Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – Your Best Visit with Relatives

Each week on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings blog he has a post for Saturday night Genealogy fun.  Because of the time difference, I have called my series Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun.  This week’s mission was:

1)  Have you visited with friends or relatives to find out more about your ancestors (parents, grandparents, etc.)?  If so, what was your “best” visit with friends or relatives who provided information, stories or photographs of your ancestors?

2)  Tell us in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or in a Facebook or Google+ comment.

My best visit with friends or relatives would have to be the time I attended the Russell family reunion at Buninyong in 2001. I already wrote about this in my Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – Best Genealogy Day Ever post back in October.

As a single mother, between caring for my daughter (who has autism) and working, I’ve never had much time for visiting relatives, so this was one of only a few visits with relatives where I received information, stories or photographs.

I visited my mum’s sister a number of times over the years, and she did provide me with some information about the family. On one visit, she gave me copies of birth, death and marriage certificates for her parents and her father’s father, and my mum’s birth certificate.  On another visit, she gave me copies of photos for the family.  Since my visits to her were generally quick visits on my way either to or from my dad’s place, there wasn’t much time for learning about the family history.

My dad wasn’t really interested in the family history, and he had only a few photos, which were mainly for my mum’s side of the family, so I didn’t learn much about the family from dad.  The one item from dad I value the most was a story he wrote about his life for Probus.  Dad also once sent me pages from the book “Tarnagulla & District: The Way It Was”, with information about his father’s side of the family.