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4Helped pay the fee for a female descendant to have DNA test to see if our mutual ancestor was American Indian (and she was not)
6Trekked through thick briar patches and marshland looking for tombstones.
7Spent more than ten hours on the net
9Went 2000 miles to the 2000 conference in San Diego.
10Make phone calls to distant relatives that I never even heard of.
11Nothing is too extreme. Travel to new places to explore cemeteries, sometimes completely cold, with little or no advance planning.
13Can't think of anything extreme!
14Stomped through high weeds, and climbed over a couple of barb-wire fences just to get to an old cemetery. Got more chiggers than information
17Called in "sick" to work so I could continue to follow a "hot" lead
18Contacted the wife of my mothers cousin that no one in our family knew. I just knew that the originial place of settlement was in Maury Co. Tn.She welcomed me with open arms and we were very close until her death.
19Roan through cemeteries in the rain to botain pictures and dates.
20Required a visit to a cemetery and a courthouse while on vacation. At the time our children were 2 and 8 years old and not excited about that venture.
21Spent many many hours entering data into a computerized genealogy databse.
22Research of archived documents, newspapers and cemeteries. Proving and disproving of genealogical writings.
25Found two 1/2 sisters who did not know I existed.
26I decided to abstract all the civil records of an ancestral hometown in Italy from 1809 to 1910. It took about 4 years to complete the abstracting, and now am putting them on a website and plan to compile them in book form as a gift to relatives I haven't met yet. I will also send a copy to the priest in the town.
27Got on a plane and flew 3,000 to a reunion where I didn't know anyone.
28Contacts over the internet. Speaking 'broken' French all day in a Land Records Office in rural Quebec.
29I knocked on a complete stranger's door on a trip to Nebraska and got him out of the bathtub. Through an obit I knew he had a niece who was a 2nd cousin of mine. I had no idea what her married name was or where she lived. She is the only living relative I have on that branch of the family. He kindly gave me her address and phone number and we are now in touch and finally met a few years ago.
31Purchased a title (Lord of the Manor).
32visit and contacted other family members for the first time
34 I've done all the usual things...nothing stands out as extreme, but I'm at a point where I may need to do something adventurous to find out more.
35Nothing yet!
36I haven't really done anything "extreme." But, my 73-year old father did. He accompanied me in a search of a forgotten cemetery, trapsing through the brush and woods to get there. It wasn't easy, and I'm sure he didn't enjoy it. But he did it for me.
38Probably spending too many hours researching and not doing the things which need to be done to take care of home and family. It gets like an addiction some times or at the least, an obsession.
39Talked a hospital into giving me biographical information from an older medical record.
41Found a Bible record on the internet for a gentleman who was checking on the same surname.The Bible is still in existance & the name of the person who now has it.It belongs to a relative whom he knows is in his family.To say the least,he is delighted.
42Contacted a professor who I found on the internet with the same surname as my great-grandmother (googled her surname). I wrote him, he's a 2nd cousin once removed, he visited while at NASA for a consulting project, I met other cousins through him, and now we are in constant contact with a side of the family that we hadn't had contact with in 50 years.
43Traveled to Germany, but I don't really think that's extreme :)
44Conning my husband into driving our large van up a mountain without a real road in order to search for an old cemetery. Then he had to back up for nearly a mile because there was no place to turn around! I'm surprised we're still married!
46I would say writing leters and calling people I didn't know to find the answers.
47Drove 6 hours (alone!) to Pittsburgh, PA.
49I can not think of anything extreme.
51researching in attics and basements of courthouses, visiting in total stranger's homes
52Drove to the all the little towns where it showed some of my ancestors had lived in. Talk to the Historical Societies in those areas. French Priarie (ST Paul), Dallas, Wapanitia, Prineville, Brownsville, Crawfordsville, all in Oregon
53Been the cause of a family reunion in California for another family through my research.
54Just spending hours on the internet. Nothing really extreme.
55Dug through discarded trash at an auction.
56Trespassed on private property to photograph the deteriorating house where my ancestor was born.
57Subjected my younger children to many research hours at the library!
58made cold contacts to random people with the surname I am looking for
59Driven from Louisiana to Illinois to find graves. I was told that if it had rained the cemetery was not accessible since you had to travel across a field to get there. Fortunately the weather was good and we found the graves we were searching for.
60Emailed a totally unknown man in another country, to ask if it was possible we were related. It turned out that we were.
61Raised funds to restore the walls of the cemetery in Slovakia where I found the stones of my great-grandparents.
62Haven't done anything extreme. But found family I didn't know I had.
63Gone alone on a homeland tour.
65Probably called a person I had suspected as a possible cousin, more times than I'd like to admit. :)
66went to the area of the world where my dad was born!
68Traveled to Switzerland to the village where my husband's family originated. Also called complete strangers out of the blue with whom I believed we shared a common ancestry. I was right!
69I found my 1/2 brother and Sister in Califorina.
70Had a Family Reunion at my home!
71Learned enough German to be able to read most parish records.
72Cold Calling EVERYONE that I think would be a relative. While some have panned out, I have had marvelous conversations with kind people all over the place. The one tip that opened a door to one part of the family was given to me by the ex-wife of a deceased relative who gave me unlisted phone numbers! It was a key piece of information.
74I wrote a letter and mailed it to everyone I could find named Cristy. It was over 100 letters but it paid off and I found my connection.
75Well, Nothing really except go all the way to Patterson, Louisiana to see the original parish records.
76Made a 2 week trip to New York and Canada.
78Wrote letters in foreign language to people who might be related to me.
79Flew to Nebraska alone and drove 1000 miles seeking info on my husband's grandfather.
82Climbed through a barbed wire fence with a bull in it to get to an overgrown family cemetery.
83Nothing extreme, just the ususal. Writing strangers, taking side trips, prowling cemeteries, etc
84I can't think of anything that would be classified as extreme.
85I contacted an ostracized family member whom I had neither met nor knew existed. This upset some other family members.
86Called an unknown second cousin.
88While on a business trip, I just had to slip away to do research in the National Archives.
90Treked a cemetery for over 4 hours to find one headstone.
91My hometown newspaper in Colorado wouldn't let anyone use their archive except other journalists. After getting a degree in photojournalism, a few years later I revisited that newspaper and used my creditials to gain access to their archives which had many articles and photos in the file for my family. Several years went by and I revisited, this time the publisher's secretary was helping my step-sister in reading and I used her for the name dropper. But a change in personel had opened the archives and anyone could now have access.
92Travelled over a bumpy logging road in the swamps of the Francis Marion National Forest in SC to find the ruins of an old church and cemetery. We were led to the site by a Forest Ranger and a logging company manager. There was little to see there but some rubble except for a large billboard sign proclaiming to whomever should find it that it was the site of the Echaw Church, the second church of St James Santee Parish. Other backwoods cemetery hunts have also been exciting and difficult from TX to OK to GA to SC to NY to PA to MA, etc.
93To get so addicted I forget the present and put myself in my ancestors time and place.
94Everything!! . like Obcessive/Compulsive behavior isn't {{Extreme}}Ü
95Stumble through brush and briers looking for a cememtery that I given vague directions to find. The property owners do not want people using their land to get to the cemetery.
97travel to ancestors' home village in Europe -- a great experience!
98Written to the Priest of the Greek Catholic Church in Znjac'ovo (Ukrainian translation done by Monsignor Basil Smochko -also born in village of Znjac'ovo; now in Calif. He married wife and I 42 years ago in McKees Rocks, Pa.)I Talked to the priest in Znjac'ovo a week ago; he's looking in the church records for birth of paternal grandfather. Rev. Loya (Windber, Pa.-also born in Z; Father Loya was ALSO born in Z.) called Father Xhvasta and confirmed the priest is doing a search; 100 years of records were hidden in the church "walls" when the Communists closed down Gk. Cath, churches in Transcarpathia in c1947. Records were just discovered about a year ago. I can hardly wait. Monsignor Smochko will have to translate back into English for me.
99Unfortunately it has been to neflect my wonderful bride of 42+ years.
100Reclaim abandoned cemeteries and erect fallen tombstones of my ancestors.
101Gone off on a research trip alone for a week, which really irritated my boyfriend who thought I should be vacationing with him.
102Made an 8 hour drive in the middle of a huge snowstorm in the nighttime to a state archives city, because the trip was already planned and nothing could stop me!
103hours and hours of research for long periods of time (days and days that grew into weeks and months)
104For me, it was to drive literally half way across the country, from Chicago to Baltimore, to meet a county archaeologist and see some of the items recovered from a dig on an ancestors land.
105Many travels to crazy places
106Write a newspaper column about my years growing up in my home town, 1950s-1960s. It sparked a lot of nostalgia and replies from "older" readers!
108I am new at genealogy so my extremes are yet to come.
110Spending vacation time to search records in court houses. Calling people with the same surname as I travel.
111Walking across private property into a poorly maintained cemetery. I have little balance on smooth pavement, so taking off across rough land is extreme for me.
114Finding my gr-grandfather's grave in a very remote area.
116Pull the name of a prominent lawyer out of NYC legal directory and contact him in the hope he was the descendant of a collateral relative. He was!
118Traveled great distance
120Telephone call to a stranger in my search for a cemetary.
121A year working almost full time on it.
122Dragged my family thru several cemeteries.
123Visited - and found - church records from the 1660's in a small town in Germany.
125Buying a computer when I in fact did not know how to use one. But I have learned. Also the best thing I ever did.
126Hi Megan: As you may remember, from my story which you published in, "In Search of Our Ancestors." Discovering a 115 year error in my great grandparent's Marriage Record at Town Hall, Montpelier, VT. And then, having to appear before a local Surrogate judge, prove my relationship to them, and then having the official documents "corrected" with an order from the judge to the Town Clerk. I did it because it needed to be done, I was the designated researcher, by fate, and those corrections now stand for posterity, for any researcher, whom the future may send on a research mission. There have been other discoveries and corrections of records for other relatives at other places, but none had the rewarding impact of that one.
127Traveled from Utah to northern Maine in search of an ancestors grave and home. I found the home but not the grave.
128auditioned for the new PBS show with Megan Smolenyak.....? I actually wrote a book about my grandmother and had fun doing the research. It took me a year to complete. I learned a lot about my family and about the legacy my grandmother left for her family. Extreme? Maybe not, but it was a stretch for me at the time. Now I have plans to write about my other grandparents and my father.
131LOL I don't know!
133Traveled independently to a town 3,000 miles away just to do my own genealogical research.
135Travelled to United Kingdom for research purposes.
136Took on a second part time job to pay for my membership to
137I have learned about relatives and am trying to "save" the cemetery a couple are located in.
138Nothing very extreme!
139Traveled to ancestor's locals. Snuck onto land to see graves of ancestors. Stayed up all night researching on the Internet
140trip to Norway took DNA test
141Told a fib
142Found a way to sneak into an old family cemetery where my ancestors are buried, abandoned in the woods, when the property owner was not friendly.
143Travel overseas to look at some civil records
145I decided to try and track down all living descendants of my immigrant ancestor, who arrived in America in 1772. Since starting, I have been able to find quite a few original artifacts, documents, photos, etc. that were passed down through various family lines but pertain to my own. It has been quite a consuming project but very worthwhile for my own research. It has also yielded some wonderful research partners.
147I contacted the person in England who is the heir and currently holds the title which was held by my supposed ancestor in the 1500s.
148Spent money I couldn't really afford to spend in an effort to document my findings.
149Randomly called people with the surname I was researching; in the area I was researching.
151Learn a foreign language
152Travelled to Illinois (2,000 + miles) to visit my ancestors' old "stomping grounds", farm, church, cemetery, etc.
154Dealing with uncooperative family members. Attending a family reunion & the only one that we knew when my granddaughter & I left for the reunion were each other. We now know several more family members. The family home was 300 years old in 2004.
155Told untruths to get info for free. To libraries, town halls, cemeteries, family members that don't care, government offices and alike. This is a high cost hobby!
157Subscribed to
158Nothing extreme.
161Translated my great grandparents obituaries from German.
162Gone to Europe to meet cousins
163nothing I search the net and write letters I guess dragging my niece and daughter around several cemeteries in the Toronto area taking photos of headstones.
165Nothing extreme -- just a lot of small steps that many would not take. Things like going to NGS conventions out of state by myself, asking a farmer in IL by phone to see his barn (I was at the farm and he was not, flying to WI to help a third cousin (I had met on the Internet) clean up the old family cemetery of only hand full of grave sites on my great-great-father's farm.
166I don't consider anything I've done so far as being extreme. Although I don't think my husband would agree with me on the many nights I've stayed up into the wee hours of the morning because I have found someone I had been looking for, or meals being unusually late for the same reason or because of chat sessions. This all goes with the territory,doesn't it?
167Doing my DNA. Trying to put to rest the age old question of my ancestors migrating from England to France or vise versa. Quebec Plante's think of course that we come from France. I found out we do not come from England. So the journey continues to try and solve the puzzle where did we come from? Migration from central Europe was an interesting theory. When DNA testing matures we will have answers I hope.But now I know for sure that Jean Plante migrated to Canada in about 1647. The hunt continues. Good luck with your project.
169Researched a family 5 generations down just to find a living DNA donor. Now I don't know how to make contact without appearing as someone trying to link them to an unsolved murder or steal a kidney.
170knock on doors in my husband's ancestral village in Germany
171Writing to strangers, hoping that I have found THE correct one that is a relative.
173Travel to Sweden
178Paid lots of money and time to add data to an online sight and now can't access the data.
179Took advantage of my husband's work related trip to Scotland, and arranged a week of vacation to include a trip to Leeds, England to research in the library and PRO there.
181Spending money for records. I am basically a pretty boring person, not extremes.
182Not much, contacted a professional researcher to help in a problem area.
183Talked my wife into a trip to Niagara Falls without letting her know that my reall goal was to do some family research in Canada on her line. Turns out her family settled in the area just west of the Falls and we, through much luck and some skill, found the original family farm and discovered it is still in the family!! Made a connection with the fifth and sixth generations back in the mid 1980's and have kept in touch up to the present.
184Served as volunteer at Cherokee Heritage Center, Tahlequah, OK for two years, Served on their board for Four years. This gave me access to records and knowledge that I would otherwise not have had. I am a reigistered citizen of the Cherokee Nation and have researched and documented my Cherokee lineage to the 1700's.
185I guess I'm not very extreme
188Learn a foreign language.
189Followed a company truck with a business name on the door that was my surname & waited til it parked to ask how we were related.
190Haven't done anything that I would consider extreme; however, I have knocked on a complete stranger's door and asked to see their home (which was my great-grandfather's), which is extremely out of character for me!
192Walked many cemeterys in Indiana (whitley Co.) Walked cemeterys in Manchester township N Y
193Searched a wooded, fenced, and hilly cow pasture field to locate a family cemetery that was overgrown with trees and brush.
195Not too extreme actually. Took a 4-day trip to another part of the state to do research where ancestors lived and visit homesteads, cemeteries, towns, etc.
196visited the US to meet up with relatives discovered via internet
198Nothing very extreme to date.
199When I visited Ireland for the first time in 1992, I submitted a prayer request to find my Mayo family as I sat quietly in the chapel at Knock, County Mayo. While I do not see my answer as a miracle, I realized later that I had the information all along, from the beginning of my search, actually. As an added bonus, I learned that Knock is a few miles away from my ancestor's home, Claremorris. Without knowing it at the time, I probably passed through the town. How I'd love to be able to go back, if only to walk about the streets and town! And, of course, go back to Knock to say "thank you."
200drove 500 miles to see nothing-- there was no grave!
202considering a visit to Poland [former German territories]
204Depends on what you mean by extreme. I have had friends search for information in other states when they traveled, I have driven to churches in Germany and France in the hope of finding "something"--that didn't work all that well becasue I didn't know what I was looking for and hence didn't find it.
209A holiday in Suffolk UK walking around overgrown church yards in search of my husband's ancestors. Then finding out later my ancestors came form the same area and we need to repeat the excercise!
211I don't consider anything that I have done in search of my ancestors to be extreme.
212Nothing extreme, but a few years ago, I posted some information on my family and made contact with some unknown family members - cousins - which has continued and has revealed a lot of information previously unknown about the family.
213spent a lot of money having tintypes, photos, and 8mm movies transferred to disks, with cleaned and enhanced images
216Look for my ancestors house in Santa Cruz, California. Which I found my shear luck,
218I had the temerity to write to the archivists of Harvard University , U.S.A. And Louvain University , Belgium,requesting information regarding family members eeducated in the early 19th century and was amazed at the amount of information I received and the courtesy with which it was given
219I'm not a very extreme type of person so this may be ho-hum to most. I finally posted an inquiry on a message board. I received, from a cousin still in the "old country", whom I never knew existed, information on family that I knew must be there but didn't know how to contact.
220Found my and husband's parents, grandparents in old census files. Found dad and grandfather on passenger lists (1910 and 1905) - Ellis Island. Most family left Europe at turn of last century. Fun to come.
221My son was born Donald Costello, but we had always heard that his great-grandfather was from Austria. As we researched we found out that he immigrated from Slovenia in 1890 to work in the steel mills in Joliet, IL, and was named Anton Kostelec. My son, before his marriage, legally changed his name back to the original Kostelec. His wife told him to do it before the marriage so she wouldn't have to do it twice. We have started a Kostelec DNA project because of the success I have had with my Carter DNA project and the entire family is traveling to Slovenia in the fall to do a little research and a lot of sightseeing. My son is so thankful that his great-grandfather made that long voyage to give him all of the opportunities he has today in the US.
224Beginning the research that has taken me through one book and work on another. Everything else is second to just getting started.
225Traveled 130 miles to meet a cousin I didn't know. It was great!
226So far, roaming around graveyards, actually got my husband to go with me. Now, I think he's hooked.
227spending the money for subscription when money was tight.
228Nothing extreme, YET!
229Went to the Morman church for help.
230I haven't really done anything too extreme, except spending hours and hours on the computer!
231driving 700 miles in 5 days through all five New York City boroughs and the other two counties on Long Island to meet living relatives
232--TOO NEW
236Flew 1000 miles away for a gathering of a few cousins to share notes.
237I purchased a tombstone for my grandmother's infant sister and my grandmother's own first child who died as an infant - they share a grave and there had been no marker at all for either of them.
238Nothing really
2391. Interview total strangers, distantly related to my ex-husband, in Fayette and Shelby Co TN to continue my children's pedigree. 2. Travel to SLC to work at the FHC looking for records originated in TN and MO and MI.
240travelled from California to Ft Wayne Indiana to visit the genealogy library
241Accost complete strangers on the internet who seem to have some knowledge or connection to my biological family.
242Extreme?? I haven't done as much as I would like. Would love to travel to family residential sites in US.
243Searching for records in the attic room of a little museum that was neither air-conditioned or properly ventilated in the middle of July - and nine months pregnant.
249I am a very private person and posting on message boards is extreme for me.
251sent emails to people I didn't know sharing information I had found...I used the message boards to find people who would be interested in receiving the info.
252Traveled to another state to try and locate records pertaining to my ancestor's birth.
253Nothing extreme but found relatives that I didn't know I had.
254visited my husband's homeland England, found relatives we never knew about, found husband's grandmother's grave and former home and business
258Sent e-mails to people i found on a web site with matching surname whom i didn't know introducing myself and asking if we were related and what their connections to were.
259When I first started researching more than 30 years ago, I ended up corresponding with my grandfather's 82 year old half brother in another state. I had never met him before due to distance between us and a family rift that dated back to before my mother was born. He invited me to his home in Boston area for 2 week visit. I went and am glad I did. I heard stories about my great grandfather, received copies of letters my ggrandfather wrote in 1870's regarding his adventures in the west as a young man, etc. My relationship with my great uncle kept me going in my research. We corresponded regularly...I saved all the letters. They are filled with first hand information!
260I guess the most extreme thing is when I called my father who left us when I was a baby.I was 41 years old.We are now very close.Had I not wanted to know about his side of the family I wouldn't have had the courage to call him.And he had just started to look into his family history as well.So now we are doing this together.
261Invited some distant relatives from England to stay in my home without knowing anythung about them, other than the fact that we shared the same last name. They have become like a brother and a sister to me.
262Traveled to Ireland hoping to find records on a relative that served in the military -- didn't find any.
263Answered a query on the web about someone I had found while transcribing a cemetery for a local cemetery website. The response brought me new relatives... and 3 generations I didn't know about. Wow!
264collect information for a geneology book
265Having the courage to contact relatives that I didn't know I had.
267Traveled 10,000 miles to the place of my birth, and looked up cousins that I hadn't seen in 50+ years.
268Purchased an old photograph in its original frame and declare to all who ask that it is a photograph of my grandmother!
269Nothing extreme.
270Visited another researcher in another state who is reasearching same family -so we are cousins.
271sent snail mail letters to 177 people around the world who have my surname - found several second cousins that I didnt know about. have joind GOONS and now gather everything on that surname. It has become an obsession (grin)
272Crawled through a cemetery in the dark with my cousin looking for unmarked graves (we had the location written down from another cousin); gotten stuck in a mudhole in the boonies with the same cousin looking for another cemetery
273Hired an Australian genealogist to research ancestors there who emigrated from Ireland.
275Crawl through every cemetery in the county and another neighboring county
276Trying to decifer who was who in a degenerating Family Plot, without names
278It's not very extreme, I'm afraid. I tracked down the telephone number of a person that I believed might be related to me in another State, and I called them to inquire if they might be a relative. As it turned out, this person lead me to many other relatives, several of them elderly. The elderly relatives have been a wealth of information. From them I have learned not only about many other relations, but more importantly, I learned about old fashion courtesy, patience, a renewed interest in the art of written correspondence and the suspense in awaiting for the US mail. These elderly people have painstakingly gathered information and written it down in their own handwriting. They have given me a sense that what I am doing is worthwhile and valuable. So, what began as a timid phone call to strangers, not knowing if I even had the correct people, turned into a wonderful lesson in old-world courtesy and friendship for me, and a project that awakened and stirred the memories of people that thought their usefullness in life had long ago been exhausted. It has been very rewarding and fullfilling for all of us.
279Not so much what I did, but what I received. Searching for my husband's Maltese grandfather, Edward Vella, who to our knowledge only had one son, born in the US to his common law wife only months after Edward was deported back to Malta for outstaying his visa, I came up against all kinds of obstacles. Over a year and a half after a post on GenForum I received a call from Australia of all places. The call was from a grandson of Edward Vella. Edward married twice after his return to Malta and had another son and three daughters. The family ended up in Australia as did at least one of Edward's brothers, I believe they went there in the 1960's. They had been unaware of the existence of my father-in-law, but given that Edward had been a merchant seaman it wasn't too outrageous to believe. As soon as the first pictures were emailed to me, there was no doubt--the resemblance is too unbelievable. One of the sisters won some money in the lottery and my father in law was able to travel to Australia to meet his half siblings and their children and grandchildren. A story worthy of a talk show!!
281stay up all night on the internet
282Drove through Newark, New Jersey in a bright red rental car dragging my wife and 2 year old daughter through cemeteries and courthouses there. Don't laugh, that is extreme. Have you ever been to Newark??????? When I told the grounds keeper at the cemetery that I wanted to go to a certain (remote) part of the cemetery to see my great-grandparents grave marker he almost had a heart attack. He said, "You want to go over there???? That's NOT a good area." And he sent two of his employees to watch over us while I took pictures. Shawn Dempsey Castle Rock, Colorado
284Write a letter to a person who turned out to be my uncle. I had decided not to look for my father just information on his family. Instead, I found my father and all new relatives.
286Month long trip to areas where ancestors resided.
287Nothing yet, as I don't have very much time right now.
288Nothing extreme. Very conventional.
289I authorized search of records in Germany and Ireland, but I don't consider that extreme. I am a realist and do nothing extreme, however, i enjoy the search and contacts made,.
290Not really sure that I have done anything EXTREME - except frequent trips from Alaska to Alabama for research.
291Hung onto my son's belt while he pulled me up a hill into a cemetery in Jackson County, Kentucky despite my being plump and arthritic. All we found were fieldstone markers, but I felt we had honored them as best we could.
2921.Purchased a computer. 2.Contacted strangers thru e-mail,to inquire about possible shared family. 3.Gave my phone number to a stranger,to discuss possible match of ancestors.
293tramped around GreenWood Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY on a very very warm & humid June day. I did finally find the burial place of over 30 of my ancestors.
294nothing yet
295I've called a cousin that I didn't know existed because of a secret that was kept in the family until my father died at age 84. I found four cousins I had never known about.
296Nothing out of the ordinary.
298I don't think I've done it yet.
299Digging through lots of dusty old boxes of crumbling papers to find bits of data amidst the trash, sneezing all the way.
300Contacting my father's first cousins wife in Kentucky. Not realizing that he had died in the 80's, but what a great conversation.
301The huge amount of time I have spent researching.
302This isn't very extreme but I was able to make contact with relatives in Missouri whom no one around here knew -- just the story of "relatives in Missouri". The lady we visited had loads of family data and photos. Her help was invaluable!
303I don't think I have sone anything extreme. My hunt has been pure enjoyment! The only thing I have done that I wouldn't have done otherwise is "talk" to people I don't know! Like you!
304Talked to strangers in other states about family history
305nothing really extreme; contacted genealogists in the country where my great-grandparents were born
307Put a message on the cyber bulletin board of the little Scottish village my father's family came from -- and it paid big dividends!
309I have looked up names/phone numbers on the internet and called these people to ask them if they are part of our family, and if they have any history information.
310My aunt would not let me take old photos to the photoshops alone. I had to make an appt and take her and the photos together, then I took them both back to her home and waited for the photoshop to call me to pick up the copies.
313Nothing extreme - visited cemeteries, court houses,found and wrote to previously unknown relatives, correspond with Germany relatives
314Stayed up all night searching for "just one more piece of information" and then having to work a full day the next day.
318made a five hour trip to personally get a copy of a marriage license that I was sure was for one set of my great great grandparents. And did not have any other information to go on to do any other research in that state.
319I made an uninvited visit to an aged relative in search of family.
