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Accentuate the Positive ~ 2020

A bit late to the party as usual, but I couldn’t resist taking part in Geniaus Jill Ball’s Accentuate the Positive geneameme this year. And of all years to be late, it was the tenth anniversary of starting my blog, exactly one month ago on 3rd January. (The posts may be few and far between lately, but I’m still here!)

The last twelve months have certainly been… interesting. In terms of genealogy, there have been some definite highlights, despite the cancellation of events I had planned to attend in person.

Just before lockdown, I gave my first genealogy presentation, and now have a webinar lined up for February 10th (10am GMT, 11pm NZDT) as part of the IHGS Diamond Jubilee events. If you’d like to learn more about using historical newspapers for family and local history research, there are still a few places left. There are some wonderful tutorials on offer over the week, all presented by current and former students and IHGS staff, plus their ongoing tutorial program.

Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies - 60 years of family history education

Last year Findmypast asked me to join their Friends of Findmypast program as a Global Ambassador, and I’m thrilled to be part of the Down Under team highlighting the records you can find, plus news and upcoming events such as their Facebook Live sessions. (Disclaimer: As an ambassador for Findmypast, I receive a free subscription.) To start the year off, I’m taking over the Findmypast Twitter account this Saturday, February 6th (that’s Waitangi Day for us Kiwis) from 8pm to 10pm NZDT. Pop along and say hi!

Friends of Findmypast Twitter takeover with Maggie Gaffney

What else happened for me in 2020 (from a family history perspective)?

1.  An elusive ancestor who continues to remain elusive is my great great grandmother, Elizabeth Rose. According to her children’s birth registrations, she was either born in Northumberland, England, or South Africa, and I’ve been unable so far to pinpoint her likely parents in either place. However, some DNA matches on that line have given me hope that we might be able to crack that one this year.

2.  Some great newspaper finds were shipping intelligence reports, detailing the comings and goings of passengers and goods aboard ships sailing to New Zealand. I’m hoping I can identify which voyage my ancestor Michael McGonnell crewed on to reach New Zealand.

3.  A geneajourney I planned but didn’t take was a trip to Christchurch for their inaugural Family History Expo in August. While some of the talks moved online, it was a shame to miss out on the social aspect as well as the family history research I had planned. Still, there’s hope for this year’s event!

4.  I located an important record, a transcript of the memoir of Henry Rose, captain of the Mermaid, which brought immigrants to New Zealand during the 19th century, among them my great great grandparents, Martin Burke and Ann Philp. And just this week I’ve found a published account of his life based on the memoir, written by Karen Slade: Driven by the Wind – The Memoir of Captain Henry Rose.

Captain Henry Rose

Captain Henry Rose, image from Cyclopedia of New Zealand, 18971

5  A geneasurprise I received was being invited to join the #ANZAncestryTime team to help with a weekly Down Under twitter chat on Tuesday evenings. It’s been lovely to connect with genies on this side of the world, and we often have others from around the globe popping in.

6.   My 2020 posts were few in number but the blog page that I was particularly proud of was my Family History month calendar of events – it took a while to set up, but I’m hopeful it will be easier next time, and that it might prove useful to readers. At least it will help me keep up with all the events going on.
Family History Month ~ August 2020 Events Calendar

8.  A new piece of technology or skill I mastered was using Lucidchart to build DNA relationship charts to help visualise the connections for a DNA tester. Thanks to Angie Bush for the inspiration, and Blaine Bettinger for his helpful webinar!

9. I joined the Fife Family History society, and look forward to making the most of my membership this year.

10. A genealogy education session or event from which I learnt something new was all the Scottish Indexes conferences. There were so many opportunities last year for online learning, but I think the Scottish Indexes conferences were a standout, from the way they were organised to the range of speakers and topics. Plus, global timezone friendly!

11. A DNA discovery I made was matching with descendants of my great great grandmother, Elizabeth Rose, and identifying more of her siblings. I hadn’t looked at that family line for some time, and there were definitely some (shockingly large) gaps in my old research.

12. A new genealogy/history book I enjoyed was Kirsty Wilkinson’s Finding Your Scottish Ancestors, and I’ll be using some of her tips to sort out my Nicholson and Philp familes in Fife.
Finding Your Scottish Ancestors - a book by Kirsty F Wilkinson

13. Zoom gave me an opportunity to attend international conferences and presentations that I wouldn’t have had access to in person, plus take part in Talking Family History sessions during lockdown and beyond.

14. I am excited for 2021 because I’ll be studying for the IHGS Diploma in Genealogy as their first overseas-based student, and hopefully passing the exam.

Thanks to Jill for the opportunity once again to focus on the positive aspects of the last twelve months.  Check out Geniaus Jill’s page to read contributions from other genies.

  1. “Captain Henry Rose”, The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District], (The Cyclopedia Company Limited, 1897); digitised publication by New Zealand Electronic Text Centre (http://nzetc.victoria.ac.nz/tm/scholarly/tei-Cyc01Cycl-t1-body-d4-d14-d6.html : accessed 3 Feb 2021).

Family History Month 2020

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The (genetic) force is strong in this one ~ Ann Philp of Fife

Back in March I got to hear several presentations from Angie Bush, and I loved the way she presented DNA matches in charts using Lucidchart. So, I thought it might be interesting to try it out on one of my father’s family lines where he has quite a few matches.

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Genie Party on the Sunshine Coast ~ Family History Down Under 2021

Family History Down Under is taking place on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia, on March 22 – 26 in 2021. If you’ve not been to a large genealogy conference before, this would be an amazing place to start.

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Samuel Lewis Atlas of Ireland, portion of County Kerry

One index is not like the other

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Blaine Bettinger at DNA Down Under in Sydney 2019

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I’ve just spend three days attending the DNA to the Max event in Sydney, part of Unlock the Past’s DNA Down Under roadshow.  My verdict: phenomenal!

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Auckland Family History Expo ~ 2019

Auckland Libraries and the New Zealand Society of Genealogists (NZSG) Computing Group organise the annual Auckland Family History Expo, as part of the August’s Family History month festivities here in New Zealand. Last time I attended was two years ago, so I was looking forward to this year’s event.

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1857 marriage register entry for George Tunnecliff and Elizabeth Barber, Auckland (NZ Births, Deaths & Marriages 1857/929)

George Tunnecliffe of Taranaki — and Tean?

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series The Tunnecliffes of Taranaki

My 3 x great grandfather George Tunnecliffe (or Tunnecliff/Tunnicliff/Tunnicliffe) arrived in New Zealand aboard the Dinapore, landing in Auckland on 5th of August 1857. Three days later he married a fellow passenger, Elizabeth Barber, and they made their home in the province of Taranaki.

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Family History Month 2019

August is Family History Month in New Zealand and Australia, and there’s quite a bit going on for both hardened researchers and those just starting out. Here are a few events happening in the Wellington region and a couple further afield.

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The Travelling Genie

It’s been over a month since we arrived back from a family trip to the UK, where I managed to squeeze in a few genealogy-related activities.

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