Sunday, June 18, 2017

My CemeTree

A few days ago my genimate Alona reminded us that today 18 June is Cemetery Day. Even though I have been out with living family all day I cannot let today pass without recognising my ancestors on Cemetery Day.

On my way home this evening I had a brainwave - I would create a CemeTree - a tree of my ancestors that shows the Cemeteries in which they rest. Unfortunately I have not been able to find the resting places of many of my ancestors especially those in Ireland. I will never get this task done by my self-imposed deadline tonight if I try to create a table, save it to html and then paste it in this post (that is a task for another day). As an alternative I could create a custom Google Map and place the cemeteries on that. For tonight I will simply list generation by generation my direct ancestors whose final resting places I have identified.

Allan John Curry Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park, NSW

Thomas William Curry Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park, NSW formerly Botany Cemetery
Mary Tierney Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park, NSW formerly Botany Cemetery
Frank Duncan Rookwood Cemetery, NSW
Ethel Jane Pusell Rookwood Cemetery, NSW

Frank Duncan and Ethel Jane Pusell, Rookwood Cemetery
Thomas Curry  Cowra Cemetery, NSW
Catherine Molloy  Canowindra Cemetery, NSW
John D'Arcy Tierney Dungog Cemetery, NSW
Mary Kealy Dungog Cemetery, NSW
Francis Duncan  Cobar Cemetery, NSW
Harriet Magick  Cobar Cemetery, NSW
James Pusell  Cobar Cemetery, NSW
Mary Jane Aspinall  Rookwood Cemetery, NSW

Francis Duncan and Harriet Magick, Cobar Cemetery
Great-Great Grandarents
Patrick Curry  Cowra Cemetery, NSW
Bridget Ryan  Forbes Cemetery, NSW
Michael Molloy Carcoar Cemetery, NSW
Catherine Connolly  Carcoar Cemetery, NSW
Denis Tierney  Dungog Cemetery, NSW
Eliza D'Arcy  Dungog Cemetery, NSW
James Magick  Denison Town Pioneer Cemetery, NSW
Bridget Ann Hayward  Buddenbela, Cobbora, NSW
James Pusell  Old Burraga Cemetery, NSW
Maria Tucker  Old Burraga Cemetery, NSW
Richard Aspinall  Carcoar Cemetery, NSW

Bridget Ryan, Forbes Cemetery
Great-Great-Great Grandparents
Patrick Curry  St John's Catholic Cemetery Campbelltown, NSW
Ellen Moore   St John's Catholic Cemetery Campbelltown, NSW
James Westbrook  St Matthew's Church of England Cemetery Windsor, NSW
Elizabeth Phipps  St Peter's Church of England Cemetery Richmond, NSW
Robert Hayward  Cobbora Station, Cobbora, NSW
John Tucker  Bathurst Cemetery, NSW
James Homer  Long Swamp Cemetery, NSW

Great-Great-Great-Great Grandparents
William Tucker  St Mary the Virgin Church of England, Datchet, Buckinghamshire, England
Mary Eyers  St Mary the Virgin Church of England, Datchet, Buckinghamshire, England

St Mary the Virgin, Datchet

Saturday, June 17, 2017

AIATSIS Map of Indigenous Australia

I buy very few souvenirs when travelling.

When I was at The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory earlier in the year I saw a map, The AIATSIS Map of Indigenous Australia, that fascinated me so I parted with $9.95 to buy a copy. "The map attempts to represent all the language, social or nation groups of the Indigenous peoples of Australia."

Still in its cellophane wrapper
I just uncovered the map in a pile of my stuff, I hadn't even taken it out of its cellophane packet, I will rectify that. I thought I'd find out about the story of the map so I consulted Google which took me to the
AIATSIS Website and there I discovered that the map is available online free for all to see.  The online map has a 'magnifying glass' circle that you can move around to highlight selected areas. While I prefer my larger hard copy map the price is right for the online version.

