New Year and The New Kid on the Blog

Happy New Year everyone.

I am a novice at this blogging lark, so please bear with me. I have been inspired by Jill Ball, who I met in Salt Lake City last year, and will be seeing again this year. She wrote a blog on Boxing Day called “Accentuate the Positive”, so this is my effort to do just that.

Accentuate the Positive


  1.  An elusive ancestor I found was:  Still searching!
  2.  A precious family photo I found was:  Photographs of my husband’s great grandmother, who died when he was 12 but had never met owing to a family rift.
  3.  An ancestor’s grave I found was:  Mary Ann Vann d 1854, sadly the inscription too badly worn to read.
  4.  An important vital record I found was: The will of an uncle of husband’s great grandmother, written in 1873, which named her and made it clear the money was hers and hers alone.
  5.  A newly found family member shared: Not a newly found relative, but one who told me about some family artefacts he holds & will send me photographs
  6.  A geneasurprise I received was:  Having my proposal for a talk at Who Do You Think You Are Live in April 2017 accepted.
  7. 2016 Blog I was most proud of well can’t answer this one other than to say I am going to try harder in 2017!
  8. I made a new genimate who: Actually I made several at Rootstech 2016, who I now follow on Facebook and Twitter.
  9.  A new piece of software I mastered was: Family Historian.
  10. A social media tool I enjoyed using for genealogy was:  Twitter particularly the #Ancestryhour tag. I tweet as @Historylady2013
  11. A genealogy conference/seminar/webinar from which I learnt something new was: Rootstech 2016 about Irish Records available on line.
  12. I am proud of a presentation I gave to Bradford Family History Society about Workhouse Records and Where They Can Lead.
  13. A journal or magazine article I had published, sadly none, but I had a couple of mentions in Family History Magazine for my tweets.
  14. I taught a friend how to: Use snipping tool.
  15. A genealogy history book that taught me something new:  A Dictionary of Medical and Related Terms for the Family Historian by Joan E Grundy.
  16. A great repository / archive I visited: Edinburgh College of Physicians, wonderful venue and delightful staff.
  17. A new genealogy/history book I enjoyed was: Divorced Bigamist Bereaved by Rebecca Probert.
  18. It was exciting to finally meet: Jill Ball at  Rootstech 2016.
  19. A geneadventure I enjoyed : Has to be Rootstech 2016.
  20. Another positive I would like to share is:. It is always worth going back and having another look for any new records which might have become available.

Whilst not on Jill’s list I am adding my 21st. What achievement are you most proud of in 2016?  Graduating with Merit from the University of Dundee with a Master of Letters Degree in Family and Local History.

3 thoughts on “New Year and The New Kid on the Blog”

  1. Sylvia, congratulations on your Master of Letters, and on being chosen as a speaker for WDYTYA. I follow you on Twitter (especially during AncestryHour) and now I’ll follow your blog too.


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