Wednesday, June 29, 2016

James William Ball 1918-1990

Today on what would have been his 98th birthday we remember a much loved father and grandfather, James William Ball.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Trove Tuesday - Family History

Family History in 1905

1905 'FAMILY HISTORY.', The World's News (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 1955), 15 April, p. 18. , viewed 16 May 2016,

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Treating myself

My latest purchase is a book that will hopefully give me guidance for tracking down my elusive Ryans.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Monday Memories - The Typewriter

Over the weekend my son shared a post on Facebook that he has given me permission to post here.

He wrote "Found a Remington Travel-Riter Deluxe on eBay ..... just like my grandfather's old one. The kids are as obsessed as I used to be ......"

And he shared a picture of  two of the grandkids playing on the typewriter.

My son also sent me a couple more photos of the typewriter. One of the cover and one of it sitting on Uncle Jack's desk that is at my son's home.

My  Dad loved typing and, as a cranky old man, he spent hours sending letters of complaint to government departments, the police, the press and anyone else he could think of. I had forgotten how my kids loved playing with Dad's precious toy.

What my son doesn't know is that playing with typewriters is in the genes. 

When I was a a child we used to visit my grandmother's home each Sunday and I loved to play on the typewriter there that my Aunty Kath rented when she was learning to type.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

An Epic time at EPIC

There were many references to Australia and Australians of Irish descent at Epic Ireland (a new attraction) in Dublin today. We spent several hours there and I then had a consultation at The Irish Family History Centre which is part of the site. A fabulous experience all round.

My moment of fame on the Twitter wall - how cool!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Trove Tuesday - Family

1947 'CARTOON PARADE', News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 - 1954), 30 August, p. 2. , viewed 09 May 2016,

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Will I? Won't I?

Just in from my mates at Familysearch.

Now Accepting Presentation Proposals

The RootsTech planning committee is calling for dynamic presentations for the RootsTech and Innovator Summit 2017 events that will be held February 8–11, 2017, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
If you have a desire to define, shape, and influence the family history industry with an innovative and interesting presentation idea, click on the link below to learn more and to submit proposals.
The submission portal will be open through June 30, 2016.

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Do you know someone who would be a great presenter for RootsTech or Innovator Summit 2016? If so, we invite you to share this email with him or her.

About RootsTech and Innovator Summit
RootsTech is a global family history event where people of all ages learn to discover, preserve, and share their family connections through technology. RootsTech offers something for everyone, regardless of experience or skill level—from expert genealogy researchers to beginners just starting their family trees.
Innovator Summit is a one-day conference event for developers, entrepreneurs, and business leaders offering the latest content and resources to inspire innovation, impact current and future technologies, and create business opportunities within family history and adjacent industries.

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