It’s National Family History Month down under and Australian genealogy personality Jill Ball is outing herself as a Nervous Nellie when it comes to embarking on a one-place study. Looks like a perfect postcode to us, Jill!
Kirsty & Jill – hard work, these genealogy cruises!
Thank you for giving me an opportunity to contribute to this blog during National Family History Month
When I was on the Unlock the Past Genealogy cruise earlier this year I had no intention of joining the Society for One Place Studies but, as a result of Kirsty Gray’s presentation, I was hooked (the prospect of getting a badge to add to my geneabling collection was an added incentive). It wasn’t just Kirsty’s lively and convincing manner that attracted me, it was the style and structure of the Society for One Place Studies.
I liked that the Society was truly international with committee members from around the globe, I already knew and respected some of these people. That the Society has embraced technology for administration, communication and education impressed me, the Society is a trendsetter that has cemented itself in the 21st Century. I joined the Society because I wanted to put my support behind such a progressive organisation.
So here I am, an inactive member of six months standing. I have devoured information on the website, joined and watched Hangouts, subscribed to the blog, and followed the group on social media but am still not quite ready to set up a study.
Is it best to attempt a study on a locality within cooee of home where it’s convenient to visit, take pictures and check resources. Is it presumptuous of one little old Aussie lady to undertake a study in an area where she lives but has no roots? There is a local historical society and a local studies librarian at the library. Would I be treading on toes if I decided to study my suburb?
Modern-day commerce in Galston NSW
Figures from the 2011 census tell me that in 2011 the population of Galston
, a semi-rural suburb in Sydney, was 2,998 and this only grew late last century when larger orchards in the area were subdivided into 5 acre lots with some small residential plots in the village. I could move the focus of my study one suburb away to Arcadia
where Mr GeniAus’ family were early settlers, Arcadia only had a population of 1,305 in 2011.
With my passion for family history my inclination is to attempt a partial study concentrating on the people of Galston or Arcadia. I would mine the newspapers on Trove [Ed: Trove is awesome!], and use other online resources such as the NSW Birth, Death and Marriage Indexes, Ancestry, Familysearch and Findmypast databases as well as available print resources, the local historical society and library to build up a database of early families from the suburb. If I attack this a decade at a time it should be something I can manage.
My mother always told me that “If a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing well.” If I attempt a study I want to do it justice.
Do you think this Nervous Nellie should have a crack at Galston 2159 Australia?