Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Ready and Waiting...

With just 12 minutes to go I am sitting at my computer waiting for the first webinar from State Archives and Records NSW to commence. I am going to learn all about using their website. As is my practice I am early.

 If you hadn't heard the news that this institution will now be offering fre

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Yet more DNA

At the recent Rootstech Conference in Salt Lake City I did a cheek scrape in the Exhibit Hall under the watchful eye of Daniel Horowitz, Chief Genealogist for MyHeritage. Although I had tested with two other companies I was keen to share my genetic ancestry with another group. Thanks to MyHeritage for offering me the chance to test. I note on their DNA site that the current price for a MyHeritage DNA test is $AU103.

Yesterday when I opened my email box I found that my MyHeritage results were in but, as I had an urgent task to complete, I had to put the results aside .... however I did sneak a peek at my ethnicity results.

What is interesting is that they indicate that I am 1% Papuan (and my Ancestry results say 1% Pacific Islander). So perhaps the aboriginal, Biddy Sargeant (whom I am pretty sure is my 3x Great-Grandmother really is).I have always been fairly sure that Biddy was my 3x Great-Grandmother there is nothing on paper to document this. Perhaps DNA will give me an answer! When I shared this result on the Using DNA for Genealogy - Australia & NZ Facebook Group it resulted in quite a few comments and likes.

I didn't expect to find many matches on MyHeritage because it is a relatively newcomer in the DNA testing field but, when I logged in yesterday afternoon I found 27 matches, two of whom are from Australia, most from the USA and a few from the UK. One of these is a 4th cousin match on my Pusell line that I have confirmed on Gedmatch.

My genimate Pauleen had mentioned in the Facebook Group that she was uploading her results from another company to MyHeritage (I didn't know you could do it for free) so I decided to add Mum's DNA too....but to do this she needed to be in the MyHeritage database (more opportunities for matches!). No problem, I uploaded a gedcom of my direct ancestors and then, with Mum's name in the database, found adding her results a breeze. I am now waiting for her results to be processed - then I anticipate I'll have at least 28 matches. Mum's kit is listed on my profile.

Next task was to go through my matches. I went through them one by one looking at trees where available but only identified a connection with Michelle with whom I have been in communication for many years. The matches (which cn be sorted in a number of ways) are displayed 10 to a page (I think there's an option to change that). Take a look at my closest match - a man from the USA.

I need to examine the site further to see what other features are available. It's early days yet but, as I want to make as many connections as possible, I am pleased to have my data in another database.

Disclosure: I was given a complimentary DNA test by MyHeritage

Trove Tuesday - On the Move

The GeniAus family is on the move so I am on the lookout for tips to make the process a little more painful.... Trove to the rescue.

I entered the simple search "Moving house"into the Trove search box to see what I could find.

The first article was a bit blurry so I corrected the text which I will share.

Moving House.
THE problem of "making things flt" when changing houses can be very expensive if some ingenuity is not used by the housewife.
Linoleums that are too small should be treated frankly as squares, the edges trimmed neatly, and a order of enamel given to them as a finish. Such squares look well with a stained wood border.
If it is necessary to cut a seamless carpet, the best plan is to remove √† whole length of the border pattern
over-sewing the edges very carefully. Then cut away the length that is re-quired and replace the border neatly.
Stair carpets can be made to look wider by placing under them a strip of felt the width required.
If removing from an old-fashioned house to a modern one and the old-fashioned cornice poles have to give place to an infinite number of short casement rods, a good and cheap de-vice is to buy the required length of electric wiring conduit. This is steel tubing, and is very strong.
In cutting down long curtains a quick way to sew on the seemingly endless small rings (if by chance they
are used to-day) is to do it on the sew-ing machine when sewing the hem. Take a tiny piece of tape about an inch long, fold it in halves and put a ring through the loop thus formed. Tuck the two ends of the tape under the hem and machine them in. Thus for curtains too long.
Those too short can be bordered with contrasting material, and really make the room look nicer than the plain ones.

1929 'Moving House.', Advocate (Burnie, Tas. : 1890 - 1954), 3 January, p. 6. , viewed 28 Mar 2017,

1975 'Moving House', The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995), 3 October, p. 32. , viewed 28 Mar 2017,

1931 'MOVING HOUSE.', The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954), 17 July, p. 4. , viewed 28 Mar 2017,
Although some of this advice was given many years ago there is a lot of sense in what has been suggested.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Free Webinars from Familysearch

Pleased to share this news from Familysearch. Please note you will have to convert the times to your  current location.


