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Oooooooops - I didn't mean it like THAT

I was just on the phone to one of the largest cemeteries in the State, talking to the Gate House guard who handles deceased searches, and what do you know I did an oopsie! I said I was looking for a person called Abadee, died 1965 and according to gossip, not fact was buried at Fawkner. Now her husband Henry was definately there, I could find him on their web site, but her, nup! So he asked me her name and I said "I'm looking for a Fanny!" ............... hmmmm! He laughed, and… Continue

Added by Jo Kotylak on May 17, 2010 at 6:40pm — No Comments

Clear Data Entry in Family Trees


Added by Jo Kotylak on May 1, 2010 at 8:00pm — No Comments

When a co-incidence in genealogy makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end

Well, we all know co-incidences happen, but sheesh, just lately genealogically speaking they're jumping out at me. For instance.

Have connected with a Jewish Lady for my Isaacs research and somehow we get talking about "The Camps" and I say my dad (not Jewish) was in Somme Kasserne as a…

Added by Jo Kotylak on April 5, 2010 at 12:08am — 1 Comment

Backing up your family tree

Ok, I admit, it was my fault, I hadn't backed up my tree for TWO whole months, and then kabang - computer dies, loose all my photo's documents (read certificates), well, just everything. Panic, what to do, I got a computer guy out who couldn't retrieve much either. It was just gone. I was devestated, and the reason this guy told me mine had gone is that Windows 7 has a tendency to do that - well why the heck wasn't I told. Too late.

So, the very next day I ran out and bought a… Continue

Added by Jo Kotylak on January 29, 2010 at 6:33pm — 2 Comments

Hereditree Australian Genealogy Programme

Hi I live in Australian, and thus to find a gen prog that is made here is a bonus. Yes it allows same sex couples, it's very BASIC, a clean look to it. You see you, your partner, siblings, children (and the number of children THEY have), your parents and grandparents ALL ON THE ONE SCREEN. You double click on someone to edit, you can add photos, and it's kind of the quickest way I've found to add photos. You have sources, and facts and notes and so on. Have a look, you can try for nothing, you… Continue

Added by Jo Kotylak on September 5, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Collectors versus REAL amateur Genealogists

I've just been emailed by a guy I hate, his name is Howard Ulph Smith, and he's a Collector, he takes peoples family trees and dumps them on HIS website and claims them as his own, so that if you do a name search his site comes up. Doesn't matter to him that the information hasn't been checked or is wrong or the fact that people are being shown on the internet who absolutely don't want their names on there. What matters to him is that he has them. He's scum, he takes work from people all over… Continue

Added by Jo Kotylak on September 5, 2009 at 4:24pm — 5 Comments

Gay family trees and Gay Genealogy

I've been so furious with Legacy genealogy programme, which I loved, because I couldn't add same sex couples, some of my family are gay, and this has been distressing for me. I actually wrote to Legacy about this, and they literally told me to change the programme would be TOO HARD. Forgive the pun but too hard my arse! I've been stressing about this, especially for a lovely cousin of mine and his partner, because I wanted them to be on the family tree together, and thought I couldn't do it. Lo… Continue

Added by Jo Kotylak on August 10, 2009 at 10:06pm — 2 Comments

Doesn't matter how long you do it Genealogy is still a tangle

I don't know, for days now I've been chasing some twigs on my family tree, a Jewish line, something I haven't delved into before. I can't find their entry into Australia, and I've tried various spellings of their surname - Isaacs - and by using all different first names, including the wives. Nothing matches or makes sense. I've tried looking in Britain (but you've got to pay to join ditto the States, I thought my paid up Australian version which… Continue

Added by Jo Kotylak on July 21, 2009 at 8:40pm — 1 Comment


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