Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Rootstech Keynote Announced

Familysearch have shared details of one of the keynote speakers for Rootstech 2017. LeVar Burton. Although I'm not familiar with him or most of the people selected as keynotes for Rootstech over the years I look forward to these keynote presentations as the Rootstech organisers have a knack for  selecting amazing keynote presenters.

Salt Lake City, UT,

Reading Rainbow’s LeVar Burton Will Keynote RootsTech 2017

FamilySearch International is pleased to announce that LeVar Burton will be the Friday keynote speaker at RootsTech 2017 on February 10, 2017. Burton is known by millions for his legendary starring role as Kunta Kinte in 1977 in the globally acclaimed and award-winning ABC mini series, Roots, as chief engineer Geordi La Forge in the iconic Star Trek: The Next Generation television series, and as host and executive producer of the beloved PBS children’s series, Reading Rainbow. Burton was also the co-executive producer of the re-envisioned production of Roots that aired in June of this year on the A&E Networks. 
Reading Rainbow was one of the longest running children’s television shows in TV history (1983-2009) and one of the most acclaimed, earning more than 200 awards including 26 Emmys and a Peabody. "There's a whole new generation of kids that need to develop a relationship with the written word, especially, I believe, in this ultra-technological age. I'm in this for the mission. This is what I do," said Burton.
He is excited about the opportunity to keynote at RootsTech where he plans to share personal stories about RootsStar Trek, his Reading Rainbow foundation, and also stories of his mom and her commanding influence on him.
"The story of Roots traces a family's journey from Africa to America and back. At RootsTech, I'll share some of my own journey of family, storytelling and the influence of African culture on my American Experience."
Burton’s acting career began as a college student at the University of Southern California with his first-ever audition—winning the role of Kunta Kinte in ABC’s wildly popular 1977 TV mini-series, Roots. Thus, at age 19, he found his picture on the cover of Time magazine. Soaring to stardom was only the beginning for Burton. He followed it with many roles—most notably in Reading Rainbow and Star Trek: The Next Generation.
An advocate for children’s literacy, Burton’s Reading Rainbow provides an outlet for innovative uses of storytelling. Reading Rainbow uses technology and media to inspire today’s children to love reading, and is currently the number one educational app on iTunes. The digital service includes more than 500 children’s fiction and non-fiction books, and 200 newly-produced video field trips with new content added weekly.
RootsTech is held at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City and will be simulcasted around the world with many sessions recorded for later viewing. RootsTech offers a line-up of world-class speakers, thrilling entertainment and engaging classes and activities with a bigger-than-ever expo hall. There will be something for everyone regardless of age or experience. Registration for RootsTech is currently open at reduced rates at Rootstech 2017 is sponsored by FamilySearch,, and

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Poor cousins downunder

Having read what my genimates from across the seas have to say about Ancestry's We're  Related App I thought I'd  join the fun, download it and play.
I was thwarted  -  the app is not available for download  in Australia.

Trove Tuesday - Emmie Ball

Emmie Ball, a Great-aunt of Mr GeniAus, married Eric Gladstone Deadman from Liverpool, NSW. I turned to Trove to add some Emmie stories to our family tree.

1918 'A SOLDIER'S BRIDE.', The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate (Parramatta, NSW : 1888 - 1950), 27 April, p. 11. , viewed 25 Oct 2016,

This article reported that Emmie was a Bridesmaid at her Brother, Fred's wedding. 

"The chief bridesmaids were Miss Emmie Ball (sister of the bridegroom) and Mrs. Lucy Fox (the bride's sister), both wearing pale pink silk voile and carrying bouquets of pink and white chrysanthemums."

1920 'LIVERPOOL.', The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate (Parramatta, NSW : 1888 - 1950), 29 May, p. 5. , viewed 25 Oct 2016,

1920 'LIVERPOOL.'The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate (Parramatta, NSW : 1888 - 1950), 11 December, p. 5. , viewed 25 Oct 2016,

Emmie celebrates her Coming of Age.

