Saturday, May 12, 2012

Trout Fishing in the ....

Photo courtesy of Picture Queensland

Group of women and girls watching a man fishing on the Maroochy River, Queensland, ca. 1900-1910

Movies....I've seen a few....this post's title is a bit of a pun on Salmon Fishing in the Yemen which was on my to see list until someone unthinkingly told me the ending about a spoiler!!

Anyway, back to my point.  The photo above is of fishing - not necessarily for trout - and in fact probably not. Why?  Well there is a logic in my meanderings here ...bear with me.  This morning I had the pleasure of attending for the first time the Scottish Interests Group at QFHS.  There was a most interesting presentation on the Scottish Potato Famine - yes, there was a potato famine in Scotland too....this may be one of many reasons that your Scottish ancestors emigrated to Australia or indeed another country.  Here is a link to Professor Tom Devine discussing Scottish migration if you'd like to know more.

Special Interest Groups or SIGs as we call them at QFHS are another great way of finding out more about your family history and helping you knock down brickwalls.  SIGs provide an opportunity for you to meet with other Society members who are researching the same area as you and who might be able to help.  The first part of the meeting today was devoted to a formal presentation and then members were invited to share their success stories and their brickwalls.

Many useful resources are discussed - for example Catch the Moments - the 3rd Australasian Scottish Genealogy Conference Papers were recommended today.  You can find them in the library at P2 22 27. Or you can buy them here

There's so much I could tell you but if you are like me you really only learn by doing, which leads me to my next point.  One of our foundation members, Ann Swain together with her husband Tony, runs a workshop every year called The Trout Game.  You may have heard Ann on Thursday nights at 9:30pm on 4BC 1116AM. The idea behind the Trout Game is to open your mind to other types of resources you may not have considered using and so assist you with your brickwalls.  And you don't use computers - can you believe it?????  Yes, we used to be able to do family history before the invention of the computer and still get results!

The Trout Game is on next Sunday 20 May at the QFHS Library Gaythorne in Brisbane from 10am to 4pm.  Cost $5. Cheap as chips I say.  You need to book (07) 3352 5537.  So go on - pick up the phone now. Don't let this one get away!

PS The next Scottish SIG meeting will be held 14 July 10am at the QFHS Library.  Happy Family History Fishing!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Imagine my surprise...

Photo courtesy of Karva Javi on Flickr
I love a good surprise.   The past couple of weeks have been a hive of feverish activity as I struggle to finish my assessment work for Uni, start a new full-time job and stay on top of my commitments to the Research team at the Queensland Family History Society.

I finished my last assignment last night for this Semester's course - Information Service Management and hopped into bed wreathed in that sense of virtuousness which is so short lived when one realizes that one still has two subjects to go before one is finished with literature reviews and the like.

As a special treat I opened my copy of Inside History which arrived in the post that day and which I had been studiously avoiding reading until the assignment was finished.

It looked a great edition from the cover - an article about the Salvation Army Family Tracing Service which I'd only be promoting last weekend at a Library Assistants' Meeting at QFHS.  I was also pleased to see that marvellous Goulds now stocks the FlipPal mobile scanner which I have been lusting after for quite some time.  Inside History has a competition to win one which makes it even more of a good reason to subscribe to the magazine today.  I agreed with Neville Fogg who wrote the star letter to the editor that magazine is to be commended for its covers which are very eye-catching and seductive to family historians/those interested in history.  There was a great article on the team behind the fabulous website Historypin and of course I love their calendar of events around Australia.

So where was the surprise?  Well one of the articles was about 50 Blogs you need to follow and I was pleased to see Twigs of Yore and The Tree of Me and Shauna Hicks blog and Judy Webster's blog but imagine my surprise when I saw the baby of the bunch - THIS VERY BLOG - in the list.  A big thank you to Jill Ball and the Inside History team for plucking this little blog from the mire of anonymity and popping it into the limelight surrounded by such legends.  We are very chuffed and very excited.

May is turning into a very good month indeed!