321Nothing extreme.....yet! There's always tomorrow!
322I don't suppose that I've done too many extreme things, however writing letters to total strangers was inconceivable prior to my genealogy quest.
323Not too much of anything that I can think of.
325Spent two weeks with two six year olds visiting family cemeteries.
326Sent for SS records and/or obituaries to find the names of parents or children that may add to my family tree.
328i honestly don't think I've ever done anything "extreme". I think I'm too cautious!
331E-mailing total strangers. I'm a very shy person
333Arranged dinner with a distant relative in Helsinki after finding his name at the House of Nobility.
334Reported off from work to do research.
335I don't think I've done anything extreme yet but it could happen!
337took a trip to Scotland
339Traveling and touring historical sites to find genealogy documents and learn about the area my ancestors lived during my vacation week instead of going somewhere just to relax.
340debates with some other relatives over different stories that i had been told from a few other relatives
341Traveled to the states where my ancestors lives several times to get copies of records in the courthouses. Also travel to the FHC in Salt Lake City each year.
342Talk to people I didn't know or didn't like.
343Actually left my computer & went to the library
344Wandering aimlessly in the cemetaries at 11,000 feet in Leadville, CO
345Travel to Scandanavia, Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee, N and S Carolina, Arkansas, Illinois, and within Washington State. Hope to travel within France and the Br.Isles to continue the discovery and research.
346Demanded family medical history information, and wrote a book on how to obtain it.
347My research has been fairly normal. I have lied to get documents that were not public.
348taveled to Sweden
351I attended a reunion where the only one I knew was the daughter that took me.
352Stayed up until 5 AM reading census records.
353Drove more than 5 hours from home to the Alpena County Library and spent two whole days in the library from morning until night with no breaks just searching through microfilms finding out information on my two families in question.
354Visited the Welsh Living History Museum (not sure of exact name) in Cardiff, Wales because I have a strong Welsh background and I wanted to see how they might have lived. It was great!
355Contacted distant, previously unknown relatives.
356Haven't really done anything extreme. I have spent a lot of money however!
358contacted a relative that I haven't seen or heard from in over 40 years
360At the time I didn't consider it extreme, more so out of a need. I purchased a headstone for my G-Grandparents.
361Having my arm lengthened by several inches while carrying an attache case LOADED with papers and pictures to a family reunion in Tx. and then on to La.. I would NOT check these items as I considered that case as "my life"! In a sense, it WAS extreme for it weighed a "ton" and I was clicking along in high heels down the concourses.
362I've gotten in touch with older cousins who had a "falling out" with my parents and grandparents years ago. It was very scary!!!
363We drove around rural Oneida County, NY, hunting for every small cemetery and searching for ancestors graves. We also did some cemetry searching in Wales where the ground was totally overgrown.
364staying up for almost 24 hours researching genealogy on the internet.
365Traveled 900 miles to visit one Court House to search for records.
366Contacting people I don't know out of the blue with information on the family.
367Located grave of my gg father and marked it with Indian Wars marker.
368Extended a vacation a extra day so I could put up in a hotel near a cemetery where an ancestor was buried. It took a while but I eventually found him.
369Traipsing through old cemeteries.
370 I don't think I have done anything extreme yet - although I may someday. I have been trying to be very sensitive to difficult family issues for other living family members, and I think that is very important. Even if I end up loosing some information, I am glad I never pressed one deceased family member while she was alive... Is this some extreme?
371Drive 1000+ miles alone to father's hometown.
373Haven't done anything I recognize as extreme. My families summer cabin is on a corner of my great-grandparents homestead; family cemetery is a short distance behind the cabin. I grew up with my genealogy right "in my lap," so to speak. I finally decided to look at and read the gravemarkers. I wrote the information down and then started trying to fit all this information together. It's really been quite a detective trip from that beginnng. also started finding family stories. Some members 2-3 generations back were prolific writers and wrote a lot about family and kept diaries. I began collecting these things and now find that reading their stories is as intersting as trying to put the jigsaw family tree together.
374Talk to my ex.
375Found several living relatives living in close proximity. Had a get together at their home. The gentlemen we were related to looked so much like my father who had passed away it was amazing. They could have passed for brothers.
376Not major, but got 'lucky' to be able to go to a library that was closed on the one day we were in and very small town in NY. The librarian sent me to a relative of hers, who was a collateral relative of mine. I received pictures and a hand written document relating to relatives that came on the 'Fortune.'
377We took a trip across Canada and down into Connecticut and found the land my grandfather, 10 generations back, owned in the 1640's.
378nothing yet
379Travel to a 250th town reunion.
380Send out a "blind" letter to an entire surname -- I missed any relatives, but got someone who KNEW one of my relatives and made a connection anyway.
382Spent a lot of money acquiring historical sources.
383My wife and I contracted restoration work on the gravesite of her great-great-grandfather.
384This is really pretty tame. I was in Pittsburgh (1400 miles from where I now live) and got my brother to drive to WV to where I found my ancestors to have lived in the early 1800's and some decendents still live. We drank water from a pump to a well that that was on my ancestor's property, visited with an elderly distant cousin, listened to stories, brought home a copy of a handwritten family history (with many inaccuracies in an old man's memory and family lore)but read about the items brought on pack horses and how clothing was made by early settlers. Does it sound silly that this was so exciting to me?
386Actually, this was "done to" me, rather than something I did. In a public library in Syracuse NY, as I opened a book of old, laminated, obituaries, an unlaminated clipping fell onto my lap. It was not an obit; it was a 1912 article quoting a letter my father had written in which he pleads for help in locating his family, lost since he was a toddler! My hair stood on end! How did that article find its way into that book and, ultimately, into my hands?
387Engaged researchers in England, Germany, and the states of PA, ME, and IA.
388Hire a researcher for $ 500. -- a big mistake
389ah now you make me realize I have to be more adventurous. Actually according to a lot of people my trip to Washington DC by Amtrak one month after 9/11 was foolish..acutally I felt really safe in DC at that time; and it was a time I really NEEDED to connect; acutally found my grandfather's arrival in 1880 as an infant and documentation of the original spelling of the name.
392I have not received an answer to the request I have sent but this is what I am doing--While living in Tallinn, Estonia for a couple of years, I discovered in the city museum a small coat of arms, painted on a piece of glass. It was part of a personal collection that was started during the 1800. My family name was part of the person's name and the date was 1756. While I was living there I was not able to make contact with the director although I tried many times. (Was there such a person?) I now have emailed a friend there, hoping they will have better luck. Oh, before we left Tallinn the exhibit was changed and the coat of arms was no longer displayed.
393For me it was traveling over two hundred miles, round trip, looking at two grave stones for about 15 minutes and returning home. Doesn't sound like much, but I have only been at this four years, give me a chance......I will have better stories.....
394Sent an email to a professor at Yale Divinity School
397Recreating the union station downtown area of Kansas City, Jackson Co., Mo. on a chart/map from city directories (both business and residential) and from census households in the better get an acurate picture of the neighborhoods and the possibilities in the life of one Jennie Eugenia Clark. I started this quest for her in 1982 when I was 21, I am now 43 and the search continues....!
398watched my father find his mothers grave after 53 years of not knowing anything.his push to know more pushed me to help him .found so many fasinating things that put a smile to his face.the honor to do more for him even tho he is gone
400Nothing extreme ,Yet!
401Letting my children change their names in court by picking names from a huge list of ancestor's names and adding to my name as well. Of my 7 children, there are now 5 different last names (originally 2 last names)
402Visited the Salt Lake City Library with my best friends.
403So far, I've come into contact with cousins in the Netherlands, to whom I wrote in Dutch out of the clear blue, not expecting any answer, but thrilled to form a strong bond with them.
404Atrip through New Engeland,s cemeteries libraries and museums
405While on a trip, had my husband take me to a town in Michigan where a distant relative moved in the 1840's there I found a wonderful cousin who introduced me to more cousins. We have been friends for about 20 years. She is a retired school teacher turning 90 this April. What a blessing to know her!!
406Went to Ireland
407Stayed up most of the night when I first got the census!
408A look at microfilm for family obits led to transcribing all papers in the county from their inception.
409As a female, visiting aan inner city, overgrown cemetery with no one knowing that I was going there.
410Writing to people with the surname I am searching. Found 3 living cousins which made the search more interesting.
411After discovering my grandmother's cousin, who said she had some stuff we were welcome to have, all we had to do was go get it, my mom and I in TX and my aunt in VA flew to IN, the cousin now deceased, showed us around some, took us to a cemetery where family members are buried. There is a story that our ancestor Thomas who came from England had his sword and passed down to the Thomses, one Thomas had the sword made into knives, she had one of knives. We were able to get a couple pictures of it. Another time on a trip I did not go on, I sent my mother and aunt on a cemetery hunt for various cemeteries to take pictures.
412Drive hours out of my way on a trip to take pictures of headstones in cemeteries.
413I'm afraid I lead a fairly dull life and have not done anything extreme that I can think of in my 30+ years of research.
414I don't think there's anything extreme... other than contacting complete strangers - since I'm an introvert. ;)
415I can't think of anything.
417Visiting out of state cemeteries.
419Produce a family newsletter that now goes to 200+ with e-mail and another 200+ who receive a paper copy.
421Write a letter to a stranger who I believed to be a 3rd cousin. He is. He responded and confirmed we are 3rd cousins.
422Knock on many doors in a town where my grandparents lived in the hope that someone would have the same surname and we could talk.. I sure overcame shyness doing geeeenealogy!!
424Travel to another country
426Going into a cemetery alone!
427I unexpectedly came into possession of two journals written by my great-grandfather, in Pittman shorthand! I found, quite by accident, a lady who knew it, and she transcribed them into readable English. They told of his foray west to Denver in 1859, down the Colorado, homesteading in Missouri, and the beginning of the Civil War in southern Missouri. A last journal - telling of his experiences as a Union soldier - has not been located. My wife and I took vacations along his route in several states. The journals had not been read for 128 years. As he had an untimely death (lockjaw) at a young age, I know more of his journey west than his widow and four sons ever knew! I've used the journals in a family narrative from 1752 to the present, and passed on details to close relatives and distant cousins.
428I visited the German Memorial at El Alamain in Egypt,and discovered my husband's surname engraved on the wall there.
429Three years ago when we purchased our first computer,I kept a promise I had made my husband. His father had remarried and had 3 more sons and sadly at the age of 29 he died. My husband had grown up knowing he had more brothers, but didn't know where they were. His Mother gave me the second wifes name and I found a genetleman who had posted a family tree, he was the cousin of the second wife. I wrote him a letter and explained what I was trying to accomplish, and he contacted the other 3 brothers and one of them contacted my husband, who was delighted to know about his 3 half brothers and who and where they lived.
430nothing that I feel is extreme. Just search and search and search!
431I went to Ireland to see the Manor House that had been passed down for several generations until it came to my 5th great grandfather. My husband and two teenage children also went.
432Send email to strangers.
433nothing too extreme yet
434Hunt for my mother's grandmother's surname. After two years' hunting I found her complete with surnaame and right in my own backyard--she is daughter/sister of her own brother and sister. I'm glad I could put her properly to rest.
435Haven'tcome to that yet.
437My father had only one first cousin who died in Florida in 1963. In the hopes of finding some children, I looked up all people on the who had the same last name and lived in Florida and wrote each of them a letter saying who I was and the information I was seeking.
438Bought a computer--that was two computers ago and travelled all over the country checking out libraries, courthouses, funeral homes, churches etc.
439My friends & I knew the cemetery we wanted to see was behind a 'working' barn, but there was no easy way around it. We traipsed through at least 200 feet of mud, muck, & cowpies to get to the oldest cemetery in that town, only to find it surrounded by a low voltage electric fence - to keep the cows out. We all climbed over the first fence, but only one of my friends was able to climb through the second one. She transcribed what was on the tombstones while I took pictures. Of course, we still had to get back to the car!
440Nothing extreme, limited to the Internet
441flown to Iceland for a long weekend just to see the 'old country'
444I haven't really done anything really extreme. Calling strangers from the phone book with the same last name would probably be it.
445nothing extreme
447Just being nosey,and asking alot of questions etc.. Realy havent been doing genealogy long/
448Spending time on vacations looking for clues
449I'm still fairly new at this, so I haven't done any thing really extreme. The most extreme thing so far was to take a trip to were my gggrandfather died in 1928. I visited the litte place were he was living at the time, Fairfax, Ga., and took pictures of all the houses there. At the time he lived there, it was a busy little place, with a post office, and a train station. Now it isn't even on the map, but I found it! There was a street sign with the name Fairfax Street on it in approximately the location were the USGS said it should be, I turned off, and found the remains of the little town. My main goal for that trip was to visit the funeral home that had bought the one listed on his death certificate to see if they had any records. They did, and he was there!
450Took a sidetrip from a tour to the Isle of Mann to see where my 2nd Grt Grandmother was born & lived with her family, my ancestors.
451Probably the vast sums of money I have spent to obtain the information and documentation that has allowed me to find out about my ancestors.
452Visit the place my ancesters came from.
453Having to learn computer,still trying to learn the mechanics of the computer.
454Contacted someone by email about a family member and found a 7th cousin and an interesting story.
455Sorry, nothing of real consequence.
458Writing a letter to a TN postoffice addressed to: The Oldest Jackson in town, and the post office delivered it!
459Nothing yet, but I would certainly go to any extremes if doing so would help solve my genealogical problems.
460Cold call people with relevant surnames Not very extreme
461Found the grave of my father's maternal grandmother. The family members who knew this location were no longer living. My husband and I used logic to drive the back roads around the small West Texas town where she had Rural Route address - and glory be - found the little cemetery where she, her brother, her son & daughterinlaw - buried in a family plot.
462purchased a computer for sole purpose of getting on internet and organizing my research notes and results
465Spent too much money!
466Paying large sum of money for records from St. Petersburg archives to be translated.
467As yet, nothing, but I'm sure there'll be something one day..
468Not extreme but contacting people on line and finding them to be 3rd cousins. Receiving pictures of gr gr grandparents, wishing my mother was alive to see what I've accomplished and the pictures.
4691. Obtained aid from a volunteer in Kansas to track down burial information related to the unmarked grave of my father's toddler sister. 2. Made contact with a distant cousin in Kansas who was able to supply an original photograph of my mother's paternal grandfather (she had two copies). Until seeing that photograph, none of the relatives in California had ever seen a photo of his face, including my mother. 3. Dragged my husband through cemeteries to locate and photograph grave markers. :-)
470Spend a lot of money commissioning research without positive results!
471 I was looking for information about my paternal grandmother, Sarah O'Reilly, and pursuaded my cousin, Kate to drive 3 hours to 'walk in grandmas' footsteps. We almost had two cases of whiplash when we found O'Reilly road. We were directed by Vi O'Reilly, who we later found was a distant aunt, to an ancient cemetery in Poygan, Wisconsin. The gravedigger was older than dirt and he introduced me to my great grandparents, the tombstone replete with ggrandda's civil war regiment information. In back of those stones were two barely discernable rises in the earth. Scraping the earth away, I found two more headstones and the gravedigger said they had to be my gggrandparents. I had mixed feelings, until he said in a wonderful Irish brogue, " Don't worry darlin', you just slipped a bit when then walk was wet". Then John Giddings proceeded to winch the headstones from the ground before my eyes. It was starting to mist and my goosebumps were the size of a Buick but he said he had more surprises. He found the secret key to the Church and there was the family pew, the stained glass window Dennis O'Reilly dedicated right after the Civil War. There is a huge plaque dedicated to Hugh Mongan there and that family has re-unions every second year. The plaque tells the history of the Church and recalls that Hugh was the first buried, exhuned from the Indian Burial Ground, after the Civil War. The Church was half completed at the onset of the War, when the boys came back they were able to bury Hugh in concecrated ground. I thought this is great, it was all done and why could'nt I be related to him. In the course of several trips I found a book written by a distant cousin proving that Hugh Mongan was my 5thgrandfather. I called her and the rest is history. I met the plane carrying a distant cousin, Kathy Moore, it was the first time we met or even knew of each other. I felt that she had made a huge contribution to the family with her book. So, I called her to ask what she really wanted to do. She was very religious and wanted to see a nun in a Convent who had made an impact on her life. I live in Illinois, I met the plane in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and drove her to Pickett, Wisconsin. The Convent was in St. Joseph, Minnesota and I had never driven that far in my entire life. I stayed at the Convent with Kathy for several days, met Sister Nivine and then we traveled on to meet several of Kathy's aunts and uncles. She later dedicated her life to the Church and now lives in a House of Prayer with an elderly nun on an Island in Puget Sound. She has written several mystical books and my stoy is in one of them, namely "Song of Hope". She travels all over the world with Sister Matthew and gives seminar's and leads worship services. She is at peace and now I am, knowing that even when I did not believe, her dreams came true.
472My husband and I bought a motor home and I took a 3-month leave of absence from work and traveled all the way across this USA and back, stopping to do research in every courthouse where any of our ancestors were known to live. We also made several trips to Salt Lake City to research in the LDS library there.
476Nothing yet
477Went through a county phone book and sent a letter to every person with my father's maternal and paternal surnames in it seeking family connection.
478Walked round a cemetary in Belfast, Ireland for hours in January while a sleet and snow mix froze me.
480Calling strangers to me to find out if they are related to me. One person I talked to, her Great Aunt was my Step Grandmother we verified all information but we are not related to each other at all as it is differant sides of the families. of the family altogether.
481Spent more money on this than I ever had on any other hobby
482Sitting for hours looking at LDS films that are barely readable just to try to find something that ends up not being there.
484gone ti ireland and been elected clan chieftain
485Nothing really-just kept plugging away on the internet..I want to plan a trip to New England to search for my relatives
488Nothing extreme - sometimes I call people with one of my surnames, living where my ancestors lived, to see if they might also be descendants.
489Wrote letters to people I found on the internet to see if they were the long lost relatives.
490I wrote to everyone I could locate a name and address for,(about 45) in the state of Colorado, who had the same last surname I was searching for. Only 2 people replied - the others probably thought I was nuts !!
491Scouring old country roads in an unfamiliar area and coming across an unmarked cemetery; immagine my excitement when I see my Maiden name & my GGgrandfather's grave & many others.
492Started a newsletter on my family 13 years ago and still maintain it.
493Called a Catholic convent to see if they had records of a laborer they hired in 1937. They weren't very helpful.
494Due to limiting circumstances, I can't say I've ever done anything I would consider "extreme". Just a lot of creative searching!
495Drove up and down a country road writing down numbers and names on mailboxes, knocking on those same doors, writing letters to these people looking for a cemetery that no one knew existed or had fogetten about for 60 or more years. It was successful and one person passed on my letter to someone who knew of the cemetery. Thats how I found an abandoned cemetery (first burial in 1832) with 60 of my relatives in it.
496Took a trip to Budapest, hired a driver and translater and visited country parrishes researching family records.
498Placed a query in the journal of a Tasmanian genealogy society seeking information on a great-uncle last heard as going there after World War I. Someone replied and traced a daughter by: getting ca 1950 death certificate, seeking an elderly neighbour who identified youngest daughter's ex-husband, contacting him, getting address and phone number of son elsewhere and from him getting remarried mother's name and address.
499Climbed on top of our rental van to look over the wall surrounding my grandmother's ancestral home in Ireland and take photos; randomly write to people found on Switchboard who I thought MIGHT be related to me (had good luck, too!)
501I don't think I have really done anything extreme - as of yet!
507Writing relatives that one side of the family does not claim or speak to.
508contacted strangers in England with an unusual surname in my family (Bossingham) and contacting some by letter.. also visiting the now non-existant village where my ggg grandparents raised their family, and went to the "manor house" to view the original parish records - and found my ggg grandmother;s order to bury after the inquest - still there, slipped inbetween the pages!!!
511Driving across country alone (a number of times) to find the actual documentation and/or view actual sites of ancestors -- to gain 'feeling' of what the area was like.
512Buy a ruined castle
513I don't believe I have done anything extreme, just tried to write down family information for the younger generations. It all started with making archival photo albums of my daughters from birth on and of relatives.
516Answer an internet request which indicated that my father had been previously married-never before mentioned
517The most extreme thing I have done is remove certain records I know to be accurate in my family tree, for now. My uncle was visiting my father who lived with me at the time. He had his third wife with him. As I was eagerly sharing my genealogy records with him about his first wife and their son, he started hissing at me over my shoulder. "Get that off of there". He pointed to my computer screen about that information. It seems he never told the third wife about the first wife and son. Sooooo in Honor of a Living Relative I deleted that information, for now.
518Nothing "extreme". But traveling to Arkansas,Georgia, South Carolina and Mississippi doing research and knocking on doors, visiting cemeteries, going through old boxes of letters with relatives has been exciting.
519Learning to use a computer
520Pay a lot of money for expediting copies of records.
521Nothing very extreme
522Simply communicating with many people I do not know. Basically a shy person, this is quite extreme for me. Even having articles about my family published in genealogy books is new and exciting for me!
523When I was 5 years old, I insisted upon having for myself clothing worm by my great grandmothers. It was during WWII, and we could only make one trip to the homeplace before everything was auctioned off. I still have the dresses, hats and petticoats, and they are prized possessions that I will pass along to my favorite niece.
524Travel to Scotland just to walk the land that my ancesters walked.
525Nothing that I can think of right now.
526Subscribed to census records and immigration records.
528find ancestors in ss death index, find their obits, locate descendants,and then write to them. Some have been extremely old. Been to DC to all research facilities.
531Threatened my relatives for not giving me the information they had and they thought it was none of my business!!!!
532Nothing daring
534I met a couple in a restaurant who was from the town where our ancestors lived. The man told me he worked across the street from the city hall and he would be glad to look up anything for me on his lunch hour. I sent him the info I needed and found out that he was a lawyer with an old well known law firm who copied all of the info from my husband's ancestors wills. Was glad to help and all he asked was his copying costs.
535Travel to Pennsylvania to my great- great grandfather's birthplace. His family's old mansion is still standing and also a Library that was built there and is still being maintained by a trust fund.
537So far nothing, but it is not out of the question that I might undertake some extra effort, but given my own life, there is little that would be extreme for me at this point.
538Got online and found a Hungarian phone book for the place my grandfather came from in Hungary. Looked up the spelling of his mother's maiden name (she died when he was 2)found three people with the same name and sent them letters and they turned out to be my great-grandmother's brother's family!! I am now taking a trip to Hungary in May to meet them.
539Email and phone people I did not know in checking for a possibility of being related.
540Trying to find out who my great grand parents.Name.And more about them..
541Insisted on going back to a historical museun that had a library with great references and materials, RIGHT AFTER AN ICE STORM. It was closed. I had to make another trip later.
542travelled alone 12 hours to research without telling anyone where I was going
543Nothing too extreme - YET!
544Made contact with the birth family members I found....then went to PA to visit my half sisters and do more searching.
545Designed vacations so I could travel to areas where certain records are located.
546convincing my husband to prowl cemeteries with me on weekends....this is definitely NOT his thing.
547Making phone calls to strangers
548Not much. I am mostly shut in with only the Internet and e-mail to work with. I have found a lot that way though. My most exciting discovery was information on my ancestors in Sweden.
549Nothing very extreme. Did drive 180 miles round trip several times to visit an LDS family library before there was one closer to me.
552nothing extreme
553Knock on the door of distant cousins in Ireland and informing them that I was a relative from the states.
555My new husband and I spent our honeymoon researching in a courthouse and library in Alabama. We also spent several hours looking for a particular cemetery without any luck.
556Wrote a letter to 20 strangers with my last name-got their names from the local phone book. Also,one year,I spent my birthday in a cemetery looking for ancestors!
557While in Lerwick, Shetland Islands, I got a gentleman to climb the wall of a locked cemetary and open the gate so I couldlook for my great-grandparents' graves.
558I just followed what my mother had done, but when surfing the internet I found a Mayflower Ancestor, (that she didn't know about). That triggered the quest to see what else I could find, and the hunt was on to see and hunt the wives lines. Not much exteme but very interesting. My mother has passed away but I wish she could know about the 3 Mayflower ancestors, with which I have made connections.
559Traveled to various states to do research (various libraries, the Family History Library in Utah, cemeteries).
560revealed family secrets in hope of eliciting more information from older family members
561Nothing yet! But I have a feeling that will change!
562Don't know if you consider this "extreme" or not but I managed to obtain my g-granduncle's Civil War medal from the state of WV. It now hangs on my "Family Wall" along with my Dad's and Brother's medals.
563Grabbed the phone and started calling people in other states who might be related to me.
564Wrote and changed the spelling of my husband's last name. It was spelled wrong on his birth certificate.
565Dug in briar patch in a pasture for evidence of gravestones reportedly there. Found a corner about size of a dime, which when rest of stone was uncovered, discovered husband's great great grandfather's gravestone, which had been knocked down by a tractor and was covered with dirt. Then unearthed the stone of great great grandmother and of one of their children. Moved the stones to a relative's cemetery.
566Bought an 42 ft. RV and a new jeep to travel the country in search of the past.
567Travel to Minnesota to walk cemeteries and I got the opportunity to go through all the records at a Catholic Church Rectory in the area which gave me much more insite and info than I would have had.
568Attend the Clan gathering in Scotland
569Nothing particularly "extreme"-- although detouring on vacation to visit the Civil War field where one of my ancestors was taken prisoner was a side trip I'm not sure my 12-yr old nephew appreciates yet. :-)
570I study other people's roots also - my brother's wife, my sister's husband, my ex. I have more on them than I have on my own family. I also published a newsletter for five years researching a specific surname - Evans Events.
571contact strangers from the phone book with appropriate name
572A trip to Ireland although I have no idea from what town or city my GGGrand parents came from.
573Pay an expert genealogist to do research in a foreign country
575Since most of my family settled in the area where I live, I have not done anything extreme, just checked records in the church (Catholic), courthouses, on-line and asked questions to relatives. Have organized reunion and met lots of cousins I wasn't aware of. Since I live in a small southern Illinois town and work full time, it is hard to get to where other records are kept. I enjoy your articles.
