Thursday, October 22, 2020

Children's Book Week

Being celebrated around Australia this week is  Children's Book Week. My involvement with the event goes back to 1967 when I was a Library Assistant at Waverley Library. I remember Book Week Parades held in the Pavilion at Bondi Beach. When I moved on to be Children's Librarian at Randwick Library we held these events in the Randwick Town Hall. My memories of these times are foggy but I remember colouring in and poster competitions, book quizzes, kids dressed up as book characters, readings of prize-winning books and events featuring favourite authors and storytellers.

I have no pictorial evidence of these early events but in digging into my photo archive I found a few photos of the times in the 1980s,1990s and early 2000s when I was part of the Children's Book Week celebrations.


Book Week visit from a neighbouring school - 1988

Book fun with Library Monitors - 1995

Story telling - 1999

Illustrator, Ron Brooks - 2001

Library Display - 2001

Author Visit - Undated

Library Staff - 2003

Prize-winning books - 2004
Isobelle Carmody book signing - 2005 

Book Fair - 2006

Library Staff - 2008




Thursday, October 15, 2020

From Distress to Deliverance

In Covid times The Hawkesbury Family History Group has been holding its meetings both in person and via zoom and inviting interested genealogists to attend their meetings virtually. When I lived in Sydney I attended their meetings in person but, as I have moved away from the big smoke, I have not attended recently. One of the benefits of Covid is that I can now take advantage of the Group's excellent program. Their September speaker was Heather Garnsey and in November it will be Kerry Farmer who are both excellent, established presenters.

Yesterday Stephen Gow, a descendant of a Hawkesbury convict, spoke about the new book he has written about the life and times of that ancestor, William Gow. Stephen gave a most informative and interesting presentation in which he shared some information about the Gow family and discussed the planning, writing and publishing process of his book "From Distress to Deliverance". Stephen's Powerpoint presentation was rich in relevant images and light on text, it demonstrated how a slideshow can enhance a verbal presentation. I learnt some valuable tips on producing a high quality publication from Stephen's talk.
At the conclusion of his talk Stephen indicated that, as a self-publisher, he didn't have a formal distribution network for this book. Some copies are available from the Hawkesbury Regional Museum, alternatively intending purchasers can email Stephen at wptgowdescendants@gmail.com to organise delivery. I immediately emailed Stephen as I wanted to ensure that I snagged one of the three hundred copies from the limited print run.

I was surprised that I got an immediate response from Stephen, who said he would be passing close to Lake Macquarie today on his way home to Armidale. He offered to deliver a copy of the book to save me postage on the item. It's just an hour since Stephen popped in to deliver the book and have a chat.

Image: Courtesy Stephen Gow

I haven't had time to read the book yet but I am already impressed. "From Distress to Deliverance" is a solid tome, weighty in both form and content. A thing of beauty, it has a hardcover and is larger than A4 size, printed on thick paper, the layout is well executed and it is overflowing with colourful and clear illustrations. What warmed the cockles of this old librarian's heart are the features that make it easy to access and understand the information within its solid covers: a contents' page, conversion tables, references at the end of each chapter, a bibliography and source list, family history pages and a detailed index. This book will be too weighty for bedtime reading, I may even have to place it on a table to read comfortably but I know that it will be a rewarding experience. 

Congratulations, Stephen, on producing such a superb work. It is a testament to your passion for family and local history.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

An Invitation for You

 I attended my first DNA talk in Australia ten years ago in October 2010.Here is what I wrote on this blog after the event:


The last talk I attended certainly was the jewel in the crown of a fantastic day. Kerry Farmer presented a talk on "DNA and genealogy". I am scientifically illiterate but came away from Kerry's talk feeling as though I had a basic grasp of the concepts she had outlined. Kerry was a calm and competent speaker who was exceptionally well prepared. At the beginning of the talk she shared a wonderful handout, her many slides were attractive and informative and she made those of us in the audience who didn't have a clue about the subject comfortable enough to ask our silly questions.


Ten years down the track Kerry is one of the most knowledgeable Australian presenters in DNA. I am thrilled to be the host for Kerry's session for her talk via Zoom for the Lake Macquarie Family History Group next Saturday. I always learn something new from Kerry.

If you would like to join us for this presentation please contact the email address on the following image.




 

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

The Greengrocer

My Piling System was so high that I was forced to do something about it yesterday.

