Friday, March 27, 2015

Will I manage three more days?

It was a huge day at #AFFHO Congress today so I wasn't too upset when one of the people I had planned to have dinner with suggested we shelve our plans.  I was rather exhausted after a big day of learning and socialising so was pleased to share a nice dinner for two with Mr GeniAus who I have bee ignoring all day (and will be for the next three).

It's 9:00pm and I still need to modify a presentation for Speakers' Corner tomorrow morning.

As is my custom at these events my blog posts consist of lots of photos and little text because I just don't have time or the energy to write long essays.

Seated bright and early
A welcome from HAGSOC President Rosemary
FGS President Josh Taylor adds his welcome

Matt Trinca and Fans after his Opening Address
A Purple Patch Person
Thanks Trove for my New I Love Trove Badge

New mates at mormo
Perry and Pauleen were probably discssing their Irish ancestors
Freshly beaded geneabloggers
Ready for David Holman's Luncheon talk
David's Luncheon talk was great fun
I was privileged to chair David Rencher's Familysearch Session
I retired my camera after David's session. The last talk I attended was a humorous "Dead Horse" talk by Colleen Fitzpatrick. While it was a great talk I was kicking myself as I realise I had heard Colleen present this same talk at another time and I should have read the description more closely and chosen something else.

I must commend Kerry Farmer's excellent talk on DNA. I was the third time I have heard Kerrie present on this topic and  I could listen again and again. Kerrie is a profession, polished and knowledgeable speaker.

Because I am an inquisitive old bird I went to The Menzies Theatre to observe the Annual General Meeting of #AFFHO. There were no surprises there.

I do, however, want to congratulate retiring #AFFHO President and Conference Convenor, Kerrie Gray on a very successful term. She has done a superb job.

Smile for the Birdie

I have found most of the geneabloggers who are at #AFFHO Congress and they have been ceremoniously beaded. I still need to find a few more bods to bead up.

I will definitely have more beads at Speakers' Corner tomorrow at morning tea time as I will be there doing a presentation on "Blog your Family Stories" at that time. Thanks to Ben Mercer and for inviting me to share my passion for blogging in the corner. It would be fun if some bloggers could join me there as I need some victims fellow bloggers to highlight.

Shelley and Kylie proudly parading their beads
It is a tradition that geneabloggers gather for a group photo at geneaevents so I conferred with my mate Alona and have set the time of 12:35 for our photoshoot tomorrow, Saturday.  Please gather near the Gould/Unlock the Past stand in the Exhibition prior to grabbing your food so that we can have a record of our gathering  and PLEASE wear your beads.

I have organised Mr GeniAus to come along and be our honorry photographer.

GAGs - GeniAus' Gems - 20 March 2015

As I am in Canberra for the The 14th Australasian Congress on Genealogy and Heraldry 26-30 March 2015 I am getting my GAGs organised early so my cutoff day is earlier than usual.

1. A timely post as I am trying to fill in some gaps in an ancestor's story. Thanks Diane

2. A modern ship's story from Amy

3. Susan finds that Granny's story was a little out

4. Determined research from Caitlin

5. More for the reading list from Vicki

6. Another find from Stuff in Old Books

7. Sharon asks an important question.

8. Susie reind me tht I'm getting old

9. Sue gives some suggestions for getting organised.

10. A Change of direction for Kerry's site

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Smiles all round

If the smiles on the faces of thesefolk at the Opening Reception for The 14th Australasian Congress on Genealogy and Heraldry at The Austalian War Memorial are indicative of their level of enjoyment then the event was a hge success.

For my part I had a super time meeting up with old friends and making the acquaintance of  several new folk from the UK, Us and several Australian States. The happy snaps iclude sponsors, delegates, keynotes and presenters.

And thanks to my mate Michelle Nichols for taking this birdseye view.


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