I have been very lucky since I started my genealogy journey back in 1996, in that I have encountered many wonderful people who have generously shared family information, including copies of certificates and certificate transcriptions, with me. One wonderful lady from my O'Connor branch back in the late 1990s provided me with copies of her meticulous research and source documents, meaning that my Dad was able to find out so much more about his family while he was alive; which is something that I am eternally grateful to her for! Her generous example inspired me and shaped my approach to genealogy and as a result I happily share what I have and will help other researchers whenever I can.
This blog is one way in which I try and share what I have with others but I also have public trees on Ancestry, My Heritage and other places where I post the information and source documents that I have on my family connections. These public trees are very much works in progress and currently I still have a lot of source documents and information which I need to add to them or amend and I will continue to do so when time allows. School holidays are currently on, so I have more free time than normal! Some information that I have received from others over the years I unfortunately cannot share, as it is not mine to share or I have promised not to and normally I do not share information on the living. By sharing certificates and transcriptions freely I can save other family members from needing to spend money buying them too, which means they might purchase and share other certificates and transcriptions that are on my genealogy wish list! Genealogy is such an expensive passion already, so if I can save someone else money by posting information that I have already paid for and obtained the required information from then I am very happy to do so!
Over Easter I have been going through the research that one of my Stevens family members has spent decades compiling which he generously posted to me last month and I also have continued to update my Ancestry.com.au public tree. It was when I was updating my tree that I noticed that many other researchers are now sharing their source documents freely too! This has meant that my genealogy wish list of certificates and certificate transcriptions is now not as long as it had previously been, which is fantastic for me! So for all those people out there who share their family history resources freely with others and all of the other researchers and family members who have shared their time, knowledge and resources with me in the past and to those who are doing so currently I just want to say