As a reflection for 2016, I thought it would be a great idea to participate in Jill Ball's Accentuate the Positive Geneameme 2016. Jills asks to "reflect on your geneyear. Don't beat yourself up about what you haven't done but rejoice in your successes."
Here are some of the questions and my answers:-
An elusive ancestor I found was - Well I haven't found him yet but I'm further along the track. We don't know who my dad's father was but through DNA I know that mum and dad are related (about three generations back) and I think I know the two family lines.
A precious family photo I found was of my great-great-grandparents standing in front of their slab house with their children. I stared at it for the longest time taking in every detail. It was the first time I had seen my great-grandmother as a little girl, very precious. So grateful to second cousins willing to share.
An ancestor's grave I found was that of another great-great-grandfather, Carl Julius Krause. He is buried in an unmarked grave in the very back corner of the Dugandan Lutheran Church cemetery. He was a bit of a rascal to put it politely.
I also found the unmarked grave of a little boy, Edward West in the same cemetery. He isn't related but I had been given a memorial card of his death. With the information, I was able to make a Findagrave memorial for him # 158686881.
An important vital record I found was the church records from Rackow, Neustettin, Pommern, Preußen which shows there were two men named Johann David Damerow. Both born about 1780, the same occupation and one died 27 April 1843 and the other 15 November 1845. I can't tell yet which is my ancestor but it's good to know there were two different people. Some have added the two families together but the birth dates of the children just didn't make sense.
My 2016 blog post that I was particularly proud of was- I don't think I have one but I am proud that I actually wrote some. It is still very scary and takes me a long time. I am hoping over time it starts to get easier.
A social media tool I enjoyed using for genealogy was Facebook. I have particularly enjoyed being part of the Lost Fassifern Valley & Pioneering Families group. This covers the Boonah area and has allowed me to get to know extended family as well as share memories, photos and stories. I also enjoy Twitter as it helps me keep up with what's happening worldwide.
A genealogy conference/seminar/webinar from which I learnt something new was - I have been watching some of DearMyrtle's hangouts and learnt a lot from the ESM's (Elizabeth Shown Mills) Quick Lessons Study Group. These included topics like analysing records, citations, the FAN principle and DNA evidence to name a few.
A great repository/archive/library I visited was the Boonah Shire Archives located in the library at Boonah.They are only open for about two hours on a Friday afternoon so it's difficult to look at everything you want to in a short time. Has a lot of local information that you won't find online.
It was exciting to finally meet some of the extended family. I met up with a couple of second cousins this year and will be hopefully making it a yearly get together. I also met and spent an afternoon with a third cousin and his wife. So interesting to hear about family stories and others perspectives.
Another positive I would like to share is grateful I am to be living in this time period. How wonderful it is to search on websites like Trove and find all sorts of detailed information on relatives and places; to find distant relatives in Germany and America and be able to compare notes and exchange photos and you can do all this in your pyjamas at two in the morning if you want.
Now off to plan 2017.
I enjoy researching history and families, it's an all encompassing hobby that takes over a lot of my spare time.