Cornwill family history

July 31, 2007

After posting an article about my family history research and the new version of Family.Show, I was contacted by Graeme Agius from Data#3 in Brisbane.  It turns out that Graeme has been researching his mothers tree, which just happens to be Cornwill also.  After getting some more information from him, we found out that we are 2nd Cousins 1 generation removed.  What a small world we live in.

This got me excited and I spent most of last night updating and researching further.  I have also just created a new blog (  On this new site I plan to detail stories from the information I have found out about my ancestors and will also provide a GEDCOM file for download, which I will periodically update.

If you belong to the Cornwill family by any means I would love to hear from you, to try and find you on my tree or add you in the right spot or even get updated information. You can contact me at


A quick way to obtain a Hotfix

July 30, 2007

Thanks to Andrew Buttigieg for providing me with the following link.

This site allows you to request a Hotfix from Microsoft without having to go through support;en;1410&WS=hotfix.  All you need to do is specify the country you reside, enter the KB Article number, choose the platform/language and supply a valid email address.  The Hotfix will be emailed as per normal.

Guy Sebastian @ The Palms, Crown

July 29, 2007

I was able to get front row tickets (Table 6 Sect A) again for the upcoming acoustic Guy Sebastian concert at The Palms in the Crown Complex Melbourne on Sat 27th October. Nicole and I absolutely loved the last concert at Hamer Hall and can not wait until this one in October. I think that Guy is really underated, he is a fantastic entertainer and everytime that we have seen him, he always spends some time talking to my kids (Ethan and Jayde).

Family.Show version 2.0 released

July 27, 2007

I have been tracing my family tree for nearly ten years and have managed to track back to a William Cornwall born 1771, who lived in Dorking, Surrey, England – he was a carpenter.  It is great finding out where your ancestors come from, when they immigrated to Australia – 1841, 1842, 1844 and 1954 (and yes as free settlers and not convicts – although that would have been pretty cool) and where the name Cornwill is derived.

Up until now I have been using a very old version of Family Tree Maker that I got on a magazine Cover-CD some 2 or so years ago. I recently downloaded a Silverlight demonstration program called Family.Show which I think is a pretty cool example of how powerful Silverlight is. The initial version was a little rough and lacked some serious features but Vertigo have now released version 2.0 which has some great enhancements. I am now switching my entire genealogy tree (some 1400 people) over to the new Family.Show v2.0.

Family.Show version 2 by Vertigo

Vertigo have also posted a brief list of WPF and Expression Blend tips based on what they have learnt while building this product.

My son has a new blog

July 26, 2007

My son Ethan has been posting using Blogger since Feb 2006, but now he wanted to have a website that looked just like mine (but “…without the ugly photo of you dad…” – his words). So tonight I helped him move over to WordPress, import his posts and style up his blog just like mine (oh, and I got rid of my photo and put one of his cool photos – taken for his book fair at school where he dressed up as Doctor Who – David Tennant style). So check out the newest addition to the nerd arena Code Padawan.

SharePoint Web Service Example – Grabbing Wiki Content

July 26, 2007

Arpan Shah has just posted an excellent post about a session he presented at the internal Microsoft Tech Ready conference yesterday.  The article show how easy it is to use the SharePoint Web Service to consume content from SharePoint for use elsewhere.

ANZ MOSS sites in the Wild

July 26, 2007

Steve Iatropoulos has started compiling a list of Australian/New Zealand websites that are being delivered by MOSS 2007.  Please help make this list grow by emailing steve with the Urls of websites that you know are being delivered by MOSS 2007.