Accentuate the Positive Geneameme 2013

January 1st, 2014

Well known geneablogger Geniaus has again invited the genealogy blogging community to her annual Accentuate the Positive Geneameme. As usual I can’t resist the challenge so below are my responses to her twenty questions. Anyone can join in this activity in their own blog post but don’t forget to let Geniaus know too so that she can link all responses into her original blog post. Write as much or as little as you want.

Remember to accentuate the positive – please delete the statements that are not relevant to your situation.

1.  An elusive ancestor I found was – I didn’t discover anyone new but I did find out a lot more about my very elusive great grandmother Helen Carnegie! I’ve been asked to give a talk about the family at the Bribie Island Historical Society which I’m looking forward too.

2.  A precious family photo I found was – When unpacking all my study stuff in our new house, I rediscovered an old family photo album that was only found after my grandmother died in 1994. Mum, thinks it is the Carnegie family but she is not sure and of course there is no one left now to ask.

3.  An ancestor’s grave I found was – Strangely enough I don’t think I visited one cemetery this year but I have to visit the Carnegie grave in the Toorbul cemetery as I haven’t been back there since the late 1970s. The headstone is now shattered but I have a photograph of it still upright.

4.  An important vital record I found was – I discovered that Helen Carnegie and her second husband Charles Wademore Chick both left wills in New South Wales so I happily sent away for them. While the documents answered some questions, they raised yet more questions which is often the way in genealogy.

5.  A newly found family member who shared - A number of distant cousins on various family lines contacted me throughout the year, mainly finding me via Google and my blog posts on the families. It does pay to advertise!

6.  A geneasurprise I received was - After moving to Bribie Island we discovered that Max also had family connections to the area through his Burstow and Eldridge families (his mother’s side).

7.   My 2013 blog post that I was particularly proud of was – As voluntary national coordinator for National Family History Month I did quite a bit of blogging to help promote NFHM. Perhaps the post I am most proud of is the National Family History Month Launch 2013 blog as I outlined some of the changes I have introduced to this annual event each August.

8.   My 2013 blog post that received a large number of hits or comments was – For NFHM I drew up a list of 31 genealogy activities for researchers and 31 activities for genealogy and family history societies and these blogs attracted a lot of attention (to see all four blogs scroll through the August 2013 archive). Also Diary of an Australian Genealogist was selected by the National Library of Australia to be archived in their Pandora web archive reflecting the interest in that blog.

9.  A new piece of software I mastered was – I have bought a new piece of technology that allows me to plug into my laptop and then hear directly into my hearing aids, which avoids echoes and other background noises I was picking up when just using speakers or headphones.

10. A social media tool I enjoyed using for genealogy was – I still like Twitter for instant news but I find I am also picking up useful information from Facebook posts by my genealogy friends.

11. A genealogy conference/seminar/webinar from which I learnt something new was - I really learnt a lot from Paul Milner‘s presentations on the 3rd genealogy cruise with Unlock the Past. He gave some brilliant talks.

12. I am proud of the presentation I gave at/to - I went out to Chinchilla in western Queensland with Sue Reid from the Queensland Family History Society to give a one day seminar. We both gave two talks each (mine was on Trove and Google for Genealogy and Sue’s two talks were on online newspapers). Small groups in rural and regional areas don’t often have the opportunity to get experienced speakers so it was really good that the Chinchilla Family History Group received financial support from their local council to make the trip possible.

13. A journal/magazine article I had published was - I have had a series of articles published in Irish Lives Remembered and I have also had some pieces published in Inside History Magazine. I really enjoy writing!

14. I taught a friend how to – use an IPad. I’m self taught and when my local library ran a free ‘how to use your IPad’ I went along and learnt a few more things but I’m sure there is even more that I can use my IPad for!

