As an educator I had a commitment to Lifelong Learning, I attended numerous professional development activities to acquire new knowledge, keep abreast of the latest research and learn new skills.

Now that I am retired from that field and have embraced genealogy and family history with a passion I am making a concerted effort to learn as much as I can about the subject; I am engaging in a program of CGD (Continuing Genealogical Development). I will continue to be a Lifelong Learner as long as the old brain holds up.

On this page I will record details of the learning activities in which I take part. I will continue to write blog posts about some of these activities and link to the posts from this page.

October 25 2018 Blaine Bettinger  Building Quick & Dirty Trees to Identify Genetic Matches

October 25 2018 Wacky Wednesday with DearMYRTLE and The Archive Lady. Online Webinar

October 24 2018 Informal meetingHornsby Shire Family History Group

October 20 2018 Marilyn Rowan - 1. NSW BDMs and 2. Reading Old Handwriting. Lake Macquarie Family History Group

October 18 2018 Emily Hanna State Archives and Records NSW. NSW Colonial Secretary's Correspondence. 

October 17  2018 Amanda Ianna, NSW Registrar for Births Deaths & Marriages Hornsby Shire Family History Group 

September 19 2018 Jason Reeve - Hornsby Shire Family History Group

20 June 2018 Brick WallsHornsby Shire Family History Group.

19 June 2018  Webinar - Copyright for Genealogists,Society of Australian Genealogists

13 June 2018 Webinar - Randy Whited presents “Introduction to DNA for Genealogy”. Virtual Genealogy Society

13 June 2018  Webinar - Christine Woodcock presents “Preparing for an Ancestral Tour” Virtual Genealogy Society .

May 2018  Convict records at NSW State Archives and Records. Gail Davis, Hornsby Shire FHG.

19 May 2018 Lake Macquarie Family History Group -*Judy Webster- Look Beyond the Border! Archival Records with data for Interstate and overseas folks.

9-12 March 2018 15th Australasian Congress on Genealogy & Heraldry (Congress 2018). International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour.

28 February - 3 March 2018 Rootstech Conference. Salt Palace. Salt Lake City.

15 April 2017 Legacy Family Tree Webinars Blaine Bettinger: Foundations in DNA 5 Autosomal DNA

April 2017 Society of Australian Genealogists. DNA Webinar

March 2017 Genies Down Under: Episode 62: Bye for now

March 2017 Genies Down Under: Episode 61: Interview with Michelle Patient

8-11 February 2017  Rootstech Conference, Salt Lake City

September 2016 Genies Down Under: Episode 59: Interview with Pauleen Cass

24 August 2016 Genies Down Under 58: Interview with Dot Elder and Rob McIntosh

10 August 2016  SAG Cemetery Collections, Heather Garnsey, Hawkesbury Family History Group.

8 August 2016 Care of Collections Workshop, Kate Soderlund, Preservation Australia.

6 August 2016 Hornsby Family History Group Geneagala for National Family History Month, Hornsby Shire Library.

June 2016

June 2016 What you need to know before you start,  Martyn Killion, Society of Australian Genealogists Lost in England and Scotland Weekend Webinar.

June 2016 Tour of Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin.

18 May 2016 Discovering Familysearch, Paul Parton. Hornsby Shire Family History Group.

28 April 2016 Rummaging in the Parish Chests, Kirsty Gray. Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

19 April 2016 Introduction to Scrivener for Family History Writers, Lynn Palermo.

18 April 2016 DNA demystified - A Beginner's Guide to genetic genealogy (Debbie Kennett)

March-April 2016 Researching your Family Tree, University of Strathclyde for Futurelearn.

9 March 2016 Cemetery records of the Society of Australian Genealogists Webinar - Heather Garnsey (recorded February 2016)

5 March 2016 Your Family History Online Society of Australian Genealogists Webinars

4 March 2016 Kokoda Secret, Susan Ramage Hornsby Library

2 March 2016 Rootstech Report Lilian Magill and Jill Ball, Bankstown Family History Group.

24 February 2016 Unlock the Past Sydney Seminar, Judy G Russell and Paul Blake

17 February 2016 DNA for Family History - Kerry Farmer, Hornsby Shire Family History Group

3-6 February 2016 Rootstech Conference, Salt Lake City

20 January 2016 Hornsby Shire Family History Group Meeting

7 November 2015 What’s the best organising system? – Panel discussion Society of Australian Genealogists "Lost in 2015" Conference

