A Review of 2017 and my Top 5 Posts for the Year

As the end of 2017 draws near, I like to take a few moments to look back over what I’ve written throughout the year, and remember.

For Australia Day I wrote about one of my emigrating families, I wrote a few more Trove Tuesday posts, I took you with me to various events like RootsTech in the US, a number of events held during the South Australian History Festival, Unlock the Past’s Researching Abroad Roadshow, and even on my holiday to Finland, that was fun wasn’t it!

I’ve told you about two awesome events that are happening next year … Congress, the big genie conference in Sydney, and the next genealogy cruise, which is an Alaskan one, which will be totally incredible with the scenery, and also the conference (the speakers on it are AMAZING)!

I wrote about the amazing story of Mr Lonetester’s great grandpa for Anzac Day, and updated my list of Australian history and genealogy groups on Facebook several times, which grew exponentially over the year. I wrote about copyright, and blog tips and issues, as well as research practice, and what DNA proved for me. And I even made some confessions, including the bright shiny objects (BSOs). Remembrance Day was a post highlighting the honour boards for the men who made “the ultimate sacrifice” from my home town.

For something totally different, I wrote about the origins of the top hat, shampoo, and even barber poles. I discovered convict wine (yes, truly).

During the year I took part in some blog challenges and geneameme’s, like Genealogy Close Calls from Nutfield Genealogy, and the Five Faves Geneameme from Geniaus, and my own Ancestral Places Geneameme., and the National Family History Month blog challenge.

I was honoured to have been nominated in the Rockstar Genealogists list again, and somehow even made it into the Top 5 in the Aus/NZ list. Thank to everyone who voted.

So while I’m looking back at past posts, I thought I’d see what my top posts from the year. Note, technically the top looked at posts are ones I’ve written earlier, but I decided this list will the top looked at posts that I wrote during the year.  … I was going to do Top 5, but when I saw No. 6, I needed to include it. So here goes …

6. About Me 
Coming in at number 6 is my About Me page. Yes, really. Which proves that a lot of people do actually look at it. In fact earlier this year I wrote about how important it is to have an About Me page. You can read that here.

5. Emigration from England to South Australia in the 1800s
Number 5 give details of the rules for free emigration to South Australia. What age, what occupations, who was allowed to come? This was an eye opener.

4. Update 4: Facebook for Australian History and Genealogy
Update 4 of my Facebook for Australia History and Genealogy was popular. And anyone who is on Facebook and has Australian ancestors, should be using Facebook to advantage. There are over 1000 Facebook groups and pages just one Australian history and genealogy. And found them and put them all in an easy to find list that you can download for free.

3. Facebook vs Blogging: The Pros and Cons
Coming in at number 3, this was an interesting one as it started as idea from comments seen on other FB pages, and while it was written earlier in the year it is still a popular post.

2. 21 Signs that Your Partner Isn’t Into Genealogy As much as You
Making number 2 on the list is one of my humour posts. I need to do these every now and then. Thanks to inspiration from Mr Lonetester who was reading an article in his magazine (non-genealogy-related) which was a similar title, I adapted it, and wallah … came up with the following.

1. Are Your A Genealogist of a Family Historian
And the top looked at post that I wrote in 2017 is … Are You a Genealogist or a Family Historian? I’m rather surprised about this one, but it is another one showing my quirky humour. And while I love the post, it seems that others do too. So what type of family historian are you?

2017 has been a fun year of blogging, with a huge variety of topics covered. And I’m sure that 2018 will be just as awesome. So join me as we discover more history along the way.

2 Responses to “A Review of 2017 and my Top 5 Posts for the Year”

  1. Dear Alona – isn’t it interesting to see which are the popular blog posts? Well done on all your hard work this year – particularly the Facebook list. I don’t know how you do that one – it’s massive!

  2. Debi Austen says:

    Great list – happy New Year!

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