I fear that I have misplaced Aillin's photo so am posting an image from her blog.
Date 19 March 2011
Name Aillin O'Brien
Hometown Rural area of Victoria, Australia
Are you a Hobbyist or Professional Genealogist? Hobbyist
What, if any, formal or informal studies have you undertaken that are relevant to genealogical research?
What is your day job? L
How long have you been chasing ancestors? Since 2003
How did you get hooked on genealogy? My Mum had been researching family history since the 1980s. I remember accompanying her on research trips when I was younger, sitting with her at the library while she searched the birth, deaths and marriages indexes on microfilm. I have been vaguely interested in my family history since childhood, but I became really interested when my Mum asked me to put all her records on to computer. We got a copy of Personal Ancestral File (PAF) and then I was hooked.
What are your areas of Expertise in Genealogy? No areas of expertise
Please outline your involvement in Genealogy Societies and Groups I am a member of the Genealogical Society of Victoria, the Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies and the Society of Australian Genealogists. I live in a rural area and unfortunately I don't get to visit their libraries or attend classes or conferences very often. I hope do a lot more of that in the future.
What are the lands of your ancestors? My earliest ancestors arrived in Australia in 1840 (Fullertons) and the latest in 1868 (Bridget Colbert). Of my 16 great great grandparents 10 were Irish, 5 were English and 1 was Welsh. There is a family story that an Irish great great great grandmother had a Spanish mother and that her father (supposedly a soldier) met her mother during the 'Spanish War'. I would love to know if there is a grain of truth in that story. My great great great grandmother, Mary Dunn, would have been born c1813 so that is the right era for the Peninsular War.
What Family Names are you Researching? ANDREWS, ATKINSON, AHERN, BEST, BOWLER, BREEN, BRIGHT, BROWN, CAREW, CHAMBERS, COGHLAN, COLBERT, CRISP, CRONIN, CROOT, DAVEY, DUGGAN, DUNN/DUNNE, GASCOIGNE, GILMORE, GUINANE, ELLIS, FINEGAN, FULLERTON/FULLER/FULLARD/FOLLIARD, HAYES, HEADING, HEHIR, HOGAN, HUTTON, JONES, JOYCE, JUDD, KENEALY, KERSEY/CASEY, MANNIX, MARROWS, MATTHEWS, McALLISTER, McCARTHY, McMAHON, MULHALL, O'BRIEN, PEACOCK, PETTIT, PICKIS/PICKESS/PICKERS, POTTER, PRESTON, PURVIS, RANDALL, SIMMES, SMITH, TANGNEY, TAYLOR, WALWYN
Who is your favourite ancestor? Why? No particular favourite ancestor. I like them all.
What ancestral city or town would you like to visit? Why? I would like to someday visit all my known ancestral regions in Ireland, England and Wales.
What is your favourite resource for genealogy?
Do you keep your genealogy files on paper? Yes
Do you keep your genealogy files on a computer? Yes
What genealogy software do you use to record your family tree?
Do you have your tree posted on the internet? No
What Social Networking Sites do you use for genealogy? Ancestry, Facebook, GenealogyWise, Genes Reunited, LinkedIn, Twitter
Do you have a blog? Yes
What are your blogs' URLs? http://ausgenjourneys.blogspot.com, http://ausgen.blogspot.com
What are your Other Hobbies, Activities, Interests? IT, photography, reading, nature, animals, my faith, and I really want to get into gardening and travel too!
What is your favourite lesiure time activity apart from genealogy? Reading
What is your favourite (non genealogy) book? Jane Austen's novels
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