Genie Chum

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


A few years ago I needed a word to describe those friends I made through my involvement in genealogy. As an Aussie girl I though of our word for friend, mate and added the geni prefix to that to make Genimate.

Since I coined that word I have seen several variations on the spelling in friends’ posts eg Genemate, Geneamate, Gene-mate. However one spells it it has the same meaning.

I am blessed to have so many Genimates from around the globe.


A recent photo with some of my Genimates


When I shared the news of my Christmas surprise on social media my Genimate, Chris Goopy, suggested the word Geneapet.

Geneapet : The genealogists four-legged friend who keeps him or her company while spending time researching in the geneacave.

My little man whom I have only had for four days has found a cosy nest amongst the filing on a bottom shelf in my study.


Paddy, my new Geneapet

Back in the Geneacave

Mr and Mrs GeniAus have been away from home for two months on a journey that was part pleasure and part Geneajaunt (that part was probably pain for Mr GeniAus). While we were travelling we managed to meet up with some cousins and visit ancestral sites, archives and libraries.

Mr and Mrs GeniAus in Trinidad

Mr and Mrs GeniAus in Trinidad

Before I took off on the journey I was able to schedule enough posts to the Geneadictionary to cover my absence from home.

Now I am back in the Geneacave  I have done a bit of houskeeping on the blog and scheduled a few more posts to carry it through the Holiday Season.

In my Evernote account have a healthy list of new terms to be added to the Geneadictionary in 2015 so it is definitely an ongoing project. Now that I am on the lookout for words and phrases to add it is amazing how many I manage to find.

I am so grateful to all those generous Genimates who provide content for this blog.

Having a Chat

As I believe that blogging is a two-way street I appreciate comments on my blog posts.

At the moment I have my WordPress L plates on and can’t quite work out the security settings for commenting.  Please bear with me as I try to get my head around this feature.

While I want to deter spammers I also want to make it an easy process for my genimates to have a say.