So. Much. More. Research. To. Do!...

It is said that ‘genealogy never ends’. You get one generation back, then you suddenly double the number of people to research on the following one. Not to mention following the the siblings, and the side branches as well. So it’s true … it doesn’t. And anyone who says it does, should take part in this “Ancestor Tally” or “Ancestor Tracking” geneameme which I’ve seen on a few blogs now (Twisted Twigs on Gnarled Branches, and Michael Dyer’s Family Sleuther), so I thought I’d play along and see what my 15 or so years of on-off research shows. In short it shows that I need to spend a whole lot more time researching! So the idea is to count up the number of direct line ancestors you can identify going back10 generations (starting from yourself). So I sat down, printed out a 10 generation ancestral  chart (4 pages so it wasn’t too bad), counted them up generation by generation … and wallah … I have the numbers, which I then also converted to percentages. As you can see from the numbers I’m not doing too bad till I reach my the 7th generations (4x great grandparents). Part of that is probably due to the fact that I just haven’t entered some info (I really find the search more interesting than the entering, do others find that too?), but it does also highlight that a LOT more research is still to be done. It’ll happen bit-by-bit. Another name here, another date there, or something verified so I can add it in. We all know it’s a slow process. That’s just the way of proper genealogy.  GenerationRelationshipNo. in GenIdentified% TOTAL1023171 1Self11100% 2Parents22100% 3Grandparents44100% 4Great Grandparents88100% 52x Great Grandparents1616100% 63x Great Grandparents322681%...

My Life in Five Photos

Can you show your life in five photos? I’m not sure if I can, but I’m going to try. I have taken this idea from a Facebook friend who participated in a “five photos of me, over five days” challenge. But true to my usual self, I decided to give it a little twist. The original rule of this Challenge was to post “5 five photos, 1 per day, on Facebook that were photos of yourself that are more than 15 years old.” I have ignored the 15 years old bit, and have decided for “My Life in Five Photos”, that they can be “of me, or showing something about me” and I’ve decided to do them all as a single post. And obviously it’s not going to show you “ALL” of my life, but rather just a few different aspects of it. I haven’t called this a geneameme, but I would love for others to take up the idea, and share a few photos of their life. 1. Apple Orchard – 1975 My grandpa had an apple orchard in the Adelaide Hills, and as my mum worked there, the orchard was my playground prior to starting primary school at age 5. So getting completely dirty was just part of my daily routine. And yes, that is dirt all over me and my clothes!   2. Broken Arm and Cemetery – 1976 I love this photo for various reasons. Firstly because I was getting my photo taken (hence the big grin), secondly it’s the only photo I have of me when I had a broken arm, and thirdly (and favourite reason) is that this photo was taken on the front lawn of my family’s house at Cudlee Creek, showing the Cudlee...

The “When I Was Young” Geneameme Collection...

It was early April when I introduced the world to my “When I Was Young” Geneameme. I had a lot of fun creating it, and even more fun answering the questions, though a few of them did stretch the brain cells at times. Some of those who participated were wanting to read the posts by others who took part, so I agreed to do a “Collection” post … listing all that I know of who took part in the geneameme … so here you are. ? – Andersonology https://ellen2321.wordpress.com/2015/04/12/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-april-4-11/ https://ellen2321.wordpress.com/2015/04/21/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-april-18/ Alex Daw – Family Tree Frog http://familytreefrog.blogspot.com.au/2015/04/the-when-i-was-young-geneameme.html Alona Tester – Lonetester HQ http://www.lonetester.com/2015/04/my-own-when-i-was-young-geneameme-responses/ Anna Matthews – Tripping Over My Roots http://trippingovermyroots.blogspot.com/2015/04/when-i-was-young-part-1.html http://trippingovermyroots.blogspot.com/2015/04/when-i-was-young-part-2.html Bill West – West in New England http://westinnewengland.blogspot.com/2015/04/the-when-i-was-yoiung-genea-meme-part-1.html http://westinnewengland.blogspot.com/2015/04/the-when-i-was-young-genea-meme-part-2.html http://westinnewengland.blogspot.com/2015/04/the-when-i-was-young-genea-meme-part-3.html Carmel Galvin – Earlier Years http://earlieryears.blogspot.com.au/2015/04/when-i-was-young.html Carrie Smith – Under the Nut Tree http://underthenuttree.blogspot.com/2015/04/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-when-i-was.html Charles Hansen – Mikkel’s Hus http://charles-mikkelshus.blogspot.com/2015/04/for-this-weeks-mission-should-you.html http://charles-mikkelshus.blogspot.com/2015/04/saturday-night-fun-when-i-was-young.html http://charles-mikkelshus.blogspot.com/2015/04/saturday-night-fun-when-i-was-young_18.html Chris Goopy – That Moment in Time http://thatmomentintime-crissouli.blogspot.com.au/2015/04/when-i-was-young-lonetester-alona-has_5.html Daniel Dillman – Indiana Dillmans http://indianadillmans.blogspot.com/2015/04/when-i-was-young-part-1.html#axzz3ZvFRB4SG http://indianadillmans.blogspot.com/2015/04/when-i-was-young-part-2.html#axzz3ZvFRB4SG http://indianadillmans.blogspot.com/2015/04/when-i-was-young-part-3.html#axzz3ZvFRB4SG Dorene – Graveyard Rabbit of Sandusky Bay http://graveyardrabbitofsanduskybay.blogspot.com/2015/04/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-when-i-was.html Fran Kitto – TravelGenee http://travelgenee.com/when-i-was-young-geneameme/ Jennifer Jones – Tracking Down the Family https://jonesfamilyhistory.wordpress.com/2015/04/03/geneameme-when-i-was-young/ Jill Ball – Geniaus http://geniaus.blogspot.com.au/2015/04/when-i-was-young-geneameme.html Kerryn Taylor – AncestorChasing http://ancestorchaser.blogspot.com.au/2015/04/when-i-was-young.html Lauren Waters – Original Kin https://originalkin.wordpress.com/2015/04/06/the-when-i-was-young-geneameme/ Linda Stufflebean – Empty Branches on the Family Tree http://emptybranchesonthefamilytree.com/2015/04/when-i-was-young-geneameme-part-1/ http://emptybranchesonthefamilytree.com/2015/04/when-i-was-young-geneameme-part-2/ http://emptybranchesonthefamilytree.com/2015/04/when-i-was-young-geneameme-part-3/ http://emptybranchesonthefamilytree.com/2015/04/when-i-was-young-geneameme-part-4/ Lois Willis – Lois Willis Genealogy & Family History http://loiswillis.com/?p=3908 http://loiswillis.com/?p=3944 http://loiswillis.com/?p=3989 Melody Lassalle – Research Journal Genealogy Blog http://www.researchjournal.yourislandroutes.com/2015/04/sngf-when-i-was-young-part-1/ http://www.researchjournal.yourislandroutes.com/2015/04/sngf-when-i-was-young-part-2/ Nancy Hurley – Indiana Ties http://www.indianaties.com/2015/04/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-i-was.html http://www.indianaties.com/2015/04/saturday-night-genealogy-fun.html http://www.indianaties.com/2015/04/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-i-was_18.html Pam Carter – My Maine Ancestry http://mymaineancestry.blogspot.com/2015/04/when-i-was-young.html Pauleen Cass – Family History Across the Seas https://cassmob.wordpress.com/2015/04/09/when-i-was-young-geneameme/ Randy Seaver – Geneamusings http://www.geneamusings.com/2015/04/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-when-i-was.html http://www.geneamusings.com/2015/04/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-when-i-was_11.html http://www.geneamusings.com/2015/04/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-when-i-was_18.html Sharon Fritz – Strong Foundations http://shazlex.blogspot.com.au/2015/04/when-i-was-young.html Susi – Ancestor Seekers by the Root Bound http://ancestorseekersbytherootbound.blogspot.com/2015/04/randy-seaver-sent-us-challenge-from.html Susi (Susan C. Jones) Pentico – GenealogyWise http://www.genealogywise.com/profiles/blogs/more-questions-from-randy-from-lonetester-hq-saturday-night Thankyou to everyone who...

My Own “When I Was Young” Geneameme Responses...

