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
The very first piece of advice on the challenge sign-up page is “We recommend short posts”. As I’m eleven days late with my theme reveal I’ll make it short.
In a video I made yesterday about my CurryAus Surname Study I showed how I use Trove lists to keep track of articles I find about people with the Curry surname in Trove. When showing this list yesterday I realised that I had 245 items on that list.
So where possible I will go through Curry forenames from A-Z as per the event schedule and share some of the articles I have found there relating to Currys. For problem letters like X and Q of course I may have to resort to Google.
As I have been reading the posts in my RSS feed this week I realised just how many of my geneablogging mates from downunder are participating in the 2016 A-Z Blogging Challenge.
I had avoided this activity in previous years but this morning I just couldn’t help myself, I didn’t want to be a wallflower. I’m a party animal and just had to join my mates. I decided that I would give my CurryAus Surname Study a boost by nominating this blog for the challenge.
What made the difference was the very first piece of advice on the challenge sign-up page “We recommend short posts”, that sounded like me “short and sweet”.
You can see the list of participants here: http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/p/a-z-challenge-sign-up-list-2016.html I am number 1782.
On the 17th March, St Patrick’s Day, we think of the Currys who travelled to Australia from Ireland.
A peek at my CurryAus database tells me that some Currys came to Australia from the Irish counties of Antrim, Clare, Meath, Tipperary and Tyrone. There are several whose counties of origin I cannot yet determine.
My first Curry ancestor to arrive in Australia was Patrick per Hooghley from Limerick.
When will I ever find the time to follow these results up?
I was delighted to see that in its latest update Trove, has some beaut new features, an updated look in the newspaper area and one major new resource that has yielded quite a few snippets of information on Australian Currys.
Covering the period from 1832-2000 the New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 – 1900) and Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001) provide full text of :
- Government Gazette Notices
- Government Gazette Private Notices
- Government Gazette Proclamations And Legislation
- Government Gazette Appointments And Employment
- Government Gazette Tenders And Contracts
- Government Gazette Index And Contents
- Government Gazette Budgetary Papers Government Gazette
- Freedom Of Information
- and probably some other categories I have missed.
I carried out some preliminary searches to see what I could turn up for Currys
I did a simple search for the word Curry, the surname which is the subject of my surname study, although I cannot find any results prior to 1880 (must check further to see what the actual coverage is) I found plenty. I will need to narrow down the 1,903 hits I got for this term and slowly work through the results. The first page of hits promises to be most useful:
I’m sending thanks to a Generous Genie – Laura Foenander, one of my online genimates, for sending me a report on the descendants of Joseph Curry (born about 1822) and his wife Mary Robinson who settled in Victoria.
Laura learnt about my CurryAus study from a post on my GeniAus blog and followed up with this offer of information.