6 November 2015 Genies Downunder Podcast Episode 47: Funny stuff for genies: Humour in Australian family history (September 2015)

21 October 2015  Coral Shand - Chasing your Ancestors - England. Hornsby Family History Group

15 October 2015 SAG Writers' Group - Lilian Magill - Blogging

14 October 2015 Hawkesbury Family History Group

September 28, 2015 The Surname Society September Hangout #2 Online

16 September 2015 Introduction to Genealogy Software and Family Historian Hornsby Shire Family History Group

30 August 2015  NFHM Geneagala Hangout on Air. Online

22 August 2015  Beginning Genealogy, Hornsby Shire FHG Genealogy Clinic

19 August 2015 Early Hawkesbury Families - Michelle Nichols. Hornsby Shire FHG.

June 2, 2015  Convict Records Webinar. Queensland State Archives.

May 27  The Business of genetic ancestry BBC Radio 4.

May 21, 2015 Make Your Ancestry Come Alive Using Your DNA Webinar, Peter J. Roberts, Georgia Genealogical Society.

May 20, 2015 Hornsby Shire FHG 4 Poster Presentations, 

May 9, 2015  Mondays with Myrt - 4 May 2015

April 30, 2015 DearMYRTLE's Wacky Wednesday Hangout on Air:  "Preparing to hire a professional." 

April 30, 2015  Jennyalogy Podcast Episode 3

April 29, 2015  Hornsby Shire Library - Australian Military Records Online - Neil Chippendale 

April 21, 2015 SAG Webinar - Commonwealth War Graves Commission

April 15, 2015   Hornsby Shire Family History Group - Organising our Stuff  at Hornsby Library

March 18 2015  Hornsby Shire Family History Group - Resources for Family History at Hornsby Library

March 12 2015 Writers' Group Society of Australian Genealogists

March 11 2015  Hawkesbury Family History Group Katherine McKenzie, Putty tales & trails.

March 7 2015  Chris Paton Podcast 1.

March 6 2015 Jennyalogy Podcast 2015

February 27 2015  Rosemary Morgan 's Rootstech interview with +Angie Bush and +CeCe Moore

February 25 2015 Inaugural Meeting The Hornsby Shire Family History Group.

February 20 2015 Rootsech 2015: DearMYRTLE interviews AJ Jacobs

February 11-14 Rootstech and FGS Conferences Salt Lake City

February  9 2015 Mondays with Myrt from the Family History Library, Salt Lake City

February 2 2015 Jennyalogy first podcast 

January 27 2015  MONDAYS WITH MYRT - 26 Jan 2015 Google Hangout on Air, DearMyrtle. 

January 14 2015 Illinois Genealogy Society Using Google Earth for Genealogy Webinar with Lisa Louise Cooke

January 13 2015 Surname Society December Family Historian v6 Hangout with Jane Taubman

January 8 2015 Wacky Wednesday- Promo Graphics, DearMyrtle Hangout on Air.

January 7 2015 Rootstech 2015 - What you need to know as a speaker webinar.

January 3, 2015 Genies Downunder Podcast Mistake stuff for genies: What to avoid to increase the quality of your research

November 2014 Genies Downunder Podcast Reunion stuff for genies: Family history get-togethers

November 8, 2014 One-name studies: the Next Stage Seminar. Burgess Hill, West Sussex, UK

November 1, 2014 How our Ancestors Died, Dr Simon Wills, Society of Genealogists, London, UK.

October 15 2014, DearMyrtle and Cousin Russ Shaky Leaf Hints Video

October 14 2014 GeniAus Hangout on Air - CGD

October 9 2014 Setting up a blog with Blogger, Ku-ring-gai Historical Society Technology SIG

October 8 2014 Online resources for Family History Baulkham Hills Library

October 2 2014  Genies Downunder podcast Episode 36: Interviews with Genies: Part 2 (September 2014), Maria Northcote

September 24, 2014  Family History Talk, Hornsby Library

September 11 2014 Evernote for Genealogy, Ku-ring-gai Historical Society Technology SIG

August 31 GeniAus Hangout on Air - What a Month that was - #NFHM2014

23 August 2014 The Social Genealogist: using social media in your family history research. Full day. Wyong Family History Group.

August 13, 2014 Perry McIntyre Hawkesbury Family History Group

August 9, 2014  Genies Downunder podcast Ancestor voices stuff: Learning about our ancestors through their words, Maria Northcote

August 7, 2014 Wacky Wednesday - MSExcel for genealogists Hangout on Air with DearMyrtle and Cousin Russ.

