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...

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...

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...

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 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 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 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...

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 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...

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...

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...

Mar 17, 2011

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Researching Irish Ancestors

Last year for St Patrick’s Day I wrote a blog Letters Home – My Irish Families (6 Mar 2010). It reunited me with three distant lines of my Jeffers family of Portadown, Ireland which was exciting for all of us. This year my tribute to St Patrick’s Day will be sharing some of my favourite Irish websites and resources. For anyone who is just starting their family history, I have an article How Do I Start Tracing My...

May 18, 2010

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Advertising Your Genealogy Research Online...

Back on 4 December 2009 I wrote a blog titled Serendipity or Advertising Your Ancestors which described how various ‘relatives’ had contacted me after reading something that I had written. This is a follow up to that blog and it confirms that it pays to advertise your genealogy research interests. Since then I have written many blogs on a range of topics using my own families to either tell their stories or to highlight how I have found...

Apr 16, 2010

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Finding Ancestors in Church Publications...

Since December 2009 I have been writing a monthly article on Finding Ancestors in Church Publications for Australian Family Tree Connections (AFTC). Parts 1-3 are now available online on Unlock the Past to make the articles more accessible. Church publications include regular newsletters, newspapers, journals, histories, directories, biographies and so on. They don’t include original records such as parish registers as these are not usually published. Although I mostly talk about published material, I do sometimes refer to...

Mar 6, 2010

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Letters Home – My Irish Families...

This week’s blog is my contribution to the Carnival of Irish Heritage & Culture, 18th edition With four gg grandparents born in Ireland it is no wonder that I am interested in Irish heritage and culture. Of the four it is only my gg grandmother Maria Jeffers who gives me any real insight into her life back in Ireland. However, I will also outline the other Irish gg grandparents just in case someone else is interested in those...