Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Trove Tuesday - British Library

When I studied librarianship in the dark ages (1960s) The British Library as we now know it did not exist. Britain we studied the library of the British Museum.

In 1972 when The British Library Act was passed by Parliament, the collection of  the British Museum. formed part of the collection of the new library.

As I have forgotten what I learnt about the British Museum collection I turned to Trove.

1924 'THE BRITISH MUSEUM LIBRARY.',The Tumut and Adelong Times (NSW : 1864 - 1867; 1899 - 1950), 8 February, p. 4. , viewed 31 May 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article139386405
Argus and Riverina Advertiser (NSW : 1893 - 1953), 20 August, p. 4. , viewed 31 May 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article101616182
You can read this rather long article in its entirety by following the link in the citation.

1930 'Books and Writers.', The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), 20 March, p. 64. , viewed 31 May 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article22926993


Friday, May 27, 2016

GAGs - GeniAus' Gems - 27 May 2016

I wonder what I have saved in my Evernote GAGs Folder this week - let's take a look.


1. Not sure when I'll get back to Paris but I'm sure to include some of these.

2.Is there a match?

3. I love Jeanie Baker's work. 


5. Shelley is making use of this resource.

6. Moya shares a tale of survival.

7. A love story from Jenny.

8. A wake up call for Jackie's Mum.

9. A reminder of a baby's passing.

10. Thanks for alerting me to this Irish resource Victoria.


12. Thanks James for this reminder of one of Sydney's icons.

New to Me Blogs
Wagga Wgga and District Historical Society.

My Gene-Adventures

I have an adventure planned that will keep me busy for the next seven weeks so I may not be sharing any GeniAus'Gems during that period... but never fear.... I will return.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

From now on they'll have to ask

Am I being Bah Humbug?

A while ago I found an unsourced tree that had quite a number of my ancestors listed online at a fellow genealogist's website. I immediately thought how mean-spirited or lazy this chap was for not sharing sources. It didn't bother me personally as I was using his site for clues from which I went off to seek sources.

I've been mulling over his practice for some time and think I may follow his lead. I like to share and collaborate with fellow genies, that's why I have my tree on the web in a public space. What I expect is that if anyone republishes what they find at the GeniAus Family site they will acknowledge their source.

I regularly see on Ancestry and now on MyHeritage  bits and pieces from the notes I share copied into online trees without acknowledgement. What makes me giggle is that I am a poor typiste and make quite a few keyboarding errors, these are replicated in those trees. Copy and Paste has a lot to answer for.

I stopped putting photos on my GeniAus Family site  when I saw so many of them subsequently appear on Ancestry, I have yet to see one sourced as coming from me. Could so many distant cousins really have copies of those photos in their collections? The photo with the most shares, an image of my Kealy ancestors' home in Ballyfoyle, was taken on my last trip to Ireland. As I have another trip to Ireland planned I'm going to try for a sharper image which I may just keep for myself.

The original photo of the Ballyfoyle home from which the shared one was cropped
The cropped and enhanced (by me)  photo I find all over the place
I am about to upload an update to my site that includes names, dates and places but no sources or notes. I know that some folk will still copy my stuff but if they want more information they will have to ask.

Am I being mean-spirited?

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Ironing - a Geneactivity

I usually watch TV while I iron but, as the TV in my geneacave is on the blink, I decided to listen to the latest Genies Down Under podcast from Maria Northcote while I got rid of all those creases.

I selected the latest Episode 55: Some messages for genies in May  which turned out to be rather short as Maria has been recently snowed under at her day job. I got a huge surprise when I heard Maria mention my name and a blog post of mine, A Flea in my Ear, which I wrote in response to  a post from fellow geneablogger, Jennifer Jones. I was delighted to hear Maria expand on something I referred to in my post. Thanks, Maria.

As I had only ironed a few handkerchiefs and a shirt by the time episode 55 finished I fired up another session I had missed, EPISODE 50: Genie Fiction stuff for genies: Family history themed books and stories from December 2015. This was right up my alley as it satisfied two of my interests, genealogy and reading.Maria made some excellent choices of books to share, most of which I had read, but it was interesting to revisit those works through the eyes of a family historian. 

Maria mentioned Catherine Bishop's book, Minding Her Own Business: Colonial Businesswomen in Sydney, that I was tempted to buy when I heard the author speak at Hawkesbury FHG recently. If the book is half as good as the author talk it will be a ripper. Unfortunately the $40 price tag put me off. I must reserve it at my local library. 

Also on the list was The Timeless Land by Eleanor Dark, a book I read fifty years ago. Perhaps it's time to read it again. I think I can afford $2.50 for the eBook version.

Ironing tonight was a painless activity thanks to the two podcasts I heard. As I usually catch up on Maria's podcasts when I travel, I must download those I haven't heard to my phone before I next take off. 

Maria has been delivering her podcasts for over four years. If you aren't a regular listener May I suggest that you check out Genies Down Under.

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