Thanks to John Reid from Anglo-Celtic Connections for hosting a number of geneapolls throughout the year. I always take part in these and find the results and John's analyses most illuminating.
John also hosts The Annual Rockstar Genealogists Awards. When I looked at John's post announcing the nominations I was surprised to find my name on the list and was pleased to see a fair representation of Australians there. I still don't know who nominated me but I am most grateful.
I was very excited for my mate Shauna Hicks yesterday when I read that she was the Silver Medalist for Australia and New Zealand on a list of international genealogy megastars.
I got an enormous surprise earlier today when John let me know that I was the Gold Medalist for Australia and New Zealand. When I emailed my husband to tell him the news he replied "what an elite group". I was humbled, surprised and gobsmacked to find my face on the page with the others in this group. I realise that more than a a few people must have voted for me in the poll, thanks to each and every one of you for your support.
With our relatively small population base downunder it is difficult for Australians and New Zealanders to gain a large number of votes in international contests. I thank John for creating an Australian/NZ category and for including so many worthy Australians on the list of nominations.
You can see the list of the the top ten Rockstar Genealogists from Australia/New Zealand on Anglo-Celtic Connections tomorrow.
Your support for genealogy in our country is truly appreciated, John.