World War One: “O...

There’s no doubt that almost every Australian family was affected by World War One in some way or another. One sad fact that came out of World War One, was the intense hatred of Germans that emerged, together with all things German. The German families who emigrated to Australia...

Anzac Day at Gumeracha

The town of Gumeracha in South Australia is a small town. It’s the kind of country town, where everyone knows everyone, and everything. The kind of town you walk down the street and say hello to everyone on the way. Putting it simply, it’s a quiet, friendly town. With a...

Congress 2015: Catch Up...

I was fortunate to be able attend the 14th Australasian Congress on Genealogy and Heraldry recently. I was just of the 500+ avid genealogists who made their way to the National Convention Centre in Canberra to attend this once-every-three-years event. It was fun. It was tiring. It was...

My Own “When I Wa...

A few weeks ago I starting thinking about writing down some childhood memories. After mulling it over for a while, it resulted in the “When I Was Young” Geneameme. which I posted a few days ago. I’ve been really pleased that others have embraced the idea, and have...

The “When I Was Y...

Like it or not, life today is a whole lot different from when we grew up. And as genealogists and family historians, we are mindful of recording our own history, yet so often it doesn’t happen, and sits in the “I must do that” list. So this “When I Was Young” geneameme has...

Congress 2015 – C...

With less than two weeks until the ‘14th Australasian Congress on Genealogy and Heraldry‘ conference (which is generally known as simply “Congress”), you might be forgiven for thinking that I wasn’t going to it, or didn’t know about it. But the reality...

Christmas Came Early!

I’m an online shopper. Find what you’re after, put your credit card in, hit place order, then sit back and wait for it to be delivered. And when it arrives it’s like Christmas. Today Christmas came early when the postie came. And, it was genealogy-related, which makes...

Only Four Months Till U...

Genealogy and cruising are a perfect combination, so much so that it has become known as geneacrusing. Afterall you get to stay in lovely accommodation, have a genealogy conference onboard, and you visit amazing places along the way. And that’s without mentioning the great food,...

The Women Who Made Me, ...

Today, March the 8th, is International Women’s Day. It is a day to celebrate and honour women both past and present. For my contribution to International Women’s Day, I want to share with you some photos the women who have helped make me, me! Obviously throughout...

Discovering Links: Conv...

Did you have an ancestor who was a petty thief, stealing just to survive, or one that was a full-on criminal? There’s no doubt that finding convict heritage for an Australian is what is known as “Australian Royalty”. It is GOLD. For a start there’s a HEAP of...