Monday, December 11, 2017

Following the Leader

And that leader is Pauleen Cass

 Pauleen (R) and GeniAus (L)
Pauleen posted on Facebook yesterday that she was working on her presentation for #Congress_2018 and I replied that I had been thinking about mine. Pauleen is presenting, Parallel Lives - Irish kin down under and abroad. As my ancestry is mostly Irish and as Pauleen knows her stuff I am looking forward to her talk. She may be presenting another session but there is no facility I can find on the Congress Website to look at a speaker's bio and see a list of their talks (Hope this is rectified).

Anyway, because I am following Pauleen's lead, I have now at least started the powerpoints for my presentations: Beaut Blogs: ideas for tarting up your Geneablogs (a 2014 presentation that also needs a lot of tarting up) and  Managing Frugally: Free Tools for Genies and Family History Groups (a completely new talk). I have been gathering ideas in Evernote for several months but now need to move forward. Should you have any ideas/resources I should include in those talks please let me know. I need all the help I can get!

Those who are presenting at Congress recently received this message "Just a reminder before Christmas takes your mind elsewhere that your handouts are due to by 8 January 2018 . Please note that this is a deadline, not a target date so please take care to meet it."

As I need to finish my presentation before I can write a handout the heat is on. I wonder how other speakers are progressing with this task.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

101 Reasons to Attend #congress_2018 - Cockatoo Island

If you have a few days to spare while in Sydney for Congress you can hop on a ferry at Circular Quay and visit Cockatoo Island, a convict site. You can read all about the island's convict history here:

If you don't have convict blood you'll still find a visit to this historic site, a former shipyard, most interesting.

Just don't feed the birds.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

101 Reasons to Attend #congress_2018 - Hook up with Fellow Members

Many of those attending Congress are members of Family History/Genealogy Groups or Societies.

While you may know many of the members of your grassroots local groups you may not know those from societies you belong to out of your area. Attendance at Congress will provide you with an opportunity to hook up with those fellow members and meet them in person. Perhaps you are wondering what a particular group has to offer you.

I know many of the folk in my local groups but I am looking forward to meeting fellow members of The Surname SocietyThe Society for One-Place Studies and The Society of Australian Genealogists most of whom live at a distance from me.

Please feel free to use this Facebook Group as a vehicle to hook up with fellow and potential members of your groups. Perhaps you want to organise a group photo, compile a list of members in attendance or meet up for an adult beverage. I encourage you to add documents/events/files/photo albums to our group space.

Use the More Button to add documents/events/files/photo albums to our group space

Monday, December 4, 2017

101 Reasons to Attend #congress_2018 - Lonetester

Lonetester, a young Australian geneablogger, who is co-sponsoring the ribbons for Geneabloggers with me, has a busy time ahead of her at Congress as she will be attending as an exhibitor.

Although the list of exhibitors has not yet been announced by the organisers Alona Tester aka Lonetester has said that she will be working there. Alona not only works in the genealogy field she is a passionate genie who busily chases ancestors in her free time. You can get to know Alona in this interview,, which is an oldie but a goodie.

Alona Tester at work
Meanwhile if you haven't read her blogs it's time you did. Lonetester is her main blog; I also love her Memorabilia House blog which has unique content.

You will have to visit the Unlock the Past/Gould Genealogy stand throughout Congress if you want to say G'day to this friendly Nextgen genie. 


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