Tuesday, March 22, 2011

ANZAC day geneablogging

After our successful Australia Day and Waitangi Day blogging challenges, Seonaid (@genebrarian) from the Central Auckland Research Centre, Auckland Libraries suggested that we get together to hold a joint Australian and New Zealand blogging event for ANZAC Day.

I thought it was a great idea. I hope you will join us.

Australians and New Zealanders know ANZAC Day - 25 April - as a national day of remembrance for Australian and New Zealanders who died at war.

Do you have an Australian or New Zealander in your family tree who was killed in military operations? We’d like to hear about not only their sacrifice, but the way their loss shaped their family history.

To participate:

  • Write a blog post about an Australian or New Zealander serviceman or woman’s family, and the impact war had on their family history.
  • Publish your post by 25 April 2011
  • Post a comment with the URL on this post, or under discussions on the Auckland Research Centre’s Facebook page.

By the end of April, all submissions will be listed in a summary posting on this blog and Auckland Libraries’ Kintalk blog.

If you are new to military research (as I am) you might try exploring the resources available on the Australian War Memorial site and the National Archives of Australia, or look further using the resources listed on Cora Num’s website.

Starting points for New Zealand researchers are listed on the Kintalk blog.

21 comments:

  1. Great idea. I'll put my thinking cap on.

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  2. Going to try again and get my spelling correct...

    Oh great idea, I'd love to join in. Can't wait to read all the other posts!

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  3. This is a great idea and I hope to join in also.

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  4. Here's my post in memory of Hugh O'Brien who died in France in WW1

    http://myfamilypuzzles.blogspot.com/2011/04/in-memory-of-hugh-obrien.html

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  5. My post about Alan Seabrook Mitchell who died over Munich on 2 October 1943.
    http://genealogymatters2me.blogspot.com/2011/04/anzac-day-blog-challenge-alan-seabrook.html

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  6. Here is my post in memory of Eric Hugh BARKER

    http://patientgenie.blogspot.com/2011/04/in-memory-of-eric.html

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  7. Thanks Alison, Sharon and patientgenie. I'll get mine done soon!

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  8. Here's mine in memory of Reginald Sydney Merrett who died in France in 1917 and is buried at Pozieres, France.

    http://rosebushclimbing.blogspot.com/2011/04/lest-we-forget-reginald-sydney-merrett.html

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  9. Hi Shelley I have posted an extensive Anzac Day post on my blog about my father’s cousin MIA in Korea

    Lest We Forget: William Rudolph (Robert) Kunkel (1930-1952) at www.cassmob.wordpress.com

    Pauleen

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  10. Thanks Rosie and cassmob - I look forward to reading them.

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  11. And my own post is at http://twigsofyore.blogspot.com/2011/04/anzac-day-aircraftman-leonard-john.html

    All will be listed on this blog and at Auckland Library's Kintalk blog by the end of the month.

    Additional contributions welcome.

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  12. I've beaten the deadline by two hours with my post about John Bertram Chatfield.
    Read it here:
    http://geniaus.blogspot.com/2011/04/john-bertram-chatfield-trans-tasman.html

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  13. Hi Shelley

    Made it, just. My post is on Milton Simmons, https://tstclairhoney.wordpress.com/2011/04/24/anzac-day-blog-james-milton-simmons/

    Tanya

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  14. The National Archives of Australia's Shell Shocked exhibition has toured nationally and encouraged visitors to add their own stories to special commemorative story books. This Facebook post includes extracts from some of the stories.

    They are personal, moving and show how war has affected returned service men and women, and their families over time.

    https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150158292326722

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  15. Here is my offering from across the pond:

    http://anglersrest.blogspot.com/2011/04/trans-tasman-anzac-blog-challenge.html

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  16. Here is my blog post tribute to three WW1 soldiers from my family tree.
    http://ausgenjourneys.blogspot.com/2011/04/anzac-day-wwi-soldiers-from-my-family.html

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  17. The emotional torture that our forbears went through in times of war is unfathomable to me.

    Reading through these ANZAC posts is a sobering experience that is causing me to give thanks for the sacrifices of these young men and their families.

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  18. Here is my offering from across the pond:

    http://anglersrest.blogspot.com/2011/04/trans-tasman-anzac-blog-challenge.html

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  19. Here's mine in memory of Reginald Sydney Merrett who died in France in 1917 and is buried at Pozieres, France.

    http://rosebushclimbing.blogspot.com/2011/04/lest-we-forget-reginald-sydney-merrett.html

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  20. Here is my post in memory of Eric Hugh BARKER

    http://patientgenie.blogspot.com/2011/04/in-memory-of-eric.html

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  21. Here's my post in memory of Hugh O'Brien who died in France in WW1

    http://myfamilypuzzles.blogspot.com/2011/04/in-memory-of-hugh-obrien.html

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