Nov 12, 2018

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Review of The Promise of Tomorrow: final volume in The Garth Trilogy...

Review of The Promise of Tomorrow: final volume in The Garth Trilogy

L F (Lynette) McDermott, Promise of Tomorrow, Book 3 of the Garth Trilogy, Lynette McDermott, Sydney, 2018, ISBN: 978-0- 9946057-2-6, $30.00 plus $8.00 postage within Australia, 462pp, paperback and ebook also available. The Garth Trilogy is a series of historical novels which tell the story of two First Fleet convict families, the Garths and the Belletts, first transported to Sydney then to Norfolk Island and finally to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) when the convict settlement on Norfolk Island...

Oct 23, 2018

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Trove Tuesday – Body Discovered, Unknown Identity...

Trove Tuesday – Body Discovered, Unknown Identity

My great great grandfather James Henry Trevaskis is one of my last remaining brickwalls – he was last known to be working for the Municipality of Clermont and Copperfield in 1868. His wife Elizabeth remarried George Guy as a widow in 1873, still in Copperfield. Sometime in that five year period James Henry died or left but searches for his death, probate or any newspaper references have all been unsuccessful. Elizabeth was left with her own two children...

Sep 28, 2018

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Report on Unlock the Past Alaska Genealogy Cruise – Part Two...

Report on Unlock the Past Alaska Genealogy Cruise – Part Two

This is the second blog post on my recent genealogy cruise to Alaska – read Part One here. Day 5 started with an amazing trip up Tracy Arm Fiord and there is nothing like looking out the window (porthole) and watching ice bergs drift past. Had breakfast with a window seat in the Windjammer and just watched all the ice drifting past. It was as the Captain predicted, too much ice for us to go all the way...

Sep 23, 2018

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Report on Unlock the Past Alaska Genealogy Cruise – Part One...

Report on Unlock the Past Alaska Genealogy Cruise – Part One

The Unlock the Past (UTP) genealogy cruise to Alaska was seven nights with two full days and one half day of seminars plus an evening seminar each night of the cruise. Given the number of sessions attended, I am dividing this report into two separate blog posts. A number of UTP cruisers also attended the UTP in Seattle seminar the day before we left – read my review of that day here. Day 1 of the cruise was...

Sep 21, 2018

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Review of Unlock the Past in Seattle One Day Seminar...

Review of Unlock the Past in Seattle One Day Seminar

In conjunction with the Unlock the Past genealogy cruise to Alaska (a separate blog post to follow), there was a one day seminar in Seattle open to cruise registrants as well as those in the Seattle area of the USA. There were four speakers – Blaine Bettinger, Maurice Gleeson, Cyndi Ingle and Wayne Shepheard. The event was also live streamed and recorded for those unable to attend. As with any conference with multiple streams, it was often a...

Aug 15, 2018

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National Family History Month 2018 Review of Talks Attended...

National Family History Month 2018 Review of Talks Attended

August is National Family History Month in Australia and there are lots of events across Australia and in the first half of the month I have been to three events. First there was the FamilySearch Discovery Day at Forest Glen which was an all day series of talks across four streams. You cannot go to everything so some hard decisions have to be made. Fortunately my first choice was Brenda Wheeler’s session on English parish chest records and...

Jul 24, 2018

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Trove Tuesday – Family Weddings & What They Wore...

Trove Tuesday – Family Weddings & What They Wore

My son was married yesterday so my thoughts have been all around weddings. So for my first Trove Tuesday post in a while I looked for weddings on my mother’s side of the family. Mum’s cousins were all much older than her and some of them even married before she was born. Mum was the last of 10 children and her father Henry Price was the 6th of 10 children so there were lots of cousins. When I first...

Jun 12, 2018

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Report on Unlock the Past Perth genealogy seminar, 8-9 Jun 2018...

Report on Unlock the Past Perth genealogy seminar, 8-9 Jun 2018

Unlock the Past held a genealogy and local history two day seminar in Perth on 8-9 June 2018 at the State Library of Western Australia. Friday’s program started with a comprehensive talk on Immigration to Australia by Kerry Farmer. This covered everything from the arrival of convicts, free settlers, emigration schemes and certainly gave the audience  lots to think about. In the break someone said that their ancestor still ‘swam’ and I think there will always be those...

May 17, 2018

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Review of The Wicked Trade and The Suffragette’s Secret: genealogical crime mysteries...

Review of The Wicked Trade and The Suffragette’s Secret: genealogical crime mysteries

This is the latest book covering the adventures of fictional forensic genealogist, Morton Farrier by UK author Nathan Dylan Goodwin. It combines the short story of The Suffragette’s Secret with the full-length novel The Wicked Trade. A lovely double dose of Morton Farrier! Usually when I finish one Morton Farrier adventure I want to read another one straight away – my wish was granted. The Suffragette’s Secret is the story of a militant suffragette who is the great...

May 1, 2018

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Trove Tuesday – Voyage of the Chyebassa to Queensland in 1883...

Trove Tuesday – Voyage of the Chyebassa to Queensland in 1883

My great grandfather Herbert William White was from Farley in Wiltshire and he arrived in Townsville, Queensland on board the Chyebassa on 8 March 1883. Trove is a fantastic resource for locating information about an ancestor’s voyage to Australia. It’s not just digitised newspapers and in this blog post, I look at newspapers, books and photographs and make some interesting discoveries. By 1883 the trip was much easier than earlier voyages and in some respects, it seems almost...

Apr 3, 2018

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Trove Tuesday – Gone Home to Ireland But Still Remembered Here?...

Trove Tuesday – Gone Home to Ireland But Still Remembered Here?

So much for trying to do a Trove Tuesday post once a month! My last post was back in January and February/March went past way too fast. I am getting in early for April and maybe I will do two and get back on track. It is definitely worth while reviewing your research as new digitised newspapers are being added all the time. I can tell what is new as I use tags and lists when I find...

Mar 23, 2018

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Sydney Genealogy Congress 2018 Exhibitors & Summary...

Sydney Genealogy Congress 2018 Exhibitors & Summary

This is the last post in my series on the Bridging the Past & Future Congress 2018 in Sydney. Read the earlier daily posts – Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 and Day 4. Sponsors and exhibitors help to make a Congress happen. The two major sponsors were Ancestry and FamilySearch and there were numerous sponsors and supporters as reflected on the conference satchel. The Sydney Convention Centre is huge and all the exhibitors were spaced around the...

Mar 19, 2018

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Sydney Genealogy Congress 2018 Day 4 Report...

Sydney Genealogy Congress 2018 Day 4 Report

It seems to be taking me longer to write these reports than it was attending Congress. Thanks to those who have been reading the posts and exploring some of the website links shared. It’s not quite the same as attending but my learnings may help some of you too. Day 4 started with a sponsor presentation – this time it was FamilySearch and it was given by Thom Reed, an excellent speaker. He focused on all the ways...

Mar 17, 2018

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Sydney Genealogy Congress 2018 Day Three Report...

Sydney Genealogy Congress 2018 Day Three Report

I was remiss in the Day 2 report by not mentioning the wonderful gift I received as a speaker. These wonderful drink coasters are almost too good to use. A lovely memento of a great Congress. A plenary session with Paul Milner on English Research – 18th Century Sources and Indexes and he did an excellent job of squeezing a 100 years into 45 minutes. Regnal years, the calendar change in 1752, Lord Hardwicke’s Marriage Act of 1753...

Mar 16, 2018

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Sydney Genealogy Congress 2018 Day Two Report...

Sydney Genealogy Congress 2018 Day Two Report

If you missed Day One, read about it here. Day Two started with a sponsor presentation with Ancestry. Without the sponsors, it would be very hard for any group to put on an event like Congress so thanks to all sponsors, especially the major sponsors. Ancestry have some exciting things planned for 2018 and it really is amazing how the interest in DNA has grown over the last few years. This was followed by Judy G Russell’s  (The...

Mar 14, 2018

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Sydney Genealogy Congress 2018 Day One report...

Sydney Genealogy Congress 2018 Day One report

Congress was held at the International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour in Sydney over 4 days from 9 March to 12 March 2018. There were numerous plenary sessions, and a choice between 4 talks at other times and even a couple of sponsor presentations. The exhibitors were spread out around the main lecture rooms and it was a bit of a walk to see them all. We tended to visit them one side at a time. There were over...

Jan 23, 2018

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Trove Tuesday – Samuel Plimsoll (ship) 1878 illustrated sketches...

Trove Tuesday – Samuel Plimsoll (ship) 1878 illustrated sketches

My great grandparents Thomas and Elizabeth Price arrived in Sydney on the Samuel Plimsoll in 1878.  As a newly married couple from West Bromwich in Staffordshire, they were embarking on the adventure of their lives in a new land. They had ten children in various parts of New South Wales and Queensland, finally settling in Charters Towers. Years, more like decades ago, I found a report of the arrival of the Samuel Plimsoll in a Sydney newspaper on...

Jan 11, 2018

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Discovering Worcestershire Archives

Discovering Worcestershire Archives

I was unexpectedly asked to review this new eguide Explore History Landscapes Family published by Worcestershire County Council. It is 73 pages on researching at the Worcester Archive and Archaeology Service and available to download for £6.  The Archive offers fee based services including digitisation (no more waiting for photocopies in the mail), a research service and an archaeology service if you have an interest in landscapes or historical buildings. There are over 12 miles (just over 19...

Jan 2, 2018

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Accentuate the Positive Geneameme 2017...

Accentuate the Positive Geneameme 2017

For the 6th consecutive year Jill Ball is asking bloggers to contribute to this  challenge. As a regular participant it is an interesting exercise as I usually find that I have done more than I think during the year. Anyone can take part  by responding to the following statements/questions in a blog post. Write as much or as little as you want or answer just a few questions. Once you have done so please share your post’s link in a...

Dec 19, 2017

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Trove Tuesday – The Queenslander Cot Fund...

