Thursday, January 18, 2018

Just a haircut away

Rootstech has crept up on me this year. 




I find that it is now only 35 days (or one haircut away) until I board the Flying Kangaroo for my journey to the Geneamecca of Salt Lake City. Am I ready?

As a regular Rootstechie I have become a bit complacent about preparing for my journey. 

In January 2011 I wrote "I've dived into the bowels of my dressing shed (aka wardrobe) and retrieved the overseas winter clothes that are too warm to wear in Australia. I've a thick padded jacket,a pair of comfy warm walking boots, hats, gloves, scarves and some thermal underwear. Hopefully I will be able to keep warm in Salt Lake City. 

Thanks to advice from some of my fellow Rootstech Bloggers I know what I need to pack for my research days at The Family History Library and the Rootstech Conference. My passport is in date and I have my ESTA US Visa Waiver organised. My travel documents are in hard and soft copy."


Fast forward to 2018 - I'm leaving the thermal underwear behind as I am not planning to spend much time outdoors, the padded coat is a must but the warm indoor clothes aren't needed as most places including the Family History Library and the Salt Palace ar well heated. I have the travel documents, travel insurance, passport and the ESTA so I'm set.

Later in 2011 I blogged "As a newbie (and a foreigner) at Rootstech last year I was not aware of the need to have a swag of geneabloggers' accessories. I was rather proud of the snazzy new business cards I had along with me but these paled into insignificance when I saw the array of accessories that other geneabloggers had brought along."

I now know to take Australian mini koala badges, stickers and other souvenir type stuff. I need to order contact cards with my new mobile number and to order some more conference ribbons to hand out to my genimates. I may even get some ribbons for members of the Commonwealth to wear. 

As has been my practice I am arriving in Salt Lake six days prior to Rootstech proper so that I can get over the jet lag, indulge in some retail therapy and socialise with my genimates before the main event.

When the first Rootstech app was introduced it was next to useless but as the years have gone by the app has been replaced and improved. I have it downloaded and am using it to map out my days and connect with genimates.

Unfortunately I didn't make a list of the technology I took to Rootstech last year but I will once again set up my office (where I can blog and write away from the action) in my room at the Marriott. I had better start thinking of what I need to take.

Rather than taking one huge suitcase I am going to take two smaller suitcases this year (I am allowed three bags on Qantas) as I think that they will be easier for an old girl to handle.

I think I'm set. 

101 Reasons to Attend #congress_2018 - Meeting DNA Matches

Over the past few years I have made several new cousin connections via DNA. I am excited that I will be able to meet at least one of them for the first time at Congress 2018.

Travelling to Sydney just to meet a 4th cousin might not be on a DNA match's priority list but when that can be added to the Congress 2018 experience then it is a goer.

Is anyone else meeting up with new found cousins at Congress?



Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Accentuate the Positive Geneameme 2017 according to Geniaus.

2017 was a bit of a roller-coaster year in the GeniAus household and I was unable to devote as much time as I would have liked to my geneapursuits. 

1.  An elusive ancestor I found was ... they are all still in hiding but thanks to DNA I found some new and reconnected with a few old cousins. Sharing has helped us build up better pictures of  our ancestors.

2.  A great newspaper article I found was in the 
Limerick City Library Local Studies Collection. From the Limerick Chronicle that is not available online I found a short report on the crime of Grand Larceny that sent my 3x Great-Grandmother, Ellen Moore, in 1825 on the ship Mariner to the penal colony in New South Wales.

3.  A geneajourney I took was my annual pilgrimage to the geneamecca, Salt Lake City, for the Rootstech Conference. I also took time out from a holiday in Ireland (See #2) to do a bit of ancestor hunting. 

4.  An important record I found was when I was tidying my downloads folder I found a few digital records I had downloaded when visiting various repositories (I won't say how long ago). I am pleased to report that these are now safely housed in their correct places and the details from them entered in my Family Historian database.

5.  A Several newly found family members (Via DNA) shared documents, certificates etc from their branches of family trees.

6.  A geneasurprise I received was that several family members graciously volunteered to spit and scrape for me and another grandchild asked to be tested so that she can find out about her paternal side.

7.   My 2017 blog post that I was particularly proud of was all of the posts in the Geneadictionary, because it's fun doing something a bit quirky.


8.  I made a new genimate who shares one of my more colourful ancestors. We have been collaborating with other descendants via a small closed Facebook Group, slowly going over the research we did years ago and trying to build up a clearer picture of the life of this ancestor.

