03 January 2013

'Accentuate the Positive' 2012 Geneameme

Glenelg jetty at sunset
Glenelg jetty at sunset
With the 'Accentuate the Positive' 2012 Geneameme, Jill (Geniaus) encourages us to focus on our recent genealogical achievements, not the things that are still on our To-Do list. If you want to join in, Jill's blog has the full list of 20 questions. Some were not relevant to me, so my list is shorter.

  • An elusive ancestor I found was Mary PEACOCK (nee HUGILL, born c.1813 Hull, Yorkshire, England) whom I finally found in the 1881 British census... incorrectly listed as UPRIGHT, her son-in-law's surname!

  • An important vital record I found was the 1841 death certificate of my gr-gr-gr-great-grandmother, Elizabeth Harley WEBSTER nee PORTER (widow of William WEBSTER, a dyer). She died at 5 Lawson Street, Great Dover Road (St Mary Newington, Surrey, England). The informant was Cecelia RUSHWORTH of Lambeth.

  • A geneasurprise I received was finding out (via FamilySearch) that Charles Peacock BOWSER (born in Stockton-on-Tees, Durham, England) died in Ontario, Canada. His mother Rebecca was a sister of my great-grandmother, Mary HUDSON nee PEACOCK.

  • My 2012 blog post that I was particularly proud of was... hmmm... either B is for Birth Place (a long list of sources that may mention an exact place of birth) or Year 1: Genealogy Benefits and Team Achievements (about the Genealogists for Families project).

  • My 2012 blog post that received a large number of hits was J is for Jurors and Justice Department (part of the Family History through the Alphabet series).

  • A social media tool I enjoyed using for genealogy was Twitter.

  • A genealogy conference/seminar/webinar from which I learnt something new... My top three for 2012 were the webinar Plan Your Way to Research Success by Marian Pierre-Louis; the Society of Australian Genealogists' 'Lost in England' seminar in Sydney; and the Australasian Congress on Genealogy and Heraldry in Adelaide.

  • I am proud of the presentation I gave to Coffs Harbour Family History Society (Nov 2012). It was the first time I'd done an all-day seminar on my own; and I was pleased to find that many of the sources and research strategies I described were new to my audience.

  • I taught a friend how to make the most of a one-day visit to Queensland State Archives.

  • A genealogy book that taught me something new was My Ancestor was a Bastard: A Family Historian's Guide to Sources for Illegitimacy in England and Wales (Ruth Paley, 2008).

  • A great repository I visited was Queensland State Archives - but I often go there, so 2012 was less exciting than 2011 when I made my first trip to the Borthwick Institute in York, England.

  • A new genealogy/history book I enjoyed was The New Findmypast.com.au: Gateway to the World Collection (Rosemary Kopittke, 2012).

  • It was exciting to finally meet many members of the 'Genealogists for Families' Kiva team. We held get-togethers for local and interstate members in Brisbane and Adelaide, and I also spent a very pleasant afternoon in Sydney with Julie Goucher before she flew home to the UK.

  • A geneadventure I enjoyed was a 'tourist day' after the Australasian Congress, when Sharn White, Helen Smith and I explored the historic town of Hahndorf near Adelaide. Afterwards Sharn and I caught a tram to Glenelg, arriving just in time to see a spectacular sunset. (My biggest genealogy adventure in a long time was in 2011, when I attended Yorksgen - something that I hope to do again in the future.)

  • Another positive I would like to share is that more than 16,000 names from three of my indexes to Archives sources will soon be included in the collection at FindMyPast.com.au.


  1. Congratulations on having your databases added to FMP...that will be a great help to many people. Lovely that you got to meet and socialise with people as well as researching away steadily...can't always be overseas I suppose,sadly.

    1. Thanks Pauleen. Yes, I'm delighted that FindMyPast asked for some of my data. Over 51,000 names from archival sources are listed on my Web site (with thousands more names to be added this year), but only a small portion of that data is suitable for inclusion at FindMyPast.

  2. It was great to meet you in Oct. perhaps we can meet up when I am next over.

    1. Ditto, Julie. The afternoon in Sydney went much too fast.

  3. A great year, Judy. Thankyou for joining the Geneameme challenge.

    Your crowning glory must be the work you have done with Genealogists for Families, your efforts for Kiva are a stellar achievement.

    Hope to meet up with you again this year.


    1. Thanks Jill. It is hard to believe that Genealogists for Families is not much more than a year old. It feels longer. :-) I certainly hope to catch up with you in person sometime this year (perhaps at the NSW and ACT State Conference, if not sooner).


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