15. A genealogy book that taught me something new was – In the raffle at the NSW/ACT Association of Family History Societies genealogy conference in Canberra I won a copy of Geoff Rasmussen’s new book on Digital Imaging Essentials: Techniques and Tips for Genealogists and Family Historians. This has been useful in my project to scan all my photos and documents (an ongoing project)!

16. A great repository/archive/library I visited was – The National Film and Sound Archive. While in Canberra for the Australian Society of Archivists conference I had the opportunity to visit the NFSA for the first time since I left Canberra in 2003. It has some amazing records and memorabilia.

17. A new genealogy/history book I enjoyed was – Since moving to Bribie Island I have been reading some of the local history books on the area. When researching families, you also have to look at what else was happening in the local community at the same time.

18. It was exciting to finally meet - I would have to say the overseas speakers on the Unlock the Past genealogy cruise mentioned above in 11 above. They were all easy to talk too and of course the cruise brought a lot of good Australian and New Zealand speakers together too, although most of them I’ve known for many years.

19. A geneadventure I enjoyed was – I don’t really think you can go past a genealogy cruise – all you have to do is shower, dress and toddle off to the lectures with no cooking, housework etc to distract you!

20. Another positive I would like to share is – technology and the internet just keeps on getting better and better and more and more archives and libraries are making new indexes and digitised records available. It really is essential to revisit your research and check out what’s new. Roll on 2014, I’m looking forward to more exciting genealogy discoveries.


31 Activities for Societies during NFHM – the Final 16!

August 29th, 2013

For National Family History Month I compiled a list of 31 activities for researchers and 31 activities for genealogy/family history societies to think about during August. Read about the first 15 activities for societies here and below is the final 16.

16 Convert your card indexes (if any) to a computer database for easier access (not to mention a back up copy)

Rekeying data can be a time consuming and boring task but it is worthwhile as it makes the data much more easier to access. Also it’s a once only task and you can then have backup copies stored off site. Call for a volunteer now!

17 Does your society newsletter or journal need a new look

Most societies have a change of look when they get a new editor or there is some other push to review the journal or newsletter. Have you ever thought of entering your society’s publication for the Nick Vine Hall awards? AFFHO presents these every year during NFHM so think about entering in 2014.

18 Does your library need a new layout (or tidy up)

Most societies do a shelf check each year to identify any missing items or items that have been misfiled. Donated items always need to find a home and computer equipment always needs upgrading. Is there a better way of organising your space?

19 Contact your local newspaper for publicity on society meetings and any special events

How successful are you at doing this? The local papers are usually very good for getting in notices of meetings but I also find that if you put a few paragraphs together with a photograph they may also be interested in publishing that. It’s a great way to highlight a visiting speaker or a workshop you may be holding not to mention your NFHM activities.

20 Hold a new members session at the library

New members often feel a bit lost when visiting a society’s library so having an orientation session is good and once people are more comfortable finding their way around the library, they may even find time to do library duty. I always found when I did library duty that I learnt a lot from helping others with their own research and if it’s quiet, there is always time for your own research.

21 Have members bring a friend to the next meeting

This could be a great way to gain new members and to let others know what resources the society has to offer. Remember to make visitors feel welcome – sometimes we are so busy organising the meeting or catching up with friends we don’t see the newcomers.

22 Investigate what local events you could have a display at

Local shopping centres are an obvious place to have displays with lots of people passing by. What about your local newsagent who stocks genealogy magazines ? Are there any local heritage events or markets where you could promote your society to the general public.

23 Focus on attracting younger members

As someone who started researching genealogy in 1977 while in my early 20s, I’m conscious that societies need to attract younger people to ensure that societies continue to exist and be a place that helps people trace their families. That’s why we should be using social media tools to connect with younger (and not so young) researchers and we aren’t going to find them in nursing homes – so before you accept an offer to speak somewhere, think about will this bring new (younger) members into the society?

