Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – What Were You Doing in 1995?

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 the mission was

1) Do you recall what you were doing in 1995?  Family, school, work, hobbies, technology, genealogy, vacations, etc?

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

Here’s mine

Family: In 1995, I had separated from my husband, and my son had gone to live with his father, so it was just my daughter and I

Work/school: At the time, I was not working.  My daughter was attending a special school, as she has autism.

Hobbies/genealogy: My main hobby since having my children has been working on the family history.  Since, in 1995, my daughter was at school during the day, and I wasn’t working, this left me with a lot of time to work on the family history.  I was able to do some research in the local library, which had a room set aside for family history research, and I also travelled in to Melbourne to search the collections in the State Library.

Technology: In 1995, I didn’t have a Windows computer yet, I think I had a Commodore 64 at the time, and one of the old style printers to go with it.  I also had an electric typewriter. Most of my research at this time was on pen (or pencil) and paper, and I just used the computer for games, and the typewriter for typing letters.

Vacations: In November, I went on a trip to Adelaide, while my daughter was in respite.  Although most of the trip was for leisure, I did go to the West Terrace Cemetery in Adelaide, in the hopes of viewing the headstones for my 2x great grandfather’s brother John Whimpey, and his family, who had lived in Adelaide. When I got there, they told me the family didn’t have headstones, but I was able to get printouts of the records for the family from the office at the cemetery.  While in Adelaide, I also visited St Luke’s Church in Whitmore Square, Adelaide, where John’s son Joseph had been married. Unfortunately, I didn’t take a camera with me, so I don’t have any photos of the trip.

At Christmas, my daughter and I, and perhaps my son as well, spent a few days staying with my dad at Wonthaggi, and we went swimming at the beach at Cape Patterson.