One of the newspaper clippings that I unearthed was an article from 1958 about Penn's Hardware in Kings Cross, a very different institution from the huge hardware stores we have today. I remember my parents going to Penn's and have a memory of kitchen walls being painted Wedgwood Blue with paint from Penn's.

When we lived in King's Cross I remember shopping with my mother, Elsie, for our fruit and veg at the Greengrocer's next door to Penn's on Darlinghurst Road. My interest in this picture is not in the shops but in a customer on the footpath. my mother.

Elsie Curry (nee Duncan) at the Greengrocer's

Mum is the cardigan wearing lady in the middle of the photo with the slim ankles and good posture.

This photo dredges up so many memories of the shops we used to visit. The Cash and Carry was the forerunner of today's supermarket, the delicatessens where we used to buy small bricks of ice cream before we had a refrigerator and Repin's Moka coffee shop where Mum used buy beans to grind for her coffee.


Sunday, September 27, 2020

From the Archives - September 27 2010

 On this day we remember my Father-in-law, James William Ball, with a post from 2010.

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James William Ball 1918-1990

Remembering a gentle man, James William Ball, who passed away 20 years ago today on 27th September 1990.
James William Ball and Daphne Gillespie


James William Ball - Firefighter

James William Ball - Grandfather

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Trove Tuesday - Oak Vale

The relationship to me is complicated but Lynn Izard who wrote the following letter is the daughter of George who was was previously married to my Great-grandmother, Catherine Molloy

Having just discovered that George and Catherine had a daughter, Mary Isabella Ellen Mary Izard, in  Mitttagong in 1901 I took to Trove with a simple search "Izard Mittagong" to see what I could find on the family. I haven't looked at the Izzard/Izard branch since 2011 so was pleased to be rewarded with many hits which I need to follow up.

I particularly enjoyed reading this letter to a Children's page from Lynn as it describes the area in which my Great-grandmother would have lived with George prior to her death on 1904.  


1924 'GUMBLOSSOM'S WEEKLY CHAT.', Freeman's Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1932), 23 October, p. 46. , viewed 22 Sep 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article123251444


Tuesday, September 15, 2020

From the Archives - 13th September 2010

 Reposting this 2010 post 20 years after the Sydney Olympics.

Apologies that some links within the post are dead.
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Monday, September 13, 2010

Ten years ago - 13 September 2000

I have just been reminded on a current affairs program that ten years ago was a special time in Sydney. In September 2000 our city hosted the Olympics.  It was a magical time in our beautiful city, there were crowds everywhere but the atmosphere was one of bonhomie.

At that time I was a teacher at MLC School in Burwood and had volunteered months before to chaperone a group of our students who would be performing in the opening and closing ceremonies of the games. Together with the students I gave up  a number of weekends and evenings to attend rehearsals at venues around Sydney including an abandoned airfield at Schofields

I had in 1999 entered the lottery to buy tickets for the sporting events. After the ballot we found ourselves several thousand dollars poorer but armed with tickets to athletics, hockey, water polo, wrestling, kayaking, table tennis, tennis amd more. The tickets were shared amongst members of the family ; we had what would today be called a staycation. Our youngest daughter had been lucky enough to get, through university, a paid position with SOBO at the Tennis Centre.


Mr Geniaus, Mate and Hornsby Mayor at Pennant Hills Torch Relay Function
On this day 13th September 2000 I have written in my diary "to MLC to collect Opening Ceremony tickets". As a volunteer I was given two tickets to the Dress Rehearsal of the Opening Ceremony.  Following that I attended a local Torch Relay Function "to Torch relay celebration at Pennant Hills.  It's hot and dusty and we can't see a thing from the VIP area!!"

I had also managed to procure a couple of extra Dress Rehearsal tickets so with Mr Geniaus and a couple of our offspring we set off by train  to  the Opening Ceremony Dress Rehearsal at Stadium Australia.

I recorded my impressions of the Olympics in a series of posts on a listserv to which I belonged. In the coming days, as Australia remembers, I will repost these on my Geniaus blog.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

From the Archives - Pointers for Presenters

With all the news about RootstechConnect flooding the geneasphere I remembered this post written in  2010 and offer it to those who are taking to a genealogy stage. I feel that the points I covered are applicable to virtual as well as face to face presentations. As it's ten years since my original post I have added some further comments to the list in Purple.

What would you add to the list?