Trove Tuesday – The Queenslander Cot Fund

The Queenslander Cot Fund was set up by the newspaper The Queenslander to raise money for the Hospital for Sick Children in Brisbane. In my example John C Davis was the organiser and he was my great grandfather James Carnegie’s cousin. John C Davis was the son of Clara Stanley Carnegie and Charles Brandon Davis and the C is short for John Carnegie Davis. Surnames as given names can be a clue to a mother’s maiden name or even a...

Nov 11, 2017

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Remembrance Day 2017 & the Kennedy Regiment, Queensland...

Remembrance Day 2017 & the Kennedy Regiment, Queensland

Amazingly it is six years since I first wrote about my grandfather Henry Price and his army service with the Kennedy Regiment on board the Kanowna at the outbreak of World War One. Read that blog post here. Back then I struggled to find information about the Kanowna incident and what happened to those on board after the ship’s crew mutinied and demanded to go back to Townsville. A lot has happened since 2011 including World War One...

Oct 7, 2017

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Report on Your Family Story: Telling, Recording & Preserving conference, Orange NSW, Sep 2017...

Report on Your Family Story: Telling, Recording & Preserving conference, Orange NSW, Sep 2017

Each year the NSW & ACT Association of Family History Organisations holds an annual conference and this year it was in Orange, NSW in September 2017. With the theme of Your Family Story: Telling, Recording & Preserving it was always going to be a conference to appeal to genealogy and family history enthusiasts. However, I think just about everyone was amazed to find that there were 345 delegates and Orange is not the easiest place to get to...

Sep 9, 2017

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Archives, Skeletons & DNA: National Family History Month 2017 Closes in Townsville, QLD...

Archives, Skeletons & DNA: National Family History Month 2017 Closes in Townsville, QLD

In previous years the end of National Family History Month and the giveaway prize draw has piggy backed on existing events in south east Queensland. For the first time we had a dedicated event with the Family History Association of North Queensland based in Townsville. An all day seminar was organised for 2 September 2017 with two speakers Shauna Hicks (also voluntary coordinator of NFHM) and Louise Coakley a DNA specialist from Cairns. My two talks were Archives You...

Aug 26, 2017

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The Ancestral Places Geneameme

The Ancestral Places Geneameme

I am participating in Alona Tester’s family history blogging challenge of an alphabetical ancestral placename geneameme. It has taken me a little while to get started as I have been busy as the voluntary coordinator of National Family History Month in Australia. But as August draws to an end, this is a fitting way to end my own family history activities during NFHM. By focusing on place names it has given me the opportunity to remember just how...

Aug 16, 2017

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Report on Unlock the Past PNG military & genealogy cruise...

Report on Unlock the Past PNG military & genealogy cruise

There were 4 at sea days and these had sessions running from 9am to 5pm most days plus there was at least one, sometimes more, talks from 8pm onwards. It was often a rush to fit in dinner, the cruise ship show and the after dinner talks! Who said cruise ships were relaxing, obviously not anyone on an Unlock the Past cruise who wanted to attend all the sessions. There were about 90 of us and most sessions...

Jul 11, 2017

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Masonic Archives for Family History

Masonic Archives for Family History

As a young child I was aware that my aunt’s husband was a Mason although I wasn’t too sure what the Masons were all about. My partner’s great grandfather Thomas Stephen Burstow was very high up in the Masons (discovered through digitised newspapers in Trove). So there has been this lurking interest in the Masons and when a long time friend and former work colleague told me she was the voluntary archivist at the Masonic Memorial Centre in...

Jun 27, 2017

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Trove Tuesday – Did the family ever contact back home?...

Trove Tuesday – Did the family ever contact back home?

One of the questions I have always asked myself was – did my immigrant ancestors ever have contact with the family members back home? In some cases there have been surviving letters which do show that letters and photographs were exchanged with those left behind. In other instances I have absolutely no idea. Henry Spencer was the fourth child of Paul Spencer and Louisa Adkins and he had seven other siblings. Henry was the first to come out...

May 24, 2017

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Footsteps in Time family & local history conference review, May 2017...

Footsteps in Time family & local history conference review, May 2017

The second History Queensland family & local history conference was a wonderful success (apart from a very rainy Friday). With the theme Footsteps in Time it was held on the Gold Coast from 19-21 May 2017. Gold Coast Family History Society was the host and their volunteers were everywhere making sure things happened when they should. The Friday program had three free (yes free) public talks from Ancestry, the National Library of Australia (Trove) and FamilySearch. I attended all three...

May 16, 2017

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Trove Tuesday – Frederick John Finn, a sad victim of Murphy’s Creek...

Trove Tuesday – Frederick John Finn, a sad victim of Murphy’s Creek

It’s Trove Tuesday again and I’m participating in the regular Trove Tuesday blog challenge. My aim is to do it at least once a month, and this is my second post for May. This time I am revisiting the sad death of Frederick John Finn, my first cousin twice removed (my great grandmother Mary Finn’s nephew). Frederick was the son of James Joseph Finn and Miriam Joyce and his life was not a long or happy one. James and...

May 2, 2017

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Trove Tuesday – Why You Should Repeat Trove Searches...

Trove Tuesday – Why You Should Repeat Trove Searches

It’s Trove Tuesday again and I’m participating in the regular Trove Tuesday blog challenge. My aim is to do it at least once a month, so I’m getting in early and hopefully there will be more than one post this month. Regular searches of Trove are essential as new newspaper titles are added from time to time. I tend to stay with my main family lines and today it occurred to me that I had not checked my...

Apr 4, 2017

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Trove Tuesday – Why You Can’t Find Someone...

Trove Tuesday – Why You Can’t Find Someone

For my Trove Tuesday post I went looking for the death of my great grandfather Thomas Price who died when he accidentally fell from a bridge in 1918 while on his way to work. Over the years I have looked at both microfilm newspapers and more recently the digitised newspapers in Trove. As Thomas Price died in a remote part of western Queensland I suspected that any coverage of his death might not be extensive. However, I felt...

Feb 28, 2017

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Trove Tuesday – A Beautiful Bride and An Accident...

Trove Tuesday – A Beautiful Bride and An Accident

For today’s Trove Tuesday I went looking for my mother’s sisters. Mum was the youngest of 10 children and was only a small child aged under 10 when her four sisters married in the late 1930s. Mum had more in common with her nieces than her sisters. So could Trove provide information on Mum’s sisters. Thanks to the digitisation of the Brisbane Telegraph I was able to locate a pre wedding notice for the eldest sister, Hazel Price. There is not a...

Jan 24, 2017

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Trove Tuesday – Funeral Notices and Oddfellows...

Trove Tuesday – Funeral Notices and Oddfellows

Most family historians look for funeral notices as they provide information on close relatives such as a person’s address, names of children and sometimes where they live if not local, married names of daughters, and sometimes even grandchildren’s names. Occasionally we might get other information such as military service, employment, membership of sporting groups and friendly societies. For today’s Trove Tuesday post I am looking at my great grandfather James Carnegie who died in 1954. His funeral notice...

Jan 17, 2017

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Writing Up The Family History with Carol Baxter...

Writing Up The Family History with Carol Baxter

When I attended the NSW & ACT Association of Family History Societies conference in Camden in September 2016, I was able to catch up with Carol Baxter, the History Detective. Carol had just published the 3rd edition of her popular Writing Interesting Family Histories and a companion volume Writing and Publishing Gripping Family Histories. I’ve enjoyed many of Carol’s presentations on this topic over the years so I was quite happy to review both books. Carol Baxter is a...

Jan 10, 2017

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Trove Tuesday – Transmission by Death Notices...

Trove Tuesday – Transmission by Death Notices

For my first Trove Tuesday post of 2017, I am highlighting the wonderful information that can be located in the seemingly boring Government Notices section of newspapers. Today’s topic is transmission by death notices and this is where property is directly transferred from the deceased to someone else, quite often a spouse, assuming there are no objections. Information includes: Name of deceased proprietor with details of last residence Date of death Name of claimant, their address and relationship...

Jan 1, 2017

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Accentuate the Positive Geneameme 2016...

Accentuate the Positive Geneameme 2016

Each year Geniaus (Jill Ball) invites people 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 or answer just a few questions. I always like to participate as it gives me a chance to reflect back on all my genealogy successes during the year. Once you have done so please share your post’s link in a comment on Jill’s original post or email her at...

Dec 30, 2016

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2016 Genealogy Reflections: 2017 Genealogy Expectations...

2016 Genealogy Reflections: 2017 Genealogy Expectations

Genealogy and technology just keeps on getting better and better. When I first started researching the family history in 1977 who would have imagined that we could do so much simply sitting at home. In March 2017 I will be celebrating 40 years of passionate and continuous family history research. What started as a hobby became a lifelong career and past time that has given me many good friends around the world. I can’t see that interest and passion...

Oct 14, 2016

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Review of The Spyglass File: a genealogical crime mystery...

Review of The Spyglass File: a genealogical crime mystery

This is the fourth book of the adventures of fictional forensic genealogist, Morton Farrier by UK author Nathan Dylan Goodwin . My December 2014 review of the first two books Hiding the Past and The Lost Ancestor can be read here. Then there was the novella, The Orange Lilies, where Morton Farrier starts to explore his own family origins. I read and thoroughly enjoyed the novella. My January 2016 review of Nathan’s third book featuring the adventures of Morton Farrier, The...

Oct 12, 2016

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Report on Day Two of Unlock the Past History & Genealogy Expo Adelaide 8 Oct 2016...

Report on Day Two of Unlock the Past History & Genealogy Expo Adelaide 8 Oct 2016

Unlock the Past held a two day history and genealogy expo in Adelaide on 7-8 Oct 2016. There is a separate report for Day One and this post completes the report on the whole expo. Before the talks got underway, I visited some more of the exhibitors. Although I have no Wends/Sorbs in my own family history, I found the Wend/Sorb Society of South Australia‘s stall fascinating. The costumes were eye catching but there was also a wealth...

