Sunday, March 26, 2017

Back on Board

Those of you who are my Facebook friends will know that I was back on board a cruise ship for a few weeks this month and so my geneablogging suffered.

Mr GeniAus enjoyed our sojourn at sea where we journeyed from Auckland up to Singapore with about a dozen stops along the way, some old, some new. As lifelong learners we appreciate the opportunities cruising gives us to visit new lands and learn about people and places via the Smithsonian lecture program provided on board.

Our dear little ship, Seven Seas Navigator, in Akaroa, New Zealand
I got back into the swing of genealogy yesterday when I presented my Geneagoogling: effective Google searching talk at The Society of Australian Genealogists to a lively and responsive group. There were some familiar faces in the audience as well as folk who were new to me. It was pleasing to meet a couple of young genies at the session.

One of these genies, Nyree, mentioned that she has a blog. Of course I took a look at it on the way home and was impressed by its professional appearance. Do take a look at One Girl's Family History : an outlet for an obsession and leave a comment for Nyree. We need to encourage new, young geneabloggers.

I was chuffed when one familiar face chatted with me. It was Susan whom I had met through Wyong Family History Group. Susan is also a user of my favourite program Family Historian but it was something that Susan said that made me go all coy.

As a sometime genealogy presenter I often wonder if I have had any effect on the people who are in my audiences. Do they come along, listen, think that was interesting but then go about their business without taking on board any of things I have mentioned. Susan indicated that I had inspired her to put her information on the internet and that she had crested three websites following a workshop day I had presented at Wyong a couple of years ago.

Susan has used Weebly to post her family history data and stories on the internet. Take a look at her three sites:  Crust Family from QueenslandGlennan Family from Cooma and Andrews and Jones Families. I was absolutely chuffed to discover that someone had heeded my advice and created this wonderful trio of resources. I was even more thrilled when I read this in the about me page of one of Susan's sites " After attending a workshop on "Family History in the Modern Era", and being inspired by the presenter, Jill Ball, I decided to put my research on the internet. . It's a great way to share my family history research with family members and hopefully, the many photographs I've collected over the past 40 years will not be lost."

While I was at sea I received an invitation to present a program to the Forster Family History Advisory Group at The Great Lakes Library. I look forward to meeting the genies up on the north coast in November.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

March 19

Remembering these people in my tree who departed this earth on 19th March in years gone by.

Last Name, First NamePlace
 Peters Elisabeth 
 19 Mar 1897,Dreumel,, Holland Find all individuals with events at this location 

 Kealy Thomas James 
 19 Mar 1900Tamworth Hospital,Tamworth, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 

 Goodfellow Michael 
 19 Mar 1941,Cobar, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 

 Nelson Ernest Albert 
 19 Mar 194499 Beaconsfield Pde, Albert Park, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 

 Ryan Michael Newman 
 19 Mar 1963,,NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
 Macpherson Fraser William Harray 
 19 Mar 1997,Whakatane, ,New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Blog in Malay - On St Patrick's Day!

Blogger made an inappropriate suggestion to me..

I have seen no evidence of St Patrick's Day while out and about in Singapore today but thought I should not let the day pass without blogging as the ethnicity suggestions from my DNA tests suggest that I have a good bit of Irish DNA.

Ancestry DNA suggests that I have 51% Irish ancestry while FTDNA suggests my DNA is 86% from The British Isles (which includes Ireland). My traditional research suggests that I am more than 60% Irish so I do have cause to celebrate. In fact I can claim to have a Green Tree.

But let's get back to Blogger and that inappropriate suggestion. The people at Blogger think they know me well but today they suggested that I should blog in Malay. Here is the message I received when I logged in to write this post today.

Thanks for your interest, Blogger. As the only phrase I know in Malay is Selamat Datang, I think I'll pass on your suggestion and concentrate on tracking down my ancestors from Ireland.

St Patrick's Day Image from">

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Geneagoogling with GeniAus

It's only two weeks until I present this lecture at The Society of Australian Genealogists. A check on the website today has indicated that there are still spaces available. The course is open to both member and non-members.  Full details can be found here on the Society website.

I'm presently updating my talk. I just hope that Google doesn't make any radical changes to its product in the next two weeks.


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