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Christmas Wish List

While working on the next " genie and the net " article for the NZSG magazine, "The New Zealand Genealogist" this morning, I keep coming across a lot of technology news for genealogists and thought some of these are great Christmas gifts. So rather than wait for the magazine - which you wont see till February 2012, decided to post here.   1) NZSG Kiwi Index - this NZSG members CD with over 8 Million NZ records speaks for itself, if you can wait till Xmas Day for yours... 2) Flip Pal - this is a great little scanner with lots of uses for genealogists. During November 7 geneabloggers are trialing this portable scanner and blogging the results. Here is a post about the scanner and the blogs involved. Worth clicking on the blogs for tips and hints. Many of you will find the tips suggested useful. Like set the date and time the FIRST time you turn it one BEFORE you use it - for those who never read the manual first ;-) And not just for genie things, us

The Tech Savvy Genealogists' Meme

Geniaus has been keeping me " on the ball " with all these memes . Methinks it needs a geekyness scale, >35 questions answered done or want to do this - GEEK present... The list is annotated in the following manner: Things you have already done or found Things you would like to do or find Things you haven’t done or found and don’t care to Feel free to add extra comments in brackets after each item Which of these apply to you? Own an Android or Windows tablet or an iPad Use a tablet or iPad for genealogy related purposes Have used Skype to for genealogy purposes Have used a camera to capture images in a library/archives/ancestor's home Use a genealogy software program on your computer to manage your family tree Have a Twitter account Tweet daily Have a genealogy blog Have more then one genealogy blog Have lectured/presented to a genealogy group on a technology topic Currently an active member of Genealogy Wise Have a Facebook Account Have conn

99 Things Genealogy Meme - Aussie Style

Thanks again to Geniaus : In May 2009 Becky over at Kinexxions put together 99 Things Genealogy Meme. It had a distinctly US flavour. As there are now a number of Australian bloggers in the blogisphere I thought I'd take Becky's meme and dinkumise it. I encourage Australian genealogists to post this meme, which will give others a picture of you, to your blogs. Foreigners are welcome to join the fun. The list should be annotated in the following manner: Things you have already done or found Things you would like to do or find Things you haven’t done or found and don’t care to Here is my contribution: 1. Belong to a genealogical society (Three actually) 2. Joined the Australian Genealogists group on Genealogy Wise 3. Transcribed records. 4. Uploaded headstone pictures to Find-A-Grave or a similar site. 5. Documented ancestors for four generations (self, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents) 6. Joined Facebook. 7. Cleaned up a run-down cemetery. 8. Joined the Gen

The Ancestors' Geneameme

Thanks to Geniaus The list should be annotated in the following manner: Things you have already done or found Things you would like to do or find Things you haven’t done or found and don’t care to You are encouraged to add extra comments in brackets after each item Which of these apply to you?   Can name my 16 great-great-grandparents (have 15)  Can name over 50 direct ancestors Have photographs or portraits of my 8 great-grandparents (Not possible to get all of them.)  Have an ancestor who was married more than three times  Have an ancestor who was a bigamist Met all four of my grandparents (I have 6 grandparents - adopted and birth.  All but two were dead before I was born. We lived with the Aussie Grandma and met the UK when when she came to visit in the early 1960's.) Met one or more of my great-grandparents (not possible) Named a child after an ancestor (not possible)  Bear an ancestor's given name/s (Dad was named after all of his grandfathers (he h

British Newspaper Archive now live

Received this promotional blurb today and thought it worth signing up to... The British Newspaper Archive microsite is now live at www.britishnewspaperarchive. Why not encourage friends and family to register now to be the first to know when the newspapers go online?! Please use the links to post on Facebook, Tweet about us. Stumble, tell all! I have now set up a Twitter account (@TheBNA1):!/TheBNA1 . Please follow us! This exciting digitisation collaboration between bright solid and The British Library means that unlike many other newspaper digitisation projects, we have been able to scan some of the rarest and most fragile newspapers in the collection. The Archive will be an invaluable resource to all types of researchers and we have chosen some examples to demonstrate this ( http://www. archive-examples.php ).   Full text searching will be available and users will be able to refine their search to focus on: Family

Welcome Wall

The National Australian Maritime Museum has a Welcome Wall immigration project with a family history focus. My HOBBS family went up on the wall today. If you are interested in this family Bev Woodman looks after an email group Thanks to Bev for all her hard work looking after this large family branch....


Finally made it to my first genealogy webinar. Thanks Dear Myrtle . Makes for an early start to the day on our side of the planet. :-) Good to see someone using software it is so much easier to understand all the benefits and some draw backs too!

In Memory of Eric

I grew up in a small household, with just my parents and my grandmother Ada Irene DOUGLASS (née KING). From a young age I knew that my mother, Erica Rosemary DOUGLASS, was named after Grandma’s cousin who died in WWI, her “cousin’s” name was Eric Hugh BARKER. When I became addicted to genealogy some years ago I finally realized that Eric was Erica’s second cousin rather than Grandma’s first cousin. I also finally realised that mum’s middle name Rosemary, was for Remembrance – I can’t believe for over 40 years I didn’t make the “Rosemary for Remembrance” connection! Eric Hugh BARKER was born in Sydney in 1886 into a large extended family on his father’s side which included many 3 rd and 4 th generation Australians. It was a time when Australia lived on the sheep’s back and the 1890’s depression and the Great War to end all wars were not on the horizon. Eric was the first born to Dr Theodore Hugh BARKER and his English wife Edith May née EMBELIN. Theo and Edith were mar

Experiment failed

Interesting to see I started this blog just after the first NZ Family History Fair , I was very enthused from the Fair. Turns out I got really involved in the next Fair, coming up this August, so no blogging. :-( Time to change this...