Friday, April 17, 2015

GAGs - GeniAus' Gems - 17 April 2015

Warning: Control +Z is a keystroke combination I use regularly to undo something I didn't mean to do. This morning as I was catching up on reading my blog posts in Inoreader I made the discovery that when Control +Z won't recover what was deleted in my Inoreader folders (BTW I still love Inoreader).

There were 47 posts in my Genealogy - ANZ folder when I accidentally pressed "Mark as read". So 47 of the posts I was considering for this week's collation are gone, I may have picked some of them up via posts on Google+ but i will have missed some. Nevertheless I still have a good collection to share from my Evernote files.

Everything Read message on Inoreader
1. Thanks to Kirsty for telling us about WDYTYA Live Day 1 in Birmingham. Wish I was there.

2. A death in the family caused Fran to reflect on death certificates.

3. Shauna presents a compelling argument in favour of society seminars.

4. Patsy's "enthusiasm for genealogy research has returned".

5. James highlights a case of inflation in Sydney.

6. "the more you put in, the more you get out" says Janet.

7. Some people "DON’T want to discover their family’s past" writes Andrew.

8. Silent achiever Merron celebrates a blogiversary.

9. Amos ponders Brick Walls

10. Tips from Tessa for managing the April A-Z Challenge

There have been some beautiful responses to Alona Tester's When I was Young Geneameme, I couldn't single out one for this post as they are all Gems. A Google search will find several of them.

Reflections Hangout

Although I have hung up my Official Congress Blogger hat I couldn't resist asking some of my genimates to share their thoughts on Congress 2015 in a Google Hangout on Air last night.

As well as hearing about their favourite speakers and what inspired them the panelists last night shared some ideas to make Congress 2018 even better than 2015 and then put forward some compelling reasons as to why a genie shoould attend a Congress.

During the Hangout Fran talked about connecting with young people. At the moment I have a 14 year old granddaughter staying with me. She saw me preparing for the hangout and asked what it was, I tried to explain. This morning as we were having breakfast in bed she asked how the hangout went. As I had my phone beside me I connected to Youtube and played some of the hangout for her. Her reaction "That's cool". Made me think about the way we share family stories, perhaps geneavlogging is the way to go.

Those who joined me and shared their opinions made this Hangout rather beaut. Thanks for your generosity. Please watch the Hangout right here.

Thursday, April 16, 2015


My son posted this to me on Facebook recently. I thought it was quite funny so am sharing.
It's good to see he's interested in my activities.

What's the difference between Goldilocks and a genealogist?
A genealogist is interested in forebears.

Monday, April 13, 2015

520 Updates

On New Year's Eve I talked about the Genealogy Do-over and my reasons for not taking part. I said " So for my do-over I am going to keep puddling along reviewing work from years ago, revisiting and scanning some of the records I have stored away in folders (Mr Geniaus found some gems today that I had completely forgotten about), recording what I see with a pair of more experienced eyes and revising what I have already recorded".

I have been slowly revisiting the oldest records in my Family Historian database as it is easy to sort by "Last updated" and I have been working through those, I have looked at all that have not changed since my import from The Master Genealogist! I have fixed typos, added some sources and moved sources from the "Notes" field into the "Sources" field. 

Today, when I uploaded a new gedcom to my GeniAus website, I calculated that since my last update at the end of January I had made changes to 520 records. Considering that I have had an overseas trip in the interim and have attended two major Conferences I'm rather pleased with my progress.

Concurrently I have been pulling old vital records out of my folders, examining them for further clues, scanning them and getting ready to store the hard copies in archival quality folders and sheets. I have ordered a few missing vital records for direct lines ($$$=ouch).

There is still a long way to go but I am happy with my decision to Revisit, Review and Revise.


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