1921 'WEDDINGS IN THE DISTRICT.'The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate (Parramatta, NSW : 1888 - 1950), 24 September, p. 4. , viewed 25 Oct 2016,

Emily is a Bride: 

A quiet wedding was celebrated at St. Bede's Church of England, Drummoyne, on Thursday, the 8th Inst., when Miss Emily Ball, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Ball, of "Dorking Villa," George-street, Liverpool, was married to Mr. Eric Gladstone Deadman, youngest son of Ald. S. and the late Mrs. Deadman,of Goulburn-street, Liverpool; the Rev. S. Deadman, brother of the bridegroom, offic-iated. The bride was given away by her brother, Mr. James Ball, Marrickville,and
was daintily gowned in apricot georgette,beautifully embossed with a hat to match. Miss Lily Toner attended as bridesmaid,and wore a pretty frock of white crepe de chine and a black picture hat. Mr. E.
McDermott was best man. After the ceremony, the bridal party left for Liverpool, where about 40 guests were entertained at the residence of the bride's parents, and the usual toasts were honored. The evening was spent in dancing and singing; Vocal and musical items were contributed by Mesdames Jackson and E. Hanna,Miss C. Deadman, Messrs. F. Weekes. J. Kaye, H. Watt, T. Fitzpatrick and Johnson. Later mr. and Mrs. Deadman left midst cheers and good wishes for their
honeymoon, which is being spent at Ka-toomba, thence to Wollongong; the bride travelling in a smart navy crepe de chine costume and a small mastic hat.

1921 'WEDDINGS IN THE DISTRICT.'The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate (Parramatta, NSW : 1888 - 1950), 3 December, p. 4. , viewed 25 Oct 2016,

Emily attended the wedding of her friend Lily Grundy.
1931 'Advertising'The Biz (Fairfield, NSW : 1928 - 1972), 17 April, p. 4. , viewed 25 Oct 2016,

Emily auctioned some property:

1944 'Family Notices'The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 4 May, p. 10. , viewed 25 Oct 2016,

Emily's mother dies:
BALL - May 3 1944 Emily fond wife of John James, and dear mother of Hannah, Fred, Emily, James (deceased) and of James Kay aged 79 years.
1944 'LIVERPOOL', The Biz (Fairfield, NSW : 1928 - 1972), 12 October, p. 3. , viewed 25 Oct 2016,

"Mrs. E. Deadman. of Goulburn Street, Liverpool, was admitted to Parramatta District Hospital on October 4."

1945 'Family Notices', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 16 June, p. 24. , viewed 25 Oct 2016,

Emmie's son is killed in action:

DEADMAN.-May 14, 1945, killed in action, Bougainville, NX194063, Lance-Cpl. Colin Frederick, dearly loved elder son of Mr. and Mrs. Eric Deadman, of 46 Goulburn Street,Liverpool, and brother of Jean, Norman, James, Leslie, Shirley, and Barry. Duty nobly done.

1950 'Family Notices', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 16 May, p. 18. , viewed 25 Oct 2016,

Emily's father passes away:

BALL, John James. — May 15, 1950, formerly of Liverpool, husband of the late Emily Ball, and dear father of Annie, Fred, and Emilie, aged 84 years.

I couldn't find any further references in Trove to Emily who passed away in 1959.

Monday, October 24, 2016

A First Cousin Once Removed

Some time last year when Mr GeniAus tracked down the contact details of his father's first cousin he immediately contacted her by 'phone and asked would she mind if we visited some time.  Then life got in the way.

Finally on Sunday we made our way up the motorway to the Port Stephens region where the cousin resides. We had armed ourselves with some ancestor charts, a narrative on some of her Ball ancestors, copies of photos and some chocolate biscuits. Can you believe I left my camera behind in our accommodation in Newcastle? Luckily Mr GeniAus and I both had our mobile 'phones. I had my laptop in the car but didn't take it into the house initially as I didn't want to overwhelm this octogenerian. 

Mr GeniAus' Grandfather - there is a strong family resemblance
We organised our arrival for 10:00 am so the cousin wouldn't feel obligated to feed us. Of course we stayed longer and enjoyed lunch with the cousin and her husband. The cousin was most interested in her family history but didn't have any certificates or documents to share. She corroborated stories we had heard and gave us some names and dates that provided enough clues to track down references for some BDMs  and burials. She was able to help us identify some family members in our photos and we set her straight on one she had mislabelled. 

It was a Win-Win day - we came away with images of two studio photographs of Mr GeniAus' Great-grandmother one of which was with his Grandfather. This was so special because the only photos we have of these two are a couple of blurry amateur images. The cousin was delighted because of the documents we had prepared for her. 

The icing on the cake was when I fetched my computer from the car and read the cousin an account of her parents' wedding I had found on Trove. When we got home Mr G printed off a hard copy and have mailed it to her with a copy of her Grandmother's will.

I had a fun day today going through the notes and finding references including articles from Trove to add to my database.

Collaboration Rocks.


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