19 July 2010

The Spice of Life - Part four

It is good to have plenty of variety when exploring family history. We can often become bogged down when looking for details about one particular person, event or place, and even lose our enthusiasm in frustration, so it is good to put those particulars to one side for a while and research something different.

You may recall that I mentioned the National Library of Australia's online Trove facility fairly recently. The National Library also has an online section just on Australian newspapers. I am finding that useful, too, especially when learning about the lives of early Italian settlers in Australia, some of whom were my husband's ancestors.

Little fragments from the lives of past generations can spice up our own lives tremendously. I would be very interested to hear about how researching your own family history has brought a rich and varied palate to your experiences of life.

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I especially appreciate historical insights.