Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A Convict Success Story

While my convict ancestors were an ordinary bunch many other convicts became successful business men and women. James Squire was one success story.

I spotted this clever advertising in the city today.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Trove Tuesday - Posting elsewhere

Lest my readers think that I have forgotten about the Trove Tuesday blogging prompt I want to assure you it is alive and well in the GeniAus blogisphere. My issue is that I need to spread the love around the blogs I maintain.

Already in 2017 I have posted some Trove Tuesday items..

You can see some 2017 posts here:

Friday, January 13, 2017

Calling Members of the Commonwealth at Rootstech

Commonwealth People - 2016 Dinner

For the past few years I have coordinated a casual dinner for people from the British Commonwealth attending Rootstech. This gathering gives us a chance to make a few friends prior to the big event. In previous years it event has taken place on the Tuesday evening prior to Rootstech. This year, however, we will have a change of day and venue as Rootstech Ambassadors have an Ambassador gig to attend on Tuesday evening.

In previous years we have had attendees from Australia, Bermuda, Canada, England, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa and Wales. I would be beaut to meet reps from Antigua or Zimbabwe or any Commonwealth country in between.

Commonwealth folk please accept this post as your invitation. 

You are invited to a casual "People from the Commonwealth" get together
 at the 
Blue Lemon55 West South Temple Salt Lake City, UT 84111 
 6:00pm - 9:00pm on Monday 6th February 2017. 

RSVP By email to or via a comment on this post

As the restaurant closes at 9:00pm please arrive in plenty of time to dine and chat. We will gather at the rear of the restaurant so we won't cause too much disturbance to other patrons. After closing time new found friends may wish to adjourn to a neighbourhood bar to continue their conversations.

Blue Lemon Location 

Cool Aussies after the 2016 Commonwealth Dinner

GAGs - GeniAus' Gems - 13 January 2017

We're having a heatwave here in Sydney - the perfect environment for sitting inside with the a/c blowing and concentrating on blogging business. I haven't managed to read many overseas blogs this week but have faithfully read all the downunder ones to which I subscribe.

As I have previously mentioned my GAGs selections are subjective, I prefer posts with nice photos, ones that aren't too long-winded and I mostly steer clear of  theme posts (they get coverage in other ways) except TroveTuesday because Trove deserves recognition. I am biased towards posts from my local area and about places that have some personal connection. I'm also fond of a bit of scandal or a touch of humour. Boy bloggers (a rare breed) get special consideration).

I work very hard to keep my list to about a dozen suggestions so I have to disregard many worthy posts. I like to keep my list Short and Sweet

1. A local family builds a house

2. Betty takes us out in Melbourne.

3. Yvonne's post convinced me to join this challenge.

4. This blog should be on your reading list each week not just when I share a link to a single post.

5. Katrina's love for her Grandmother.

6. A scandal in Jennifer's lines.

7. Jess highlights the usefulness of advertisements.

8. Newspapers don't always get it right.

9. Inheritance in Susan's family.

10. Alona attends her 3x great grandma's birthday party - thanks to Trove.

11. Vicki tells us about the Old Bailey where many of our ancestors had their dayatios in court.

12. Congratulations to Glynn and his team on 2,000 returns.


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