Mar 28, 2016

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Women’s History Month – My Four Great Grandmothers...

Women’s History Month – My Four Great Grandmothers

As March is Women’s History Month, I am focusing on my four great grandmother’s (although there is now some doubt about one of them, but that is a story for a later date). There was a lot of┬ásocial media activity around International Women’s Day on 8 March but I have left my post for the end of the month. Women’s History Month was first launch in Australia in 2000 and there is a timeline of significant events for...

Jun 2, 2010

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Finding Families in Cemeteries

I am still participating in the 52 Weeks To Better Genealogy program and Challenge 22 was to spend time at Find-a-Grave. This doesn’t have a lot of relevance for Australian researchers, although there are 164 people listed in the Australian section, so I am looking at my favourite cemetery sites for Australia. A quick and easy site is Australian Cemeteries which covers all States and Territories and it includes links to online data for either tombstones or burial...

Mar 29, 2010

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Mapping Your Ancestors

Weeks 7 and 8 of the 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy were all about online map collections with the first exercise looking at Google Maps. Although I have briefly looked at Google Maps online, I have not really taken the time to explore it from a family history perspective. I started by putting in my own address here in Melbourne and up came a street directory map but by switching to a satellite image I was able to...

Mar 16, 2010

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52 weeks to Better Genealogy – Challenge 6 Online databases...

Challenge 6 in the 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy challenge is about using online databases at your local library. I never seem to get time to go to the library much less spend time there doing research. The best time of the day for me to research is between 4-6am and libraries aren’t open then. At that time of day, the family is still asleep, the house is quiet, I can simply please myself, so it is the...

Feb 28, 2010

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52 weeks to better genealogy – my WorldCat.org challenge...

Amazing how quick the weeks go by when you are enrolled in the 52 weeks to better genealogy challenge. I love doing the challenges, but I am not so good on writing up the results. Challenge 4 was exploring a library’s inter library loan (ILL) policy and how you can use ILL’s for genealogy research. As a librarian I was aware of this and have used it on many occasions in the past. However I looked through some...

Jan 23, 2010

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Recording Your Own Life

I have spent this week thinking about my own life. Why? I am enrolled in the 52 weeks to Better Genealogy program and week 3 is reflecting on our own lives and how we have recorded them. We document our ancestors and living family members but do we take the time to record our own lives. My answer is both yes and no. As an archivist I have always been aware of the need for recordkeeping and one...

Jan 15, 2010

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52 Weeks to Better Genealogy – My Progress So Far!...

I have accepted a challenge from Genea-Bloggers to participate in a 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy workshop. We are at the end of Week 2 and I honestly don’t know where the last two weeks went. I have done both challenges and as they are related I thought I would combine them into a single blog report. One of the nice things about the workshop is that it is supposed to be fun and you don’t have to...