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Life Of A Genie Update

July 16, 2022

I find it hard to believe that I haven’t done a Life Of a Genie Update since January, but it’s true. I had intended to do an update each month, but as usual life and lack of time have gotten in the way. Anyway better late than never.

When I wrote my last update in January, I was spending all my spare genie time, writing and finalising drafts for the April A to Z Challenge. It was a busy time, making it busier when I broke my right arm in March. This really slowed me down, but I managed to get all 26 posts ready to go on April 1.

During the year, I have spent many hours indexing Crown Counsel Proceedure Books for Scottish Indexes I had to give that up when I broke my arm, and have really missed it. Even though my arm is almost mended, I’m still not able to type with any speed, so am not quite ready to get back to indexing, but it won’t be long.

After the A-Z Challenge finished, I took a break, and haven’t really done much in family history or genealogy. There has been a lot going on in my life, the main thing being the sale of our house and preparing to move, so I felt the need to take a short break. About a year ago, I semi retired and have been working only one day each week, however after my arm healed I went back to working full time most weeks. This is due to a covid outbreak keeping us short staffed. This is temporary, and it won’t be too long until I get back to the semi retirement that I loved, and that gave me more precious time for family history/genealogy.


Our monthly #ANZAncestryTime discussions on Twitter are going well. Some of the topics recently have been:

State Records and Archives
Family Search
Writing Family Stories
Genealogy Conferences

Recent posts

Following are links to a few recent posts:

William Waters 1824 – 1886
Australia’s Largest Civilian Maritime Disaster
The Family Histories Podcast featuring Jill Ball
“Merry” Month Of May Meme: My New Normal

What’s Coming Up?

Image: Australian Federation of Family History Organisations

The most exciting thing on my radar just now, is attending the History in Paradise AFFHO 2022 Conference on Norfolk Island in August. After the conference, I will be going to the Sunshine Coast to spend a week with my son and my grandsons. I haven’t seen them for three years, due to covid, so you could imagine the excitement this is causing.

August is Family History Month, and to celebrate I have committed to a Family History Month Challenge which has been organised by Alex from Family Tree Frog The challenge is to publish four weekly posts during August. Alex has provided optional prompts. I will be away for the first two weeks of August, so will have to be organised for a change, and have my posts done early.

Coming up on the blog: a series on the Waters family. Over the past few months I have been collaborating with fellow Waters family researcher Mary, which has resulted in new information that I’m looking forward to sharing.

*Please Note:
Our Twitter discussions for #ANZAncestryTime are held monthly on the third Tuesday at 7pm AEST or 9pm NZST. We would love you to join us for learning, sharing and fun.

Links to our #ANZAncestryTime official blogger where you can find summaries of our discussions.

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From → genealogy

  1. Dear Jennifer I cannot wait to hear all about Congress and meet you for coffee next month. It will be fab. And so please you are able to participate in the #NFHM blogging challenge 🙂

  2. I’m interested in your conference report also and catching up on the coast. As for t blogging. You have done much better than me.

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