Friday, January 14, 2022

Laying the bait at FindaGrave

In her presentation at the winter edition of THE Genealogy Show I was convinced by Marian Burk Wood to use FindaGrave as cousin bait.  I had mentioned FindaGrave as a source of cousin bait in my presentation at that event but I hadn't fully explored the opportunities it could provide to reel in cousins. I'm not going to spill the beans on what Marian said; you'll have to find her presentation somewhere or invite her to talk to your group.

Prior to this I had only dabbled in FindaGrave managing my parents' memorials and adding a few odd facts to other memorials. I had previously uploaded all grave photos to BillionGraves and not to FindaGrave; I have reviewed that practice. Depending on time constraints I usually take photos of some neighbouring headstones when visiting family plots.

Since being enlightened by Marian I am adding information and photographs to close relatives' profiles and adding profiles for those missing from the FindaGrave database. Thanks to Marian for her informative presentation and to those volunteers who have willingly handed over management of family memorials to me. 

I am not trying to build up a huge collection of memorials to manage; I have no time for that.  I just want to care for memorials of close family members especially those aunts and uncles with no issue.  

I will continue to add value to the memorials of cousins I encounter in my meandering on the site. I'm now leaving plenty of footprints for others to find.

I had fun linking up my Dad's parents and siblings

Sunday, January 9, 2022

Visiting the parents

We were in Sydney yesterday and in the vicinity of Botany Cemetery (now called Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park) so we popped into see Mum and Dad. 

It didn't take long for us to find their plot as I was able to access the details from my website on my phone. With the mausoleums on the opposite of the road off which the lawn plots and the clear sign of Section 41 we were able to find plot 51 with ease.

Although very spongy to walk on it was pleasing to see the lawn surrounding the graves mown and weed free. Because of Covid we haven't visited the cemetery since the new headstone I ordered  had been put in place so it was good to see that it met my expectations. 

These mausoleums are good placemarkers

Mum and Dad are along this row

The new headstone

It's a peaceful environment

Friday, January 7, 2022

Accentuate the Positive Geneameme 2021 - Responses

Sending a HUGE shoutout to my genimates near and far who responded to this Geneameme Challenge (it's not too late for you to join this select group of geneabloggers).

As one who hasn't yet penned her post I know how much time it takes to reflect, write, edit etc. I thank you all for your commitment and contributions which are inspiring and full of information. While Covid presented many challenges you took them head on and made stunning progress with your education and research.

Alex Daw

Andrew Redfern

Danielle Lautrec

Dara McGivern

Jennifer Jones

Lilian Magill

Linda Stufflebean


Robyn and the Genies

Samantha John



Shauna Hicks


I will continue to add to this list. 

If I have missed anyone please let me know and I will rectify ASAP.

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Lofty goals?

Over the past few days I have read several blog posts from genimates in which they outline lists of lofty goals for this new geneayear. While I admire these genies for their commitment and organisational skills I won't be joining them.

Last week I responded to a tweet from Daniel Horowitz who asked about goals for 2022 and, with my tongue firmly planted in my cheek, I replied "Have fun". 

On reflection I realise that while fun is an element of my goal I needed to qualify the fun so my goal is now "Have fun and find stuff"

I just finished writing the President's newsletter report for my local family history group, a committed mob of amateur genies like me.  

I wrote "Many genies on social media have been setting ambitious and rigid geneagoals for the coming year and I applaud them for their commitment. I have decided to take a loose approach with one goal to “Have fun and find stuff”. Family history is a hobby for me, I don’t want to put pressure on  myself by setting lofty goals. I need to have the flexibility to change direction and go off on tangents when I find something new and interesting."

As a fan of rabbit holes, BSOs and Tangential Genealogy I don't want to have lofty goals hanging over my head, I'm opting to hang loose and follow whims. I want to track down that new DNA match when it automagically appears on my desktop. I want to help that friend who reaches out for help in starting her genealogy journey. I want to feel free to put a project aside when it starts to bore me and go on to something else until some BSO ignites my interest once more. 

I may end up with gaping holes in my research and too many projects on the go but that doesn't bother me, I need to leave some holes for future researchers to fill! I'll revel in the feast the serendipitous finds in my carefree approach reveals. 

Am I alone in my approach or are there other Genies who just want to have fun? 

Genies having fun at Rootstech London.


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