Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Happy Christmas from Australian Genealogy Journeys

Stamp AU 1957 4p Xmas
Public domain from Wikimedia Commons
To all my relatives near and far, to my fellow genealogy enthusiasts, to all my blog followers everywhere, to everyone, may you all have a safe, happy and holy Christmas and New Year. 

This Christmas, please consider joining the Genealogists for Families project on Kiva and help to make a difference in many people's lives.

From the Genealogists for Families project site: "You do NOT need to be involved in genealogy to join - you only need to care! Invite your family and friends to be a part of this team...Through Kiva, a non-profit organisation working with microfinance institutions, we make $25 loans that enable borrowers without access to traditional banks to expand their small businesses, support their families, save for the future and raise themselves out of poverty. When the loan is repaid, we can withdraw the money or lend it again. By repeatedly lending the same $25 we can make a difference to many people's lives." 
StateLibQld 1 164391 Immigrants first Christmas in Queensland, 1911
Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

To the left is a photograph titled 'The Immigrants first Christmas in Queensland' which I found  via the State Library of Queensland's collection on Wikimedia CommonsAs genealogists we often have to face the reality of poverty in the lives of our ancestors. I believe this often gives genealogists an understanding and empathy for people around the world who still live in poverty today. Genealogists for Families is a great way for genealogists and friends across the world to join together to help alleviate poverty. Please consider joining Kiva

At the time of posting, Genealogists for Families has 103 members who together have contributed 210 loans worth a total of US$5,875. You can also learn more about the project at the Genealogists for Families Project blog.

Happy Christmas and God bless,
Copyright © 2011 Australian Genealogy Journeys.


  1. Aillin, thank you for being part of the Genealogists for Families project. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your readers!

  2. P.S. I forgot to say how much I like the images in this post. (I have one of those stamps in my collection!)

  3. It is sobering to think that even in 1911, our early pioneers were living in such basic conditions. They were tougher than we need to be.

    I think I remember that stamp! Have a great Christmas.

  4. Thanks Judy and cassmob. Have a great Christmas and New Year too :-)


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