Genea-phantom – those people in your tree who you know existed, family history has always treated as a given, but when you go looking, you cannot find a shred of evidence they ever existed.  Also known as Census-dodgers.



Professional Genealogist, Kirsty Gray, once described her progress up the Genealadder in a blog post.

Kirsty said “I have been extremely lucky in my geneadventures this year – 2014 was certainly a good year and I have definitely put my feet a few more steps up on the genealadder. Alan Phillips of Unlock The Past Cruises (Gould Genealogy) invited me ‘Down Under’ on the Sydney cruise in February where I was lucky enough to work alongside Jill Ball, Pauleen Cass, Kerry Farmer, Shauna Hicks, Maria Northcote, Helen Smith and Sharn White, amongst many other professional and amateur genies. International ‘talent’ included Thomas MacEntee, Chris Paton and Jane Taubman – as well as me! – and it would appear that my sea legs are pretty solid, so I am cruising again in 2015″.

I note that in 2016 Kirsty climbed a few more rungs and, with several proposals for Rootstech 2017 accepted, she continues to move upwards.