Monday, January 26, 2015

You can still save on a Rootstech Registration


Register Today and Save $80 on a RootsTech 3-day pass

You can still register for RootsTech, the largest family history event in the world, and save $80 on a 3-day pass. The early bird discount price of $159 for a RootsTech 3-day pass has been extended to Monday, January 26, 2015.
With a 3-day RootsTech pass, you will:
  • Have access to over 200 classes of all skill levels taught by industry professionals.
  • Enjoy daily general sessions with inspiring keynotes speakers, like former First Lady Laura Bush and daughter Jenna Bush Hager and singer Donny Osmond.
  • Explore the expo hall with hundreds of family history and technology exhibits.
  • Experience events with special guest performers, including internet sensation Alex Boye, David Archuleta and the cast of Studio C from BYUtv.
Save $80 when you register today to attend RootsTech, happening February 12–14, 2015, at the Salt Palace in the heart of Salt Lake City, Utah.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Plugging Away

I have previously blogged about I am decrapifying my life, this also applies to my family history files and tree.

In a recent GeniAus Hangout on Air someone suggested writing down the steps one is taking while Revisiting Recording and Revising one's research.

I have previously mentioned that I think this is an ongoing evaluative process that never stops but I realise that, although I am continually  Revisiting Recording and Revising some of the people in my database may have been missed.

These are the actions I am taking to ensure that I eventually cover all people in my database, it may take some time!

Common errors I have found so far are many hundreds of instances of sources recorded as notes, many unsourced assertions, some wrong genders or no gender and quite a few typos. There are a few duplicate people but not as many as I thought I might have. Until the new version 6 I could not add witnesses to events into Family Historian so Witness Recording is an important part of the Revision.

I am forcing myself to be consistent, I am recording the same type of information for the indivisuals in my database in the same format  in the same fields. Over the years I have used several genealogy databases and just transferred my gedcoms from one to another. Inconsistency has been a result of both this and my past practices.

The Jobs

* Revisit and Revise my Place List in FH that was a bit of a mess. I feel pleased that I sorted this before attacking the people in my database.

* Revisit all of our direct ancestors in my FH database and revise their entries.

* Sort the entries in my FH database by "Last Updated" and revisit and review these systematically (in Alphabetical order) . The earliest are 14/8/2010. Once I revisit and review these I will then work through other dates systematically. I will examine each of these entries putting more effort into those who are direct ancestors of Mr GeniAus and I. Once I catch up with the backlog I can continue this process.

* Go through all of my physical family history folders and extract the BDM certificate copies and transcriptions I hold. After going through these with a fine tooth comb (reviewing) and extracting and recording as much information as I can into my FH database I will scan them then file them all by individual's Surname/Given Names in archival quality sleeves in an archival quality binder.

* Examine all of the papers in my physical family history folders, scan them and file into my digital folders, extract and record as much information as I can into my FH database.

* Periodically update my website to reflect the changes I have made in Family Historian. (There have been at least half a dozen updates so far this month.)

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Congress Presenter Interview - Heather Garnsey

When I think of Heather Garnsey, the Executive Officer at The Society of Australian Genealogists (SAG) the term "Little Dynamo" springs to mind. Anyone who has met Heather at SAG or at events in the geneaworld will know that Heather is a a bundle of energy who, equipped with warm smile, works tirelessly to promote genealogy in Australia.

If you have not met Heather in person then you will have an opportunity at the AFFHO Congress in Canberra. In the interim please enjoy the following interview responses from Heather, a presenter at Congress 2015.

* Are you a genealogist, researcher, historian or representing your organisation?

I’m a bit of each! I’ve been researching my own family history for over 40 years and have been employed full time with the Society of Australian Genealogists in Sydney for more than 30 years.

* I wonder if you could tell us a little about your background?