24 Have someone greet visitors or new members at each meeting

Many societies already do this but often I find these people are popular and everyone stops to talk to them and the newcomers get overlooked or sit down without making contact. I’ve even found that some visitors and new members think there are cliques that they can’t be part of and this is probably more common with younger people who turn up at meetings. So make sure everyone does feel welcome and that they want to come back again.

25 Consider doing something for the centenary of WW1 in 2014

This is an obvious activity for every society next year and it should also be possible to connect up with other projects in your area – look out for potential collaborative projects and follow up with the organisers.

26 Are the war memorials in your area transcribed? If not think about doing it and perhaps even adding information on those listed especially for WW1

Lots of these have already been done but check out your area and confirm what has been done or still needs to be done. Take photos as well as transcribing the names.

27 If you have a website how user friendly is it?

Do people find your website easy to use? What resources do you have online – have you thought about a members only area? Is your list of meetings up to date and are library opening times current? Review each page and take down out of date information.

28 Start a genealogy book reading club and get members discussing new resources

Book clubs are not for everyone but it is a way of getting members to learn about new publications and in today’s modern times, it could even be a website or an ebook. Of course it needs someone to coordinate the group so see if there is an interested person who would like to start one up. It could even be a virtual group!

29 Encourage members to write their stories for your journal, perhaps even a prize for the best story each year

Journal editors are often desperate for articles so try and encourage members to write their stories. Do you have a writing family history special interest group where they can learn tips and tricks as well as share their stories?

30 Look at what other societies are doing for more ideas

There are hundreds of genealogy and family history societies and they all do similar things but there are also differences depending on resources, local expertise and available volunteers. Survey at least three other societies to see what they do that you don’t do and consider introducing a new idea or two.

31 Plan to participate in NFHM 2014

Many of these 31 activities are not something that you can do quickly or even only do once. Many can be adapted into NFHM activities so start planning now and the NFHM web calendar will be available from 1 October 2013 for activities in 2014.





31 Activities for NFHM (researchers) – The Final 16!

August 28th, 2013

For National Family History Month 2013 I created a list of 31 activities for researchers to do. My blog for the first 15 activities is here.

Here are the final 16 activities:

16 Attend or listen to a webinar
There has been little time for this luxury but one site that I like to check out is Legacy Family Tree webinars. I use Legacy software for my own family history but their webinars are on all kinds of topics (mostly US but there are generic and UK topics too). They are free to listen to live or you can watch them for free up to seven days after the live event. I find after the event is sometimes best as the US times are not always a good fit with Australian time! Watching and listening to them on my laptop at home is easy and I find webinars a great way to learn. You can see upcoming seminars and also archived seminars on the website. I’ve just noticed that two of my favourite presenters are coming up – Dear MYRTLE and Thomas MacEntee – so I’ve just put them into my diary!

17 Read a family history blog
I do this all the time as I have a number of people who I follow on a semi regular basis depending on time. If you are unfamiliar with blogs you might want to look at Inside History Magazine‘s article by Jill Ball on 50 Genealogy Blogs You Need to Read in 2013 – some of my favourites are there too.

18 Start your own genealogy blog writing stories about individual ancestors or families
There is free software that allows you to do this. I used Google Blogger to set up my Diary of an Australian Genealogist and I found that fairly easy to use and of course you learn more as you go along. If you don’t want to put your stories online yet, don’t let that stop you from at least writing them in the first place.

19 Have another look at that brick wall – construct a time line of known facts and relook at everything
I find that time lines help me to see any gaps in what I know or what I have looked at. Also write down all the possible spelling variations for any given names or surnames and then ask someone else how they would spell it. Use wildcards. Have you got all the relevant certificates? What about any new resources either online or in print? With new online resources I’ve slowly solved my brick walls but I still have one GG grandfather who doesn’t want to be found! Read Still Looking for James Henry Trevaskis here.