Oct 11, 2016

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Report on Day One of Unlock the Past History & Genealogy Expo, Adelaide 7 Oct 2016...

Report on Day One of Unlock the Past History  &  Genealogy Expo, Adelaide 7 Oct 2016

Unlock the Past held a two day history and genealogy expo in Adelaide and as this was a huge event, I am dividing the report into two, one for each day. Day One attracted lots of people, not only those in Adelaide and South Australia but I also caught up with friends from WA, VIC, NSW, QLD and even a couple from New Zealand. Not to mention meeting lots of new people too. It was amazing how many people...

Oct 1, 2016

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The Search for Henry Spencer

The Search for Henry Spencer

I first wrote this blog post on 7 Sep 2010 for another website and have now decided to also put it on my own website with the rest of the posts on the Spencer family. In the last paragraph below, I talked about how we hoped to find some long lost cousins and reconnect the different Spencer families. In the last six years we have done exactly that and learnt a lot more about Henry’s descendants from his...

Sep 12, 2016

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Report on Camden Cowpastures and Beyond Genealogy Conference Sep 2016...

Report on Camden Cowpastures and Beyond Genealogy Conference Sep 2016

Whenever possible I try to attend the annual NSW & ACT Family History Organisations annual conference. This year it was in Camden New South Wales and I flew to Canberra and then hitched a lift with a long time geneafriend who was also going. So a long day of travel and we arrived towards the end of the Fair on the Friday afternoon. There were a range of speakers during the day on topics such as getting start...

Sep 3, 2016

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Family Places – Week 4 National Family History Month 2016 Blogging Challenge...

Family Places – Week 4 National Family History Month 2016 Blogging Challenge

Alex Daw (aka FamilyTreeFrog) has set up a weekly blog challenge for National Family History Month 2016. I like blogging challenges as they usually get me writing about topics that I might not normally do. Week 4‘ s challenge is: Australian poet Dorothea Mackellar in her poem My Country talks of a “sunburnt country, a land of sweeping plains, of rugged mountain ranges, of droughts and flooding rains”.  What does “country” or place mean to your family? What...

Aug 24, 2016

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Military Ancestors – Week 3 National Family History Month 2016 blogging challenge...

Military Ancestors – Week 3 National Family History Month 2016 blogging challenge

Alex Daw (aka FamilyTreeFrog) has set up a weekly blog challenge for National Family History Month 2016. I like blogging challenges as they usually get me writing about topics that I might not normally do. Week 3‘ s challenge is – Significant military battles are commemorated during the month of August such as Mouquet Farm in WWI and Milne Bay in WW2.  The Australian Comforts Fund was also founded in August 1916.  Did your ancestors have connections to these...

Aug 20, 2016

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Working Forebears – Week 2 National Family History Month 2016 blogging challenge...

Working Forebears – Week 2 National Family History Month 2016 blogging challenge

Alex Daw (aka FamilyTreeFrog) has set up a weekly blog challenge for National Family History Month 2016. I like blogging challenges as they usually get me writing about topics that I might not normally do. In Week 2 blogger Anne Young reminds us that the Shearer’s Strike Monument was dedicated on 16 August 1891. This week’s challenge is about remembering your working forbears and the challenges they faced. This post is timely as I purchased My Ancestor was a Coal...

Aug 19, 2016

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Review of Auckland New Zealand Family History Expo and Fair, 12-14 Aug 2016...

Review of Auckland New Zealand Family History Expo and Fair, 12-14 Aug 2016

It was a privilege to be part of this well organised and interesting three day genealogy event as part of National Family History Month in New Zealand. Auckland Libraries and the Genealogical Computer Group of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists jointly planned and managed the event. It was free except for the Friday night where the entry fee went towards the catering costs. There were a range of cafes and shops near the venue and the organisers...

Aug 4, 2016

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Census Night: Week 1 National Family History Month 2016 blogging challenge...

Census Night: Week 1 National Family History Month 2016 blogging challenge

Alex Daw (aka FamilyTreeFrog) has set up a weekly blog challenge for National Family History Month 2016. I like blogging challenges as they usually get me writing about topics that I might not normally do. Week 1 is My Census Story – Census Night in Australia is 9 August this year. What extraordinary things have you discovered about your family history in census records? Sadly Australia has not kept census records like other countries apart from some early convict...

Jul 31, 2016

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Launch of National Family History Month 2016 & Making History Seminar in Perth...

Launch of National Family History Month 2016 & Making History Seminar in Perth

How quickly a year goes. I am currently in Perth for the start of National Family History Month 2016. The National Archives of Australia are again the launch sponsor, making this their 11th launch which is fantastic. The Perth office of National Archives of Australia provided a great venue with a dedicated room for the official part of the program and then the reading room provided the backdrop for a delicious afternoon tea. But I am getting ahead...

Jun 12, 2016

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Convict Queensland & Visiting Queensland State Archives...

Convict Queensland & Visiting Queensland State Archives

Well I have finally made my long awaited visit to Queensland State Archives (QSA). It is just over three years since I moved back to Queensland and I’m wondering now why it has taken me so long. The trip down the highway and going over the Gateway Bridge always seemed so daunting but even in morning traffic, it only took me just under 90 minutes. The trip is only four ‘streets’ – first Bribie Island Road to the Bruce...

May 6, 2016

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Mothers Day 2016

Mothers Day 2016

Mother’s Day and my son’s birthday are very close together, he arrived just after what I always consider my first Mother’s Day. I still have the tea cosy I bought myself in preparation for any sleepless nights that might have been ahead. But he was one of those wonderful children who slept through the night, almost from the beginning but try to get him to have an afternoon nap, that was a different story. Here is an early photo...

Apr 25, 2016

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The Finn Brothers – 2016 Trans Tasman ANZAC Day Blog Challenge...

The Finn Brothers – 2016 Trans Tasman ANZAC Day Blog Challenge

Since 2011 the Central Auckland Research Centre has been issuing the Trans Tasman ANZAC Day Blog Challenge. Each year I take part and focus on one of my military ancestors. This year I am revisiting a family that I first wrote about for ANZAC Day 2013. Read the original post here. Why repeat a challenge on the same family? Back in 2013 I had no photographs of either Robert Finn, John Finn or Denis Patrick Finn. Now I know...

Apr 19, 2016

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John James Carnegie AIF puzzle solved? – Trove Tuesday blog...

John James Carnegie AIF puzzle solved? – Trove Tuesday blog

Today has been an incredibly exciting Trove Tuesday. I picked my Carnegie family and in particular my great uncle John James Carnegie because I only had scant details on this family. I knew he died as I have a funeral notice but sadly no date and it is too recent for Trove. The funeral notice mentions that he was a Rat of Tobruk but I have never been able to find his army dossier. I also knew from family...

Apr 5, 2016

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Herbert William White Obituary – Trove Tuesday Blog...

Herbert William White Obituary – Trove Tuesday Blog

My Australia Day tribute this year was to Herbert William White – read the post here. He was my great grandfather from Wiltshire. Back in January I wrote about his life using information I had gathered over many years. Today as I thought about who to focus on for this Trove Tuesday post, I was thinking about his son Robert who died at the age of 31 years in August 1924. Robert James White enlisted in World War...

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 social 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...

Mar 17, 2016

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St Patrick’s Day – My Irish Finn Family from County Wicklow, Ireland...

St Patrick’s Day – My Irish Finn Family from County Wicklow, Ireland

St Patrick’s Day and my thoughts turn to my Irish great great grandparents John Finn and Sarah Fegan. I first starting researching them in 1977 and over the years my research has turned up many questions, some still waiting to be solved. This blog post only looks at the Finn side of the family. One of the first documents I obtained was the marriage certificate from Ireland. John Finn and Sarah Fegan married in the Roman Catholic Chapel of...

Mar 11, 2016

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Review of 10th Unlock the Past Genealogy Cruise to New Zealand and Southern Australia...

Review of 10th Unlock the Past Genealogy Cruise to New Zealand and Southern Australia

This is an overview report of Unlock the Past’s 10th Genealogy Cruise. I have already done three daily reports. If you missed them, catch up with Days 1-6 here Days 7-12 here Days 13-19 here. Overall it was a great cruise and not just because I managed not to fall over and hurt myself this time. It was an excellent genealogy program with 79 lectures that you could attend, with no two sessions on at the same time. No...

Mar 9, 2016

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Genealogy Cruising Days 13 -19 with Unlock the Past around New Zealand and Southern Australia...

Genealogy Cruising Days 13 -19 with Unlock the Past around New Zealand and Southern Australia

This is the third post of a series of blog posts on the 10th Unlock the Past cruise to New Zealand and southern Australia through to Fremantle in Western Australia. If you missed Days 1-6, catch up here and Days 7-12 here. Day 13 was in Melbourne and as we used to live there, I took the opportunity to have a lazy day on the ship with a swim, spa and a bit of reading. The after dinner speaker...

Mar 8, 2016

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World War One and The Finn Brothers – Trove Tuesday Blog...

World War One and The Finn Brothers  – Trove Tuesday Blog

I have previously written about my three Finn great great uncles who fought in World War One. Read their story here. Last year I managed to find a photograph of Denis Finn courtesy of Trove but I had no luck finding photos of his brothers John and Robert. Today I had another look in Trove and came up with this amazing article of all three brothers in The Week, 31 Jan 1919. The caption even tells me that...

Mar 7, 2016

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Genealogy Cruising Days 7-12 with Unlock the Past around New Zealand and Southern Australia...

Genealogy Cruising Days 7-12 with Unlock the Past around New Zealand and Southern Australia

This is a continuing series of blog posts on the 10th Unlock the Past cruise to New Zealand and southern Australia through to Fremantle in Western Australia. If you missed Days 1-6, catch up here. Day 7 was at Port Chalmers, just a short bus ride away from Dunedin on the South Island of New Zealand. We have stayed there quite a few times so we elected to stay on board for the ship’s entertainment. It is surprising...

