested your DNA?  AncestryDNA, FamilyTreeDNA, and Genes for Good autosomal, plus FTDNA mtDNA.  I just bought 23andMe and Living DNA tests for myself.
  18. _X_ Paid for others to get their DNA tested?  My father, brother, sister, two aunts, and three cousins.
  19. _X_ Worn clothing (T-shirts, jackets, hats) emblazoned with genealogy surnames, slogans, society names, etc.?  A few.
  20. __ Upon their leaving the nest, converted your child’s bedroom (or personal space) into a genealogy room?  Not applicable to me.
  21. _X_ Spent more on genealogy in a month than groceries?  Especially easy to do if you're really frugal with your grocery shopping.
  22. _X_ Collected odd records in the name of genealogy (for example, taxes)?  I have my paternal grandfather's salary increase notices from when he worked in the Civil Service.
  23. _X_ Added margin notations in books (error corrections, enhanced details)?  I generally don't, but I think I have done this a couple of times under special circumstances.
  24. _X_ Mapped a forebear’s traipsings?  For a Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge.
  25. _X_ Traveled more than 100 miles for research (library, courthouse)?  The farthest was to New Jersey from California.  I did have my brother do research in Manchester, England once.
  26. __ Purchased something that belonged to an ancestor or that has his/her name on it (photo albums, homesteads, lineage society pins)?  I look, but I've never found anything.  I would in a heartbeat if I did find something.
  27. __ Participated in a reenactment related to your ancestry?  Nope.
  28. _X_ Made something to commemorate genealogy (historical costumes, paraphernalia, needlepoint or model of an immigrant ship, painting, genealogy quilt)?  I have made many cross-stitch samplers to commemorate family births.
  29. _X_ Joined more than five lineage or genealogy societies?  At different times, African American Genealogical Society of Northern California, California Genealogical Society, Gesher Galicia, Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon, and San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society.
  30. __ Overlaid an ancestor’s photo on that of a living person to identify a doppelganger (look-alike)?  Overlaid?  Nope.  Placed next to each other to compare?  Yes.
  31. _X_ Downloaded, e-mailed, or shared genealogy jokes?  I also have a file folder of these.
  32. _X_ Purchased a book with only a small reference to your ancestry (100 words)?  Bought a copy of a New York City register of Jewish organizations because it has my great-great-grandfather's name in it.
  33. __ Mentioned genealogy in your will?  I still need to make a will.  I will include genealogy in it.
  34. _X_ Studied old handwriting or consulted with a handwriting expert so that you can read old documents?  Lots of times, and I teach a class on this.
  35. _X_ Made a gen-tote of gadgets for on-the-go projects (portable scanning, grave cleaning, flash drives, notepads, acid-free gloves)?  Yes.
  36. __ Taken a handful of dirt or a stone from a place significant to your ancestry?  Nope.
  37. _X_ Diverted a mealtime conversation to genealogy?  I have trouble not doing this.
  38. _X_ Initiated conversations about ancestry with complete strangers (outside of a genealogy setting)?  All the time.
  39. _X_ Researched the genealogy of complete strangers?  Yes.
  40. _X_ Transcribed an old document, or more than 500 genealogy records?  Yes.
  41. _X_ Joined a dozen or more social media genealogy groups?  On Facebook and Google+.
  42. _X_ Created a genealogy blog or a public tree (online)?  This list is posted on my genealogy blog.
  43. _X_ Published a family history book or distributed genealogy folders among the relatives?  For several years, for Christmas and Chanukah, I used to send every relative with whom I was in contact printouts of every family line that person was descended from.  
  44. __ Programmed gen-destinations (courthouses, cemeteries) into your GPS?  I don't have a car GPS.
  45. _X_ Taken genealogy courses with the intention of receiving a certificate or other form of recognition?   Sorta kinda.  It's in the back of my mind as I have taken some courses.
  46. _X_ Paid to attend genealogy conferences?  A few times.
  47. _X_ Searched surnames on eBay?  Yes, and purchased something, and it helped my research, though not in the way I had expected.
  48. _X_ Scoured thrift or resale shops for genealogical finds?  Yes, see #13.
  49. __ Trespassed in the name of genealogy?  Not that I know of.
  50. _X_ Dined anywhere but your dining table to avoid disturbing a genealogy project?  My dining room table was buried under genealogy projects.
My score is 40, so I earned a Hopelessly Hooked Family Historian Award.  Wow, how did I beat Randy?

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