Green Roots

When searching the internet for the term “Green Roots” one finds many references to products and campaigns related to the environment.

As a family historian sitting in my geneacave on St. Patrick’s Day my thoughts turned to my ancestors who made arduous journeys from Ireland to New South Wales in the 1800s. I call these my Green Roots.

Collateral Relative

A collateral relative is any blood relative who is not your direct ancestor. So your ancestors are your parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, etc., and your collateral relatives are cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, siblings, etc.

My Mother, Grandmother and I (Babe in arms) with a bunch of collateral relatives


My friends and genimates know that my typing skills are punk.

A typo I made on a Facebook post this morning provided me with a new term for the Geneadictionary when I typed and posted Genealblogging instead of Geneablogging.

I quickly defined Genealblogging as blogging about genealogy with care and kindness – quite apt for our genimate Judy G Russell!

Cemetery Kit

When genealogists talk about a cemetery kit they are not referring to a gravedigger or funeral director’s tools of trade.

A Cemetery Kit contains tools and items that will help a visitor to a cemetery or graveyard carry out cleaning and maintenance on the graves or tombs they wish to tend.

Following are some links which advise on the contents of such a kit.

This cemetery in Castletown Geoghegan, Ireland is in need of a visitor with a cemetery kit


A genimate on Facebook just described herself as a Tart – one who doesn’t have allegiance to one resource but flits from resource to resource.

In this context I think a being a bit of a Tart is a smart move.


I was reading through some of my old blog posts this morning and came across a reference to a post written in 2011 by the late Joan Miller, a Canadian genie, on her Luxegen blog.

Joan had coined a term Genea-Bodies and written a post about the opportunities nobodies have to become somebodies and influence others via social media. You can read Joan’s post here:

I was an Official Rootstech Blogger in 2011 with Joan, that opportunity has opened many doors in the geneaworld for me.

Joan Miller (L) and Jill Ball (R) interview Familysearch CEO Jay Verkler at Rootstech 2011

Friends Sleeping Place

I always learn something new when I read a post on Anne Young’s blog. Today as I was reading Q is for Quaker I expanded on my scant knowledge of the Quaker religion.

Anne wrote about Temple Hill Burial Ground which is also known as The Friends Sleeping Place. I thought that such a peaceful description of a burial place deserved a place in the Geneadictionary.

Thanks Anne for teaching me about this resting place.

Friends Sleeping Place


While most dictionaries define estrays as domestic animals who are lost or wandering the word is used in a different context in the archival situation to describe records that have strayed..

State Archives and Records NSW has an information page about estrays here on their website.

It defines Estrays as: “Estrays are records created by a NSW government or public sector organisation which are not under that organisation’s control.”

In a recent video Martyn Killion from the Archives shows an estray, an admission register from the Protestant Male Orphan School,  that has recently digitised into the Archives Online Collection.


While Genflix is a streaming service for videos it was a term used in the promotion of the recent RootstechConnect Online Conference.

The organisers suggested that the event was like a Netflix service that allowed for binge watching of a series of videos. They suggested that, as RootstechConnect, provided a means of binge watching genealogy presentations it could be labelled as GenFlix.

You can still get a GenFlix by going to where you can view the presentations from the event.