Saturday, May 21, 2011

U3A Online Genealogy Course

I have just noticed that U3A Online offers an 8 Unit Independent Study Course Genealogy Online.

The Units studied are:
  • Unit 1: Getting started
  • Unit 2: Basic information, birth, marriage and death records
  • Unit 3: Census and other records
  • Unit 4: Special data collections
  • Unit 5: Finding females in UK databases
  • Unit 6: Parish records in Australia and Scotland
  • Unit 7: Recording your genealogy
  • Unit 8: Publishing and sharing your information
For further details check out the website at :

Friday, May 20, 2011

Photo Detective Webinar - Free

@FamilyTreeMag: Got mystery photos? Get ID tips in our free Photo Detective Live! webinar with Maureen Taylor. Watch @ Shared via Tweetcaster

Auckland Happenings

@Auckland_Libs: Interested in genealogy? Want to learn how your first NZ ancestors arrived here? Janelle discusses 'Passenger Lists' Shared via Tweetcaster

Old Bailey

From Twitter @InsideHistory: Robert Shoemaker talking about the Old Bailey Online project in Melbourne 30 June - #iwannagoiwannago via @wragge Shared via Tweetcaster

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Have I bitten off more than I can chew?

Look before you leap should be my motto but I am impulsive.

This morning I was reflecting on a post I made on May 3, Elusive Events, in which I wrote "I dream of an online calendar that lists all events that may be suitable for budding and experienced  Australian genealogists. Something based on the Geneawebinars Blog would seem to fit the bill...but who will take responsibility for such a resource?"

That post attracted a number of comments one of which from  Elizabeth O'Neal said..."The only way to find out is to give it a try". I also thank Judy Webster who gave some useful tips in a comment on that Elusive Events post, as I get going  I will  employ these.

I set up a blog, GeniAusEvents and let it rest. This morning when I was fiddling with my Google calendars I thought I may as well give it a go. So I set up GeniAusEvents Google calendar, added a couple of events and pasted the code at the bottom of my template. The calendar will be visible at the bottom of each page of this blog. Hey presto, another blog is born.

I am not promising that this will be a comprehensive list but, as I monitor quite a few mailing lists, blogs and twitter I hear about a number of things that may be of use.

The focus of this blog will be events of interest to Australian Genealogists including conferences, excursions, family reunions, lectures, open days and seminars. This is by no means a comprehensive list but a listing of events that I come across on my genealogical journey. As I live in NSW it may have a bias towards that state.

Blogs should be collaborative in nature so I hope that my GeniMates will let me know via Facebook, email, Twitter (@geniaus)  or comments on this or the Geniaus blog of events to be included in the calendar. In time I may consider giving some GeniMates access to the blog to add their own events.

This blog will not become an advertising vehicle for commercial enterprises. Facilitating it is my mode of volunteering and giving back to the generous genealogy community.

I will trial this blog for a few months and if the task is too onerous or I don't have sufficient content I will call it quits. I hope that won't be the case.

Nothing ventured, Nothing Gained is another motto of mine.