|D. Joshua Taylor|
Arriving early I snagged myself a front row seat. I mentioned to the FindMyPast ladies that I wanted a photo of Joshua for this blog so they directed me to the coffee shop where he was having (until I arrived) a quiet lunch; thank you Josh for graciously posing for my camera. I used the time before the talks to catch up with some of my genealogy mates including Jean from Ku-ring-gai Historical Society, Allan Phillips from Unlock the Past and Allan and Joy Murrin.
|Alan Phillips, Unlock the Past and in the green jumper Allan Murrin|
|Joshua's First Presentation|
Busy Note takers
|Janelle Collins and Maria Northcote|
|Joshua's Second Presentation|
I applaud the people from Find My Past Australia for enabling Joshua to present on general topics and not engaging in a hard sell of their products. Joshua gave two one hour talks and then a twenty minute presentation on FindMyPast and the new and exciting things it has in store for users. FindMyPast offered a door prize of a year's subscription that was won by one lucky gentleman. I think they missed a marketing opportunity by not offering a discount on subscriptions to those present. If this would have been the case I would have been tempted to renew my World sub that recently lapsed.
Thank you Josh for travelling downunder to share your knowledge and passion with us and thank you to Find My Past Australia for making this happen.
A few of Joshua's wise words:
- Use a research log
- Use the cloud to keep track of documents so you can access from anywhere
- Not all indexes to records are created equal
- Collateral lines give lots of information
- "Or" is the most powerful Boolean search tool
- Save search strings into a word document and paste into Google
- Joshua's favourite search engine is Yippy.com .It saves him hours and hours of time
POSTSCRIPTSorry Find My Past Australia I just found your flyer offering 10% discount. As I do with bits of advertising bumph I was just about to toss it in the bin but glanced and saw your offer. Other potential customers might also have done this too. We wouldn't have minded a little intro spiel about FMP and verbal notification of the discount. 13/8/2013