Genealogy Blogs and The Ancestor Approved Award

April 15, 2010 · Filed Under Genealogy 


ancestor approved I was reading a interesting post recently over at The Armchair Genealogist about the Ancestor Approved Award and thought it was a great idea and would try my own Top 10.

The Ancestor Approved Award asks that the recipient list ten things they have learned about any of their ancestors that has surprised, humbled, or enlightened them and pass the award along to ten other bloggers who they feel are doing their ancestors proud.

As this is a new genealogy blog and in no way deserving of such an award, instead of passing this award on to ten other genealogy bloggers, The Armchair Genealogist is changing things a little. Lynn wants to hear from new genealogy bloggers who feel they have learned something from their ancestors and are eager to share how they have been surprised, humbled or enlightened by their ancestors during their genealogy research.

My Top 10 so far:

1. I am humbled by my ancestors who fought for Australia during WW1 and WW2.

2. I was surprised that you could find out so much about your ancestors for free online.

3. I was surprised my Dad’s ancestors were Irish and I was able to trace it back to 1765 so


4. I was surprised by the amount of children my ancestors had. A lot of the families had between 6 and 11 children in what seemed like tough times.

5. I was surprised that there are many weird links from my ancestors to my own life and hobbies. I was a metal worker and my mother’s grandfather was a boiler maker (similar job only boiler makers use thicker metal). I read a lot of true war stories and military intelligence novels and my mother’s father was a leading coder in the Australian Navy for 20 years including during WW2. I also like reading about escape stories and on my father’s side, my great great grandmother’s father was a Australian convict who apparently liked to escape. Told you it was weird.

6. I am thrilled to know I have Australian convict ancestors. To many Australians, this is Australian royalty.

7. I am enlightened to know that even having been convicts, my great great great grandparents ended up doing all right and passed on a religious background to their daughter.

8. I am humbled by the causes of death of many of my ancestors by diseases that are so commonly
treatable now.

9. I am enlightened by the attitude of my great great grandfather Thomas Laughton. After losing three young children to respiratory failure and even being investigated, they moved from Melbourne to Lakes Entrance, Victoria,  where he open the first hotel in the district.

10. I am humbled by all the help I have received from the genealogy community and genealogy forums when I first started researching my family tree.



3 Responses to “Genealogy Blogs and The Ancestor Approved Award”

  1. lynnpal on April 16th, 2010 12:14 pm

    Good job, your blog looks great and I love your sense of humour, looking forward to reading more.


  2. The Mad Genealogist on April 22nd, 2010 10:21 pm

    Hi Lynn

    Thanks for visiting and your kind words. I think everyone should have a little humour in their life. Especially genealogists pouring over all those files and records.


  3. genealogy on April 24th, 2010 12:00 pm

    I've been watching this award go around my favorite blogs … 2 weeks ago. The Mad Genealogist


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