Jill Ball alias Geniaus has issued a challenge to other bloggers so we can share the positive results of our genealogical activities in 2012. I thought I would give it a go:
1. An elusive ancestor I found was Catherine Young (nee Carroll). She’s always been really difficult to trace in records but I finally found her death record. Now to find her birth and marriage records!
2. A precious family photo I found is one my mum sent me of my maternal Grandmother (Kathleen Hacker) which I’d never seen before.
3. An ancestor’s grave I found…not a grave so much but information about the death of a great great uncle Charles Hunt (see below).
4. An important vital record I found was the newspaper report into the death of Charles Hunt on the 7th December 1899 who was “accidentally shot by a pistol”.
5. A newly found family member who shared her knowledge with me was Jane Bate, we are distantly related through my great-grandfathers’ sister, Ada Selina Harriet Young.
6. A geneasurprise I received was winning a place on a 10 week creative writing course for family history which was brilliant!
7. My 2012 blog post that I was particularly proud of was this one, written about my maternal grandfather’s diary and his relationship with my grandmother.
8. My 2012 blog post that received a large number of hits or comments is the one about the Landport Drapery Bazaar in Portsmouth.
9. A new piece of software I mastered was nothing I’m afraid!
10. A social media tool I enjoyed using for genealogy was Google +
11. A genealogy conference/seminar/webinar from which I learnt something new was the Creative Writing course I attended (virtually!).
12. I am proud of the presentations – not me
13. A journal/magazine article I had published was – not me
14. I taught a friend how to use – not me
15. A genealogy book that taught me something new was the ones I read for my Creative Writing course.
16. A great repository/archive/library I visited was … it’s been a long time since I’ve visited anything but I found the Local Studies Library at the Wiltshire Record Office incredibly helpful via email.
17. A new genealogy/history book I enjoyed was … see 15.
18. It was exciting to finally meet so many … not me.
19. A geneadventure I enjoyed was my online course, it really re-ignited my passion for family history.
20. Another positive I would like to share is I received an annual worldwide membership of Ancestry for Christmas so I’m hoping to make some big discoveries this year!