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...