Monday, April 14, 2014

Khoo connections

I was impressed when visiting a family association temple in Kuala Lumpur to see that they had, in big books,   family records for the clan going back 1,000 years.

There was a summary of their genealogy on display.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Trove Tuesday - Ticket to Bangkok

Today should find me in Bangkok boarding a ship for a cruise to Rome.

Mr Geniaus and I should have flown into Bangkok a couple of days ago on Qantas, as we used frequent flier points for our flight I was not aware of the one-way fare from Sydney to this destination. A quick enquiry of the Qantas website (9/3/2014) shows me that a one way economy fare would be $AU928.

An article on Trove tells me that the same flight 60 years ago in 1954 would have cost £142/10 the equivalent of $AU284.08.

1954 'CUT IN OVERSEA TOURIST AIR FARES.', The Mercury(Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954), 1 March, p. 19, viewed 9 March, 2014,
Wikianswers tells me that "One Pound (Australian) in 1954 had the purchasing power of about $AU30.13". So if today's airfare had kept pace with the inflation rate one would be paying approximately $AU 4279 for a one way trip to Bangkok.

No wonder Qantas is going broke.

This post was prepared in advance of my holiday on 9/3/2014 because I may be too busy to blog on holiday

Sunday, April 6, 2014


I didn't realise that Mr GeniAus snapped this picture of me at Panthip Plaza in Bangkok today where I spent several hours browsing. Whilst I managed to exercise some restraint I came away with a few tech accessories that were on my shopping list.

GeniAus on the prowl for new tech toys

Friday, March 28, 2014

Clogs, Tulips, Windmills

The Powerpoint for my speaking gig  to the Year 1 boys at The Kings School next week is done but I thought I should balance out the family tree of my Grandson who is the case study for my talk.

The GeniAus side of the tree was looking rather healthy but the tree was a bit lopsided. My daughter-in-law has Greek and Dutch ancestry so that was a challenge for me. I tackled the Greek side a few years ago with the help of The Castellerizo Genealogy pages but I hadn't done much searching for the Dutch side. I am not going into depth for these lines but I want basic BDM details that I can source reliably.

I remembered reading somewhere early this year that there was a new government site for Netherlands research and went looking for it today. Wie Was Wie is an amazing site that has transcriptions of Birth, Death and Marriage Records plus Census Records and other Historical Documents. With the help of Google Translate I have been able to build a quick pedigree for D-I-L's Dutch Dad.

Google Translate helped me navigate this site.
I have now moved into the 18th Century on this site and have found BDM dates and occupations for Dutch dad's direct ancestors. The interface is a dream to use.  Haven't got time to write more as I want to see if I can move back another century.

If you have any Dutch connections give this site a try or just take a look for interest's sake.

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