1 October 2014

A good reason to write a blog

Blog posts are a snapshot in time. Just as a photograph can tell you a lot about someone, so can a blog post, even when they talk about seemingly trivial things. Even memes, those things that seem to go around like a craze in primary school, can be meaningful. I have been sorting through old drafts that were never published, and I found this one from October 2008: Ten years ago I was: Working on the implementation of a new computer system to prepare for Y2K Sharing our new house with my … [Read more...]

Social Media for Family Historians – my first book!

Social Media for Family Historians, my first book, was published on Friday 22nd October 2010. It was launched at the Unlock The Past History and Genealogy Expo in Sydney. It contains 76 pages in full colour to explain what social media is and why it is of use to family historians. It introduces more than 25 websites that can help family historians, and anyone with families, to communicate, share and collaborate with each other. I think social media could have been designed specifically … [Read more...]

A good reason to post your findings on your blog

Here is a blog post I read this morning that had a happy ending. Lynn Walsh is a facilitator and coach with an interest in her family history. She found an account of the robbery of her great-great-grandfather in the NSW Police Gazette of 19 May 1897: Thomas Gibbons was further charged in company with George Williams with breaking and entering the dwelling of William J Laws, Dock Road, Balmain, and stealing a watch, a scarf pin, two Alberts, four brooches,  a Gladstone bag, two coats, two vests … [Read more...]

Recording Dad's story for posterity

My Dad's Story My Dad has been staying with me lately, and he has decided to write a book about his life. I am very encouraging of this plan, as you can imagine, and I told him I would help him to organise the material for him. He has had an interesting life, in Fiji and Australia, and has mixed with a lot of interesting people in both countries.  At first I think he thought that he had to sit down and write the whole thing from beginning to end, ready to be published. He got up one morning … [Read more...]

Who wants to know about their family history?

A post from Ancestry.com about how little Americans in general know about their family history has surprised me. In summary, the results are: Most 18- to 34–years-old Americans (83%) are interested in learning their family history. For older age groups the percentages were increasingly smaller. Half of Americans know the name of only one or none of their great-grandparents. One in five Americans don’t know what either of their grandfathers do or did for a living. One in five Americans … [Read more...]