Apr 24, 2019

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Waves in Time – Meet the Speakers – Barb Toohey...

Waves in Time – Meet the Speakers – Barb Toohey

I  am a proud ambassador for the upcoming Waves in Time conference on the Sunshine Coast. Ambassadors are doing a series of blog posts on speakers and sponsors to help promote the conference and get the excitement going. My sixth and final speaker interview is with Barb Toohey from Canberra. We have asked her a set of questions to learn more about her interest in archives and history. Questions are in italics. I wonder if you could tell us a little about your background?  Are you a genealogist, researcher, historian or representing your organisation? I am a researcher who started creating my first family tree in 1973 after mum died – as well as a photo album for her family.   I only had one grandparent left to ask at that time, so much of my family tree has been a journey of  discovery. My working career involved teaching, technical training, and data analysis and I have had a life time involvement with many sports as a competitor, organiser and parent. Many busy years elapsed before I employed a staff member who taught me the tricks of researching family history – helpful if you can take the boss to the library for extended lunch hours!  Now I have become a very busy retiree who is involved with the local Genealogy Society in Canberra, playing and teaching competition Bridge, training and teaching dog sports, volunteering  on the 140 year old original Murray River paddlesteamer “Enterprise”at the National Museum of Australia, plus travelling whenever I can find a gap in my schedule. What do you love most about genealogy/family history/history/heraldry?  All these activities have broadened my life experiences and widened my circle of friends – not to mention the extra kms I travel every year.   The house and gardening are not on my “to do” list!   I love the research and discovery of family history and it doesn’t really matter whose family I am working on.   The writing and publishing is more of a struggle for me – but that is where I am at now. Have you attended a History Queensland Conference in previous years? No. What are your key topics for the Waves in Time Conference? How do you think your topic/s will help the family & local historians at the Waves in Time Conference? I am also facing the issue of what to do with all my research work – hence my topic.  This is a task I...

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Apr 22, 2019

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Waves in Time – Meet the Speakers – Cara Downes, National Archives of Australia...

Waves in Time – Meet the Speakers – Cara Downes, National Archives of Australia

I  am a proud ambassador for the upcoming Waves in Time conference on the Sunshine Coast. Ambassadors are doing a series of blog posts on speakers and sponsors to help promote the conference and get the excitement going. My fifth speaker interview is with Cara Downes from the National Archives of Australia. We have asked her a set of questions to learn more about her interest in archives and history. Questions are in italics. I wonder if you could tell us a little about your background?  Are you a genealogist, researcher, historian or representing your organisation? I will be representing the National Archives of Australia, where I have worked for the past 15 years in a public access role. What do you love most about genealogy/family history/history/heraldry?  I have always had a strong interest in history and I love using the records in the National Archives to connect people to their family stories. Have you attended a History Queensland Conference in previous years? No, so I’m very much looking forward to this one. What are your key topics for the Waves in Time Conference? I will be speaking about the history of Chinese migration to Queensland and the types of records that can be found documenting Chinese people in the National Archives collection. The history of Chinese migration to Australia is one of many trials and tribulations, with the ‘White Australia  Policy’ greatly controlling the movement and rights of Chinese people. Past Colonial and Commonwealth Government policies have left a wealth of documents through which we can explore their lives. The records reveal a diverse range of information and photographs on Chinese people who made Queensland their home. How do you think your topic/s will help the family & local historians at the Waves in Time Conference? Researching Chinese family history can be challenging due to variations of names and the way they were recorded by Government officials. This topic will shed light on the types of records that are useful for Chinese family history research and provide tips on how to find them. Do you have a favourite piece of advice or a tip or trick you can share with conference attendees? If you can’t find a record of a person on a database, make sure you try as many variations of spelling as possible. Also begin your search broadly...

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Apr 17, 2019

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Waves in Time – Meet the Speakers – Michelle Patient, The Patient Genie...

