Sep 21, 2018

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Review of Unlock the Past in Seattle One Day Seminar...

Review of Unlock the Past in Seattle One Day Seminar

In conjunction with the Unlock the Past genealogy cruise to Alaska (a separate blog post to follow), there was a one day seminar in Seattle open to cruise registrants as well as those in the Seattle area of the USA. There were four speakers – Blaine Bettinger, Maurice Gleeson, Cyndi Ingle and Wayne Shepheard. The event was also live streamed and recorded for those unable to attend. As with any conference with multiple streams, it was often a tough choice of which session to attend. I am also registered for the recorded sessions, so once they become available, then I can see what I missed on the day. I went with the DNA stream and listened to four talks by Blaine Bettinger: Using Y-DNA and mtDNA to explore your ancestry Using Autosomal DNA for 18th and 19th century mysteries Using Third Party Tools to Analyze Your Autosomal DNA Phasing and Mapping Your DNA. Overall Blaine was easy to understand and follow his examples but I wondered how basic his talks were to the majority of the audience. If you were totally new to the topic then it was a great introduction but if you were already across the basics and looking for more, then you may have been a little disappointed. The last two talks were most relevant for me but I was already aware of Gedmatch and DNA Painter and have phased my results. Understanding what all my matches mean and which ones to actively follow up is my challenge and I did pick up some pointers for when I next have time to sit down and analyse my results. I also went to Cyndi Ingle‘s The Hidden Web: Digging Deeper which was all about maximising your searches on the internet. Google searches web pages but doesn’t search dynamic databases where you enter your own search terms and results are collated at that point in time only. Advanced searching, use of wild cards and searching smaller individual databases within a bigger collection may turn up better results. As a former archivist and librarian, it was a talk that I could really relate too and the searching techniques are what I try to demonstrate in my own talks. Although it is ever so tempting to just try our luck in the bigger search pools!...

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Aug 15, 2018

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National Family History Month 2018 Review of Talks Attended...

National Family History Month 2018 Review of Talks Attended

August is National Family History Month in Australia and there are lots of events across Australia and in the first half of the month I have been to three events. First there was the FamilySearch Discovery Day at Forest Glen which was an all day series of talks across four streams. You cannot go to everything so some hard decisions have to be made. Fortunately my first choice was Brenda Wheeler’s session on English parish chest records and it was comprehensive with Brenda showing some wonderful examples of all the different kinds of records that might be found in the parish chest. These are not always indexed, may be hard to read or even written in Latin. But if your ancestors stayed in the one parish over a generation or more, then it could really be worthwhile to delve into the parish chest. With sessions two and three, I did not have a choice as I first gave a talk on why it is good to blog your family stories and then second was a session on free digital resources available through Australian archives and libraries. Both presentations are on the Resources page of my website, scroll down to Presentations. In between there was a delicious lunch of soup and sandwiches and time to chat with other attendees. The final session of the day that I attended was Judith Grimes talking about writing and publishing family history and why local history can be a very important part of family history research. I particularly liked the 18 writing tips and Judith had a few handouts to give attendees ideas on what to write – there were 52 stories for families or 52 stories in 52 weeks. This session tied in nicely with my one on blogging although you do not have to have a blog to start writing up your family stories and memories now. It was a good day and there were quite a few people there that I knew from Nambour, Buderim, Caloundra, Hervey Bay, Kingaroy and other places in south east Queensland. Going to events like this is a great way to make new friends and to learn about new resources or simply get motivated to do your research or writing. The next event I went to was at Caboolture Library (part...

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Jul 24, 2018

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Trove Tuesday – Family Weddings & What They Wore...

Trove Tuesday – Family Weddings & What They Wore

My son was married yesterday so my thoughts have been all around weddings. So for my first Trove Tuesday post in a while I looked for weddings on my mother’s side of the family. Mum’s cousins were all much older than her and some of them even married before she was born. Mum was the last of 10 children and her father Henry Price was the 6th of 10 children so there were lots of cousins. When I first...

