‘Love What You Do’ Radio Interview

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of being interviewed on my local community Radio station, Blue Mountains Radio 89.1, by Julie Ankers and Peter Hackney for their, ‘Love What You Do’ program.  ‘Love What You Do’ interviews members of the community about their career and the path they took to get to where they are today.

What a perfect opportunity to talk about what I do and my love of Family History! Everybody I know in this profession absolutely loves what they do and are passionate about all things Genealogy.

I thought I would give you my answers to a couple of questions I was asked and my responses.  So here goes…

How did you get into this this profession?

I’ve been working on my own family history since the 1980s. My Maternal Grandmother wanted to find out about her own mother who passed away when Nana was 13.  We went into the State Library in Macquarie Street and looked up records on microfiche cards and through old newspapers.  I was hooked straight away.

Over the years I dabbled in and out of my research and then became serious again in 2003 when I first signed up for ancestry.com and started getting involved with the online Genealogy community.

I’m also a podcast junkie and a few years ago, I came across a great American podcast, called The Genealogy Professional where Marian Pierre-Louis talks to a different professional each month and as I listened my excitement grew about potentially having a career doing something that I love.  As well, on the recommendation of many overseas based Genealogists I signed up for the ProGen study group which is an intense 18 month program supported by the Association of Professional Genealogists and goes more into the business side of Genealogy.

What kind of temperament/personality traits does your line of work require? Who would it suit?

You need to be methodical, organised and have a passion for history.  It does take a lot of patience as well as you can spend a lot of time perusing old record books or newspapers and looking for a name to jump out of you… and good eyesight!

I’ve heard of ex-detectives getting involved in genealogy after retiring as they’ve found their own skill set lends itself remarkably well to genealogy.


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On This Day In My Family…

24 August 1956

Donald Charles LACHMUND (1935-2007) and Marie LATHAM (1934-2012), my Maternal Grandparents, were married in Merriwa, New South Wales, Australia.


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The Week in Review… 21 August 2016

This week reminded me of why you should always save documents.  I keep a Word document open on my computer and so as I come across blogs or articles that I want to share, I’ll quickly note them down on the page to add to my weekly recap. Well this week the inevitable happened, after catching up on a lot of my blog reading I had quite a lengthy list to share but my computer crashed and along with it, my page of unsaved blog listings

So now this list had to be compiled more from what I shared on Twitter this week and I fear I have missed some of the posts that I had enjoyed. Oh well, note to self to obey everyone’s golden rule, don’t forget to SAVE!


I enjoyed Dick Eastman’s recap of his time at the Auckland Family History Expo.  New Zealand is somewhere I would like to go so perhaps this is a good reason to make it there next year…  https://blog.eogn.com/2016/08/16/auckland-family-history-expo-in-pictures/

To find out more about the grant application for The Genealogy Fairy Grant see:  http://www.geneabloggers.com/announcing-genealogy-fairy-grant-august-2016/

Great article from Judy Webster about using the Postems on FreeBMD:  http://uk-australia.blogspot.com.au/2010/08/postems-on-freebmd-england-and-wales.html

Gould Genealogy gave 21 reasons why you should be attending the Unlock the Past Expo in South Australia.  I’ll be there and as I have ancestors from Adelaide, I am busy doing extended work on this line so I can incorporate a research trip with the Expo.  http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/08/21-reasons-attend-unlock-pasts-genealogy-expo/

And speaking of Gould Genealogy, their website has had a facelift in the past week.  To find out more see their post:  http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/08/gould-genealogy-website-now/


There are two free week-long seminars available from FamilySearch this week, one on US research starting tomorrow 22 August and one on European research beginning 12 September.  For more information and to register see:  https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/Family_History_Library_Classes_and_Webinars#Past_Webinars

New Record Updates:

Here are some records that have been updated or added this week:


  • London, England, Poor Law and Board of Guardian Records, 1430-1930
  • New South Wales, Teacher Applications and School Records, 1850-1960
  • Victoria, Australia, Selected Trial Brief and Correspondence Registers and Other Images, 1837-1993
  • England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations) 1858-1966, 1973-1995
  • New South Wales, Australia, Convict Registers of Conditional and Absolute Pardons, 1788-1870

Family Search

  • England, Sussex, Parish Registers, 1538-1910

Find My Past

  • Ireland, Outrage reports 1836-1840
  • Middlesex, London, Old Bailey Court records 1674-1913
  • England & Wales Non-Conformist Births and Baptisms
  • England & Wales Non-Conformist Marriages
  • England & Wales Non-Conformist Burials

Happy Researching!

