Sunday, July 24, 2016

National Family History Month Blogging Challenge

It's National Family History Month next month and there's all sorts of fabulous events on around the country.  260 so far and no doubt more will be added in this last week. 

The members of the Australian Local and Family History Bloggers Group on Facebook agree that a blogging challenge would be a good idea during the month of August and here are the proposed themes:

Week 1 - Sunday 7 August - 9 August is Census Night in Australia.  What extraordinary things have you discovered about your ancestors in census records?

Week 2 - Sunday 14 August - Blogger Anne Young reminds us that 16 August 1891 was the date the Shearers' Strike Monument was dedicated. This week why don't you honour your working ancestors and the challenges they faced in their occupations.

Week 3 - Sunday 21 August - Significant military battles are commemorated during the month of August such as Mouquet Farm in WWI and Milne Bay in WW2.  The Australian Comforts Fund was also founded in August 1916.  Did your ancestors have connections to these places or battles?  Is there another anniversary or significant event that your family commemorates/remembers in August?

Week 4 - Sunday 28 August - Australian poet Dorothea Mackellar in her poem My Country talks of a "sunburnt country, a land of sweeping plains, of rugged mountain ranges, of droughts and flooding rains".  What does "country" or place mean to your family?  What makes your place unique or special? What are the features or landmarks  that stand out in your family history?

If these prompts leave you cold, but you have a burning passion to share some other aspect of or anniversary connected to local history or family history this month, please feel free to veer from the beaten track and share in the fun of the challenge.  

Feel free to download and proudly display the image/badge above which was created at Canva.com and let us know when you blog on the Australian Local and Family History Bloggers Group on Facebook .




3 comments:

Annie ODyne said...

Dorothea Mackellar in her poem My Country was responding to that 'Oh to be in England, now that Summer's there ... '.
Now that I have retired far from the main places of my life, to The 'Birthplace of Victoria' *where 8 or 12 of my GGGGGparents all landed in 1850's, I have a sense of that Spirit Of Place that indigenous people understand. I love driving daily past the very place where my direct ancestors were married in 1859.
*My Nan used to joke that "we helped the Hentys get their luggage off the boat".
I am happily anticipating the Census this year, having been ommitted from the previous 2 censuses (censii?). Good luck with yours little green FTF.

diane b said...

Sounds like fun. I wish that I had time to join in.

Cassmob (Pauleen) said...

Great idea Alex. Will join in if I get my papers written or perhaps recycle appropriate previous posts from years ago.