“As They Were” Questionnaire on Family History

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Crissouli from As You Were has asked fellow bloggers to respond to this questionnaire. The objective is to use the variety of responses to help field questions from new or thinking-about-it genealogists. Crissouli does so much for others the least we can do is help out, so here’s my response. Why not help out with your own feedback?


1. What is the most important detail you want to find about your  ancestors?

Knowing about their daily lives in Australia and where they originated overseas. Obviously I need names and dates before I can go down this path, but it’s my ultimate goal for my ancestral families.

2. Do you buy certificates?

Absolutely!! I really don’t know how research can be done without certificates, either bought, borrowed or buried in archival sources. When our children were younger and the family budget was committed, I’d ask for them as Christmas, birthday, or Mother’s Day gifts.

3.  Do you belong to a paid subscription site, if so, which one/s?

Yes: Findmypast is my favourite but I also have Ancestry. I’ve used others in the past but not currently.

4. What has been your ‘best’ find?

The latest snippet of discovery? But if we’re talking about pivotal finds, then the church record for the marriage of my George Kunkel and Mary O’Brien. I posted about why it was so important here. Or perhaps actually finding Mary O’Brien from County Clare.

5. Who is your favourite ancestor and why?

Maybe the one who has been giving me the greatest challenge most recently.

6. What are you looking for on a regular basis?

Any little snippet of information that sheds light on my ancestor’s lives. And I’m still searching for some immigration records even after 27 years.

7. Do you belong to any genealogy group, or family history society?

Yes, currently Genealogical Society of the Northern Territory and the Toowoomba & Darling Downs Family History Society. I’ll rejoin the Genealogical Society of Queensland and the Queensland Family History Society when I return to Queensland to live. Societies have so much to offer the new, and continuing, researcher to expand their knowledge and skills.

8. Do you belong to any Facebook or other social media genealogy groups? Would you join if there was one available?

Yes, but I’m not as active as I could/should be. Geneabloggers is my main social media group.

9. Have you ever volunteered to transcribe, index etc.? Would you be interested in doing so?

Yes but not for a while. Time to start again?

10. What is your personal reason for being involved with genealogy/family history?

I started because I wanted to know where my German surname originated and who I inherited it from. What’s kept me going are curiosity and the ability to keep learning about people, history, society, and technology. I can get just as engaged in researching a friend’s family history as my own.

And, for what it’s worth, some general advice to budding researchers.