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The A-Z of Blogs I Keep An Eye On…

The Letter ‘A’

A couple of days ago I told you about the Podcasts that keep me going.  Well now, I thought I would share with you some of the Genealogical Blogs that I have in my Feedly reader to look through each day.  But then I realised, I actually have a lot of Blogs in my list…  So instead I’ll bring you the A-Z of Blogs each week starting with ‘A’ of course!

You might see a Blog on the list that you haven’t read yet.  As well, I’m always on the lookout for new blogs to add to my list so if you have any suggestions, please let me know in the comments.

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Podcasts Keep Me Going

I must admit, I’m a blog and podcast junkie. I spend time each morning and afternoon going through my Feedly reader where I have all the blogs I want to keep track of in one place.  During the day, as I work I also listen to podcasts and so I thought I would provide you with a list of the ones that I find entertaining for their Genealogical content:

  • Ancestral Findings (Genealogy Gold Podcast)
  • Ancestry.com – Webinars (archived)
  • Ancestry.com.au – Podcasts (archived)
  • Extreme Genes – America’s Family History and Family History and Genealogy Radio Show & Podcast
  • Family History Genealogy Made Easy Podcast (archived)
  • Family Tree Magazine Podcast • Federation of Genealogical Societies 2008 Philly Podcast (archived)
  • Genealogy News from Geneatopia
  • Genealogy on Demand (archived)
  • Genies Down Under
  • Irish Roots Café Genealogy and History
  • The Genealogy Guys Podcast & Genealogy Connection
  • The Geni Podcast – Learn About Genealogy (archived)
  • The Genealogy Gems Podcast with Lisa Louise Cooke
  • The Genealogy Professional podcast with Host Marian Pierre-Louis

You might see a Podcast on the list that you haven’t heard yet.  As well, I’m always on the lookout for new podcasts to add to my list so if you have any suggestions, please let me know in the comments.

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NSW State Records Visit

Please note my next visit to NSW State Records will be the Thursday 18 August 2016. Please see NSW State Records Retrieval Service | Branches of Time for more details.

I can be contacted at branchesoftime@gmail.com for more information about this service.

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The Week In Review… 14 August 2016

Another short week in review of things that have caught my attention.

I was pleasantly surprised a couple of weeks ago to find myself included on the Unlock the Past list of Australian blogs.  Thanks Unlock the Past!  http://www.unlockthepast.com.au/australian-genealogy-history-blogs

On that note, I will be attending the Unlock the Past Conference to be held in October in Adelaide.  As I have South Australian ancestors I have been busily researching this line and so this was a timely post from Shauna Hicks:  http://theindepthgenealogist.com/introducing-state-library-south-australia/

Find My Past provided a search guide to their British Military Records.  See the article here:  https://blog.findmypast.com/search-guide-1960491142.html

Some timely reminders here:  http://familyhistorydaily.com/genealogy-help-and-how-to/12-dos-donts-genealogy-research/

Another thing to remember…  Don’t forget to record your own life!  http://britishgenes.blogspot.com.au/2016/08/diary-moments.html

Jill Ball reminded us all to register for the NSW & ACT Association of Family History Societies Annual Conference.  I missed the Earlybird rate and registered through the week.  If you’re planning to attend, registrations close 21 August so there’s not much time.  https://geniaus.blogspot.com.au/2016/08/return-to-cow-pastures.html

And this is another book for the To Be Read pile, ‘Story of My Life’ by Sunny Morton.  To find out more see www.familytree.com.

Happy Researching!






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