July 21, 2014 GeneaSleepOver: Worldwide Indexing Event Hangout with DearMyrtle

July 10, 2014  Technology Special Interest Group, Ku-ring-gai Historical Society

July 9, 2014 William Cox and Cox's Road, Anne-Maree Whitaker, Hawkesbury Family History Group

June 27, 2014  3-2-1 Cite! - FamilySearch  Indexing, Dear Myrtle Hangout on Air

June 15, 2014 2 tabs are better than 1, Dear Myrtle Hangout on Air

June 15, 2014  It's all about YOU - Tweaking your Google+ profile  Dear Myrtle Hangout on Air

March 4, 2014 How do I start a Hangout on Air? Best practices mid Feb 2014, Ronnie Bincer

March 1, 2014 Google+ Hangout: Learn & Do, Society for One Place Studies

February 27, 2014 Searching for Surnames: Challenges, Pitfalls and the Downright Ridiculous, Kirsty Gray Legacy Family Tree Webinar

February 21, Using Tools and Organization for Creating a Valuable Family History Blog, James Tanner. UGA Webinar.

February 20, Technology SIG, Ku-ring-gai Historical Society.

February 4-13 4th Unlock the Past Genealogy Cruise. A festival of learning from top overseas and Australian genealogists.

January 15, 2014  Google Hangouts - a complete guide Hangout on Air, Martin Shervington

January 15, 2014 7 Habits of Highly Frugal Genealogists Webinar, Thomas MacEntee for Illinois State Genealogy Society

January 13, 2014  Scheduling a Hangout on Air for a Community Hangout on Air, Russ Worthington.

December 13, 2013  Testing out the HOA Scheduling Tool and a few other HOA tools, Google Hangout on Air,Ronnie Bincer

December 3, 2013 Hangouts and Hangouts on Air: What's the difference? Dear Myrtle and Russ Worthington

November 28, 2013 How to be a Great Hangout on Air Guest - Google Plus HOA, Ronnie Bincer

November 13, 2013 ASCCA Conference, Sydney

November 11, 2013 Genealogy Happenings, Caitie

November 11, 2013 What the Heck is a Google Plus Hangout and Why You Should be Using Them, Peg Fitz and Ronnie Bincer

November 11, 2013 Genealogy and me, Alona Tester,

November 4, 2013  Tracing Irish Ancestry, State Library of NSW

October 29,2013 Genealogy Hangout with Sue Payment ~ Canadian Genealogy Expert

October 29, 2013  How to use HOA Events to engage & build valuable relationships, Ronnie Bincer Hangout on Air.

October 25, 2013 Mondays with Myrt 21/10/2013

October 19, 2013  Shakin' the world over: the Greek-Australian Milk Bar, Professor Leonard Janiszewski Ku-ring-ai Historical Society

October 13, 2013  How to use HOA Events to engage & build valuable relationships, Ronnie Bincer Hangout on Air.

October 10, 2013 Technology Special Interest group, Ku-ring-gai Historical Society

October 3, 2013  Family Historian User Group, Wyong Family History Group.

September 20-22 29th Annual Conference of the NSW & ACT Association of Family History Societies, Canberra.

September 16, 2013 You Use WHAT for Genealogy? Wonderful Uses for Unusual Tools Webinar, Thomas MacEntee

September 12, 2013 Technology Special Interest Group Ku-ring-gai Historical Society

September 9, 2013  Genies Downunder Podcast 23, Maria Northcote

August 30, 2013  State Records NSW Open Day State Records NSW, Kingswood

August 24, 2013 WW1 Writers' Workshop, Cassie Mercer, Ku-ring-gai Historical Society

August 17, 2013  SAG Anniversary Seminar, State Records NSW, Kingswood

August 15, 2013  The Links between Local and Family History, Dr Carol Liston, Hornsby Library

August 15, 2013  Crossing the Blue Mountains, Dr Siobhan Lavelle, Hawkesbury Family History Group.

