It has been a very hectic time recently, work has been very busy, had a nasty cold and have been preparing for the trip to Canada to speak at the Kelowna and District Genealogical Society “Harvest Your Family Tree”conference.
Thank you to Alona for the nomination: Helen is a good friend of mine, and she is a great genealogist and blogger as well. Very enthusiastic and passionate (not to mention knowledgable) on all things genealogy. I learn a lot from her and her posts.
For anyone that doesn’t know Alona (is there anyone that doesn’t know Alona?) she has a number of blogs including the fantastic Memorabilia House which is a wonderful way of sharing family ephemera an their stories. She is the Social Media Queen for Gould Genealogy where she keeps us all updated with family history news and also writes the LoneTester HQ Blog. I really don’t know where she manages to find the time to maintain them all but I am very pleased she does.
The second nomination was from Sharon Fritz from Victoria of Strong Foundations blog
I was thrilled and honoured to get one nomination let alone three. I blog to share my thoughts and sometimes you are not sure anyone reads or cares about what you write so it is humbling and yet glorious also to know that people read and enjoy your writings.
• Thank the person that nominated you and link back to that blog.
So seven things about me:
I was born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, a 5th generation Queenslander on my Mum’s side and first generation on my Dad’s. He was born in England and emigrated in 1949. I am 4 foot ten and a quarter inches (hey that quarter is important!) and would be dinosaur bait without my glasses. I have been researching my family history since 1986 and am totally addicted.
|Me in Salt Lake City at RootsTech 2013|
I am a professional researcher, author, speaker and do a fair bit of lecturing on wide variety of topics. I have lectured in every Australian State and Territory, New Zealand, England and will be speaking in Canada in September and at Rootstech in the USA in February. I have also spoken on five Unlock the Past cruises and have been part of the organising team for the cruises. A family history conference while you are being pampered and looked after on a cruise and touristing works for me!
My partner died in 1995 and I have only fur-children, namely a long line of German Shepherds. Shannon at nearly ten is the current ruler of the house.
I am a scientist, Public Health microbiologist and Molecular Epidemiologist by day and the skills learnt doing this has stood me well in researching family history. After all 28 years of reading doctors’ handwriting gives great training! As a result of my day job I have a strong interest in health history, DNA, the diseases of our ancestors and environment in which they lived.
I am also obsessed with books, of all types. I read everything except horror. I have even been known to read tomato sauce bottles if nothing else was around. I have a library of over 10, 000 books and probably 1500 ebooks now. I have a good genealogy collection of resources as I studied part-time and the only time to research was midnight or later and pre-internet days you either had the resources at home or you didn’t research at that time of night. For some strange reason libraries and archives don’t consider opening then.
I was born in the Year of the Dragon and have a large dragon collection. I like the idea of the protective Chinese dragon (or the Anne MacCaffrey type) rather than the St George and Dragon type.
I run the Quested One Name study which is registered with the Guild of One name Studies and am the Queensland regional Representative. I have lots of projects on the go and plan to live to at least 150 so I can finish as least some of them.
There are many wonderful blogs around and I am pleased to share some of the ones I enjoy with you (they are limiting me but I did sneak in the three lovely blogs above!). I don’t expect any of the bloggers to do anything further unless they wish to do so.
Judy Webster’s blog Queensland Genealogy and her website are places that any person researching Queensland should have bookmarked. Judy has been willing to share her vast knowledge with us all and she shares wonderful new resources she finds in the Archives. There are over 135 pages of indexes on her website.
Shauna Hicks, another very well known genealogist. She has done fantastic work as the Family History Month cordinator and Ambassador. She writes a couple of blogs
SHHE Genie Rambles with the excellent 52 weeks in records series as well as her Diary of an Australian Genealogist.
Judy Russell The Legal Genealogist blog is another wonderful resource. Judy has a wonderful informative writing style and talks about many topics particularly the law and how it affects our ancestors (The USA (except for those parts based under the French system) was mainly based under the same law system as England as are many of the Commonwealth countries so much is also applicable in Australia, New Zealand, parts of Canada etc. Judy is also a fantastic speaker so definitely hear her if you have a chance. She will be the lead presenter on the Unlock the Past New Zealand cruise in 2016. She was also the Gold Medal Rock Star Genealogist!
CeCe Moore the Genetic Genealogist is another person who can take a subject that is perceived as difficult and make it readable.
Elizabeth Shown Mills who I am sure needs no introduction. The author of Evidence Explained and now is also writing a regular blog also named Evidence Explained which should also be bookmarked. This gives clear examples and explanations of how citations are done.
Lee Jackson and the blog the Cat’s Meat Shop which gives wonderful context for the past. I am eagerly awaiting the release of his new book Dirty Old London: The Victorian Fight against Filth
Pauleen Cass who also writes a number of blogs one of which is Family History Across the Seas. Pauleen wrote an excellent series on Beyond the Internet back in 2012 which is just as relevant today.
Kerry Scott of Cluewagon fame who writes thought provoking items with knowledge and humour.
James Tanner of Genealogy’s Star blog is another person who was a lawyer in another life and who writes thought provoking items.
Roberta Estes of DNA eXplained blog who writes as one would expect from that title about DNA, the tests, the results and much more.
The Quack Doctor Historical Remedies for all your Ills. It is always amazing when you read this and about other “health treatments” done in the past that any of our ancestors survived long enough to have us!
Julie Goucher of Anglers Rest blog and also the instigator of Worldwide Genealogy: a Collaboration I find this an interesting blog with the wide range of guest bloggers from around the world that write regularly for this. Disclaimer: I am one of those writers but as there are thirty or so other writers I see no reason why I should not tell you about it.
Liz Pidgeon of the Yarra Plenty Library and the blog she writes is another you should be reading regularly, Her Twitter handle is @infolass and this is reflected in teh content of the blog.
Lorine McGinnis Schulze and her Olive Tree Genealogy Blog. This is a Canadian blog that also covers a wide area and range of topics.
I hope you will have a look at these. There are so many wonderful blogs around now and more are coming online every day. We are very lucky to be researching in a world where we have such a wonderful way of sharing our stories.