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Hello world!

Welcome to the new styling of My Pakistani Ancestry!

I’m happy to announce a new trendier version of the blog. Please bear with me whilst I make a few changes and get some new inspiration to jump start my blogging.

Also, if you were unaware of my Twitter page and a new Facebook Page.

Coming up next time..

How to obtain those pesky certificates


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Happy Blogiversary MPA

It is 3 years to the day I started this blog.

Wow. Who knew it would last this long? I’m actually quite aware of the fact that it’s been a tough journey trying to write these posts (enjoyable as it has been).

Today, as I write this post using Blogger on my mobile, I’m reminded of how things have changed over the past year. I now spend less time than I used to writing about genealogy, about ‘Remembering our shaheed’, about sad events in Pakistan in general. My work life has taken over so I rarely have moments to devote to writing or researching but whenever the genealogy bug takes over I’m usually seen staying up late just to find that extra bit of info or trying hopelessly to write a blog post that people will want to read.

Lastly, I want to thank everyone who has read my blog and those who left comments. 🙂

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My 100th post! Hurray!

It’s taken 2 nearly 3 years to get to my 100th post. Wow.

Here are the most visited pages as stated my statcounter:

Descendants of Mohammed Ali Jinnah

It seems many people wanted to know more about the nation’s founder.

How many Pakistanis live in the UK?
This one suprised me a tad as I honestly didn’t think this would be popular. So, there is a sense that visitors to this post wanted to know about their roots.

Graves in Karachi
Not much to say about this one, as I was only able to provide a list of cemeteries (not complete). I wonder if any Karachites would be willing to share more information about cemeteries in their city.

I would just like to say, it’s not been easy getting to the 100th post certainly because I felt I was a little lost for direction in terms of content. What should I write about? What should I include? All in all, I’m glad to have reached this milestone. It means I’ve stuck with this blog for some time so I’m pleased. I hope to go on for another 100 posts! So, wish me luck 🙂

Thanks to all the readers out there (even the quiet ones that don’t comment or email).

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What I do, Tech-wise

I have been unavailable for the past couple of weeks and haven’t been able to post. But here is my contribution to Thomas MacEntee’s What I do meme:

* Hardware
: Sony Vaio NW11S/S 15.5in Laptop

* External storage: USB drive

* Online storage: Google Documents

* Backup: Papers, Google Documents, USB drive

* Firewall: Dont know

* Virus protection: AVG

* Spyware: AVG

* File cleaner: None

* Printer: A faulty Epson that need’s fixing or dumping 😦

* Scanner: None but would love to buy one! Suggestions of any good ones?

* Phone: Landline, Sony Ericsson 580i

* Mobile media: Huh?

* Music player: Ipod

* Car audio: Don’t have a car!

* eBook Reader: None

* Browser: Mozilla Firefox

* Blog: Blogger

* RSS: Google reader

* FTP: Huh?

* Text editor: Microsoft Office 2007, Notepad

* Graphics: Nothing fancy, just Paint and Microsoft Office Picture Manager

* Screen capture: Snipping Tool

* Social media: Facebook, Twitter

* Social bookmarking: None

* Social profile: None

* URL shortener:

* Office suite: Microsoft Office 2007

* E-mail: Windows Live, Yahoo

* Calendar: Google Calendar

* Accounting: Excel

* PDF generator: Adobe Acrobat

* Genealogy database: Legacy 7, Family Tree Builder

* Genealogy tools: None that I can think of

* Other tech stuff: Sony Cybershot camera

I feel I need to spend more time on ‘geeking up’ and learning how to use technological tools to help my research.

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100th Member for My Pakistani Ancestry

Just a celebratory blog post to announce that ‘My Pakistani Ancestry‘ (my Facebook group) has just reached a milestone – that is, it’s welcomed it’s 100th member. Yes, this is just to promote the group further but what the heck!

Reasons to join the group:

  • You can find genealogical information, news and chat
  • Share research problems and techniques
  • Interact with other family historians by using the discussion boards

Thanks to everyone that has joined and let’s hope there are more to come. It’s easy to join. Click on the link here which takes you to the group’s page. If you’re logged on to your Facebook account you will be able to see the page otherwise log in. Near the top of the page you will be able to see the title of the group: ‘My Pakistani Ancestry’. Click on the ‘join’ button next to it and you’re done!

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