About Me.

I, while I'm new to blogging, I have been tracing my ancestors for over 30 years. I love sharing what I find and now use the blog, to do that. I would love to hear from you, with your thoughts and ideas.
I wrote that when I started blogging and my skills were new. Well I now blog frequently and love sharing my thoughts, ideas and links.

Saturday, 6 February 2016


Morning from Salt Lake City,

Rootstech is amazing!

Wednesday, waking to early and a dodgy shower, I went and registered. Very slick no waiting.

Two classes in the afternoon gave me some more research time in the library. If you can't get to Salt Lake City, you can order the microfilm from your local Family History Library. Check at www.familysearch.org for your nearest one.

The first class was Your Brick Walls are not as Tall as You Think. Some very useful tips.

The second class was 15 Ways for Genealogists to Keep Learning. Things I knew and different ways to use them and things I didn't know.

Amanda arrived on Wednesday and we had dinner T the Cheesecake Factory, yum!

Thursday and it was snowing as I walked to the conference.

10.00am saw the vendor hall open. Such an array of stalls, mind blowing!  I caught up with several people and bought different things, mindful of my baggage allowance. Subscribed to an internet genealogy magazine.

First class and I missed it. Messed up the time. Sigh.

Second class was on Designing Photo books, good but no what I wanted.

Scottish Genealogy was next. Fantastic! Learnt heaps.

Lastly, Write down why you know what you know. It was how to take all the bits and pieces of evidence nod prove that it is one person. Very helpful.

Back to my hotel to find that they were having power issues. Not good, so Amanda and I went to dinner and then to hear the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Lovely.

 Friday and it starts again.  I have three sessions today. 
Here are a few photos of what  I've been doing.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016


If you ever get a chance to come to Roots Tech or just researching at the library, take it up.
I am spending my down time trolling through microfilm, after microfilm and having a ball! Monday's results were great as I was able to sight and confirm leaves on the tree.

Today's have been not as good as my schoolgirl German and spider scratch writing has caused me to pause the Greman side research. Going to consider my options. 

After lunch, I'll go to Scotland and confirm those leaves.

The library is five floors, with England, Scotland and Ireland in B2. This has been my haunt. B1, is International and the the upper floors, USA.

More later,

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

My day.

Well it snowed this morning and this tourist got all excited. My hotel is behind the library and I sent some quality time researching. One roll of film and I took the line back another three generations. Met up with Jill and she introduced me around. Took part in an online chat, with Dear Myrtle. Lunch and then a walk around the area. Not to cold but a jacket, beanie, scarf and gloves have become part of the dress code. Interesting sign, I saw. Beware of falling ice and snow. Not what we see in Sydney.

Me and my film. Wonderful!

The library entrance.

Bye for now, Lilian


Arrived at the hotel around 9.00pm, last night and went to bed around 10ish. Had a good sleep and feel rested. A shower and breakfast and I'm ready to go. The photos are from the hotel. Without sounding silly, it's snowing!

Friday, 29 January 2016

Last Post, until I'm in Salt Lake City.

Well, I'm packed, house is clean and tidy, car and dog both washed and the freezer and pantry stocked with food. My Darling Husband has had lessons on how to use the washing machine.

I leave Sunday for Roots Tech and will be blogging about my time there. Watch this space.

Bye for a few days,

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Getting Organised, sort of.

In  a little over nine days I'll be airborne, on my way to the US, for Roost Tech 2016. I've packed, unpacked, repacked and am thinking of repacking, again. Do I have enough warm clothes? Will I really need my huge, thick jacket? I suppose I should just pack, close the case and not worry, if I need something, just buy it.

I've organised my documents, cash, cash card,  research notes, eBooks to read. I think I'm ready.

The freezer is full of home-cooked meals and treats, for my darling husband, Paul. He is going to batch and look after the dog. This is the longest time we have been apart in 40 years.

Well, what will be, will be. It is going to be a wonderful conference and then time with our elder daughter, seeing a small part of the USA.

Going to blog, so watch this space.


Friday, 15 January 2016

A couple of interesting websites

My January/February issue of inside history ( insidehistory.com.au ) arrived and I have been enjoying reading it, as usual. I try not to read it in one go but that is hard!

There is an article on Mark Tedeschi's QC, new book Kidnapped, The crime that shocked a nation. About the Graeme Thorn kidnapping in 1960. Even though I was young, I remember it very well. Well worth a read and I might just have to buy the book.

The article Writing the Past, is about a new website that is a 'new storytelling platform can help you share your treasured family stories'. I've looked at the home page and browsed the topics but even though you can write a 'free' story, you have to subscribe to take it further. At around $AD85, you would have to write a lot of stories. Only launched in January 2016, lets see how it goes.
www.ourfamilypast.com   is the link.

This year is the 10th anniversary of the Biographical Database of Australia and the article cover what records they have and how the database has grown. Two of the new record sets added in December 2015 are Births and deaths in Sydney Hospital and Norfolk Island, 1803 and Biographical entries based on army musters for soldiers in colonial garrisons, 1814-1829. That is one I'm going to search, after I finish this blog.  I have used the site, years ago and found it great.   Let me know what you find.


Have a great weekend. Me?, I'm going to think about packing, for Roots Tech.

Bye for now,