I’m making a series of accessible, annotated videos for genealogy beginners. As someone who has a hearing impairment I despair at the lack of WELL captioned tv shows and dvds. The captions for youtube videos are laughable so I hope I can do better. This is my first one, hopefully they will improve as I go on.
Starting Your Online Family Tree
To read the on screen text it is best to watch the video in fullscreen mode.
A friend pointed me to the Willison Family Tree website http://www.willison.org/ which has Willisons in Scotland going back to about 1625. I have yet to find a connection to my family but there are two things in my favour.
On the Willison website it says that “by tradition the eldest son was named John” and I have four generations of John Willisons, the eldest sons. Also they were in Scotland as were my ancestors. And so the hunt continues!!
Here is a post I wrote previously about the meaning and history of the Willison name. http://kyliewillison.blogspot.com/2010/06/surname-database-willison-surname.html
A Utah company is using barcodes to help families honor the memory of their loved ones.With a headstone, there is only so much information that can be conveyed. There’s a name, a date, maybe an art-etching. With QR codes, however, people have access to videos, pictures and websites — anything the family wants to share about a deceased loved one.
Watch the video here- QR codes turn headstones into digital memorial to get the best understanding of what this is about.
I’ve seen the Ask Us service offered by the State Library before but I hadn’t really read and understood what they were offering. A great service for country genealogists or those who aren’t able to get to the library.
The AskUs service enables you to submit questions to our librarians who will attempt to provide you with helpful information. The basic research service is free although there are charges for copying.
Questions can be asked via phone or via a form on their website. The service can be used up to four times in a year. What they provide
Up to 1 hour of research on most enquiries. We may spend more time on enquiries which require researching materials unique to our Library.
Response time for inquiries is up to 7 – 10 working days.
Geniaus asked Aussie genealogy bloggers to continue this meme. Here is her post http://geniaus.blogspot.com/2011/09/99-things-genealogy-meme-aussie-style.html
The list should be annotated in the following manner:
Things you have already done or found: bold face type
Things you would like to do or find: italicise
Things you haven’t done or found and don’t care to: plain type
Here is my contribution:
- Belong to a genealogical society.
- Joined the Australian Genealogists group on Genealogy Wise
- Transcribed records.
- Uploaded headstone pictures to Find-A-Grave or a similar site.
- Documented ancestors for four generations (self, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents)
- Joined Facebook.
- Cleaned up a run-down cemetery.
- Joined the Genea-Bloggers Group.
- Attended a genealogy conference.
- Lectured at a genealogy conference.
- Spoke on a genealogy topic at a local genealogy society.
- Joined the Society of Australian Genealogists.
- Contributed to a genealogy society publication.
- Served on the board or as an officer of a genealogy society.
- Got lost on the way to a cemetery.
- Talked to dead ancestors.
- Researched outside the state in which I live.
- Knocked on the door of an ancestral home and visited with the current occupants.
- Cold called a distant relative.
- Posted messages on a surname message board.
- Uploaded a gedcom file to the internet.
- Googled my name. (and those of ancestors and distant cousins)
- Performed a random act of genealogical kindness.
- Researched a non-related family, just for the fun of it.
- Have been paid to do genealogical research.
- Earn a living (majority of income) from genealogical research.
- Wrote a letter (or email) to a previously unknown relative.
- Contributed to one of the genealogy carnivals.
- Responded to messages on a message board.
- Was injured while on a genealogy excursion.
- Participated in a genealogy meme.
- Created family history gift items (calendars, cookbooks, etc.).
- Performed a record lookup.
- Took a genealogy seminar cruise.
- Am convinced that a relative must have arrived here from outer space.
- Found a disturbing family secret.
- Told others about a disturbing family secret.
- Combined genealogy with crafts (family picture quilt, scrapbooking).
- Think genealogy is a passion not a hobby.
- Assisted finding next of kin for a deceased person.
- Taught someone else how to find their roots.
- Lost valuable genealogy data due to a computer crash or hard drive failure.
- Been overwhelmed by available genealogy technology.
- Know a cousin of the 4th degree or higher.
- Disproved a family myth through research.
- Got a family member to let you copy photos.
- Used a digital camera to “copy” photos or records.
- Translated a record from a foreign language.
- Found an immigrant ancestor’s passenger arrival record.
- Looked at census records on microfilm, not on the computer.
- Used microfiche.
- Visited the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
- Used Google+ for genealogy.
- Visited a church or place of worship of one of your ancestors.
- Taught a class in genealogy.
- Traced ancestors back to the 18th Century.
- Traced ancestors back to the 17th Century.
- Traced ancestors back to the 16th Century.
- Can name all of your great-great-grandparents.
- Found an ancestor on the Australian Electoral Rolls
- Know how to determine a soundex code without the help of a computer.
- Have found relevant articles on Trove.
- Own a copy of Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills.
- Helped someone find an ancestor using records you had never used for your own research.
- Visited the main National Archives building in Washington, DC.
- Visited the National Library of Australia.
- Have an ancestor who came to Australia as a ten pound pom.
- Have an ancestor who fought at Gallipoli.
- Taken a photograph of an ancestor’s tombstone.
- Can read a church record in Latin.
- Have an ancestor who changed his/her name.
- Joined a Rootsweb mailing list.
- Created a family website.
- Have a genealogy blog.
- Was overwhelmed by the amount of family information received from someone.
- Have broken through at least one brick wall.
- Done genealogy research at the War Memorial in Canberra.
- Borrowed microfilm from the Family History Library through a local Family History Center.
- Found an ancestor in the Ryerson index.
- Have visited the National Archives of Australia.
- Have an ancestor who served in the Boer War.
- Use maps in my genealogy research.
- Have a convict ancestor who was transported from the UK.
- Found a bigamist amongst the ancestors.
- Visited the National Archives in Kew.
- Visited St. Catherine’s House in London to find family records.
- Taken an online genealogy course.
- Consistently cite my sources.
- Visited a foreign country (i.e. one I don’t live in) in search of ancestors.
- Can locate any document in my research files within a few minutes.
- Have an ancestor who was married four times (or more).
- Made a rubbing of an ancestors gravestone.
- Followed genealogists on Twitter.
- Published a family history book (on one of my families).
- Learned of the death of a fairly close relative through research.
- Offended a family member with my research.
- Reunited someone with precious family photos or artifacts.
- Have a paid subscription to a genealogy database.
- Edited records on Trove.