A Family Tree researcher for over 30 years and a blogger since 2010, I love to share what I find. This blog has opened up a new way to contact and keep in-touch with both family and friends. It mightn't always be genealogy related and you might not agree with my point of view but I want you to comment, ask questions and look upon this blog as 'friends having a chat'. Enjoy!
We take communication so much for granted, now days, phones that fit in our pockets, no more waiting to call long distance, after 6.00pm, because it was cheaper. Photos taken and sent to loved ones, instantly. Paul and I have just spent 90 minuets on Skype, chatting to our family. Years ago it would have been a very quick call and letters.
This got me thinking about communications. I found an article about the first phone call to the South Pole, 70 years ago this month.
Chronicle (Adelaide, SA 1895 - 1954), Thursday 20 February 1947, page 5
The home page has 12 different buttons, under the Browse section. They cover such things as people, maps, artefacts, buildings and the red button is A-Z. If you don't know what it might be under, you use the red button. I found what I was looking for, easily and then I 'played' for a while. Did you know that you can see the map of the ferry routes, for 1908? Not much has changed, there.
My next website I searched was The City of Sydney. www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au While it is the Council's main site, there is a wonderful section called Learn and under that there is five different subheadings. I was searching for old street maps but was easily distracted by all manner of information, both old and new. Even if you aren't researching family history, have a look for information about your area. They also have the Sands Directories online, for free. While you can't search them, you are able to see each page and it is easy to workout which section you need. It was fun to spend a couple of hours, tracing my great-great-grandfather, through them.
My collection of goodies started on the Monday before RootsTech started, with a gift of a CD,
containing a Webinar on Dropbox. Dropbox isn't something I've used, so I'm looking forward to 'playing' with it. Presented by Thomas MacEntee, I know it will be good.
Then there were business cards, ( I ended up with a bundle) and the start of the ribbon collection.
Blogger beads were also received, on Monday and by the time RootsTech got underway on the Wednesday, I had 11 ribbons, to hang from my name tag.
I ended up with 38 and during RootsTech I split them into three, so I wouldn't trip!
Badges were also collected.
My RootsTech bag and Syllabus, were part of my goodies. I've now marked what topics I did and what I want to follow up on.
These were freebies. The magnets have a pop-out centre, where you can put a photo. The pens are the ones with the soft tip, so you can use them on iPads.
After doing Devon's class I purchased her book. I'm reading it now and it is really re-enforcing what she taught in class.
Christine Woodcock gave a wonderful talk on Scottish resources and I picked up her two books. Very useful.
I ended up with two t-shirts, of different sizes. One at the Innovator Summit presentation and one at the Welcome Party.
A parting gift from the My Heritage After Party a very useful neck pillow.
The party also had beads, photos and a wrist band. One lot of photos and the glasses were from the Welcome Party.
Before I went to Salt Lake City, I indulged myself and purchased this book. I had read several reviews about it had even flicked through it before I made my decision. At $35, it is excellent value and well worth the investment, for serious researchers or even for those wanting to explore cemeteries, for fun.
Wonderfully illustrated with both the colour modern photos and photos from the past, it delights the eye.
Divided into nine different areas, covering Greater Sydney, as far west as the Hawkesbury, it lists both old and new cemeteries, not just the big ones like Rookwood or Waverley. A map is given at the start of each section and each cemetery has the full address, a date range for burials, notable burials, more information, some also have tips, like where to park. Lisa also does a 'Top 5', for things like Seraphs and Angels, Floral Displays, to name just two. I first just flicked through and read those only, then went back and read up on the cemeteries I was interested in.
Published in 2016 by NewSouth Publishing, University of New South Wales. The Society of Australian Genealogists, Dymocks, QBD and Kinokuniya have it listed in their catalogues.
I arrived home Thursday morning, after the looooooong flight. It was smoother than the flight over and made sleeping easier. It was wonderful to see my darling husband and get a cuddle. We had breakfast out and then our youngest daughter and family came for lunch. Lots of lovely cuddles with Hannah.
Things are getting back to 'normal' now and I've managed to get two good nights sleep. I've even added the new family details, I found about Samuel to the tree.
I thought I would see what else happened on 14 February, other than the giving of flowers, chocolates and cards. I discover this gem and learnt something as well. I hadn't realised that Captain Cook had been killed on this date.
Ballarat Star (Vic_ 1865 - 1924), Monday 14 February 1910, page 4
Last year I was a newbie at RootsTech. While I meet new people and have kept in touch with many, via Facebook, it is hard to know what it will be like when you meet up again. Well by the amount of hugs and kisses I got, it was like we had seen each other frequently. Conversations ranged from family, to genealogy, book, travel and everything in between.
Below are photos of new friends and old. I have realised, again, what a wonderful family genealogy and blogging is. You have friends everywhere!
Thanks everyone for a wonderful RootsTech. Tell we meet again, take care.
I started Saturday with a quick walk around Temple Square. I wasn't going to take photos as I was here, last year, then I went, 'yeah but there was snow last year and there isn't now! Go take photos!'
So I did.
Last year this are was covered in snow and you couldn't tell was under it. Well while the plants are snow free, they have a while to go before Spring.
The contrast is beautiful, from last year.
This tree, last year looked like a Christmas tree, full of snow.
It is a beautiful shape.
The pansies are struggling and bulbs have started to push through the soil.
I used the tree, covered in snow, as my banner photo, for a while. Looks a bit different, now.
I did find a patch of snow, hidden from the sun and I left my mark.
Then into the Conference Centre.
While I don't think the crowd, on Saturday, was a big as last year, these photos show what it was like/
I did two sessions, today. The first was on Irish Research; Using Online Resources. While it was good, there seems to be an overlap, with these talks and it covered similar ground to another, that was on at the same time. It did confirm that I am using what is around!.
After a hot chocolate, at Starbucks, with Carole Steers, we both went back for a final session.
I did Genealogy; A Qualified Profession? More an open forum, it was good and we all agreed that there needs to be either a set of standards or a body that recognises the qualifications we have worked hard to obtain. Bruce is thinking long term, for those just starting out now.
Well RootsTech is over for 2017. I won't make 2018 as Congress, in Sydney is in March, but there is always 2019!