Take a look to determine who were the language, social or nation groups of the Indigenous peoples in the areas where your ancestors lived.

Friday, June 16, 2017

GAGs - GeniAus' Gems - 16 June 2017

Once again I have decided to be patriotic and offer selections from Australian bloggers in this week's post. I think again this week that the cool weather has driven the bloggers indoors. I see a few blogging who have been absent for a while.

First up I mention a post that came through from Alona this morning. How about we all put our fingers to the keyboard and craft a cemetery post for Sunday, then tweet it using the hashtag #CemeteryDay.

Robyn reports on her DNA progress.

DNA helped in this case.

How did I miss Kerryn's discovery last week. Had to break my cutoff rules and share.

A spot of local history for Sydneysiders.

James visited another Sydney icon.

A new resource that add background to your stories.

More suggestions for your reading list.

These titles may also be of interest.

Chez sends us down a rabbit hole with another online resource.

A Geneajourney for our GenX girl.

TRIBE leader Caitlyn

Have you joined the TRIBE? Jo Ann has.

New to me blogs
The Keeper of Stories

Luddite Bicentenary (not Australian but has some Australian content

Just realised that this blog was missing from my RSS feeds

Thursday, June 15, 2017

101 Reasons to attend #congress_2018 - Me time

You deserve some Me Time.

Two of our younger geniemates have mentioned in their comments in our Genimates at #Congress_2018 Facebook Group that they are looking forward to spending some time away from home and parental responsibilities to have dedicated genie time at Congress.

It doesn't matter whether you are young or old, male or female Congress will provide you with an opportunity to have Me Time.  It's a golden opportunity - Grab it.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Comfortable outside the Comfort Zone

 It's now two weeks since I moved out of my comfort zone in Genealand and presented a talk on The Joys of History Blogging to a group of Australian History enthusiasts at a local U3A Group.

I was made most welcome by the Group's leaders and as the presentation was in a venue at Hornsby Library with which I am most familiar my nerves flew out the door prior to the presentation.

U3A presentation at Hornsby Library
Many of the 50+ people at the gig had little or now knowledge of blogs and what a useful resource they could be for the reader, researcher and writer. It was pleasing to see how well the talk was received but it was also a little disappointing that, until now, so many people did not have any idea of useful blogs could be in their study of Australian History.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Trove Tuesday - Babysitting

As I was undertaking one of my frequent activities this morning I pulled out my mobile phone to see what Trove could tell me about that activity, Babysitting but I wasn't able to read the results easily because of the small screen size. Now I am back at home in front of a regular screen I am revisiting the search.

The first few instances I found were in the 1880s but these were OCR errors where the two words Baby and Sitting were read as one. It wasn't until the 1940s that I found some mentions of Babysitting as we know the term today. Following are a few snippets.

1949 '"Annie" Acts As Baby-sitter', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 19 January, p. 7. , viewed 13 Jun 2017,

This next article appeared in many newspapers across Australia.

1949 'WANTS BABY-SITTING RECOGNISED', Advocate (Burnie, Tas. : 1890 - 1954), 5 October, p. 18. , viewed 13 Jun 2017,
1952 'Babysitting on a bus', The Mail (Adelaide, SA : 1912 - 1954), 18 October, p. 25. , viewed 13 Jun 2017,
1960 'Dangers of baby-sitting', The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982), 27 April, p. 2. (Teenagers' Weekly), viewed 13 Jun 2017,
1952 ''Baby-Sitting Wrong,' Says Doctor', Daily Examiner (Grafton, NSW : 1915 - 1954), 5 September, p. 1. , viewed 13 Jun 2017,
If you have trouble reading this next essay here is its URL :

1990 'Crazy nights of whine and song', The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995), 20 May, p. 17. , viewed 13 Jun 2017,

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Five Faves Geneameme - The Responses

A few weeks ago I issued a challenge to fellow Geneabloggers. While the number who responded is rather low the quality of the responses is very high.   Thanks to my genimates who responded and gave me some leads on beaut books to follow up. If you are inclined to pen a post for this challenge please let me know and I'll add a link to your response here.

