I posted this greeting on Twitter and am copying it here for those of you who may not tweet.
Greetings to my Genimates: Hoping that in 2013 your brickwalls tumble and you have opportunities for many Happy Dances #genealogy -- Jill Ball (@geniaus)
|Geniaus at sea|
A lovely surprise was amongst the pile of mail that greeted us on our arrival home from nine weeks of travel last night.
Amongst the begging letters, bills and advertising bumph was a small brownpaper package from a distant relative of my husband's.
On opening it we discovered a collection of a dozen photos of my husband's Gowans great aunts and uncles and assorted relatives with a note from my late mother-in-law's cousin.
Knowing of our obsession with family history this cousin and family members when going through the photos of his recently deceased brother decided to pass these treasures on to us. I was deeply touched and honoured by this gesture as I can think of over a hundred Gowans descendants who may have been entrusted with these items.
Thankyou to Warren for sending this treasure to us. It will be cherished. I will scan the images and share them with any Gowans family members that find me.
The moral of this story is that seeking out distant relatives, sharing family stories and letting them know of your passion for family history will reap rewards.
|The Presentation- Geniaus and Audrey Collins|
|There is a wedge of waterview from The Hairpin Bend Room|
|The Monte Carlo Casino is right next door|
|The artworks in the hotel remind me of someone|
|Spied our ship as we had dinner in the hotel lounge|
|It was easy to choose a bevvy to accompany dinner|
|As we get ready to go to bed Monte Carlo is waking up|
|Dishing lollies out to grandchildren in 2011|