577On a trip to Minnesota, I made a detour to Eastern Iowa, even though my husband was protesting the delay. I found the graves of my great grandparents and took pictures of their tombstones.
578I'm still a relative beginner (pun intended)- so far, just the risk of contacting "strangers" via message board postings, and taking days off work to do research!
581Went through 60 years of photos and papers in a 48 hour period without any sleep.
582Organized national reunion for brickwall surname although there was (and remains) no known connection to my line.
583Called my Grandpas Brothers daughter who is 92 to try to see if she knows any info. She was a little helpful but not much because her father and my grandfather never talked about there past or family. That is not real extreme but I just pretty much just go the route most people do in attaining family info.
584Traveled to Slovakia, met my second cousin and she showed me the house in which my father was born. Have pictures to share with future generations.
586I went to the ancestral home of my grandmother which had been the home to three generations of my family in upstate NY. It was the hotel / General Store were my grandmother was born, raised and married. The hotel originally was a Stagecoach Stop in the early to mid 1800's. It was also a part of the underground railroad and was purchased by my Great-Great Grandfather in 1866 and remained in the family until 1942 when my Great-Grandfather sold it and moved next door. I knew the hotel / General Store had fallen into disrepair over the years and recently had been leveled by "a storm". So I went to see the property for myself. With my mother and fiance in tow we went to upstate NY and my mother showed me the where the property was located. The hotel was in ruins and we were heartbroken. My mother knew the man who owned it and he had a bad reputation of not being the neighborly type. So with that I took my life in my hands (so to speak) and went snooping around the property taking pictures and praying I didn't hear a shotgun. :-) It may seem tame for some but it was a thrill for me to actually be that close to the land that my family owned and worked for 76 years. It was a rush and I can't wait to do it again!
587Travel to other states to do research in libraries/archives
589I don't know that anything seems too extreme in my search. I have climbed over fences into many a farmers field searching for grave stones and walked along rural railroad tracks just to stand at the point where my ggrandfather was killed. If there's just the slightest chance of finding even the smallest clue to further my research, I'll go for it.
590Not sure "extreme" applies, but driving 1200 miles alone in one week to contact W.Va./Va. distant kin, visit court houses, & seek other sources in early 1980's was perhaps most concentrated, interesting and productive activity.
591Probably dragging my husband to Greenwood cemetery with me.
592this may not sound extreme, but to me it was, and is....walking up to a stranger's door and asking if i (we) could please come onto his property and search for an old family cemetery. most of these people are farmers in rural southwest virginia and are always willing to let you search and to offer any help that they can. i don't know why but finding family markers in old cemeteries is really about the thrill of the find.
593Visit cemeteries, gone to the library and looked through old, old records, currently volunteer at the library in the area I live in but have no ancestors cataloguing obituaries from 1925 (in an effort to pay back all the people who have helped me with my searches); met a distant cousin for coffee for the first time.
594This is probably not extreme at all for some, but contacting "strangers" for information about connecting relatives.
595Nothing extreme at all, just boosting my wife over a fence onto the top of a crypt in Ireland so she could try and read the inscription.
596Spending two weeks in Dec. hiking through the AR. woods, and swampland with the owner's permission, trying to locate 1860 family homesites and graveyards.
597Hired a professional to search quaker records.
598Submitted a gedcom to Rootsweb. I've always been a private person but I felt it was necessary to post the genealogy information on line as a benefit for others in my various lines.
599After extensive research, I went to Ireland and found my ancestors home and met some distant relatives who I never met or knew of in a very rural part of Co.Donegal.
600Most has been done from home
601trekked around Quaker graveyards taking photographs of stones
602learned the hard way about chiggers in old cemeteries
604searched for birthparents before i started genealogy, and found them.
606While in Virginia, my husband and I met a distant cousin we'd never met before. He took us in his pick-up truck through three cow pastures(having to open three gates), then when the terrain got too rough to drive over, we walked a mile or more in a drizzling rain to visit the cemetery where my husband's 4th great-grandparents were buried. Miraculously, the rain subsided once we reached the cemetery, then after we got back in the truck, it opened up torrentially.
607Most of my research is bland, a visit to a cemetery, a family reunion. I did one interesting project with my neice. She had a project for American history where she had to start a sentence with each letter of the alphabet, and the sentences had to pertain to the American Revolution. I told her that I could document two ancestor who had fought in the revolution. I printed out a chart with references to place on the project. And weren't we lucky, one of the ancestors names was Uriah Cross, helping us start a sentence with "U"!
610Searched for info when I was fortunate enouth to travel internationaly for business.
612I make my relatives go with me to cemeteries. On Thanksgiving Day, I was visiting relatives out of state and made my Mom and sister go with me to a new cemetery to find my Mom's great-great grandparents. We plan Saturday outings to new parks near cemeteries. The kids get to play at new places and on the way home we get to stop at the cemetery. The kids like helping to find names on the tombstones.
614You mean besides all the time I've put into this?
615Written nine family biographies for our genealogical society which is publishing a book . . . and exceeding the 500-word limit thus paying 15-cents for each additional word. It adds up quickly. Ordering 4 books.
616Driven 1800 miles just to walk on the ground that belonged to my forefathers and to try to view the area as they had once seen it.
617I called every person with my paternal great grandmother's surname in a county telephone book searching for a living relative. All are related,and two contacted their 'family genealogist' who contacted me. She is my second cousin once removed. We eventually met and exchanged some information.
618Don't think I've eever done anything "extreme", unless you consider forgetting to stop and eat or sleep extreme.
619It may not sound too extreme, but I've sent to Ireland for parents marriage records and birth certificates
621talking to people I don't know to find unresolved answers
622Broken into a church in the middle of the night to roll up the carpets and photograph monmument slabs under them in the aisles.
623Contact everyone I know of living in my family line and ask for thier help. I am writing a book for all of your families.
624My wife thinks it is to spend a part of vacations touring cemeteries of all sorts.
625During a solo trip to Georgia, I found my g-grantparents graves in a small, isolated cemetery well away from civilization. As I was snapping photographs of the tombstones, a distant police siren caused me to recall the warnings about two escaped convicts who were believed to be in the area. I quickly climbed the hill and locked myself in my car. Now, I wish I had taken the time to photograph all the tombstones as I'm sure most were related in some way.
626Challanged someone's other heresay of where the family originated from. He says Wales (not) and I say Netherlands/German area. Most of what I have found is the Netherlands.
628A day long search for a cememtery in Wilson County TN. After finding the listing of the cemetery at the local genealogy society it took four stops to find the present owner of the land. We were well received and taken across the wet pasture in his four wheel drive truck. What we found were 16 graves (most with readable tombstones) under a canopy of trees. There were my husbands gg and ggg grandfathers. What a thrill! With all the research we had done at our local libraries and on the internet we had been unable to find their names. A trip to the local area of our ancestors is what it took to solve this part of the mystery.
629I guess it would have to be sitting at the computer all night reading through census records looking for that illusive ancestor.
631Contacting strangers and when discovering a link inviting them to a family celebration.
632It's not very extrene but I've found various distant cousins on the Internet who have given me information on different branches of my family. I can now trace one branch to 1600 in Canada! Found a cousin of my father in law and got info on his family that I didn't know before. I've discovered family secrets by just talking to my mom in law after the death of her husband. Things like that just pique my curiosity and keep me looking for more information.
634Just work on it for years and write letters making contact. There is never an end to it all. Sue Hayes
635Buy a tombstone for a deceased relative.
636Not so extreme, but wonderful serendipity! When the small genealogical library in our ancestral home town closed early, a local historian invited us to his home to continue researching in his library. Much later, amidst the small talk, we found that we were related via my maternal line (a branch we knew nothing about), and he handed us over 300 years of direct lineage information, including a well-documented Quaker heritage (surprise!) in William Penn's colony, including the ship we came over on. Had it not been a dreary, rainy day in West Virginia, he would not have been in the library at all, and we would still be none the wiser.
637nothing extreme
639Brought togehter 2 cousins, one that had run away from home at age 16,wose is now in his 50's, changed his name and moved to B.C. from Ontario.
640I've spent days on end, skipping meals, drying out my contact lenses, searching through county archives records, followed by day-long tramping through the cemetery in cold rain so hard that I couldn't even write with a pencil - all this with rheumatoid arthritis so bad that I can't walk without a cane and am practically immobile in cold, damp weather. The home of my ancestors in this country has been in Cleveland, Ohio, for the past 150 years, but I live 800 miles from there, so I spend every moment I can researching when I return to visit the few family members still living there. I've also been known to sit at the comuter for as much as 14 hours at a stretch, when I am "on a roll" with Internet research. My husband has threatened to hook me up to an IV.
641Repairing tombstones
642Walking through a cemetery when it was deep in snow, or it may have been when we hired a lobster boat to take us out to an island where ancestors had lived off the coast of Maine. It had been a village of people who lived year round but now only a summer colony. No public transportation.
643going to Ireland to see relatives of a great grandmother
644Probably dragging my husband around to old cemeteries. Also sending a Christmas card to a distant cousin and finding out he owns a major theme park.
645Tried to force my mother's sister to tell me which of the two different men on my two different birth certificates was really my father...
646Nothing specific. Just realizing how much history I learned and escaping to situations of the past and how simple it was then as compared to present day.
647I pretended to be my father in a letter to get a copy of his birth certificate, hoping to get more information on his father.
648Nothing too outrageous yet but I'm not done!
650Developed first-person presentations of people in the past, partly to educate the present, to spark an interest for future adults who do not know the effect of the past upon us.
651Contacted cousins I've never heard of in the quest for information, some in other countries.
652Probably calling all the people that don't know me and that I never heard of before. The farthest I've gone is to Cleveland, Ohio to work in the history place there.
654Contacting my adoption lines and trying to learn my heritage. Proud to be part indian and jewish and norweigan and german. Learning to speak at seminars and motivate others to start their quest
655Nothing Yet
657Driving alone from Minnesota to remote country cemeteries in Indiana and Illinois - and finding family.
660Buying a list of "Doris O'Brien's" in Southern Califorinia from the internet and writing to all of them would have to top my list. While most would probably not consider writing a letter extreme, it was a scary move for me. I had long been trying to find my mother's half-sister and half-brother, both were adopted long before my mom was born. What if I found her...what if I was too late? Would she contact me back...or reject me? Good News! We found both of her long lost siblings (both in their 80's) in 2002 and have reunited the family! Thanks for asking! Diana Morris (
661My husband would say it is the money I have spent!! Prob the worse thing I have done is shamelessly buttering up cross/reclusive people who don't want to be bothered to get pictures/names/ dates from them.I love the hunt...I hunt for anyone who asks me.
662Checked out grave markers in Ireland... not much luck. Next stop -- Scotland.
664Trying to find some information from church records while on a trip to Timoleague, County Cork, Ireland. At least saw the churches and enjoyed meeting people.
665Haven't really done anything extreme to this point as I have had only little time to devote to it, after having said that I have visited a lot of cemeteries & taken scads of pictures.
666Traveled about 3 hrs. to go visit a cemetry where some of my ancestors were buried to find there was no access to this cemetry as gates locked and sign said no access.
667Traveled to ancestral hometown entered into abondoned home perhaps of great-grandmother.
668Nothing really
669Research in England & Ireland.
670Nothing yet but I am planning to contact people who are strangers to me to see if they can help -
671I've done nothing extreme.
672Probably getting my spouse to travel to Delaware & Maryland for vacation, but I truly just wanted to be able to do genealogical research in those two states. But, that's not really TOO extreme!!
673I'm a small seeker of the past so I mainly search in or I buy books. With a famous name in the family, that still gives me a lot to research AND DOCUMENT (the part I like least so I put it off as much as possible).
674Nothing all that extreme (yet!). probably looking up a small cememtery in Oklahoma and tramping through it writing down everything possible from any stones that I thought might be connected to an uncle buried there.
675It's not really extreme except for one with my personality. I took off by myself to an Elderhostler about genealogy. Had a great time and now I go off without friends or family to trek in Nepal or teach in China!
676Nothing extreme yet. Hoping to take a trip to Ohio to research in person.
677A 2 week research trip from AK to MA and Quebec.
678Contacted cousins previously unknown to me in Wisconsin. Also emailing to Poland to my husband's relatives even though I don't know Polish. That branch has really grown thanks to his family there.
680After my birth mother vehemently rejected the possibility that she was indeed my parent, I continued making contact until she realized that I had no "hidden agenda". She still refuses to provide the name of my father and doesn't want to talk about anything from that time in her life. She does, however, sign my birthday card "Love, Mom."
682travel to England to research at the Society of Geneologists and at the Family Records Centre in London
684Search for my birth father and his family, unbeknownst to my mother. Then meeting a whole new family for the first time at age 55.
687pretended to be interested in buying property, just so I could visit the inside of a building (former factory) that my family owned in the late 1800s.
688Not much kust plodded along with the help of folks on net chats and the kind ness of the many who are more experienced.
691I can't think of a thing that I would describe as 'extreme' though someone else might.
692nothing I have done seems extreme to me but I have contemplated purchasing a 'lot' in a new subdivision that happens to be the old family burying ground which apparently 'cousins' let fall into disuse and failed to protect when they sold off the farm...
693"Blind" telephone calls to my surnames in a geographical area. People very cooperative even tho not actual family. It did give me leads.
694Wrote to people I didn't even know if they were relatives, hoping they wouldn't have a heart attack at some stranger trying to con them.
695Waded in snow to my knees looking for my 4 gr grandfather's grave on a short visit to the county of my father's birth
696Drove 10 hours round trip for one afternoon visit to Allen County Library in Ft. Wayne, IN.
697Normal to some, extreme to me: tromping around in old dark cemetaries on on rainy days on the chance of finding an ancestor's tombstone while avoiding falling into a grave sinkhole.
699Send Letters to people I have never met asking if they are related.
700Joined a DNA project
701offer to head up a family history group.
702Looked up the wartime graves of relatives killed in WW1 & WW11 found on the Commonwealth Graves site. One uncle served under an alias but buried under his true name. What was that all about? Running from his wife? or hiding that he had an Irish
703used international message boards and gotten good responses made contact with relatives not known to me
707Started and maintain three family name websites collecting more distant ancestors looking for the same surname.
708Nothing extreme. The most interesting was a trip to Columbus, Mississippi where my Wakefield great- grandparents lived and are buried.
710Nothing too extreme.... used the web where possible....have contacted relatives....used "googles"a fair bit....tried geneology programmes but didn't enjoy them
711travelled the route that my grandfather took as a soldier with the Union army in the Civil War.
712While in Boston/Salem, spent time in Peabody Lib. getting info on Ann Foster (ancestor/grandmother) tried and condemned as witch in Salem. Found that She died in prison, and son later was compensated for expense of feeding her while she was incarcerated.
713Spent hours in a cemetery looking for a marker in Poland in 1994.
714I was invited to a family reunion in Poland by people I did not know, but shared the same surname as my grandfather. I had never traveled outside US before and my family was surprised that I wanted to go. I ended up taking both my children (who were under 14 years) and a cousin. We had a wonderful time visiting the towns our ancestors came from and met many wonderful people.
716May not be "extreme" but to me it was - contacting total strangers
717My father and I traveled to Alabama to attend a family reunion where we knew absolutly no one but were distantly related to half the population in that county. We were treated like close family and had a wonderful time. I would do it again if I could afford it.
719Not that is so extreme, but I found the best source for information has been the historical societies in the areas my ancestors lived.
720Nothing very extreme, just the usual letters to people, courthouses, etc. and the internet. And of course
721Gone to Ireland
722going to friend's house and spend many many hours looking for info.
724Letter to cousin who could possibly have been dead in the hope it would be forwarded to another relative. IT WORKED.
725search a cemetary in a minnesota winter
726Not so extreme -- contacting and meeting newly-discovered relatives in the U.S. and in Ireland.
727I went to the village in Ireland from which my grandfather came and found a relative and,by luck, ran into the family genealogist with whom I stay in touch sharing "finds"
728Got "the rest of the story" after seeing in a family Bible about my gr-gr-gr-grandfather's murder: newspaper story then the court records about the trial of his killer in 1837.
729Created a website through rootsweb that is not just 'facts and figures' but that identifies events and stories that would have affected the lives of ancestors known to have been living in the same place. So a history meets genealogy kind of an approach.
731Everything about genealogy research is extreme--whether it's researching at a computer for 12 hours a day or sitting in a library for 8-10 hours looking through books and microfilm! And then there's the extreme enjoyment when you knock down that brick wall and find an elusive ancestor! I love this hobby/avocation!
732joined in a DNA of others with my Surname
735To live in the country (Finland) where my ancestors came from for 3-6 months.
736Travel to Ontario & Quebec to see the land farmed by my family.
738Traveling to find a cemetery
740Spent too many hours on the internet!
741Paid a writer to track down my Dad and find out why he received the Medal of Freedom in WWII
742Not sure what you're looking for with this question. A trip to Ireland probably qualifies
744Trip to England
745Nothing very extreme beyond searching through cemeteries and searching phone books for possible relatives and calling them.
746Spent thousands of dollars on travel, gen. societies, books, books, books.
747Went to Salt Lake City to view records
748Nothing in particular
749Traveled through 4 states to meet Norwegian relatives on their trip to meet American cousins.
750The most extreme (although not extreme at all to my thinking) is taking my then 99 year old grandfather back to a church homecoming in the town of his birth. My sisters, a cousin and niece went along. We drove him through the whole area and we tape-recorded his memories,photographed his birthplace and cemeteries and mapped out the area according to his version of our family history. He just passed away last week at age 102 but his memories and stories will live on.
751Travel to the Scotish border of Britain to verify church records.
752Travelled to meet unknown relations
753Finding my Grandparents who were born in Ireland, and several uncles I didn't know of.
754Contacted distant relatives previously unknown to me and returned to the state of my ancestors (PA) to visit cemeteries, relatives.
755Cold calling/emailing people who may *not* be related to me!
756Flew to England in 2004 age 73 to where my Dad was born. Talked two of my sisters to go also. Travelled all of England and Scotland by train with many stops.
757Travel 5 hrs to visit a cemetery.
758Nothing "extreme."
760traveled several hundred miles to find records, took geneogly coure, started, stopped, started again (now can not quit).
761Noting really extreme outside of searching and finding my grandparents gravesite.
762Spending several hundred dollars for a historian to help me find records and even cousins and then meeting them last fall in Germany.
763driven three hours out of my way while on vacation to visit three cemetaries. only finding two but did find realativesa there
764Pursued Wisconsin State prison records on a hunch and found the relative I suspected was there.
766cold calling people with a surname I have been researching
767Subscribe to Ancestry.COM
769Nothing extreme--everything done has been normal under genealogical standards.
770I've only been doing this for abouut 2 years and don't believe anything has been too extreme so far
772Took a trip to Wisconsin where my father's family were the first to move into the wilderness area and established a township in 1846.
774I went to Ada, Oklahoma and spent an entire afternoon in the "archives" of the Ponotoc County Courthouse. The archives was on the top floor of the courthouse and you had to access it by a very narrow, twisted stairwell. There was no air conditioning in the small, stuffy room. Only one naked light bulb illuminated the room with book shelves that reached the ceiling. I was looking for court pleadings where my great grandmother sued an oil company for slant drilling oil off of her property back in the 20's or 30's. What I found was another lawsuit in which my great grandmother sued her stepson for her portion of her husband's (her stepson's father) land after the death of her husband. The land had been granted to her husband by the government just before Oklahoma Indian Territory became the State of Oklahoma. The stepson argued that the marriage between my great grandmother, an African American Freedman, and her husband, a full-bloodied Chickasaw Indian, was null and void because it violated the miscegnation laws of the State of Oklahoma. The case went all the way to the Supreme Court which upheld my great grandmother's right to inherit her husband's land. And the best part was that none of the clerks in the courthouse wanted to go up in that hot "archives" room, so they told me that any document I found on my own, they would photcopy it for free as long as they did not have to find it.
775Try to find conections by calling people that I wasn't sure if they were related or not.
778I drove to Washington, DC to do research in the National Archives & Goochland County Virginia to visit the Historical Society and the Courthouse there to do research. All of this was done in 3 days.
781write a letter to someone I didn't know thinking they might be related.
782Since my mother mother was raised in an orphans home, finding information about her history has been very difficult. I tracked down the clues that I had and by telephone contacted the HOME, the School that she attended, and the nursing program that she finished in New Orleans. Every step was exciting abd brought some unexpected results and further clues.
784Subscribed to the U.S. Census web pages for a year.
785Travel to East Germany in late "70's and to Ukraine with a friend in 1994.
786Travelled to country of my origins to interview relatives
787Copy over $60 worth - so far - of Neuhengstett church records. I consider the whole "colony" to be ancestors and extended family.
788Spending a great deal of time on the computer researching my ancestry.
789I don't know that I have done anything out of the ordinary. I continue to obtain records of deaths, births, marriages,etc.
790Spent a Mother's day taking my 90 year old aunt to visit her grandparents graves before joining my kids for dinner.
791spent more than I could afford to order vital record, genealogy books, software and belong to an organization. It is worth it!!!!!
792When visiting in the Pittsburg area whre my father grew up, I, who was voted most shy in highschool, made a "cold call" to a possible cousin of my father - and was immediately invited to meet with about a dozen new found relatives at a mini reunion hastily organized in my (and my husband's) honor!
793Nothing yet.
794Explore the backwoods of West Virginia
795trying to locate where in USA my grandfather was born but classed as British born in USA in 1842
796 Meeting my father after 25 years of seperation to discuss my parents divorce from his side of things.This allowed me to see him in a different light.I realized both had their faults.It also allowed my grandmother to see her grandchildren before she died.
797driven 150 miles to find out a relative was buried where i started out on my trip.
798try to research from photographs and old records found upon death of two relative.
799I checked local phone book & sent out letters to everyone with same last name as mine to see if I would get a response. Of course, not one relied out of about 200 letters.
801Traveled out of state where I knew no one searching for gravesite and information on my husband's grandfather whom he never knew.
803Signed up for an upcoming week-long seminar at Samford U. in Irish research. Hopefully, I'll learn how to find my ancestors who left Ireland in the 1700s.
804I haven't done anything extreme. I did join a genealogy society. An old family bible (1777)was given to me and I became curious.
805Sending my daughter to visit the cathedral in Ulm Germany where her 8th great grandfatheer had been a pastor and striking up a corespondence with the superintendant of the old building.
807Written to in English and discovered relatives from my grandmother's past.
808Take courses.
809I have cousins that live in Africa and I contacted them by regular mail to see if they had e-mail, which they did, and I was able to connect with them and send them the information I had on the state-side families and they in turn filled me in with all the information that they had on their families. Very interesting and inspiring.
810Rooted through drawers, old letters, prayer books, garbage cans! Traveled to Salt Lake five times
811Sit for one whole week from 7:00am until closing researching records in Salt Lake City. The most fun is going to the places my ancestors lived and get a feel for the area, besides tromp cemetaries.
812fineing someone in family
814Visited the oldest graveyards in Baltimore, searching for ancestors. And photographing their tombstones when I found one.
815Nothing extreme to date.
816Communicated and entertained strangers who were distant relatives.
817Walked a cemetery in northern OH. to get the last piece of proof of my 3 great grand parents to join the DAR in the middle of Feb. and it was 20* and snowing holding my camera under my coat so it would stay warm enough to take the pictures that I needed.
820Not much. I only do data entry of information gathered by relatives. I have information on 8 different families, husband, wife, father mother, grandfathers, grandmothers. I am trying to write stories about as many of these as I can.
821Traveled to meet distant relatives whom I had never even heard of before!
822Went to ellis Island and looked at the wall.
823Draging my husband (who was sick with the flu) through a cemetery searching for that elusive tombstone.
825Getting up at 4:00 A.M. and traveling 500 miles to tramp through cemeteries.
826My grandfather remarried and they adopted a daughter who married and had three children. I found and contacted the daughter of one of those 3 children through a totally unrelated website and got a phone call from her uncle who was named after my grandfather. I found a whole new family of wonderful people to belong to. It is extreme for me to contact people I don't know.
828paid for a trip to Ireland for my brother to meet cousins and take photos
829Nothing yet, I'm pretty low key!
830Traveled to the midwest to meet distant cousins.
832Travel to distant states in search of information. Frequent visits to cemeteries.
834Nothing terrible, but I am in charge of all my family's updating for a web page for the Irish in Argentina
835Found the name of my grandmother
836Visited my great grandmothers farm and found her wedding certificate on the ground when no-one had been there for eight years.
837Contacting European countries for help. Driving 6 hours to check out a cemetery.
839Went on the train to Salt Lake City to research in the Family History Library.
841Translating the 1920 census from Spanish to English for my husband's family in PR. Pretty tame huh? Except that the B under the race column that stands for Black in English, well it is Blanco in Spanish and that is White!! Made for an interesting conversation and a few chuckles :)
842Went on a tour of old cemeteries with someone that was not kin but thought we were related.Inquired at Clerk of Courts office for information.
843Nothing to extreme-except for working very long hours, forgetting about eating, time and people and being so absorbed I don't know that 8 or 10 or more hours have passed.
845My husband and I went tent camping in October in the Adirondaks for a week, so I could research his Tupper Lake, and St. Lawrence Seaway heritage. It was COLD, but the trees were gorgeous and was very informative. Would go again in a heartbeat!!
846Nothing more extreme than prowling thru old cemeteries.
847Traveled to Ireland to see where my ancestors lived
848planning trip to Ireland to research family roots; have taken a course on the Irish Diaspora in San Francisco
851This is not extreme, but my sister was the first one to start genealogy in our family. She got started in High School. When she died (at age 38 of cancer), Mom took over the quest. When Mom died (at age 68 of a heart attack in 1997), I took over the quest. Neither of them used computers for their research, but I am sure glad to be able to search online.
853Go on genealogy field trips to states from which my ancestors migrated.
854I spent over four hours driving up & down the same country road trying to locate a neglected cemetary. We only found it finally by asking some telephone repair men who knew exactly where it was. We had passed the cemetary about a half dozen times. All the headstones had fallen over & the area was covered in small shrubs. If not for the linemen we never would have found it.