20 Did your ancestors own land?
Land records can be more than just knowing they owned a particular portion of land in a parish. The land files on my GG grandfather John Finn contained numerous personal letters between him and the Lands Department which have invaluable details about the family’s struggle to keep their farm against all kinds of hardships. I would never have found that information elsewhere.

21 Did they leave probate records?
Not many of my people had detailed wills but I did find interesting information in administration files including married names of daughters, addresses and so on. When my GG grandfather Thomas Price died at a mining site away from this family, I was very pleased that his estate was handled by the then Public Curator. The wealth of information in that file was hard to believe and you can read some of the details in my blog Wealth for Toil – Thomas Price.

22 What about their school years – was it one school or did they move around?
If you live in Queensland you are lucky as the Queensland Family History Society have indexed a lot of the school admission registers and school histories and have published their indexes on CD. The indexes are also available through Findmypast Australasia too. I have found lots of information on my Queensland families and was even surprised to find my own name as a list of pupils who attended Bardon State School was included in the school’s 50th anniversary book and indexed by QFHS!

23 Visit your local newsagent and see what genealogy and family history magazines they have. Australian Family Tree Connections http://www.aftc.com.au/ and Inside History Magazine http://www.insidehistory.com.au/ are both sponsors of NFHM
I was surprised to find five newsagents on Bribie Island and I did find both Inside History Magazine and Australian Family Tree Connections as well as a selection of UK magazines. The only trouble is if I see a magazine and it has topics that I’m interested in, then I don’t always resist the temptation to buy myself a new magazine! Of course the local library also has genealogy magazines but you have to be quick to get the latest issues.

24 Subscription databases such as Ancestry and Findmypast are often available at your local council library or your genealogy library – book a session time and see what you can discover. Both are sponsors of NFHM
The content of both of these sites just keeps on getting better and better with new material going online all the time. Every time I use either database I find something new. I once heard a talk by Jan Gow, a noted New Zealand genealogist, on doing genealogy in your pyjamas and it’s true – an at home subscription (or pay as you go) allows you to do it whenever you want and you don’t have to stop just because the library is closing. Of course you do have to remember to go to bed!

25 Check out the Gould Genealogy & History online catalogue and be ready when the family ask what you want for Christmas/birthday etc. Another sponsor of NFHM
Whenever family say ‘what do you want for your birthday’ I can never think of anything but in recent years I’ve gotten smarter and there is usually some book or CD that I want from Gould Genealogy & History. They have an extensive range on just about everything genealogy related so make sure you give your family the URL!

26 Explore the new FamilySearch and perhaps do one of their tutorials. Also a sponsor of NFHM
FamilySearch is continually being updated and you really do need to keep checking and rechecking. I love all the digitised records that are being added so make sure you don’t miss them. Scroll down to the Browse by Location section and the bottom of the Home Page and then browse the collections – you might be surprised what is there and it’s free access. The Learning Centre is also worth looking at (find it under the Get Help link) and I often use the Library catalogue and wiki to see what is available for areas that I am interested in.

27 Join Trove and correct newspaper text after you make that exciting family discovery
My love affair with Trove shows no sign of fading away and only the other day I discovered that the Ipswich Times is being added and there were references to John Finn and his celebrated arson case – the articles aren’t online yet as they are still going through the process but I gave my email address and they will contact me when the article is totally online. How fantastic is that! When I do find articles on my family I put tags on, add them to my lists and correct the text. Saves me having to do the searches again, especially if it wasn’t easy to find in the first instance.

28 Plan to attend the next AFFHO congress in Canberra in 2015 http://www.congress2015.org.au/
I wouldn’t even think of missing the 2015 Congress: Generations Meeting Across Time in Canberra as it will be a great place to hear good speakers on all kinds of topics not to mention all the trade displays where it is easy to spend money with all their tempting goods. But for me the best part of attending Congress is catching up with all my genealogy friends and colleagues from around Australia, New Zealand and overseas. I’ve registered my interest in attending and I submitted two papers for consideration in the program so fingers crossed.