August 10, 2013, FindMyPast Seminar, D. Joshua Taylor, FindMyPast Australia

August 9, 2013  Picasa for Genealogists, Jill Ball and Tony Prince, Ku-ring-gai Historical Society

August 7, 2013  Writing a history of one's times, Peter Hennessy, The National Archives Audio Recording

July 20, 2013 The ones that got away, Murray Radcliffe, Ku-ring-gai Historical Society

June 12, 2013  Ancestors in Asylums, Christine Yeats, Hawkesbury Family History Group

May 18, 2013  Australia's First Strike, Ralph Hawkins, Ku-ring-gai Historical Society

April-May 2013 11 History lectures, Terry Bishop, At sea on board Seven Seas Navigator

March 21-23 2013,Rootstech Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

February 10 to 19 February 2013, 3rd Unlock the Past Genealogy Cruise, Voyager of the Seas. 49 sessions attended.

February 9, 2013, Unlock the Past Paul Milner Tour, Hornsby RSL.

February 2, 2013, Family History Group Meeting, Ku-ring-gai Historical Society

November 2012, MySOG, Tim Lawrence, Society of Genealogists, London

September 10, 2012 City of Sydney Customs House Library Social Media for Historians

September 1, 2012 North Shore Butchers, Geoff Hammond Ku-ring-gai Historical Society

August 18, 2012  Captain Thunderbolt & his Lady, Carol Baxter, Ku-ring-gai Historical Society.

August 17, 2012 Multimedia - John Owen, Family Historian User Group,  Wyong Family History Group
August 16, 2012 Researching NZ Family History, Graham Lewis, Ku-ring-gai Historical Society

August 8, 2012  Managing Local Collections, Gail Davis State Records, Ku-ring-gai Historical Society

August 7, 2012 Instagram Webinar, Carrie Keele, DearMyrtle

August 6, 2012 Writing your life story, Carol Fox, Mosman Library.

August 4, 2012 SAG 80th Birthday Seminar, State Records NSW

July 31, 2012 Tips for Taking the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner to Your Family Gatherings Webinar Recording, Gordon Nuttall and Thomas MacEntee

July 30, 2012 Plan Your Way to Research Success Webinar Recording. Marian Pierre-Louis

July 20, 2012  Family Historian Interest Group, John Owen, Wyong Family History Group

July 17, 2012  Wordpress Part 3, Taneya Koonce, Dear Myrtle Webinar

July 11, 2012  Life of Margaret Catchpole, Laurie Forth , Hawkesbury Family History Group

July 12, 2012  The Quest for your English Ancestors, Webinar, Claire Brisson-Banks

July 7, 2012 Saturday Q&A Workshop, Ku-ring-gai Historical Society

June 29, 2012 Audrey Collins Australian Tour, Parramatta

June 25-27, 2012  Unlock the Past Queensland Expo, Jindalee, Queensland

June 19 2012 WordPress Part I: Learn the Lingo with Taneya Koonce, Dear Myrtle Webinar

June 15-16 Shoalhaven Family, Local & Cultural History Fair, Nowra

June 13, 2012 Hawkesbury Family History Group, Accessing Land Titles Records, Carol Liston

June 4, 2012 Flip-Pal Scanner for Fabulous Family Photos Webinar, Thomas Macentee and Diane Miller

May 30, 2012 Researching Your New York Ancestors Webinar, Thomas MacEntee

May 14 2012 Ku-ring-gai Council, Social Media Seminar, Anne-Maree Kerr

May 4, 2012 Hornsby Library, Trove: a Nation's Treasure, Jill Ball

April 12 2012 Randwick Branch Library, The Girl who loved Ned Kelly, Paul O'Keefe

April 11 2012 Hawkesbury Family History Group, Innovations and Inventions, Michelle Nichols

April 7 2012 Trove workshop, Ku-ring-gai Historical Society

March 28-31 2012 The 13th Australasian Congress on Genealogy & Heraldry, Adelaide South Australia

February 2-4, 2012 Rootstech Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah

January 14, 2012 Information Overload: Finding the Genealogy Data You Need  Geneabloggers Blogtalk Radio

January 11, 2012 10 Ways To Jumpstart Your Genealogy Webinar, Thomas MacEntee, Illinois State Genealogical Society

November 16, 2011 Let's Talk About: Australian Family History Websites Ian Beckett, Baulkham Hills Library

November 9, 2011 Show and Tell Session, Hawkesbury Family History Group

November 5, 2011 The Blaxland Family, Wendy Blaxland, Ku-ring-gai Historical Society

November 4, 2011 The Story of Bob Waterer and his family, Nan Bosler, Mosman Library

October 28, 2011 State Records NSW Open Day

October 10, 2011 SAG Library Orientation, Lorraine Brothers, Society of Australian Genealogists