Jun 12, 2018

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Report on Unlock the Past Perth genealogy seminar, 8-9 Jun 2018...

Report on Unlock the Past Perth genealogy seminar, 8-9 Jun 2018

Unlock the Past held a genealogy and local history two day seminar in Perth on 8-9 June 2018 at the State Library of Western Australia. Friday’s program started with a comprehensive talk on Immigration to Australia by Kerry Farmer. This covered everything from the arrival of convicts, free settlers, emigration schemes and certainly gave the audience  lots to think about. In the break someone said that their ancestor still ‘swam’ and I think there will always be those...

May 17, 2018

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Review of The Wicked Trade and The Suffragette’s Secret: genealogical crime mysteries...

Review of The Wicked Trade and The Suffragette’s Secret: genealogical crime mysteries

This is the latest book covering the adventures of fictional forensic genealogist, Morton Farrier by UK author Nathan Dylan Goodwin. It combines the short story of The Suffragette’s Secret with the full-length novel The Wicked Trade. A lovely double dose of Morton Farrier! Usually when I finish one Morton Farrier adventure I want to read another one straight away – my wish was granted. The Suffragette’s Secret is the story of a militant suffragette who is the great...

May 1, 2018

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Trove Tuesday – Voyage of the Chyebassa to Queensland in 1883...

Trove Tuesday – Voyage of the Chyebassa to Queensland in 1883

My great grandfather Herbert William White was from Farley in Wiltshire and he arrived in Townsville, Queensland on board the Chyebassa on 8 March 1883. Trove is a fantastic resource for locating information about an ancestor’s voyage to Australia. It’s not just digitised newspapers and in this blog post, I look at newspapers, books and photographs and make some interesting discoveries. By 1883 the trip was much easier than earlier voyages and in some respects, it seems almost...

Apr 3, 2018

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Trove Tuesday – Gone Home to Ireland But Still Remembered Here?...

Trove Tuesday – Gone Home to Ireland But Still Remembered Here?

So much for trying to do a Trove Tuesday post once a month! My last post was back in January and February/March went past way too fast. I am getting in early for April and maybe I will do two and get back on track. It is definitely worth while reviewing your research as new digitised newspapers are being added all the time. I can tell what is new as I use tags and lists when I find...

Mar 23, 2018

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Sydney Genealogy Congress 2018 Exhibitors & Summary...

Sydney Genealogy Congress 2018 Exhibitors & Summary

This is the last post in my series on the Bridging the Past & Future Congress 2018 in Sydney. Read the earlier daily posts – Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 and Day 4. Sponsors and exhibitors help to make a Congress happen. The two major sponsors were Ancestry and FamilySearch and there were numerous sponsors and supporters as reflected on the conference satchel. The Sydney Convention Centre is huge and all the exhibitors were spaced around the...

Mar 19, 2018

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Sydney Genealogy Congress 2018 Day 4 Report...

Sydney Genealogy Congress 2018 Day 4 Report

It seems to be taking me longer to write these reports than it was attending Congress. Thanks to those who have been reading the posts and exploring some of the website links shared. It’s not quite the same as attending but my learnings may help some of you too. Day 4 started with a sponsor presentation – this time it was FamilySearch and it was given by Thom Reed, an excellent speaker. He focused on all the ways...

Mar 17, 2018

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Sydney Genealogy Congress 2018 Day Three Report...

Sydney Genealogy Congress 2018 Day Three Report

I was remiss in the Day 2 report by not mentioning the wonderful gift I received as a speaker. These wonderful drink coasters are almost too good to use. A lovely memento of a great Congress. A plenary session with Paul Milner on English Research – 18th Century Sources and Indexes and he did an excellent job of squeezing a 100 years into 45 minutes. Regnal years, the calendar change in 1752, Lord Hardwicke’s Marriage Act of 1753...