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 share it with other family members and put it online for future generations. How did the first month go? Two main observations – you have to be ruthless and you can’t let yourself be side tracked by what you are rediscovering and had forgotten about. Two 4 drawer filing cabinets These contain paper documents, research notes, correspondence and lots of very faded photocopies, rusty staples and paper clips. They are organised by surname and some surnames have subdivisions by given names. There are also some place files. I first started this system in 1977 hence the faded copies and rust. As much of this information is now online, I tackled this area first. Randomly selecting files and going through them, I managed to get rid of a lot of paper. Printouts of electoral rolls, convict records, wills, and similar records are now online, plus I have entered the data into the software program or my draft family history for that family. Over the last few years I have also captured digital images of these documents but I will tackle those when I get to the digital files do over. Remember don’t get sidetracked. There was also lots of correspondence mostly generated by the old GRDs (Genealogical Research Directories) of the 1980s and 1990s. I seem to have kept everything even if it wasn’t related to my family. All gone, ruthless is now my middle name. Today we can look for people researching the same families online, which just wasn’t possible last century. That statement makes me feel so old! Another observation is that I couldn’t decide on what to do with some ‘stuff’ so rather than get sidetracked I refiled it for a further sort another time. Obviously I didn’t manage to cull every file but I did free up two drawers. Very liberating. Mum’s Photographs...

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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 many places and prior to every move I have tried to downsize by giving away books and journals no longer wanted. Since my last move, I have made a serious attempt to reduce the number of filing cabinets and to start writing up draft family histories. As you would expect, over the last 40 something years, I have a wide range of recordkeeping that also reflects changing technology over that time. My health treatment will last for at least the next 12 months. Perfect for a blog challenge and will give me a practical exercise to focus on and write about. At the end of the challenge I hope to have just about everything digital although there will always be paper copies of documents such as certificates and original photos and other items (with scanned images). At the Waves in Time conference on the Sunshine Coast in May 2019, Barb Toohey gave an excellent talk on Who Wants My Records? Many of her suggestions I already follow but she made me realise that I need to be a lot more ruthless. Our back bedroom is my study – it has bookcases on two walls floor to ceiling, two four drawer filing cabinets, 2 one draw filing cabinets and the built-in wardrobe has another bookcase and shelving for binders, photographs and albums. Then there is my work desk with four drawers and a folding table which simply seems to collect anything and everything. Every shelf is crowded and altogether would not fit into the boot of anyone’s car. There are 12 months for this project – 12 goals? – What do I want to realistically achieve? My first 12 thoughts are (and in no particular order): 1 manilla folders in filing cabinets (paper information on families and correspondence) 2 genealogy journals some dating back decades 3 genealogy...

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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...

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...

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...

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...