Thursday, December 31, 2009

Births, Deaths and Marriages, but mostly Births.

It’s the last day of the year and I’m killing time, with my wife due to give birth at any tick of the clock. Maybe today, tomorrow, next week, who knows? I can’t wait. It’s a fantastic way to extend the family tree!

Yep, we know what we’re having, but we haven’t spilled the beans, and we’re not going to, until we’re holding a bundle of joy in our arms. My Dad has gone to great pains to find out the sex of the baby, having tried at every instance we’ve spoken. But, given that he’s correctly predicted the sex of some 14-15 babies in a row, both in and out of our family; I would imagine he’s trying to make me slip up for his own amusement rather than for information.

Beyond my Dad and every other joker trying to learn the sex of the baby, we’ve had to work through the issue of trying over the last month to confirm a name for the baby. This had to be done simply as a matter of courtesy, given that my wife and I chose a Koori (Australian Aboriginal) name for our child, and perhaps only one other person in the world has this particular name, a cousin whom I had never crossed paths with, until speaking over the phone two days ago, to confirm that persons comfort with the use of the name.

In the meantime, it’s been a quiet, but very enjoyable Christmas, and my genealogy has turned a corner, thanks to the efforts of the good folk behind the free Australian Newspaper Archive. Their digitised copies of the Sydney Morning Herald have revealed a number of new elements and hints to my tree, and will continue to do so, with each new week providing another decade’s worth of data to trawl through. Currently at 1922, the website’s SMH digitisation will be complete when they hit 1954, after which attention will turn to a multitude of interstate and small town newspapers, as listed here

In other news, the NSW BD&M website should have its index updated in the next few days, as it adds in births for 1909, deaths for 1979, and marriages for 1959, complying with limits as set out by the privacy act. Per usual at this time of year, I expect the site to become very sluggish during peak hours for a few weeks, until everyone has absorbed the new data and sent off for new certificates and transcriptions.

To everyone, I wish you all the very best and a safe and Happy New Year.


Gini said...

Congratulations on parents to be! Wishing you and your wife all the best and look forward to the birth of your child, along with a very unique name to add to your family tree.

Shelley said...

All the best to you, your wife, and your new family member (whenever he/she may arrive!) in the New Year!

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