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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Congress Photos.

Still having issues with the laptop but at least I am home and can upload the photos.

Congress name tag and my first set of blogger beads. Jill Ball provided all the bloggers, she knew with beads, this way we could identify fellow bloggers.

The Congress satchel and what was inside. The program was invaluable as with four concurrent sessions, over four different rooms, it kept you on track. I saw a number of people who had highlighted their choices. I circled mine.

                                Meet and greet was held at the Australian War Memorial.

Simpson and his donkey, outside the entrance to the Australian War Memorial.

Guests of a different feather.

                                                      The 'G' for George bomber.

Friday and Jenny Joyce is typing up her blog, while waiting for the keynote address by Roger Kershaw. Jenny and I both lamented that having a laptop is great, if we only had a lap to put it on.

The National Archives of Australia, who have TROVE, have now produced guides for how to use TROVE. Very useful.

                                                Goodies I purchased.


After a brisk and foggy start to the day, I am home.

Driving was interesting as there was fog, then none and then fog again. Lake George was shrouded in a thick blanket of fog.  I found it beautiful that there were so many spider's webs, in the roadside trees and that they were hung with dew drops. Not something you see all the time.

Stopped at Vicki's for a cuppa and a cuddle of  James.  My darling grandson is such a cutie and love 'playing' chasings. It is me saying "I'm coming to get you" and James giggling and walking away from me.

A load of washing is done and about to be hung, then lunch.

Tired but glad to be home.

Photos to come of Congress.

Bye for now,

Saturday, March 28, 2015

What a day!

After a brisk walk to the convention centre, I finally woke up. Bit cool out, this morning.

A Chinese Proverb says, "When the winds of change blow, some build walls, others build windmills."

Something to ponder. Do you build walls or windmills?

Joshua Taylor, started the day with a wonderful keynote address on Connecting Across Past, Present and Future. He spoke of his holidays, with is grandma, who got him  interested in family history. His comment, 'the past is full of adventure,' resonated with me. He also reminded us to cite our sources.

Wills was next, with Jenny Joyce. While I had done Irish wills, Jenny's talk covered England and Wales. It really re-enforced what I had learnt in my course.

Paul Miliner gave an interesting talk on Scottish maps and gazetteers. I should now be able to locate my ancestors place of residence.

Irish Census and Census Subistitutes by David Rencher, finished off the morning sessions. This talk expanded my knowledge on this subject and has directed me to other resources.

Lunch and the Blogger photo kept me busy during the lunch break. Christine and I did enjoy sitting outside in the fresh air. There is only so much air conditioning you can take.

We had a treat at the start of this, with Daniel Corr singing Galway Bay.
Richard Reid presented the keynote address, If You Ever Go Across The Sea To Ireland and he had the audience captivated. If you can get a copy of his book, Farewell My Children, it is well worth a read

My next session was with John Blackwood on Separation and Divorce in Scotland, 17th to 19th Centuries. An interesting and informative talk, that gave me some really useful information.

Helen Smith was the last session of the day. A delightful, funny and interesting talk on Friendly Societies and the Family Historian. She explained how they worked and what they did. I've now got some pointers on how to find information on the  United Ancient Order of Druids.

Dinner with Sue was a relaxing end to a busy day.

Bye for now,

Busy day today

I've a busy day today with five sessions and two keynote addresses.

Joshua Taylor starts the day with, his keynote address on Connecting Across Past, Present and Future.
Then my sessions start with Jenny Joyce covering Wills from England and Ireland. Then onto Scotland, with Paul Milner. Ireland is next with David Rencher followed by lunch and then Richard Reid's keynote address.

My afternoon is Scotland with John Blackwood and the Helen Smith talks on Freienly societies. A good way to end the day.

Going to get breakfast and call my darling husband.  More later today, much to busy during the day to blog, will fill in details tonight.

Bye for now,

Friday, March 27, 2015

The rest of my day

A keynote address, started the afternoon session. Roger Kershaw spoke on Tracing free emigrants to Australia. Much of what he spoke on is available here as part of the Joint Copying project. It was very interesting.

Carol Baxter gave a very useful talk, Help! What information is correct? - strategies for determining historical truth. Ways we can work out what is correct. Her book is very useful on the topic.

Last session for today, Colleen Fitzpatrick, had us laughing at how a group worked out how to fix a date to a picture. Her talk was titled, Not, just the facts, Ma'am, give me the big picture.  The picture was a man, sitting on a dead horse, in Wisconsin. Makes me think that I should re look at  some of mine.

I'm tired, but have had a great time. Dinner was at the Pancake Parlour and then a wander around the shops. Feet up and a book to read, will end my day.

Bye for now,

The day, so far

Two very interesting talks, this morning and a speakers corner, have made for a good day.

David Berry from the NSW State Library, spoke on tracing your ancestors in the digital age. He highlighted their three main resources. The Digital Excellence Program, eRecords and Discover Collections. Such a wealth of records.

My next talk was by Shaun Rohrlach of National Archives, Australia. He highlighted their Discovering ANZAC site: www.discoveringanzacs.naa.gov.au

This site is well worth a good look.

My next three sessions are in the same theatre, if I can find it.

Bye for now,

Lift Off

The new and improved site, designed by Christine at gecko gully. Thank you for a fantastic job.

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, lift off.      www.researchbylily.com.au

I'm off to Congress later, after breakfast.

Have a great day,