Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Trove Tuesday _ Help sought with Genealogy

Less then 30 years ago letters and articles like the one I share below were a major means of seeking assistance to solve genealogical mysteries. Although people today still put notices in newspapers the internet and social media have opened up many more avenues for communication and collaboration.

1985 'Help sought with genealogy.', The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995), 16 July, p. 2, viewed 21 October, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article127208497
I wonder if Mr Shearer was able to get any response to his plea.

Today I can sit in my study and find immediate answers for David. In less than a minute I found Public Trees on Ancestry for Charles Michael Woodward. I found there also many references to Richard Gabell. On Trove and at the Australian War Memorial I found information on Richard and Elizabeth's son, also named Richard.

1918 'ROLL OF HONOR.', Forbes Advocate (NSW : 1911 - 1921), 17 September, p. 2, viewed 21 October, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article100308886

I could have gone on and on finding more information for David but my other duties called.

We are fortunate these days to have such easy access to online information.

Monday, October 20, 2014

279 and Growing

Having plenty of material for future blog posts makes life easy.

About nine weeks ago when I had a bit of time on my hands I set up the Geneadictionary over on Wordpress. As I have been using blogger for eons this was a brave move for me. I didn't know if the Geneadictionary would be a flash in the pan or if I would be able to find enough content to maintain a regular posting schedule.

Several of my genimates look out for and even coin words and phrases to add to the dictionary, I am so grateful to them for their assistance, as I add their suggestions I try to add their names to the list of Genealogophiles at the Geneadictionary.

I seem to have developed a heightened awareness for Genealogisms which seem to jump out at me as I read genealogy news. I find myself waking up at night and grabbing my phone to add to Evernote a new word, phrase or acronym that has just hit me.

Can you believe that I have 279 entries for inclusion in the Geneadictionary saved in my Evernote folder? I think the Geneadictionary is here to stay.


Sunday, October 19, 2014


Stacey, one of my friends in the library world, posted this tweet this morning.

Stacey's Tweet 19/10/2014

As a lover of alliteration I hooked onto those three words used by Tony Wagner as he was talking to a group of teachers at a recent conference in the US.

Play-passion-purpose seems to sum up my motivation for exploring genealogy and technology.

I love to Play around with new software, techtoys and apps but aimless play doesn't give me great satisfaction.

I have a Passion for genealogy and family history which gives a Purpose to my Play. Without that Passion and Purpose I doubt that I would enjoy my Play so much.

Friday, October 17, 2014

GAGs - GeniAus' Gems - 17 October 2014

GAGs is into its fourth week with a new selection of blog posts I have read and enjoyed for various reasons over the past week. I am so impressed by the quality of many of the posts from downunder I read each week, our geneablogging is going from strength to strength.

As previously stated the selections here are subject to my personal biases and I make no apology for that.

Presenting in no particular order some selections from my RSS feeds this week: 

1. I was going to share this image on my blog but Janelle beat me to it.

2. My once beautiful handwriting has gone to pot so Pauline's post struck a chord with me

3. It's not nearly as good as being there  but this recount from Shauna gave me a glimpse of an event that was held recently in Sunny Queensland.

4. And if you also read Tanya's post straight after Shauna's you will get a fuller picture of what went on at Angling for Ancestors.

5. I like the way that Nola has split up a long story into several posts of a manageable size (for someone like me with a short attention span). This post is one of a series.

6. Helen is also blogging on a theme. In this post she ties her content to a current event.

7. While I'm on the theme of series. Here is a Loveday blogger who is telling a family story in small chunks.

8. Let's not forget that small  museums often have priceless local resources.

9. A Sensational Story for Sepia Saturday from Sharon.

10. I missed this news and perhaps you did too. Thanks to Fran from Manly Library.

It is so hard to limit myself to ten selections although I am tempted to add more.


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