Tuesday, 23 December 2014

One Lovely Blog Award

In October I was nominated for the 'Lovely Blog' Award, and, as I not a particularly prolific blogger, it has taken me 2 months to respond. Thanks to Chris from The 'Back Fence of Genealogy' Blog  for the nomination.

The suggestions for passing on the award, if you wish to do so, are as follows... 
  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to that blog.
  • Share seven things about yourself – see mine below (I think you'll learn more about me - than perhaps you wanted to know!).
  • Nominate 15 bloggers you admire –or as many as you can think of!.
  • Contact your bloggers to let them know you’ve tagged them for the One Lovely Blog Award...

1 - How I got Genealogy-itis
I caught the Genealogy Bug in 1983 when my parents came for a holiday and my father dropped the bomb-shell that he was adopted! I was 23 and this was the first I had ever heard of this. Dad had always been interested in family history, and, over the years had shared lots of information with me. He had also collected certificates and information. As a kid, you don't recognise that 50 years old is a bit late for a woman to be having a baby (especially in those days), or that it was strange that he was raised on goats milk. When he told me about his adoption it brought forth a huge range of emotions. On one hand I felt devastated and betrayed by not having been told this earlier as Mum and Dad were both quite religious. A lot of things that Dad had said in the past clicked into place, and I was intrigued by the story. He believed he knew who his real father was, but had been told that his mother didn't want him. I set out to find out who his mother was, and here I am still 'hooked' 31 years later.

2 - Why I still enjoy Genealogy
There are lots of reasons I am passionate about Genealogy, and they include, (but not limited to), the following things - I enjoy:
  • solving puzzles using methodical research; 
  • spending time in Libraries and Archives; 
  • the technology involved, including all the tech-toys, the software, the webpage
  • photography, especially of gravestones, buildings & people & old photos;  
  • local history research to build up the context of my families lives;
  • the great focus it gives for holidays and trips (see my travel blog);
  • stationery, which I love, and you sure need lots for family history!;
  • organisation, although I am not as organised as I really dream of being;
  • finding new family members;
  • sharing my eureka moments; and
  • teaching others how to get started
3 - What frustrates me about Genealogy
I get really frustrated by family members not giving me information when I ask for it. Although, Facebook has overcome a bit of this. I am now able to 'friend' younger family members, whose lax attitude to privacy allows me to gather all sorts of family information. I also get really frustrated by some people who subscribe to a particularly successful online genealogy service, and who seem to just gather ancestors with no even basic checking of the information. I  'know' the information I seek is out there somewhere, usually tucked away in an obscure local library or archives, but sometimes in a place that would be hard to imagine.

4 - The ancestor I would most like to meet
Alexander Coutts, who was born in Finzean, Birse, Abderdeenshire in Scotland around 1819 is a big mystery to me. He wasn't baptised (that I can find) and so his parentage is pure speculation. There were lots of Coutts families in the area, at the time, so it is very likely that he is pretty much related to them all, but it would be really nice to ask him which one was his.

5 - The ancestor I am most intrigued by
William Henry Anderson was a self-made man, and entrepreneur. His father was a baker, but he did well in pubs and was dealing in thousands of pounds before he was 40. He married a couple of times, and I am perplexed that he didn't appear to leave a will when he died at 68, especially after the disastrous events that had happened only 8 years before when his eldest son died intestate, and W.H. had to provide for the children, and the son's second wife took off with all the money.

6 - Other things I like apart from Genealogy
I know this will shock my husband, but I 'do' actually like things other than Genealogy! Family and friends are the most important to me, but I am also interested in Science (somewhat in all sciences, but mainly astronomy, mathematics, biology including fossils, aquatic invertebrates, herpetology, and would love to learn more in geology), Arts & Crafts (crochet, knitting, sewing, bark painting, origami, pottery, silver-smithing, copper enameling, stained glass, scrap-booking, macrame, paper-making, screen-printing, block printing, soap making, card-making, upholstery, pressed flowers, nature photography, silk painting, mosaics, tapestry, candle-making, painting & drawing, and paper mache), bush-walking, native edible plants, camping, leisure cycling, history, reading (mostly Science Fiction & Fantasy, but other genres too - when I get time to read), cooking (but not the daily meal grind), health (including healthy lifestyle, complementary therapies and personal responsibility for health), and technology - I love computers and the internet! 

7 - Other things that take my fancy: glass - pretty much most things made of it, especially paperweights, bottles, and glass balls in green, blue. purple or red glass, puppets, kites, mobiles, lizards, eggs, butterflies, peripatus, feathers, shells, amber, crystal and other skulls, pyramids, lights, steam-punk, dragons, freshwater aquariums & fish, terrariums, licorice, dark chocolate,  wine, coffee, bbq ribs, lamb chops & roast, smoked fish, mushrooms and music (I have quite eclectic taste and collection). 

My nominations for One Lovely Blog Award (I am really impressed as these wonderful people manage to write their blogs quite regularly, and educate us with their wise words):

Angler's Rest - Julie Goucher

Australian Genealogy News - Aillin O'Brien

British Genes - Chris Paton

Genealogy's Star - James Tanner

GenieAus - Jill Ball

Lonetester - Alona Tester

Queensland Genealogy - Judy Webster

The Armchair Genealogist - Lynn Palermo

The Legal Genealogist - Judy G. Russell


  1. Thanks very much for the nomination Chris. I'm so pleased to see many of my favourite bloggers there especially Prue who writes a great blog.

  2. Thank you, Chris, for sharing the Award, but mostly for such an interesting, informative and revealing post. From the very first time we met, I was sure we were meant to be friends...we have so many things in common, however not smoked fish, mushrooms and lamb! Hope to catch up again before too long.

  3. Thanks Chris for the nomination and great to see that I am amongst some of my own favourite bloggers. Nice to know more about you too.

  4. Hi Chris, I started a Facebook group for the support and networking of Australian Local and Family History Bloggers. The lovely ladies who commented above are all members. If you'd like to join us you would be very welcome. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1070035523030558/