How and where do you start when you decide to write a blog? With yourself of course.
It's interesting how things happen when you embrace something and just go with it. Two months ago I didn't know about One-Place Studies and I certainly had no intentions of writing a blog, but I had been thinking about how to preserve and share my family history research. So, how then have I come to put together this website (basic and certainly a work in progress) and start a blog?
This all started years ago when my grandmother gave me a handful of photos. I think each grandchild received a similar random selection, so I guess the photos became well distributed. Around the same time my year five teacher asked each student to research their family tree for a school project. My mum's side was fairly easy because there was already a book but with dad's side we only had a few names. Those photos and that basic tree started my all-consuming hobby.
Over the years I have researched and collected information as well as scanning the family's photo albums and trying to identify the people in them. Recently I have become more conscious of researching in a more professional way and thinking about how to share the information. I also decided to go ahead with an AncestryDNA test. When I received my results and saw the pages and pages of distant cousin matches it became even more apparent to me that for every ancestor of mine that came to Australia there were two or three brothers and sisters that went to America while others remained in the original country.
When I came across the One-Place Study Register website it really made me think. I realised I had already started to research the wider Boonah community and I know how valuable it is to have a contact and access to information for a place that you cannot visit in person. It seemed like something I really wanted to do even though I'm not the most qualified or knowledgeable. So in less than two months I have received my DNA results, started the Boonah OnePlace Study, set up this website, signed up to Facebook and started this blog. My how things can change but it has already been such an interesting and rewarding experience.
Every person and every place has a story and I hope to tell some of Boonah's story on this website. If you enjoy researching your family and the place where they lived think about how you might be able to share your work.
I enjoy researching history and families, it's an all encompassing hobby that takes over a lot of my spare time.