Dry Mormon

New Zealander Jan Gow described herself in an interview in the Deseret News as a Dry Mormon. 

The article describes a  Dry Mormon as  one who “is not a member of the church, but like millions around the world, has a deep-seated addiction to the family history hobby.”



I happened across this mouthful of a word from Japan on the OxfordWords blog and I immediately thought how appropriate it was for family historians.

Natsukashii: This adjective is commonly used when something evokes a sense of nostalgia for the past or fond remembrance. It is not a wistful longing, but a happy look back at a past memory, for instance when looking at old pictures from childhood.

Source: http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2016/11/untranslatable-japanese-words/

There is also an article on Natsukashii here: http://www.trussel.com/jap/remember.htm


The Strongly-Maybe Pile

Thanks to Geneablogger Leanne for granting me permission to quote from her recent blogpost.

The Strongly-Maybe Pile: We all have them, I’m sure; records, clippings, and snippets of information put aside that seem to belong to our family history, that seem to fit nicely into our family trees.  The details add up, our gut instincts kick in, we have a good feeling about it etc, etc – but just not quite all of the information to be certain…yet.


GeniAus Rootstech Free Pass Giveaway

If you are considering a trip to RootsTech in Salt Lake City from February 8-11, 2017 you might like to save on Registration. As a RootsTech Ambassador I have a complimentary RootsTech plus Innovator Summit 2017 4-day pass, valued at $299 to give away.

It includes:

  • Innovator Summit
  • Over 200 classes
  • Keynotes
  • General sessions
  • RootsTech sessions
  • Getting Started classes
  • Expo hall
  • Evening events
If you are one of the organised folk who has already registered for RootsTech you can still enter as, if you are the winner, you will receive a refund of your registration fee from the organisers.
This contest is only for a complimentary registration to the full four-day conference ($299 value) – you are responsible for all other associated costs.

Entering my contest is easy: 
For me one of the most exciting parts of Rootstech is networking with fellow genies and presenters.

1) To enter this contest you are asked to search the internet and find a link to a blog post, video or photo that shows me and someone famous or infamous I have met or interviewed at a previous Rootstech OR If you have a picture of you and me together at Rootstech you can share that in a new post.
2) Please share your link on Social Media with the phrase GeniAus with [persons’s name] at Rootstech [year] and let me know of it in an email to jillballau@gmail.com with the subject 2017 Rootstech Giveaway.
3) The winner is also invited to find me in the Media Hub so that we can meet in person and have a happy snap together.
4) The Judges’s decision is final.
All entries must be received by Midnight (GMT) on Monday 14 November and I will try to notify the winner by email before Midnight (GMT) on Wednesday 16 November. I will subsequently announce the winner in a blog post on the GeniAus blog.
An Example Post: GeniAus with Jenny, Hilary and Pauleen at Rootstech 2015
Disclosure: I am an RootsTech 2017 Ambassador and one of the advantages is being given this free registration. I have also received a complimentary registration to RootsTech 2017 but I will have to outlay several thousand of my own dollars to make the trip to Rootstech.