29 Make sure all your photos are identified (both print copies and online) and explore Picasa‘s facial recognition capability
This is an ongoing project for me as I am slowly scanning and identifying where I can my mother’s old photos and albums plus trying to tag and caption all the digital photos we take. I found using Picasa’s facial recognition technology easy to use and it certainly helped me to group identify lots of family members once I put in the key information on who people were.

30 Make a start on writing up your family history or perhaps just one family’s stories
Another one of my ongoing projects with drafts done for all my major families. I just need to stop looking for that last bit of information and finish them!

31 Start planning a family reunion or a family gathering
We’ve had a few over the years but I’m thinking of having another one for Mum’s 80th birthday next year. She is the last of her generation and there are still a few of her nieces and nephews around. My brother and I are the youngest of that generation and many of our cousins are in their 70s so getting everyone together could prove a bit challenging but worthwhile.

Well that’s the end of my 31 activities for researchers in National Family History Month 2013. But many of them are long term projects and can’t be done in a single day. I hope they have given you some ideas to further your own research during August and into the future. NFHM will be August 2014 so stay tuned for updates (I volunteered to be the national coordinator again)!





31 Activities For Societies During NFHM – the first 15!

August 20th, 2013

My 31 Activities For Societies During National Family History Month August 2013

Here are my reasons for suggesting these first 15 activities:

1 Hold a NFHM event (this could be your regular August meeting renamed or even a library open day)

Now that NFHM is a month long event, smaller societies can easily become involved by simply calling their regular August meeting, NFHM meeting. By advertising your event/s on the NFHM web calendar more people are likely to see your event and attend, it may even be a way to gain new members!

2 Visit the AFFHO website and check out the benefits of membership and consider joining.

All genealogy and family history societies have the same types of interests and issues and being part of an umbrella group such as AFFHO means you have a central place to go to for advice and information. There is no single listing for all societies in Australia and New Zealand and it is hard to gauge how popular genealogy is but the number of societies and their membership numbers is one way that we can guesstimate popularity.

3 Start a Facebook page

A number of societies already have Facebook pages and use them as a way of promoting their events, resources and publications and to attract new members. It is also a great way to attract younger people who are usually big users of social media.

4 Visit the NFHM Facebook page for updates throughout NFHM

Even if you don’t want to start your own Facebook page, you should still keep up to date with NFHM by regularly checking the NFHM Facebook page and if you haven’t already done so, you should Like the page as we are trying to get 500 Likes before the end of NFHM.

5 Plan a membership drive

NFHM is a great time to have a membership drive as everyone is talking about genealogy and there are events on. It’s probably too late for this year but why not start planning for next year – 2014 is again for the whole month of August!

6 Have a display table at your local newsagent

Most newsagents stock family history magazines from the UK and also our two NFHM sponsors Inside History Magazine and Australian Family Tree Connections. Chat to your local newsagent about hosting a display table promoting your society and genealogy – perhaps you will end up with new members and they will get new customers! Worth a try so start planning for next NFHM or perhaps even sooner.

7 Talk to your local council library about potential collaborative events

Have you done anything collaborative with your local library – perhaps you could provide them with a speaker or they could give you a display area to promote your society? There are lots of options here which would benefit everyone.

8 Start a Twitter account

You may not want your own society Twitter account but you should at least consider following a few key people in the genealogy Twitter world to get all the latest information quickly and easily. You can then pass it on to your members.

9 Put your NFHM events in the NFHM web calendar so that they are seen by more people

More people seeing your event means more attendees and perhaps even new members for the society. All too often I hear that people didn’t even know there was a society in their area and it doesn’t cost anything to put your events in the web calendar. It all helps to make NFHM bigger and better  each year.