9.  A new piece of technology I have nearly mastered was  my new Galaxy Note 8 smartphone. After having to replace my explosive Note 7 with a phone without a stylus I was at the top of the queue when the new Note 8 was released. I am loving this new device.

10. I joined The Lake Macquarie Family History Group which is near our new home north of Sydney. I also joined several genealogy groups on Facebook. I mu give a shoutout to Using DNA for Genealogy - Australia & NZ Group.
11. A genealogy event from which I learnt something new was I always learn something new but I learn more at some events than at others. I found that something just clicked when I heard a DNA webinar presentation from Louise Coakley


12. 
A blog post that taught me something new was from Jenny' Joyce's Jennyalogy blog. As I have a particular interest in words I was pleased to learn about the role of a Reeve


13. A DNA discovery I made was that DNA has confirmed that I am on the right track with most of my traditional research. It is pleasing to know that those close to me who have tested are also biologically related.

14. I taught a genimate how to ...  hopefully some of the attendees at my presentations learnt something new. I think that I enthused a few people to blog and believe that I taught Trove tricks to quite a few.

15. A brick wall was not demolished but I am still chipping away.


16. A great site I visited was Hornsby Library's Hornsby Shire Recollects which promises to be a valuable resource for local historians now and in the future.

17. A new genealogy/history book I enjoyed was
The Missing Man: A Morton Farrier novella by Nathan Dylan Goodwin. While I read several interesting books that taught me something this work of fiction was one I read for pure enjoyment and I couldn't put it down.

18. It was exciting to finally meet  The Property Brothers at Rootstech and hear the keynote about their family.


19. I am excited for 2018 because Rootstech and Congress 2018 are coming. I know I will learn much from these events and be invigorated for geneactivities through 2018.

20. Another positive I would like to share is ... I have a small role on the GeneabloggersTRIBE team. I am so proud to be involved with this global group of  geneabloggers who are sharing theri time and expertise to promote geneablogging.

Accentuate the Positive Geneameme 2017 - The Posts

I am grateful to my genimates new and old who rose to my "Accentuate the Positive 2017" challenge at a hectic time of year. 



I firmly believe that reflection and evaluation are important elements of any process but sometimes feel that we are a little brutal when it comes to self evaluation. It was rewarding to read the posts below in which many genies came to the realisation that 2017 was indeed a very good year.

I apologise that it has taken me some time to publish this compilation. I have spent the past two weeks on King Island in Bass Strait where I had limited access.  Please peruse the posts from several corners of the world - you may meet some new bloggers like I did.

If I have missed any posts please let me know and I will add them to the list. If you would still like to participate please let me know and I will add your post to the list.

Alex Daw  https://familytreefrog.blogspot.com.au/2017/12/accentuate-positive-geneameme-2017.html
Alona Tester  https://www.lonetester.com/2017/12/accentuate-the-positive-geneameme-2017/
Ann Marie Bryant  https://talesofafamily.blog/2018/01/05/12637/#more-12637
Anne Young  https://ayfamilyhistory.com/2018/01/02/start-2018-by-accentuating-the-positive/
Elizabeth Handler  https://frommainetokentucky.blogspot.com/2017/12/accentuate-positive-geneameme-for-2017.html
Jane Taubman http://www.taubman.org.uk/family/wp/2017/12/27/accentuate-the-positive-geneameme-2017/ 
Jeanne Bryan Insalaco https://everyonehasafamilystorytotell.wordpress.com/2018/01/04/accentuate-the-positive-geneameme-2017/
Jill Ball  http://geniaus.blogspot.com.au/2018/01/accentuate-positive-geneameme-2017.html
Julie Goucher https://anglersrestblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/02/accentuate-the-positive-geneameme-2017/
Laura Mattingly  https://oldtrunkintheattic.blogspot.com/2017/12/2017-year-in-review-accentuate-positive.html
Lilian Magill http://researchbylily.blogspot.com.au/2017/12/accentuate-positive.html
Linda Stufflebean https://emptybranchesonthefamilytree.com/2017/12/accentuate-the-positive-geneameme-2017 
Patsy Daly  https://www.patsyspaddocks.com/accentuate-the-positive-geneameme-2017/
Pauleen Cass  https://cassmob.wordpress.com/2018/01/02/accentuate-the-positive-2017/
Shauna Hicks  http://www.shaunahicks.com.au/accentuate-the-positive-geneameme-2017/
Vera Marie Badertscher  http://ancestorsinaprons.com/tag/2017-2018/

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