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The Amateur on the Panel

I’m an amateur genealogist, I don’t profess to be an expert but I try to be diligent  in my research efforts. I enjoy dabbling with CurryAus, my Surname Study, because it gives my brain cells a real workout as I try to merge the jigsaw of all the Curry records I find into a coherent collection of family trees.

It was a pleasant surprise when I was invited to join two professionals and Surname Study experts in a panel presentation, Surname Studies – the why, the how and much more!, at THE Genealogy Show 2019 in Birmingham in June.

THEgshow header

I am sure that I will learn more from fellow panelists, Kirsty Gray, Founder of the Surname Society and Janet Few, The History Interpreter,  than I will contribute to the session. I aim to enthuse a few beginners to start up a surname study and share some tips that rookie surname studiers can employ as they start out on their Surname journeys.

Whether you are already undertaking a Surname Study or you just want to know the whys and hows of Surname Studies I can promise that this will be a lively and entertaining session.

 

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Where to now?

When The Surname Society was launched I dived in and registered a surname study. Being a novice in this area I made a list of tasks that I would undertake:

  • I have opened a new project in my Family Historian software into which I have imported my Australian Currys. Several Society members already use  Family Historian for their Surname studies so there is much help available.
  • I will add any new Curry references I find to that project.
  • I have set up this Wordpress blog through which I will share Curry stories, trivia and news as wll as reports on my research.
  • I already have 8,000+ Curry references in an Excel spreadsheet. I am currently massaging this data so that I can use Colin’s free XL to Ged utility to convert the data in the spreadsheet to a gedcom file that I can import into my Family Historian project.
  • I will set up a few Google alerts that will hopefully retrieve some Curry news from the web. I will have to put some thoughts into crafting these so that I don’t get lots of news about Indian cuisine.
  • I will search the various databases at my disposal to find Currys.
  • I will see what Curry information Mr Google can dig up for me.
  • I will promote my study on social media so that others will be aware of  the study. The hashtag will be #CurryAus and the URL of my blog contains CurryAus.
  • I will use Evernote as a tool to keep track of the blog and its posts.
  • I will use the information shared in the Surname Society forums to give me guidance.
  • Apart from that I will just learn as I go.

To date I have set up the Family Historian database and blog. I am also getting the data in my old spreadsheet ready to import into Family Historian, I can see that this will take some time.

CurryAus

My maiden name is Curry, I am descended from an Irish convict,  Patrick Curry, who was transported to the colony of New South Wales in 1825. In addition to collecting information on Paddy’s descendants downunder I have gathered quite a few references to unrelated Currys. For a number of years I have sat on this data which may be of use to others.

Some Australian Currys 1970

Since joining The Surname Society recently I have registered a surname study for the Curry Surname in Australia. As I have never seriously undertaken a surname study before I am on my L plates, I have taken on board advice that has been shared in the Society’s forums and information on the Guild of One-Name Studies site (I’m a member there too).

I will be recording my journey on this blog and its associated pages.

If you have any Australian Currys in your tree or among your friends and neighbours I’d love to hear about them.

I am also happy to check my infant database for Curry references for tose with connections.