In a recent blog post, Jill Ball (GeniAus) invited us to Accentuate the Positive Geneameme 2014, in other words, to concentrate on our positive achievements in the world of genealogy. If you would like to join in, her instructions are to respond to the following statements/questions in a blog post. Write as much or as little as you want or just answer a few questions. Once you have done so please share your post’s link in a comment on Jill’s original post or to her via email to Jillballau@gmail.com. You only need to respond to the questions that you feel are relevant. Here is my version.
1. An elusive ancestor that I found was – after 37 years of searching I discovered that John and Florence Braund were my 7 x great grandparents on my direct paternal line – never give up!
2. A precious family photo I found was – not an old photo but I have been creating my own, including one of my daughters, their husbands and my grandchildren – precious without doubt.
3. An ancestor’s grave I found was – someone else’s ancestors but I have located gravestones for my One Place Study that had been removed to private gardens. These will shortly be added to our database.
4. An important vital record I found was – for my One Name Study this time – a lease that proved a vital link. This source is not online – look beyond your computer.
5. A newly found family member shared – this year I have met, literally and virtually, several people whose ancestors came from my ‘one place’ – what a joy to exchange information.
6. A geneasurprise I received was – being voted the UK gold medallist in Anglo-Celtic Connections’ poll for genealogical rockstars – still reeling from this one.
7. My 2014 blog post that I was particularly proud of was – the one about grandparenthood that I wrote when my grandson was born.
8. My 2014 blog post that received a large number of hits or comments was – the one for ‘O’, written as part of the A to Z blogging challenge. ‘O is for Ownership – do you own your family tree?’ which had 538 views.
9. A new piece of software I mastered was – not exactly software but I can now set up a Hangout-on-Air.
10. A social media tool I enjoyed using for genealogy was – I finally feel that I have got to grips with Google+.
11. A genealogy conference/seminar/webinar from which I learnt something new was – I have learnt a great deal from sharing ideas on the series of Hangout-on-Air by the Society for One-Place Studies.
12. I am proud of the presentation I gave at/to – it is hard to choose just one but I have to mention my presentation at British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottowa because it is the first I have delivered remotely.
13. A journal/magazine article I had published was – here I will mention the One Place Studies article I wrote for Discover Your Ancestors Periodical in April.
14. I taught a friend how to – access Google+ so they could join in my online course about early twentieth century research.
15. A genealogy book that taught me something new was – not exactly a genealogy book but a wonderful gift from someone whose ancestors came from my place, which describes the experiences of nineteenth century emigrants to Canada.
16. A great repository/archive/library I visited was – I have to say my own local archive, North Devon Record Office, which sadly now is under the threat of closure.
17. A new genealogy/history book I enjoyed was – ‘The Girl on the Wall: one life’s rich tapestry’. The author, Jean Baggott, born in the 1930s, constructed an elaborate tapestry illustrating memories of her own life and local and national events of the era. The book explains each image (there are more than 70). I do not have the skills or the eyesight (32 point canvas) for the sewing aspect but a wonderful framework in which to record recent family history.
18. It was exciting to finally meet – the latest member of the family, my grandson Edward Leo.
19. A geneadventure I enjoyed was – My research looking for descendants of the victims of a shipwreck led to a wonderful day when those descendants and I met Princess Anne.
20. Another positive I would like to share is – I am thrilled that my project to encourage eighty ladies to write their memories of the years 1946-1969 has led to the creation of a cohesive, supportive group of women who are so enthusiastic about the project.