• Michael Larman

Episode 07 show notes

Hi and welcome to Downundergenealogy podcast I am your host Michael Larman this is episode 07

You can reach me online at

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Ancestry has been updating there databases with the following records

And updated Australian and New Zealand find a grave index 1800-current

And a NEW articles Queensland licensed Victuallers index 1900-1903

When you first start doing genealogy you may not have many paper documents or photos but as the word gets out in your extended family that you're doing Genealogy, relatives may begin to bring you their records.

First you may get an email from a distant cousin with some useful information about your common ancestors, then copies of letters your 5th grandparents wrote to one and another, and sometimes you actually may get a hand written Family tree by your great aunt

On the back of a roll of gift wrap

Following a trip to archives or birth death marriage centre, Genealogy societies or even cemeteries you will return home with stacks of hand written notes and photocopies.

Even thou your happy to receive all these documents what will you have to do with them all it will get quite messy quite quickly so there is Something I do to reduce paper as I hate the clutter and you use and loose a lot of space for paper work

Something to note I make scanned copies of all paper work and use One note to store all paperwork

And it is one thing that doesn’t happen over night

Especially with the larger heaver trees

So as in a previous podcast I use google pictures to store all pictures regarding family history

And if you want to hear more about that it is in episode 05 so I wont be covering it further here.

But for documents there is a couple of ways for to store them to keep them organised

You can use a folder system and store them on your computer this is good but you run the risk of your computer dying and then you will lose the documents

So I would suggest that you use the cloud system like drop box or 1drive to store the documents as there is just so many positives

1 access the files where ever you are

2 if your computer shuts down then you can use multiple devices to access records

And then there is another method that helps me I use One note and copy the documents there and save them on one note and save to the cloud so I can search for any record and find it in a matter of moments.

One thing with this method is that it takes a bit of time to set it up with tags to be able to search

But once it is set up and you're working with a document you can take notes on what you're doing with the document.

We all have those census records were I think the person wrote it with their elbow and the old English scrip is quite hard when you first start working with it

One this about genealogy

Some people don’t understand that Genealogy it is like climbing a mountain

It was quite funny that when I first started I had an idea that oh year I would have it done tonight and then I could move on to the next challenge :) boy was I wrong,

So I would out that we don’t actually go back to two people haha well not back that far yet, it is massive if you just go back 10 generations it would be 2046 ancestors, just massive

But as Genealogy is a mountain you need to set some goals so you can try and conquer your piece of the mountain

So you just climb one step and at time,

Use your calendar to record a larger goal for each month for example photograph your family Cemetery or interview your great aunt etc

Next thing is time

Set aside some specific amount of time each day that you will work on that goal, it may be only 10, 20 or 30 minutes per day that will add up over the year,

Lastly making genealogy a daily habit. The easiest way to start a new habit is to hinge it to an existing habit. For most people eating 3 meals a day is a habit so you could add your new habit of spending 30 minutes per day doing genealogy

This I found quite easy to make it a habit it was like falling off a log I actually had and have to control myself as when I start doing any genealogy work I would loose hours staring a records finding connections to marriages and gaol records. Then once you have it as a habit your like woah! I am already a genealogist!

So that’s about if for starting the genealogy mountain climbing I don’t think I will ever finish and you know what it is a great thing to know that I will be able to pass this information on to my kid or kids by that stage and it is a great starting point for them to work with and maybe even to grow with

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