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 decided to take part, including Randy Seaver as part of his Saturday Night Genealogy Fun activities. So as a number have been busy documenting their childhood memories, I thought I’d better get my butt into gear and get my own response to this geneameme done. So if you’d like to know a little about my childhood read along … 1. Do you (or your parents) have any memorabilia from when you were a baby? (ie. baby book, lock of hair, first shoes etc.) I do have a my baby book that mum filled in and I have my baby bracelet. I can’t believe I ever had a wrist that tiny. 2. Do you know if you were named after anyone? Sort of. Dad knew a lady called Alona and liked the name, and eventually convinced my mum that it should be my name. My middle name Margaret, was after mum’s friend who died young.  3. And do you know of any other names your parents might have named you? I have heard that mum wanted to call me Deborah. Not sure how I’d have gone with that name, but I do remember getting frustrated that I couldn’t get anything with my name on it, so Deborah would have been an advantage. 4. What is your earliest memory? The earliest thing I can date would be me breaking my arm when I was three. I still remember doing it (falling backwards while...

The “When I Was Young” Geneameme...

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 been created to allow you to record at least some of your childhood memories.This series of 25 questions will take you back to your childhood as it asks questions about the games you played, what school was like, what heirlooms you have from your childhood, what books or stories you remember from back then … and a whole heap more. So if you’d like to record a little of your own childhood history, feel free to take part in my “When I Was Young” geneameme. Do you (or your parents) have any memorabilia from when you were a baby? (ie. baby book, lock of hair, first shoes etc.) Do you know if you were named after anyone? And do you know of any other names your parents might have named you? What is your earliest memory? Did your parent/s (or older siblings) read, sing or tell stories to you? Do you remember any of these? When you were young, do you remember what it was that you wanted to grow up to be? Did you have a favourite teacher at school? How did you get to school? What games did playtime involve? Did you have a cubby house? What was something you remember from an early family holiday? What is a memory from one of your childhood birthday’s or Christmas? What childhood injuries do you remember? What was your first pet? Did your grandparents, or older...

So This is Christmas and What Have You Done Geneameme...

Christmas is coming quickly and fellow Aussie geneablogger Sharn White has created the “So This is Christmas and What Have You Done?” Geneameme. which is making us reminisce. This very thought-provoking geneameme, has stretched my memory back, here’s what I’ve come up with … Q1 . WHAT KIND OF CHRISTMAS DID YOU HAVE AS A CHILD? A. Let’s see … I do remember going to the local church service and also carol singing sessions with my grandparents occasionally, but I don’t remember my parents going to the carol singing at all. It wasn’t their thing.  ———————-  Q2. WHERE DID YOU SPEND  CHRISTMAS? A. Christmas has always (except for one year) spent at home with my family in the Adelaide Hills. Usually all the reli’s came to to their place. ———————- Q3. A LETTER AND SOMETHING YUMMY FOR SANTA A. I don’t remember ever writing a letter to Santa, but I do remember seeing a present under the tree one year saying it was for me and from Santa. Not surprisingly it was in my mum’s handwriting, so I wasn’t fooled. I do remember making big long multi-page Christmas gift lists which I’d put on the fridge weeks before Christmas, so it was giving my parents plenty of time to work out what they’d get me. ———————- Q4. THE CHRISTMAS TREE A. A christmas tree is a big thing for me, and I would assume that is because we’ve always had one, so it seems wrong not to. I remember that we use to go an get a real pine tree from a pine forest near our house. One year it was so big it touched the ceiling. While these days I’m happy with my fake tree, there is something about...

My Response to “It’s All In the Numbers” Geneameme...

It’s now over a week since I sent out the “It’s All in the Numbers” geneameme, so I thought I’d better get my butt into gear and actually post my response to it. Given the fact that I’ve had time to think about this prior to even posting it, you’d think that I’d have had all my answers by now. But in reality I keep thinking of more, not to mention changing some that I’d already had noted. But I can see that this will go on forever if I don’t get it posted, so here goes … Some numbers have various relevant meanings to my family history, so I’ve put each of those in. NUMBER 2 – this is for the number of geneacruises I’ve been on (so far). I went on Unlock the Past’s 1st cruise back in February 2011 as well as their 3rd cruise back in March 2013. – two is also for the number of times my great grandpa Otto Winter jumped ship. Once in England, and again in Australia. – two is also for the number of generations of illegitimacies found so far in my direct line. My 5x great grandma Eliza Phillips had daughter Charlotte Phillips when she was 24, and then that Charlotte Phillips had George Phillips (my 3x great grandpa) when she was 23. Both later married and had other children. – another thing that two is for, is the number of times my grandpa (Ron Phillips) won the Magarey Medal. To win this is the highest achievement in South Australian football. NUMBER 3 – three is for the number of blogs that I have. – three is also for the number of years that I have been getting Inside...

