Dec 28, 2009

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New Year Genie Aspirations – In 2010 I Will...

Maintain my health and fitness program so that I will have the energy and strength to do the next 9 items. It is too easy to get mesmerised by the computer or the fascination of the library, book or whatever. Without regular breaks my back starts to ache, my joints stiffen up and my brain overloads and I start to dither. If I don’t make the effort to leave the house or telephone someone, I find myself telling...

Dec 23, 2009

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50 Australian Websites For Family History...

Christmas Greetings! There are numerous ‘best of’ lists but rarely do they include Australian websites. This list reflects my own interests but I would welcome suggestions and would love to make it a Top 100 list. Some websites fitted more than one category, especially the State archives and libraries as some of them have very active access and digitisation programs. However I have only included them in one category so be sure to explore the whole site and...

Dec 17, 2009

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No Time For Family History

Many years ago I bought a slim Federation of Family History Societies publication by Eve McLaughlin entitled No Time For Family History? and this was largely in the pre personal computer days. Back then we were busy people and we squeezed the family history in by not doing the housework or forgetting to feed the pets or worse still, the family. Now in these computer driven days, I am finding I have even less time because when I...

Dec 11, 2009

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Living Relatives – Don’t Waste Opportunity...

This week’s blog sees me back in Brisbane at my mother’s. Over the last few months I seem to have spent more time in Brisbane than I have in years. Mum’s illness also means that I have spent more time with her than I have in decades and at a time when she is not able to do things herself. This has meant that I have had to get involved with her finances, what is kept where in...

Dec 4, 2009

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Serendipity or Advertising Your Ancestors...

I finished last week’s blog  by saying that Serendipity would guide this week’s  entry. Fortunately Serendipity was kind to me and I can report that it does pay to advertise your ancestors in publications, on websites and on social networking sites like Facebook. In the December issue of Australian Family Tree Connections I had an article on finding your ancestors in church publications. As always I use examples from my own family history. The magazine has only been...