NFHM2014 Geneameme – This challenge was posted by Pauleen at Family History across the seas.
I hadn’t participated in many Geneameme’s before as the time never worked out quite right for me, but this time it worked
- What are you doing for NFHM?
- Discovering stories of my Hicks line at Kokoda New Guinea – ahead of their Last Post Ceremonies at the Australian War Memorial in September 2014
- Sharing about the Lost Village of Sherbrooke at U3A in Dapto
- Organising a speaker on Dark stories from the Illawarra’s Court Records at the Illawarra Family History Group where I am President
- Trying to email back to cousins’ enquiries on Family History and make those phone calls to relatives that I hadn’t got around to
- Planning some more Family History Road Trips in NSW and Queensland for later this year
- What do you hope to learn in NFHM?
- More about my McKenzie line from other cousins & my husband’s Green line
- Do you research at a family or local history library?
- Family history section of our local Wollongong City Library
- Do you do all your research online?
- 99% is done on line
- What’s your favourite place to store your family tree?
- I put the family history on WordPress blog sites – drawn from my husband’s database
- If offline, which genealogy program do you use? (do tell us its strengths/weaknesses if you like)
- My husband has been using Brother’s Keeper since 1997 and it has 20,000 names in it – so I can ask him to provide me with a file on which ever part of our family I need. BK allows photos and stories to be added and accepts GED files from our many cousins
- How do you preserve your family stories for future generations?
- Have you any special research projects on the go?
- I’m involved in the Black Diamond Heritage Centre Museum at Bulli where I am President and so I am working on The Role of the South Coast Railway in WW1 – digging out stories of the farewell’s and welcome home’s at the local railway stations
- Sherbrooke Sisters – running a One Place Study on the Lost Village of Sherbrooke on Bulli Mountain to uncover stories of the families who lived there and finding her sons in WW1
- What is your favourite family history research activity?
- Discovering lost stories and bringing them back to life via blog sites
- What is your favourite family history research place/library etc?
- Home and Family History Section of Wollongong City Library
- What is your favourite website for genealogy research?
- Trove – unbelievable amount of information there – second would be NSW BDM and third would be Ancestry.com – there’s a fourth – Wikitree
- Are you part of a Facebook genealogy group? If so which one?
- A heap – Sherbrooke, First Fleeter Peter Hibbs, First Fleeter James Bradley, First Fleeters John Small and Mary Parker, McCosker Family and more
- Do you use webinars or podcasts for genealogy? Any tips?
- I like webinars but mostly get to them later as I always seem to be busy when they are scheduled
- Do you use social media? eg Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn
- Facebook, Twitter including #GenChat, Hootsuite, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google+, Diigo, Paper.li, Feedly
- What genealogy topic/class have you learnt the most from this year at a webinar/conference/seminar?
- Using OneNote and Evernote for note taking and planning at Unlock the Past at Parramatta in February 2014 and participating in the #GenChat via Twitter session on organising your family history for 2014
- Do you have a favourite research strategy to knock down your brick walls?
- Check it in Trove, use Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Paper.li, Feedly to keep an ongoing monitor stories of what others are doing to break down brick walls, put something up on one of my family history websites – often someone comes up with the missing information – and always ask my husband to see if it is something that I have forgotten in his vast Brothers Keeper data base
- Have you used DNA testing for your genealogy?
- Have you made cousin connections through your DNA tests?
- N/A – but I have found setting up Family History Websites is great cousin bait
- Do you have a wish list of topics for NFHM 2015?
- Finding your Irish ancestors, Resources that integrate the plethora of material emerging on WW1, more tips to get the most out of Trove, getting more out of Ancestry.com, FindMyPast and MyHeritage
- What do you most love about your family history research?
- Discovering and recording the stories of my family that I never ever expected to know
Others who participated in the NFHM Geneameme are here :
As They Were (Crissouli)
Family History across the Seas (Pauleen)
Family Tree Frog (Alex)
Genealogy Leftover (Judy)
Jane Taubman’s Family Home (Jane)
Library Currants (Carmel)
Shauna Hicks History Enterprises (Shauna – convenor for NFHM2014)
The Genealogy Bug (Sherie)