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My passion is genealogy and family history. I host a podcast about Australian family history, Genies Down Under. In my day job, I work as a lecturer and a researcher in higher education, teaching pre-service teachers.

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Sunday, 25 September 2011

Australian genealogy podcast launched - Genies Down Under

Readers of this blog may have noticed that there is definitely an Australian theme to most of the articles and pictures that are included. I'm an Australian genealogist who's really interested in Australian genealogy so that's why I've just launched the Genies Down Under podcast for people researching their family history with Australian connections. Here's why ...

I'm also one of those bloggers who love listening to podcasts. Since 2006 when I got my hands on my first iPod, I've been hooked. Listening to podcasts about family history is one of my favourite past times - Lisa Louise Cooke (Genealogy Gems podcast), Michael O'Laughlin (Irish Roots Cafe), Drew and George (the Genealogy Guys podcast), Thomas MacEntee (Geneabloggers podcast), Myrt (Dear Myrtle podcast) and Jon Kay (Artisan Ancestors podcast). These are all podcasts that come out of the US. They're fantastic. Despite the fact they they are produced off the shores of Australia, I've found them to be wonderfully inspiring with loads of practical advice. I wait eagerly for each episode to show up on my iTunes list.

Although I LOVE these podcasts and they've become part of my walking life (literally - I mainly listen to them when I'm walking), I kept wondering when someone was going to produce a podcast that was specifically designed for genealogists with a connection to Australian family history. There are definitely some podcasts related to Australian genealogy, like the National Archives podcast, Ian Kath's Create Your Lifestory podcast and the ABC's Hindsight podcast, but I really wanted a podcast that included lots of practical tips and ideas for Australian family history researchers that were a little more specific to genealogy. Perhaps there is such a podcast and I've not been able to find it. If you know of one, please email me at mariaseddon@gmail.com.

Anyway, after six years of wondering about this and searching high and low for an Australian genealogy podcast, I decided to get off my bottom and create one myself - it's called Genies Down Under. It's is a podcast about genealogy - with an Australian twist - full of tips, tricks, tools and traps to avoid for family history researchers. My aim is to help people find out more about their ancestors than just names and dates. The podcast is full of stories, lots of stories.

Listen to a one minute promo about the podcast:

How to access the podcast ...

Click here to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes and check out the website for Genies Down Under.

So, I’d like to offer you a big warm Aussie invitation to join me for the very first episode of Genies Down Under.

But for now, I’ll say seeya from Maria, a genie down under.