Thursday, April 16, 2009

12th AFFHO Congress - a veritable cornucopia of information

Marie Hickey from Auckland Research Centre attended the Australasian Congress on Genealogy and Heraldry from 16 – 20 January 2009.

I attended several talks/workshops. All of the papers (with some exceptions) are published in the Proceedings book Preserving the past for the future which can be found on the shelves in the Auckland Research Centre at 1 GEN.

The basis of the congress was a series of talks and workshops presented by an array of international and national speakers. During breaks attendees had time to speak to stall holders about their wares, websites and archives material. This was invaluable for the Auckland Research Centre as it gave us a chance to dispel the myth that material held relates just to Auckland. As a result of this and arranged visits to the library a number of attendees came in to ARC and had an enjoyable day/s.

John Grenham spoke about Irish census substitutes and the Irish Loan Fund records otherwise known as the Reproductive Loan Fund (not what it sounds). Some of the records for the latter have been digitised and can be found on the following website Click on “search our catalogue”, enter the surname in the “search for” box and tick Catalogue of digitised records which is to the right of this. This will bring up the results list and click on the link to be taken to the digitised image. [These instructions are not included in the paper]. A very useful source if your family are found.

Other talks included David Hey discussing apprenticeship records, Sherry Irvine - land records in Scotland, Cathy Pilgrim and the digitisation project of Australian newspapers. The presentation everyone talked about and were impressed by was Elaine Collins’ talking about the 1911 census by satellite.

Attendees tended to be from Australia or New Zealand but there were also a few from further afield. I found attendance well worthwhile as I was able to see and hear about some of the innovative ideas of what is happening in the world of family history as well as what will be available in the near future. Another plus for me was catching up with old friends but the downside was that we were very well fed so I’m sure most of us put on a little weight over the weekend.

These congresses occur every three years with the next being held in Adelaide, Australia so if you have an interest in family history this may be an event worth considering saving up for and perhaps combining it with a holiday.

Not all of the talks/workshop papers have been reproduced in the proceedings book but if we attended one of these, a brief outline will be available at the enquiry desk at ARC shortly.

Where Digital Technologies meet Roast Dinners: the 12th Australasian Congress on Genealogy and Heraldry

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Family tree

Take a look at my family tree

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Hot librarian from Springfield

I just found this on Flickr! I'm trying to put this pic on my blog. I'll also have to check out the 'Simpsomaker' site! There are such cool things out there in cyberspace! I don't really know where to begin - the possibilities are endless. I hope this is about 50 words already.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Playing around

This is a photo of my ex-boyfriend Kermy, he didn't handle the break up very well. Dad says if he doesn't get it together soon he will end up in my lunchbox

Here is my Dad, he has just got a new job and takes it really seriously.

I had to get some extra work so I now work part time in the weekends and at night working for the needy in the community

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Thing 23

Well here we are at the end. Initially getting your head around blogging took a bit of time for me, but as is usual, once you know how it is not an issue. There were some fun stuff to do that I can definitely use and then there are also some stuff that I won't use, but at least I know about them and can join in a conversation.
Other bits I need to go back and play with further to really get my head around it.

This was great fun and a big learning curve for me.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Net library

Set up an account with netlibrary. Had a search and was surprised at the large number of books, however as I am not a librarian and since I have been playing with this learning programme i wish net library could learn how to tag, it was really slow process turning the page on each book. If i had broadband obviously things would be a lot faster. May try this out on my nieces this weekend and see what their thoughts are.


Well had a look around podcast alley and this really didn't capture me. Looked very americanised so decided to find something different and searched for some more info on web 2.0 and added in a podcast that i found a tiny bit interesting also took a look around yahoo podcast and really lost interest