Sunday, April 23, 2017

GAGs - GeniAus' Gems - 23 April 2017

Friday when I usually post my GeniAus' Gems flew by as did Saturday. Now on Sunday morning I have found some time to share some  blog posts that resonated with me up to Friday 21 April. This week I found several posts where bloggers' stories contained shared tips/reminders for researchers and also I learnt about people and places from other stories.

1. Two posts of most interest to we who blog came from my genimates James and Julie.

2. A different perspective on digging up the ancestors.

3. Remembering Henry at Canada Bay.

4. Chris reminiscences on Easter.

5. Learning from the challenge.

6. Another treasure from Alona's chest.

7. Kylie revisits the records.

8. A Kiwi genie visits Canberra.

9. Neville's missus.

10. Witnessing a gruesome scene.

11. Jen checks the facts.

12. Pauleen returns to blogging with two bumper posts.

New to Me Blogs

From Emily in Sydney

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Getting There

My back is aching, my shoulder blades are sore and even my hands are hurting but I am well on the way to setting up my new geneacave.

Geneabooks shelved

Folders and photo boxes in place

Orphan photos to date and sort.
I have the challenge of one more large bookshelf to pack up, a cupboard that houses my gadgets and sougenirs to sort out and my desk to empty. Once that is all boxed up I can unpack it into my new office and get back to research and blogging in earnest.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

My Grandmother's Birthday Book

My Grandmother's Birthday Book  was a post I read on Michelle's Heritage way back in 2011.

As I am in possession of My Grandmother's Birthday Book I thought it also worthy of a blog post.

My Nanna's book is an ordinary little volume with a dark green cover. It gives me an insight into her life.

Nanna's Birthday Book
The Birthday Book, Links of Memory, was published in London in 1890 and is still available from It has a religious theme, each date being accompanied by a religious text.

I love opening this insignificant book,seeing my grandmother's familiar handwriting and researching the names recorded. Many of these are her cousins some are residents of Dungog the town where she grew up. The dates in the book have been most helpful as I research family members.

Friday, April 14, 2017


Last night I was dog-tired but thought I'd read a few pages of Nathan Dylan Goodwin's latest novella,

The Missing Man: A Morton Farrier novellabefore retiring. Well that was the end of my early night.

The book was unputdownable, I just had to keep on reading right up to the last page. I don't know if Nathan has excelled himself with this latest adventure of Morton Farrier or, now that I have read all the previous stories, I am so familiar with the characters that they are like old friends and I have to keep up with their latest exploits but this story drew me in, I just couldn't put it down.

As with his other books I think that Nathan needs a bit of assistance to develop more attractive covers and layouts but one shouldn't judge ta his book by its cover.

In this tale we join Morton and his now wife, Juliette, on their honeymoon in Cape Cod. As well as honeymooning with the ever patient Juliette Nathan takes the opportunity to try and track down his American biological father. As we join Morton on this journey we learn about US research and repositories and are with Morton when he meets various members of his extended family. 

The characters in this story are believable and the mix of dialogue and prose seems to work well. Nathan's writing has developed and improved in this work.

I would recommend this story to anyone who enjoys a good mystery.  Thanks Nathan for producing such a beaut story and for providing me with a review copy. I hope that there is another Morton Farrier story coming out soon.

If you would like to purchase a copy of the book it is available for Kindle and Paperback in the US from Amazon and from here in the UK. We folk downunder can find the Kindle version on here.


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