Jill Ball at Geniaus invited all we bloggers to look back on the year that was and reflect on the high points of our genealogy researching endeavours. Anyone can take part in this activity by responding to the following statements/questions in a blog post. Jill asks us to write as much or as little as we want or just answer a few questions.
Once you have done so please share your post’s link in a comment on Jill’s original post or via email to Jillballau@gmail.com. Jill will then do a compilation of responses so that we can all share in and celebrate each other’s successes. So here I go :
1. An elusive ancestor I found was - Great Uncle Percy Pike. I have been looking everywhere for him in England (his family all lived in Suffolk). Why could I find no trace of him?? Because he emigrated to Canada!
2. A precious family photo I found was - copies of some old postcards from the village in Essex where my father's father was born.
3. An ancestor's grave I found was - Percy Pike's (see point 1).
4. An important vital record I found was - I actually did quite well here, with a gift subscription to Essex Ancestors netting me a huge amount of Baptism, Marriage and Burial records (and exceeding my download limit TWICE in a month!).
5. A newly found family member shared - didn't do so well here. Second cousins twice removed - where are you all??
6. A geneasurprise I received was - all the new information coming online. I am constantly amazed by just how much is being transcribed, digitised, and put online.
7. My 2014 blog post that I was particularly proud of was - all of them!! Just keeping going was an achievement in itself. A big thank you to those who read my blog - and who come into Echuca library to chat to me about it.
8. My 2014 blog post that received a large number of hits or comments was - the timetable for my talks for Family History Month in August - and a huge thank you to all those who attended. We all had a lot of fun and everyone's feedback was so positive.
9. A new piece of software I mastered was - Windows 8.1 and all the associated changes to my computer.
10. A social media tool I enjoyed using for genealogy was - Blogger!! But of course.....
11. A genealogy conference/seminar/webinar from which I learnt something new was - the Unlock the Past February 2014 cruise. I am cruising again - what a great combination of genealogy conference and holiday.
12. I am proud of the presentation I gave at/to - The group at Echuca Library in Family History Month (see point 8).
13. A journal/magazine article I had published was - Not yet!
14. I taught a friend how to - attach an image to her Ancestry family tree.
15. A genealogy book that taught me something new was - Tracing your Family History on the internet by Chris Paton.
16. A great repository/archive/library I visited was - State Library of Victoria. I don't get there as often as I'd like, so when I do I come armed with a LIST!
17. A new genealogy/history book I enjoyed was - my online subscription to Who Do You Think You Are magazine - no more waiting for it to ship from England - I receive it electronically the SAME DAY it is published over there.
18. It was exciting to finally meet - Jill Ball on the February Genealogy cruise - and everyone else I chatted to / shared a meal with / sat next to / shared stories with etc.
19. A geneadventure I enjoyed was - that cruise (really enjoyed it, you know).
20. Another positive I would like to share is - I was given a subscription to the British Newspaper Archive for Christmas (thanks Mum). Fortunately the library is closed between Christmas and New Year. Unfortunately I've exceeded my monthly internet download limit again...