Jill at Geniaus has created another great geneameme, Accentuate the Positive 2012 Geneameme. Here is my contribution.
An elusive ancestor I found was Elizabeth Pickis (nee Bond), my 4 x great grandmother. Until I found a marriage reference on FindMyPast in early 2012 I had not known Elizabeth's maiden surname, nor where she came from. I know now that she came from Tynemouth, Northumberland, England, the daughter of John Bond and Mary Patterson. There are ample opportunities to research her family further when I have some time. Please see my posts B is for...Bond and L is for London.
An important vital record I found was the marriage of my 4 x great grandparents Robert Paul Pickis and Elizabeth Bond in 1822 in the parish of All Hallows Barking, London, England. I found this marriage on an index at FindMyPast. I still have to verify this information via the actual primary source however, but Pickis is such a rare surname I feel confident I have the correct record.
A geneasurprise I received was the results for my tests with FamilyTreeDNA.
My 2012 blog posts that I was particularly proud of were all my posts from the Family History Through the Alphabet challenge, as well as my Trove Tuesday posts.
My 2012 blog posts that received a large number of hits or comments were Tech Tuesday - Galaxy Nexus Features (most hits) and Mothers Day - The mothers in my family tree (most comments).
A new piece of software I mastered was Adobe Photoshop Elements 10.
A social media tool I enjoyed using for genealogy was this blog.
A new genealogy/history book I enjoyed was Debbie Kennett's The Surnames Handbook.
It was exciting to finally meet another new nephew in April 2012.
Happy New Year!
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