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 share it with other family members and put it online for future generations. How did the first month go? Read about it 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. How did the second month go? Read about it here. The feedback through Facebook and on the blog has been wonderful and is partly behind this Month 3 report. It would be too easy to let this project drop because it is huge and there are so many hard decisions to make. Month 3 has continued at a timely speed on things that don’t really matter. For example, old journals, books and resources are finding new homes with my U3A students. The paper family files continue to shrink but soon I will be at the point of ‘what to do with the rest’? Similarly weeding out the Mum’s family photos is now largely done and there is a small mountain of scanning – so far I haven’t managed to get sufficiently motivated but that day is getting closer. Memorabilia is proving to be a real stumbling block. What to do with my first pair of shoes? When I first found these quite a few years ago at the back of Mum’s cupboard I was totally surprised. With them was my first pony tail (proving that I definitely had red hair as a child), my Barbie doll and various other bits and pieces. I only kept the baby shoes but I can’t remember why. No one is interested in my first pair of shoes so why am I so hesitant to throw them in the...

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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 share it with other family members and put it online for future generations. How did the first month go? Read about it 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. Month 2 has been really successful even allowing for time out over Christmas and New Year. In fact the declutter is spreading out of the study – the medicine cupboard has been totally cleared of all out of date medicines and remember your local chemist can dispose of these for you. The pantry also had a really good clean out with the help of my friend Rosemary who visited over New Year. Amazing what finds itself pushed to the very back and gets forgotten about. These are jobs that usually happen when we move house but now that we are ‘never moving again’ it is seven years of out of date clutter! But back to genealogy. Last month I cleared two drawers in the filing cabinets so that I could put the ring binders in. Eventually these will also be pruned but for now they are tucked away. Not surprisingly there were more binders than two drawers so the rest have gone into the revamped shelves in the wardrobe. For some reason I seem to have collected a lot of empty boxes (shoes, books, parcels) and just chucked them onto the top shelf of the wardrobe. That shelf now has very little on it and what boxes are there have family history material to be sorted as part of this project. The other end of the wardrobe was also tidied up and non used...

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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...

Aug 17, 2019

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Brisbane DNA DownUnder Report Aug 2019...

Brisbane DNA DownUnder Report Aug 2019

Bribie Island is about an hour’s drive from the event venue and the highway traffic can be unpredictable. After an early start I arrived about 15 minutes before registration was about to commence. Totally shocked to find the car park almost full but I managed to get one of the last spots. Then more shock as I joined the queue to register and slowly shuffled in. There were some familiar faces in the crowd but also a lot...

Jun 13, 2019

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Waves in Time Family & Local History Conference, Queensland – Part 2...

Waves in Time Family & Local History Conference, Queensland – Part 2

This is the second blog post on my attendance at the Waves in Time Conference on the Sunshine Coast in May 2019. Read Part 1 here. Part 2 looks at the Conference over Saturday and Sunday. With the exception of the Keynotes, there was a dual program on both days. This obviously meant having to decide which session to attend. However, all speakers were asked to provide a handout and this was given to attendees on a USB....

Jun 1, 2019

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Waves in Time 2019 Family & Local History Conference – Queensland Part 1...

Waves in Time 2019 Family & Local History Conference – Queensland Part 1

After two years of waiting and planning, the 3rd biannual History Queensland family and local history conference is over. Waves in Time was a wonderful conference thanks to the extensive planning by Caloundra Family History Research and History Queensland. The venue was great, catering amazing, tasty and plentiful, speakers interesting and lots of tempting exhibitors to pass the time in between. Plus we got to catch up with old geneabuddies and make new ones. I even won a...