Bridging the Past and Future - Congress 2018

Congress 2018

Finally I have time to sit and reflect on a fantastic four days last week. I am very pleased with my decision to take two days LSL and attend Bridging the Past, the 15th Australasian Congress on Genealogy and Heraldry. I was always going to wait until I retired to do something like this.

My takeaways and homework include:

  • Avoid being sucked into the never-ending hole - only when you start writing do you see the gaps in your research
  • Don't forget about the Government Gazettes and Journals on Trove
  • If we don't tell the stories of those who came before, the history will be lost in just three generations
  • Don't forget to revisit the Historical Land Records Viewer
  • Phase my DNA to work out maternal and paternal lines
  • Check our Scotland's Places in more detail
  • Download Phillamore's Atlas from
  • Learn more about clandestine marriages
  • Check out Dusty Docs
  • Add more of my family images to Flickr and add to Trove group
  • Revisit Griffith's Valuations
  • Fix up this blog - it looks very ordinary! (Must have been going through a minimalist phase when I last updated its look.)
  • Look at the Glasgow Poor Law Records
  • Check out mapping on Google Earth Pro
I hope there is another congress in three years time. I'll be there! 


  1. So pleased you didn't wait until retirement. See you in 2021.

    1. I can't wait. I'd love it to be in Melbourne.

    2. I'd love it to be in Melbourne too Sharon, then I could afford to go.

    3. Thanks for writing out my 'to do' list Sharon :-)

  2. We've all got those homework lists! It was great to meet you.

  3. Great list of things to do and you reminded me of some I need to do too.

  4. It was good to meet you and share stories and experiences. Yes, much to follow through, I’ll be busy for months.

  5. Just reading the list made me smile and feel motivated all over again :)

  6. The problem is I don't know where to start. I think I need to develop a plan.

  7. Yes, me too: reading your list brought back happy memories and heaps of motivation. Pat Pack

  8. I'm looking forward to get to one...Melbourne would be ideal


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