Feb 26, 2016

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Genealogy Cruising Days 1-6 with Unlock the Past around New Zealand and Southern Australia...

Genealogy Cruising Days 1-6 with Unlock the Past around New Zealand and Southern Australia

This is the 10th Unlock the Past genealogy cruise and I am excited to be on this one because I have been wanting to hear Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist in person for some time. Plus there is a variety of other fantastic speakers covering a wide range of topics. It is an 18 night cruise around New Zealand then across to Sydney and then over to Fremantle via Melbourne and Adelaide. We flew into Auckland late Friday afternoon...

Jan 28, 2016

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Herbert William White – Australia Day 2016 Tribute...

Herbert William White – Australia Day 2016 Tribute

For Australia Day this year I am writing about my great grandfather Herbert William White, born in the parish of Farley in Wiltshire, England in 1864. He was the son of Robert White and Emma nee Titt and had nine siblings. Herbert immigrated to Townsville, Queensland in 1883 and as far as we know, no one else from his family came out to Australia. We know from a surviving letter that Herbert did remain in contact with his parents...

Jan 19, 2016

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Brisbane River Pilot James Carnegie – Trove Tuesday blog...

Brisbane River Pilot James Carnegie – Trove Tuesday blog

Trove Tuesday blogging has been happening for years but I have never participated in the challenge before. So in 2016 I thought it was time I did at least one Trove Tuesday post a month. Hopefully more but at least this is a start. Today I finished up a talk that I am giving on the Unlock the Past 10th genealogy cruise next month and James Carnegie, my great grandfather, is one of the key figures in that talk....

Dec 30, 2015

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Final post for 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015...

Final post for 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015

This personal genealogy blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 – 2015 by focusing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy...

Nov 15, 2015

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Week 43 Geographical Place Names in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015...

Week 43 Geographical Place Names in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015

This personal genealogy blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 – 2015 by focusing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy...

Nov 14, 2015

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A Baltic Genealogy Adventure with Unlock the Past...

A Baltic Genealogy Adventure with Unlock the Past

This report on my Baltic genealogy cruise with Unlock the Past in July 2015 is a bit late but I hope that people will still be interested in what I learnt from a great geneaconference at sea. For those who don’t know I had a fall while on a shore excursion in Germany (sadly just the second port of call and the 4th day of a 14 day cruise) and broke my right elbow. After being patched up...

Oct 25, 2015

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Week 42 Gaol and Prison Records in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015...

Week 42 Gaol and Prison Records in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015

This personal genealogy blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 – 2015 by focusing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy...

Oct 16, 2015

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Week 41 Convict Records in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015...

Week 41 Convict Records in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015

This personal genealogy blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 – 2015 by focusing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy...

Oct 6, 2015

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Week 40 Company Records in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015...

Week 40 Company Records in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015

This personal genealogy blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 – 2015 by focusing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy...

Oct 5, 2015

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Review of History Queensland conference 3-4 Oct 2015...

Review of History Queensland conference 3-4 Oct 2015

Why is it that genealogy conferences always seem to go so quickly? Must be because we are all so busy earning new things and catching up with old friends and making new ones. It was History Queensland‘s first conference and extremely well organised with a good venue, excellent catering, interesting program and excellent speakers. I am really glad that I decided to stay onsite as it saved travelling time but also I didn’t have to overtax my right...

Sep 17, 2015

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Review of Port Macquarie family history conference, 11-13 Sep 2015...

Review of Port Macquarie family history conference, 11-13 Sep 2015

Although my right elbow/arm is still out of action from my July fall in Germany, I still managed to get to the 31st annual genealogy conference of the NSW & ACT Association of Family History Societies held in Port Macquarie last weekend. It was one of the best ones I have ever attended for a number of reasons including the opportunity to catch up with many of my geneafriends. Port Macquarie is a great place to have a...

Aug 13, 2015

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National Family History Month August 2015...

National Family History Month August 2015

As voluntary coordinator of National Family History Month, I arrange to put events up on the NFHM website, liaise with sponsors, organise and manage the sponsors prizes giveaways, arrange the launch and promote NFHM through talks and a variety of social media platforms. This year has been a little more challenging as I had a fall in July and fractured my right elbow which required surgery. So I am doing everything with only my left hand! For those new to...

Jun 7, 2015

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Week 39 Old age pension records in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015...

Week 39 Old age pension records in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015

This personal genealogy blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 – 2015 by focusing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy...

Jun 2, 2015

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In Time and Place, Local, Family, Social History – Queensland State Conference...

In Time and Place, Local, Family, Social History – Queensland State Conference

This is a reminder that regional delegates from areas beyond south-east Queensland can apply for free conference registration, a fantastic offer thanks to the State Library of Queensland offer. See details below to apply. There is a fantastic program organised and I am one of the keynote speakers. Why not join us for Queensland’s first local and family history conference? In Time and Place. Local, Family, Social history Queensland’s first local and family history conference 3-4 October 2015...

May 19, 2015

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Week 38 Trade Union Records in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015...

Week 38 Trade Union Records in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015

This personal genealogy blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 – 2015 by focusing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy...

May 7, 2015

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National Family History Month August 2015...

National Family History Month August 2015

National Family History Month (NFHM) is an initiative of the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations (AFFHO). NFHM has been an annual event since August 2006 when it was celebrated during the first week of August. Due to its ever increasing popularity, NFHM was increased to the whole month of August from 2013. My role as voluntary coordinator is to maintain the website and event calendar and to promote NFHM as widely as I can to everyone interested...

May 5, 2015

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Report on Immigration Seminar Brisbane May 2015...

Report on Immigration Seminar Brisbane May 2015

On Sunday I was one of the speakers at a seminar on immigration records organised by the Southern Suburbs Branch of the Genealogical Society of Queensland. Other speakers were Helen Smith, Rosemary Kopittke and Eric Kopittke and I had not heard any of their talks before so it was a great opportunity for me to hear other perspectives on immigration records. It is a pity that the seminar didn’t attract more people as there was lots to learn...

Apr 30, 2015

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Week 37 Military Unit Histories & Unit War Diaries in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015...

Week 37 Military Unit Histories &  Unit War Diaries in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015

This personal genealogy blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 – 2015 by focusing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy...

Apr 21, 2015

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ANZAC Day Tribute to Alexander Thomas Davis...

ANZAC Day Tribute to Alexander Thomas Davis

As usual I am participating in Kintalk‘s Trans Tasman ANZAC Day blog challenge. This year my tribute is to Alexander Thomas Davis my first cousin three times removed who saw service in World War One and died of wounds shortly after arriving back home. Alexander was the son of Charles Brandon Davis and Clara Stanley Carnegie and was born in 1892 at Toorbul, on Pumicestone Passage near Brisbane. He had an older brother John Carnegie Davis and their...

Apr 20, 2015

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Forensic Genealogy with Colleen Fitzpatrick in Brisbane...

Forensic Genealogy with Colleen Fitzpatrick in Brisbane

On Saturday I attended the Colleen Fitzpatrick seminar co-hosted by the Queensland Family History Society and the Genealogical Society of Queensland in Brisbane. Colleen gave three talks and there was a morning tea break. The venue was St Joseph’s College, there was lots of parking available and it was central to most areas of Brisbane. What I also liked was that there was a note taking desk at each seat as it was a student lecture theatre. Some...

Apr 14, 2015

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Genealogy Society Seminars – Why You Should Have Them...

Genealogy Society Seminars – Why You Should Have Them

At the weekend I traveled to Maryborough (QLD) to give three presentations to the Maryborough Family Heritage Research Institute. I don’t normally report on seminars where I am the only speaker but I think there are some wider lessons here for other genealogy and family history societies. The seminar was originally organised for a weekend in February but Cyclone Marcia was threatening the Queensland coast and the seminar was moved to 11 April. Whenever you reschedule an event,...

Apr 6, 2015

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Week 36 Hospital Records in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015...

Week 36 Hospital Records in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015

This personal genealogy blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 – 2015 by focusing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy...

Apr 2, 2015

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AFFHO Congress 2015 Social Events & Sponsors/Exhibitors Report...

AFFHO Congress 2015 Social Events & Sponsors/Exhibitors Report

This is the third and final report on AFFHO Congress 2015. Post One on the first two days is here and Post Two on the last two days is here. In this post I will be looking at the two social events and all the sponsors/exhibitors as these are also a key part of any events success. The welcome meet and greet was Thursday night, before Congress started and was held at Anzac Hall in the Australian War Memorial....

Apr 1, 2015

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AFFHO Congress 2015 Days Three and Four Report...

AFFHO Congress 2015 Days Three and Four Report

This is the second part of a three post report on AFFHO Congress 2015 held in Canberra from 26-30 March 2015. Part One is here and an interim report posted during Congress is here. Day Three started with a keynote address by Michael McKernan on war on the home front. I have heard Michael talk before and as usual he had some moving accounts to share with the audience. He pointed out that with deaths in war it is...

Mar 31, 2015

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AFFHO Congress 2015 Days One and Two Report...

AFFHO Congress 2015 Days One and Two Report

This is the first of three posts on the 14th Australasian Congress on Genealogy & Heraldry, hosted by HAGSOC (Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra) on behalf of AFFHO (Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations). It was a four day conference with two major social events, group meetings and an exhibition area filled with sponsors and exhibitors. I will cover the conference days first and finish with the social events and exhibitors. I did manage one blog post...

Mar 22, 2015

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Week 35 Sporting Records in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015...

Week 35 Sporting Records in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015

This personal genealogy blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 – 2015 by focusing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy...

Mar 17, 2015

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Review of Jayne Shrimpton’s Fashion in the 1940s...