I am hanging my head in shame because I haven't crafted a post excuse is that we are moving house and my genealibrary (being high on my priority list) was packed up and is sitting in state at my new house. As we are spending most of our time at our old home while we get it tarted up for sale my books and I are living apart. Enough of excuses, here are  links to the Five Faves Geneameme posts.

Susie Zada

Shelley Crawford


Sandra Williamson

Patsy Trench

Melody Lassalle

Jane Taubmanan

Anne Young


Saturday, June 10, 2017

GAGs - GeniAus' Gems - 9 June 2017

This week's post is a Saturday Special. As I was involved with family yesterday I didn't not have sufficient time to complete and  publish my post.

It has been a blog-filled week for me. As part of my responsibilities for the GeneabloggersTRIBE I visited over 600 genealogy of the blogs on their Members List. I was struck by the depth and diversity of content I found there in genealogy blogs. It was sad to see so many inactive blogs but it was heartening that, although they are inactive, the stories they tell live on at sites like Blogger and Wordpress.

I also have self-diagnosed Bloggerhoea this week having penned (some scheduled for later) around a dozen posts for the various blogs I curate. I wonder if you sometimes have an attack of this affliction.

In this week's selection I am concentrating on Australian blogs just because I feel like promoting geneablogs from downunder. I am rather fortunate that many of my genimates have blogged this week (was it the chilly weather?).

My first few selections are from libraries' local studies collections. Our libraries downunder do a great job sharing and preserving stories of people and places from the past.

From Sutherland, NSW.
Local History, Local Stories: WWI Field Gun

From Casey/Cardinia, Victoria

Some of my genimates are excited about #Congress_2018. 

Some bloggers have been learning and sharing
And one has returned after taking a sabbatical. Welcome back.

I think a post of mine prompted this post about an atypical Troveite. Isn't that grand

Oops - I've gone over my self imposed limit of a dozen blogs this week just because....I can.

Friday, June 9, 2017

101 Reasons to attend #congress_2018 - Meet Shelley

Shelley, a young genealogist from Canberra who blogs at Twigs of Yore, will be attending her second Congress in 2018.

She blogged about her Congress plans this week. Shelley is a modest and intelligent young woman who has a background in statistics. She is a whizz with spreadsheets, databases and masssaging data who applies her skills to her genealogy research.

An expert user of Family Historian software Shelley has given me some valuable assistance in using that program. Check out her recent blog post Reconstituting the Allsops of Tissington–progress to get an indication of the depth of Shelley's knowledge.

At Congress you will have an opportunity to mix, mingle and pick the brains of many experienced genies like Shelley.

At Congress 2015 - Shelley, our Genimate Tanya and GeniAus

Thursday, June 8, 2017

GeneaBloggersTRIBE - Answering your questions

I received this comment when I promoted the GeneabloggersTRIBE in a FB Genealogy blogger group downunder. 

"can I ask some naive questions?  Ask away, but these are not naive questions, they are questions that more than one person would like to have answered. 

I will preface my answers with a reminder that our GeneabloggersTRIBE Leadership Team is very new and only had around ten days to get organised for the changeover of Geneabloggers assets on June 1. While some roles have been allocated we are still familiarising ourselves with resources, assigning roles and discussing policies and procedures for the Group. We are using a variety of tools for this including Facebook Groups, Google Docs and Sheets and  Trello (Loving this new tool for me).

How does GeneaBloggersTRIBE work?
Your leadership team is a group of  bloggers from diverse backgrounds (there are two Aussies - one young, one old) who are passionate about geneablogging as a collaborative publishing platform. We encourage all Geneabloggers to join our TRIBE.

