Jan 28, 2011

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52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History Week 4 – Home...

I’m participating in the 52 weeks of personal genealogy and history challenge. This week’s challenge is to describe the home we grew up in. This is much easier for me as my parents stayed in the same place for the whole of their married life. Not like their gypsy daughter! We moved there shortly after my brother was born and I was still a young child. Before that we had been living in a small place behind some...

Jan 25, 2011

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My Ancestor Approved Award

I am honoured and delighted to have been nominated for the Ancestor Approved Award by both Kerrie Farmer and Judy Webster. The Award was created by Leslie Ann Ballou to acknowledge genealogy blogs that are ‘full of tips and tricks as well as funny and heartwarming stories’. Recipients are asked to list ten surprising, humbling or enlightening aspects of their research, and to pass on the award to ten other researchers. Here are my lists. Aspects of My Research...

Jan 25, 2011

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Australia Day 2011 My Earliest Documents...

This is my contribution to the Australia Day blogging theme suggested by Twigs of Yore celebrating our earliest connections and documents in Australia. By the time my son was born, I had been tracing my own family history for ten years and I knew that my earliest ancestors arrived in the early 1860s and later. I was deeply disappointed that I didn’t have any convicts having studied early Australian history at university. That early period of our history...

Jan 24, 2011

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Online Genealogy Courses

Last year while on the Unlock the Past history and genealogy roadshow I met and got to know Louise St Denis, Director of the National Institute for Genealogical Studies (NIGS). On the New Zealand part of the trip I also met up with Kerrie Farmer, the new Director, Australian Studies (NIGS). As part of the roadshow, attendees were able to sign up for a free course on Methodology and mine starts in February. I am really looking forward...

Jan 19, 2011

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52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History – Week 3 Cars...

This week’s topic is one that I do have clear memories of. As a teenager I wasn’t all that fussed on getting a driver’s license and in fact, I was in my early 20s before I obtained my first driver’s license. By then I was married and my husband had a blue volkswagen but we replaced it shortly after I got my license with a Honda Civic which I really loved. However that marriage didn’t last and sadly...

Jan 12, 2011

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52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History – Week 2 Winter...

Like Week 1 in this series 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History, I am finding it hard to remember things from my childhood. I simply cannot remember winter in Queensland although I was there for over 40 years which seems unbelievable. However I think I didn’t really appreciate winter and the other seasons of the year until I went to live in Canberra in 1999. Canberra is a city where you do experience all the seasons and...

Jan 10, 2011

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My 2011 Genealogy Aspirations

It has taken me a little while to finally decide on what I want to focus on in 2011. My review of my 2010 aspirations made me realise I was really trying to  do too much in too many areas. The five key areas I have decided on are: 1. Write up my mother’s Price family history, including photographs and other illustrations in time for her 77th birthday 2. Learn more about DNA from a genealogy perspective and...

Jan 3, 2011

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52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History – Week 1 New Year’s Day...

Well I have just signed up for another 52 weeks of improving my genealogy skills with Geneabloggers. Last year’s theme was Better Genealogy and this year the theme is Personal Genealogy & History. The first week is looking at New Year’s Day traditions in the family and sad to say I can’t remember any times we celebrated new year but we must have. I know every year my parents and younger brother and I used to go down...