Monday, August 16, 2010

Pointers for Presenters

Having retired from the world of education I now have some time to devote to my hobby/passion for family history. Over the last eighteen months I have attended a number of seminars and talks on genealogy and related subjects. Some presenters have been excellent and some have been downright woeful. Some of the genealogy presenters I have seen could do well to watch and learn from the presentations I have seen given by Australian students in our schools.

Having knowledge of a subject does not qualify one as a competent and engaging presenter.

Prompted by Thomas MacEntee's announcement that he has published a book " Approaching the Lectern: How to Become a Genealogy Speaker"  I have decided to make a few suggestions for Australian speakers. Each of these points could have helped one or some of the speakers I have heard recently.
  
Before
  • Update your knowledge of the topic
  • Know your subject well enough so that you will not need to read your presentation
  • Get prior information on your audience 
  • Be prepared, have backups of your presentation
  • Prepare a handout or disk for distribution to participants or provide links to the presentation on the internet
  • Practice your talk in front of a trusted and honest friend or colleague and use their feedback to polish your work
  • Maintain regular contact with the hosting organisation
  • Dress appropriately for the situation 
  • Arrive early and check setup

During
  • Set the scene by giving some background information on yourself
  • Turn the camera on yourself prior to starting your presentation - attendees like to put a face to a name
  • State the rules of the game - Are you happy to be interrupted or do you want people to keep questions to the end? Do you allow attendees to take screenshots of your slides?
  • Start with an overview of the presentation's content - Outline your goals for the gig
  • Display enthusiasm or passion for your subject
  • State your relationship to products being demonstrated - Some talks are thinly veiled marketing exercises/infomercials - Be honest and upfront about your connections to vendors/products
  • Speak clearly, coherently and with animation - Engage your audience through good communication
  • Keep your um count low - use pauses rather then ums
  • Avoid Death by Powerpoint - You are the presenter
  • Use original, relevant images to make your points
  • Keep text on slides to a few pithy points
  • There is no need to read the text on your slides - Most of your attendees can read for themselves
  • Sprinkle your talk with anecdotes and analogies - but don't overdo it
  • Use visual aids and artefacts to embellish your talk - Cater for individual learning styles of participants
  • Maintain eye contact - Look at the camera
  • Involve your audience - Ask them questions, get them to comment on a photo or artefact
  • When showing internet sites connect to the site - avoid screenshots - use them as backups for times of technology failure 
  • When talking about software - Accompany with a live demonstration
  • Be honest - If you don't know the answer to a question say so  
  • There may be experts in your audience who can add value to the event - Accept their comments graciously

Afterwards
  • Invite feedback via a printed or online feedback form - Offer a prize draw for completed forms
  • Set aside some time to talk to audience members individually after talk
  • Provide contact details for audience followup 
  • Use audience feedback to amend and polish your presentation

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Rootstech Connect - The Greatest Geneashow on Earth

In 2021 Rootstech will be VIRTUAL and  FREE  and called Rootstech Connect.

For the 11th year in a row I am proud to be a Rootstech Ambassador and thrilled that I can attend the Rootstech Connect event safely from the comfort of my geneacave in Australia. 

Mark the dates, 25-27 February, on your calendar to join thousands of genimates from around the world for this Fun and Fabulous Family History Fair.

Rootstech Director, Jen Allen, has just announced this news. See what she has to say in the video below and learn how to register for the Greatest Geneashow on Earth.


Will YOU be joining me at  Rootstech Connect?


Monday, August 31, 2020

Remembering Thomas

Back in March I was correcting some text on Trove and came across this article so I scheduled it to appear on Thomas' anniversary. Thomas Osborne died 72 years ago on 31 August 1948.

1948 'SWALLOWED DENTAL PLATE', Goulburn Evening Post (NSW : 1940 - 1954), 31 August, p. 1. (Daily and Evening), viewed 26 Mar 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article103720405



Thursday, August 27, 2020

The Redding Sisters

 From time to time I take a look in Dad's old photos and try to work out the identity of the subjects. Thankfully Dad labelled his snaps so I knew that these young ladies were Eileen and Pat Redding.


As Dad's family lived in Canowindra I initially concentrated my efforts on finding a Redding family in that area but searches in the usual places bore no fruit.

A search for Eileen Redding on Trove yielded a couple of hits for an Eileen Redding living in Waitara, one of these was a report of her wedding that indicated that the bride's attendants were Patricia and Geraldine, that sounded promising. It was then easy to find her marriage to Adrian Leyden in the NSW BDM indexes. 