The expressed purpose of GeneaBloggers now GeneabloggersTRIBE is to:
  • support genealogy bloggers including content-providers on a variety of platforms
  • share information on resources
  • permit free use of fM’s several logo graphics among members expressing solidarity
  • exclude commercial advertising
  • disallow corporate ownership
GeneabloggersTRIBE exists to support and encourage bloggers just like you. We do this by providing helpful resource links, daily blogging prompts, blogiversaries, spotlights with an eye to new and emerging content-providing technologies.

Do you apply to become a member if you are a blogger? 
You can apply to join our closed Facebook Group, ,where you can say g'day, ask questions and share news of interest to other geneabloggers.

Or do you just ask to be added to the blog roll? 
You will be able to list blogs via GeneabloggerTRIBE site and they will appear there on our Members List shortly (we are working on this). To join the Members List please fill out and submit this form.

Are there any eligibility requirements such as posting at least once a month or actively writing a blog for x no of years? 
We don't have any restrictions but would encourage you to be an active blogger ie don't let your blog languish for more than a year.

Are there any costs?
If you are a member are you supposed to be doing something to contribute? 
The only costs we require are your commitment and interest. There a a number of ways you can contribute. 

If so, what kinds of things? 
We recognise that it's  a busy world but you might contribute by blogging, placing our badge on your blog, telling fellow geneabloggers about our TRIBE, supporting fellow bloggers by reading, liking and commenting on their posts and sharing any good resources you find in our Facebook Group.

Sorry, I still consider myself new to blogging though I have seen the GeneaBloggers logo around and knew that Thomas MacEntee was heavily involved (though I know he has now moved on). 
Yes, Thomas handed over many of the Geneabloggers assets to our group of volunteers while he pursues his business interests. 

But, to tell you the truth, coming from the outside, I'm still rather vague as to what it is all about. I read the "About Us" on the site but I couldn't figure out how I, as an amateur blogger, may or may not fit in except as a passive consumer of the resources. Sorry to be so dense. Do you have a "call to arms" page or something for newbies? Thanks! "
You can be a passive consumer but we encourage you to become involved in the ways suggested above.

Thank you for asking these questions. I hope that my responses have provided some clarification for you. It's early days yet but our Leadership Team is in daily contact with each other as we plot the GeneabloggersTRIBE path into the future.

Geneablogging will thrive in our TRIBE.

NB These are my personal responses and may not adequately answer all your questions.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

101 Reasons to attend #congress_2018 - Troveites (A Trove Tuesday Post)

Trove, our nation's treasure, never lets me down.

This week I decided to kill a few birds with one stone and give this post a dual purpose as firstly a 101 Reasons post and secondly as a Trove Tuesday post.

So what, you ask is a TroveiteTrove provided me with some answers but wasn't able to give me a definition for Troveite, I happen to know who coined the term. Take a look at the Troveictionary to see who it was. That the Library Currants blog isn't preserved on Pandora is a shame, I will nominate it forthwith.

The definition put forward by Carmel in her Troveictionary is troveite n. one addicted to Trove

In this article Trove at 5:are we there yet by Dr Marie-Louise Ayres there is a description of the average Troveite.

Troveites also got a mention in the Libraries Australia Newsletter that is preserved in Pandora

There is also a link to Troveite in a blog post of mine.

If you love and are addicted to Trove you may find some soulmates at Congress. Hopefully the people from Trove will have a stand in the exhibition space where you can lavish them with thanks and praise.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

101 Reasons to Attend #congress_2018 - The National Maritime Museum

Just up the road and around the corner from the ICC, is the Australian National Maritime Museum and Vaughan Evans Library.

If your ancestors arrived in Australia by ship it would be worth adding a day or two to your Congress stay to visit the library and research the ships that brought your ancestors to Australia.

Friday, June 2, 2017

GAGs - GeniAus' Gems - 2 June 2017

Well the great news of the week that has kept me occupied is with the GeneabloggersTRIBE Leadership Team.  There has been much geneacommunication across the Pacific and beyond as our Team Leaders worked to get the Website and other social media assets set up for the launch.