 Free Family History Library Classes and Webinars for April 2017

Salt Lake City, Utah (21 March 2017), April is a great month to take a free family history class or webinar taught by specialists through the world reknowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Attend in person or online. Beginner or intermediate skill level, we bet you'll find something of interest. British, Portuguese, Finnish, Scottish, French, Chinese, Dutch, and US records-related classes are on tap. Take the introductory DNA class to help understand all the genetic genealogy excitement. And there are quite a few classes about how to get the most out of all the features and content on  Mark your calendars for events you want to join so you don't forget. Find and easily share this release online in the FamilySearch Newsroom
Online classes offered in the schedule below are noted as "Webinars". Webinar attendees need to click on the link next to the class title to attend the online class on the scheduled date and time. Those attending the Library in-person need to simply go to the room noted. Invite family and friends. All times are in Mountain Standard Time (MST). No registration is required.
Not able to attend a webinar live or in-person? Most sessions are taped and can be viewed later online at your convenience in the archive for Family History Library Classes and Webinars

Mon, 3-Apr,10:00 AM
Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner)
Mon, 3-Apr,1:00 PM
Overview of (Beginner)
Tue, 4-Apr,10:00 AM
Starting with the FamilySearch Family Tree: Navigating, Adding a Person, Standardizing, Views, Printing (Beginner)
Tue, 4-Apr,12:00 PM
British Research Case Study (Beginner)
Tue, 4-Apr, 2:00 PM
Chinese Genealogy and How to Start (In Chinese) (Beginner)
Wed, 5-Apr,11:00 AM
Ask Your United States Research Question (Beginner)
Mon, 10-Apr,10:00 AM
Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner)
Tue, 11-Apr,10:00 AM
What’s New at (Beginner)
Tue, 11-Apr,12:00 PM
Starting Chinese Genealogy (In English) (Beginner)
Tue, 11-Apr,2:00 PM
Exploring Death Notices in Norway (Intermediate)
Wed, 12-Apr,10:00 AM
French Language Records Indexing (1½ hrs) (Beginner)
Webinar  | M Lab
Wed, 12-Apr,12:00 PM
Tracing Ancestry in Scotland’s Heritable (Land) Records (Intermediate)
Wed, 12-Apr,2:00 PM
Marriage Customs and Records in Sweden (Beginner)
Wed, 12-Apr,4:00 PM
Using the Online Pennsylvania Archives (Beginner)
Thur, 13-Apr,1:00 PM
Scottish Naming Customs (Beginner)
Sat, 15-Apr,10:00 AM
Boy Scout Genealogy Merit Badge (1½ hrs.) To register go to
Sat, 15-Apr,1:00 PM
Conquistar la mitología: Usando fuentes (Beginner)
Mon, 17-Apr,10:00 AM
Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner)
Tue, 18-Apr,10:00 AM
Tips and Tricks for Using FamilySearch’s Historical Records (Beginner)
Wed, 19-Apr,10:00 AM
Dutch Language Records Indexing (1½ hrs) (Beginner)
Webinar  | M Lab
Wed, 19-Apr,1:00 PM
Beginning Finnish Research: A Case Study (Beginner)
Thur, 20-Apr,11:00 AM
Starting Family Tree: Research Help and Searching Records (Beginner)
Fri, 21-Apr,1:00 PM
How to Trace Scotland’s Poor (Intermediate)
Mon, 24-Apr,10:00 AM
Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner)
Tue, 25-Apr,11:00 AM
FamilySearch Wiki (Beginner)
Tue, 25-Apr,2:00 PM
Genetic Genealogy: An Introduction to DNA (Beginner)
Wed, 26-Apr,10:00 AM
Portuguese Language Records Indexing (1½ hrs) (Beginner)
Webinar  | M Lab
Wed, 26-Apr,2:00 PM
New York City Passenger Arrivals (Intermediate)
Thur, 27-Apr,10:00 AM
Genetic Genealogy: An Introduction to DNA (Beginner)
Thur, 27-Apr,1:00 PM
Your British/Irish Research Questions Answered (Beginner)
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