It struck me that I had been looking at the wrong area. When Dad was in the Army he spent time in Sydney with his aunt and uncle who lived in James Street, Hornsby right next to Waitara so that is where he would have met the girls.

I popped the name Eileen Leyden into Google and found a death notice. The notice was rich in information which confirmed I had the right Eileen, gave the names of Eileen's siblings and I was able to deduce that Eileen was the older of the two girls in the photo.

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Eileen's death notice

Leyden, Eileen Frances.

(Nee Redding)

27/11/1927 - 2/4/2019
Aged 91 years

Loving wife of Adrian (Dec). Beloved mother of Michael, Peter, John, Tracie ,Richard and their families.
Fond sister of Mary, Patricia (Dec), Geraldine, Philip, Kathleen.

Eileen's family and friends are invited to attend her funeral service to be held at St Patrick's Church Asquith , 1 Royston Parade on Monday 8th April at 11am.

Source: https://tributes.smh.com.au/obituaries/5701/eileen-frances-leyden/

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My next task was to find Patricia, the schoolgirl in the photo, who from the above notice learnt that she had passed away before her sister.

Back to Trove I went and searched for "Patricia Ridding". I found more answers with a poem posted in the Children's pages of The Sun newspaper. 

1944 'WATER FAIRY', The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), 17 September, p. 2. (SUPPLEMENT TO THE SUNBEAMS), viewed 15 Aug 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article229276036

Patricia was aged 12 in 1944 so would have been 13 in Dad's photo, that fits. Her address was on the Pacific Highway which is just around the corner from James Street.

Patricia's marriage to Howard Francis Longworth was registered at Hornsby in 1956.

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Patricia's death notice

LONGWORTH,
Patricia Audrey
OAM.
25.4.1931 - 17.3.2019
Late of McQuion Park
Beloved wife of Howard (dec), loving mother of Simon, Philip, Matthew, Ann-Mary, Timothy, Stephanie and their families.

Family and friends of Patricia are kindly invited to attend her Funeral service to be held in the Chapel at McQuion Park, 28 McAuley Place, Waitara on Monday 25.03.2019 to commence at 10.00am.

In lieu of flowers, please donate on Patricia's behalf to your favourite charity.

Source: https://tributes.smh.com.au/obituaries/79876/patricia-longworth/

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Thursday, August 20, 2020

A Particularly Amiable Man

One day I hope to write the story of my 3xGreat-Uncle, Michael Harrington Ryan, elder brother of my Great-Great Grandmother, Bridget Ryan.  

In the interim, as well as references from books and journals found in archives, I have a Private List on Trove where I keep details of newspaper articles that mention Michael. This list currently has 161 references that provide a reasonable timeline of this pioneer priest's appointments and movements. However until today, when I decided to venture away from the Newspaper and Gazette Category on Trove, I didn't know much about Michael's character. 

With half an hour up my sleeve I decided to try my luck in the Magazines and Newsletters Category on Trove so I entered this term, "michael harrington ryan",in the search box and was rewarded with two hits.

My Search

The first of these articles (which are instantly available online) only confirmed that Michael had worked at Mayfield. 

The article from 1933, written by W.E.D. (an ex-pupil of St Mary's School), gives a insight into the character of Michael Harrington Ryan when he worked at St. Mary's Church, Newcastle. It is a nugget of Geneagold. 


2016, The Newcastle and Maitland Catholic Sentinel : the official organ of the diocese of Maitland National Library of Australia, Canberra viewed 20 August 2020 http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-305925577

My next task is to search in this publication using variants of Michael's name in case there are more mentions of him. I was just so thrilled to find this article that I had to share it immediately.

From the Archives - Mary Jane Aspinall

First published on the GeniAus blog on 20 August 2010. Although I have connected with several cousins in the past ten years I have no new photos of Mary Jane.

Mary Jane Aspinall

 My maternal great-grandmother, Mary Jane Aspinall, was born in Carrawa, New South Wales on this day in  1862. Unfortunately I do not have many photos of Mary Jane. Hopefully one day I'll hook up with some distant cousins who may have some pictures stored away. Reproduced below are some of the photos I have.

Mary Jane and daughters c 1912
Mary Jane c 1949

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Dancing for Joy on VP Day

On the 75th anniversary of VP Day we remember those who defended our nation from 1939-1945. 

A request this morning from a cousin for a copy of a photo of my mother on VP (Victory in the Pacific Day) reminded me that I should share the image on my blog again.

