Caitie. 23. Brisbane, Australia.

I'm an aspiring young genealogist and have been researching my family history since I was 18. I've broken down many brick walls, & recently solved a 100 year mystery.


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The third video in my Christmas Series for Geneabloggers Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories.


This is the second video in my Christmas Series which I’m doing as my response to Geneabloggers Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories.

Two videos in one day, aren’t y’all lucky!

This is my first video in my Christmas series which I’m doing as my response to Geneabloggers Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories. 

And if any of you would like to see a 10 second clip of me terribly singing Six White Boomers, then you should definitely watch this video. And perhaps subscribe to my YouTube Channel while you’re watching pretty please?

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories - December 1st

I’m participating in Geneabloggers Advent Calendar of Christmas MemoriesThere’s a prompt each day from 1 Dec - 24 Dec. While my responses are going to be in video format, I thought I would post some photos or other things relating to the prompts.

The prompt for the 1st of December was Christmas Trees. Here’s some facts about my Christmas Tree memories.

  • We never spent Christmas at home until Christmas of 2011 (with the exception of Christmas 1996 or 97 I believe).
  • We were either in Sydney or Texas for Christmas.
  • When my brother & I were little we’d put up our Xmas Tree before we went away, usually early-mid December.
  • When we got older Mum decided there was no point, we put one up in Sydney anyway.
  • Our tree is fake.
  • Most Australian’s have fake trees.
  • We didn’t put up a tree this year.
  • We may have left it up all year since last Christmas…we just never got around to taking it down.
  • It’s near our front door, so anyone who looks through our front door can see it. People probably think we’re a bit odd, haha. Or that we just really love Christmas.
  • We just need to change a few of the decorations.

Here’s a picture of our tree.

And yes, we’re changing the ‘2012’ decoration. :P

A letter to Grandma.

Dear Grandma,

Happy 81st Birthday in Heaven! <3
I wish I could have known you. You were taken away from us too soon.
I know you’d be so happy that I caught the genealogy bug from you. You’d be amazed at all the technology, and the discoveries I’ve made about my ancestors. I think you would have loved being part of the online genealogy community, but you would still have used your traditional methods ^_^ How I would have loved to go to court houses, churches, cemeteries and Civil War Battlegrounds with you. We would have had so much fun together, especially with all the genealogy happy dancing I’ve been doing lately!  

For most of my life I knew you through a small number of photographs and stories. Then came June of 2011. That was the first time I ever saw video footage of you. No words. Silence. It didn’t need words. I saw you moving, walking and smiling. I don’t think anyone in my family really knows just how happy I was, seeing the videos of you.

This year, in October, Aunty sent Mum some old letters that you had written to my Great Grandparents in the 1960s. For the first time, I was reading things you had written. For the first time, I was reading what you were thinking. Your thoughts. That’s something I never thought I’d get to discover.

I love you.

Nancy Robinson
Born: 3 Dec 1932, Texas, USA.
Died: May 1980, New Mexico, USA.

Crista Cowan (The Barefoot Genealogist) from discusses researching your relatives in the Lone Star State, TEXAS!

This is perfect as I’m half Texan, so I have many many ancestors & relatives from Texas. Will definitely be watching this a few times. I’m sure some good notes & ideas will come from this.