Archive for September, 2014

An interesting guest blog by Shauna Hicks

Today I read an interesting guest blog by Shauna Hicks for the Genealogical Society of Queensland which discusses the benefits of creating a family history blog. Blogging can be  a fantastic way to meet other family members and possibly to solve a few brickwalls.

This post illustrates some of the benefits of using social media for genealogy.

Here is the link to her guest blog post:


September 29, 2014 at 4:58 pm Leave a comment

Tips to revive and refocus your family research

GFHS recently ran a very successful members helping members workshop, “Demolishing Brickwalls” where at least two members broke through a genealogical brickwall or two.

If you are looking for some further tips to revive and refocus your family research then checkout the short article written by the armchair genealogist, Lyn Palermo on her blog

Her ten tips are:
1. Take a Second or Third Look
2. Create a Timeline ( This tip is also a favourite of GFHS)
3. Seek out Original Records
4. Consider Collateral Lines ( this is a personal favourite of mine, as quite often the piece of information you are so desperately seeking will be contained in a siblings record/s when it is missing in your own ancestor’s)
5.Expand Your Knowledge (This is an absolute must and much easier to do if you follow tip number six)
6.Join a Genealogical Society (Family history societies like GFHS are a wealth of information and this will also help you to achieve tip number 5 and break through some of those brickwalls)
7.Walk Away
9. Take a Field Trip ( not all the information you are seeking will be online)
10.Invest in a DNA Test

Bonus tip: Consult a professional genealogist (When all else fails)


September 29, 2014 at 8:25 am Leave a comment

Release of the Valuations Rolls 1875 on Scotland’s People

Announcement from Scotland’s People:
“We are delighted to announce the Release of Valuation Rolls 1875 on the ScotlandsPeople website.

The index is FREE to search for the first time, until the 31st December. The Valuation Rolls are an excellent companion to the census, and are a useful aid for locating where and how your ancestors lived.”

September 28, 2014 at 8:46 am Leave a comment

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