About GeniAus

I am an ancient Australian ancestor hunter who was formerly a librarian, teacher and IT specialist. Fascinated by Web2.0 applications I spend every spare moment chasing ancestors and connecting with other genealogists. I blog at Ballau.blogspot.com, curryaus.wordpress.com, geniaus.blogspot.com and geneadictionary.wordpress.com. I am a contributor to worldwidegenealogy.blogspot.com and I maintain a Society blog hornsbyshirefhg.wordpress.com. I am a member of several Societies in Australia, England and Internationally. Proud to have been an Official Blogger at Rootstech in 2011, 2012, 2013 ,2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 and Official Blogger at AFFHO12 and AFFHO2015. You can find my family at www.geniaus.net.

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: https://www.luxegen.ca/genea-bodies-the-new-somebodies/

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
Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Friends_Burial_Ground,_Temple_Hill.JPG


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 Rootstech.org where you can view the presentations from the event.

Gum Tree

The 26th of January is Australia Day so several geneabloggers wrote posts about the day.

Anne Young’s post, Climbing our family’s gum tree again, referred to a C’mon Aussie Australia Day Challenge Pauleen Cass had issued in 2014 in which Pauleen had used the term Gum Tree.

From reading these and other posts in the challenge I would suggest that a Gum Tree is a family tree that lists our ancestors and family members who were born, lived or died in Australia.

Gum Trees at Galston, NSW.