855Traveled 2000 miles to find information about the families.
856Joined more genealogy sites than I can really afford. Have to learn to say no !!
858Written to the English Royal Household to try to determine if my gggrandmother was a lady in waiting to the Queen in the mid 1800's. There was no record, to my dismay.
859Sorry. I have done nothing extreme in my quest.Just the usual: searching records, cemeteries, message boards, subscriptions, letters, etc.
860Visited relatives in my mother's home state.
861Have done nothing extreme that I know of
864Flew to Europe to visit fourth cousins I had only met online.
865Nothing extreme but I joined a genealogical society at 87yrs and enjoy the help I get in my search.
866When I first started research I would stay up all night for fear of losing the 'trail' if I didn't follow it all the way to the end. My husband thought it was extreme.
868Travelled to my ancestor's home country to search for more information in city hall
869Walking through cemeteries.
870Asked someone on my Swedish rootsweb list to call the school in Sweden once owned by my greatuncle inorder to find cousins of my father. The result was that the person found the cousins and my second cousins. All cousins have visited back and forth to Sweden 5 times and have the greatest times together and dearly love each other.
872just the money I've spent that was well worth it
873I am very shy, but I have made myself call distant relatives and talk to them. People I didn't know, had never seen, and had never talked to before. I wasn't even sure how my call would be received. Strangely enough, all my calls went very well.
876apparently none - as nothing comes to mind
877My husband and I knocked on the door of a house in Germany in the town of Burg, from which his greatgrandfather had emigrated in the last century. An elderly woman answered, listened to our explanation and finally understood that we shared the same surname, and what we were searching for. We speak very little German and she spoke no English. We were quite surprised and touched when she invited us into her living room for coffee and cake. While we could not make a direct family connection, she kept saying that my husband's gestures reminded her so very much of her brother. We showed her our family tree and she showed us her family photo album and then actually gave us a few of her family photos and then even walked us down the road to the town cemetery to show us the gravesite of her father and brother. She was quite thrilled that we had stopped by and we were amazed that someone would have had us, total strangers really, into their home like that. It all felt very "extreme" to us and certainly left us with quite a wonderful opinion of the people in that little town.
878Hunted for ancestors in old graveyards.
879Drag my husband to every courthouse and cemetery in southern Iowa searching for my ancestors.
880Sent six form letters to people with a surname in a town requesting possibility of information on that surname. Got one answer and a wonderful well written book on the genealogy of the family.
881????? can't think of anything....
883Wrote to someone in my ancestral homeland.
884Spend Vacation times doing family research. Along with my husband and sister.
885Purchasing books that are family related either written by or about, cousins of my grandparents and a very valuable book written by my great great grand uncle in about 1855. The costs have been great, so don't tell my family.
886Revisit Ireland a few times
887Flown 2000 kms across Australia to meet with a cousin with whom I had not been in contact for 50 years.
888Nothing extreme as far as I can see. Then I have only been doing it for about 7 years.
889I don't think I have done anything extreme but I do travel with the expectation that I will be adding to my family history.
893Nothing too extreme yet, however a friend of my mom's are currently doing DNA testing, which I thought sounded extreme! I am new to genealogy searching but have quickly become HOOKED!! I love it!
894met shirt tale cousins on internet and had Russian Christmas with them in their home. Wonderful people!
898Ordering LDS microfiches.
900met with two DISTANT cousins whom I'd only met previously through the internet - and we traveled 3 states away for a week searching our mutual GGGGGgrandparents.
901Hunted down a homeplace in Ohio and found it looked the same as in the family book.
902Nothing that unusual. I like to go to graveyards which my mother thought was crazy. One time my husband and I drove down a street in Pittsfield, Mass looking for an address for my great grandfather. After several attempts, we aroused the curiosity of the neighborhood and stopped to ask questions. The house number no longer existed.
903Traveled to Germany and Czechoslovakia
904For our first retirement vacation my husband and I traveled through Ireland , the homeland of two lines on my father's side. We found the parrish church in Co. Limerick and went knocking on the door to see if we could find any records. The friendly priest laughed and said, "I get an American visitor every week asking the very same thing." He graciously showed us to his parlor and HANDED ME THE RECORD BOOK with my immigrant ancestor's baptismal records as well as many other entries which related to his family. The priest was leaving in half an hour, but he let us work there while he went about his preparations for leaving. It makes me cry to tell this story as it was such an emotional and rewarding experience for me. It was truly the highlight of a vacation which we consider one of the best in our lives.
905Contacted relatives that I did not know.
906reading old newpaper and finding story on gg grandfather then coming in contact with a unknown family member and she just by revealing her ancestry and tell about having the items that appeared in the newspaper clipping I had read.
907Visited a cemetery to obtain information and see the location of ancestors' graves
908wrote to a stranger asking if they were related.
909Spent lots of time going through microfilm and traveled to search at national archive.
910print out hundreds of pages of information and getting several memberships to genealogy web sites.
911Cemetery Hopping
914When I was in Ireland, trying to talk with someone in neighborhood who knew my family. Pushing to get my cousin's address although man I asked said she had no interest in genaology. He was wrong!!! We now write and will meet during my next trip.
915This is not especially extreme, but my husband and I have purchased many tombstones (40 or more, have lost count) to mark graves that previously had only fieldstones. We have spent decoration day weekends in our 5th wheel at cemeteries in order to speak to anyone who knows the identities of the fieldstone marked graves. The tombstones we buy are small, but have space for 3 lines. We put the name, dates, and a relationship like wife of, child of, etc., on the third line. It has been contagious. When other people began seeing the new tombstones, they started buying and marking their families' graves as well. Some people from other parts of the country call us and ask that we put tombstones on their loved ones' graves. They send checks that usually have enough extra to buy a few more tombstones for any one that needs one. One cemetery in Arkansas that previously was about one third fieldstones is now about completed.
916Nothing, so far.
918brought a book on my family names and wrote a letter i could send anyone asking about their background.
919I have spoken with a cousin who I did not know I had. He found me. He has done much more genealogy than I have, since we just got our computer a year ago. I had pictures and memories to share with him and he had some generations to give me. He also got me in touch with his mother (my first cousin) who I hadn't spoken to in 50 years.
920Visited birthplace of GGGGGrandfather in England
922Probably simply the amount of time and money spent.
925I've paid money for genealogy web sites.I spent hours doing research.I went to the library and cemetaries to get more information.Most of my older relatives have past,so it's tough to find stuff out.some of the stories I think are distorted.
926Stay up very late at night on internet searching records.
927haven't done anything too extreme yet
928Completely changed my routine life to one of up all night on the internet with cooking meals a thing of the past,random snacks taking their place. And loving it!
929Went to Springfield, IL in search of information about my Jordan family. Didn't find anything for three days. Heading for home, I said to my brother, "Let's take just one more look. We'll start for home at noon. Walking down one of the aisles, lined with card files, I spotted "Civil War" records. I remembered my mother telling me that her grandfather James Stone Jordan, had fought in the Civil War. He was not in the card index. She had said his father was Russell Jordan, so I looked, and there he was. This led me to so much more information. He had not entered the War from where I was researching, Shelby Co., IL, but from Moultrie Co., IL which took me so much further. If I hadn't gone back for one last look, look at what I would have missed!
930Traveled to state archives
931Nothing I'd consider as extreme as of yet!! But retirement is just around the corner, so you never know!!!!!!
932Continue going to Ireland and Scotland
933I am not extreme. Just persistent.
935Called a church, was invited to come in and my husband and I spent the day in the church basement going through their "original" church documents. We could not believe they way they were kept in a closet on a shelf with water pipes running overhead. They were basically left to their own demise.
936Travel to Ireland
938Just ordinary
941Made phone calls to strangers in the telephone directory of distant states. Sent letters to Funeral directors asking that they be forwarded to relatives of the deceased.
942Contacting people I don't know at all for possible links. (Not very extreme)
943Discovered a relative who changed his name to fight in WWI, his mustering in Records in Canada, and locating his burial place in Belgium.
944Nothing extreme.
945I had my family drive hours out of their way to visit a cemetery to photograph the graves of my 3rd-great-grandparents on my mother's side. (I guess I'm pretty tame, but my son was only about 6 at the time.)
947Talked to people in other countries about shared ancestors
948Before I had a computer I got the phone numbers and contacted almost every Brown in Claremore, OK to try to find my dad's family there and then did the same thing in Colorado to find my long lost cousins living there. It was fairly expensive then but worth it since I found both parts of the family.
949I walked every square inch of a HUGE cemetery looking for my great-grandfather's grave. He died in 1899 and I know he is buried there, but the cemetery has no plot records prior to 1905. So the only way I was going to find the grave was to look for it. It took me about 4 hours, and it was a very hot day. The cemetery is not only one of the largest in Western MA, but HILLY to boot. It was exhausting. And, I'm sad to report, I didn't find my great-grandfather. My conclusion is that he either had no marker/gravestone, or he had one that is now gone. Would I do it again? You bet.
950Sent a mailing to some 65 or 85 folks whose names I found in phone books all over the 1972.
951I don't think I have done anything "extreme"....but my family may disagree!
952On a trip to Lithuania to meet a family that shares the surname of my maternal grandfather, my husband and I searched a cemetery in the area where my grandfather was raised. One particular grave attracted my attention for some reason. It was well tended, so I left a note with my name and address under the vigil lamp in front of the headstone, hoping someone would find it while it was still legible. Several months later I received a letter from the person who found my note. Although we are not absolutely certain, at this point, it is quite likely that we are related. He may be the great grandson of my grandfather's youngest brother. This would be the first contact anyone in our family has had with relatives in the old country.
953In my Grandfather's bible it lists his father's birthplace as 'Hof Grabow". We went to Europe in 1990, shortly after the Wall came down.We were able to travel freely about the East Germany country side, we had a rental car, and we found the little town of 'Grabow'. We went into a small grocery, and since no one spoke English, we used our basic Pictionary skills to ask where the graveyard was located. As the proprietoress called to someone else for assistance,we soon realized we were the only Americans this family had ever seen. Soon, people of every description were coming from behind the doorway curtain, to take a peek at us. We were able to get an answer to our question but found nothing at the Cemetery. Our sense of humor kicked in for both of us, however, as we realized while standing there, that we were the representatives of the US of A and what a misconception they were getting! =-) In 2000, we again traveled to Germany with the knowledge that Grabow and Hof Grabow were not the same. This time we actually visited the right place (a tiny hamlet of about 10 houses) and found ourselves in the living room of an 82 yr. old gentleman who had been an American prisoner in WW II. What a wonderful discussion we had as he shared how he learned English, had great food every day, and what that meant in his life. The best part was that the lady who brought us to his house told him (in German) that her grandmother had told her stories about the early days of the area, and one of the families living there had been named Meltz!! He was the farm blacksmith. I look forward to getting information from the area churches, but it will not equal the joy we had during those two visits.
955Traveling to other states, and visiting many graveyeards
956I begged a distant cousin to share his knowledge of our shared family heritage. He refused. Then I stumbled onto an old portrait of a common ancester. I had it photographed and bribed him with a copy of it in exchange for the tracing he had. He still refused but I relented and sent him a copy and never received a thank you. I can only guess what has turned him so selfish but at least I know I did the right thing. Most of my experiences have been exactlyn the opposite. Meeting relatives with a common interest in our heritage has usually opened flood gates of shared information and a flurry of letter writing.
957nothing really extreme, just finally got my Dad to write 7 pages of history filled data that has been the best thing that I have ever done. I was so happy he sent me the family history and names to get me really started on my quest.
958Contacted researcher in Slovakia to research church records not filmed by LDS
961Look in the phone book and called people with the surname I was researching.
962I ask anyone I can for more information.
964mailed over 75 invitations for our reunion to people all over the country Our first reunion we had a great response
965The asking of another Irish descent Uncle , not of Fathers side , but of Mothers side !
966Nothing really extreme.
969Still pretty new to this - just about 1.6 years. I remember when I first got the family note which started my "quest" my uncle said that our great-uncle was kind of "obsessed" as he planned his vacations around genealogy. Now I think "What's obsessive about that?" I will be traveling to Tennessee this summer as so many of my family came from there.
971Nothing extreme, but I do like to visit original places with records, so I have traveled to several states for week-long research trips and will be going to England soon.
972Driven one state over to pick up a biography which my great-uncle wrote and scanned it all into my computer. Made copies for me & for the owner of the book and got the book & cd back to him.
973Having records/correspondence translated; corroborating records with information in cemeteries; still searching for family grave sites.
975No research is strictly online....mostly
976Unfortunately, I can't claim to have done anything extreme. My research has mostly been mundane and methodical.
977Went out of the way to go to southern Ill to look for records of my father's cousin and uncle because I found a pencil drawing of his at about age 10, on the back of which he had written,"to my dear cousin Maude."
978Nothing in the extreme.
981We wandered through as many cemetaries as we could in one day, braving the elements, briars, bugs and tall grass to find ancesters. Also, traveled to Europe and Nfld in search of the past.
982looked and looked through census records
983Found relatives in Czech
985Take on line lessons
986Went to Ireland and looked up my last name in the phone book; called several people with my last name and asked them about it.
987Unfortunately, or is that fortunately, I've never had to do anything I'd consider extreme.
989to see how far back the family name go's back and what they did.
990Travel from Australia to South Africa in the 1990s to meet descendants of my great-grandmother's brother who had 'run away to join the circus', so the story ran, and had migrated to SA in the 1890s.
991Hunted for a headstone in 117 degree summer heat - and we found it!
996I made a trip to San Angelo Texas,to get information about my grandfather. George Washagton Scott.
997Tried to buy a clock I couldn't afford made by one of my ancestors. Fate decreed that I shouldn't get it, which was just as well for my finances!
998my family thinks walking through graveyards is the most extreme. I take vacations just to do research.
1000I don't know about 'extreme' but the hardest and most rewarding moment to date has been locating a great grandfather who abandoned his family. During the depression he left his wife and seven children (thankfully some were already out on their own). As it turned out, he had started another family. I was very nervous calling his son and telling him that he had seven siblings that he knew nothing about! As it turns out, he is really happy to have us as part of his family.
1001Finding my father's sideof my family.
1002Stayed up all night going through census records. Thank goodness for the new census indexes.
1005Walked a large cemetery with my leg in a cast, and not finding what I was searching for. Later , found out all I had to do was go to the local funeral home,(who had a map) and locate the infant graves.
1009traveled to England
1010Travelled on my own to countries where I didn't know the local language.
1015Nothing "extreme", visit cemeteries
1020I called a woman I had never met and have developed a good relationship with her. She is my mother's first cousin, and since my mother and all of her siblings are dead except one, this lady is one of the only people left who has any memory of many of our ancestors. She even has the family Bible, so I am planning to visit her soon. However, I have done nothing very extreme. I did realize that there were only two people left in my family that could tell me anything about my ancestors - this lady and my aunt. They are both in their late 70's, and when they are gone, all of the information will be gone, too, unless we talk to them and have some kind of link that they gave to us.
1021Several trips to Ontario (Barrie, Toronto, Kent - Chatham, Pickering) in search of records.
10221. Created a pedigree of ancestors at age 16. 2. Visited a newly discovered family cemetery in Missouri.
1024Subscribed to
1025Trace one ancestor who lived in three state. Not so extreme, but I located documentation pretty much without leaving home, except for trips to the post office. It all took about 18 months, turned out well.
1026Wrote a letter to someone who's middle name was the same as my Grandmother's maiden name. Her maiden very rarily shows up in any searches I have done. Fortunetly for me the man turned out to be my Grandmother's Nephew.
1029Went back to the Eastern Shore for a Family Reunion with people I'd never met before. Helped form a family association.
1030I guess "extreme" to me might not be the same to others, but the sheer "nerve" in contacting people who don't know you from Adam is extreme in itself to shy people!
1032Make my husband travel all over the US with me while I do research.
1033I'm rather a shy person by nature. I wrote several "cold" letters to distant relatives on my husband's side to try and clarify some information.
1034Just trips to various states to investigate public records in person and to visit where my ancestors lived.
1035I have made "cold" calls i.e. telephone calls/or letters to complete strangers
1036Took time out on a business trip from New Zealand to USA, to personally visit and wander around Philadelphia to get the feel of the history of the city and also to do some personal research at the city's Archive
1037Traveled to Mary's Grove, named for an ancestor and where some ancestors are buried, in NC.
1038sent my parents to a courthouse and cemetery in Tennessee when they planned a trip to the other end of that state.
1040The most extreme thing has not happened yet. But the resistence I've been up against is formidible. I'd like to know why.
1042Can't think of anything extreme. Just normal going to cemetaries and courthouse.
1043Went to Oregon to visit cemeteries and and "old timers" day. Went to Missouri to a family reunion.
1044To me extreme means going beyond what is normal or reasonable and I can't image what someone would have to do to search their ancestry. A few of my cousins would think it is extreme that I am going to visit my grandparents village in Croatia.
1045Told my Father that his mother was married before his dad. This was unknown to the family.
1046Asked my husband & 2 young daughters to wait at a local historian's office for 2 hours while I searched their records. We were on vacation and just passing through the town where some of my ancestors had lived. The historian patiently entertained my children on and off as they tired of reading their books.
1047traveled with a friend to Maine and New Brunswick,Canada.
1048Traveled to Louisiana to try to find connections, and should have continued on to Mississippi. The 1780's are hard to research in that area.
1049I searched three different times for an 4X great-grandfather's grave in another state. Each time we traveled 10 hrs. to a family reunion, I kept searching for him. On the third try I found him! I was prepared with my cordless weedwacker and other tools to clear off the graves of he and his wife. I would NEVER have found him if not for the internet and all of the kind people who responded to my posts and requests for information/directions. I also would have never found him if other researchers before me had not marked his grave with a white picket fence and new grave markers (still almost missed it because of the heavy overgrowth of weeds, etc. in the back hills of West Virginia!)
1051Going thru some woods to see the Grave of my great great great grandfather and learning no more than i knew before going there. Found out that the markers of his wife only had JW on it. It could have been anyone buried there.
1052visit an out-of-state cemetery at night
1054Spent a whole 10 day vacation by myself, at the LDS Family History Library in SLC. Was there from 8:30am till closing, every day it was open. Almost OD'd on this addiction. Have donated 3 hrs a week working at the local LDS FHC for the past 4 yrs, in order to get another 3 hrs per week in chasing dead relatives.
1055Visited Scotland with very positive results.
1056E-mailed a person who I thought maybe a relative and she turned out to be a joy and one with lots of my family history.
1057staying up all night on the computer
1060There are a couple of cemeteries I've tromped through...
1062phone calls to previously unknown relatives
1063Paying $900 for 2 volumes of a book written by an ancestor and published in 1835. I found these rare books online and persuaded my mother to help me pay for them. They were worth every penny - beautiful objects, containing fascinating descriptions of our ancestors' lives in Scotland and as pioneer settlers in South Africa.
1065Spending lots of money for online subscriptions for geneology information.
1066Nothing "extreme".
1067Went to Ireland and stayed with third cousin once removed.
1068I've not done anything extreme
1071Tramp through graveyards in the rain
1072Extreme? I guess I have a "leave no stone unturned approach." By the way, if you can come up with the Gaelic spelling and pronunciation of my Scots-Irish maiden name, Generations will be beholden! It is: Junk. Yep, JUNK!
1073Gone to Switzerland, knocked on doors of total strangers who spoke a different language and found the farms of my gr-gr-gr-grandparents.
1074nothing I'd consider extreme....
1076Contact people who I assumed and/or knew were estranged from my immediate family
1077Nothing extreme
1079Not much that I would condsider extreme. I am too early in the search.
1080I don't really consider anything extreme. I would suppose my husband would consider how much I spend extreme, if he knew how much it is, but he doesn't. The biggest expense has been to build an office out of a porch, with the design to maximize shelving and filing space. The biggest expense I plan for the future is buying a condo in Park City that my husband thinks is for skiing. I guess that would be pretty extreme.
1081Subscribed to
1082At age 53, with torn MCL (right knee) climbing over a 5 ft concrete wall (with the aid of boosting from behind and pulling from the front) to get into an old family cemetery. It had been walled in completely (i.e. no entrances) to keep intruders out. Very overgrown with vines and probably snake-y, many sunken graves. Am terrified of snakes, but weather was cold enough that I thought they'd be hibernating. Got one leg over the wall, then started laughing so hard couldn't go any further because was so worn out. The cousins with me had fun laughing at me. We got a look at some gravestones we were seeking, but the one we most wished to see (g-g-g-grandfather d. 1852) had apparently been stolen in previous vandalisms. Previous vandalisms were what caused the wall to be put up.
1084In the beginning, I did all my correcpondence, notes, records, files....everything by writing it out longhand, as I did not have a typewriter. That was time consuming and slow work, to say the least.
1086Spent time in cemetaries perusing through the stones.
1088Nothing yet, but I am planning a trip to Alsace-Lorraine in the next couple of years to look up some ancesters.
1092it probably hasn't happened yet
1093 Calling absolute strangers with same surname attempting to locate grandfathers 1st family. Didn't find direct line but found grandson of my GF's brother.
1096Walking in overgrown cemeteries.
1097Traveled across a few states because of a faint clue to an ancestors burial place. Didn't find anything.
1099Nothing to speak of yet!
1101I've visited several other states where my ancestors lived and did research in courthouses in those states as well as visited cemeteries where my ancestors were buried in other states.
1104Nothing extreme
1105Digging around in a over grown field where there was supposed to be a grave. I found it and had it restored as my grandparents were buried there.
1107Bought a computer for the sole purpose of researching and recording genealogical information.
1108Gone to Ireland. Contacted strangers.
1109A trip to Ireland.
1110Asked a cousin & has daughter, both of whom I have never met or conversed with, to take a genealogy DNA test related to our common grandmother. Fortunately the request was received favorably & the test was completed.
1111I'm fairly tame. The most "extreme" thing I've ever done is to actually meet relatives that I originally met online.
1112I'm not sure what you mean by "extreme" but I took my Father to Norway to visit the family farms and the various "cousins" who still reside there.
1113Spent hours searching a cemetery grounds for lost/buried headstones.
1114I don't do extremes, unless you count sitting in front of a computer for 16 hrs. when I first discovered and other research sites!
1115Using information I had from family I went to Inishbofin, Galway, looking for some confirmation of their having been there. I walked about and on a hunch stopped at a house to ask about my family, who had been gone from that area for over 50 years, and found that the lady there indeed knew of my family, and is probably a collatoral relative. We are working to connect the dots on this one.
1117Spent a lot of time on the phone, running down info..
1120Road trip with my mom (who is now also hooked on genealogy) from Virginia to NY to research paternal ancestors.
1122We went to vicksburg, mo and serched for my great great grandfather on the walls of the ill. rotunda. He fought in the civil war in vicksburg. We found him and his brotherinlaw
1123Pay for "Ancestry" subscriptions!
1126Going through deceased relative's mountains of unorganized material which was stacked everywhere including with critters in some of the stacks. (picture fear factor with all the bugs etc). Why extreme..hate bugs and vermin of all kinds. One of those just do it things. Worthwhile though.
1127Finding a direct descent from a Scottish King.
1128Getting permission to visit my great-grandfather's rural home from the difficult present owner, and then gathering and taking my mother and her cousins to it. House now used for storage, so it was a challenge just to get into it, but definitely worth the effort!
1129Look in the telephone book for a possible family relative and contact them via letter. (by the way, I received NO response.)
1131I looked for and found a cousin that I had never met over the internet.I set up a meeting with him, which is something I never, ever do. He actually lived around the cornor from me.
1132Nothing extreme, yet. Still an Internet genealogist.
1134I'm not sure it's considered "extreme", but used "cold letters" (like cold calling) to several people of the same first & last name across the U.S. in an attempt to find my grandfather's only living sibling. This was nervewracking because there was a major falling out between my grandfather and his family to the extent he changed his last name in the 1930s and had no further contact with them.
1135Bought an ancestry subscription! ha
1137That will be the last resort! LOL
1139Taken digital photos where they are "not allowed".
1140I have written to authors. I visited a cemetery in NM where I found 3 drunk Indians sitting on the tombstones in the old remote section of the cemetery, where many members of our families are buried.
1141e-mailed a distant cousin with info that she might add to a tree she posted on this program as we share great grandparents but she never responded-
1145Nothing really extreme. Yet.
1146Sorting through thousands of census records for information of a very common name, Johnsen until finding them. Then finding relatives still alive in Norway and communicating with them. We have developed quite a close bond with them. Am hoping to be able to go there for a visit. Also trapsing through cemeteries in the freezing weather with my sister looking for clues.
1148Tramped through a snow-covered cemetery in 5 degree weather with wind howling at 40 mph.
1149Found a grave, purportedly my Grandmother's that had been relocated due to the TVA project, no obvious signs except an indenture in the ground. After digging by hand through leaves and clay, I found the marker that had been placed over 40 years before. Her name was perfectly preserved behind the celluloid and metal casing.
1150Calling perfect strangers to ask if they are family.
1151nothing unusual
1156I transcribed a cemetery in TX with an online friend, when I didn't have any close relatives buried there.
1157My husband and I went from Dallas, TX to Bossier City, LA, to Ida, LA, to Doddridge, ARK to search out a picture of my 3rd greatgrandparents in one day. We found the picture and it was given to me! Later, I was able to repay the person who gifted me with a picture of her grandmother.
1158While visiting relatives in NY, I took a "side trip" to Western PA to look for the graves of my great grandparents and their children. I spent a frantic two days pouring through as many obits, cemetery records, and other documents that I could get my hands on! When the libraries closed, I visited two different cemeteries in those same two days and took pictures of the family grave sites. If darkness had not fallen on us, we would have gone in search of more tombstones. I didn't expect to find much information since it was such a small town, but I was pleasantly surprised! I found my great grandparents, their children, and several of their grand children. Althought I don't consider this extreme, it is definitely the farthest I have physically traveled in my quest for ancestral research. Although it is not the easiest way to gain information, there is something special about walking the same streets your ancestors did over a hundred years ago. Even walking through cemeteries has a whole different meaning to me now. I'm almost embarassed to admit that every time we plan a vacation now, we plan it around our family research. And most of my vacation pictures these days are that of cemeteries, tombstones, and historical landmarks. Yes, it's obvious that I have caught the genalogy bug and I don't care who knows it!