Review of Jayne Shrimpton’s Fashion in the 1940s

Jayne Shrimpton is probably best known in the genealogy research world for her book Tracing Your Ancestors Through Photographs, so I was interested to see what her other books on women’s fashion were like. Fashion in the 1940s published by Shire Books is set against a war time background and the austerity that went with it. While there is a British focus, I think there are some lessons for us here in Australia too. It is often hard to...

Mar 15, 2015

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AFFHO Congress Thoughts – The First Congress 1977...

AFFHO Congress Thoughts – The First Congress 1977

With the AFFHO (Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations) Congress 2015 just over a week away now, many people are excited at attending this geneaevent which only happens every three years. Over the last few months, the three official Congress bloggers, Jill Ball, Pauleen Cass and myself (Shauna Hicks) have been interviewing Congress speakers for tips on attending Congress. You can see those interviews by clicking on the links to each of us and scrolling back through our posts....

Mar 13, 2015

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Week 34 Maps in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015...

Week 34 Maps in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015

This personal genealogy blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 – 2015 by focusing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy...

Mar 8, 2015

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Report on Criminals and Victims Seminar, 7 Mar 2015...

Report on Criminals and Victims Seminar, 7 Mar 2015

Yesterday I gave a presentation at the Queensland Family History Society education session on criminals and victims, other speakers were Rosemary Kopittke and Helen Smith. It was a great morning and an enthusiastic crowd.         I started with my talk Ancestral Dirty Linen in Queensland Courts of Petty Sessions and as usual my slides are on the Resources page of my website, scroll down to Presentations. A number of my families had marital issues which spilled...

Mar 6, 2015

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Week 33 Church Records in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015...

Week 33 Church Records in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015

This personal genealogy blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 – 2015 by focusing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy...

Feb 18, 2015

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Week 32 Asylum Records in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015...

Week 32 Asylum Records in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015

This personal genealogy blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 – 2015 by focusing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy...

Feb 10, 2015

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Week 31 Photographs in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015...

Week 31 Photographs in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015

This personal genealogy blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 – 2015 by focusing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy...

Feb 2, 2015

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Week 30 Postcards in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015...

Week 30 Postcards in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015

This personal genealogy blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 – 2015 by focusing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy...

Jan 29, 2015

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Week 29 Military Records in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015...

Week 29 Military Records in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015

This personal genealogy blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 – 2015 by focusing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy...

Jan 25, 2015

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Interview with Carole Riley – speaker AFFHO Congress 2015...

Interview with Carole Riley – speaker AFFHO Congress 2015

As one of the official AFFHO Congress 2015 bloggers, it is my pleasure to interview speakers and learn more about them prior to the Congress in Canberra in March 2015. Organised by AFFHO (Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations), Congress is only held every three years. It attracts some of the best speakers in Australasia and overseas, hundreds of keen family history enthusiasts and lots of trade exhibitors and without doubt is the major genealogy, family history and heraldry event in Australasia....

Jan 20, 2015

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Tombstones: Week 28 in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015...

Tombstones: Week 28 in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015

This personal genealogy blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 – 2015 by focusing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy...

Jan 16, 2015

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Interview With Mathew Trinca – speaker AFFHO Congress 2015...

Interview With Mathew Trinca – speaker AFFHO Congress 2015

As one of the official AFFHO Congress 2015 bloggers, it is my pleasure to interview speakers and learn more about them prior to the Congress in Canberra in March 2015. Organised by AFFHO (Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations), Congress is only held every three years. It attracts some of the best speakers in Australasia and overseas, hundreds of keen family history enthusiasts and lots of trade exhibitors and without doubt is the major genealogy, family history and heraldry event in Australasia....

Jan 13, 2015

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Census Records: Week 27 in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015...

Census Records: Week 27 in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015

This personal genealogy blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 – 2015 by focusing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy...

Jan 4, 2015

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School Records: Week 26 in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Research in 2015...

School Records: Week 26  in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Research in 2015

This personal genealogy blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 – 2015 by focusing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy...

Jan 3, 2015

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Interview with John Blackwood – speaker AFFHO Congress 2015...

Interview with John Blackwood – speaker AFFHO Congress 2015

As one of the official AFFHO Congress 2015 bloggers, it is my pleasure to interview speakers and learn more about them prior to the Congress in Canberra in March 2015. Organised by AFFHO (Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations), Congress is only held every three years. It attracts some of the best speakers in Australasia and overseas, hundreds of keen family history enthusiasts and lots of trade exhibitors and without doubt is the major genealogy, family history and heraldry event in Australasia....

Jan 1, 2015

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Accentuate the Positive Geneameme 2014...

Accentuate the Positive Geneameme 2014

Each year geneafriend GeniAus invites bloggers to participate in her Accentuate the Positive aspects of our family history research for the year. See her original invitation here.  Anyone can 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 or just answer a few questions. Once you have done so please share your post’s link in a comment on Jill’s original post or via email to Jillballau@gmail.com....

Dec 29, 2014

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Genealogy Aspirations 2015

Genealogy Aspirations 2015

This year has gone incredibly fast! But then I seem to be saying that every year lately. There is the odd time when I think it would be nice to simply sit and do nothing but there is always something exciting happening with my family history research or we are indulging my other love, travel. Regular readers will know that I like to review my genealogy hopes at the end of a year and to set myself some...

Dec 27, 2014

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Interview with David Berry – speaker AFFHO Congress 2015...

Interview with David Berry – speaker AFFHO Congress 2015

As one of the official AFFHO Congress 2015 bloggers, it is my pleasure to interview speakers and learn more about them prior to the Congress in Canberra in March 2015. Organised by AFFHO (Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations), Congress is only held every three years. It attracts some of the best speakers in Australasia and overseas, hundreds of keen family history enthusiasts and lots of trade exhibitors and without doubt is the major genealogy, family history and heraldry event in Australasia....

Dec 23, 2014

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Interview with Jennie Norberry – speaker AFFHO Congress 2015...

Interview with Jennie Norberry – speaker AFFHO Congress 2015

As one of the official AFFHO Congress 2015 bloggers, it is my pleasure to interview speakers and learn more about them prior to the Congress in Canberra in March 2015. Organised by AFFHO (Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations), Congress is only held every three years. It attracts some of the best speakers in Australasia and overseas, hundreds of keen family history enthusiasts and lots of trade exhibitors and without doubt is the major genealogy, family history and heraldry event in Australasia....

Dec 20, 2014

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Interview with Cora Num – keynote speaker AFFHO Congress 2015...

Interview with Cora Num – keynote speaker AFFHO Congress 2015

As one of the official AFFHO Congress 2015 bloggers, it is my pleasure to interview speakers and learn more about them prior to the Congress in Canberra in March 2015. Organised by AFFHO (Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations), Congress is only held every three years. It attracts some of the best speakers in Australasia and overseas, hundreds of keen family history enthusiasts and lots of trade exhibitors and without doubt is the major genealogy, family history and...

Dec 16, 2014

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Interview with Kate Bagnall – speaker AFFHO Congress 2015...

Interview with Kate Bagnall – speaker AFFHO Congress 2015

As one of the official AFFHO Congress 2015 bloggers, it is my pleasure to interview speakers and learn more about them prior to the Congress in Canberra in March 2015. Organised by AFFHO (Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations),  Congress is only held every three years. It attracts some of the best speakers in Australasia and overseas, hundreds of keen family history enthusiasts and lots of trade exhibitors and without doubt is the major genealogy, family history and heraldry event in Australasia. See the...

Dec 13, 2014

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Interview with Robyn Williams – speaker AFFHO Congress 2015...

Interview with Robyn Williams – speaker AFFHO Congress 2015

As one of the official AFFHO Congress 2015 bloggers, it is my pleasure to interview speakers and learn more about them prior to the Congress in Canberra in March 2015. Organised by AFFHO (Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations),  Congress is only held every three years. It attracts some of the best speakers in Australasia and overseas, hundreds of keen family history enthusiasts and lots of trade exhibitors and without doubt is the major genealogy, family history and heraldry event in Australasia. See the...

Dec 8, 2014

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Interview with Michelle Nichols – speaker AFFHO Congress 2015...

Interview with Michelle Nichols – speaker AFFHO Congress 2015

As one of the official AFFHO Congress 2015 bloggers, it is my pleasure to interview speakers and learn more about them prior to the Congress in Canberra in March 2015. Organised by AFFHO (Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations),  Congress is only held every three years. It attracts some of the best speakers in Australasia and overseas, hundreds of keen family history enthusiasts and lots of trade exhibitors and without doubt is the major genealogy, family history and heraldry event in Australasia. See the...

Dec 7, 2014

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Book Review – Hiding the Past and The Lost Ancestor by Nathan Dylan Goodwin...

Book Review – Hiding the Past and The Lost Ancestor by Nathan Dylan Goodwin

Review of Hiding the Past and The Lost Ancestor by UK author Nathan Dylan Goodwin www.nathandylangoodwin.com – available in print or as an e-book. Nathan asked me to review his two books and not having read a genealogical mystery novel before I was keen to see what the books would be like. Described as genealogical crime mysteries, Hiding the Past is the first in the series with The Lost Ancestor continuing the cases (and adventures) of Morton Farrier, a young...

Dec 6, 2014

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2014 Christmas Genealogy Meme

2014 Christmas Genealogy Meme

I am participating in Geneablogger Sharn White’s Christmas Genealogy Meme. As Sharn says, genealogy memes are a wonderful way to record your Christmas traditions and memories for your family, so I hope that you will join me in responding to her prompts. The prompts are merely suggestions. Please fell free to answer any way you wish. Your answers may be as brief as one word or as loquacious as takes your fancy and please don’t feel as though you must...

Dec 3, 2014

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Interview With Sue Reid: speaker AFFHO Congress 2015...

