Week in Review 17 January 2016

I’ve been quiet here as another busy week has whizzed past! There’s so much going on at the moment and I’m just keeping my head above water. I suspect it will be this way for at least the next three weeks and then I should get a steady flow on. We’re making our tree change move to the Blue Mountains next week and so I’m trying to wrap things up in Sydney before we go. Along with that it’s been a busy week of client work and learning and I’ve had absolutely no time to blog either here or on my family blogs. I had an interesting story to tell on the Latham family blog but I’ll have to save that for another time later in the year which is fine because I’ll have some more research to add to the story by the time I sit down to write it.  So here’s a quick catch up on what’s been going on in my genealogical world.


Current Research Projects

Progress has been made on:

  • The Women of the Persian Convict Ship



ProGen – I’m working on the pre-planning section of this month’s assignment and I’m hoping to send it off by this Friday.  Fingers crossed that I make my self-imposed deadline.

PLCGS (Australian Records) – I locked off another unit of study this week.  I’m starting to get a real flow on with this study program and I’m wondering whether I should pick up an extra unit a month.  But then again I have so much going on that perhaps I should just let it hum along nicely like it is now.


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.  I caught the tailend of#ancestryhour this week and I had to miss #genchat as I had my cousin’s engagement party.  I’m looking forward to the next #genchat in a couple of weeks as the discussion will be all about cousin bait.



I participated in three webinars this week.

Wednesday night kicked off the webinar series hosted by SAG (Society of Australian Genealogists) with Researching Family History in South Australia.  After a few technical hiccups it started about 20 minutes late.  It was presented by Nancy Baldock and Emily Richardson from the South Australian Genealogy & Heraldry Society.  I found it particularly useful as I have recently discovered an ancestor who was born in South Australia so I’m about to delve further in their records.  I picked up a lot of tips, hints and places to go for my Genealogical Tool Box so when I have a spare moment, I’ll have a play around in these resources.

I also managed to catch Organising Your Genealogy Research Process which was being hosted by the Illinois State Genealogical Society and presented by Drew Smith.  This was one I didn’t have on my radar but it appeared in my Twitter feed and I was so grateful I got the chance to see it.  Hearing the methods behind Drew’s research processes and as I’m actually looking at streamlining my own research methods, I took a lot away from it.  I printed out the upcoming webinars brochure as it looks like ISGS has many that I will be interested in.  You can have a look here:  http://www.ilgensoc.org/upload/menu/2016_webinar_brochure.pdf

As well being a member of Legacy Family Tree Webinars I manage to watch at least one of their webinars each week, either live or from their library.  This week’s one was hosted by Geoff Rasmussen on Technology and Techniques for Differentiating Two People with the Same Name.  I particularly loved looking at Geoff’s research log as this is something I’m also reviewing as I streamline my approach to my own research.



Writing Competitions

I haven’t had a chance to blog about up and coming writing competitions this week but here are a couple I’ve come across as well as others that I’ve already told you about.  So time to write down those family stories!

2016 Dallas Genealogical Society Writing Contest (entries close 31 March 2016) – http://dallasgenealogy.com/dgs/publications/pegasus/

Oklahoma Genealogy Society Writing Competition (entries close 1 March 2016) – http://www.okgensoc.org/storywriting-contest.htm

North Ireland Biennial Writing Competition (entries close 3 April 2016) – http://www.nifhs.org/resources/biennial-competition/



My Blogging Pursuits

You can also find me blogging my family at the following sites:




Anniversaries In My Family

18 January 1896 – death of Ellen Gallagher
13 January 1908 – birth of Keith Percival Kenyon




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