1160From talking with other genealogists. There are no extremes
1161nothing really extreme. I have walked cemetaries for an entire day with note pads in hand. One actually locked the gates while I was inside and we tried to race to an exit as dark was falling, constantly looking over our shoulders because we were afraid.
1162telephoned and asked questions of family members that I hadn't known previously.
1164I am about to do it now. My husband and I are travelling to Poland and Hungary. We plan to visit the towns of our ancestors and do research in the towns where the Mormon Church has not yet filmed any records.
1165Stopped at the New England Historical Society just for fun to look for books containing information about ancestors dating back to the early 1600's. I have been able to correspond with relatives in Canada, Scotland, New Zealand the the U.S.
1166I guess sending to England for birth and marriage records for my Great Grandfather, and GG Grandparents. I had to first learn the steps to do it, then visit several banks until I could find one that would issue a Bristish Sterling order, then go to several post office branches to find the correct number of postal coupons. Ended up being more costly and time consuming than expected however well worth it. I was able to go back another generation with father's names and professions.
1167Going through a city's phone book and writing to everyone with the last name I was possibly interested in because I knew that that surname had moved there. Actually, probably just boldly writing to those that I knew were connected with our family, but having no idea where our correspondence would go or not go.
1169went to germany where my grandmother family was from. My grandmother was first born in US.
1170Traipsing through overgrown cemeteries, expensive vacations for the purpose of pursuing research, writing total strangers trying to determine a connection
1171I regularly trace the families of my relatives spouses with the same tenacity as when searching for my own ancestors.
1172Traveled to Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin (before my computer) to trek through cemeteries in search of ancestors.
1174Met the brother of a former British Magistrate that had my father arrested in County Donegal Ireland in the 1920s. He almost ran me off his farm but I settled him down and he confirmed the story I had heard from a relative I had met in the US before traveling to Ireland.
1175I've not really done anything "extreme" but I did carry copies of old photos from ancestors (with notes in Polish on them) with me on a tour of Poland to get clues about their roots.
1176I go to the library and search for ten hours on some days. I have search on the internet for twevle hours or more on a given day.
1177DNA testing
1179nothing too extreme. for me, it's a bit hopeless because i do not have surnames or european town names.
1180Called and visited family I haven't met before and shared family history.
1181Corresponding with relative in Germany who does not know English while I do not know German.
1182decided to walk around the area (near Heathrow Airport) where ancestors were supposed to have lived. found an inn built in 1100s still standing. it was eerie to be in a building where my ancestors had probably walked and eaten. wandered inside to find that there had been murderous innkeepers who had put wealthy single travelers in the room over the kitchen. in the middle of the night they would pull a rope and the bed would tip the traveler into a pot of boiling water. the innkeeper then took the money and dumped the body in the nearby river. this was town my ancestors grew up in, albeit a few hundred years later. what a scourge! ps. we were not innkeepers.
1183Reading through several pages of the census looking for someone I couln't find in an index.
1186Going to New York City to research my surname Weeks not knowing for sure if the migration started there. ( On Labor Day at that,I have never seen that much traffic in my whole life!!) I still haven't connected but I had a great time researching and going to some very interesting cemeteries.
1187We travelled in England to find the little villages and church which my forebears would have known - and learned too late that we were following the wrong line of the family. So seven years later, we went back and did it again. And each trip was wonderful. Theh we hit Canada and went through the same procedure and learned that the family name HORTOP is borne by many there. Now each time I find a new one, I sau to Heaven "Here's another one for you, Dad."
1188 Not a thing
1190Found a date of death of a relatetive in 1776 to 1800's. and some that made hammer's.
1191Visit the Archives in London to see if I could identify any Slave ancestors from Jamaica or Barbados
1193Visited relatives in other cities and gone to cemeteries to take pictures of gravestones and hear stories of ancestors.
1195Gotten lost for hours on back country roads, fighting through thickets of thorn bushes & undergrowth, searching for old homesteads, cemeteries/graveyards, any evidence of former family dwellings or gravesites/headstones.
1196I sought out and found my great grandparents unmarked graves and after finding them, had markers made for them. Not too extreme I guess but I felt really good about doing this for them, my grandparents and my father.
1197Contact via snail mail suspected relatives
1198"Threaten" to do things, but I am too cautious.
1199Looked up the name Donnelly on the internet and found there were only 16 in SD and only 7 in Rapid City and called and found the person I was looking for.
1207Finding and digging out a fallen, broken and sod covered gravestone in the rain after a long trek through mosquitoe heaven with a disinterested 16 year old.
1208Sent for my great great grandfather's Civil War records, paid the $40, waited 7 months, only to find that it was not the right man.
1209Traveled to different country (Canada).
1210 Just travel back to Pennsylvania periodically to look up records and see family sites.
1211traced my grandfather to a town in what is now thw ukraine
1214Traveling to Elkhorn, WI, from Wy, for a Loomer family reunion. Visiting ancestors in cemetaries.
1215I drove 1,000 miles, by myself, this month, went to five IL cities.found several women's maiden names in gen-ealogy libraries. County records can be $15.00 certified copy. Pekin, IL, regional center, is great resource.
1216nothing extreme
1218Went to a cemetery in upstate NY during a storm. I thought we were going to join them before we got off that hill. The wind was unreal and the snow so deep I walked out of my shoes twice. (I live in the South!) We found the graves that we were looking for but were too cold to even operate the camera. We went back in warmer weather and had a more enjoyable time.
1219Working on an area genealogy compplete with comllecting newspaper articles that mention the local area ( all surnames). The articles come from a number of newspapers.
1220nothing more than getting up the courage to write to relatives for more information. extreme plans include a trip to Italy for the express purpose of additional research and connecting with my past - having never visited there I would be initially passing up a visit to the regular tourist spots.
12221. Took a research trip to Wisconsin where my grandparents, parents and I lived. 2. Recently contacted birth siblings who had not known about me until their father told them before he died. They were open to me and we are now getting acquainted.
1223Drove from Alabama to Texas and Mississippi to do research. This was in the days before the Internet.
1224Making a claim for my great grandfather's Civil War medal. I just received it a few days ago.
1225Asked sisters to fill out a questionaire giving in-law details.
1226I flew to Germany and called a family out of the phone book with the Baither surname I was looking for. I was invited to their home because they thought I was a long lost cousin from the U.S. they never knew. Come to find out, the ancestor that we thought was both mine and theirs, ended up being two different persons with the same name of Christian Baither.
1227found one great family website that helps a lot on my research
1229Nothing extreme.
1231Sorry, nothing extreme, but my family finds my interest in cemeteries a bit peculiar! The most fun was trying to meet a 3rd cousin in a hotel in Dublin, and recognizing her by her family resemblance across the lobby.
1232traveled in a broken down car on a 24 hour marathon in 1995 to the town where my grandfather was born
1233I'm thinking about taking the Y-DNA test.
1236I sent out about a hundred letters looking for DNA donees and then volunteered to pay for other peoples' DNA tests.
1237Nothing more exteme than sending "cold" letters to very distant, probable relatives in hopes they were related and perhaps in possession of information.
1240On a family vacation to Italy, we took a short on time but long detour to find the small town of relatives and to show our daughters where my great grandfather had come from. After driving through Italy from Milan to Venice to Florence to Rome, we took a long train ride to the south(a train that broke down in a tunnel for hours,arriving after 2:00 A.M. with no reservations in a very small town, lucky to find a hotel at the train station.)The next day we knocked on the door of a distant relative and they invited us in and served us lunch (We do not speak Italian, they did not speak English). The next morning we went to the record office and working with a clerk there looked through huge old record books(We do not speak Italian, she did not speak English) and getting certified copies of birth and marriage certificates of my great grandfather, great great grandparents and numerous relatives. It was so exciting and I wish we could have stayed there longer. Around 1:00 pm. we then had to catch a train back up to Rome for our airline departure. The one and a half days in this small little Italian town was the most rewarding thing I have ever done in the quest for my roots!
1241finding my husbands cousins he never knew
1243Made my sister & brother & families along with my mother & aunt tour 3 cemeteries to visit markers of people they had never heard of after a college graduation that just happened to be near these cemeteries.
1244In an effort to locate a long lost 2nd cousin, I began calling a list of people in Pittsburgh, PA that had that same surname (from the online white pages). I eventually found the cousin's son, the cousin himself was deceased, and have made some neat connections with those folks!
1245Not done it yet, but am planning a trip to Austria to find my grandmother's home during WW2
1247Nothing fancy, unfortunately, I do go out of my way to visit cemeteries where ever I travel.
1252Nothing extreme.
1253Just learning to talk to strangers when looking for a place or person.( like cemetery) They can feel you in on a lot of things in the area.
1254Traveled to 3 places in Or. my father wrote about in letters to his family in the early 1900' of them was in Astoria, Or., where he was shanghaied onto a lumber ship & sailed to Japan in 1911.visited the family land in the state my father lived on in Mo. in the 1800's
1255Made Cold Contacts With People in Far Awa Countries.
1258Looking through many original record books in the county courthouse with all the dust that comes with deteriorating record books,sneezing all the way. The county does not allocate enough funds to film these old records.
1259Moved to Europe to be closer to my roots
1260That;s yet to come
1262Contacting strangers for information and exchanging each others knowledge. made a lot of phone calls.
1263Employed a 'profesional genealogist' to point me in the right direction when I first became serious about my research. Was well worth the expense!
1264Hunt down McFarland Cemetery - off a little used road, back of a cornfield.
1265"Cold Called" people with same last name in distant cities
1267I was in Lomza, Poland in 1995. I wanted a copy of a Jewish birth certificate. The facility was state run. The magistrate and two armed guards took me into a room to question me about my motives. They spoke broken German. I spoke remedial German. I finally bribed them in US dollars, which is against the law. I got my certificate copy. My husband aged rapidly in the lobby and he said he would not allow me to ever put him through that again.
1268Writing and sending letters to everyone by the name of Blumberg that I could find in Canada because in an obituary of a great uncle was mention of a brother August in Alberta in 1941 that I never knew existed. No positive results but I will never give up.
1269My family may find the time I have used for genealogy a bit extreme (thousands of hours so far), but they don't complain since I deliver useful results.
1270taken family vacations to research
1272Calling in sick to work and going cemetery sluething
1274Visiting gravesites and taking photos
1275I'm not an extreme kind of person, but I have taken several trips to do research. I've met in person people who have contacted me online.
1276Probably finding an (unknown by me) cousin of my father's, who lived less than 10 miles from me.
1277Nothing extreme yet!
1278Travelled to Paris to visit the Military Archives at Vincennes.
1280Traipsing (?sp) through the Vermont countryside looking for an old cemetary with vague directions (Found them!)
1281Had a DNA done to see if there was native american, like my grandmother said there was.
1282Spent $400 on a rare book about the town many of my ancestors lived in!
1284Before I could drive I would have my dad drive me over an hour so that I could do research; and he did it willingly.
1286Wrote to a funeral home for records from early 1900s. Wrote to a company to ask them if they knew who owned an old house on their land. I thought it might be my GG Grandparents. I guess when I find something I really pursue it and probably drive people crazy.
1288I don't know that I've done anything "extreme."
1289Traveled to Denmark on 3 occasions in search of places, people and history of my ancestores. Something I wouldn't have done without this drive to learn more.
1290Frequent prowling in graveyards. I once drove 4 1/2 hours to a church cemetery where my ancestors are buried, took photos of many of the grave markers that I knew were connections, or looked like they might be (right surname, given name not recognized), then drove home.
1291Phoned a Catholic convent in Poland to speak to the Mother Superior about records that may still exist from the late 1880's. Family lore reported two stories; 1. My great grandparents children were left at the convent in the late 1880's to protect them. 2. G-aunt Clementine wanted to become a nun (although research later proved that she was most likely Jewish). There was an individual at the convent during the time I offered with a matching surname. She was there to become a nun. We still do not know if this individual was related to us or not, as the given name and age did not match our ancestor.
1292Traveled over 2hrs to an unfamiliar place just to get a picture of a headstone that I wasn't sure was there or not.
1293Knocking on peoples doorsthat I did not know to only discover that we were cousins.
1296Knock on doors of strangers! Trap through fields to find remains of great-grandparents old home only to get more stick tites than bricks left.
1297Since I've only been into genealogy for about 5 years, I haven't done anything really extreme. One time I did dig up some dirt in my yard and send it to someone who was participating in a memorial service for some veterans in another state.
1298Nothing extreme--just sticking at it.
1301I learned to read Spanish from reading the Spanish Church records. I visit my Spanish relatives in the Provience of Santander, Spain.
1302Traveled to Finland to meet my extened family that I had never meet before & visitng the home that my grandmother was born& rasied in. The home is at least 150 years old & is still in the family.Also visiting my grandfathers family. My grandparents meet in the U.S. But only lived 100 miles from each other in Finland.
1304I traveled to Poland.
1305MtDNA and DNAPrint testing
1306I'm pretty tame when it comes to research. Message boards and queries were the start and have led to discovering many relatives and the cohosting of two family reunions. My husband considers wandering through cemeteries looking for family tombstones pretty extreme. I find it very rewarding. The ancestors seem more real when I find their tombstones. It does seem to present as many questions as it answers, but the whole search for those elusive ancestors does that.
1307I quit my full-time paying job to become the director of a family history center (non-paying job, but still full-time).
1309The DNA testing done by a male cousin.
1312Visited towns/cities in England where both sides of my mothers family originated.
1313Writing letters to complete strangers, and meeting up with new "cousins".
1314Cemetery research trips.
1316Gotten a job at Plimoth Plantation portraying my ancestor
1317 Camped in Kentucky so I could do research in the History center and visit several locations, looking for a particular Graveyard. (RockBridge Meeting house) That was recently found by another researcher.
1319Travel to areas to do research when my husband could care less. He doesn't want to hear about it; but he will support me doing it.
1320Took a trip to England
1321This is probably not what you mean as "extreme," but the worst thing was having a horrific bout with chiggers after going to family cemeteries in Indiana with my family. I scratched for weeks and had scars all summer from those little critters. It hasn't stopped me from researching in cemeteries, however, although my family is not as eager to accompany me.
1324I contacted distant cousins and took a long trip by car to visit them.
1325Learning to use a computer.
1326Nothing Extreme
1328Called or written people that I do not know to arrange a contact to discuss family history
1329Haven't done anything extreme yet, but the time will come...
1330Nothing, sorry to say, I'm just a run of the mill researcher!
1331Nothing very interesting. I thought I was very brave to drive 1 hour to Washington, DC to visit the Archives, Library of Congress and DAR Libraries on different occasions in the 1970's. I would not do it now and am nervous about taking the train & Metro alone.
1332Gathering three cousins,(male), that are known descendants of Thomas T. Murphy, getting them to agree to DNA testing,which I paid for to create a proof of relation in finding other Murphys belonging to our linage.I wish Ancestry .com would create a DNA search division that anyone could enter their DNA results and match others if they have done the same.
1333It's nothing extreme, but "cold" calling cousins that have never heard of me and explaining to them who I am and the relationship between us.
1334Nothing that extreme - just convincing my mom to go driving down country roads in search of family cemeteries
1335I wouldn't consider anything I've done extreme. But maybe the closest is when I purchased sight-unseen a number of expensive old books from overseas.
1337gone exploring site of grandparents' haouse with my daughter.. including entering a falling down storehouse to retrieve an "heirloom" that was visible--
1339Volunteered to head a new study group.
1340Doing research in North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, N.C. to find out about my ggrandfather's murder in Chatham County, N.C. and by whom.
1341Travel to Ireland
1342Is anything extreme in quest of roots? My husband thinks everything I do in this field is extreme! None of my family ever lived in the deep South, so driving to MN, CO, VT etc is pretty extreme, when you only have a week-long vacation. It involves a LOT of pre-planning and a lot of LONG days and SHORT nights. (We don't fly because of the LOST two days of standing in lines and being at airports hours in advance, and the possibility of lost or delayed luggage that would put an immediate halt to research time. Not to mention that none of my ancestors were RURAL or small town folks, so there is more time making arrangements for transportation and turning in the vehicle at the end of the trip.) So I guess you would say the time involved in my quest is rather extreme. But I'm sure I'm not the only one who has this problem. (My husband is from Hawaii, but we haven't done any research there for his family. hmmm.)
1344Spoke at NEHGS in 1995 and met cousin next to gravestone of common ancestors the following Monday.
1345My search methods are pretty low-key...
1346Haven't done anything extreme.
1347I don't really think I have done anything extreme . . dumb, maybe.
1348I can't think of anything extreme. I just take the slow, deliberate, and documented usual steps. In the future...onward to Ireland!
1349Guess I am not that exciting. Besides travel to NY & the upper Peninsula of MI, the most I have done is dug up mostly buried tombstones. Digging in cemeteries is creepy. However, if I owned the farm in NY that my 4th great grand grandparents are buried, I just might have them dug up to test thier DNA... But I believe they are safe from me.
1350not really extreme, but calling up total strangers on the phone was not something I would have pictured myself doing
1352I wouldn't call any of it 'extreme.' I have traveled some to search primary records, and got lost in a forest looking for an ancient cemetery. (Found it)
1353walked in cemeteries
1354I haven't done anything which would be considered extreme, yet.
1355Widened my butt by sitting in front of my computer for such a looong time!
1356I suppose that my moving to England from Texas had a lot to do with the fact that most of my ancestors came from the British Isles. I certainly felt immediately at home here and I have a secure feeling knowing that nearly all my ancestors came from here.
1357I did a personal cemetery search and did not find the ancestor for whom I was searching. I made contact with the wife of the cemetery caretaker to have him check the records and found that she and I were related.
1358nothing extreme, but spent nine weeks researching in the mid west of North America
1359Family trees, put together,
1362Attended a weekend genealogical conference located 200 miles away.
1363Nothing too extreme. Traveled the back roads in England and ventured with an aunt to a cemetery in the woods that only one who had been there before could have found.
1364planning a trip to California with my husband so that I could be close enough to stop in Salt Lake City and visit their library
1367Nothing too extreme yet, I did purchase five rolls of microfilm for an Alabama paper because is light on Alabama papers in their historical newspaper collection.
1368Nothing extreme.
1369Thinking about exhuming my father for a DNA test.
1370Drove 200 miles to meet a distant cousin.
1371Paid for numerous Y-DNA tests
1373birth records to find if there is native ancestry
1374Went to SLC 3 times, one week each
1376As I am not wealthy, taking trips for onsite research. Looking forward to doing genetic genealogy.
1377Sorry, I don't know. None of it has been 'extreme'.
1381Traced paternal line back 15 generations and writing this family history.
1382In the early years, picking up the phone and calling "strangers" half a country away felt daring to me.
1383Next month I will be flying to Germany to meet (for the first time) German descendants of my paternal ancestors.
1384Travel to the spot where----they lived, were born, died and are buried, and throwing a party for cousins that I didn't know
1385Spent a *lot* of $$ on research trips - far more than several people could spend on their own DNA tests
1386Post to a message board.
1387I'm not very extreme. Climbing over locked gate to see old homestead in Ohio.
1389Spent 3 weeks at the FHL in SLC with a group of genies from Australia, spending every minute the library was open researching, even skipping meals to get more films read!
1390Walked through snake-infested (unrealised at the time), buggy, overgrown cemetery with sandals in 100 degree heat...
1391Photocopying the entire parish records for a particular area of family interest. I now have 20 2" binders worth their weight in gold, which was also the best thing I have done because I have been able to help others researching in that area.
1392traveled to England and Newfoundland
1394Roaming grave yards in search of information
1396Travelled to Germany and found family who also was interested in genealogy of the family and had traced the Aufenanger family back to 1570. Their hobby was tracing the family forward to find all living decendants in the USA. So we were both thrilled to discover each other. We are filling them in on the decendants of Johann Bernardus Aufenanger who arrived in NYC in the 1850's.
1399I found a relative in Ireland and met with her there. I belong to a Quilt Guild and working on a committee found that two of the workers are distant cousins.
1400Nothing too wild yet, but I would like to someday visit my ancestral homelands of Poland and Slovakia.
1401My husband and I dug out and exposed 2 buried headstones in a cemetery. They were markers for my ggreat grandparents. Not terribly extreme, but I felt a bit like a grave robber! Of course, we weren't taking anything away, and it was very thrilling to finally see the names on the stones.
1402going to the court house and getting marriage lision
1403My husband took a trip to Russia, but I chose to go to Lancaster, Pennsylvania to research the families of my late, first husband, the father of our five sons. Eight solid days devoted to research! Fantastic!!!
1404Nothing extreme ... yet
1405Travel from KS to DC to meet 30 other family members at a family association meeting, whom I'd never met, and we all tie back to the same ancestor from 12 generations ago.
1406Cemetery searching
1408Meeting with "new" cousins. Although living in England have been through "meet and greet" sessions in Canada (x5), US (x7), Caymans, Australia, and...and...and. This year the US mid west for more yet another branch !! Second extreme was learning Welsh language so I could read forebears biographies for myself.
1409Haven't done anything that I would consider "extreme". I do the basics: visit cemeteries, write letters, visit courthouses, order microfilm, etc.
1410write to strangers with the Bridewell surname
1411Motorcycle/geneaology trip to Wisconsin to locate adoption paper on my fathers real(biological) parents.
1412I have contacted hundreds of people that are searching the same people that I am, so that I can get a true picture of who my Mother's people are. In doing so I found two brothers who were Uncles to my Mother, that no one in the family knew existed, except for an Aunt who still resided with her father after her Mother's death and she knew of the second marriage. It totally amazed me that the first marriage produced 9 children and only the youngest of the nine knew this. I correspond with grandchildren of these two men regularly. My Father's side of course had been done for generations by family members and being raised by my paternal grandparents it was a given that I had all of that, so it has been so awe inspiring that I have found what marvelous people I have found on my maternal side.
1413Did a television interview about our local genealogical society.
1414A trip to England in the search for my husband's grandparents - good payoff for research work!
1415Entertained the notion that my line adopted the surname of a dead man in order to escape the landlords.
1416Visited 7 cemeteries (old family burial grounds) in the middle of nowhere in a freezing, driving rain, through the weeds, corn and soybean fields of central Indiana.
1417On a road trip with my family, I went four hours out of the way to stop at a small library and historical society to "dig around" for about an hour. Family almost hung me!
1418Nothing extreme yet
1419Nothing that I consider "extreme."
1420"Cold-called" people around the country--i.e., calling folks I'd never met. Going to visit a distant, new-found cousin, as she was old and lonely, not only to get family history.
1421Contacting strangers overseas to ask questions
1423So far I haven't been so desperate that I had to do something "extreme". This past week I spent hours researching a non-related (as far as I know) Kincaid family just to help out a researcher who needs a male descendant for DNA testing. Maybe the results will lead to a connection of his and my Kincaid families.
1424Nothing - just follow the usual path of investigating records, sending for information, writing letters to strangers, etc. but nothing unusual occurred. I did travel to Germany with little info for searching but, it being Easter Week, all archives were closed when I arrived - some for 3 days - what a disappointment. Thaks for all the info you pass on to your readers. Eileen Pasch Kightlinger
1425Not extreme, but I saved EVERY scrap of paper and family 'treasures' from my parents home even though my house is now overflowing. As my knowledge grows, many clues from these scraps have fallen into place.
1426Make "cold calls" to suspected descendants, with almost 100% success rate and no hang-ups yet. All contacts have been very generous in sharing information they know about their ancestors.
1427Ordered the oline kit for the DNA g;enetic rinse kit from Sorenson.
1428nothing - yet
1429Tried to learn German on my own in an attempt to decipher our family's German documents, etc.
1430Spent a summer on a tour of ancestors gravesites
1431Started a DNA project
1432Looked for and found living relatives (cousins, nephews)for a woman adopted in 1928 by my husband's grandmother's sister.
1435Participate in DNA projects and spend a lot of my disposable income.
1436cold calling is as extreme as i get.
1437Call people out of the blue with a surname I am researching.
1438Visited orphanage and got copies of my deceased uncle's records which led to finding his half-sister he never knew he had. This led to a family reunion and the amazement of everyone at the resemblance of the cousins.
1439Interviewed an elder the family would not thinking of speaking to.
1440Spent more than a year teaching myself to read old german and latin so that I could read the microfilm from germany to continue my husband's family line after I discovered the name of the village they came from. It might also be considered extreme that I have followed each of the 4 family lines back to at least 1800, and some much further. It is so easy to become addicted to the thrill of the hunt. One other extreme--I acquired by chance a satchel of the old family photos and artifacts from a total stranger, and spent months tracking down the relatives to pass them on to. I have been rewarded many times over by other dain the same for me.
1441Unfortunately, I haven't had the time to be 'extreme', like taking treks across the country. Someday, when the kids are out of college....
1442Recording data in remote abandoned cemeteries; and calling descendants of persons in family whom I do not know and they do not know me.
1443Taken DNA test
144425 marker DNA My name Doyle James And I match Keath McKane
1445Nothing I could call extreme, yet.
1446I don't believe that there is anything too extream in the quest for your roots. You do what you have to do. (Although, I still haven't been able to convince my wife to stop at graveyards to read gravestones. She considers that too extreame.)
1448Can't think of anything "extreme"
1450Haven't done anything extreme in my research.
1451Spending so much time with so little result
1452Haven't done anything extreme yet. Who knows what the future holds? I may yet do something extremem.
14541. Drive over 1000 miles. 2. Trace descendants of great uncles to find descendants. 3. Submitting my mother's DNA. 4. Payin a professional genealogist.
1455Talked a distant cousin into taking a DNA test.
1456My husband, 3 young children, and I took a month-long road trip across the USA in a van. We zigzagged from one coast to the other and back again, traveling on back roads to visit some pretty remote areas where various ancestors once lived. I was the map reader, and my husband kept asking, "Is this considered a main hiway in this state?"
