Graham Jensen In recording the histories of his fifteen original ancestors arrivals in Australia in his book 'Leaving the Shore', Graeme has given each person context, placed himself in their shoes and produced enjoyable and engaging stories. He shared his experiences with the group and offered these hints:
- Define the project, ie, 15 original ancestors.
- Set a project timeline - otherwise family research has the potential to go on forever.
- Make the information an engaging and enjoyable experience for the reader.
- The process of doing family research can give an unexpected sense of connection to the past.
- The background reading that gives character context is quite enjoyable.
- The National Library is an excellent resource and includes many family histories written by other genealogy sleuths. In this case, Graham found many references to relatives, including to James Weaver, his first ancestor to arrive in Australia.
- Graham also offered his genealogists resource books for borrowing.
Barry O'Connor Barry is constantly updating his family history .. as are we all. He recently had contact with a cousin which resulted in considerably more family information.
So it was interesting to hear Barry's hints on organising new information, as well as other broader suggestions.
- Separate information into maternal and paternal branches.
- Create a separate section in the records folder for "new" information.
- This new information can then be sorted by individual ancestors.
- Systematically update the data on each ancestor - a big task.
- Barry also suggested:
- include a statement acknowledging records, books, notes etc will have gaps.
- Like Graham, draw a line under research.
- Download ancestor data from Ancestry.com in alphabetical order. (Finding the Alphabetical List of Names on Ancestry.com (Barry O'Connor)
Andi Stevenson Andi has used her family data, including photos, to create a fascinating family tree. Copies have been printed and framed to be gifts for extended family members. While keen to share the information she has, Andi is also mindful that not all family members share her level of interest. So, for anyone thinking about creating and gifting family trees, here are Andi's hints:
- CorelDRAW is relatively easy to use and offers many tree design options (there is 15 day a free-trial version).
- Go easy on expenditure if you are gifting to a few people, and you know some people might not be that interested. Andi used A3 certificate frames and medium quality paper - inexpensive and elegant.
- Photos in family trees can stimulate interesting talking points, for example, noting similar facial features, and the development of photography over time.
- Non-reflective glass can make a difference.
David Hall spoke on the Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland - a project to recreate the Irish Public Records Office records. David's slideshow presentation is available here. David has suggested the following of links to the group:
- A news item covering the project.https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/irish-virtual-record-treasury
- A review by Irish Genealogist John Grenham.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-FAfkJBX-o&t=6s
- I have also had a brief look at some of his other YouTube posts, that look to be very useful.https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh1WNp17x-hGdMdbpChrE6Q
- A brief outline of using the site.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0PSa_Ugb3c
- The site itself.https://virtualtreasury.ie/