Mar 29, 2010

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Mapping Your Ancestors

Weeks 7 and 8 of the 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy were all about online map collections with the first exercise looking at Google Maps. Although I have briefly looked at Google Maps online, I have not really taken the time to explore it from a family history perspective. I started by putting in my own address here in Melbourne and up came a street directory map but by switching to a satellite image I was able to...

Mar 20, 2010

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Why You Should Attend Genealogy Expos and Seminars...

The past week has been very busy with three genealogy events and while I do feel a bit weary, it was a worthwhile experience going to all three. The first was the Second Australian Jewish Genealogy conference in Melbourne where I was giving a talk on Caring For Your Family Records. I have never had any involvement with Jewish genealogy before so listening to the other speakers was extremely interesting. I had thought tracing my Norwegian ancestors was...

Mar 16, 2010

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52 weeks to Better Genealogy – Challenge 6 Online databases...

Challenge 6 in the 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy challenge is about using online databases at your local library. I never seem to get time to go to the library much less spend time there doing research. The best time of the day for me to research is between 4-6am and libraries aren’t open then. At that time of day, the family is still asleep, the house is quiet, I can simply please myself, so it is the...

Mar 12, 2010

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Caring for your Family Records

My presentation on Caring for your Family Records at the Second National Australian Jewish Genealogy Conference in Melbourne last weekend was very well received. I had intended to spend the whole day at the conference but we experienced some minor roof damage from the previous nights’ storm and minor flooding in the lounge room which delayed us a bit. We arrived just in time for the two talks before lunch, and my talk was one of three concurrent...

Mar 6, 2010

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Letters Home – My Irish Families...

This week’s blog is my contribution to the Carnival of Irish Heritage & Culture, 18th edition With four gg grandparents born in Ireland it is no wonder that I am interested in Irish heritage and culture. Of the four it is only my gg grandmother Maria Jeffers who gives me any real insight into her life back in Ireland. However, I will also outline the other Irish gg grandparents just in case someone else is interested in those...