1457Wrote to a relative that I didn't know
1458I don't believe there has been any extreme thing, other than we have traveled to many places and walked many cemeteries. I have found second cousins I had no idea I had. It has been a wounderful experience in my retirement years.
1459Call an estranged aunt
1460Traveled alone to visit ancestral spots in Missouri and Indiana.
1461Questioning strangers that carry one of my related surnames. Repeatedly driving 1600 miles to co-host tri-annual reunions.
1463(Extreme?)About to leave on a trip that will include visiting the towns in Germany where generations lived prior to th First Immigrant to America.
1464Nothing extreme, visited Salt Lake City once for a week (am dying to go again!), also try to visit Virginia and SC, where my parents families were from, whenever I take a trip to the East Coast.
1465Can't say I've ever done anything I'd consider "extreme". I have visited a number of places alone where, in hindsight, I probably should have had someone with me - areas that are no longer as "nice" as they were when my ancestors lived there, or isolated rural cemetaries. I've rearranged and added on to business travel trips just to get some genealogy time in at a location I might not otherwise be able to get to for years - often resulting in some of the most involved and complicated travel connections one can imagine as none of my ancestors lived anywhere convenient.
1466I don't know that there are any extreme things that I have done in my quest -- or maybe there were so many that they don't stand out
1467I got myself "brocke" distand travel from Hawaii to Germany
1468Nothing worth writing about
1469Visited Norway and England and went to the towns that my ancestors lived in. It was a fantastic trip, even though I did not learn much more about the family data, I discovered the heritage that they left in coming to live in the United States.
1470Connected with relatives I didn't know I had and have kept in close contact with them. They opened up many new avenues to my search.Michigan
1471Nothing, yet!!!
1472Subscribed to several databases and genealogy organizations to the tune of over $300 per year!
1474I know you have something else in mind in asking this question. However, I'll mention this anyway. While trapsing through a cemetery I was approached be a sweet kitten who raced behind me as I continued my search. On returning to the car with him, I discovered his four sisters and brothers along with their mother. They had been abandoned there in the country. I pursuaded a relative to adopt them so all six cats were taken to their new home in my rental car. That is still considered pretty extreme. Here's a possible genealogical link. Maybe some part of me was responding out of respect for my mother who loved cats. She is buried in that Indiana cemetery.
1476My husband humored me and joined me on a family history fact finding trip to Wisconsin last year. We visited Milwaukee and Fond du Lac courthouses and cemeteries for information about my relatives. We also visited Bonnet Prairie Cemetery near Madison, where his mother's family had settled. Whenever we drove by a cemetery anywhere in Wisconsin state, my husband would ask me, "Do you know anybody here?"
1478Citing some very "Jewish" reasons (Torah commands us to teach our Jewish heritage to our children, Torah is full of, "who begat who," and this is a family tree) to a very religious, grumpy old man, newly found relative, who thought this was nonsense and didn't want to share his family data. He finally wrote many pages of family memories and data! He has been my best source of information on this very elusive family. He told me of life during the depression, the family name in Europe, and gave me a copy of my great grandmother's will, which named ALL of her children! I feel a bit dishonest, as I am not at all religious, but I knew my "convincer" reasons were my best chance to gain his cooperation.
1479I have searched far and wide and traversed cemeteries, but I suppose the most extreme thing would be considered picking up the phone, more than once, and calling every listing of the surname of interest, in an area, until I found a male who was related. This was after I had followed the census through 1930 so that I would know all the males in the line. I have done this several times, looking for a male to do DNA testing or I have been referred to a male whom I have never met, and after talking to them and sharing my genealogy research, I ask if they have heard of the Y-DNA testing and then explain it to them and ask for their DNA. I haven't been turned down once. I have about 30 Y-DNA samples in different projects, plus have done my mtDNA and my husband's.
1480My husband was adopted. I found his real family and they will have their first meeting in May.
1481contact relatives
1482While researching my ancestors in Washington County Virginia, I was told that two elderly sisters of the name I was researching lived near by. I went to see them unannounced. They were delighted to meet me and let me tape our conversation as well as photograph them.
1484Hired a researcher specializing in Swedish genealogy to help break a brick wall. I found her (the researcher) on Ebay!
1486Cold call "strangers" for family connections (even in foreign countries with no language background) and travel out of the way in the case of the above thousands of miles to connect with the past generations.
1487After reading the newsletters I can honestly say I have done nothing more extreme than all those who share their experiences in the newsletter. I have however met and stayed in contact with thousands of people all over the world, that I do not believe I would have met any other way. And I've never enjoyed getting dirty, soaking wet, stranded in the middle of no where, or any of the other hazards of seeking out genealogical information and/or links, quite so much.
1488Husband involved in DNA testing
1489I do't feel I've done anything extreme, it can get a little expensive at times.
1491I don't know if you'd consider it extreme, but I have put together two family cookbooks of over 150 pages each. One on my Southern heritage with family recipes, stories and photo's and a second one of my husband's Italian family, recipes with stories and photo's. And now I'm working on putting together a family history on my husband's Italian roots. And in the back of my head I hope to do my Southern side, but I have so much on that - that it overwhelms me. I've also just recently had my first article published, entitled Heirloom Recipes in a magazine called Georgia Backroads in their Spring edition. I tried to convey my thoughts on how even though you may never have known a grandparents, you could learn a lot about them through learning about their cooking habits and life. Jeanne Insalaco New Haven, CT.
1492Paid for many years subscription to No travels yet, but that will be soon.
1494Visited OK libries, court house & cemeteries looking for ancestors. Or maybe the most extreme was becoming proj mgr for Foster Surname DNA project.
1495Spent too much money!!
1496Had court open adoption records of husband. Located where his father lived and where he passed away. Contacted his stepmother who did not know he existed. Confirmed his father worked for Glenn Miller.
1497As I was adopted and after several years had found my bio. mother and she passed away before I could meet her. my oldest daughter and I attended her funeral. I did later go on to make contact with her brothers and sisters, who then introduced me to their whole family.
1498Gone to an ancestral graveyard that had been left to nature and the ages and tried to bring it up to standard.
1500Trying to get in touch with family, who years ago decided they wanted nothing to do with my side of the family.
15011)Gone on an obsessive search for information on Klaus Schenk Von Stauffenberg (attempted Hitler assass.) to connect the dots to my Schenk family. 2) Started to learn Polish.
1502Visited strangers seeking info
1503After "cold calling" newly discovered relatives (3 different ones), choosing to drive instead of fly across country so as to be able to meet them and share what each of us have in the way of family treasures and stories. Unimagined benefit was that these 3 individuals, all in their 80's, had lost touch with each other and now enjoy communicating again.
1504nothing too extreme, call and written strangers for information, driven hundreds of miles to meet new family and to visit cemeteries when family are buried.
1507Went to a courthouse where the genealogical helper said records had been burned. Discovered they had been thru a fire but not burned and they were tossed in a pile in a back room. Rummaged thru charred books looking for the info I wanted.
1508Trying to find the father of my cousin who knows nothing of his father. Charles F. Stout.
1509Traveled for six months in an RV visiting states,courthouses, graveyards, etc. and finding more than I ever expected. Such a thrill to see where they once lived!
1510Several years ago, I took my 30-yr-old daughter back to Atlanta, Ga. to show her the ol' Southern roots. My sister and her husband and son also went. I dragged those poor folks around to six cemeteries in about 3-4 days! Do you think I overdid it? ;-7
1511not sure I have done anything I would consider extreme; not sure what is meant here
1512Went to Europe to see places where my great grandparents were born and lived prior to come to the USA
1513Stumbled upon a story of a Native man who had been incarcerated in prison for 31 years, researched and found he was my husband's great uncle. Then had him removed from the Penitentiary cemetery and reinterred in his homeland Territory with a huge Native gathering to honour him - 700 people attended.
1515Paid for professional research assistance in : Germany; Canada; & Sweden
1516Wrote for death certificates.One time asked a geneology research to do some seaarthing for me.
1519Not so extreme for some but for "me"! Went to New York City and spent 3 days in the Municipal Archives!!
1520I met a cousin I didn't know I had through the computer and then went to the state where she lives. We spent a day visiting cemeteries and taking pictures of graves.
1522To get into genetic genealogy to discover what my own genetic disease is. To finally fill in the answer that my GG Aunt and G Aunt had left behind for my in form of paper pedigree. To one day possibly know who the father(surname) is of the oldest known paternal link. Mother was Mulatto and unable to wed at the time. So she gave son her surname.
1523Take off by myself on a driving trip of 3,000 miles, looking for facts.
1524Made three trips to a cemetary many miles away only to find it closed every time. The fourth time I called to make sure of the times it was open. You'd think I would learn faster!
1527I once spent 28 hours over a two day period going through the Illinois and Indiana History section of the Indiana University Library looking for any information on my wife's family. This was in 1971, when the internet wasn't in existence!! I estimate that I looked in over 4000 books during this search. I was fortunate enough to find a number of family members listed, but, after 34 years, I still can't find the parents of her great grandfather or where they migrated from. Another time I spent the better part of a week trying to locate a cemetery on a West Virgina hillside. I searched over a 500 to 600 acre area before I found it. The big problem was that most of it was covered with bramble bushes, rhododendron, blackberry bushes and wild roses and I had to wear a heavy coat in July for protection. I won't mention the snakes!!! Yes, I found the graves of 14 of my relatives dating back to the 1860's and a number of unmarked graves. It took an additional two days to carve a walking path to it and clear the 75' by 50' cemetery.
1528Traveled 3 hrs. to a cemetery to take pictures of headstones.
1529Joined a genealogical society in State with most "old" family history and roots. Unlikely that I'll be able to visit or do on-site research there any time soon - if ever.
1530call complete strangers on the phone
1531Traveled to Germany to do research.
1532A trip with two cousins to see the "homeplace" our parents shared growing up.
1533Nothing I would consider extreme, just checked LDS files, order materials through my library, visited courthouses & cemeteries, Contact other researchers on line & relatives living in other areas.
1534Travel to Scotland to walk where my ancestors walked and lived. I actually went into one home in Scotland, the keeper of the house said to just walk in if the lady didn't answer. I did and cannot believe I did it. I would never do that kind of thing in the US,
1536I talked my husband into visiting many graveyards in SW LA. He was not super enthusiastic but finally reisgned himself into humoring me. He is now in a gravyard himself.!!
1537YDNA Test participant/via my father
1538Probably this summer's trip to Connecticut to prowl through libraries.
1543I actually went to a location to search records rather than rely on internet sources or others. I also wrote letters to 20 people with the last name I was searching for in hopes one was the right one--and they were! I've met "cousins" all over the world through the internet.
1544Flew to Ireland and drove up to Letterkenny, Donegal to the civil records office in an attempt to get my husbands grandmother's birth record.(~1882)It was not available because it had not been put on the compter system yet. It was due to be done the following month. They gave me a form to send in which I stll have - I want to give them plenty of time to get the record into the system. With money restrictions,etc., these things can sometimes get bogged down.
1545When I was beginning my quest, my parents and I spent a whole day chasing down cemetery records in Wisconsin. We were living in Minnesota at the time.
1546Nothing extreme.
1547Travel across the country to find documentry proof. Making numerous phone call and writing about that many letters to find information. (None of which proved fruitful)
1548Get on the internet
1549Increased from 12 known relatives to little over 400
1550Took one child to camp, left a second child with one set of grandparents, and left my third child with another set of grandparents so I could go to the library. On the same trip I drug my daughter, mother and grandmother around a graveyard looking for the graves of my granfather's grandparents.
1551Can't think of anything unusual.
1553I don't think I've ever done anything "extreme" in my research - Unless sitting endless hours at a microfilm reader, something I absolutely hated doing, can be called "extreme."
1554Researching in overgrown, rattlesnake, tick infested cemeteries.
1555Five week long visits to Salt Lake City with a local group that visits annually. Joined patriotic societies, ie. DAR, DRT, etc.
1557writing 200 lettters to a surname in Minnesota
1558Drove from WA State to Texas, stopping along to research and visit graves.
1559Not so extreme but here it is. Looking at the fly leaf of a written Family History book on a line of my mother's family for the author information and then calling that author's small local library to see if she was still living. She wasn't. Darn!
1561Stayed up all night searching because internet information was so enthralling.
1563I travelled to my paternal grandfather's ancestral village in Poland and went door to door looking for relatives.
1564Flew to Florida to meet a 92 year old cousin of my grandfather. She didn't remember him, but did remember his sisters and one younger brother. She has been a joy to know and is now 95 years old. She has also given me much information about the family. We're in touch frequently.
1565worked on the computer for 15 hrs at a time.
1566have not had any yet.
1567Spent over $100 dollars on old Canadian history books for the area I'm researching, on the "off chance" I might find info on my ancestors.
1568Harassed a Virginia county into erecting an historical marker, at my father's hometown, in honor of the Post-Civil War tri-racial settlers.
1569My most extreme thing was to identify the forgotten females in my family. They lost their identity after they married and were not allowed to vote until the 1930's. My great grandmother married twice so it was really hard to trace her back to her maiden name.
1570I guess it would probably be having both my own and my father's DNA tested, but personally, it was tackling the internet and writing to strangers in my quest.
1571Genealogy is very addictive and I would say that I spend more time on it than should but what the heck!
1572Went to Germany and the Netherlands, after finding and contacting relatives who still live in the areas. Buying a computer for keeping track of ancestors via a genealogy program.
1574Nothing extreme
1575Have not gotten to extreme. I'm still very basic.
1576Visiting cemeteries in NH. Writing many letters of inquiry. Buying many books. Joining several organizations, including SAR, Locke Family, and of course, and several more
1578Used a manual microfilm reader for 10 straight hours with both wrists in medically applied splints.
1580DNA Y chromosone test
1581I don't know about extreme, but the most dramatic was during a subsequent conversation I had with my grandmother I was able to help her to remember 4 siblings that she had forgotten about as they had died very young. I had found them in a census and was inquiring as to why she had never mentioned them in our previous conversations about her family. It was a wonderful experience for both of us.
1582I tracked down photographs that were in my great aunt's possession when she died about 35 years before. I did this using 2 death certificates and writing the informants.
1583Traveling to the hometown of my ancestors (in the U.S.).
1584Comopiling a 50,000-name index of cemetery surveys in a county 750 miles from my home.
1585nothing, yet
1587cold calling strangers
1588Made four trips to D.C. and probably 25 to Salt Lake.
1589Nothing yet.
1590Several; contact people and records in other countries--search through cemeteries
1591Getting on the "net".
1592went to seattle to meet a relative, i found while researching through the family history center
1593I haven't felt that anything was "extreme," but I really was curious about the family legend that we were "English & Scots-Irish." There are so few people that know and could tell me what Scots-Irish means. That spurred me on initially, and when I went to Ireland/Scotland/England for my honeymoon as a (50 year old plus) the Irish were always asking "do you have Irish roots." They loved it that there were so many Americans did, indeed, have Irish roots. I haven't been able to "prove" why the Scots-Irish part is my family heritage, but I will someday maybe.
1594Nothing really extreeme-walking cemeteries, writing letters, getting official documents,visinting archives,talking to relatives.
1595Nothing too extreme - photographed some So. MN cemeteries on the way home from a reunion though we knew we'd drive through tornado warning areas on the way home - definitely a storm we should have avoided.
1596A cold call to someone whose family I probably am related to. Further communication is coming with maybe DNA testing.
1597Spent two weeks at The National Archives (PRO) at Kew.
1598I have had contact with a relative in Norway and when he visited with his girlfriend, they were married in my backyard.
1599tried to get my mother to tell me about the families before she died. She was terminaly ill at age 96. She pretended she didn't know anything. She would tell strangers at the nursing home but not me.
1601I can't think of a thing I can consider 'extreme'. That doesn't mean that someone else might not define one or more of my actions in the pursuit as 'extreme'.
1602I tried to get my great-great-grandfather, who died in 1920, dug up to have a Y-DNA test done on him. I had arranged with the cemetery, had a lawyer to get the permit but when I contacted FamilyTreeDNA to come to Ohio and take the sample to test, Brian Greenspan told me there was just about no chance that there would still be any Y-DNA in him to test. It is mtDNA that is gathered from old sources, not Y-DNA. I was very, very disappointed as my Adams line is daughtered out and I am completely stuck in 1840 in Pennsylvania.
1603I went into a book store, looking for a phone to call the sexton of a cemetery with a large number of Confederate burials, and didn't realize until I was inside that it was a pornographic book store. But I didn't let that stop me, I didn't back out, I just headed straight for the phone, called the sexton and met him at the cemetery, and located the grave I was looking for!
1605Drove 3 hours out of my way on a vacation to visit a cemetary.
1607Ordered ships records for a 1 year period and went through them line by line looking for my great-grandparents. (I cannot find them through searches of immigration lists on I am about half-way through the tedious process.
1608Starting a Y-DNA Surname Project. Multiple trips to SLC, SC, NC, AL, MS.
1609Just spent a lot of money on bmd certficates doing the research right the first time!
1610Travelled from Alberta to North Carolina via Manitoba, Illinois, Indiana and West Virginia tracking ancestors all the way.
1612Can't think of anyhting I would consider truly "extreme." I did invite a previously unknown ( found on the internet) very distant relative by marriage to come visit me from England
1614Had DNA testing done on a branch of the family/surname who resided in a foreign country. Paper trail said they were a fifth cousin but DNA showed not related; different Haplogroups. Previous DNA results for my line indicates that the disconnect was somewhere in the line of this fifth cousin. Big expense for shipping to/from to ensure delivery and return of kit. DNA testing is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get.
1615Searching cemeteries for name buried there
1616got a computer to work from
1617Dropping everything to go to another state to do research after finding important information.
1620Trips across the USA and to Spain and Mexico.
1621Spent many, many hours sitting searching census records on microfilm
1623Corresponded with cousins I never knew I had until I found them on a surname bulletin board. I even called one who works in Washington, D.C., after 9/11 to make sure he and his family were OK.
1624Upset the traditional family genealogist, who quit speaking to me, when I did the Y-DNA test! We had been working together well until then. She was compleatly against the idea, results, the name change that I found and accused me of "deserting" the family! She then, suddenly took sick and died, from a very fast moving case of cancer, without our coming to any agreement, I am sad to say.
1625Nothing yet
1628Sent a thank you e-mail to the compiler of a book which included one of my ancestors (found the book at FHL). He, in turn, directed me to a mutual branch taking me back to a Mayflower ancestor. What a thrill!
1629None as yet.
1630Walked through unknown wooded area looking for cemetery stones.
1632switch from family search to surname search.
1635Sent to England for information.
1636DNA tests on two lines
1638Haven't done as yet, but considering taking vacations to visit home towns of relatives to research family history.
1639Went to Louisana and talked to strangers
1640Flown to California, to meet descendants from a common line. Purchased a small cottage in North Carolina, to be able to go there and comfortably research family lines.
1642Travel to the library in SLC. I am told Utah is a beautiful state but in my numerous trips there, I've seen little but the inside of the library!
1643I haven't done anything "extreme". But a year ago I got an e-mail from a woman who saw on a Board or List that I was researching a name. She had moved into a trailer owned by someone with the name; she ended up sending me a box with report cards from the 20's, photos, newspaper clippings, and videos. Although I cannot establish a connection with the family (of the same name), I sent the box to a decendent of that line who I have had a little contact with (again through a List). The contact is "interested" but has not participated in any research. I haven't gotten feedback on the box although she was going to contact a cousin of hers who is more directly related to the individual who once owned the trailer, and the stuff.
1644Cleaning in 2002 a grave monument in Kansas that had not been touched since 1898. It was brown, covered with rotted leaves, etc.. and unreadable. After 3 hours of cleaning it was white marble, the front; an angle entering the gates of heaven. My grand uncle had died at 31, his wife had taken the children and moved to Alabama where her sister resided, later remarried. His inscrition was on one side, his mother-in-law, who passed before him, on the other. His father-in-law buried by his second wife in a different cemetery. This large plot in the oldest section of the cemetery contained only these 2 burials.
1645Spend all this money suscribing to all of the resources.
1647Stayed up all night researching because I was hot on a line and went to work in the morning. Walked a cemetery for two hours in 98 degree weather in the midday sun looking for ancestors and it turned out to be the wrong cemetery. Bought a new faster computer to work on research along with cable internet so I wouldn't have to wait for downloads on Ancestry digital images...I could get them as fast as possible. This also includes the digital cameras, lazer printer, paid genealogists in two countries to do research, etc., etc., etc... But, I know I'm not alone...there are many others out there like me...which is a comforting thought at 3am when I'm in front of the computer inputting data I just received in the mail that day! : )
1648When I was 5YO, my maternal grandmother died. It was during WWII, and we were able to make one trip to the family farm to retrieve what few items we could put in the car. I insisted upon having dresses and bonnetts that were my grandmother's and great grandmother's. The dress materials were woven by my great grandmother. One is the skirt to my grandmother's wedding dress. I have them and treasure them, and I plan to pass them on to my favorite niece.
1649Spent a lot of money.
1650Took a 10,000 mile, 3-1/2 month family history trek across the country.
1652Can't say I have done anything I'd consider extreme. Probably the most extreme thing is DNA testing.
1653Contact an unknown person from a genealogy site by e-mail.
1654Asked my father if I could swab his mouth for a DNA sample. Had to use plain Q-tips as he only had a few days left to live. He was glad to help, since I explained that his line was "daughtering out" and he had no brothers so I would need to approach a total stranger for his Y-DNA. Now I have the dry Q-tips and no father :( Any "tips" on how to get the tips tested?
1655Can't think of any
1656Haven't really done anything extreme, just the usual stuff.
1658Found a distant cousin and called, hoping I had the right party. I did and we talked for over an hour. But, they didn't know anymore than I about our shared great grandfather. Found another cousin on the internet, with an e-mail address, and sent an inquiry. Received response, but again, they didn't know anything about our great grandfather. Story told by my mother was that great grandfather's second family wasn't known about until after his death in 1920 when my grandfather was contacted by his three half-sisters. Found gr grandfather on 1900 and 1920 Censuses, for certain. He was born in 1854, perhaps in MD, PA, or VA. My mother thought their name had been changed, perhaps he had been adopted. Only after her death, and obtaining her address book, did I find the name of one of the 3 aunts. That's where I began my search and have found much in the's newpapers. But who my great grandfather was and from where he came, is still a mystery. Hope to visit the city in which he died, this year.
1659Perhaps not extreme, but my husband and two of our adult children accompanied me on a trip to Germany to our 'ancestral' villages, all nine that we had identified by that time, with James Derheim in 2000. This was a fabulous and hugely rewarding trip!
1660Visited relatives that I had never met. And sharing information about common ancestors. Sorenson DNA test.
1661Traveled to England, Ireland, Galveston.
1662Nothing extreme yet.
1663Used my brother's y DNA to help in the hunt.
1666Visited each civil war battle site where my ancestors foughtn and on the very day of the anniversity of the battle!
1668Taking a family vacation in NY from MI and sending the rest of the family to amusement parks while I did the research. They aren't too fond of my dragging them through cemeteries either
1669DNA testing, I suppose. :-)
1670Organizing a surname DNA project and a clan society for the surname
1672vacation trip with genealogy as primary purpose of trip
1673Stick with it even when I get frustrated.
1677Can't think of anything I'd call extreme.
1679Drive 400 miles to interview my mother's 100 year old cousin and the next day drive back about 400+ miles to attend the memorial service for my father's cousin.
1680searching the church histories of those that my ancesters were members of
1681Genealogy trips with my mother.
1683So far I've used the computer and discovered other previously unknown relatives. I hope to do some traveling and visit old home places eventually.
1686Spending long hours on the computer trying to find out information on Family.
1687Met (confronted?) for the first time after 63 years an older half brother
1688Got DNA tested~yikes what surprises!
1689visited the genealogical library in Salt Lake City Utah. Also found many generations of nobility in Europe dating back to the years 1100 !........
1690Traveled to Sweden and met relatives that I would never had met otherwise.
1692Visited cousins who knew the family secrets, across the country, who were willing to divulge them.
1693I don't think it is extreme, but my husband wonders why I will stay up almost until dawn sometimes when I get a good lead!!!!!!!!!!!!
1694I've done nothing "extreme", I'm just blugging away.
1695Hire Irish researchers in Galway Ireland.
1696I don't think there is anything to the extreme...
1697Phoned a biological uncle who did not know I even existed.
1700I found I was a Mayflower des. and we had planned a trip to New England the first of Oct. 2001 and our family wanted us to stay home. I was not about to give up my trip to see Plymouth and that area.
1702Nothing extreme yet.
1703Finding my birth mother's family
1704Told a little lie to a great aunt in order for her to start talking about the family stories. I doctored a tree on purpose so that there was errors so that she would react and correct me and start talking. Up until that point she would not help anyone there were some scandals concerning her father (affairs).
1705Spending hours looking for records in a family that was not interested and refused to give me any information, in fact I was blocked at one point, so I worked around them and never shared all my great finds with them.
1706Go to a small town in Iowa searching for clues of a great-grandfather's death. Spent two unsuccessful days reading 1880/1890 newspapers.
1708mailed over thirty-five letters to various people in California in a quest to locate lost cousins from an uncle's divorce. Gained nothing!
1709Considered Y-DNA & mtDNA testing. Still not sure...
1710Went back to Wisconsin and checked out some old graveyards and took pictures of ancestors' graves.
1711Traveled overseas to visit ancestral areas.
1712contacted surnames on the net, and have found two distant cousins!!
1713Traveling 3000 miles alone to visit a very rural cemetery
1714Visits to Germany, Nova Scotia, Ontario, New York, and Michigan.
1715 Taken a vacation to FL with my sister and solicitating her help to research in courthouse, something she has never done!
1716Taken Y-DNA test
1717Nothing extreme - yet! Only been at it about a year and still gathering the basic BMD certificates. The biggest challange has been communicating with Italy - they don't speak English and I don't speak Italian - but it has been an interesting experience.
1718Last summer, while on a family vacation to London,we braved the motorways driving 3 hours north in England to find the birthplace of my grandfather.
