Saturday, October 25, 2014

New Badge on the Blog

As I am travelling to Salt Lake City for Rootstech in 2015 I was hoping that I would receive an invitation to be an Official Blogger once more for quite a few reasons some of which are selfish. Well tonight my spirits were lifted when I saw an email from Paul Nauta, Rootstech Public Affairs, with the Subject line"You're Invited to be a RootsTech 2015 Official Ambassador!"

The Official Bloggers' role has morphed to Ambassador (I guess) to recognise that broad range of social media platforms that are now being embraced by family historians. So for 2015 I will not only be blogging about Rootstech I will be using Facebook, Google+, Google Hangouts Twitter and Youtube to spread the word.

I already have an idea for the competition I will be running for someone to win a free Rootstech registration  If you have already registered then if you are the lucky winner you will get a refund. Please watch this blog for details.

I am burning the midnight oil but I just had to share my news straight away. My blog will proudly wear its new badge on its left sidebar for the next several months

Will I see you at Rootstech?

Rootstech Exhibition Area

Friday, October 24, 2014

GAGs - GeniAus' Gems - 24 October 2014

This fifth week of GAGs has netted me a bumper list of posts so I have had trouble making my selections. I am pleased to hear that my list is directing my readers to new blogs.

I thank my genimate in San Diego,  Randy Seaver, for adding my links to his weekly "Best of the Geneablogs", I am sure that your readers will enjoy some of the offerings I highlight from genies downunder.

As previously stated the selections here are subject to my personal biases (
 I favour posts that contain original material) and I make no apology for that. 

Presenting in no particular order some selections from my RSS feeds this week: 

1. No doubt the title of this post from Chris Paton which mentions Aussie research drew many people to his blog this week. BTW this is one foreign blog all Aussies should read.

2. Did I mention that all posts here won't be about family history? I love words and grew up on bikkies so this post from ozwords.struck a chord

3. As with Love and Marriage you can't have one without the other. Read Kate Cole's guest post on Pauleen's blog to see what I'm talking about. I think Pauleeen may be speaking on that topic at Congress 2015.

4. I love Eliot's quirky sense of humour. Will you be taking up his challenge?

5. Derek describes how he created a family tree poster

6. Marion's thoughts on Bonnets, burqas and bikinis.

7. Sharn writes thoughtful, well researched posts. Her topic for this post is witnesses

8. This lady is from Victoria, I don't know her name but I enjoy her posts. I love books so the title of this post and the second image grabbed my attention.

9. If your ancestors trod the boards  this information from the State Library of Victoria might be useful

10. A reader's comment on Alex's post said "mesmerising post" and it is.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Reluctant Attendee

My geneavlog for today.

Unfortunately as my internet connection was patchy I had to edit out the end of the Hangout where I thanked Martyn Killion from SAG for being a great webinar host and moderator.

I also forgot to mention that the Australian War Memorial is seeking volunteers to transcribe WW1 diaries. If you are able to assist you can email

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


I often drag the chain so when Judy Webster set up  the Genealogists for Families Group on Kiva on 27th September 2014 it took me a couple of weeks to sign up. I was reminded of my impending Kivaversary in a post from my blogging mate Pauleen who was quicker off the mark to join the group. Today it is three years since I joined the team.

In that time the 295 other genealogists (and friends) from all around the world who have joined our team have lent $US122,000 through 4,608 loans. They have made a difference to so many lives. You can see the loans I have made here:

I love lending through Kiva because:

  • I can choose where my money goes
  • I can dedicate loans to friends and family
  • I get to know about the people I loan to through reading their profiles and seeing their photos
  • All of each $25 I loan goes straight to the borrower (I add a little to each loan for admin funds)
  • I learn about real people in other countries and the problems they face 
  • I prefer to lend than to give. As I can reinvest my funds when they are repaid I feel that my charity dollars work very hard and return great results for the borrowers and for me as a lender.
  • I get a real buzz from helping other people and families.
  • I enjoy the camaraderie of my fellow team members.
I note that the number of new members joining the Genealogists for Families Group on Kiva has slowed to a trickle this year, it would be great if our ranks could grow so that we could do even more good.

For the price of just five cups of coffee you could make a loan that may change a life. Here is your  invitation to join our team.


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