Australian genie, Stella, recently used this charming term in a Facebook post. As I was not familiar with it I sought help from Google.
Wiktionary told me that Cousinade is a French word for a family Reunion.
With the help of my schoolgirl French I was able to read an article about Cousinade in Wikipedia. Cousinade is now entrenched in my lexicon.
The GeniAus Mob’s Cousinade in Hawaii
Last weekend I met up with Sylvia Valentine, a genimate of mine from Yorkshire. In reporting our meeting on Twitter Sylvia called me her Genie Chum, which I guess is an English equivalent of Genimate.
I’ll be seeing Sylvia at The Genealogy Show in Birmingham later this week. Perhaps I’ll find some new English geneawords to add to the Geneadictionary there.
GeniAus with Sylvia Valentine in Yorkshire
At the Rootstech Conference yesterday we were challenged to take a geneaselfie and post it on Twitter. My genimate Sharn White took a photo of her and I and posted it with the caption ” being genie-silly ” so that term for a moment of madness in a genealogy setting enters the Geneadictionary.
GeniAus (left) and Sharn White in a genie-silly moment
Shauna Hicks used the term Geneafest in a blog post earlier this week.
GeniAus and Kirsty Gray at Rootstech : a huge geneafest
My dictionary tells me that a fest is : a special event where people can enjoy a particular activity or thing.
A Geneafest therefore is a special event where people can enjoy genealogy related activities.
I note that Shauna has used the term Geneafest in several blog posts including:
The first use of the word I could find was in this post from Family Tree Magazine in 2010:
A Sabbatical for GeniAus
Often genealogists disappear from the geneasphere for a while. Because I have been concentrating on other things the poor old Geneadictionary hasn’t posted any new entries for a while.
I am not feeling particularly creative so I suggest we use the term Sabbatical to describe those times when we take a break from geneactivities.
Several online sources that I have consulted suggest that a Sabbatical can be a “Break from work ( https://www.monster.co.uk/career-advice/article/taking-a-sabbatical) or ” is a rest from work, or a break, often lasting from two months to a year (https://www.google.com.au/search?q=sabbatical&oq=sabbatical&aqs=chrome..69i57.3925j0j9&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8).
Remembering that All Work and no play makes Jack (and Jill) dull I am committed to regular Sabbaticals.
Thanks to my lack of typing skills I have coined another word for the Geneadictionary. As I was typing Rootstech this morning I omitted an o and the word became Rotstech. At the time I was writing about my post-Rootstech malaise.
Rotstech or post-Rootstech malaise – a condition that affects genies on the Sunday immediately after the Rootstech conference when feels both exhausted and energised.
#genealogyselfie has been in the Geneadictionary for a while.
Here’s my #genealogy selfie picture for 2017.
I was thrilled to receive some Geneamail from my genimate, Katherine Willson in the US.