Saturday, October 25, 2014

Congress Presenter - Pauleen Cass

Together with my fellow 2015 Congress Official Bloggers Pauleen Cass and Shauna Hicks I will be sharing interviews with Congress presenters, attendees and organisers on this blog from time to time. These may be in the form of written responses to questions we pose or they may be videos we record using Google Hangouts on Air.

I thank Congress presenter and official blogger Pauleen Cass for being first cab off the rank, Pauleen and I hooked up earlier this week for a Google Hangout on Air where we discussed family history and Congress matters. You can watch Pauleen's interview below in this post or via this link at my Youtube channel.

New Badge on the Blog

As I am travelling to Salt Lake City for Rootstech in 2015 I was hoping that I would receive an invitation to be an Official Blogger once more for quite a few reasons some of which are selfish. Well tonight my spirits were lifted when I saw an email from Paul Nauta, Rootstech Public Affairs, with the Subject line"You're Invited to be a RootsTech 2015 Official Ambassador!"

The Official Bloggers' role has morphed to Ambassador (I guess) to recognise that broad range of social media platforms that are now being embraced by family historians. So for 2015 I will not only be blogging about Rootstech I will be using Facebook, Google+, Google Hangouts Twitter and Youtube to spread the word.

I already have an idea for the competition I will be running for someone to win a free Rootstech registration  If you have already registered then if you are the lucky winner you will get a refund. Please watch this blog for details.

I am burning the midnight oil but I just had to share my news straight away. My blog will proudly wear its new badge on its left sidebar for the next several months

Will I see you at Rootstech?

Rootstech Exhibition Area

Friday, October 24, 2014

GAGs - GeniAus' Gems - 24 October 2014

This fifth week of GAGs has netted me a bumper list of posts so I have had trouble making my selections. I am pleased to hear that my list is directing my readers to new blogs.

I thank my genimate in San Diego,  Randy Seaver, for adding my links to his weekly "Best of the Geneablogs", I am sure that your readers will enjoy some of the offerings I highlight from genies downunder.

As previously stated the selections here are subject to my personal biases (
 I favour posts that contain original material) and I make no apology for that. 

Presenting in no particular order some selections from my RSS feeds this week: 

1. No doubt the title of this post from Chris Paton which mentions Aussie research drew many people to his blog this week. BTW this is one foreign blog all Aussies should read.

2. Did I mention that all posts here won't be about family history? I love words and grew up on bikkies so this post from ozwords.struck a chord

3. As with Love and Marriage you can't have one without the other. Read Kate Cole's guest post on Pauleen's blog to see what I'm talking about. I think Pauleeen may be speaking on that topic at Congress 2015.

4. I love Eliot's quirky sense of humour. Will you be taking up his challenge?

5. Derek describes how he created a family tree poster

6. Marion's thoughts on Bonnets, burqas and bikinis.

7. Sharn writes thoughtful, well researched posts. Her topic for this post is witnesses

8. This lady is from Victoria, I don't know her name but I enjoy her posts. I love books so the title of this post and the second image grabbed my attention.

9. If your ancestors trod the boards  this information from the State Library of Victoria might be useful

10. A reader's comment on Alex's post said "mesmerising post" and it is.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Reluctant Attendee

My geneavlog for today.

Unfortunately as my internet connection was patchy I had to edit out the end of the Hangout where I thanked Martyn Killion from SAG for being a great webinar host and moderator.

I also forgot to mention that the Australian War Memorial is seeking volunteers to transcribe WW1 diaries. If you are able to assist you can email


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