"In the Family Tree Time newsletter I saw the 'Get Organised' competition for personal time with Megan to help sort out my family history. I entered with a cry of desperation.
After 25 years of on–and-off researching all family lines backwards and sideways between babies, illness, work and life in general I had a big collection of information which seriously needed sorting. I have an aborted attempt at a computer programme, a filing cabinet drawer full of pages of handwritten family groups, hundreds of certificates, newspaper clippings, cards, photos, scraps of paper with comments, leads, and finds, pristine pages I had carefully copied and then written additions or cryptic notes all over. The list goes on. And I know you have all the same things!!
Yes, I have had a ball researching, crawling over cemeteries, meeting distant relatives and like-minded enthusiasts. But the real problem is all those hours of research, money spent on books and certificates will all have been a waste if the information is not accessible and usable to someone else when I am gone. Let alone that I have difficulty passing it on in its present form to others now myself!!
My research needed an overhaul and Megan has been the perfect person. She has incredible research and organisational skills to go with her friendly and enthusiastic personality. She has given me tips, ideas and information from the very basic and most obvious things like the location of my filing cabinet to huge scary things like computer programmes.
Using her simple tips I have already had 2 huge results. I solved a 25 year brick wall about the arrival of my great great great grandmother that had eluded all avenues. I also revisited an old great aunt, armed with a plan, questions and equipment. Luckily I did as she passed away unexpectedly a few weeks after my visit.
Family history is always a work in progress. Life will still interrupt my time and programme but at least I have a plan of where I am heading and how to get there and others in future will benefit from my fun thanks to Megan." Jenny M, winner of Family Tree Time's "Get Organised" competition, email, Dec 2011
"Dear Megan... Today was great by the way. Both Mum and I got a lot out of your talk. Your assistant was also very heplful." Dianne, VIC, email re FTT talk at Write Around the Murray Festival, Albury NSW, Sept 2011"Dear Megan, Your talk was a great help. I've certainly come away with new ideas for organising my time. Thank you very much for such an interesting and helpful talk. Best wishes." Honor, VIC, email re FTT talk at Write Around the Murray Festival, Albury NSW, Sept 2011
"Dear Megan, Thank you for the wonderful seminars you presented at the Geelong Heritage Centre for our special April 17th Sunday 'Open Day' as our participation in the 2011 Geelong Heritage Festival... The audiences were thrilled with the content you presented to them... Thank you for the time and energy you put in to ensuring the event was a success for our Heritage Centre... " Mark Beasley, Manager Geelong Heritage Centre, VIC, excerpts from letter of thanks, May 2011"Dear Megan, thankyou so much for all the wonderful help and advice you provided plus being such great company on the recent visit to Canberra. All the time in my mind I am thinking research and hearing you say "keep going" which I have written on the mirror for inspiration in my office. I learnt so much from the trip and am thrilled to be the proud owner of your book. It feels like I have a paperback version of you sitting there offering solutions to me on each and every page." Patricia, TAS, email Apr 2011"Thank you for the course - it was excellent and provided the knowledge, research skills and motivation I needed." Narelle, ACT, email Apr 2011"Just a quick email to say a big "thank you" for all your help. Peter & I had a great time in Canberra - learning lots & meeting new friends!" Carmen, QLD, email Apr 2011 (Megan was Tour Guide for the Customised Heritage Tours research trip)"Hi Megan, just wanted to write a quick email to say thank you for the talk at the Hornsby Library. I really enjoyed your talk and came away with a few more ideas to add to my collection. I too am a family history/tree nut." Bronwyn, NSW, email Feb 2011
"Hi Megan, Thank you for a great talk on Saturday, you really think outside the square." Sue, VIC, email Jan 2011
"Megan Gibson held a fascinating session at the Young and District Family History Group this afternoon." South-West Regional Library, Young Branch, NSW , 6 Nov 2010, on Facebook (Afternoon Tea & Tips)"I have now officially *finished* my first book in I don't know how long. It's really great! Your book was succinct and very readable. Some of the things I was doing and the rest were timely reminders on what I *should* be doing or fantastic ideas on what I can be doing. Thanks for your great book." Rosemary, ACT, email Oct 2010"Dear Megan, Thank you for your interesting talk at Young on Saturday, it was worth the trip and visit." Terry, NSW, email Nov 2010
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