1719Tried to write contacts made in other countries, in their language!
1720No extremes; but audatious! I Inquired not to a question but to the author with the name as an ancestry. Of course no answer! Would you?.
1723Write to an address in Italy where someone with my family named lived to see if they were related. They were. We are 3rd cousins.
1724Tramped through a "no trespassing" area to get to an old family graveyard in the woods.
1726A research trip to Northern Ireland and Belfast many years ago when things were dicey there!
1727Traveled to the old country to study early documents in archives
1728Started a DNA project at the request of my 85 y/o cousin, I knew I was way over my head.
17292 700 miles round trip
1732haven't done anything extreme at this time
1733petioning the state to unseal my record having the DNA test done
1734(1) Ran up a $100.00 to $300.00 monthly telephone bill for a good many years prior to the coming of the Internet in seeking to make contact with other researchers of some of my wife's and my own ancestral families. (2) Made more than five hundred trips to Mid-Continent Public Library to read the U. S. Censuses and access their other resources over a twenty year period. This an hour's drive each time that I would go to research during the day, and then an hour's drive home again after putting in from eight to twelve hours each time the library was open.
1735I can't think of anything extreme other than the LONG and MANY hours everday I put in
1736visited the family history library for a week each year for 4 years.
1737dragged my parents, who didn't particularly care about dead relatives, on a 4 hour drive to another state to search through cemeteries, one of which even my father was afraid to go in !!
1738Called a 3rd cousin names when he told me to "get lost" and that I was from the "black sheep line and should remain lost". I still want to find why my grandfather was the black sheep.
1739Traveled to Norway once and the UK twice to do research and visit ancestral home sites.
1740Nothing really except become friends with a third cousin I found online
1741Calling every government office, with records, in Todd County, MN; Dodge County, WI to find information on a family I was either going to prove it was my grandfather's family.. or prove it was not. I have a notebook of data on this 'other family' but not connected yet. Called one of the family and she wanted to know if I was after money. I asked about her grandfather's brother? she said he didn't have a brother by that name .. as I was sitting right there with the records in my hands to prove he did. So she was of no help. There was one older lady living. I searched for her. Found she was in a hospital.. turns out it was a fancy/schmancy resthome- that I could not find the name of. I called many of the resthomes in the are and never found this lady. I did find that the reason she kept an apartment after going to the home.. was she owned the hotel. Even her own niece she knew did not have access to her. I then asked my girlfriends mother who lived in WI if she would call more resthomes in the area as I was spending so much on phone bills... and she did not find her either. I know this is not an extreme for many folks but it was MY extreme. thanks Megan Brenda K. Moore Honoring Your Ancestors Nona's story
1742I never do anything extreme
1743Doing research in 6 counties in 6 days in a state I have never been in before.
1745I drove up and down country roads in my ancestors area of residence writing down names and house numbers in order to write letters to each one in a quest to find my family cemetery, which had been "lost" for about 60 years. No one knew where it was located. I was successful, too!
17461) Brave enough to post name on internet and actually connecting with a relative. 2) Sleuthing the Archdioses of Denver records.
1748 Gone to Texas in search of information.
1749Spending a full day up in Washington state tring to find an abandoned cemetery that was in a heavily wooded area with barely an old, two ruts dirt road leading to it. Had to stop 3 times to ask locals for directions. Finally discovered the reported headstones were no longer there.
1750I paid for a year subsciption to Ancestry.
1752Dragged my young kids and husband to a cemetery in 95 degree heat....
1753working on the fleagle ancestery to present to the local history library we live where the fleagles got started in penna. and locate and visit their grave sites. the fleagles history started in a small place called horse valley in the hills of penna.
1755I took my genealogy "hobby" and designed a career around it....I up'd and left corporate America to start my own business writing peoples legacies and teaching basic genealogy to hopes to generate for others the same enthusiasm that I have. (My business? Memories Scribed -
1756Written letters to strangers to see if they are connected to me.
1757Met with a total stranger to research in the state of Kentucky.
1758In 1983, I was frustrated with not being able to find one of my immigrants, so I hired Debrett Ancestry Research of London (for over $1000) to do research in the US. It seems extreme to me now, but Debrett's was successful and that's all that counts.
1759Graciously deflected the admiration of the Scotsman who offered to chase me around the cemetery office!
1760Nothing extreme yet. But can't rule it out!
1761Gone on vacation and walked the mountains of Maryland in search of my greatgrandparents family cemetary. We found one but it was not theirs but it was other family members
1762Three trips to England to do research and photography.
1763A toss up between emailing a cousin I've never met (found thru a Google search) because my mother and uncle hated each other & had no contact and approaching my mother to explain this passed down family anger. Both risked rejection and continued no contact with family members but all worked out AOK. Whew!
1764Visited site of ggparents home on Maui.
1765Never done anything extreme
1767Spent 6 hours looking in a cemetery for my grandfather's brother with out knowing for sure he was in that cemetery. I found him there!
1768Knocked on total stranger's door on property once owned by family. Finally wrote to Poland...after finding a translator, of course. Wrote letters to total strangers. Not very extreme, am I?
1769used my computer at work to search when i was not busy
1771Called on people that I did not know.
1774Extreme? I don't guess I have done anything extreme!
1775Do to my intense curiocity I don't consider anything I have or will do extreme.
1776Correspond with cousins in other states that I never would have otherwise had any contact. I had never even heard my parents talk of them.
1777Returned to my homeland of Scotland to meet relatives I found which I hadn't known existed and whom I had found in my quest to know more about those who had gone before.
1778Contracted with a person overseas to perform onsite genealogy research based on reviews on the web. This person has done a wonderful job and is well worth the money spent.
1779Replaced my old computer with a very robust and expensive new one and getting DSL service.
1780drag my husband through graveyards looking at ancestors tombstones
1781e-mailed persons with the same last name as my maiden name. Wonderfing if they would answer me. Some did. Most did not.
1782Nothing extreme, I just plug along.
1784Not extreme, but my wife (who is half Swedish) and I have gone to Sweden to visit some of her cousins and we have visited Wales to see the coal-mining area where some of her father's ancestors came from.
1786A few days before my father's cardiac by-pass surgery I took my father to a cemetary to obtain information on his grandmother. This started my genealogy search.
1787Call others in local area to find someone that would share knowledge.
1788never did anything extreme. Searched the New York/New Jersey entrance ports including Ellis Island (for free !!!) You are too expensive for my pocketbook.
1790I have traveled to Schleswig-Holstein, Denmark, and Manchester, and Cornwall, England to search my husband's and my families.
1791Haven't done anything extreme--yet!LOL. Do lots of cold calling/writing, but that's not extreme.
1792Nothing yet, but there is the future of exciting discoveries ahead
1793nothing too extreme
1794Resolved a family fued
1796The extent of the travel to find the information.
1798Paid for our son to have DNA test which verified probable connection with 18th century immigrants from Ireland. His grandfather immigrated from Ireland in 1922.
1800Asking a distant relative - at first meeting to partake in DNA testing.
1802Called a distant cousin who I didn't know existed and exchanged info.
1803Ordering DSL for my computer without my husband's knowledge or approval so that the genealogy info would come in faster and therefore I could get more done.
1804I thought I'd visit Genetealogy again and why I'm not too keen on it. My mother was known to be somewhat promiscuous during her marriage to my father and I'm not sure that I'd like to make a discovery which might prove me to be other than who I think I am.. Both she and my father are long dead so I couldn't ask either of them even if I wanted to do so.
1807Take the DNA test
1808Going to Ireland, to the church where my grandmother and her siblings were bapized in the mid-1800s. Seeing the stained glass window there in honor of my grandparents.
1809Get in the car and literally go to every town I needed info from.
1810Talked husband into taking dna test. He is interested but more passive then I after we began the search to find what came before finding grandpa in Tx in 1880.
1811Putting together a mispelled or alternative spelling together with a brochure in a cafe while on a trip.
1812Wrote to an address 35 years old, forwarded by postman to current address, visited and gleaned family picture from 1870 with all identified!
1813Can't really think of anything extreme I have done, just the usual genealogy stuff
1815In 1973, wrote a letter to a church in a small village (where priest came only once a month - we didn't know this)giving the oldest ancestor's name (that I knew of) and asking if anyone there was related to him. Then getting a response from a relative, months later and an invitation to visit the family in Germany. And as my husband and myself were practically on the plane to Luxembourg, we did skip across the Mosel (Moselle on Luxembourg side)to Germany and visited with relatives for three days, then on to France, Austria and Switzland to finish our trip
1816I cleaned up and mowed a small cemetery, where my 2nd and 3rd great grandparents are buried, by myself. I also took digital images of several cemeteries and donated them to be posted on the internet and sent CD's containing the images to people who requested them. I do a lot of volunteer searches for folks who otherwise cannot come to my area to search.
1817So far nothing really extreme yet - I have spent quite a bit of money joining web sites and ordering documents. I am planning a trip to TN this summer. I love genealogy and I am planning to ask my brother and uncle to do DNA testing!
1818Made my sisters drive from north east NH to south west NH and then to south east NH just to see the grave of our 4th great grandfather. ALL IN ONE DAY!
1820Walk the streets of Brooklyn
1821Nothing extreme - too old - had to walk down a back road and then off into the bush (directed by someone who knew where he was going - in the middle of the bush was a family cemetery. One of my relatives has the most beautiful tombstone I have ever seen - back on the bush. Have to be careful as some graves were sunken and others were raised.
1822Trip to Norway to see if I could find any info on my blood line. Was raised by step-father.On same trip found house where husband's grandfather was born,1850 in Wales.
1823spent many vacations in cemeteries
1825Found and dug up my great great grandfather's gravestone!
1826Nothing to extreme at all.
1827Have a virtual stranger (whom I met on the internet searching for ancestors), who turned out to be a 2nd cousin, stay with me for a week to research our genealogy together.
1828Walked almost every grave yard in Salem and Gloucester county in search of my gg grandparents. It has involved into a quite extentise picture collection-yet to be published. My grandchildren now call me the "grave Walker"
1829spent money
1830Travel to Georgia to go to the courhouses and cemeteries.
1831Searched through old record books, very dirty and dusty, in the attic of a courthouse.
1832Crawled on my hands and knees trying to decipher old markings on old graves in an abandoned cemetery. This spring I intend to restore 5 old gravesites of family from the 1830's with the help of some professional help.
1833I haven't really done anything extreme. I would like to think about the DNA thing, but I only have sisters, no living male relatives.
1834Call people from a telephone book
1835Made a solo trip to a family reunion far away where I did not know anyone. It was very rewarding to see a church built by my ancestor in 1731. I enjoyed the trip very much.
1836writing to people i don't know on the internet
1837having to send off 3 times for my father -in-laws birt cert. then come to find out his realy last name .
1838In 2004 my granddaughter and I went to a family reunion, several states away; where we didn't know anyone else before we arrived. They were hoping to have at least 300 people there, because the house was 300 years old in 2004. Over 300 showed up. It was really neet all of us sitting under the same tent shareing a meal in the front yard.
1839Starting to put together a letter, and ideas to eventually give one (the main family member) of 1 of the 2 branches of missing family members a decent, proper headstone.(he only has a "temporary head stone" provided by his local Social Services) Will ask all family memebers to contribute to this headstone. Finally, to gather family for a proper Christian service over his newly found gravesite, with close family members there.
184125-35 hours/week for the last 5 months
1842Looking up my surname in the phone book and calling.
1843Gone to Scotland to look in registeries, looking at grave markers and generally trying to get as much information as we could. Also went to Germany to my father-in-law's grave..he was killed in WWII.
1844I am a very shy person by nature so extreme for me is when I contact distant relatives that I haven't met to ask them to share information. That and dragging my family thru old graveyards to take photo's.
1845Poking around these old country graveyards in the Mid-West is extreme enough for me ! I am interested in the DNA testing in the near future though.
1846contacted a cousin (once removed) who is estranged from the family for genealogy information.
1847Take pictures in a pioneer cemetary of great grandmothers head stone at night in a bad thunder storm.
1848taking a trip (5/2005) to Michigan and New York to finally do hands-on research--travel "back in time" to be where my husband's ancestors lived. Hopefully find all the children of husband's 3rd ggfather. I feel like I am going to Disneyland for the 1st time--I am soooo excited. Husband also participated in a Ychromosome DNA study 18 months ago.
1850nothing extreme
1851Nothing extreme
1852Subscription to (never thought I actually would) then spending 5 hours searching hte 1900 Chicago census BY ADDRESS to find my unindexed family
1854Traveled to Delaware.
1855Flew across the US with my "hyper" daughter to spend a week in icy cold weather to prove she is related to one of the Salem witches. She wanted the proof. I wanted warmth!!!
1857There are two: Hid and got locked in a library to continue my microfilm searches overnight. And I did not get caught! Spent time visiting cemeteries and other places to gather genealogical information while on my honeymoon.
1859Let my imagination rip to search on alternate spellings of an ancestor's name. I have picked up the trail of several lines that way.
18611. Cold-calling some out of state potential relatives & following hunches. 2. Cross-country car trips to meet people I've "discovered." 3. Phone "interviews" of un-met people who are either relatives or know distant relatives. Great successes!
1862Walked through an entire cemetery on a hot summer day. Thought I was going to melt into the ground, but would do it again in a heartbeat.
1863Searching forward from a distant ancestor to find living relations
1865via an internet search contacting a complete stranger that was related
1866Taken a trip abroad.
1869emailed people with the same name as my great great grandfather whom I found by doing a google search on his name. I have no idea if these people are related or not, I emailed them becaue of their name.
1870travelled overseas and to the continent in search of information
1871My phone contact with "living" family tree members. They are all over the map. Now have 4784 direct members in the tree.
1872talked someone at a county office out of information on a distant descendent death certificate so I didn't have to order and pay for it
1873Contacted total strangers by telephone - not very extreme, but quite scary!
1876Working together with other. Looking for more and people in the trees. To make one big tree. And have reunions and get to know the living.
1877Drove through a framers field to get to the cemetery where my Great-Great Grandfather is buried. It was 2 miles back in the woods.
1878Cold call someone to see if they were related.
1879Haven't done anything "extreme" yet!
1880Going to a cemetery which was barely accessible. Had to cross cornfield(took 12 minutes), no bridge across the creek. I had to remove debris to find graves. Very little light was available.Had to request permission to cross the cornfield to get to cemetery.
1881overcome shyness to e-mail strangers
1882I think my quest is quite typical of most who want to know my ancestors as real people.
1883Far away record centre 30minutes after arrival start to be cleared because of IRA bomb in nearby station tried to keep scribbling down info just found I am an idiot !!
1884Not very exciting. But the most extreme is meeting total strangers at their homes to get to know them. We have even stayed at their homes overnight. Some people think I am nuts for making friends over the internet, so easily.
1885Taken three courses in Genealogy.
1886While visiting London in the 1960's, secretly went to records archives with my husband to do some research. It was done secretly because we were staying with his maternal grandmother and his mother had asked that we not ask her questions or look at records. Never discover why.
1887Traveled to Germany and Netherlands to do research and set foot where ancestors may have walked.
1888Contact strangers who turned out to be relatives. Made contact with a cousin who did not know he had any family at all.
1889Walking through a cemetary with mud an inch deep to get a date of death off of a headstone.
1890Nothing as yet.
1891I wrote a letter to a village in Germany asking if any one knew of the surname and received a response from six third cousins.
1893nothing very extreme as yet
1894Haven't done it yet!
1898Attended seven family reunions in five different states in a single year (to the consternation of my spouse).
1899I'm not a very extreme person so I've not been driven to go to any "wild" measures to get information, but, in order to prove my Dad's birth date and parentage I had to get a copy of his original passport application. He was born before birth certificates were required, in 1901, and because his father died in 1908 there were no census records that showed my Dad as his son.
1900My husband thinks including visits to cometeries on our vacation is a bit extreme, but I don't. He also doesn't understand my excitement in finding an obituary!
1903Starting the Whitney surname project. I had heard of FTDNA bec. I submitted my husband's YDNA for the Jewish diaspora project. Found the Whitney website and realized that the family had hit a brickwall crossing the Atlantic with lots of legend, not hard facts. YDNA showed several different family lines which was not expected. Now searching for history of one, have found some for other and there are the rest, unaffiliated.
1906Held a family "Union" - It couldn't be called a "reunion" because most of us had never met!
1908Write & publish a book I suppose - or perhaps spend several days in a motel in the county where my ancestors lived so I could do research.
1910Called people of the same surname I am researching who still live in the same area where my ancestors lived. I found these through Have broken through a wall this way! People are usually helpful.
1911Drive 150 miles to find my grandfathers grave.
1912e-mialing strangers to put together missing pieces and links of family members no longer alive.
1913So far I haven't done anything very extreme.But that may change real sooon now. I have a greatgrandfather that just seems to almost be looking for me! Every search for him and my greatgrandmother's family has been unbelievably sucessful.Such as I put his name and Kansas(where my grandfather was born in 1870)into Yahoo search and found that he had been the ranch foreman on a cattle ranch in Kansas/Oklahoma. I knew nothing about my grandfather's family other than that he had been born in Kansas. Well because of my searching I found the Inn that my ggg grandfather built in Iowa,and that it is currently a museum. Today I found out that after owning it for almost 20 years,the folks that own it are considering selling it.. If I can figure out a way to buy it,THAT would be pretty extreme!!
1915Went to Ireland with the idea to find a family information, but settled for sightseeing in the county they were from.
1916Created unique family-history website that required learning html, manipulating photos/maps/graphics, etc.
1917Traveled to Ireland to see if I could find more info about a relative. Came away with very little more due to my lack of how to go about it. Had a great trip though.
1918Don't recall any.
1919Went on a trip to TX with a distant cousin living in CA that I met on the Internet. Part for research and part to attend a family reunion of distant cousins (none of whom I met before, but some of who had corresponded with my father 20 years ago). Also took a side trip to OK to visit a distant cousin who had some of my grandmother's furniture - I wanted to take pictures - I never met my grandmother as she died 25 years before my birth. This cousin, had met my grandmother and is a wonderful artist. She presented me with an oil painting of my grandmother in her wedding dress in honor of my visit. Was this supposed to be short!?
1921dna test
1922Had my uncle's DNA tested to verify my families place in the Sturtevant genealogy book compiled by Robert Sturtevant. Contact me for further info:
1923nothing that I would consider extreme
1924spent all my time and money on a Peter Johnston line that I cant find .
1925 My brother and I have trespassed on a lot of private land searching for graves.
1926Perhaps it would not be called extreme but 3 years ago, my sister and I took a 3 month genealogy trip. We were able to spend time in 4 states, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois and Wisconsin, where our ancestors came from. 3 months was not enough and we are thinking hard about a second trip.
1927go grave yard hunting
1928Really have not done anything that I would consider extreme. I have learned that the time I fill by doing this, has given me a reason to get up out of bed in the morning.
1929Phoned Cemeteries Overseas
1930Paid for all those trips to locations before the internet.
1931The most extreme thing that I've done is to, without warning, book a trip to England, drag my family along with me, and then I spent three full days in the Cambridgeshire Records Office.
1932Travelled to Sweden and Alsace to meet newly discovered 2nd and 3rd cousins.
1933My husband would have said ---vaulting the stone wall of an overgrown family cemetery in the Kentucky countryside without my usual concern for snakes, bugs, poison ivy etc.
1934traveled 2,000+ miles for a 'possible' family seminar - for 6 hours.
1935Spent a weekend making over 200 phone calls to people all over the United States, who through research, I had decided were relatives. These were NOT other family researchers. The surprise was that all seemed pleased to hear from me, were as helpful as they were able, and many have stayed in touch.
1936Asked my daughter to drive me from Erie to NY, VT.&MA TWICE looking for graves. We found the ones in VT but had to return 2nd time to MA. Found an 800 a. farm owned by ancestors in early 1800, now it is location of Tuft's Univ. College for Veterinarians!
1937Hmmm ... does sinking umpteen dollars into record copy requests (in hopes that one of them would have a lead, in the days before availability of vital records on line) count? how about staying an extra day in Toronto, Canada (at my expense ... in winter) to visit the provincial archives? or, how about tramping through cemeteries in Michigan in bitter cold and wind and damp (I talked my Mom into joining me for this one)?
1938Traveled to England and Scotland to explore my roots
1939Calling Funeral home in another state to try and find information Did not get any where
1940Nothing really extreme
1942Driven alone for two hours each way in the evening to hear speakers on genealogy.
1945Cold calling a cousin in another country who had never heard of me or my branch of the family.
1946On a Thursday I worked 12 hours that night. I got off work at 7AM and drove 2 1/2 hours to the Allen Co Library. Researched at the library till it closed. I ended being up 26 hours straight. I spent the next 2 days at the library and then went home.
1947I can't think of anything that would be considered extreme.
1948in 1997 flew to Missouri to see a cousin I hadn't seen in over 20 years and spent a week tramping through cemeteries and trying to read plat maps to figure out where our ancestors lived.
1950Nothing really extreme but I intend to start a DNA project.
1953Locating the burial place of my grandmother and then driving across county to visit that place. Drove from California to Pennsylvania
1954Extreme? What do you mean by extreme? Isn't hour after hour of compelling questions extreme enough? One piece of an answer is not a lifetime of an ancestor.
1955Paid money to for a subscription - now defunct.
1956Nothing extreme yet, but I'm sure I will one day. :-)
1958searched all web sites that i can find and gone to cememtaries
1959Nothing too extreme at this time; the usual trips to locales in the States and Ontario where ancestors settled. Have been following the DNA testing with interest, but have not taken the leap.
1960 Going to England to find where my ancestors came from, and standing there viewing the same montains, land etc. that I thought my ancestors had viewed some 500 years ago.
1962Very boring researcher here. We have concentrated on collecting living history while we have older relatives.
1963nothing really extreme
1964calling strangers and requesting family info
1965Climbed a hill in a sand quarry in the middle of no where to visit a graveyard of long dead relatives....had to climb up an overgrown hill about 100 feet up, then when I got to the top, I had to climb over a cement wall that completely enclosed the cemetery. (I was pregnant at the time.)
1966Nothing exceptional. The most satisfying aspect has been the collection of photographs of 48 direct ancestors of my children.
1967I don't know if you would call it extreme, but it was a great feeling to prove my family tradition correct and all the written material on a well known family wrong!
1968Going to the Institute of Genealogy in Salt Lake and researching at the FHL. Not being LDS this was a scary proposition, but it turned out to be fun and I now use my local FHC sometimes too.
1970My husband swears that the most extreme thing I have done in my quest is ignore him -- completely -- for days at a time -- I get so involved I am on auto-pilot and just insert "yes" and "no" at the appropriate times in response to questions but later have no recollection of give my kids permission to do things or go places that I would not normally allow them to do.
1971Nothing extreme. I'm very boring.
1972Participation in a DNA study
1973Because of serious bottleneck with surname ancestor, my female cousin asked me and another male cousin to take DNA tests. we so far have been unable to expand outside of our branch of the family, but we're working on it.
1974contacting relatives long separated from the family; and contacting people I did not personally know who might have information.
1975Taken trips to the Netherlands to find physical roots. Joined our first USA reunion 2003. Located a 1465 reference. Found my grandfather was in jail!
1977Climb over fences into unknown graveyards or farmers fields without knowing if livestock were there.
1978Hiring an English Researcher.
1979I once asked a friend who was traveling to British Columbia to go to the cemetary where my grandfather is buried and take a picture of the headstone and I had the address where he used to live and take a picture of the house (if it was still there).
1980Took the DN
1981Went to Scotland for almost a month last year.
1983I don't consider anything I do in this quest to be extreme.
1984Learned to read old Norwegian, and decipher old handwriting so I could read old parish records. I spent 4-8 hours a day for weeks working on it. Now also working on Swedish and German. I'm not very fast at languages, but I'm MOTIVATED. Convinced (a few of) my family that tramping a cemetery and taking pictures WASN'T totally weird. At least, they quit giving me a hard time about being so interested in 'all those dead people'.
1985Obtaining adoption papers for my great grandma.
1987Heh,Heh,Heh! Haven't done it yet, won't confess what it is!
1988My mother and I have visited relatives in Costa Rica to learn more about our family. Another trip is in order to visit the Episcopal Rectory to read their old records.
1989Visited husband's cousin in Sweden. Visited distant relatives, cemeteries, and libraries across the USA.
1990I placed a note on an obviously cared for grave of a relative in a distant state.
1991Written letters to strangers
1992Not record or write down stories from my elders that are no longer with us
1993Took a trip to Salt Lake City Mormon library. Recently did DNA test on both my Dad and myself.
1994Driven hundreds of miles to places I was unfamiliar with in search of dead people who I had never heard of util recently
1995Looking for how to deal with a heretofore unkown case of voluntary bigamy in the family.
1996I'm not sure how to answer this question. While doing research, contacting strangers and newly found relatives, one is placed in extreme situations in communications. Searching old cemeteries can also put one in an extreme position.
1998Wrote to ex-mother-in-law to see if she would give me any information about my first husband's side of the family. (He is a Jerk) No reply after 2 mos. Wrote to all 6 first cousins I hadn't had any contact with for about 60 years. Got 3 replies back, one very short.
1999Nothing extreme - but travelled,done research and enjoyed Scotland and England - the land of "our ancestors"
2001being 87yrs old have been limited by tracing knowledge and time but have a very romantic story of my beginnings and would like for my grandchildren to know all about it and also my fathers offsprings I hope exist.
2003Can't think of an extreme
2004Traveled to Europe to visit and research in the cities where my ancestors lived.
2005Probably considerable travel and accessing some of the very out of the way places some of my ancestors lived. Have not however traveled to the "old country."
2006Nothing out of the ordinary.
2009United my 4 cousins in California with their older twin half-sisters in Minnesota.
2010More of a funny situation but I had a police escort to a cemetery that I hadn't been able to locate.
2011Taking a trip to a Civil War cemetery on a "hunch" that my forebear could possibly be buried there!" P.S. I won!!!
2015Drove a narrow back road of a mountain in Vermont in search of a cemetery that we never did find!