1. The announcement from Thomas MacEntee that he is handing over certain assets to the GeneabloggersTRIBE.

2. The new GeneabloggersTRIBE website.

3. There are two Aussies on the leadership team. (Shameless self-promotion)

4. Pauleen shares her excitement about past and future events.

5. Little Wandering Wren is settling down in Thailand.

6. Victoria is also on the move.

7. I'd say they are pretty good Jen.

8. Cousin Bate

9. Radicals in the Hawkesbury.

10. Roots and branches in Sydney.

11. A new blogger on the GSQ team. G'day Joan.

12. And so it should Alona.

Thursday, June 1, 2017


You may have noticed the new GeneabloggersTRIBE image in the sidebar of my blog.

Just minutes ago Thomas Macentee announced " and have agreed to streamline features to meet consumer expectations and provide blogger support. 

You can read the full story here:

I am proud to announce that together with Caitlin Gow I am representing Australia in the new GeneabloggersTRIBE Leadership team. Our transitional leaders Pat Richley-Erickson and Laura Hedgecock have worked tirelessly over the past ten days or so to lead and build our team.

L-R GeniAus with Caitlin Gow
Please visit the GeneabloggersTRIBE website to read all about it and meet the members of the team.

Where have all the Bloggers gone?

In the light of the recent posts on the demise of Geneablogging I am reposting one of my posts from 2015.

Of the Geneabloggers in the photo all but two are still blogging in 2017.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Where have all the Bloggers gone?

The number of blog posts that appear in my RSS feed each week has been slowly diminishing.  Some of my geneablogging mates have disappeared from the scene and some are blogging less frequently. I miss you all and hope that you'll return to blogging real soon.

Some Geneablogging Mates 2012
Apologies to Peter, Paul and Mary  for the following:

Where have all the bloggers gone, long time passing?
Where have all the bloggers gone, long time ago?
Where have all the bloggers gone?
Lost in cyberspace, everyone?
Oh, we miss our blogging friends?
Oh, when will you ever blog?

Where have all the bloggers gone, long time passing?
Where have all the bloggers gone, long time ago?
Where have all the bloggers gone?
Researching, every hour?
Oh, we miss our blogging friends?
Oh, when will you ever blog?

Where have all the bloggers gone, long time passing?
Where have all the bloggers gone, long time ago?
Where have all the bloggers gone?
Lost in archives, everywhere?
Oh, when will they ever learn?
Oh, when will they ever learn? 

Where have all the bloggers gone, long time passing?
Where have all the bloggers gone, long time ago?
Where have all the bloggers gone?
Gone to graveyards, everyone?
Oh, when will they ever blog?
Oh, when will they ever blog? 

Where have all the bloggers gone, long time passing?
Where have all the bloggers gone, long time ago?
Where have all the bloggers gone?
We miss you, everyone.
Oh, we miss our blogging friends?
Oh, when will you ever blog?

Where have all the bloggers gone, long time passing?
Where have all the bloggers gone, long time ago?
Where have all the bloggers gone?
Please come back, everyone.
Oh, we miss our blogging friends?
Oh, when will you ever blog?

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

101 Reasons to Attend #congress_2018 - The Program

Wednesday was to be the day of the big reveal.

The program for #Congress_2018 was to be up on the website for all to see... but they jumped the gun and published it on Tuesday 30th May. Take a look here. The list of speakers is here and the keynotes here.  What is a challenge for we mere mortals is working out which presenter is giving which talk - no doubt this will be revealed shortly.

Although I have heard many of the speakers previously there is a large number of them including Judy G Russell and Paul Milner that I could listen to ad infinitum. I am thrilled to see some Irish experts on the agenda and particularly look forward to hearing the dynamic trio of Perry McIntyre, Richard Reid, and Liz Rushen. My mate Shauna Hicks has a couple of interesting new talks and I'm pleased to see DNA topics on the list. There's something for everyone.

