These are the things that are have been done ...
Catching up with some of my favourite podcasts
Because I realised I'd missed out on so many podcast episodes myself over the last few months, I thought that some Genies Down Under listeners may also benefit from a blogpost that summarises last six months of my own Genies Down Under podcast episodes from July (Episode 45) to December 2015 (Episode 50):
Lists in TROVE
- Australian Local & Family History Bloggers
- Lost Central West Towns-NSW
- County Clare Ireland Genealogy
- Australian Family History and Genealogy
- Aussie Help For All Genealogy
- Genealogy My Ancestors Came to Australia
- Intro to Family History/Writing
- My great grandparents, John Joseph WALTERS from Dublin, Ireland and Margaret FLEMING from County Kilkenny, Ireland
- My great grandmother, Margaret BUTLER from County Clare, Ireland
- The Northcotes of Western NSW, stories about my great uncles in the town of Dubbo, Orange, Kelso, Orange, Bourke
- My great grandmother, Margaret Ann RILEY, daughter of a convict
- The KINGSBURYs of County Dorset, England
- My greatgrandfather, William Walter NORTHCOTE and his mysterious life
Choice of filename conventions
SURNAME first name year object locationFor example:
WALTERS Thomas 1909 birth cert Chippendale.pdf
NORTHCOTE Margaret 1930 electoral roll Drummoyne.jpg
Already, this method is making life easier and is especially helping me work out what documents and photos I already have and which ones I still need to purchase, find, look for etc.
Updated my genealogy bookmarksUsing my favourite browser, Chrome, I finally updated and reorganised my genealogy and blogging bookmarks.
Genealogy softwareFor quite a few years now, I haven't used any genealogical software except for my online trees at Ancestry and Findmypast. I tend to keep records about ancestors in Word documents and Excel files However, with all the talk of Family Tree software no longer being supported by Ancestry, I started thinking about using a genealogical software program again. In the distant past, I had used Family Tree Maker and still have some of these data files somewhere deep in my computer. So, I decided to do a bit of research to find out which genealogical software to use next. I listened to podcasts, downloaded a few trial versions, read websites and blogs, and spoke to my local family history group at Lake Macquarie (Lake Macquarie Family History Society) and ended up choosing Legacy Family Tree software. I'm happy with my choice and am making a huge effort with using this software to only include facts that I have proven. It's kind of fun to start using this software from scratch - learning something new while knowing that I'm only including family tree information that I know is evidence-based.
County Clare baptism records
The never ending to-do listsOver these holidays, I have consolidated my many, many genealogy to-do lists into one to-do list for my own family history research and one to-do list for my Genies Down Under podcast work. While each of these lists are quite long, I've made them easier to navigate by categorising the to do jobs, adding hyperlinks for easy internal navigation, a lot of colour coding and appendices for detailed information.
Done a bit of bloggingAfter long spells of nothingness in my two family history blogs, here are some of the blogposts I've published recently at my Wishful Linking Family History blog and my Genies Down Under podcast blog:
- How much information can be revealed in probate?
- Victorian wallpaper
- An amazing TROVE find about an amazing man, Carew NORTHCOTE (1879-1937)
- A lot of info in 11 lines of newspaper article about Patrick BUTLER's death: Thanks, TROVE
- To photograph or not to photograph ... that is the question: The gravesite of Walter John NORTHCOTE (1871-1954)
- The graves of three WALTERS siblings: John (1905-1970), Grace (1907-1992) and Thomas (1909-1975)
- Land grants of Private William Northcote (1878 and 1880) in the New South Wales, Australia, Land Grants, 1788-1963 records
- Success after a 20+ year search for a great-grandmother's baptism records
- Quick catch-up with the last 6 months of the Genies Down Under podcast
- Online genie tools
- Treasures in TROVE: An A-Z of 24 examples