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#ANZAncestryTime Getting to know you post

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  Sue Wyatt suggested we blog about our interests as well as Tweeting tonight.  She's having a break from compiling the Tweets from our weekly get-togethers and this might make her task a bit easier when she resumes.   So it's a good opportunity to reflect on the following prompts:   Tell us about yourself and how you became interested in family history.  I blame my parents for getting me into family history ;) I was put on a microfilm reader at Mitchell Library at the age of 15 to look for a photo of my g/grandfather. Over 40 years later Walter (Dick) Forfar still gives me trouble. Tell us about your research interests and where your ancestors came from. My ancestors were English, Scottish, Irish, & Welsh. Some were convicts. My husband's tree led me to research in Barbados. My g/mother and her sisters were swimmers in their youth. I have written about them here What project are you working on currently? Do you have a favourite branch of family or ancestor?  M

Z is for Zoom #AtoZchallenge

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  Welcome to Day 26 of the  #AtoZChallenge.  Don't know what the AtoZChallenge is? Find out more here. My theme is about Family History Societies.  What they are, How they work, Who is in them, Why they exist. And which ones begin with Z !   Zion Genealogical Society of Lake County (Illinois) Family Organizations beginning with Z (Family Search Wiki)  Z is for Zoom How great is Zoom ???   How would we have survived without Zoom?   Zoom has had so many unexpected benefits for us.  It has enabled us to serve our regional members more effectively - nearly 40% of our membership base.  It has enabled us to have management committtee meetings in the comfort of our own home.     Members can now attend meetings from the comfort of their own homes without having to drive in the dark at night or step out into the cold in winter.   Of course nothing beats face to face contact but until we have the virus under control (if ever) this is better than the proverbial poke in the eye with the burnt

Y is forYouTube #AtoZchallenge

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    Welcome to Day 25 of the  #AtoZChallenge.  Don't know what the AtoZChallenge is? Find out more here. My theme is about Family History Societies.  What they are, How they work, Who is in them, Why they exist. And which ones begin with Y !   Societies beginning with Y Young and District Family History Society    Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society    Family Organizations beginning with Y (Family Search Wiki)  Y is for YouTube Who hasn't consulted YouTube when they're stuck for knowledge?  As a Librarian I used it all the time; for my own use and to recommend to patrons.     My husband uses it when he has computer problems or wants to know how to fix the car or lawnmower.  I use it for refreshing my memory on knitting techniques or for inspiration.  As a university student you may have noticed that libraries make use of YouTube to guide their students in the use of the catalogue or how to navigate their way around the course management software.     It is an in

X is for Xtinction, Xpertise and Xcite #A-ZChallenge

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  Welcome to Day 24 of the  #AtoZChallenge.  Don't know what the AtoZChallenge is? Find out more here . My theme is about Family History Societies.  What they are, How they work, Who is in them, Why they exist. And which ones begin with X !  Um - none that I could find :(     Xtinction? Are we just facing the inevitable extinction of family history societies. In this day and age of labour saving devices and smart technology we seem to have less and less time.  Are Societies an old fangled concept, implying restricted access to information that should be free and shared anyway on the wonderful interweb? And yes, I am being deliberately provocative here.  Does family history even matter for goodness sake?   Can we ever learn from the past?  I am a slow learner at the best of times.  Maybe my time would be better employed in housework or making quilts and using up that wool I seem to be very good at collecting.  How can we not seem like quaint dinosaurs that are past their use by dat

W is for Website and Why #AtoZchallenge

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  Welcome to Day 23 of the  #AtoZChallenge.  Don't know what the AtoZChallenge is? Find out more here. My theme is about Family History Societies.  What they are, How they work, Who is in them, Why they exist. And which ones begin with W !   Societies beginning with W Australia Wagga Wagga & District Family History Society    West Gippsland Genealogical Society Inc.   West Australian Genealogical Society Inc.   UK Wakefield & District FHS    Wales Societies (Family Search Wiki)   Waltham Forest FHS   West Middlesex FHS    West Surrey FHS     Weston-Super-Mare & District FHS   Wigan Family and Local History Society   Wiltshire Family History Society    Woolwich & District FHS   USA Wake County Genealogical Society   Washington County Chapter Ohio Genealogical Society    Western Massachusetts Genealogical Society Inc.   Wichita Genealogical Society    Wisconsin State Genealogical Society    Family Organizations beginning with W (Family Search Wiki)    W is for Website

V is for Volunteers #A-ZChallenge

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Welcome to Day 22 of the  #AtoZChallenge.  Don't know what the AtoZChallenge is? Find out more here . My theme is about Family History Societies.  What they are, How they work, Who is in them, Why they exist. And which ones begin with V !   Societies beginning with V Victorian Association of Family History Organisations    Virginia Beach Genealogical Society    Virginia Genealogical Society    Family Organizations beginning with V (Family Search Wiki)      V is for Volunteers How many volunteers work for your Society?  I've just gone through our Who Does What List and counted 53.  Of those 53, 33 are wearing multiple hats.  And I mean multiple! Often up to 7 hats.  Sometimes that's just a liaison or contact point role.  It might mean going to a meeting once a year but many have quite demanding responsibilities e.g. running the education workshops, being on the management committee and running a special interest group.     I hasten to add that that list of 53 doesn't inc

U is for Ubiquotous and Us #AtoZchallenge

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  Welcome to Day 21 of the  #AtoZChallenge.  Don't know what the AtoZChallenge is? Find out more here. My theme is about Family History Societies.  What they are, How they work, Who is in them, Why they exist. And which ones begin with U !     Societies beginning with U USA Underhill Society of America    Clan Urquhart Association     Uthus Family History Group    Family Search Wiki United States Societies   Union Veterans' and Lineage Society Records    United States Military Veterans and Lineage Society Records   Ubiquitous Okay, so I just like that word and was looking for an excuse to use it.  Family History Societies are everywhere aren't they I think you will agree :)       Us  Most importantly societies are made up of us. And we are licorice allsorts  - that's for sure.  Everyone has something to contribute to a family history society.  We are all unique and have something to offer.  Harness the power of us!  You are a member of your society. Make sure you contr