Having perused the program I can see quite a few new (to me) names. I look forward to seeing and hearing what these folk have to say. There are a few blank spots on the program, I presume they are for representatives from places like The National Archives and Familysearch. Guess we'll just have to keep checking back in to the site for updates.

And I just heard that Rob Hamilton will be filling one of those empty spots with his "Freemasonry Records and the Genealogist" talk, a fascinating topic.

When I look at the list of presenters I am humbled that I made the cut. I am honoured to be included in the group.

Trove Tuesday - The Rivers

Genies know that it pays to revisit one's Trove searches again and again.

My Dad grew up around the NSW country town of Canowindra where his father, Tom Curry, was a farmer. I knew that Grandpa managed a property called Fairview and another called Benevento in the district but until a few minutes ago did not know that in 1932 he also managed a property called The Rivers.

Today I ran the Trove search "Curry Canowindra" to see if I could find any new stories on the family. The first post blew me away as it described in great detail the property where the family worked, told me about my grandfather's activities and delivered a photo of Grandpa. The photo is very precious as we have very few closeup images of Tom. I can see some family resemblances in the picture even though it is of poor quality.

1932 'PLENTY OF LUCERNE', The Farmer and Settler (Sydney, NSW : 1906 - 1955), 26 May, p. 9. , viewed 29 May 2017,
The post is rather long so I have just shared the first paragraphs and the photo. The remainder can be read here:

Monday, May 29, 2017

101 Reasons to Attend #congress_2018 - The ICC

We know that Congress is going to be great. Even if we had to meet up in a shearing shed we genies would have fun but being in Sydney's new premium conference venue will create an environment that will enhance the event experience.

The ICC is just to the left of the tall Sofitel Darling Harbour Hotel
I get around in Sydney but haven't been to the new ICC (International Conference Centre Sydney), I hope to visit prior to Congress. One of our daughters had her wedding reception at the old conference centre on the site and that was pretty awesome, I can't wait to see this new one.

The views across from Darling Harbour to the CBD from the Conference Centre are stunning. Your strolls to and from the venue will be a delight. If you play hookey from some of the sessions you will be able to shop or dine at Harbourside, sit by the Harbour and watch the boats  or take a stroll through the Chinese Gardens. More energetic genies can take a stroll over the historic Pyrmont Bridge and head uptown for some retail therapy.

Pyrmont Bridge
I congratulate the Conference organisers on selecting this venue for our premium Australian Geneaevent - it is no less than the event deserves.

We're on the ICC Calendar

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Five Faves Reminder

A few Earlybirds have responded to my Five Faves Geneamemes Challenge.

If you are a genie who uses books and has some favourites please consider sharing their details.

I will collate the response early in June.

Just in Time Learning

When I worked in education it was recognised that Just in Time Learning was most effective.

"Just-in-time learning” refers to making learning available when needed by the learner, and at the time that the learner needs the information, knowledge or skill." (

Way back when I was working I set up a "Help Desk" where teachers could get almost immediate assistance with their technology questions. Providing assistance at the point of need was very effective. I look at the educational offerings from many of our genealogy societies and groups which are mostly lecture style presentations and wonder if any of them are providing for the individual needs of their members.

At our local group we have an informal meeting once a month where we encourage members to come along and provide assistance to each other. Last week we covered items requested by members that included signing up to the Claim a Convict site, saving a word document as a .pdf file (which led to a discussion of file formats), a demonstration on how to scan with the Flip-Pal portable scanner and a comparison of the way DNA results are presented on FTDNA, Gedmatch and MyHeritage (unfortunately Ancestry access was just too slow).  Those who weren't interested in these topics were able to break into small groups to discuss other things.

