Genealogy Blogs and The Ancestor Approved Award

April 15, 2010 · Filed Under Genealogy · 3 Comments 


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.


Australia and US Who Do You Think You Are?

April 10, 2010 · Filed Under Australia · 1 Comment 


It seems like there is more good news for Australian fans of the genealogy TV show Who Do You Think You Are?

I was visiting a genealogy forum today and found a post saying that the first episode of the USA series of Who Do You Think You Are? in which Sarah Jessica Parker traces her ancestry, will air at 9:30pm Wednesday April 21st on Channel 9.

The post also mentions that the third series of the Australian Who Do You Think You Are? is halfway through production.

When I first heard that a number of countries bought the rights to the US version of Who Do You Think You Are? a few days ago, I just presumed that it would be SBS as they have run both the Australian and English versions of Who Do You Think You Are? in the past.

Don’t forget the new series of the UK Who Do You Think You Are? starts April 11th on SBS at 7.30pm with Rick Stein – Celebrated foodie.

Who Do You Think You Are? | SBS

April 8, 2010 · Filed Under Australia · 3 Comments 

Good news for Australian fans of the TV program Who Do You Are? The Australian Television Station SBS has scheduled new episodes of the hugely popular genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are? beginning April 11th 2010.

The new episodes are from the 2009, Series 6 of  the UK  program Who Do You Think You Are? SBS has only 3 shows listed at present:

April 11th Rick Stein – Celebrated foodie.

April 18th Zoë Wanamaker – Actor.

April 25th  Kevin Whately – Actor, famous for playing working-class character Detective Sergeant Lewis in Inspector Morse.

Other episodes in Series 6 of UK genealogy TV show, Who Do You Think You Are? include Fiona Bruce and Rory Bremner, which hopefully SBS will broadcast.

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