10 Investigate funding to bring professional speakers to your area (often available through local councils)

I’ve been to a few events now where the local society has managed to get some funding from their local councils to have a local genealogy event and bring speakers in by paying for their accommodation, travel costs and so on. Often local clubs, RSLs and other venues are also happy to assist as it brings in customers for them as well. Collaborative projects have a better chance of happening so talk to interested parties in your area and see if you can get a genealogy event happening.

11 Start a society blog to publicise your events and publications – try Google Blogger it’s free

Blogging is another social media tool that is easily adapted to help promote genealogy and family history societies and as it is searchable by Google, researchers are likely to find it when searching for information on your area.  Some societies use WordPress which is also a free blogging site.

12 Transcribe tombstones in local cemeteries if not already done – or perhaps do an update

A lot of cemeteries have already been transcribed in Australia but how often does your society do an update. Check out what cemeteries are in your area and work out if they need transcribing or just an update.

13 Plan an interesting speaker program for 2014

Towards the end of the year most societies start to think about their speaker program for the following year. Why not try and have some new faces this year – what about other local organisations in your area or perhaps some of your own members what to share their experiences?

14 Reward the society volunteers who keep the library open and help members and visitors with their research

Most societies have an annual thank you get together for their volunteers without whom most of our societies would not be able to continue to operate. Why not do something extra – perhaps a small thank you gift, a certificate, or similar. Make sure they feel appreciated!

15 Consider a collaborative project with your local historical society

Often local history and family history go hand in hand as we need to know the history of the area in which our ancestors lived to understand the lives they lived. In some areas the two groups form one organisation but where there are two distinct groups, consider doing something together for the benefit of all members.

The remaining 16 activities for societies will be covered by the end of August!





31 Activities for NFHM (researchers) – The First Fifteen!

August 15th, 2013

My 31 Activities For Researchers During National Family History Month August 2013
Here are the first 15 activities:
1 Visit your local library and explore the genealogy and local history sections
My local library is the Bribie Island branch of the Moreton Bay Region Libraries and it is also home of the Bribie Island Historical Society. Since I have been living here the Library has run a number of genealogy seminars and I’m giving a talk there on 30 August to finish my NFHM activities. It will be my first talk on the Island and I’m looking forward to it. It has Ancestry Library edition in all its branch libraries but Findmypast Australasia is only available at Caboolture, Redcliffe and Strathpine libraries. Like most libraries there is a Genealogy beginners page with lots of useful links.

2 Visit your State library and see what genealogical information they hold. If distant, do a virtual visit
Living outside of Brisbane it is not easy to get to the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) but I do have a library card which allows me to access all kinds of e-resources and this is a must have if you can’t easily get to a State Library. On my virtual visit, I easily found their family history pages and discovered the online family history info guides. They often have genealogy seminars and I was fortunate to hear the Genealogy Librarian give a talk at the local Bribie family history group – see my Diary of an Australian Genealogist 11 July entry for my tips on SLQ.

3 Apply for a State library card so that you can use their e-resources at home
Already have one and recommend that everyone should apply to their local State Library for access to e-resources at home. Do it now, it’s free and easy to do.

4 Apply for a National Library of Australia e-resources card and explore genealogy resources online at home
Again I have had one of these for years and my favourite NLA e-resources would have to be the UK digitised newspapers including the London Times Digital Archive 1785-2007 . I don’t find them as easy to use as the digitised newspapers in Trove but it is still wonderful that we can access these resources from home for free. Newspapers are a great way to pick up lots of bits and pieces on the family if you don’t get too distracted reading all the other news!

5 Visit your local historical society or a virtual visit to a local historical society where your ancestors lived
My local society is the Bribie Island Historical Society and I recently joined them and have been to a number of meetings. It is the 50th anniversary of the Bribie Bridge opening in October so they have been involved in that and the Bribie Festival is also happening then. We are looking forward to attending lots of events during that month. They also have a database of information and photos which is available to members and you have to go to the local library to use it when historical society volunteers are there. That’s on my to do list for when NFHM ends.

