Week 2 of Sharing Memories 2012: First flight(s)

OliveTree Genealogy is celebrating the 3rd year of Sharing Memories – A Genealogy Journey with the goal of writing our memoirs and childhood memories for our descendants. The topic for Week 2 is “First flight”. This seems like such a simple question doesn’t it, yet for me there were three flights that fitted this description. … More Week 2 of Sharing Memories 2012: First flight(s)

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories: 23rd December 2011 – Christmas Sweetheart Memories

Do you have a special memory of a first Christmas present from a sweetheart? How did you spend your first Christmas together? Any Christmas engagements or weddings among your ancestors? The Christmas season has been pretty unpopular as a marriage time for those on my family trees: probably because it’s just too hot here, but … More Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories: 23rd December 2011 – Christmas Sweetheart Memories

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2011: 1st December: The Christmas Tree

Thomas MacEntee at Geneabloggers is encouraging us to celebrate the 2011 Christmas season with a series of posts called the Advent Calendar of Memories. This is today’s entry. Did you have a real tree or was it artificial? How big was the tree? Who decorated the tree? What types of Christmas trees did your ancestors … More Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2011: 1st December: The Christmas Tree

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History: Week 20: Fame

The topic for Week 20 in Amy Coffin’s and Geneablogger’s 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History series is “Fame”: Tell us about any local brushes with fame. Were you ever in the newspaper? Why? You may also describe any press mentions of your family members. Fame is a fickle food – Upon a shifting … More 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History: Week 20: Fame

52 weeks of personal genealogy and history: Week 18 Weather

The topic for Week 18 in Amy Coffin’s and Geneablogger’s 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History series is”Weather”: Do you have any memorable weather memories from your childhood? How did your family cope and pass the time with adverse weather? When faced with bad weather in the present day, what do you do when … More 52 weeks of personal genealogy and history: Week 18 Weather

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History: Week 17: Pets

The topic for Week 17 in Amy Coffin’s and Geneablogger’s 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History series is “Pets”. Did you have any pets as a child? If so, what types and what were their names. Do you have pets now? Describe them as well. Cats have been a constant presence in my life. … More 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History: Week 17: Pets

52 Weeks of Personal History & Genealogy -Week 12: Movies

This week’s topic in 52 weeks of personal history and genealogy is: Movies. Did (or do you still) see many movies? Describe your favorites. Where did you see these films? Is the theater still there, or is there something else in its place? I’d been looking forward to the Movies question but as it happens … More 52 Weeks of Personal History & Genealogy -Week 12: Movies

52 weeks of personal genealogy & history- Week 1 – New Year’s Memories

In the past week I’ve been discovering other people’s blogs about family history, not just their specific families but general discussions as well. Among these I’ve discovered (belatedly) are Amy Coffin’s WeTree (http://wetree.blogspot.com/) and Geneabloggers (http://www.geneabloggers.com/). For 2011 Amy has put forward another year of topics for family history bloggers which is hosted on Geneabloggers … More 52 weeks of personal genealogy & history- Week 1 – New Year’s Memories

Sadds Ridge Rd, Charters Towers (Qld) and WWII in Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea.

This post is really about my husband’s family and some World War II history from Papua New Guinea (then Papua). This story shows how family history intersects with local history and each can complement the other. Let him tell the story of how this all started: From the late-1960s my family lived at Alotau, the … More Sadds Ridge Rd, Charters Towers (Qld) and WWII in Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea.