Monday, September 19, 2016

It's that time of the month...

....when I thank my lucky stars for the life that I lead and make a small contribution to the lives of families in other parts of the world.

As a member of the 'Genealogists for Families' Project on Kiva I just made two loans to borrowers in third world countries: one to a lady in Haiti and one to a lady on India.


'Genealogists for Families' members who come from all around the world believe that our small deeds can make a big difference to families who are less fortunate.

Our motto is, 'We care about families (past, present and future)'.

Everyone is welcome on our team - genealogists and non-genealogists alike. Please join us!

Click here for further details

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Datchet Past

Sitting beside me is a book I purchased on a recent holiday from The National Archives Bookshop in Kew, England.



Datchet Past is one of those books that would only appeal to a very limited market but, as one of my convicts came from Datchet, I just had to buy this title that was on the sale table.

The author, Janet Kennish, appears to be a local authority on Datchet history. Her name pops up whenever I try to do some Datchet research.

I love local history books that give me information about the localities from which my ancestors came.

Friday, September 16, 2016

A New Badge on the Blog


I've been tweaking the blog layout this morning to accommodate a new badge that indicates my role as an Ambassador for Rootstech 2017. I was honoured to receive an invitation from the Rootstech organisers to once again join the team whose role is to create awareness and promote the event to our followers and community.

RootsTech, held February 8–11, 2017, and hosted by FamilySearch, is the largest global family history event in the world! The sixth annual conference—celebrating families across generations—is the perfect place to discover and share your family's stories and connections through technology.
My travel arrangements have been made and I am looking forward to joining my genimates in Salt Lake City for this celebration of family history. As registrations for the event have now opened my next task is to register. For further details and to complete your registration take a look at the new Rootstech website

When I travelled to the first Rootstech in 2011 I was rather nervous but I was warmly welcomed by those I met there. Over the years several Aussies have made the trek to Rootstech and quite a few like me have returned for another dose.

If you have any questions about the event please contact me and I will be happy to answer them.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

A New Leaf on the Tree

When our first eleven grandchildren were born Mr GeniAus and I hotfooted it to the hospitals to meet them at our first opportunity. In one case we even arrived a couple of hours prior to a delivery.

Amelia Anne 
I shed quite a few tears last weekend when my son phoned to share the news of Amelia Anne's arrival. I desperately wanted to visit the hospital to meet and greet her but because of my recent surgery I wasn't well enough to do so. Although I hadn't yet met Amelia I entered her details into my family history database and admired the photos her proud Dad sent me.

Her parents brought number twelve, Amelia Anne, home yesterday and for her first outing today popped around to have lunch with us. They made my day. More tears were shed as I cuddled this gorgeous little bundle of joy and then spent a couple of hours admiring her as she slept.

Her proud grandparents are thrilled to add this pretty new leaf to our family tree.

Amelia and Gummy
BobBob, Amelia and Gummy
BobBob and Amelia

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