When Peace was announced my mother, Elsie aged 22, was at work in Sydney's General Post Office in Martin Place. Mum and her co-workers went into the street to join the crowds celebrating there. This photo that was published in a Sydney newspaper shows the joy on the faces of Mum (in the two-tone shoes) and the others who gathered in celebration.



Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Trawling in the Lake

Normally when I present a webinar or talk it is on a topic about which I have a reasonable amount of knowledge.

Recently I have been on a steep learning curve as I prepare a talk, Trawling in the Lake: resources for family history research in the Lake Macquarie area, about my new local area. With the support of fellow members of The Lake Macquarie Family History Group I am learning about the history of this area and the resources to support research into the district.

Lake Macquarie LGA is within the red lines on this map

Until I started this exercise I thought that the Newcastle Local Government Area (LGA) was the major LGA in the region. I have since learnt that Lake Macquarie (649km2) covers a greater area than Newcastle (187km2). The Lake Macquarie area's population at 2018 was 204,914 while in Newcastle the population at 2018 was 164,104. The lesson here for genealogists researching in the area around Newcastle is that the Lake Macquarie LGA should be included in your searches. 

Suburbs like Cardiff, Charlestown, Edgeworth, Glendale and West Wallsend that I had thought would be in Newcastle are actually in Lake Macquarie. The Lake Macquarie area also extends south past Morisset to Wyee, south on the eastern side past Catherine Hill Bay and west past Cooranbong and into the Watagans National Park.

If you would like to learn more about resources for researching in this area you are invited to join the Zoom event hosted by The Lake Macquarie Family History Group and presented by me as an outreach activity on August 28th during National Family History Month

Bookings are necessary for this free event.

Please email  lakemacfhg@gmail.com  to register. A link to the event will be emailed to participants in the days prior to the event.



Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Mervyn Percival Hasler 1920-1990

This morning in a private Facebook Group for descendants of our convict ancestor, Elizabeth Phipps,  one of my cousins, a fellow genealogist, posted some photos of her father to mark the 100th anniversary of his birth.

On seeing these beautiful photos of Mervyn Percival Hasler (my 2nd cousin twice removed) I asked my cousin if I could share them in a post to mark this special anniversary. She wrote on Facebook:

"This is my Dad Mervyn Percival Hasler (1920-1990). Great great grandson of Elizabeth Phipps. He was born in Leadville, NSW, 4 August 1920. Today would have been his 100th Birthday."

Below are the photos of a dapper Percival. Thank you to my cousin for her Genearosity.


Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Trove Tuesday - Cause of Death!

I had no intention of  publishing a Trove Tuesday post this week until I came across this article which I was correcting as part of a project for my local area.

I hope those of my grandchildren who are not too fond of study don't read this post and note the cause of death.   
1899 'CATHERINE HILL BAY.', The Maitland Daily Mercury (NSW : 1894 - 1939), 14 November, p. 5. , viewed 28 Jul 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article126338209

Sunday, July 26, 2020

From the Archives - July 26 2010

This post is as pertinent today as when I wrote it ten years ago

Monday, July 26, 2010

10 things I can’t live without to support my genealogy addiction

Via My Family History ResearchGenealogy Leftovers and Elyse's Genealogy Blog came notification of this meme created by Elyse. "The goal is to write a list of ten things related to genealogy that you can't do without."

Whilst I am a technology addict, I recognise that without people there is no point to genealogy.
Here is the Geniaus list:

1. My Ancestors  who provide the Births, Deaths and Marriages that provide the scaffold for my research and the juicy stories, feded old photos and interesting anecdotes that add interest to that scaffold.

2. My Family and Descendants who provide a purpose for my research. I am trying to record our history for future generations.

3. My Patient Husband who turns a blind to the dust on the furniture and pile of ironing that waits for me as I ignore these for my genealogy habit.

There is no particular order to the remainder of this list - as my needs change so does the importance of the persons detailed from here on.

3. The many Distant Cousins who have contacted me via online forums and the Geniaus website to say hello, offer corrections to my sometimes inaccurate date and generously share photos, certificates and stories.

4. Generous Volunteers who over the years have done lookups for me and given guidance when I have visited genealogical societies throughout the world.

5. Staff of Libraries and Archives Offices who have patiently assisted me with my research.

6. People who read and comment on my blog and website and send compliments via email and Twitter give me positive reinfocement that  encourages me to keep solving my genealogical jigsaw.

