Happy New Year and welcome to 2010 ! As I type this, almost all of us are safely into 2010. The only exception are the Akehurst-ers in British Columbia, and they are busily uncaging the corks.
The List was quite quiet this year, with only 249 messages being posted. The postings for the individual months were: Jan: 51; Feb: 28; Mar: 30; Apr: 9; May: 19; Jun: 18; Jul: 23; Aug: 15; Sep: 4; Oct: 11; Nov: 31; Dec: 10. Coincidentally, the quietest months were April and September, when I was away. My own Akehurst mailbox ticked over 1300 messages (both in and out), so it was still a busy year.
There are 110 members on the List. Two more requests arrived overnight and Colin, our List Moderator, will no doubt switch them on as soon as he has recovered from his New Year's Eve (and birthday) celebrations.
There is a huge amount of collective wisdom on the List and a big thank you to all who have contributed - it is your List and it there to discuss A(c)(k)(e)hurst genealogy and family history. If you have not posted your research interests to the List for some time, why not do it now? With 110 List members, there is an ever-increasing chance that one of your long-lost cousins will be there looking for you.
During the year we recorded the passing of
and the birth of Gavin Ray Akehurst, son of Nathan & Candace of Tulsa, Oklahoma, in March.
Research questions (and, generally, answers) related to:
Not all of those were discussed on the List. If you have any queries, first check the List Archives and then give me a call.
A number of files were added to our Files Area on YahooGroups:
(If you cannot get in to the Files Area, let me know and I will take you through the process)
Elsewhere in the Akehurst-er world, the highlight of the year was the 2009 Antipodean GetTogether in Hamilton, New Zealand in January. A wonderful weekend, organised by Ngaire Paterson, where fourteen of us made lots of contacts and learned a lot about Maori culture. The only hiccough was our car's ignition key jamming as we were trying to get to dinner. Hours (and hours!) later we defaulted to burger and chips being brought to the motel room.
The biggest event this year will be the 2010 Akehurst GetTogether.
This will be held at the Barbican, Lewes, on the weekend of 17-20 September. Ink the dates into your diary! I look forward to seeing you there.
Finally, some useful email addresses:
Posting to the Akehurst List: firstname.lastname@example.org
Help desk for Akehurst List: email@example.com
Akehurst Family History Society: firstname.lastname@example.org
One-Name Study: ONS@akehurst.org
Akehurst DNA Study: DNA@akehurst.org
Family trees: KeeperOfTheTrees@akehurst.org
ooRoo (and Happy New Year)
David (D-Oz) ... List Owner of the Akehurst List