Wednesday, October 1, 2014


Last week I booked some accommodation and earlier this week I registered for Australia's biggest family history event, The 14th Australasian Congress on Genealogy and Heraldry or Congress2015 Camberra, that is held every three years.

I am so excited to be going again to our Nation's Capital, Canberra, where as well as attending the conference, meeting up with my genimates and hearing from a range of topline presenters I will have access to our National Library, National Archives and War Memorial where I can do a spot or two of research.

This morning I received an email from AFFHO President Kerrie Gray that made my day. Kerrie invited me "to take on the role of "Official Congress2015 Blogger". I was delighted to accept her invitation.  At the last Congress in Adelaide in 2012  I was the sole Official Blogger this time I will be one of a small team that will be sharing news via various social media channels leading up to and during this event. 

I am especially pleased that AFFHO and the Conference Organisers have recognised the role that social media plays in today's world and have made a commitment to incorporate social media into the conference activities.

To hear the latest Congress news via social media you can follow the Official Congress Facebook Page, the Congress Twitter Account (@affho2015) and the Official Bloggers' posts. When you write about Congress please remember to use the hashtag #AFFHO2015 so that search engines can pick up on the posts and we can easily retrieve them.

I hope to see many of you in Canberra but if you are unable to join us in person I will endeavour to be your ears and eyes at Congress.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Trove Tuesday - Keep your Head Down

Last night I was Troveing away when I came across a lengthy report on Mr GeniAus' grandparents' wedding. I noted that Harriet Parkinson was given away by her brother Mr R. Parkinson. That's a bit funny I thought, I knew there was a brother George in Australia but I thought Robert was with the rest of the family in England.

I hopped over to Ancestry and in a public tree I found mention of Robert's marriage, checking this out on the NSW Registry site I confirmed that as well as the birth of a son to Robert and his wife (other facts! in the Ancestry tree were inaccurate). Back to Trove I went where I found several articles about Robert and family, these articles were peppered with other names from my tree and confirmed that I was on track. I think that Robert, Annie and their family may have gone back to live in England but I need to follow that up.

I had a field day on Trove and have gathered a swag of clippings that I must extract details from and add to my database. In the meantime I am sharing this one clipping that appeared in quite a few Australian newspapers.  It refers to yet another Parkinson sibling Harry.

1916 'I'VE GOT A WIFE IN ENGLAND".', Sunday Times(Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1930), 23 January, p. 6, viewed 29 September, 2014,
I wonder what our chances are of finding some Parkinson cousins on our next trip to The Old Country?

Monday, September 29, 2014

Contact Forms - Am I missing something here?

Reading through my RSS feeds this morning I came across a blogger (by following a link form someone else's blog) that I wanted to contact so I went to her/his contact page to find her/his email address but there wasn't one there. There was one of those contact forms.

Blog Contact Form

I didn't fill this in:

1. Because I didn't know who the blogger was, the about me page didn't give a name .

2.  I didn't know what would happen to my message once I submitted it.

Perhaps someone can enlighten me.

Does one get a notification back to one's email address when one submits the form?

Does one have to take a screenshot of the message so one has a record?

I would prefer to contact someone by email so because it is easier for me to keep a record of any conversation that may ensue.

What do my blogging mates think?

Sunday, September 28, 2014

One Lovely Blog Award

I have watched the One Lovely Blog Award doing the rounds over the past few weeks and have seen it travel from Australia to the US and now like the boomerang it has arrived back on my doorstep downunder.

This third nomination that I have received is very sweet because it comes from across the seas from someone that I didn't know was a reader of my blog. Thanks to Beverly McGowan Norman who blogs at Roots, Branches and a Few Nuts for this nomination. I really appreciate your nomination and am flattered to be in such esteemed company.

Here are Beverly's nominations - some geneastars I am familiar with and  some new to me bloggers are on the list.

  1. Geneabloggers by Thomas MacEntee
  2. Opening Doors in Brick Walls by Cathy Meder-Dempsey
  3. One of my favorite food blogs, Plain Chicken by Stephanie Parker
  4. Maybe Someone Should Write That Down by Kassie Ritman
  5. Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog by Jana Last
  6. The Legal Genealogist by Judy Russell
  7. No Story Too Small by Amy Johnson Crow
  8. Genealogy Circle by Cindy Freed
  9. Conference Keeper and Ancestral Breezes by Jen Baldwin
  10. Strange Alabama by Beverly Crider
  11. GeneaDictionary by Jill Ball 
  12. Branching Out Through the Years by Fran Ellsworth
  13. Parallax View by Tony Proctor
  14. Dispatches from the LP-OP by Lee Peacock
  15. A Southern Sleuth by Michelle Ganus Taggart
  16. (bonus) Worldwide Genealogy by a collaboration of authors

Here are the rules for this award: 
  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to that blog 
  2. Share Seven things about yourself 
  3. Nominate 15 bloggers you admire (or as many as you can think of!) 
  4. Contact your bloggers to let them know that you’ve tagged them for the One Lovely Blog Award
Now as I have already been nominated and have shared the award I am going to direct you back to that post.


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