October 8, 2011 Irish Research Day, Terry Eakin, Ku-ring-gai Historical Society

September 27, 2011 A Few Good Sites Workshop Webinar, Dear Myrtle

September 22, 2011 Shipping in NSW, Heather Garnsey, SAG Webinar

September 20,2011  It isn't all on the net, Webinar with Dear Myrtle

September 14, 2011 Dining in the 19th Century, Michelle Nichols, Hawkesbury Family History Group

September 8, 2011 Blogtalk Radio, Got Genealogy with Lisa B Lee, hosted by Seeking Stories

September 3, 2011 The Ryerson Index, Peter Kettle, Ku-ring-gai Historical Society

September 3, 2011, Workhouses of England, Pauline Kettle, Ku-ring-gai Historical Society

September 1, 2011 Evernote – Easy Note Taking Explorinar with Thomas MacEntee

August 26, 2011 Weebly Explorinar with Thomas MacEntee

July 13, 2011 The first landholders in the 19 counties of NSW, Hawkesbury Family History Group

July 9, 2011 Geneabloggers Blogtalk Radio - Education

July 7, 2011 Leveraging the power of "We", Legacy Webinar

July 2, 2011 Gary Luke, Foreigners and Aliens, Ku-ring-gai Historical Society

June 8, 2011 Guild of One Name Studies, Karen Rogers, Hawkesbury Family History Group.

June 6, 2011 Writing interesting family histories, Carol Baxter, Ku-ring-gai Historical Society.

June 4. 2011, The Irish Convict Women of the Elizabeth, Suzanne Voytas, Ku-ring-gai Historical Society.

June 4, 2011 Convict workshop, Ku-ring-gai Historical Society.

June 2, 2011 Twitter and Tweetdeck Webinar, Dear Myrtle (Pat Richley)

May 25, 2011 Remember when.... Writing and publishing family history, Noeline Kyle and Lorriane Purcell, Mosman Library.

May 22, 2011 Geneabloggers Blogtalk Radio - Technology.

May 20, 2011 Beginning Family History, Ian Beckett, Castle Hill Library.

May 19, 2011 Fire-fighters in NSW, Parramatta Heritage Centre

May 17, 2011, Blogs and Other Social Media for Family History, Carole Riley, Ku-ring-gai Historical Society.

May 14, 2011 TMG Sydney User Group,  SAG, Sydney

May 7, 2011 Geneabloggers Blogtalk Radio -Finding Your Female Ancestors

May 5, 2011, Preserving Family Photographs: 1839 to the Present Webinar, Maureen Taylor - The Photo Detective

April 30, 2011 Geneabloggers Blogtalk Radio - British Genealogy

April 22, 2011 Dropbox for Genealogists Webinar, Thomas MacEntee

April 13, 2011  FamilySearch with Allan Murrin, Hornsby Library, NSW

April 9, 2011 Geneabloggers Blogtalk Radio

April 2, 2011 Geneabloggers Blogtalk Radio

March 25, 2011 Geneabloggers Blogtalk Radio

March 4, 2011, More blogging for beginners Webinar,  Dear Myrtle (Pat Richley)

February 10-12 2011, Rootstech Conference, Salt Lake City, USA

February 3, 2011 Genetic Genealogy for Beginners: DNA is the “Gene” in Genealogy  Webinar Elise Friedman, Relative Roots

January 6, 2011, Google for Genealogists Webinar, Thomas MacEntee

December 11, 2010 TMG User Group Meeting, SAG, Sydney, NSW

December 11, 2010 Sussex Online and Online Parish Clerk, Linda Bishop SAG Sydney, NSW

December 4, 2010  From Ireland to here  SAG, Sydney, NSW

November 19-20, 2010 Unlock the Past Roadshow, North Ryde, NSW Post 1  Post 2

October 22-23 Unlock the Past History & Genealogy Expo at Parramatta, NSW

August 14, 2010 Sydney TMG User Group  SAG Sydney, NSW

August 7, 2010 The Hawkesbury Family History Fair, Windsor, NSW

June 7, 2010 (Six weeks) Australian and New Zealand Genealogy Course  (Online) Kerry Farmer  National Institute for Genealogical Studies, Canada

May 24, 2010, Unlock the Past Seminar, North Ryde, NSW

October 14, 2009  How to trace your Irish ancestors, Jeremy Palmer  Hornsby Library, NSW


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