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Accentuate the Positive ~ 2021

Given the madness of recent times, it’s lovely to take up the invitation Jill Ball aka GeniAUS has extended to everyone – to celebrate and share all the positives of the last year with her geneameme Accentuate the Positive.


  1. I got the most joy from my study buddies/partners in crime Pam and Zoë who helped me through the IHGS Diploma in Genealogy course this year.  It was a crazy year of work, study, assignments, and a hefty dollop of stress, and those two kept me (relatively) sane and made it such a fun experience.
  2. The Covid situation gave me an opportunity to view many talks and presentations I wouldn’t have been able to see otherwise, and also connect with other genealogists around the world.  Plus, I got to study with IHGS and sit the diploma exam via Zoom.
  3. I managed to attend a face to face event at the Palmerston North Genealogy Research Day in April, helping out on the Scottish Interest Group stand.  It was marvellous getting out and about and catching up with people in person, even if it was only two hours up the road!  And then in August I travelled to Auckland for their Family History Expo just before we all went into lockdown again.
  4. My main focus this year was on study, study, study.
  5. A new piece of technology or skill I mastered was finally getting to grips with Disk Utility on my Macbook.
  6. A geneasurprise received was being contacted by a second cousin once removed and having a wonderful afternoon chatting to her about our O’Rourke family.
  7. A Facebook Group that helped me was the private group three of us set up for our diploma studies this year.
  8. My 2021 social media post that I was particularly proud of was one about my 3x great grandfather Thomas Gaffney and the quest for his final resting place.
  9. A new genealogy/history book I am enjoying is Vincent O’Malley’s Voices from the New Zealand Wars He Reo nō ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa which I bought a couple of months ago and finally have the time to read.  A stunning book, recommended!
  10. I was impressed by my passing all three sections of assessment and being awarded a Diploma in Genealogy.  I did harbour some doubts during the year of it actually happening.
  11. A great journal or newspaper article I found was John Schuerman’s article on The Arches and Knolls families in Lancashire and Yorkshire in the 12th-14th centuries (available online on the fantastic Some notes on medieval English genealogy website), which helped me unravel a few mysteries on a pedigree I was working on.
  12. I got the most value from this subscription: Essex Archives Online, which enabled me to complete the research task requirement for the diploma.  Other subscriptions were also of huge benefit to my studies this year: Findmypast, Ancestry, The Genealogist and RootsIreland.
  13. I progressed my DNA research with a four day Masterclass with Angie Bush, Blaine Bettinger, and Jonny Perl, along with locals Cate Pearce (Perth) and Elena Falla Fowler (Auckland).  This event was originally scheduled for 2020, was postponed till 2021, and went ahead via Zoom as travel restrictions meant our speakers couldn’t attend in person.  Organised by Fiona Brooker, Michelle Patient and Paul Alpe, this was an intensive deep-dive into DNA – absolutely fabulous.  I think my brain was wrecked for several days afterwards.
  14. I taught a genimate how to get more out of researching newspapers, and the Irish Valuation Office records.  At least, I hope those attending the two talks I gave this year (as part of the IHGS Diamond Jubilee celebrations) may have picked up a tip or two.
  15. A blog post that taught me something new was all of them.  There were so many posts and articles I’ve read online this year, I couldn’t even begin to choose one of them.
  16. A DNA discovery I made was more cousins, lots more cousins, though I’ve yet to identify exactly how all of us connect.  A task for the year ahead.
  17. A newly found family member shared stories and identified individuals in some family photos.
  18. I finally found ……… six feet under: the elusive Thomas Gaffney.  At least, I think we have.
  19. I splashed out and purchased several reference books for my diploma studies.  Several are available in digital format, but I really needed hard copies for the exam, and they’re so much more satisfying to use.
  20. Another positive I would like to share is I’m a 1921 England & Wales Census ambassador for Findmypast and just a little bit excited for the release on January 6th (00:01 GMT / 13:01 NZDT)!

Findmypast - home of the 1921 England and Wales Census

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 join in too.

Accentuate the Positive ~ 2016

The last year has been a crazy busy year full of study and work and moving countries. It’s been lovely to look back and see that I actually did manage to cram in some genealogy fun as well. An elusive ancestor I found was… not an ancestor, but a relative – a missing baby I…

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My Genealogy Year 2014 ~ Accentuate the Positive!

Once again Jill Ball aka GeniAUS has encouraged everyone to celebrate their positives of the last year with her geneameme Accentuate the Positive, instead of focussing on all those things that didn’t quite happen. Here’s how 2014 panned out for me… An elusive ancestor I found was Elizabeth Barber, my 3 x great grandmother. Well,…

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Tunnicliffe? Tunnecliffe? Tonacliffe? ~ Surname Saturday

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series The Tunnecliffes of Taranaki

It’s fascinating where surnames originated and how they evolved. In April I posted about my 3 x great grandfather, George Tunnecliff. Or was it Tunnecliffe? With an ‘e’, or without? What was the “correct” surname? My last lot of assignments for IHGS were all centred around surnames, and since we could pick a couple of…

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Who Do You Think You Are? Live, London

I have just spent two wonderful days at Who Do You Think You Are? Live in London. I had promised myself last year that I would attend all three days in 2014, but with the days changing from Friday – Sunday to Thursday – Saturday, it was all a bit tricky, so two days again…

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Who Do You Think You Are? Live : Day Two

Saturday was another busy day at  Who Do You Think You Are? Live.  I had three talks booked, as well as an Ask the Expert session, but otherwise had more time than Friday to wander around the stands and catch up with some friends. First up for me was “Your Irish Ancestors and the Law”,…

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Who Do You Think You Are? Live : Day One

Last weekend I attended the Who Do You Think You Are? Live exhibition held at the Olympia in London.  It runs for three days, and I went along for the Friday and Saturday. What struck me on Friday was how CRAZY busy it was in comparison to last year.  I like going on the Friday,…

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My Genealogy Year 2012 : Accentuate the Positive!

Jill from Geniaus came up with a wonderful idea to celebrate the high points of 2012:  Accentuate the Positive 2012 Geneameme, rather than concentrate on what we didn’t achieve during the year. So instead of feeling a bit depressed over all the things I didn’t quite manage to do this year, I get to feel…

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What, June already? ~ (Very Un) Sorting Saturday

I don’t seem to be doing very well on blog posting lately!  I’d love to say that it’s because I’ve been concentrating on my IHGS assignment work, but that’d be a big fat lie.  There has been some family history research going on though, however not much filing and recording. Most of the research I’ve…

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Anything but Filing ~ Sorting Saturday

I had planned to tackle some filing today, but I seemed to have found a myriad of things to do instead! I’ve just installed a WordPress plugin called Organise Series, so that it’s easier for my readers to follow a series of posts that I write on a particular topic. My Brosnahan posts are ideal…

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