|The Unlock the Past Team at Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2014|
(without spending any extra time as I am back in England again in July for the
5th Unlock the Past cruise which goes around the British Isles) and then gave a presentation at the Queensland Family History Society seminar a few days after coming home!
Yes a bit tiring, but I had a fantastic time!
As family historians we work hard researching our family history, researching forwards, backwards and sideways along family lines trying to crack/demolish the brick-walls that are thrown up in our paths.
An important way of doing this is broadcasting our interests far and wide.
Going back a number of years we did this primarily through the Member's Interests area of Family History Society journals (and I would strongly suggest people should continue doing this as I have had responses from entries in journals published 10 years plus ago. Of course it helps that I still have the email address I started with so many years ago, not as my prime one but still there. Having an email address that travels with you from ISP to ISP is a great boon in genealogical research. it would be a shame to have a cousin find you and then not be able to contact you!
We also put our entries each year into publications like the Genealogical Research Directory published by Keith Johnson and Malcolm Sainty. I still remember the thrill each year when the book was delivered and then came the evenings looking at each surname hoping to find someone else researching your surnames in your areas.
Then the RootsWeb email lists were used and are still used today. Remember it is always worth going back to them (now hosted by Ancestry but still free to use) as all the messages are still there and you can search them for places and names of interest. There are 30 000 mail-lists so I'd be very surprised if there was not something of interest! Google will return searches from the mail-lists but I am not sure what proportion of messages would be shown.
Then a number of forums on various websites opened up. Some messages from these are shown in Google searches but most are not.
|Busby cousins:Nigel Robinson and Helen Smith at WDYTYA? Live|
It was a lovely surprise to meet up with Nigel Robinson there. Another thing to note here is the round badge on my shirt, not terribly visible here but it says "Ask me about my One Name Study", an initiative of the Guild of One Name Studies, with whom my surname, Quested, that I am researching anywhere, anytime, anyplace is registered.
Members interests for events are still worth doing as ably demonstrated on the 4th Unlock the Past cruise. The registrants were asked to submit their interests online and then a hardcopy was provided on the cruise by putting it up on the wall.
The registrants then checked out the names and left notes on the notice-board to meet up.
A number of successful link-ups were made. One of the more interesting ones and sometimes you really do have to think the ancestors play a hand was between Jenny and Barbara. They realised from the members interests that they were both researching Nicholas Wingfield a gentleman who was executed for piracy! What was a bit spooky is that they were both single travelers who had been matched to share a cabin without knowing each other previously, so yes, I do believe the ancestors sometimes do want to be found!
|The partial death certificate for John William Evans died 1909|
Then came a voice from the audience, "Is that a person in your tree?" My answer was yes and the reply was "because that is my husband's grandfather!"
So I had the pleasure of meeting up with Jennifer and her husband Don, my second cousin twice removed.
Other places I broadcast my names of interest are Twitter and Facebook.
What about you? What are you doing to get the word out? Have you come across other places or ways to act as cousin bait?