6 Visit your State Archive and see what resources they hold . And look at their fact sheets and guides. If distant, do a virtual visit. Don’t forget the National Archives of Australia (NAA) http://www.naa.gov.au/ – they are a NFHM sponsor with lots of online resources.
It’s quite a distance to Queensland State Archives (QSA) but I quite often use the website to search the online catalogue and to check the indexes. They have a great range of Brief Guides and Search Procedures for the most frequently used records and are a good starting point. Given that I also worked at QSA 1982-1990 and 1994-1999 I’m quite familiar with a lot of the records! I also worked at the NAA for a few years too but I’m constantly amazed at all the new records coming online or being made more accessible through indexing and transcription projects. Check out their new ArcHive project!

7 Plan to attend a NFHM event in your area. If none, suggest your local society hold an event next year.
As mentioned above, I’m giving a talk in my local area but I also travelled down to Melbourne to attend Family History Feast (read my report on this here) and I gave a talk to HAGSOC in Canberra. Being in South East Queensland has its advantages as there were quite a few events in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast that I could attend as well (if I had any spare time).

8 Visit your local genealogy/family history society and see what resources they hold
I’m a member of both the Genealogical Society of Queensland and the Queensland Family History Society and I have been to the QFHS library a number of times but only to give talks in recent years. I need to schedule a research day for myself and I haven’t even been to the GSQ’s (new to me) library premises so there is another research day to arrange. Fortunately Mum lives in Brisbane and I can organise a sleep over to save travelling up and down the highway. The hard part is finding the time but that is probably common to everyone.

9 If you are not a member, think about joining or perhaps join a society near where your ancestors lived.
I’m a member of both QFHS and GSQ but I’m also a member of the Society of Australian Genealogists in Sydney and the Genealogical Society of Victoria in Melbourne as I have research in both those states too. In the past I have been a member of various UK societies depending on what family I was researching at the time. I really like reading their journals, writing stories for publication or just advertising my interests and some societies have resources on their websites which are only available to members.

10 Tombstones may have more information – have you looked to see if your ancestors had tombstones
Whenever I establish a date of death and burial I always check for a tombstone in case there is additional information. This can include information on births, where they lived previously, other members of the family buried with them and so on. I check the local genealogy societies to see if the cemetery has been transcribed and I also look at the Australian Cemeteries website and the Australian Cemeteries Index website. You need to check both as content varies.

11 Did any family members fight in the South African (Boer War) 1899-1902?
Two of my mother’s uncles went to South Africa as part of Queensland and Commonwealth contingents and I have found their dossiers and other documents online at the National Archives of Australia website. That link will take you to a list of all the different series that NAA has on the Boer War.  I found the Price brothers’ photos in Trove which was great as they are the only photos that we have of Solomon and William Price.

12 Did any family members fight in WW1?
We have a number of relatives who went to WW1 and again I have obtained digital copies of their army dossiers from the National Archives of Australia website.

13 Did any family members fight in WW2?
My paternal grandfather and Mum’s brothers were in WW2 and I have paper copies of their army dossiers as NAA has not digitised all of these files yet. The records are name indexed in their RecordSearch catalogue and you can also find them on the WW2 Nominal Roll website too.

14 Check out Twitter to see the latest genealogy news – use the hash tags #genealogy or #familyhistory and don’t forget #NFHM13
I’ve been a regular user of Twitter for years and it is really useful to keep up to date with what is happening in the genealogy world not only in Australia and New Zealand but in the UK, Ireland and North America. I’d be lost without it now.

15 Visit the NFHM Facebook page for updates throughout the month
I am the administrator for the NFHM Facebook page and I have been doing regular updates on NFHM and I was hoping to try and get 1000 Likes before the end of NFHM but I suspect it will only be ca 500 based on current trends. I also placed the photos from the launch of NFHM on the Facebook page which was something a bit different this year.

The remaining 16 activities for researchers will be covered by the end of August!





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