Week in Review – 8 January 2016

It’s been quite a hectic time for the first working week of the year! Along with my usual client work, here’s a catch up on what’s been going on in my world.

Current Research Projects

Progress has been made on:
The Women of the Persian Convict Ship
Ghosts of Kenmore 1894-1900
Sydney Francis Rogers and June Beryl Kenyon – Family Pamphlet



When you choose the profession of Genealogy, you never stop learning. There are always new techniques, methodologies, databases etc to learn. As well it is becoming more important to be either Accredited or Certified and this is a goal of mine. In line with this, I enrolled last year in the ProGen Study Group with a view to begin the process of becoming accredited or certified once I complete this study group. On Saturday I received my latest assignment which centres around marketing and I have been busy perusing the required reading and listening to suggested podcasts.

As well as ProGen I am working my way through the Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies (Australian Records) through the National Institute for Genealogical Studies and so on Monday I started on a new unit of study. Although I have been researching my own family tree since the 1980s and professionall yfor the past three years, I have decided to go down the road of formal study as there are still so many areas of Genealogy to be learned. I’m loving the course and can’t recommend it highly enough for people that either want to turn professional, or just for pure general interest. Every day I learn something new and apply these skills in my own research.


Interesting Blogs I’ve Come Across

To keep all my blogs in the one place, I use the Feedly app. In no particular order, here are some posts that have kept me entertained this week:



Social media is imperative for my business both for learning but also networking with fellow genealogists. This week I joined in with two twitter chats – #genchat and @ancestryhour. I also caught the tailend of #pinchat but as I don’t use Pinterest for my genealogical pursuits, I didn’t get too involved. However, I have put on my Master To Do List to tidy up my pins and look at whether it is worthwhile to have a board dedicated to Family History. What do others think?



On Thursday morning, I participated in the first webinar of the year from Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Tap Into Your Inner Private Eye was presented by Lisa Louise Cooke and I blogged about it here: https://branchesoftime.net/2016/01/07/tap-into-your-inner-private-eye-8-strategies-for-finding-living-relatives/


Writing Competitions

This week I blogged about the North Ireland Biennial Writing Competition.  For those with Irish ancestry, this is a wonderful way to share some of your migration stories. For more details, see here: https://branchesoftime.net/2016/01/05/north-of-ireland-family-history-society-biennial-writing-competition/


My Blogging Pursuits

The following family blogs have been updated:



Anniversaries In My Family

7 January 1916 – Twins – birth of Leila  Emily Kenyon and Frank Roy Kenyon – https://thekenyonfamily.wordpress.com/2016/01/07/leila-emily-kenyon-100-years-old/

Have a great weekend and I hope you have time and success in breaking down your research brick walls!

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2 Responses to Week in Review – 8 January 2016

  1. amiertennant says:

    Thanks so much for the mention Tiphanee! Wonderful blog you have here as well. Warm regards, Amie Bowser Tennant, Rootsbid.com

    • Thanks Amie! I love to journal too and feel that handwriting is becoming a lost art. I do Morning Pages every day and sometimes it’s just a scrawl across the page. I’ve tried typing my journal but it doesn’t feel the same. Take care, Tiphanee

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