I’m one!

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It’s hard to believe, but… its one year since I began this blog.

At first I was nervous, and posted, oh, once every two months or so. Big mistake. It’s like everything else; the more you do it, the easier it becomes.

And what to post about? Nicholas Delaney, of course, and family history, but I didn’t want to replicate what’s already on the website. And I didn’t want to just repeat what’s in our book, A Rebel Hand: Nicholas Delaney of 1798. That would be dull for anyone who’s already got it.

Then I realised this gave me the freedom to go farther and wider, and talk around the story.  For instance, when I came across the mystery of my other great-great-great grandmother, Sarah Marshall, BBC TV’s series Story if Ireland and finding the Who Do You Think You Are? clip where Graham Norton hears about his yeoman ancestor in Carnew.

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Or to pick up inspiration from other bloggers, like Twigs of Yore‘s Australia Day challenge,  West in New England‘s Great Genealogy Poetry Challenge or National Family History Week from the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations. Geneabloggers has lots of inspirations, too.

I got busy on Facebook and I’ve recently started tweeting as @ARebelHand and joined Google+.

And I’ve got a huge amount to learn still.

But the most important thing I would like to find out is – what would you like to read more about?

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About rebelhand

A Rebel Hand is: about Nicholas Delaney, Irish rebel of 1798, transported as a convict to New South Wales, roadbuilder, innkeeper and farmer. My great-great-great grandfather. Other ancestors transported to Australia, like Sarah Marshall, John Simpson and James Thomas Richards, pop up as well. This blog's also about the historical background to their lives, in England, Ireland, and Australia.
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13 Responses to I’m one!

  1. Julie says:

    Happy Birthday.

    My advice would be to write about what interests you, what amazes you with your research. Write from the heart. I enjoy what I’ve read so far and plan, whilst hooked up to a tens machine to read from the beginning. Must drop you a line to order the book.

  2. Shelley says:

    Happy blogaversary!

  3. Amy Coffin says:

    Happy blogiversary to you! Here’s to many more…

  4. Anne Powers says:

    Happy anniversary – and good luck for the future!

  5. Gerry says:

    Happy anniversary.
    The Last Anniversary I recall regarding 1798 was When i went to the 1798 Bicentenary in enniscorthy. I must look out some photos if you would like them for your blog

    Gerry

    • rebelhand says:

      Thanks, Gerry! I was in Co Wexford for the bicentenary and I was impressed with the 1798 Centre. I’d love to see your photos of your time in Enniscorthy!

      Sorry it’s taken me a while to reply.

  6. steven william kendrigan says:

    as you know ive just found this site about my great grandfather x 3 im very proud of you and what your putting together he was a true proud man and should be he help make this great country what it is thankyou i’ll stay in touch. cheers steve.

    • rebelhand says:

      Hi, Steve, and thank you for your kind words.

      When I think of what Nicholas went through and what he achieved I think he must have been an extraordinary man. It’s wonderful that some of his work can still be seen to this day!

      Good to hear from you again.

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