It’s All in the Numbers Geneameme...

Ever since I created the Family History Through the Alphabet Blog Challenge back in 2012, one idea that continued to make a regular visit is “numbers”, and how I could make that work that into a blog challenge. Over time I have come up with numerous scenarios, but none have made it beyond my head yet. Anyway rather than create a blog challenge – which does tend to tie you into something for a number of weeks, and this time of year is busy enough. And there are already some regular blog challenges currently going, I’ve decided that this can be a geneameme. My idea for “It’s All in the Numbers” Geneameme is for you to come up with say 10  numbers (but feel free to do as many as you want) that mean something to YOU, and that relate to your family history in some way. You might choose number 12 as that was the number of children one of your ancestors had, or number 3 as that’s how many sets of twins you’ve found in your family so far. Your great great uncle might have lived until he was 102, or 24 was the date of your grandma’s birthday. Number 28 was a house you lived at as a kid, or you might like to use the number of years you’ve been researching, or the number of trips you’ve taken to see family in the ‘homeland’. So pretty much any number that you can link in with your family history – do them consecutive, do them random – it’s your choice. Here’s just a couple of examples: 13 – Thirteen is the number of generations I can go back on one line! That takes me back to...

Crissouli’s Geneameme – My Responses...

Crissouli, from the As They Were blog, has asked for a few moments of our time to answer some questions. She called them questions, I call it a geneameme … but whatever, there’s a bunch of genealogy releated questions which require answers. So here’s my responses … 1. What is the most important detail you want to find about your  ancestors? Ooh there’s so many, and each one varies. But I guess each goes down to wanting to know more detail about the person, not just the name and date of someone. But there’s when and how did Samuel Trewartha get from Cornwall to New Jersey? And what happened to his daughter Eliza Trewartha? What did my great grandpa Otto Winter do in the 7 years he was at sea when he allegedly sailed the world several times over, and what was it he did in America that he’d be in trouble for? Then there’s the “why did they emigrate”, and the “where did that one go to” questions for numerous family. 2. Do you buy certificates? Yes. Definately for all direct reli’s, and for others as I feel the need to. 3.  Do you belong to a paid subscription site, if so, which one/s? Currently I have www.ancestry.com.au (World) and www.findmypast.com (World) and www.myheritage.com. And previously I have also had www.thegenealogist.co.uk and www.origins.net subscriptions, but have let those lapse for the time being. 4. What has been your ‘best’ find? I can say that there’s two ‘best finds’ that REALLY stand out. One was the obituaries for  my 4x great grandma Charlotte Trewartha (nee Phillips) and her husband Samuel Trewartha in a small town newspaper in New Jersey. You can find details of these obits in a post...

A Blogging Overview: The Bloggers’ Geneameme...

You know I love blogging, so how could I go past Jill Ball’s (aka Geniaus) new geneameme, “The Bloggers’ Geneameme“. Jill writes … “It’s NationaI Family History Month here in Australia and I have been procrastinating about hosting an online activity to mark the event. I am very interested in hearing about the practices and thoughts of fellow Geneabloggers so thought I’d dream up a little geneameme on the topic. You are invited to respond to the questions in this short geneameme via a post on your blog. Please write as little or as much as you like and don’t feel obliged to answer all the questions.” So here goes … 1. What are the titles and URLs of your genealogy blog/s? Lonetester HQ – www.lonetester.com Memorabilia House – www.memorabiliahouse.com 2. Do you have a wonderful “Cousin Bait” blog story? I have had some people contact me, but no-one close. What I have found very cool, is that my cousins are enjoying learning about the history of the family through me sharing the pictures and stories. 3. Why did you start blogging? Is there someone who inspired you to start blogging? I started my blogs because I had already been blogging for work, and decided I needed my own, as i had more I wanted to say and share with others. 4. How did you decide on your blog/s title/s? The Lonetester HQ one I took quite a while took quite a while to come up with, as I was deciding on my social media name at the time, so thought about it probably too long. And that’s what it ended up as. The Memorabilia House one just came to me one night. The name, together with the whole...