My fascination with family history fortunately started when I was around 11 years old and I was blessed with parents who encouraged my interest; my mother and I used to enjoy many research trips to the city together where I’d work on dad’s side of the family and she’d do hers as we sat side-by-side at State Archives, the Probate Office etc. I was born in Sydney, educated in Melbourne and then moved back to Sydney in my late teens. My early working life was spent in arts administration (helping tour blockbuster art exhibitions around Australia) before I allowed myself a year off paid employment to do the research required for my Dip FHS. Just as I was beginning to explore getting back into the workforce the SAG asked if I’d like to work for them. I’d knocked them back the first time but decided to see if I could combine a hobby and career – and I’m still there.

My day job doesn’t leave a great deal of time to pursue my own genealogy these days and I’m at the point of trying to draw it all together so I can pass it on to other family members. After I completed the SAG’s Diploma in Family Historical Studies I then did my BA and Masters by external study through the University of New England – the latter allowing me to delve into the intricacies of the Old English Poor Law during the Napoleonic Wars!

* How has genealogy improved or changed your life?

Combining a passion with a career has meant that I tend to live and breathe genealogy. The SAG operates six days a week and there is never a dull moment or much spare time. Aside of the fun I’ve had doing my own research I’ve been able to help others to start their research or climb over a brick wall – the latter especially through the Sydney Benevolent Asylum website I help run in a private capacity (

* What do you love most about genealogy?

You never run out of ancestors to trace! And if life gets in the way and you put your family history down for a few months to concentrate on something else, those ancestors are still patiently waiting for you when you return.

* Have you previously attended Congress?

My first Congress was Canberra in 1986 and I’ve only missed one since, and that was because it clashed with another genealogy commitment.

* What are your key topics for Congress?

I’m giving two papers – one on how to find those ancestors who seem to have signed up for a ‘witness protection program’ and another about the SAG’s work to preserve NSW parish registers and make them available to researchers.

* How do you think your topics will help the family historians at Congress 2015?

We all have someone in our tree we can’t find and just approaching the search a little differently is sometimes all it takes to find them. And church registers are an under-utilised resource which can help so many people.

* What do you think are the benefits of attending a large conference like this for you personally and for others attending?

It’s a great opportunity to network and to have the chance to say hello to people you only see every few years – and for me personally it’s usually a time to catch up with SAG members and to put faces to email addresses.

* Do you have a favourite piece of advice or a tip or trick you can share with conference attendees?

Be adventurous in your choice of conference sessions – make sure you listen to speakers you know little about or those you don’t normally get the opportunity to hear not just the ‘names’. Conferences should be all about extending your knowledge and moving outside your comfort zone.

Friday, January 23, 2015

GAGs - GeniAus' Gems - 21 January 2015

My secateurs have been busy this morning. Before I opened my Evernote GAGs Notebook I knew that I would have to prune down the list of contenders for inclusion in this week's edition of GeniAus Gems. Perhaps I was in a positive frame of mind this week and clipped a few too many posts or maybe geneabloggers are hittng their straps after the Christmas break.

It took a a bit of detective work to determine the authors of some of the posts I found this week. I had a rant about this last week. Does your blog have an author statement?

The pruning is done so I present to you my (biased) list of GeniAus' Gems for this week.

1. My dear friend Pat, aka DearMyrtle, has joined the Worldwide Genealogy blog team and her maiden post is a winner (and I am not at all biased towards Hangouts).

2. Susie couldn't resist following up a query. Perhaps you can help.

3. A clever marketing idea from Cairns.

4.  A treasure from Diane's Aunty Glad

5. Sharon visits one of my favourite sites.

6. A reminder from Wayne.

7.  Lorraine takes aa closer look at an old building.

8. I like to share via Billion Grvaes too.

9. Congratulations to the team at The Thomas Nevin blog. I wanted to leave a comment for them but comments on this blog post are closed!

10. Old photos looked familiar to Maria.

11. A useful guide from SLV.

12. Good results for money spent by Bob.


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