This meme is courtesy of Geniaus.
1. An elusive ancestor I found out more about was James Heeps. When I visited Elmore, Victoria, Australia in January this year I was given two books which gave details of his business and family life in Elmore. I was also able to identify the grave of James and his wife Tamar at the Elmore cemetery from the records held at the Elmore Museum.
2. A precious family photo I found was a postcard sent to me from my cousin Betsy. It is a picture of my Grandma when she was a little girl.
3. An ancestor’s grave I found was – see number one.
4. An important vital record I found was my 2x great grandfather, Heinrich Franz Rudolph Buring’s, christening record.
5. A newly found family member, Michael, is sharing precious photos with me. Here is a photo of my 3x great grandmother Tamar Heeps. She is someone I’ve felt close to as I research her life but I never expected to see a photo of her. There were a few tears shed when I received this photo.
Here is the post I wrote about Michael contacting me. http://blog.kyliesgenes.com/2012/08/connecting-cousins/
6. A geneasurprise I received was – see number five.
7. My 2012 blog post that I was particularly proud of was of my 2x great grandfather who I mentioned in question 4.
8. My 2012 blog post that received a large number of hits or comments – don’t know
10. A social media tool I enjoy using for genealogy is Google Plus.
11. A genealogy conference from which I learnt something new was the 2012 Congress here in Adelaide, South Australia.
12. I am proud of the presentation I gave to the Olive Grove group at Croydon United Church.
13. A journal/magazine article I had published – none
14. I taught a friend how to take a screenshot of a web page and save it as a .jpg or .png file.
15. A genealogy book that taught me something new was – Forensic Genealogy by Colleen Fitzpatrick.
16. A great repository/archive/library I visited – I didn’t get to any new libraries this year but in January next year I am going to Canberra, Australia for two weeks and will be spending a lot of time at the National Library and the Archives too.
17. A new genealogy/history book I enjoyed was Inside History magazine.
18. It was exciting to finally meet Jill Ball aka Geniaus (who started this meme), Judy Webster, Alona Tester and many others at the Genealogy Congress.
19. A geneadventure I enjoyed was visiting Maryborough, Majorca, and McCallum’s Creek in Victoria, Australia and seeing where my ancestors lived and worked in the gold mines.
20. Another positive I would like to share is the camaraderie I feel with other family history researchers and the love and support they showed me when my grandson, Josiah, was sick. Thank you all so much. He’s much better now, his kidneys are no longer inflamed and the blockage is cleared so at this stage he doesn’t require surgery and goes back for another checkup in March 2013.