Bulletin Boards and now Facebook Groups and Ask a Librarian services have been providing this sort of support, perhaps this is why some genies are turning away from traditional societies and groups and finding other avenues that enable them to find out what they need to know when they need to know it.

I'm wondering how many genies who have not yet embraced the technology that creates Just in Time Learning opportunities are missing out on learning.

What does your society or group do to cater for the Just in Time needs of its members? Is your educational program serving the individual needs of your members?

Friday, May 26, 2017

GAGs- GeniAus' Gems - 26 May 2017

My mind has been on other things this week, ie #Congress_2018, I also spent this morning meeting some of my new neighbours at a local Australia's Biggest Morning Tea. I have still managed to fit in a bit of blog reading. Hopefully you will enjoy some of what I have selected.

1. My answer is NO.

2. Michelle blogged about Jenny's ancestor.

3. Shauna reports on what we missed out on.

4. Congratulations to Jennie on the 50th post in this series.

5. Another interesting post from an a blogger I cannot identify.

6. Nifty changing graphic in this post.

7. Emily ponders on a question.

8. Fancy a sdrop of Earl Grey/

9. A Manly pharmacist.

10. Thanks for the memories Pauline.

11. New items at SLQ.

12. I remember that visit in 1954.

BTW. If you want to know about #Congress_2018 join our Facebook Group Genimates at #Congress_2018.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

101 Reasons to Attend #congress_2018 - Blogger Beads

Geneabloggers love their blogger beads. 

Blogger Beads
In a tradition started by Thomas MacEntee Geneabloggers at large and small Geneaconferences wear Mardi Gras style beads so that they can easily recognise each other.  At our last Congress in Canberra I sponsored  the blogger beads for those in attendance and will do so again in 2018.

Geneabloggers at Congress 2015
I need to draw up a list of those geneabloggers who will be attending Congress and wish to proudly wear the beads. I know that Alona Tester, Chez Leggatt, Janelle Collins, Jennifer Jones, Pauleen Cass, Shauna Hicks, Helen Smith, Lilian Magill and Judy Russell will be coming along so I'll be reserving some beads for them.  How about you?

Geneabloggers, please let me know if you are going to Congress and wish to wear beads by leaving your name and blog URL under the link to this post on the Genimates at #Congress_2018 Facebook Page. I will order and pick them up when in the US in October.

Closer to the Conference I will make arrangements for your beading.

STOP PRESS: Alona Tester of the Lonetester blog has been in contact with me. Alona has a stash of blogger beads that she has offered to supplement my small supply. So your blogger beads will be courtesy of Alona and Jill.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Goodbye Agatha

Alona blogged about her collections a few weeks ago.

In a comment on her post I said that I had collections of chickens and hotel pens. As I have cleaned out my study I have found a few other small collections. There are the bookmarks, the postcards, the sougenirs, theatre programs, memorial books and other geneabumph. I have managed to keep these small collections but some books have had to go. So far I have disposed of around 800 from the house proper, there are many I can't part with that have already made the move to our new abode.

Yesterday I ventured down into my branch library in the garage (5 library bays x 6 shelves high) where my older books are stored. I made good progress tossing fiction, biographies and textbooks. I have only just started on my children's book collection from my time as a children's and then school librarian. I am going to find it difficult to part with some of my picture books.

When I woke up this morning I made a very brave decision. I have collected books by and about Agatha Christie since my teens. Whenever Mum saw a secondhand copy of an Agatha mystery she would buy it for me, I read them all - even the multiple copies. The wonderful thing about the Agathas is that I can reread them after a year so and still not identify the perpetrators. Last night I just couldn't bring myself to box up the old, dusty Agathas so I left them on their shelf with my John F Kennedy collection.

This morning I told myself that I must let go. I am so proud of myself as I have just returned from the garage where I have boxed up the Agathas ready to go to the local Rotary booksale and a new home. I hope their new owners get as much enjoyment from them as I have.

Watch out JFK you may be next.


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