I wouldn’t mind stealing the title of this post for my blog but it already belongs to a hefty tome, Curry, scotch broth or irish stew, that I found in our State Library of NSW on a recent visit. It’s an apt title because most of the Currys in Australia are descended from Irish or Scottish families, there are just a few English Currys.
I found this book frustrating to use and handle but it was a great help to me in reconstructing the family of John Curry and Margaret Bowes who emigrated to Australia with a tribe of offspring on the Oriental in 1850.
John Curry and Family on The Oriental 1850 (http://srwww.records.nsw.gov.au/ebook/list.asp?series=NRS5316&item=4_4786&ship=Oriental)
As I haven’t finished going through the book which (can you believe it) is unsourced I need to return to the State Library of NSW to use it again. The clues it gives for names and places enables me to check my database, locate sources and create a tree for all of John and Margaret’s descendants.
I can’t fathom why the author created such a big book with acres of white space. With careful setting out it could be half the weight and size. At least my arms are getting some exercise as I handle it.
See: Individual Summary – John Curry
I’m a compulsive volunteerer and joiner-inner so when I saw that quite a few of my Genimates were participating in the Blogging from A-Z Challenge I joined up at the last minute. I therefore had no time to prepare and think about what I had let myself in for so I made some newbie mistakes.
Yes, I will do it again but I won’t repeat the mistakes I made this year. I liked my theme but it also caused me problems as each of my posts required me to devote between 1-4 hours to research and writing up. As I was concerned about some unforeseen event occurring that would prevent me completing the challenge I put a lot of pressure on myself to get ahead of the challenge calendar. When I completed all the posts about ten days ahead of time there was an enormous sense of relief.
My topic was rather dull and dry and not of great appeal to a general audience. Next time I will probably choose one of my other blogs and a topic that will allow my voice and personalty to come through in the posts. I’ll also choose a topic that will allow me to share some of the thousands of photos I have taken on my travels. As I was not aiming for immediate gratification this wasn’t a huge problem. I was wanting to get my stories out into the blogisphere where they can act as Cousin Bait for folk who in the future may be searching for their Curry ancestors in Australia. The challenge gave me the impetus to write some of those stories.
I chose my CurryAus blog for the challenge as it is the least known of my blogs and I thought it would benefit from some extra exposure. Although it did not have a huge number of visitors I was quite pleased that the challenge brought me new genealogy contacts in Australia and further afield. I had a few visitors who were disappointed to find that it wasn’t a food blog about Curry cooking downunder.
As my interest is genealogy and family history I enjoyed finding new geneablogs to follow. This would be made easier if the organisers could create a category for genealogy/family history blogs. As it is hard to identify a blog’s content from its title it took me until nearly the end of the challenge to find some of these blogs (and I’m sure I missed others).
I loved reading the posts from other bloggers on all manner of topics but found that I just didn’t have time to comment on as many blogs as I would have wished. It was also interesting to find that one of my genealogy contacts was also a passionate blogger, it took the challenge to let me know about her blogging activity.
As a result of the challenge, I have made some new contacts, learnt lots from the posts of Genimates , given my Surname Study some exposure, had many trips down memory lane, encouraged a fellow blogger to research her family history and seen some awful and some awesome blogging.
Roll on April 2017…. I’ll be prepared next time.
There is an new song buzzing in my ear today. Courtesy of Dora the Explorer I can sing We did it. But why we?
Without the encouragement of my genimates and other bloggers I would never have made it to the finish line of the A-Z Blogging Challenge. Thanks to those new and old friends who have visited CurryAus over the past month.
Like Dora I went exploring but through the Curry forenames in my surname study database and shared some of the articles I found on Trove relating to Currys. I hoped that I would have the stamina to complete the challenge and I did it.
It’s worth celebrating
I will pen my thoughts about the challenge over on my GeniAus blog later in the week of but for now I’m borrowing an idea from fellow challengees, Maria and Pauleen, and posting a compilation of my posts here in case any of my readers want a convenient way to get a dose of Curry.
A is for Albert
B is for Beatrice
C is for Charles
D is for Daphne
E is for Ernest
F is for Ferris
G is for Gladys
H is for Hedley
I is for Irene
J is for Jill
K is for Keith
L is for Lost (and Leslie too)
M is for Mary
N is for Nicholas
O is for Oswald
P is for Patrick
Q is for Quinn
R is for Ralph
S is for Sophia
T is for Thomas
U is for Una
V is for Volney
W is for William
X is for Xavier
Y is for Yvonne
Z is for Zena