Interview With Sue Reid: speaker AFFHO Congress 2015

As one of the official AFFHO Congress 2015 bloggers, it is my pleasure to interview speakers and learn more about them prior to the Congress in Canberra in March 2015. Organised by AFFHO (Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations),  Congress is only held every three years. It attracts some of the best speakers in Australasia and overseas, hundreds of keen family history enthusiasts and lots of trade exhibitors and without doubt is the major genealogy, family history and heraldry event in Australasia. See the...

Nov 30, 2014

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Interview With Richard Reid: keynote speaker AFFHO Congress 2015...

Interview With Richard Reid: keynote speaker AFFHO Congress 2015

As one of the official AFFHO Congress 2015 bloggers, it is my pleasure to interview speakers and learn more about them prior to the Congress in Canberra in March 2015. Organised by AFFHO (Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations),  Congress is only held every three years. It attracts some of the best speakers in Australasia and overseas, hundreds of keen family history enthusiasts and lots of trade exhibitors and without doubt is the major genealogy, family history and heraldry event...

Nov 8, 2014

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Frederick Trevaskis – Remembrance Day Tribute...

Frederick Trevaskis – Remembrance Day Tribute

Each ANZAC and Remembrance Day I like to do a tribute to one of my military ancestors. Frederick Trevaskis was a distant cousin (my great grandmother Dorcas Trevaskis was his aunt) and in the centenary year of World War One it is fitting to dedicate this blog to him. Frederick Trevaskis was the son of William and Louisa Trevaskis and was born in Charters Towers in 1891. He had three older brothers and one older sister and three younger...

Nov 3, 2014

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Norfolk Island History & Genealogy Conference 29-31 Oct 2014...

Norfolk Island History & Genealogy Conference 29-31 Oct 2014

This was an Unlock The Past event held on the historic and picturesque Norfolk Island, an Australian territory in the Pacific. Australians with convict ancestry may have had an ancestor or two who were sent to either the First Settlement 1788-1814 or the Second Settlement 1825-1856 – brief outline of history here. This conference was mostly about the history associated with the First Settlement with a little bit on the Second Settlement and some overall genealogy topics. As...

Nov 3, 2014

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Eastern Australia Unlock the Past cruise 23-26 Oct 2014 report...

Eastern Australia Unlock the Past cruise 23-26 Oct 2014 report

This was a different type of cruise to what I had been on previously. As a three night cruise on the Celebrity Solstice with no port stops it was described as a sampler cruise for those who might be considering a longer cruise but not sure if they would like being at sea. However for those who liked cruising and genealogy, this was more just like a genealogy conference, only at sea. It did not attract as many...

Oct 19, 2014

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Week 25 Immigration Records in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2014...

Week 25 Immigration Records in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2014

This blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 by focusing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy world. The 52 different...

Oct 13, 2014

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Angling for Ancestors Seminar Report Oct 2014...

Angling for Ancestors Seminar Report Oct 2014

Angling for Ancestors was a two day seminar organised by the Gold Coast Family History Society and held at the Bicentennial Community Centre at Nerang. Day one was talks and displays while day two was visits to local museums and heritage centers. Over a hundred people enjoyed some great talks and spent time at the various display stalls around the seating area at the venue. The welcome goodies bag had note pad, pen, sticky notes, info leaflets, Gold Coast souvenirs,...

Oct 6, 2014

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Week 24 Post Office Directories in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2014...

Week 24 Post Office Directories in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2014

52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2014 This blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 by focusing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere...

Sep 26, 2014

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Week 23 Electoral Rolls in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2014...

Week 23 Electoral Rolls in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2014

  This blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 by focusing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy world. The 52...

Sep 22, 2014

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One Lovely Blog Award Sep 2014

One Lovely Blog Award  Sep 2014

I am thrilled to have received a One Lovely Blog Award for SHHE Genie Rambles from Helen Smith of Helen V Smith’s Keyboard as Rambles is where I write most of my family story blogs and other things of a more serious or lasting value. Thanks Helen. Regular followers will know that I have previously received a One Lovely Blog Award for my other blog Diary of an Australian Genealogist which is my blog for my genealogy news and...

Sep 17, 2014

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52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2014 – Week 22 Family Letters and Correspondence...

52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2014 – Week 22 Family Letters and Correspondence

This blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 by focusing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy world. The 52 different...

Sep 4, 2014

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National Family History Month Aug 2014 Wrap Up...

National Family History Month Aug 2014 Wrap Up

Well National Family History Month went quickly with lots of events and activities. If you missed the report on the NFHM launch in Canberra you can read about it here. I am pleased to report that we had more events and more organisations participating than last year. Overall  there were 349 events hosted by 139 organisations and in 2013 there were 244 events hosted by 91 organisations. In order of the most events to the least in Australia, the figure...

Aug 24, 2014

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My 31 Activities for Researchers in National Family History Month – Nos 16-31...

My 31 Activities for Researchers in National Family History Month – Nos 16-31

I designed this challenge to help others think about what they might do during National Family History Month. Also as voluntary coordinator of NFHM, it is my job to help promote NFHM and the fantastic sponsors who support it and allow it to continue in August each year. See the list of 31 Activities for Researchers and 31 Activities for Societies on the Resources page of my website. Read the responses to Nos 1-15 here. My responses to Nos 16-31 challenges for...

Aug 16, 2014

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My 31 Activities for Researchers in NFHM 2014 – Nos 1-15...

My 31 Activities for Researchers in NFHM 2014 – Nos 1-15

I designed this challenge to help others think about what they might do during National Family History Month. Also as voluntary coordinator of NFHM, it is my job to help promote NFHM and the fantastic sponsors who support it and allow it to continue in August each year. See the list of 31 Activities for Researchers and 31 Activities for Societies on the Resources page of my website. Here are my responses to my first 15 of 31...

Aug 12, 2014

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National Family History Month 2014 Geneameme...

National Family History Month 2014 Geneameme

This geneameme is the inspiration of Pauleen who writes the blog Family History Across the Seas and is her contribution to National Family History Month. I can never resist a geneameme challenge so here is my contribution. Anyone can contribute but don’t forget to leave a link to your post in the comments section of Pauleen’s original challenge.   What are you doing for NFHM? As the voluntary coordinator I launched NFHM in Canberra, doing 11 talks for Moreton...

Aug 5, 2014

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Report on Launch of National Family History Month August 2014...

Report on Launch of National Family History Month August 2014

National Family History Month was launched at the National Archives of Australia in Canberra on 1 August 2014. An approaching cold front promised snow and we were not disappointed with a bit of a flurry during the afternoon (confirmed in the Canberra Times the following day as it did not last all that long). However it was lovely and warm inside the heritage building that the National Archives of Australia proudly occupies. As voluntary coordinator of NFHM, I explained that it was an initiative...

Jul 6, 2014

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52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2014 – Week 21 Obituaries...

This blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 by focusing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy world. The 52 different...

Jun 27, 2014

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Update on National Family History Month August 2014...

National Family History Month is is an initiative of AFFHO, the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations and started as a week in 2006 and extended to a month from 2013. It is held annually in August in Australia and New Zealand and there are just over four weeks to go.   Major sponsors for 2014 are AFFHO, Ancestry.com.au and FamilySearch. The National Archives of Australia have agreed to host the launch again, something they have done since 2006.   Prize sponsors this year...

Jun 25, 2014

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52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2014 – Week 20 Mining Records...

This blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 by focusing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy world. The 52 different...

Jun 18, 2014

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52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2014 – Week 19 Family Bibles...

This blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 by focussing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy world. The 52 different...

Jun 10, 2014

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52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2014 – Week 18 Almanacs...

This blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 by focussing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy world. The 52 different...

Jun 4, 2014

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52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2014 – Week 17 Court Records...

This blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 by focusing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy world. The 52 different...

May 29, 2014

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Report on GSQ annual genealogy seminar day 26 May 2014...

This is an annual event hosted by the Genealogical Society of Queensland (GSQ) that I have had the privilege of speaking at over the years, much easier now that I am living closer to Brisbane. Even if I was not speaking, I would still attend as the speakers are usually good with topics that interest me. This year was no different. Speakers included Dr Jennifer Harrison, Helen Smith, Stephanie Ryan from State Library of Queensland (SLQ), Jane Wassall from...

May 17, 2014

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52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2014 – Week 16 Naturalization & Citizenship Records...

This blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 by focusing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy world. The 52 different...

May 6, 2014

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52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2014 – Week 15 Civil Registration and Certificates...

This blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 by focussing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy world. The 52 different...

Apr 24, 2014

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52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2014 – Week 14 Cemetery Records...

This blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 by focussing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy world. The 52 different...

Apr 23, 2014

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Trans Tasman ANZAC Day Blog Challenge 2014 – The Story Behind Jack Russell...

Each year Kintalk (Auckland Libraries) issues their Trans Tasman ANZAC Day blog challenge and I always take the opportunity to participate and tell the story of one of my military ancestors. This year my military ancestor is Jack Russell but there are no Russell’s in the family. How and why are two questions that leap to mind and there is a simple answer – Jack Russell was a pseudonym that our ancestor used to join the AIF in...

Apr 18, 2014

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52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2014 – Week 13 Personal Names and Surnames...

This blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 by focussing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy world. The 52 different...

Apr 9, 2014

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52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2014 – Week 12 Gazetteers...

This blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 by focusing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy world. The 52 different...

Apr 4, 2014

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National Family History Month August 2014...

Last year I was the national voluntary coordinator of National Family History Month which is held annually in August in Australia and New Zealand and I have agreed to do it again in 2014. Behind the scenes activities included liaising with sponsors, organising the launch, maintaining the website, ensuring events are added to the web calendar, liaising with event holders, answering queries and most importantly, publicity and promotion to ensure that we get as many events as possible...

Mar 25, 2014

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52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2014 – Week 11 Newspapers...

This blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 by focussing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy world. The 52 different...

Mar 17, 2014

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52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2014 – Week 10 Occupation Records...

This blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 by focussing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy world. The 52 different...

Mar 10, 2014

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52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2014 – Week 9 Inquest Records...

This blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 by focussing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy world. The 52 different...

Mar 3, 2014

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52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2014 – Week 8 Diaries...

This blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 by focussing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy world. The 52 different...

Feb 26, 2014

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52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2014 Week 7 – Local Histories...

This blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 by focussing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy world. The 52 different...

Feb 24, 2014

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The Future of Genealogy (as seen from Feb 2014)...

On the recent Unlock the Past genealogy cruise, Thomas MacEntee chaired a panel session looking at the future of genealogy. The panellists were myself (Shauna Hicks from Queensland, Mike Murray from Western Australia, Chris Paton from Scotland and Kirsty Gray from England. Thomas had a set of six questions which he put to each panellist. This session was of great interest to me so even though I was on the panel, I tried to make notes of what...

Feb 21, 2014

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Review of 4th Unlock the Past Genealogy Cruise Feb 2014...

The cruise left from Sydney then on to Melbourne, then Adelaide, then Hobart and finally back to Sydney. This was my 4th cruise with Unlock the Past as a cruise presenter and as usual I will do an overall review of the cruise. Perhaps the question I was asked most was, why go to Australian ports as it is much more exotic to travel to Pacific Islands such as Lifou, Noumea, Fiji and Vanuatu. Well I wanted to...

Feb 19, 2014

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52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2014 – Week 6 Land Records...

This blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 by focussing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy world. The 52 different...

Feb 3, 2014

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52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2014 – Week 5 Family Stories...

This blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 by focussing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy world. The 52 different...

Jan 28, 2014

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52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2014 – Week 4 Memorial Cards...

This blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 by focusing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy world. The 52 different...

Jan 21, 2014

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52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2014 – Week 3 Probates (wills and administrations)...

This blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 by focussing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy world. The 52 different...

Jan 20, 2014

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Australia Day Challenge 2014: C’mon Aussie...

One of my favourite bloggers, Cassmob, has issued an Australia Day Challenge C’mon Aussie geneameme and as usual I can’t resist. Anyone can join in and all the details are at the C’mon Aussie link. CLIMBING YOUR FAMILY’S GUM TREE My first ancestor to arrive in Australia was: Adam Johnston in 1861 (the only way I managed to get convicts in the family was to marry someone with convicts) I have Australian Royalty (tell us who, how many...

Jan 14, 2014

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52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2014 – Week 2 Internal Migration...

This blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 by focussing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy world. The 52 different...

Jan 7, 2014

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52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2014 – Week 1 Military Medals...

This blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 by focusing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy world. The 52 different...

Jan 1, 2014

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Accentuate the Positive Geneameme 2013...

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...

Dec 23, 2013

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Genealogy Aspirations 2014

This year has gone incredibly fast! It has been busy with settling into our new home on Bribie Island and doing some travel as usual. Regular readers will know that I like to review my genealogy goals at the end of a year and to set myself some new genealogy goals for the coming year. So how did I go with my Genealogy Aspirations 2013? The five aspirations (in brief) were: 1. As I unpack to identify and...

Oct 2, 2013

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Using the State Library of Victoria From Afar!...

Back in September I was asked to do a guest blog for Family Matters, the genealogy blog of the State Library of Victoria. I’m including it on my website for those who might not have seen the Library’s blog. When I left Victoria last year for sunny Queensland, one of the places I was going to miss was the State Library of Victoria which has a great genealogy collection. While I can’t personally visit these days, I can...

Sep 24, 2013

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NSW & ACT Conference Sessions Canberra Sep 2013...

This is part of a series of blogs following my attendance at the NSW & ACT Association of Family History Societies annual conference – this year hosted by the Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra (HAGSOC) in Canberra. My report on the Family History Fair can be read here and the social activities and other news can be read in the various entries on my blog Diary of an Australian Genealogist. This blog is all about the conference...

Sep 23, 2013

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NSW & ACT Family History Fair Canberra Sep 2013...

The NSW & ACT Association of Family History Societies holds an annual conference each year and if it is somewhere I can easily get to, I try and attend. They started in 1984 and this was my 7th conference  (my 1st was 1994) and although now living on Bribie Island it was relatively easy to get to Brisbane and then fly to Canberra. A bit of a trek but I’m glad I did it as it was a...

Aug 31, 2013

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The Bloggers’ Geneameme for NFHM...

For National Family History Month, Geniaus compiled another one of her popular geneamemes as a cyber activity. As usual I can’t resist her geneameme challenges so here are my responses to her Bloggers’ Geneameme. What are the titles and URLs of your genealogy blog/s? I have two blogs – my first is on my website and is called SHHE Genie Rambles which is fours years old this month and the second is Diary of an Australian Genealogist which...

Aug 29, 2013

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31 Activities for Societies during NFHM – the Final 16!...

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...

Aug 28, 2013

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

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...

Aug 20, 2013

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31 Activities For Societies During NFHM – the first 15!...

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...

Aug 15, 2013

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

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...

Aug 7, 2013

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Family History Feast Melbourne Aug 2013...

Having left Victoria last year I didn’t really expect to go to another Family History Feast but it was the 10th anniversary of the first Feast, and I was invited down for a photo opportunity with my two co founders of Family History Feast, Anne Piggott and Anne Burrows. As I had been working hard on National Family History Month administration, I decided a little holiday was in order. It also meant that I could catch up with...

Aug 2, 2013

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National Family History Month Launch 2013...

Yesterday was the launch of National Family History Month 2013 and as the voluntary national coordinator I had the pleasure of chairing the launch at the Brisbane Office of the National Archives of Australia. To start with I highlighted all the changes this year and I have included my talk at the end of this blog as it’s a bit lengthy and I don’t want you to miss what I have to say about the other speakers. Next...

Jul 1, 2013

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Looking at the Irish & Immigration with GSQ...

I’m back home after attending the Genealogical Society of Queensland‘s annual seminar in Brisbane. This year the theme was Irish in the morning and Immigration in the afternoon. It was the first genealogy seminar I’ve been to since February (which is almost like a drought for me) and it was good to be back chatting to old friends and swapping information. The day started with Dr Jennifer Harrison talking about 19th century Irish arrivals in Queensland and Jennifer’s...

Apr 24, 2013

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World War One & the brothers Finn...

As usual I am participating in Kintalk‘s (Auckland City Libraries) annual Trans Tasman ANZAC day blog challenge. This year I am featuring my father’s three great uncles Robert, John and Denis Patrick Finn who enlisted in World War One. Although all three returned to Australia, I believe that the experience changed them and their lives were totally different from what they might have been had not war intervened. John and Sarah Finn emigrated from County Wicklow, Ireland in...

Feb 25, 2013

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Third Unlock the Past genealogy cruise review...

This will be an overview of the whole cruise as I’ve already given detailed account of the genealogy sessions in my Diary of an Australian Genealogist blog – check out Days 1-5 and Days 6-9. As this was my fifth cruise and third genealogy cruise I’m usually a very happy cruiser but I have to say I was a bit disappointed with some of the Royal Caribbean policies (we haven’t sailed with them before). Of the nine nights...

Jan 8, 2013

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Blog of the Year Award

I am honoured to have been nominated for Blog of the Year Award 2012 from Geniaus for my My Diary of an Australian Genealogist blog.  Jill wrote that she read the Diary for the ‘news, views and a slice of life’ which is a nice way of saying that sometimes it’s not always genealogy related. My change of abode (in 2 weeks time) and a more settled lifestyle should see a return to more genealogy time in 2013...

Jan 1, 2013

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Accentuate the Positive 2012 Geneameme...

Good geneafriend Geniaus has thrown down another geneameme challenge to get us all thinking right at the start of 2013. As usual I can’t resist so here are my responses to her Accentuate the Positive 2012 geneameme. All contributions will be collated so if you also take on this challenge let Geniaus know too. Remember to accentuate the positive – please delete the statements that are not relevant to your situation. 1. An elusive ancestor I found was...

Dec 30, 2012

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Genealogy Aspirations 2013

Regular readers of this blog will know that each year I like to review the genealogy goals I set myself at the beginning of a year and then set new goals for the coming year. There has been varying success over the last three years but 2012 was definitely more challenging. Our sudden, although expected decision to relocate from Victoria, threw the second half of the year into chaos as most of my genealogy material was in storage...

Dec 10, 2012

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Christmas Geneameme

I’m a fan of geneamemes and I couldn’t resist this timely Christmas geneameme from Cassmob which makes us think about our own Christmas traditions and memories. Anyone can join in and if you leave a link in the comments section of the link above then it will be included in the overall collation of responses. THE 2012 CHRISTMAS GENEAMEME 1. Do you have any special Xmas traditions in your family? Not really although we all do try to...

Jul 28, 2012

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National Family History Week 2012 Launch...

Although National Family History Week is a national event in Australia, it is only launched in one place which is usually in Melbourne. This year I was honoured to be asked to do the launch and below is the text of my talk for those not able to personally attend the launch. It was a great afternoon and I’ll report more on it in my Diary of an Australian Genealogist soon. It’s 35 years Since the TV Miniseries...

Jul 13, 2012

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Illuminating Blogger Award

Thanks to Geniaus I have received an Illuminating Blogger Award originally started by Foodstories. It was for my blog Diary of an Australian Genealogist and in her nomination Geniaus said – Shauna Hicks lectures, writes, and blogs about genealogy in Australia. In her journal style blog she shares stories of her daily life and genealogy journeys, her friendly style makes one feel that Shauna is writing a chatty letter to the individual reader. I am really honoured and...

Jul 5, 2012

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Overview of Unlock the Past Queensland Expo Jun 2012...

Regular readers will know that I reported on the Unlock the Past Queensland Expo in Brisbane 25-27 Jun 212 on a daily basis through my Diary of an Australian Genealogist blog. If you missed it, here are links to Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 and Expo Exhibitors reports. In this blog I’m reflecting on the expo overall and up front, I have to say it was another great genealogy experience although my hometown of Brisbane turned on...