2017Made my family interrupt their vacation for 2 hours so I could stop at a local historical society.
2018I haven't done anything extreme.
2019Visit ancestral homeland
2020Taken a trip to my "ancestral Home" to meet my father's family, whom I'd never met, in another country.
2021Writing to tell a first cousin that her grandfather was also my grandfather. He had a child she did not know about and 9 grandchildren she did not know existed.
2022After traveling to the east coast and doing family history research while on that vacation trip I attempted to locate a third cousin once removed thatI had never met(whom I found out about while on that trip), I made multiple phone calls to multiple states to persons unknown to me to locate her only to discover that she died in Boston while I was there!
2024I've done all the typical genealogically-obssessed things such as digging through 4 inches of snow to read a tombstone or staying up until 2 am on the internet, but probably the most extreme thing I've done is talk my non-genealogist husband into spending our last four or five anniversary trips in such non-tourist spots as Burlington, Colorado, Oakland, CA and Minnesota in January. Not to mention all the hours he's spent cranking microfilm machines in all those places!
2025connected with Swedish cousins via internet and phone
2026I don't consider my activities "extreme" but I have traveled to Boston, the site of my family's American roots. I hope to travel to Scotland, England and Ireland to visit birthplaces of ancestors.
2027Learned how to work on a computer
2031I don't think I've ever done anything extreme, but the hardest thing for me is trying to make cold contact with possible relations though I've done it, with some gratifying successes.
2032Very ordinary. Join two genealogy societies in different countries.
2033There hasn't been what I would consider an extreme thing in my quest for my roots. Maybe I should find one, perhaps it would help me to discover something new.
2034I finally got the courage to pick up the phone, trust in the security of my credit card company, & request records of my Lithuanian Grandparents that showed up on the General Register Office for Scotland website! What a thrill... I anxiously awaited the mailman for the next 2 weeks! The payoff? We now have the previously unknown names of our Great-grandparents, all from Lithuania! And this has "united" several cousins, who before were just "friendly" with each all working towards the same goal...discovering more information about our amazing Grandparents! We are all sharing facts about our own parents (each others' aunts & uncles) hoping that maybe some detail in our own immediate family will "open the door" to the answers & information that we all seek! It makes me smile just writting about it!
2038prayed to be locked in an archive to be allowed to research during closed hours.
2039Visit libraries, courthouses, cemeteries around the US
2040To known who I am? Whose are my family? To known all relative on both sides of my family and their death and town or state where they died?
2042Found my Dad's mother who was adopted. Worked about 50 years on it.[Wrong name on papers!!]
2045Send e-mails to strangers all over the world
2046Visited Germany and found my husbands ancestors information.
2047Two-month trip around U.S. for research. Contacting a funeral home (as result of SSDI record of an Uncle), which led to discovery of 8 first-cousins I hadn't known about before
2048Have gone on research trips to other states, i.e, Oregon, Washington, Texas, Utah, Arizona. Probably the most extreme thing I've done is wading through poisoneous plants in an abandoned graveyard looking for ancestors!
2049All of my relatives live 6 hours away and is hard to obtain information. Most of my search has been on internet or state library. But am going to visit this summer and try to clear up past information. Have not done anything really extreme.
2050I'm not sure how you are using "extreme." I have made genealogy trips to England, researched in many surrogates courts, county clerks offices, town halls, etc. I have traipsed through many cemeteries and spent a lot of time searching for others with no results. I have taken many "genealogy" vacations.
2051Accepted the role of "Family Historian" for existing family association, and agreed to manage family records data base.
2052Trampled through cemeteries in odd places at extreme risk of life and limb.
2053In Connecticut, we walked the entire cemetery,(4 of them) in the rain, to find a connection to my Mother's family. We did find an important link. Yayyyyyy. Because we are African American, it was much harder for us to make certain we had a connection.
2055Drove 2,000 Miles
2056Take time off from work, and away from my family, to travel alone to places my ancestors lived in order to do research.
2059climb weedy and snake-infested hills looking for tombstones
2060corresponded with strangers online. As it turned out, they weren't strangers but relatives!
2062Keeping up a permanent subscription to pretty much everything Ancestry makes available over the web. That's extreme for a frugal scot like me.
2063Used the 1850 OH index to find a child named William of an unknown Sprague family. I gathered all the families into respective counties then searched each for my man. This is before computers so I spent many hours at libraries and archives reading microfilm. I found him! And it proved very rewarding and fruitful.
20651)Made "cold" calls to peoples front door to obtain family works. 2) While eating lunch in a small town at the local pub, I mentioned to the new owner that I was seeking family info. He said he had just bought the bar & found old centenial books that had been left in the bar. It was there that I found several pictures of my paternal g-grandmother as a teenager. Also pictures of where they lived & the church they attended (it was still there & still functioning as a church).
2066I am not much for extremes so I would say staying up and at computer for 36 hours straight chasing my wild (elusive)great-grandfather. After 28 years I am no closer to tracking his wonderings just inlightened to some things when he settled at last.
2067I haven't done anything extreme.
2069multiple research trips to midwest
2071A) Written to everyone in a small town with my surname and B)talked to old men sitting on a bench in Mancelona, Michigan -- and struck pay dirt!
2072Wrote to the Catholic diocese and then to a religious order of women regarding a nun listed in the 1900 census with same surname as mine.
2073buy a membership
2074DNA Testing? Am also testing 3 relatives to pick up 3 more lines. Thinking about who I need to test for more!
2075founding out i had family members i did not know i had
2076Went to Slovenia knowing that my great-grandmother was born there - I only knew the name of the town so found the local cemetery and started photographing headstones with 'my' surnames. I'm still not sure if I was allowed in the cemetery - there was a sign in Slovenian (which I can't read a word of) but the gate was unlocked.
2078Go to a beautiful cemetery in a bad neighborhood, where the groundskeeper has to unlock the gate and escort you around, twice!
2079related some of my family history to a complete stranger with the same last name
2080Nothing out of the ordinary
2081The most extreme is probably climbing over the wall in a cemetery in Ireland to search the gravestones. I've also phoned cousins of my dad that he had lost contact with to obtain photos and information on my great grandparents. Very difficult for someone who used to be non-assertive!
2082Though I deal with the public regularly in retail sales,I'm basically shy.I feel the most extreme thing I've done is to question strangers with family surnames looking for connections.Both paternal grandparents died when my father was still a minor.By approaching a stranger with the same last name as my grandmother,I was pleasantly surprised to find she was a first cousin of my father.
2083trooping through numerous cemeteries -- interesting only to a genealogist. Family members just shake their heads in disbelief.
2084Flying to VT to find and record ancestors in an old cemetery (in the rain).
2085A trip to Illinois to find more about my GG Grandfather and family
2087Corresponding with distant relatives in determining my husband's great great grandfather.
2089Organized a family fund drive to purchase a gravestone for my 2ggf's grave and held a dedication/memorial service. Am also planning a trip to German this summer to visit the ancestral village and do more research.
2090Wrote "cold-call" letters to likely names in likely areas found on Switchboard- got some great responses!(Also made my daughter stand on top of rented van to take photos over wall at my grandmother's old home in Ireland!)
2091"cold-calling" distant relatives, investing in digital camera to photograph city directory pages
2092Mine has been very typical. I haven't done any traveling out of the USA to search.
2093Corresponding with unknown cousins and finding out how much we have in common!
2094Paid $500 to some "pro researchers" to uncover one simple fact that I could have found myself, if I had had sense enough to order Alabama deeds microfilm from FHL.
2095Met up with a cousin so we could go on an archeological dig together for our mutual ancestor.
2096I asked for help concerning "looking for my ancestors in England" and received the help of a genealogist that helped find some of my ancestors.
2097Make a trip to Sweden to find 14 first cousins 50 years after my father last corresponded, and 85 years after he had emigrated. (plus over 100 other living relatives.)
2098I've not done anything extreme.I've done all my work on the internet (mostly except going to the library twice. I had a great Uncle who did a lot of work and an other Uncle thatleft some work.Both of these helped a lot. And I had a cousin don't know how much removed that had joined the Mayflower Society and I had her paperwork which helped.
2100Nothing extreme, all routine.
2102Driving half way across the country to visit my father, who I had not seen in over 40 years.
2103On summer break from BYU-Utah, in 1971, I went to Ontario, Canada. My ancestors settled there. Did this not knowing a soul and with only a few coins in my pocket. Writing ahead to the Bishop of Ward helped a lot. Found a job and place to stay in a couple days. Spent the summer working by day and researching by night. It was fantastic! Don't know if I could do that today.
2104Nothing extreme, just follow normal routes of discovery.
2105Digging into related subjects. My grandfather bought our Wis farm from the Lumber company and I thought they bought it from the US gov. There was another owner before that who bought up 1/4 of the state from the government and eventually started a flour company named Gold Medal Flour. He and his brothers were governors of 3 states. So I learned a lot of history that I normally wouldn't have.
2106I don't consider it extreme, but in 1986, on a visit to my hometown when I begin doing genealogy, I asked my father to drive me to a cemetery where many of my relatives were buried in an ajoining county. I was so intent and excited about finding, photographing and transcribing every headstone, we spent 2 1/2 hours there in hot, muggy Southern weather. My father was ready to leave long before I was.
2107Nothing to date, but there's always that possibility!
2109Call/communicate with people I didn't know.
2110Traveled to a remote outer Hebrides island,
2111I had made copies of some WWII Discharge Papers in the Lackawanna Co. Courthouse in Scranton, PA, not knowing they were restricted. (They were in the room with the deed books with no signs!) I had already paid for my copies when a man said I wasn't allowed to look at the books. While my husband distracted him, I shoved my copies into my briefcase and made a clean getaway.
2112I am considering going to a small county library where an elderly distant relative works (we have not met), feigning ignorance of our relationship and seeking her help on any books the library may have on the surname we share. This relative did not answer her door when my father (he has since died) and I stopped at her house a couple of years ago. I was told she can be a bit harsh at times.
2113Called names in phone books.
2114Contacting complete strangers by phone and asking if they are related to me.
2115I don't believe anything I've done in my quest has been extreme.
2116Drove cross country to WV to find the cemetery and headstone of an ancestor who died during the Civil War (not a soldier), leaving no death record. I still haven't found out how he died but I did find the cemetery and headstone.
2117Going through cemeteries and search on the internet
2118Challenged my sister's motivation. Luckily, she still agrees to share with me!
2119Go searching in the woods for a family cemetery.
2120Trying to put together a family reunion of people I didn't know existed until my mothers death. Without much success, I'm sorry to say. My living aunt & uncle are attending & some of their children but that's about all.
2121I spent enormous amounts of money to buy books and supplies, and join societies and buy online subscriptions!!
2122I have been spending increasing amounts of my spare time on my elucidating my genealogical background(s.)(It really is addictive and fun!!)
2123Go to a genealogical library
2124I'm not an extreme person. Slow steady work, at one time in old court houses, now on the internet and less time in the courthouse.
2125Carrying on a conversation with my Grandpa's former neighbor in Norway with a mix of Norwegian and English, writing a few words, etc.
2127I have searched for the addresses and phone numbers of relatives, I haven't seen for nearly 40 years and contacted some of them.
2128 I've called people on the phone just because they have the same last name that I'm intereted in...met some very nice people and only got hung up on once
2129Research in Europe
2131Nothing too extreme. Called overseas but got nowhere.
2132Face a shotgun while exploring abandoned cemetery!
2134It was a great help when the Boston passenger lists came out and I was able to find my grandmother's maiden name.
2136To me, it would be calling people, who hae same names I am looking for. Caled all over the country. LOl and cold questioned them . LOL called colleges. cemeteries, etc. would not have done that before .
2139Had my son while in Germany look up and found the 1699 building, where our ancerser was born and married
2140I'm fairly new at the geneaolgy search, so up to this point it would have to be spending $21.00 (in one visit) at the courthouse for copies of relevant records at a quarter each! (What made me think this would be a cheap hobby?!?)
2141Paid for several 37-marker DNA tests
2142I don't think I've ever done anything extreme, yet.
2143traveled to ancestral villages in Europe
2144It is not really extreme, but a few people have called it innovative. That was to set up a Contest (currently running) on the BENEDICT TOPICS website to try to attract Benedict men from other English-speaking countries who are not descended from Thomas Benedict of Connecticut. The objective is to find possible lines of ancestry for the Benedict family (in England) prior to 1600. The prize(s): free DNA testing. Ann Turner emailed me to express interest in the Contest. We shall next try the same approach with European Benedict/variant spellings.
2145Nothing yet! We have a rather complete published book, written in 1901 and published in 1910 on our paternal side beginning in 1644 - Quartermaster George Colton.
2147I am pretty traditional in my genealogy quests.
2148Bought a bigger house to make room for my library, office, and collection of family artifacts.
2150Lie flat on my stomach in an insect-infested North Carolina cemetery in 105 degree heat to draw a copy of the inscription and image on a German tombstone.
2151Can't say I've done anything extreme, but the most surprising discovery was when I was on the island of Terceira in the Azores and mentioned a pirate ancestor named DeSilva to a shopkeeper. He said "Oh yes! He was from Graciosa (one of the islands)." Until then, I assumed the pirate DeSilva was from mainland Portugal or Spain. Coincidentally, I was planning a trip to Graciosa later that week, but I never found any more information on my less than upstanding ancestor.
2152tramped around a graveyard at 10:30 at night in the rain looking for a tombstone.
2154Called a complete stranger in Arkansas for help looking for my Ancesters because he was into genealogy and lived in the area where my ancesters are buried.
2155Cold phone calls to people in the phone book across the U S for several branches of the family with success.
2157Did research in the Ellis Island Immigration records
2158Used a bucket of nickels (won on the slots) to photocopy a 200-page (out-of-copyright) family history at the Reno Public Library.
2159Using a 1973 obit I called a mentioned name in KS and hit a'cousin' on the first try.
2160Have contact with a cousin I've never met whose mother is not accepted by the family. She has turned out to be a wonderful person to share things with.
2161I was looking for the date my great grandmother died so I could request a death certificate. I knew where she was buried in Oklahoma so I called a cousin in Texas and asked her if she would stop off on her way to Kansas for Thanksgiving to take a picture of the headstone
2162Trip to Ireland
2163Nothing that I know of.
2164Being raised by my grandmother(mom's mom) I couldn't mention my dad or associated topics. She would rant/rave/rage. So when she would leave I would go thru her file cabinets,etc. looking for anything pertaining to my dad. Child support papers, wedding albums, photos, any and all.
2166I would like to have a DNA test done but am taking medication that has changed my DNA. What can I do?
2167I go on research trips all the time.
2168I've just began my family search. I'd like to know which tools are best to use in my search. my grandfather came from germany. It is my mothers side I'm interested in.
2169Started walking cemeteries before I discovered that G.S. libraries have listings of inscriptions and locations of graves
2171spent hours at a stretch on the computer just to find any little tidbit I could.....
2172It's all been pretty straightforward!
2174Made calls to first cousins whom I had not seen for over 50 years. Also made cold calls to people found in phone listings who looked like possible relatives.
2175So Far I have rung Litchfield Staffordshire, England asking them for a map of a small area just bove The township wghjich is the birthplace of some of my family.
2176Found out where my half sister lived and called her.
2177I haven't been doing this long enough.I asked question when I was young and wrote things down and only got in to if havey in the last couple of years. The only thing I have done is contact my husbands family. I had been rejected as a wife by his parents and had left the fold over 38 yr.ago. Now because of trying to do his geneaolgy I have a Aunt and Uncle I have never met but wirte to all the time. This is extreme as it gets.
2180I took a train ride across many states, with my young daughter to go interview my aged grandmother to write a life history about her.
2181Nothing extreme--just entered my name and interests on any list that qualified to find my interests.
2182My sisters and I, finding out that my mother's parents were not married when she was born, told her this fact. At first, my mother didn't believe it.
2183vacationing and meeting relatives - visiting cemeteries 'on the road'
2185Filed a paternity action against my assumed biological father.
2186Driving 200 miles to look at cemeteries and tombstones.
2187Sent letters to strangers that I think might be related.
2190Clean tombstones for months with mild bleach trying to read them. I was well known at the grave site.
2191Found my Mothers missing family. All were Adopted.
2192Nothing too extreme, just your run-of-the-mill cemetery obsession and vacations centered around a genealogy mission.
2193made a phone call to a possible distant relation - it wasn't, but I'm still looking!
2196Several years ago we were visiting graveyards in Missouri looking for ancestors tombstones and dates, etc. In a tiny town in northern MO we stopped and asked some children where the cemetery was located and they pointed us up a hill where we found it. All six of us got out and started looking for our ancestors names. As we were not finding anything a black man who had been mowing came over to ask if he could help. When we told him the name he said "I don't think there were any black folks by that name around here". As caucaisons we were shocked and thanked him but burst out laughing when we returned to our van! While not extreme it has been a source of laughs at ourselves! There was absolutely no clue that it was a black cemetery!
2198talking on computer with people I dont know
2200Travelled to Ireland
2203Nothing extreme.
2204when I got more information than I thought I would get.
2205Nothing really "extreme." I have visited a lot of cemetaries, though.
2207Contacting people I don't know from phone book; retracing my grandfather's 1923 photo-documentary trip around Italy
2209I am new to genealogy, but today I went to the cemetery to request information about my great-grandmother.
2210Just searched Libraries,Cemeteries,Court Records...
2211Traveling to old homes, cemetarys, and taking taped interviews
2212Cold-calling specific surname in ancestral town.
2213Located birthmother at age 50
2216I met relatives in a restaurant for a planned lunch that I had never met before, and we were immediately "old friends." We sang family songs and seemed to be so much alike in so many ways. These people were my mother's first cousins and a few of their children were there also. There was a distinct family connection. I will never forget this incredible experience.
2218HI: Now thats a biggie, I moved from Indiana to Kentucky thinking it would be eaiser lol. Not a chance, because they use the same names, and everything is in a mess, still looking for father of James c. Holland born in whitley Kentucky, I dont ever think I will find him lol so many to chose from lol. but thank you for asking me this one because it gave me a laugh
2222I was able to track my mother's family lineage (on both her mother's side AND her father's side) to about the late 17th/early 18th century.
2223I don't concider anything extreme in searching family history.
2224I became very interested in my gggrandfather. I found a distant cousin in Lovelton,PA thru the internet and learned of an upcomming reunion. I went alone for 5 days and found the old family Grist Mill, cemetaries were ancestors were interred, and the old homestead where my gggrandfather was born. Then I felt that I needed to find out where he died. It took alot of searching because where he was buried (Oran, TX), the town had changed names 3 times! I weeped when I finally found his grave marker. I felt reunited and a very nice sense of closure.
2225I didn't realize the survey was still up so I am adding my story here. Lil Megan, Somehow I missed the survey and the question about the most extreme thing we had done for genealogy. So here goes, I thought you would enjoy our story even if it is too late to make the survey. My husband's maternal grandfather spent two years in Huntsville, TX prison back in 1900. We were in Huntsville trying to find information about the trial and what actually happened during that time. We visited the office of an old lawyer in downtown Huntsville. After talking with him for a some time he suggested we get the records from the prison. My husband asked how we would go about doing that and the lawyer said "just go to the front door of the prison and go in and ask". Well, we got back in the car and we looked at each other and after swallowing the lump of uncertainty in our throats we decided to go for it. We went in and told them we wanted the records of a prisoner from many years ago. They were very nice and directed us to another building where the prison records were stored. From there we were able to get a copy of the information taken from Nat Baker when he entered the prison. That is the most extreme adventure we have had doing this thing called genealogy. Lil in Texas
2226Seaching to determine exact heritage.
2227Haven't done anything extreme - just plugging away with the PC, Internet and a pencil and paper!
2228Having no map or other helpful information, my brother and I found the ancient graves of two of our great great grandparents, in a large pasture with no obvious graves to be seen. Talk about a needle in a haystack. But we found them.
2229Every year for vacation, we would go visit graveyards. My youngest child (of five) was 10 before she asked why we did that instead of doing Disney Land. The next year we went to Orlando for Disney but just when the kids were getting seriously worried about me, we went to Lakeland Fl for two days to visit at my father's grave.
2230wrote to a white family to ask if we had shared ancestry. she did not respond to the second inquiry
2231I now plan every vacation with some kind of research trip and have palanned where I am going for the next coupla years. My son and I did a round trip from Colorado to Lousiana to Iowa to Colorado just reasearch.
2233Crawl through a semi-deserted graveyard, bent like a hairpin, trying to read inscriptions, trying to find my step-great great grandfather. Ended up platting the whole cemetery in an effort to determine if he or other family members were buried there. He wasn't. They weren't.
2234Bought a travel trailer and dragged my husband and then 5 and 2 year old children from my home in Southern California to Southern Alberta in search of information on an ancestor.
2235Found my grandfather's grave in Philadelphia, Pa., and my uncle bought a memorial stone for him. The cemetery was very well kept.
2236contacted people in queries who are interested in my family (such as an uncle or a cousin.
2237Traveled alone across the country twice in 2001 & 2002 for 3 months to visit and research my ancestors.
2238Spending my vacation time walking cemeteries - an embarrassment to my son!
2239Spending hours sitting in front of a computer looking backwards in time and enjoying it.
2241I am writng a letter in Polish to send to my grandmothers birth town to verify an inconsistancy in birth information. I am using computer links helps to write in Polish.
2242Chased one line down to the 1200's
2243Visited the Richelieu River valley in Quebec to find ancestral towns of my French Canadian heritage and to visit the burial place of an unredeemed"ancestor captured in 1704 Deerfield Massacre.
2244DNA tested
2245Nothing yet.....give me some time....
2246Sent a gourmet gift package to my aunt, who's been sharing her research with me. I know, not that extreme.
2247Chose Quebec as my honeymoon spot so we could visit the graves of my ancestors.
2249Cold mailing to addresses found on White Pages
2250Research in Switzerland and England
2251visited a distant relative with a common ancestor
2254Visited a distant relative that I had never met, except on a genealogical message board
2255Driving 5000 miles to check out family sites
2256I plan all vacations around genealogy research.
2258Visited the PRO in England - 13,000 miles away.
2263Become as involved in another person's quest as if it were my own.
2264stay awake all night searching databases and transcribing information
2265Nothing that I would consider extreme.
2267I am going to another state to survey a cemetery that has lots of my ancestors. I am doing this for other searchers to be able to find them. I was disappointed to not find them when I first started searching.
2268Walking through deep snow in New Hampshire looking for ancestors in the cemetery where many of them were buried in the 1800's.
2269Planning a trip to Ireland & England.
2270I traveled 60 miles from here around 1980 to visit two elderly women who were friends of my grandmother and knew my great-grandmother. Write to a distant cousin in Sweden.
2272Grave hunting for my wifes's Grandpa's Brother who no one knew existed because he died of a decease and was buried away from all other populations
2273Climb up several shelves about 20 feet in a courthouse storage area to try and locate some old marriage books. ( I did this with out a ladder. They did not have one, I had to promise not to SUE if I fell). I did not fall and found proof of the marriage I had been trying to find for over ten years !
2276Getting my little brother whom I hadn't been in contact with for some time to actually swab his cheek and send in his DNA sample for a test.
2278Stayed up for two days with no sleep (46 total hours) searching for particular information online
2281Treveled by myself to a foreign country
2282Found a German 3rd cousin's address in online telephone book and wrote a letter. Spent a week of 9-hr days researching in Salt Lake City. Attended 2-week intensive course in Old German Script. I guess none of that is really extreme ....
2283Travel to New York for a conference.
2284Spent three years fighting a "letter war" with the bureaucracy in New York State to get the records of my grandfather's stay in teh New York State Hospital at Utica, culminating with a trip to face bureaucrats in person.
2285Checked out my family homestead, French Park, in Caltra Ireland.
2287I don't consider anything I've done "extreme"-----yet!
2289Find a cemetery where some of my ancestors are buired in another state, only knowing what part of the county they had lived in and the name of the cemetery. Then tell my friend that if anybody showed up while we were there that person would be kin to me. The caretaker of the cemetery showed up and he was kin to me.
2291Nothing really extreme, I mailed letters to all the families I could find with the last name Kipe, which is what I'm researching.
2293many family vacations searching through distant cemeteries
2294Have yet to do anything extreme, but I am thinking about a trip to places unknown for research!
2295Started a DNA Project!!!!
2296We travelled from the Panhandle of Texas to Oktibbeha County Mississippi. I had done much research via Internet and found no additional information in libraries, court houses or cemeteries. We could have saved alot of money if we had known the Internet offered as much as making the trip.
2298Any city I went to I used the phone book and called everyone with my sir name and asked questions. Why did I call was the most asked question...was I a bill collector, did I want money, was I trying to find an errant parent? I didn't get much help but surely I must have planted a seed of curiosity.
2299Take a week-long trip with a friend to look for information on our families, having little money and few leads.
2300Seaching at the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh, PA
2301I wouldn't say I have done anything extreme, YET, but I have wandered through a very decrepit and seemingly untended old cemetary in Ireland looking for evidence of ancesters resting places. That was an experience in itself. I was constantly aware that the plots could cave in at any moment with me landing square in the middle of a coffin or tomb.
2302Spent part of my vacation dragging my spouse to visit cemeteries
2305extracted all references from 350 years of catholic/germany/Latin church books
2306Visited the archive of church-books in Jämtland, Sweden, with the help of newly-connected cousins.
2307Run up a phone bill trying to find the resting place of probate documents in New York State. Have a start, the basic document, Now need to find out if there is any more. Also hired a researcher for this. Traveled to a genealogy conference because the main speaker's topic was researching in NY. Got some good info from speaking to the speaker.
2308Not something I did, but I have a picture of a 'ghost' face on a tombstone.
2309putting the family details on the interent, which bore fruit from family, Mother's Father and Father's Mother,on whom I had little or no information.
2310Made a special time in our European trip to visit Swizerland and Holland to do genealogy research.
2311Connected my mother with her mother. They were separated for 52 years.
2312Visit the Mormon library in Salt Lake City, Utah.
2313talked to someone i did not know