Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Accentuate the Positives 2013 Geneameme - Part 2

Here is Part 2 of my response to  +GeniAus' (+Jill Ball)  Accentuate the Positives 2013 Geneameme:

An elusive ancestor I found - pretty much every ancestor I've found!  Before I started researching my family history the only ancestors I knew where my grandparents & one set of great grandparents.  I knew three of my grandparents (my maternal grandmother died when my mother was a teenager) & I was very fortunate to know a great grandmother who lived well into her nineties.  I find it surprising that my parents know little of their own grandparents, but this is probably because their own grandparents died when they were young.

A newly found family member who shared - earlier this year I joined the Curran DNA Project - although this relies on Y-DNA, my research indicated that I was related to individuals mentioned in the project & my results came back showing that others in the project were cousins.  The administrator of the project, Marie, is a distant cousin in the US & she put me in contact with another cousin, Ken, in Australia.  He had been searching for information on my g grandfather's family so I was able to help him with that & he has shared some wonderful information with me.  Unfortunately, when he made the initial contact he was on his way out of the country for a year & didn't take all of his research with him.  What I found ironic about this was that his wife's best friend was the principal of the high school down the street from me, in fact she was the principal when my boys went there & I had a few meetings with her.  Not even 6 degrees of separation!

My 2013 blog post that I was particularly proud of - would have to be my first!

A new piece of software I mastered began using - covered in my previous post.

A social media tool I enjoyed using for genealogy - Blogs, definitely.

A genealogy conference / seminar / webinar from which I learnt something - Every webinar I have attended.  In the last year I have watched every webinar on Family Tree Webinars & I've attended several webinars run by the Society of Australian Genealogists.  I have also learnt a lot from Dear MYRTLE's Hangouts on Air, GeniAus's Hangouts & podcasts from Genies Down Under.

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