Apr 25, 2012

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Leslie Gordon Price – A Rat of Tobruk...

Today is ANZAC Day and I foreshadowed back in February during the Bombing of Darwin 70th anniversary tour that my ANZAC Day blog this year would be dedicated to my Uncle Gordon, my mother’s eldest brother. During the bombing of Darwin tour, I met historian Brad Manera and was privileged to have him advise me on a ‘kidney dish’ that Gordon had carried around with him during his time in the army. For years I believed all soldiers had...

Apr 6, 2012

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Overview of AFFHO 2012 heraldry & genealogy congress...

Regular readers will know that I like to do a daily blog of genealogy events so that I capture things as I go and then do an overall summary at the end when I have had more time to think about how it all went. For my daily accounts of the 2012 AFFHO Congress in Adelaide see my Diary of an Australian Genealogist – Welcome Reception, Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 and Day 4. Overall I have to...

Mar 14, 2012

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My Reader Geneameme in 2012 National Year of Reading...

My contribution is very late as I was away when Geniaus first threw down the gauntlet of another geneameme and totally missed it. Geniaus commented that this  one hasn’t been as popular as previous ones and I suspect it is because it is not as genealogy oriented or perhaps everyone is just busy at present. Here are my thoughts on the topic and I apologise for the all bold font in some of the questions – I can’t...

Feb 29, 2012

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Darwin Family History Seminar

While up in Darwin for the War Comes to Australia tour, I also took part in the Unlock the Past genealogy seminar in conjunction with the Northern Territory Library and the Genealogical Society of the Northern Territory. It was a full day with Rosemary Kopittke and I giving three talks each with small presentations from the Library, the Society and Unlock the Past. Usually I am the only one blogging these events and it is always hard to...

Feb 29, 2012

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Battlefield Tours – War Comes to Australia: 70th anniversary of the bombing of Darwin...

Well I am just back from my first ever battlefield tour and I’m hooked – it’s like genealogy cruising, you get to travel and learn more about things you have an interest in. Plus I didn’t have to do housework for almost a week! I was privileged to be a speaker on the Unlock the Past and Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours War Comes to Australia tour to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Darwin. As usual...

Jan 30, 2012

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My Bucket List Geneameme

I always like to try any challenge thrown out by Geniaus especially her Geneamemes and this Bucket List Geneameme is no exception. The only difference this time is that I have found it incredibly difficult. Why? I’ve had a personal bucket list for years and slowly ticking off various things I want to do, places I want to go and so on. Some of those have been genealogy oriented (indeed most of my life has been defined by...

Jan 25, 2012

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Wealth for Toil – Thomas Price

It’s Australia Day 2012 tomorrow and I am participating in Twigs of Yore‘s annual blog challenge with this year’s theme Wealth for Toil. It took me a while to decide on who to write about because although all my ancestor’s worked hard, none of them were wealthy and most of them died early, through illness or accidents. In the end I chose my mother’s grandfather Thomas Price as he led an interesting and varied life as he tried...

Jan 13, 2012

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Genealogy Aspirations Reviewed & Renewed 2012...

Although it’s already two weeks into January, my holiday travels (see Diary of an Australian Genealogist) have slowed down my blogging output. However I have been thinking about what I aspired to in 2011 (see My 2011 Genealogy Aspirations) and how well I managed to keep them in focus over what turned out to be another very busy year with lots of travel. No 1 was finalising my mother’s Price family history and publishing it. Research on this...

Dec 11, 2011

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Unlock the Past Scottish Irish Genealogy Cruise 2011 Overview...

Regular readers will know that I flew to Auckland New Zealand on 18 November for the  Unlock the Past history & genealogy cruise with a Scottish Irish theme. Throughout the trip I maintained a daily account of the genealogy sessions as well as the onshore excursions and shipboard life. They weren’t sent every day due to no affordable internet  for most of the time at sea but whenever I could use my Australian or New Zealand modems I...

Dec 3, 2011

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Two Full On Genealogy At Sea Days

Those following my Diary of an Australian Genealogist blogs will know that I am recording my touristy adventures there along with reports on the few genealogy sessions we have when in port. For the days we are totally at sea with no touristy distractions, I am putting those session reports on this website. Day Ten The extra hour of sleep last night was good and the day started with Chris Paton talking about Scottish Censuses 1841-1939 and then...

Nov 23, 2011

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Genealogy Cruising Day One at Sea

It was great to see so many people turn up for my talk At Sea Then and Now and I appreciated the feedback throughout the day as I kept running into other Unlock the Past cruisers (now easily identifiable by our lanyards and name tags). Also interesting to see how many others on board also ask about what we are doing – so many people seem to be doing genealogy or are interested in it. Although I missed...

Nov 20, 2011

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Genealogy Cruising Again – Day One...

I write another blog, Diary of an Australian Genealogist, and note my daily activities briefly there but for the larger seminar reports, I will be putting them on my website. So for those interested in the Unlock the Past Scottish/Irish history and genealogy cruise over the next two weeks there will be updates in both blogs. I had thought I would do it differently, but the length of this report changed my mind. Saturday was the first onshore...

Nov 17, 2011

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Surname Saturday Meme: Names, Places and Most Wanted Faces...

As a regular reader of Geniaus‘ blogs, I often find myself (lately) doing memes. Sometimes they are created by Geniaus and sometimes she has picked up memes from fellow bloggers. This is one of the latter, and it is a really useful way to advertise the primary surnames we are researching. I have already had considerable success with relatives finding me via my own blogs, so this meme instantly appealed to me. On his Destination Austin Family Blog...

Nov 14, 2011

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Pambula Genealogy Seminar

It’s a long drive (606 kilometres) from our place to Pambula, New South Wales but it does take you through the scenic Gippsland area of Eastern Victoria. For most of the time we were out of mobile phone coverage which always makes me wonder what would happen if the car broke down as towns are few and far between the further east you go. Even in Pambula I often found it hard to get phone coverage and if...

Nov 10, 2011

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Remembrance Day & My Two Grandfathers...

Each ANZAC Day I like to blog about one of my military ancestors, and this Remembrance Day I have decided to do the same. Neither of my two grandfathers spent much time in military service but their stories are still interesting. Although my parents were born only a few months apart, my mother’s father Henry Price was born in 1887 while my father’s father John Martin Gunderson was born in 1909. So one grandfather saw brief service in...

Oct 29, 2011

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52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History Week 43 Worst School Subject...

I’m participating in the weekly Geneabloggers theme of 52 Weeks of Personal  Genealogy & History and sadly I don’t always get the time to do each week’s topic. This week is your worst school subject and I simply had to do this challenge. I only ever failed one school subject and that was Art. Personally I don’t think it should have been a compulsory subject in Year 8 because not everyone is artistic. I’m a very practical kind...

Oct 27, 2011

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Beyond the Internet Geneameme

Pauleen from the Family history across the seas blog has created a Geneameme Beyond the Internet which focuses on genealogy resources beyond the Internet. Geneamemes (named by Geniaus) seem to be quite the trend lately so not to be left out, here is my contribution to this new geneameme. For background I started researching my family history in 1977 so most of it was done pre Internet days. I have been able to solve some of my brick walls using the...

Oct 21, 2011

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Writing Family History Again

Back on 24 August 2011 I wrote a Writing Family History blog and since then I have met and talked with two interesting authors and have read and reviewed their books. As I have mentioned in previous blogs, I have been a fan of Hazel Edwards for many years and recently I had the pleasure of chatting with her over afternoon tea. It was really good to talk to another author about publishing and e-books and the use...

Oct 15, 2011

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My Ancestors’ Geneameme

Geniaus is one of my favourite Australian bloggers and I can easily follow her posts on Twitter. She likes to issue challenges from time to time and here is another Meme challenge – The Ancestors’ Geneameme. This was issued on Friday and I notice that there is already a good response so time to add mine to the list. The list should be annotated in the following manner: Things you have already done or found: bold face type...

Oct 5, 2011

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Ongoing Value of Genealogy Conference Papers...

In my ‘spare’ time, I have been compiling a list of all the conference papers presented at VAFHO (Victorian Association of Family History Organisations) conferences between 1995 and 2010. Conferences are usually held every two years but there are exceptions especially if the AFFHO (Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations) Congress is being held the same year. I’m happy to say that I have finally completed the listing. Over the last few years I have managed to pick...

Oct 1, 2011

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52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History Week 39 Least Favourite Foods...

I’m participating in the weekly blogging theme 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History and this week’s topic is all about our least favourite foods. When I first saw the topic all the horrible things Mum used to cook for me as a child instantly came to mind. Now before anyone says that’s not nice, I have to say my statement needs to be placed in the context of the times. This was Brisbane, Queensland, Australia in the...

Sep 18, 2011

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Old Research, New Resources, Fresh Eyes...

I started researching my family history in August 1977, just over 34 years ago and I am amazed at the changes over that time. Anyone starting out now can’t appreciate just how hard it was back then, especially trying to do it from Australia. Yesterday I proved (I think) that I made a fundamental error back then but without access to today’s resources, the decisions I made then were all reasonable and based on available evidence. I welcome...

Sep 17, 2011

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52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History Week 37 Earliest Memories...

I’m participating in the weekly blogging theme 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History and this week’s topic is all about our earliest memories. I find it hard to define earliest – is it what I actually remember or what I think I remember? A lot of  early photographs of me with my family often make me think I remember but I suspect I am just remembering having seen the photos before, and not the actual event. Most of...

Sep 15, 2011

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The Tech Savvy Genealogists’ Meme...

Another Geniaus challenge – interestingly it captures all of the issues I have been looking at over the last few months ie new phone, tablet, netbook, scanner etc – parts of me want to be tech savvy but other parts of me want to go back to my Grade one slate and pencil!! Read on to see my answers. The list should be annotated in the following manner: Things you have already done or found: bold face type...