Mar 27, 2020

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Preparing Your Family Records for Hand Over Month 4 Progress Report...

Preparing Your Family Records for Hand Over Month 4 Progress Report

In November 2019 I set a 12 month personal genealogy blog challenge – Preparing Your Family History for Hand Over in the Future. Read about the issues I am going to tackle over the next 12 months and follow my progress. It is obviously a topic that resonates with lots of other genealogists and family historians. Nobody wants to see their research thrown out so my plan is to sort it, downsize, digitise, write the family stories and share it with other family members and put it online for future generations. How did the first three months go? Read about Month 1 here. and Month 2 here and Month 3 here. Thanks to all those people who have been commenting on my blog posts – I quite often forget to go back and see if there are any comments! It is nice to know that others are also tackling this project as it is one that we all face eventually. The feedback through Facebook and on the blog has been wonderful and has kept me motivated. Month 4 Wow what a lot has happened in the last month. Three months ago I had no idea that I would end up staying at home with nothing to do thanks to COVID-19 except family history (and ok, perhaps the odd bit of cleaning and other domestic chores). What I am finding hard is not having the personal interaction with my U3A genealogy classes and being out and about talking at various libraries and societies. I really love sharing my successes and knowledge with others so it was disappointing to have everything cancelled. Thank goodness for the internet as we can still all keep in touch with email, Facebook, and other social media. As I was away for two weeks in March, progress on the tidy up has been slower but no doubt I will catch up and perhaps even surpass my earlier efforts in the coming months. My easy target this month was tidying up all the study desk drawers. What it made me realise is that I have far too many pens and pencils! I have accumulated these over the years from various genealogy conferences and other events. It seems to take forever to use up a pen these days as mostly we type everything. Perhaps I...

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Mar 21, 2020

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Unlock the Past Tasmanian Cruise Mar 2020 Report Part Two...

Unlock the Past Tasmanian Cruise Mar 2020 Report Part Two

This is a continuation of the recent Unlock the Past genealogy cruise. Read Part One here which covers the first three days. Kangaroo Island (part of South Australia) was the only port we spent time in. Day 4 did not go to plan – we were supposed to do scenic cruising in Wineglass Bay, Tasmania in the afternoon but instead the Captain told us we were returning to Adelaide as the cruise was cancelled. So no visits to Hobart, Port Arthur or Burnie. We have been to Tasmania many times but others hadn’t and were very disappointed. As it would take another full day at sea to get back, we were still able to have most of the remaining presentations. My first presentation on Day 4 was Rosemary Kopittke talking about The Genealogist and how to search it and how it can be useful in breaking down brickwalls. You can search using various filters and not just a surname. That can be useful if you think the surname may be spelt wrong. It is also very good for non-conformist records. There are various subscription packages. Then Else Churchill talked about 19th century newspapers, 18th century journals, local directories and poll books. She packed a remarkable lot of information into the time. Looking forward to going through the handout at a more leisurely pace. Else referred to the Gibson Guides a number of times in her talks, and I still have them all on my bookshelf. Nice to know they are still relevant. Connected Histories is a website you might want to check out if you have not already done so. Hamish did his talk from the previous evening about linking records to tell the whole story. Digitising records helps us to do that. Lunch followed and then Alec Tritton spoke about Sea, sand and sail: employment of the sea. With many seafarers in the family I was most interested in this topic. There were so many websites mentioned I will have to refer back to the handout. One he mentioned was the Royal Museums Greenwich website and in particular Research Guide B5. After a coffee break I went to Geoff Barber’s talk on The English Manor and Copyhold Property. It was during his talk that we heard the announcements about the cancelled cruise. Hard to...

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Mar 19, 2020

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Unlock the Past Tasmanian Cruise Mar 2020 Report Part One...

Unlock the Past Tasmanian Cruise Mar 2020 Report Part One

We live in interesting times thanks to the coronavirus. Sadly some people could not make it, including one of the speakers Kerry Farmer. For those on board, the genealogy talks were fantastic and lots to keep us interested during the day and evening. The cruise left Adelaide and we all eagerly gathered to meet and greet the speakers the first afternoon and catch up with each other. Afterwards quite a few of the group had dinner at Angelos...

Feb 15, 2020

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Preparing Your Family History Records For Hand Over Month 3 Progress Report...

Preparing Your Family History Records For Hand Over Month 3 Progress Report

In November 2019 I set a 12 month personal genealogy blog challenge – Preparing Your Family History for Hand Over in the Future. Read about the issues I am going to tackle over the next 12 months and follow my progress. It is obviously a topic that resonates with lots of other genealogists and family historians. Nobody wants to see their research thrown out so my plan is to sort it, downsize, digitise, write the family stories and...

Jan 19, 2020

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Preparing Your Family History Records for Hand Over – Month 2 Progress Report...

Preparing Your Family History Records for Hand Over – Month 2 Progress Report

In November 2019 I set a 12 month personal genealogy blog challenge – Preparing Your Family History for Hand Over in the Future. Read about the issues I am going to tackle over the next 12 months and follow my progress. It is obviously a topic that resonates with lots of other genealogists and family historians. Nobody wants to see their research thrown out so my plan is to sort it, downsize, digitise, write the family stories and...

Jan 2, 2020

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Accentuate the Positive Geneameme 2019...

Accentuate the Positive Geneameme 2019

Each year since 2012 (except for 2018) Jill Ball invites the genealogy community to take part in this activity by responding to the following statements/questions in a blog post. Write as much or as little as you want and complete as many statements as you wish. If you wish to take part and don’t have a blog email Jill your responses and she will post them on her GeniAus blog. Once you have done so please share your post’s...

Dec 15, 2019

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Preparing Your Family History Records for Handover – Month 1 progress report...

Preparing Your Family History Records for Handover – Month 1 progress report

In November 2019 I set a 12 month personal genealogy blog challenge – Preparing Your Family History for Hand Over in the Future. Read about the issues I am going to tackle over the next 12 months and follow my progress. It is obviously a topic that resonates with lots of other genealogists and family historians. Nobody wants to see their research thrown out so my plan is to sort it, downsize, digitise, write the family stories and...

Nov 17, 2019

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Preparing Your Family History Records For Hand Over in the Future...

Preparing Your Family History Records For Hand Over in the Future

Recent health issues have made me realise, more than ever, that if our family history is not well organised and compact then no one is going to want it. Having started way back in 1977 my records are a mix of paper and digital, there are books, genealogy journals, photos, negatives, albums, memorabilia, genealogy software and several laptops, hard drives, USBs, online trees and Cloud files. Not to mention social media and all those passwords. I’ve lived in...

Sep 7, 2019

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Sydney DNA Down Under Report Part 2 Aug 2019...

Sydney DNA Down Under Report Part 2 Aug 2019

I was privileged to be an ambassador for the Unlock the Past DNA Down Under tour and went to both the one day Brisbane and 3 day Sydney events. Read about my report for Brisbane here. As Sydney was over 3 days I have written the report in two parts. Read about Days 1-2 here. This post is about Day 3 and a general overall review. The third day was a bit sad as quite a few of...

Sep 4, 2019

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Sydney DNA Down Under Report Part 1 Aug 2019...

Sydney DNA Down Under Report Part 1 Aug 2019

I was privileged to be an ambassador for the Unlock the Past DNA Down Under tour and went to both the one day Brisbane and 3 day Sydney events. Read about my report for Brisbane here. As Sydney was over 3 days I will report first on Days 1 and 2 and then a second blog post for Day 3 and an overall review. A lot of DNA topics were covered and I was really glad to have...