Megan Smolenyak Tells It Like It Is!

Megan Smolenyak Tells It Like It Is!

August 17, 2014 in All Posts, Reference

Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak (yes, that is her name), is one of those well-known names in the genealogy-world. Self-described as a “genealogy adventurer” she’s a genealogist having worked on many celebrity family trees, is a regular guest presenter at genealogy events, worked on multiple genealogy TV shows and is a author of a number of books and numerous articles. All in all, she’s loves finding dead people.

While reading her latest Honouring Our Ancestors newsletter she included a picture that I just HAD to share with  you, because this quote has now become my all-time-new-favourite quote.  Why? Well, simply because it is plainly true!

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5th Unlock the Past Cruise – Final Thoughts and Thankyous

5th Unlock the Past Cruise – Final Thoughts and Thankyous

August 8, 2014 in All Posts, Events

To finish up writing about the 5th Unlock the Past cruise I just wanted to write a few last thoughts on it all, as well as some thankyous.

The cruise itself went really, really well, as did the conference. In fact, it really was the best run conference of all of the genealogy cruises that I’ve been on (meaning the 1st, the 3rd and the 4th cruises). Sure there were two late room changes, but that wasn’t any real drama, as we were simply directed to the alternate room which was either on the same deck, or one deck up. And sure one shore tour was late returning which resulted in one talk having to be cancelled since the speaker was on the tour, but those who wanted to go Jackie’s talk on Family Historian caught up with her when she was available to chat in the Research Help Zone area.

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5th Unlock the Past Cruise – Comes to an End With a Cocktail Party

5th Unlock the Past Cruise – Comes to an End With a Cocktail Party

August 3, 2014 in All Posts, Events

Our visit to Honfleur in France on day 10 was our last stop before heading back to Tilbury in London the following morning. And while everyone was getting the “oh-no-the-cruise-is-nearly-over” blues, Unlock The Past weren’t quite done yet.

In my last post I did report on the day in Honfleur, and the talks we had in the afternoon. But what I didn’t include in that post was the wrap-up cocktail party.

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5th Unlock the Past Cruise – Confectionery Stores, Genealogying and Getting Fit

5th Unlock the Past Cruise – Confectionery Stores, Genealogying and Getting Fit

August 2, 2014 in All Posts, Events

What do confectionery stores and getting fit have to do with Unlock the Past’s 5th Cruise? You might just be surprised!

The beauty of not going on an organised tour, and simply hopping off the ship and wandering around the town is that you get to see all the shops and the types of things they sell. Souvenir shops, newsagents, jewellery stores, tourist information places, bakeries, clothing stores, confectionery stores, even supermarkets … you name I visited them all over the course of this cruise … and my suitcase does still close – surprisingly! Which of course also meant lots of walking, so I’ve getting fit touristing. ;P

So now let me tell you about the last three days of the cruise, which took us to the Isles of Scilly, then Guernsey and lastly to Honfleur in France.

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