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#NotatRootstech2018

Well, it’s finished now but we can still learn from it. I’ve been following it from my iPad thanks to a couple of my favourite bloggers who were there and shared their experiences with us. First of all, I follow … Continue reading

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2018 The Year of the Scanner

I don’t normally bother about New Year’s resolutions as I’ve never successfully completed them.  I find life tends to get in the way. However, as I’ve had some time after a wonderful Xmas/New Year with the extended family, I’ve been … Continue reading

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Christmas

Naturally, Christmas preparation turns the mind to the past but I struggle to remember a lot of details about Christmas as a child in the 1950’s.  They were certainly much quieter and much less was made of the celebration. Another … Continue reading

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GRO in England announces another 3 month online PDF trial

It’s amazing what you can learn from reading other genealogist’s blogs.  This week some of my blogs contained the great news that for the next 3 months, we can order PDF copies of Birth and Death certificates for only £6.    … Continue reading

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Wonderful seminar

I thoroughly enjoyed the “Researching Abroad” seminar last week with guest speakers, Irish/Scottish genealogist, Chris Paton and German genealogist, Dirk Weisleder at the German club in the city. They and Unlock the Past staff travelled from Brisbane to Auckland, back … Continue reading

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Irish, Scottish and German family history research roadshow coming in August

I was honoured but surprised when I received an email last week from Unlock the Past’s Alan Phillips inviting me to be an Ambassador for the upcoming 2 day “Researching Abroad” seminar in August.  I am such an intermittent blogger … Continue reading

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What are the chances?

  I’ve been researching in Northern Ireland for months now using the FAN (Friends, Associates, Neighbours) technique to build up a picture of the extended family. I have James and Mary FITZSIMONS who married in Portaferry in 1854 and had … Continue reading

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TROVE Tuesday – Australia Day

After watching the Australia Day celebrations last week, I started thinking about how Australia Day was celebrated in the past.  I didn’t remember any great fuss during my earlier years so I decided to consult TROVE to see how it … Continue reading

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Adelaide History & Genealogy Expo

Sept 2016 I was excited when the initial ads came out for the Expo. Firstly, it was in my state, secondly, it was affordable and thirdly, the weather wouldn’t be too hot. Really, the word expo doesn’t do the 2 … Continue reading

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NFHM Week 2

Week 2 For this week’s challenge, I thought it might be interesting to compare my ancestors’ occupations with those of their descendants in 2016. Irish farmland photographed by J Gay There were a lot of labourers from many countries in … Continue reading

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