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Monday, November 23, 2009

GMAGS Expo

The GMAGS expo last Saturday was a great day for the 10th and final year. I was able to get an upgrade for Family Tree Maker so am on 2010 now. I also bought the book Google Your Family Tree by Daniel M Lynch. It has some really useful ideas to help with doing searches on the internet. I also bought a copy of Dave Evans Victorian Mining Accident Index that has over 12000 names of people associated with Mining Accidents in Victoria. This is a valuable resource to check if you had family living in areas around the goldfields of Victoria. Dave also had some interesting stories to tell about his experiences at the BBQ on Friday night.

I was doing free lookups for people as Brad Argent from Ancestry.com.au kindly allowed us access to a world wide account for the day. If you would like more information about their service go to http://www.ancestry.com.au I have been using this resource for about 18 months now and have found such a lot of information particularly now I have the UK heritage plus which has given me access to a number of London records and I have been able to continue my search for more information on Edmund Harrison my gggrandfather and his family. With access to Worldwide I was able to find Francis Shudall on the New York Passengers List arriving from Ireland on the Majestic from Liverpool in 1907 aged 53 occupation Rubber Merchant headed for Chicago with $40 in his possession and I also found him in the Chicago Voters List of 1892 at 20 N. Center Ave his term of residence 5 years and he was naturalised. I was trying to find some distant relatives that went to America from Ireland at the end of the 19th century Katherine O'Neil and she married a John Carey but it is very hard with little information to go on.

On the Sunday I went to a great workshop on Photoshop and restoring old photos this was presented by Carol Heath http://www.pixelbypixel.com.au I was able to start restoring the wedding photo of my grandparents wedding Arthur Stothers Flint and Jessie Catherine McCaffrey with Yvonne Lang as the flower girl in the photo.

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