7. Volunteer Indexers eg those who do work for Ryerson and FamilySearch and those who index  cemeteries and photograph headstones provide me with  the means to access to many valuable and appropriate resources.

8. My Online Genie Friends who, through a range of tools such as blogs, twitter, wave, provide blogging ideas, encouragement, links to great new resources,great stories and encouragement. 

9. Decision Makers at The National Library of Australia who have a commitment to providing important Australian Resources in an online format. Trove is the most amazing free online resource for genealogical research.

10. The many Registered Members of Trove who are making corrections to the scanned text to better improve access by other users. Whilst I have only corrected 890 rows of text there are  4 volunteers who have done over 4000,000 rows each and are headling for the half million.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Impetus to Reflect

I had a very successful Zoom session with a member of our local family history group earlier in the week. This member wants to start a blog and, as a more cautious soul than me, wants to be prepared prior to launching her blog.

Rosie (a nom de plume) had been doing lots of research on blogging and, prior to our session, sent me a list of questions to be answered. This was a most useful session as we were able to focus her learning on her needs. Rosie went away with many of her questions answered.

The session was also beneficial for me, I am the sort of person who often dives into tasks without much thought and when giving advice on blogging I suggest that others "Just do It". Working with Rosie made me realise that my trial and error approach to tasks doesn't suit everybody.

Going through Rosie's list provided me with an opportunity to reflect on my GeniAus blog which is steaming towards its 12th birthday. I have identified several areas that can do with a tune-up so, this morning I have been carrying out some maintenance on the Topics widget in my left sidebar.

As Blogger doesn't offer a Categories feature I use the Labels Gadget which allows one to display up to ten Labels/Keywords, as a de facto Categories component. When I blog I make sure that I always add one or more of the ten labels featured in the Labels Gadget to each of my posts. On looking at my ten labels I decided that they were no longer as relevant as when I set them up.

I feel that the labels I am now using describe the general themes of my blog. I have introduced two new labels in place of the retired "Family", one is Ancestors (soon to become Our Ancestors)for posts about  deceased members of the family and one is Our Family for posts that refer to living family members. I am in the process of relabelling of posts that fit into these new categories.  I also need to tidy up my up my labels for Blogging and Geneablogging, I can't decide which I prefer to use. I'd like to add an Events label so I think Libraries may be on the chopping board.

Your thoughts on this are most welcome.


Sunday, July 19, 2020

Dotting

Ancestry DNA's latest revelation that they are removing matches below 8 centimorgans from our match lists has created a new geneafrenzy or phenomenon, Dotting.

My social media feeds have been buzzing this week as DNA experts and genimates discuss this news. Although experts I follow eg Blaine Bettinger and  Debbie Kennett have written articles explaining why this move by Ancestry is not all gloom and doom many DNA amateurs like me are going dotty as we try to salvage our matches at the 6 and 7 cm level. I noted that two of our Australian experts in an online SAG discussion last Friday explained that they are busily salvaging matches. 

We have been told that to keep these matches in our lists we must do one of three things:

1. Create a note in their match field note 
2. Add them to a group you have created using the Ancestry coloured dot method
3. Send a message to the match using the Ancestry matching system  

My Dotting Schema

Of these Option 2 is the easiest as it does not require as much data input as Options 1 and 3. As most of us have thousands of matches, many in the lower range, we have no hope of salvaging all of these matches before some time in August when Ancestry have indicated the great purge will occur.

There have been many posts from genimates on social media outlining the priorities for their rescue missions. Most of these involve refining their lists of small matches further by surname, geographical location or matches who have online trees. I created a new dot in my schema Match under 8cm  to which I am adding my salvaged matches.

No matter which filtering methods we are applying to our lists there is one thing for certain there is a lot of  Dotting going on.

NB My genimate, Randy Seaver, has created a list of a number of expert responses to this news: https://www.geneamusings.com/2020/07/ancestrydna-changes-coming-soon-what-im.html.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Daphne Williamena Edith Gillespie

My mother-in-law, Daphne Williamena Edith Gillespie 1920-2007, was born on this day 100 years ago. As we remember her on this day I have delved into our photo archive to find images for a visual timeline.

Bonny Baby

Daughter, Sister


Thirsty Schoolgirl


Young Lady

Blushing Bride

Daughter, Niece, Sister, Wife


Aunt, Daughter, Mother, Sister

Mother-in-law


New Grandmother

Matriarch


Sister

45th Anniversary 


Grandmother, Octogenarian

Great- Grandmother




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