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Sunday, 25 December 2016

Accentuate the Positive - A Look Back at 2016

Blogger Jill Ball has posted her Accentuate the Positive meme. This is a great way for us to look back on the genealogy successes we have had this past year. Here's mine - slightly adapted:

A precious family photo I found was - it wasn't a photo I found. It  was a way to share photos with family members. I spent 5 weeks deeply immersed in creating beautiful, shareable gifts showcasing the old family photos.

My 2016 blog post that I was particularly proud of was the daily posts in October to highlight Family History Month.

 I made a new genimate who is such an inspiration.

A new piece of software I mastered was Artisan 5 a scrapbooking program that allowed me to create amazing ways to share our family photos.

A social media tool I enjoyed using for genealogy was Facebook. I love my page and the interaction between and among the Scots disapora that follow the page.

A genealogy conference/seminar/webinar from which I learnt something new was The GreatCanadian Genealogy Summit. I was one of the co-organizers and boy was THAT a learning experience. It was such a joy to see our dreams come to fruition.

 I am proud of the presentation I gave at/to I did full day workshops across Canada and these were a real treat. Although tired by the end of the day, sharing with others and helping them to move forward with their research was such an uplifting experience.

 A journal/magazine article I had published was - well, it hasn't actually been published yet, but stay tuned as it is due to be released in the spring!

I taught a friend how to find information on his Scottish grandparents and their parents and their parents....

 A genealogy book that taught me something new was - it wasn't a book - it was a group of colleagues! I am part of one of Marian Pierre-Louis' Mastermind groups. What an incredible learning journey that has been.

A great repository/archive/library I visited was I had the chance to visit the Stromness Museum in Orkney. I made mention of the Hudson's Bay Company and the curator led me to her shelves FULL of genealogical records - not only about the Hudson's Bay Company but about all sorts of little gems relating to those with Orcadian Ancestry.

It was exciting to finally meet all of the genies I have known for years via social media - either Facebook or Google+ at RootsTech

 A geneadventure I enjoyed was once again being honoured to share the personal journeys of Scots who join me in their ancestral homeland to do research. The places they have seen, the records they have discovered and the stories they have learned are heart-warming.

Another positive I would like to share is ... how terrific the genealogy community is. 


  1. Thanks Christine for being the first to take up my challenge. It was a privilege to meet you in person at Rootstech this year.

  2. The Stromness Museum in Orkney must have been a great experience for you, Christine. I really enjoyed my visit to Orkney when I was in Scotland many years ago, but I spent most of my time exploring things outdoors. Fabulous scenery, historical sites etc!

  3. Judy, it was amazing. I loved Orkney. I was outdoors most of the time too and the weather was glorious. The treasures at the Stromness museum were icing on the cake!

    1. I was lucky enough to have glorious weather too. You've made me feel quite nostalgic. I think I'll have to dig out my photos from that trip. :-)

    2. Enjoy the trip down memory lane!