Waves in Time – Meet the Speakers – Michelle Patient, The Patient Genie

I  am a proud ambassador for the upcoming Waves in Time conference on the Sunshine Coast. Ambassadors are doing a series of blog posts on speakers and sponsors to help promote the conference and get the excitement going. My fourth speaker interview is with Michelle Patient, also known as The Patient Genie. We have asked her a set of questions to learn more about her interest in archives and history. Questions are in italics. I wonder if you could tell...

Apr 6, 2019

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Waves in Time – Meet the Speakers – Dan Kelly, Boolarong Press...

Waves in Time – Meet the Speakers – Dan Kelly, Boolarong Press

I am a proud ambassador for the upcoming Waves in Time conference on the Sunshine Coast. Ambassadors are doing a series of blog posts on speakers and sponsors to help promote the conference and get the excitement going. My third interview is with Dan Kelly from Boolarong Press. We have asked him a set of questions to learn more about his interest in publishing and history. Questions are in italics. I wonder if you could tell us a little about...

Mar 23, 2019

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Waves in Time – Meet the Speakers – Jason Reeve, Ancestry...

Waves in Time – Meet the Speakers – Jason Reeve, Ancestry

I  am a proud ambassador for the upcoming Waves in Time conference on the Sunshine Coast. Ambassadors are doing a series of blog posts on speakers and sponsors to help promote the conference and get the excitement going. My second speaker interview is with Jason Reeve from Ancestry. We have asked him a set of questions to learn more about his interest in archives and history. Questions are in italics. I wonder if you could tell us a little about...

Mar 17, 2019

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Finding Female Ancestors – International Women’s Month...

Finding Female Ancestors – International Women’s Month

March is International Women’s Month and previous years I have blogged about my own female ancestors. Time flies as I thought I wrote about My Four Great Grandmothers last year, but it was back in 2016. This year I decided to write about some of my favourite resources for finding women. Women can often be hard to locate as they were not often mentioned in the records. If they were, it might have been as Mrs Price, or Mrs...

Mar 12, 2019

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Waves in Time 2019 – Meet the Speakers – Niles Elvery, Queensland State Archives...

Waves in Time 2019 – Meet the Speakers – Niles Elvery, Queensland State Archives

I am a proud ambassador for the upcoming Waves in Time conference on the Sunshine Coast. Ambassadors are doing a series of blog posts on speakers and sponsors to help promote the conference and get the excitement going. My first speaker interview is with Niles Elvery from the Queensland State Archives. We have asked him a set of questions to learn more about his interest in archives and history. Questions are in italics. I wonder if you could...

Jan 15, 2019

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Trove Tuesday – Karisma Estate, Toorbul & the Carnegie Family...

Trove Tuesday – Karisma Estate, Toorbul & the Carnegie Family

My great great great grandparents John and Helen Carnegie are buried in the only surviving grave in the old Toorbul cemetery, now a historic reserve. I have found all types of records about the family and their oyster leases in Pumicestone Passage after they settled there in the 1870s. When I started researching the family history in the late 1970s, local historian Stan Tutt gave me some photos he had taken of the family home at Toorbul which...

Jan 12, 2019

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My Favourite 25 Australasian Websites...

My Favourite 25 Australasian Websites

Back in December 2009 I wrote a blog post 50 Australian Websites for Family History and it is interesting to see what has changed in just nine short years. Most are still there, some have changed names, some have disappeared or been absorbed into other sites and of course, there is even more content online today. I ended that post with perhaps there should be a Top 100 list. Now my thoughts are that the list should be...

Dec 31, 2018

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Finding Truth in Family History Through DNA...

Finding Truth in Family History Through DNA

Since 1977 I have been tracing my family history through the more traditional methods. Buying certificates, using archives and libraries and perhaps most importantly talking to the ‘oldies’ and learning what they knew about our family. By 2015 I thought I knew it all – I’d uncovered lots of family skeletons, discovered their crimes, their secrets and all the hardships along the way. I didn’t think there were any surprises left. Then along came Ancestry DNA in 2015...