RootsTech, New Resources & Other News: My Genealogy Weeks 16 January - 14 February 2024
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Well January is done and dusted and we are half way through February. From now on it will be back to regular genie society meetings, attending special events and meeting new people. There is never a dull day when you research your family history. Blogs The ship dwarfed by Alaska's Inner Passage 2018  My first guest post for the Genealogical Society of Queensland was completed and there were some interesting comments on both the blog page and on Facebook.  Many people identified with some of my points. The post is called Shauna's family history A-Z and you can read it by clic ..read more
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Geneastats from 2023 & Other News: My Genealogy Weeks 1-15 January 2024
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The first two weeks of 2024 have seen devastating storms, flooding and incredible heatwaves almost in a rolling pattern. Now another cyclone seems to be looming off our coast. Stay safe everyone, out thoughts are with all those impacted. Blogs Each year I do two guest blog posts for the Genealogical Society of Queensland. I picked January and July for my efforts. This means the January guest blog is lined up and ready to go in early February. I will be interested in all feedback on my 2023 thoughts. A direct link will be in the next edition of this Diary blog.   Books I have so many b ..read more
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2023 ending, 2024 beginning & what's new: My genealogy weeks 15 - 31 December 2023
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2023 went by in a blur. So many great things happened and keeping this Diary helps me to remember just how much I do in a year.  Blogs Jill Ball aka Geniaus has again offered her Accentuate the Positive Geneameme for 2023. Another great way to think about what happened in your genealogy research in 2023. Read my response here. I have a guest blog for the Genealogical Society of Queensland coming up in January. The big question as always, will be what to write about. Books & Magazines For various reasons my attention has been drawn to Charles Dickens and his association with Australi ..read more
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Travels, books, workshops & other news: My Genealogy Weeks 16 Oct - 17 Nov 2023
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Half this month was spent travelling in China. We did the usual things in Beijing and then went to the older areas of Hangshou and Souchou before ending in Shanghai. It was supposed to be autumn and cool but while we were there, they had some of their hottest days in years. Touring the Imperial Palaces The Great Wall of China So many people, cars, bikes and very few accidents that we saw. Traffic was heavy but not gridlocked as their road systems are amazing and mostly above the ground. You only go off the freeways if you want to visit a particular place. AFFHO & the ..read more
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Books, Resources, Talks & Other News : My Genealogy Weeks 1-15 Oct 2024
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As I write this we are having a very hot spring day and have had little rain for weeks if not months.  The garden is suffering even though we have bore water.  Our beautiful native birds are visiting to drink and swim in our bird baths (fresh water), a real distraction from writing this blog post. There is a bird bath just outside my office window. But I am off to China so this blog post needs to be finished.  Books  My Ph D thesis is in sync with my family history, so every book or article I read is relevant to one of my family lines. The temptation is to then do more ..read more
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Genie books to read, DNA cousin date & other genealogy news: My genealogy weeks 17 - 30 September 2023
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Gorgeous spring weather, the only thing missing is some rain occasionally. My orange crucifix orchids are just beautiful at the moment. The hippeastrums are starting to flower too. Yet anothe attempt to get back to a fortnightly blog post. Only a couple of days late. Books It has been a Kate Grenville feast this fortnight as I finished The Search for the Secret River and Sarah Thornhill the sequel to The Secret River. Both books hard to put down but you need to have read The Secret River first. Also started reading and finished Ancestry by Simon Mawer. What a great way to write a family ..read more
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NFHM, guest blog, talks & other genealogy news: My genealogy months 16 July to 16 September 2023
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Two months have disappeared just like that. But there were very busy months. National Family History Month is over for 2023. I hope everyone had a great time at their local family history society or online with the many virtual offerings. I gave two talks - one at Caloundra on convicts and criminals in the family and the second at Noosaville on making the most of archives. Both days were well attended and with good feedback. If you haven't seen the opening presentation by Hamish Maxwell-Stewart and Andrew Redfern it is still on the website until the end of September. All about AI (artifical i ..read more
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Blogs, talks & other genealogy news: My Genealogy Month 12 June to 15 July 2023
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 Another month has flown past. My cataract surgery went very well and I can easily see distance and read without glasses. Makes a big difference when I am giving talks.  However my brain seems to be a bit dithery as I wrote this a week ago, but never hit the publish button! Blogs Some nice feedback on my GSQ guest post in June. In case you missed it, here it is again. Does researching our family history change us? How do we want to be remembered? My brother and myself ca 1960 Books I was super lucky on a recent visit to the second hand bookshop on Bribie. I managed to pick u ..read more
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Guest blog, blurry eyes, DNA update & other genealogical news 8 May - 12 June 2023
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Sometimes I wonder if I will ever get back to weekly blog posts. Life keeps throwing curve balls which have their various challenges.  For some time, I have had blurry vision - was it the medication I'm on (a known side effect), am I spending too much time on a computer, did I just need to upgrade my glasses script and get new glasses (both reading and distance). After much procrastination I went to the optometrist and discovered that I had cataracts in both eyes and the left eye needed urgent attention and the right wasn't far behind. In the last three weeks both eyes have been done, I'v ..read more
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New WDYTYA Australian series, Cite-Builder & Other Genealogy News 16 April - 7 May 2023
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So much for fortnightly updates - this is three weeks but again I have been super busy. So much genealogy happening. I never seem to be home either.      Blogs  My twice a year guest blog for GSQ is coming up so I have put fingers to the keyboard. It's nice to tick off something early. Also helps those who have to put the blog online.  Books  Definitely never enough time to read all the books I keep piling up. At Bribie Library I saw an Elizabeth George Inspector Lynley book I hadn't read. Simply had to check it out and of course, it is hundreds of pages long.&n ..read more
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