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Accentuate the Positive ~ 2016

The last year has been a crazy busy year full of study and work and moving countries. It’s been lovely to look back and see that I actually did manage to cram in some genealogy fun as well.

An elusive ancestor I found was… not an ancestor, but a relative – a missing baby I had heard rumours of, and now have found. Ha!

An important vital record I found was the birth certificate of this missing baby, my 2 x great aunt’s illegitimate daughter.

An ancestor’s grave I found was my great grandmother’s in Taruheru cemetery, Gisborne, along with her husband, parents, and daughter, and it was very moving to visit it at last.

Gravestone of Elsie (Nunns) Wright, Taruheru Cemetery, Gisborne, NZ ~ December 2016

Gravestone of Elsie (Nunns) Wright, Taruheru Cemetery, Gisborne, NZ ~ December 2016

A geneasurprise I received was a framed collage of photos from my fellow IHGS students as a leaving present before I moved back to New Zealand.

A genealogy conference/seminar/webinar from which I learnt something new was Les Mitchinson‘s Report Writing course held in Petersfield, Hampshire.

I taught some members of the public how to start their family history research when I volunteered on the Ask the Experts sessions at Who Do You Think You Are? Live in Birmingham.

A genealogy book that taught me something new was Susan Moore’s Family Feuds: An Introduction to Chancery Records.

A great repository/archive/library I visited was the archives at Tralee Library in County Kerry, Ireland, where I viewed original workhouse records for the area.

A new genealogy/history book I enjoyed was Manorial Records for Family Historians, written by my cousin Geoffrey Barber.

A geneadventure I enjoyed was taking the kids to Belper in Derbyshire, and following in the footsteps of my 2 x great grandfather.

Another positive I would like to share is… after six years of study, 88 assignments, and one exam, I finally completed and PASSED the Higher Certificate of Genealogy from IHGS in Canterbury. O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!

Thanks go to Jill at GeniAUS again for her great Accentuate the Positive geneameme. You can read about the 2016 highlights of other geneabloggers on the GeniAUS website.

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6 Comments

  1. Anne

    I am intrigued by the book on Chancery records. I have a number of families who seemed to think of having nothing better to do with their time. I suspect though I don’t want to work through the whole cases but find the summary, the gist of the issues and the outcomes. Have you found that difficult in the antipodes? Regards Anne

    • I was lucky enough to be in England at the time, would be difficult to do from further away, unless you have someone on the ground there. The National Archives (nationalarchives.gov.uk) catalogue is good, but can be tricky to get the gist of some cases without trawling through all the documents. I’m still working away on some I photographed last year!

  2. Congratulations on your achievements during 2016. And I love the photo at the top of your blog. Where was it taken?

    • Thanks, Judy! The top image changes, but if it’s the one I think you mean, it was taken near Staglands in the Akatarawa Valley (about an hour from Wellington).

  3. Wow, Maggie – a lot has happened in your life. Now that you are across the ditch I hope we’ll see you at Congress in Sydney in 2018. Congrats on finishing your course – it’s a a tough slog.

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