The A to Z of Blogs I Keep An Eye On…

The Letter ‘G’

Continuing on with my series of posts about blogs that I follow, this week I share with you the ones beginning with the letter ‘G’:

  • Geelong and District:
  • Jen’s Genealogy & History Hub:
  • Genea-musings:
  • Geneabloggers:
  • Genealogically Speaking:
  • Genealogy & History News:
  • Genealogy A La Carte:
  • Genealogy: Beyond the BMD:
  • GenealogyBlog:
  • Genealogy Certification:
  • Genealogy Insider:
  • Genealogy’s Star:
  • GeneaWebinars:
  • GeniAus:

As Genealogy starts with ‘G’ there are quite a few blogs I follow starting with ‘G’ but definitely let me know in the comments your suggestions for others that I can add to my list.


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It’s Been Awhile…

Hi there,

You have probable been wondering where I disappeared too but I’m still here.  Life just got in the way.  I have so much to update you with which I’ll be doing over the next few posts.

One of the things I’ve been working on is my final assignment for ProGen.  It’s hard to believe that ProGen is nearly over and all of us have come so far since we first signed up nearly eighteen months ago.

My final assignment is a Family Narrative which I’m writing on my Maternal Great Grandfather, William Ernest LATHAM.  It’s actually been quite a heartbreaking account to write filled with trauma and abuse, and I’m hoping to do something further with it down the track.  It’s also brought up other ideas for future research projects.  That’s the thing with Family History, there’s always other shiny objects you want to chase up, but you have to remain focused on the task at hand.  So instead, what I find myself doing is keeping a list of future projects.

Last week I also visited the ruins of Kenmore Mental Asylum, the final resting place of Frances ELMS (nee STEVENS), my Paternal Second Great Grandmother.  Another tragic story there to be told and more details to come.

I was also lucky enough to do a behind the scenes tour of NSW State Records last week so I’ll share that adventure with you in a future post.

As well, my weekly radio show, Talking With The Ancestors on Radio Blue Mountains 89.1 started since I last posted.  It was going to be called In Conversation With The Ancestors but had a name change the morning of the first broadcast.  It’s been fun to not only share Family History news but also play some of my favourite tracks and talk about the stories behind the songs.

So there’s been a lot going on but all things that warm my heart.

Until next time,

Happy Researching!


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Talking With The Ancestors

Be sure to listen to Blue Mountains Radio 89.1 at 10.00am today and each Tuesday morning to hear me Talking with the Ancestors, my weekly family history radio show.

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The A to Z of Blogs I Keep An Eye On…

The Letter ‘F’

Continuing on with my series of posts about blogs that I follow, this week I share with you the ones beginning with the letter ‘F’:

  • Family History Fun:
  • Family Tree:
  • Find My Past:

I definitely could do with some more for my ‘F’ list so if you have any suggestions, please let me know in the comments.

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On This Day In My Family…

23 September 2009

Anne Maree FRANCIS nee LACHMUND (1954-2009), my Mother, died on 23 September, 2009 in Taree, New South Wales, Australia.

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In Conversation With Our Ancestors…

Starting today, join me each Tuesday at 10am on Radio Blue Mountains 89.1 for my brand new programme, In Conversation With Our Ancestors where we’ll talk about all things family history and play some of my favourite tunes.

To join in the conversation, ask a question or need help with a brick wall, send an email through to the show:

Look forward to hearing from you,



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Week In Review… 18 September 2016

This week I had some fun times and managed to get out a bit too.  On Wednesday, I went out for a 3 hour walk on the Convict Trail The Convict Trail – Great North Road Walk which was absolutely fascinating and then Thursday, I was back down at the Society of Australian Genealogists for a class.  Friday, I had my final run through in preparation for my new radio show to begin on Tuesday.  Be sure to tune in to 89.1 Blue Mountains Radio on Tuesday morning, from 9-10 when I’ll be playing some of my favourite tracks and then a change of pace from 10-11, when I’ll be putting together an hour long Family History show each week.

So as well as preparing for the week ahead, here’s other things that have been grabbing my attention this week…


A great reminder from Linda on the Seven Habits of Effective Genealogists:

Is there a difference between Genealogy and Family History? Here are Jen Thorpe’s thoughts on the subject, I would be interested to hear what you think.

Join the Find a Grave Community Weekend from 7-9 October on Ancestry.  For more details about this photographing and documenting event see the article on the Ancestry Blog:

Some great tips to getting Genealogy Work done by setting smaller goals by Jen Thorpe:

If you’re looking for a list of Australian history and genealogy related Facebook pages and groups, you can’t go past Alona’s list.  To download the list, go to:

A good reminder about the importance of being a good note-taker by Jill Morelli:



  • Cornwall, England, Bodmin Gaol Records, 1821-1899
  • UK, City, Town and Village Photos, 1857-2015
  • Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, Electoral Registers, 1857-1962
  • Hamburg Passenger Lists, 1850-1934
  • UK, Shipping and Seamen WWI and WWII Rolls of Honour, 1914-1945
  • Web:  Northern Ireland, Will Calendar Index, 1858-1965
  • Wigan, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813-1911


  • Australia, Tasmania, Miscellaneous Records, 1829-2001
  • BillionGraves Index

Happy Researching!


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