Thursday, June 17, 2010

Bookshelf: Village Sketches

In my quest to find interesting genealogical or historical reading for my new Kobo e-reader, I've just come across this potential treasure in Google Books.

"Village Sketches descriptive of club and school festivals and other village gatherings and institutions" by TC Whitehead of Gawcott, Buckinghamshire, published in 1861

I may have squealed just a little when I saw it was Buckinghamshire-related. And now to download and read it!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Find My Past - free access during England games

If you're not a football fan, then you'll appreciate this offer of free access to Find My Past while England games are being played.

If you are a football fan, then hopefully you have a laptop to perch in front of the TV with. Genealogists, multitask!

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

NZ Family History Fair

New Zealand is having its first Family History Fair! No longer will I cast envious sideways looks at bloggers reporting back from Who Do You Think You Are in London, or Jamboree in California (have fun this weekend, you guys), now I can be one of them......

I'll just be heading down to Hamilton for the Sunday. After perusing the seminar line-up, discarding those specific to NZ or Australian research and those that look like they might be targeted more at the beginner, I've chosen the following:

* Genealogy Privacy Issues
* Researching in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales (mainly to see if they mention one-place-studies as a valuable resource!)
* Digitally Publishing Your Family Story
* Digital Photography - Blessing or Curse?
* Organising and Preserving Your Research

This will hopefully leave enough time to check out the exhibitors - more of the overseas big names are attending than I would have expected.

If you're in NZ, are you going?

(Updated to add - must brush up on Amy's Rock Star's Guide To Genealogy Conferences!)

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

June update

As you might expect given my lack of genea-time (and genea-inclination) over the last few weeks, this month's update is a little lean. There are two new WW1 military men - WILLIS and YATES. And that's all this time round.

In other news, I've just bought a Kobo eReader (first one officially available in NZ - for some unknown reason we are very behind the rest of the world on this) and of course I'm looking to fill it with good books of all centuries! Feel free to post recommendations, be they the e-pub version of a good genealogy resource, or a public-domain treasure that sends us back to English days gone by.

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