Wednesday, 14 June 2017

My head goes round and round...

I must admit I have been contemplating this subject for so long and done so much reading, and still have more to do but the biggest question is?

What is the aim of doing your family history and what is the best way to do it. Lets start from the beginning. To establish the main differences I suppose between genealogy and family history research. From meeting lots of different types of researchers I would believe the main difference is that genealogists deal mainly in facts, dates and places and putting the details together in a logical format.

Whereas a family historian tends to find the dates, names, and places then writes a story to bring the person to life, some family historian researchers don't have an overly strong bearing towards verfying facts.. who wants to let facts get in the way of a good story.

Both genealogists and serious family historians will try and back up any information they have and if given a story they will try and work out whether it is true or just a family folklore..

I am I believe a genealogist first based on I love gathering facts, then verifying stories to work out whether there is any way they are true and how the story fits in the timeline. I often find I get lots of interesting stories and then have to try and turn it into facts. I also use lots and lots of sources for research and a huge part of doing family history is using local resources, and sites that are run by reputable departments etc. User inputted sites have so much allowance for incorrect facts or a slip of the old keyboard.

Yet there are so many things I have read recently on the family historians that use only Ancestry or the others now call themselves DNA Genealogists... all I can say is "What on earth are you talking about" in the most polite way....... how can you document something that may be the only source of information on your heritage in say 100 years time and only rely on what information somebody may have found or on contacting the 420 6th cousins that may just may have a connection to you. Do you do any of the relevant checks to ensure your on the right track.

Only today I was doing research for a friend and 2 brothers and their families emigrated to Australia in 1872 and I out of curious notions dipped into Ancestry and low and behold a person has the two families but has all the children mixed up.. wow..... and I am in facebook groups where people are randomly contacting maybe cousins to find a match..

To DNA or not to DNA... I must admit some of the wierd stuff I have read leaves me to wonder, I have sent away my heritage sample to discover my roots ( which I already know fairly confidently) but am going to compare it with a relative of mine who has had her done ( and we found out we are related the old fashioned way) to see how it all works.. but will I put y results on to the sites that are available.. I am pretty sure that I will not be advertising the fact... although I might make some new friends in the wierdest way.

Once upon a time everybody saw the little green leaves jiggling and thought it was that easy... so they joined and got their first taste of family history.. then the green leaves stopped wiggling and the site had to find a new way to keep people entertained so they bought DNA to the forefront of everybodies attention.. but is it the only way... I know I will still be digging through old papers and cemeteries till my stories are done.. and along the way might be able to find somebody that can explain how this DNA gig really works.. If you have any answers then please I would love to hear about it.

Side note ** the books on DNA don't have cool pictures in them.. they are just totally confusing**
Till next time

Friday, 2 June 2017

So many things going on

Life catches up so quickly when your bogged down in family history, there are so many things we have been doing and yet where do you start and finish.

Blogger - I have been updating my blog page and reading how to keep people interested and do people read your blog. Well I enjoy writing it and if you read it and enjoy it then goal achieved. My new layout is hopefully easier to read.

So whats been happening.
My gggrandfather was recently honoured by our local council as a pioneer in the area and he now has a plaque in the local walk of achievers path and we attended a lovely lunch that was provided by the council and met the other recipients of the awards. You forget or sometimes don't realise how many amazing people spend a tiny bit of their lives in your area. I often find when doing data entry a fascinating story about something or someone that I know nothing about.
Tom King was a policeman in the Wide Bay area for many years and then went on to be a timber worker for a short period on Fraser Island and then Tom and his wife Jane built the Urangan Hotel.

At the Walk of Achievers luncheon we gathered as descendants and proud to be a part of the King clan :) this photo was taken after the plaque was unveiled and a photo we will hold dear for years to come .  Since then we have been exploring more family connections and adding more to the story of the family.

Missing Family
I often find when trying to fill in the gaps in my family history you just can not find the missing link to build the tree and one side of my family the Hunters have alluded me so far till the luncheon and Dale Clayton nee Hunter who attended the luncheon is my Mums cousin and she opened her home to us to catch up and what an amazing time we had.

David and Florence Hunter nee King have the most amazing history in Queensland they run a dairy called Tilsons for a few years and had 80 odd cows to maintain in Granville and they then moved to Ipswich where David worked in the Railways then back to Maryborough where they settled in Ann St and David went to work at Walkers and he stayed in that house for nearly 32 years. I got the most amazing insite into the family just from one coffee session, okay it was a long session

Things you learn 
One of the most conflicting things I have discovered when your doing your family story is how to present it and how to make it readable to everybody so I have been using onedrive to upload the books into and have them in a word format and with a spreadsheet as an index. I think it has been working well and everybody can access it anywhere and don't need any special software to read the stories....

DNA... test submitted

I have over the last couple of years been watching the dna revolution and have watched in interest how people have used the dna results, then I got to checkout Cathys ( a distant rellie) and then on a plastering job one day I got to see the one a client who had his paternal one done through a different company and he got some interesting results so I got 2 kits one for me to do the heritage test and I have an amazing Uncle who is going to do the paternal one to see if we can trace the paternal life more comprehensively. So mine is up and running and on its way to the labs and now I will wait for my Uncle to come home to do his and I will wait impatiently for my results to come through. The bonus is with Cathy's results and mine we should be able compare to see how to utilise the data to its max. So I will keep you up to date on the awesome things happening there.

Research unravels mysteries
I have been searching for a missing link to an abandoned baby for so long.. the baby was found in a hut and raised by a different family. Since first hearing the first version of this story I have doubted it I think because I have such an inquisitive mind and then the other day I had this tiny little link that gave me a whole new direction. So don't ever give up if the true story is there it will come out.

So I think I have kept you occupied for long enough, stay tuned and I will post my next story which has not a thing to do about my family but I was doing data entry today and found an amazing story about the Mail Train Murders.... I will put it all on here.. enjoy and catch you soon