Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Trove Tuesday - Emmie Ball

Emmie Ball, a Great-aunt of Mr GeniAus, married Eric Gladstone Deadman from Liverpool, NSW. I turned to Trove to add some Emmie stories to our family tree.

1918 'A SOLDIER'S BRIDE.', The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate (Parramatta, NSW : 1888 - 1950), 27 April, p. 11. , viewed 25 Oct 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article86204916

This article reported that Emmie was a Bridesmaid at her Brother, Fred's wedding. 

"The chief bridesmaids were Miss Emmie Ball (sister of the bridegroom) and Mrs. Lucy Fox (the bride's sister), both wearing pale pink silk voile and carrying bouquets of pink and white chrysanthemums."

1920 'LIVERPOOL.', The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate (Parramatta, NSW : 1888 - 1950), 29 May, p. 5. , viewed 25 Oct 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article103251637

1920 'LIVERPOOL.'The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate (Parramatta, NSW : 1888 - 1950), 11 December, p. 5. , viewed 25 Oct 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article103257807

Emmie celebrates her Coming of Age.

1921 'WEDDINGS IN THE DISTRICT.'The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate (Parramatta, NSW : 1888 - 1950), 24 September, p. 4. , viewed 25 Oct 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article103815353

Emily is a Bride: 

A quiet wedding was celebrated at St. Bede's Church of England, Drummoyne, on Thursday, the 8th Inst., when Miss Emily Ball, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Ball, of "Dorking Villa," George-street, Liverpool, was married to Mr. Eric Gladstone Deadman, youngest son of Ald. S. and the late Mrs. Deadman,of Goulburn-street, Liverpool; the Rev. S. Deadman, brother of the bridegroom, offic-iated. The bride was given away by her brother, Mr. James Ball, Marrickville,and
was daintily gowned in apricot georgette,beautifully embossed with a hat to match. Miss Lily Toner attended as bridesmaid,and wore a pretty frock of white crepe de chine and a black picture hat. Mr. E.
McDermott was best man. After the ceremony, the bridal party left for Liverpool, where about 40 guests were entertained at the residence of the bride's parents, and the usual toasts were honored. The evening was spent in dancing and singing; Vocal and musical items were contributed by Mesdames Jackson and E. Hanna,Miss C. Deadman, Messrs. F. Weekes. J. Kaye, H. Watt, T. Fitzpatrick and Johnson. Later mr. and Mrs. Deadman left midst cheers and good wishes for their
honeymoon, which is being spent at Ka-toomba, thence to Wollongong; the bride travelling in a smart navy crepe de chine costume and a small mastic hat.

1921 'WEDDINGS IN THE DISTRICT.'The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate (Parramatta, NSW : 1888 - 1950), 3 December, p. 4. , viewed 25 Oct 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article103816337

Emily attended the wedding of her friend Lily Grundy.
1931 'Advertising'The Biz (Fairfield, NSW : 1928 - 1972), 17 April, p. 4. , viewed 25 Oct 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article76326910

Emily auctioned some property:

1944 'Family Notices'The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 4 May, p. 10. , viewed 25 Oct 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17906257

Emily's mother dies:
BALL - May 3 1944 Emily fond wife of John James, and dear mother of Hannah, Fred, Emily, James (deceased) and of James Kay aged 79 years.
1944 'LIVERPOOL', The Biz (Fairfield, NSW : 1928 - 1972), 12 October, p. 3. , viewed 25 Oct 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article76278461

"Mrs. E. Deadman. of Goulburn Street, Liverpool, was admitted to Parramatta District Hospital on October 4."

1945 'Family Notices', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 16 June, p. 24. , viewed 25 Oct 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article27937197

Emmie's son is killed in action:

DEADMAN.-May 14, 1945, killed in action, Bougainville, NX194063, Lance-Cpl. Colin Frederick, dearly loved elder son of Mr. and Mrs. Eric Deadman, of 46 Goulburn Street,Liverpool, and brother of Jean, Norman, James, Leslie, Shirley, and Barry. Duty nobly done.

1950 'Family Notices', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 16 May, p. 18. , viewed 25 Oct 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18167306

Emily's father passes away:

BALL, John James. — May 15, 1950, formerly of Liverpool, husband of the late Emily Ball, and dear father of Annie, Fred, and Emilie, aged 84 years.

I couldn't find any further references in Trove to Emily who passed away in 1959.

Monday, October 24, 2016

A First Cousin Once Removed

Some time last year when Mr GeniAus tracked down the contact details of his father's first cousin he immediately contacted her by 'phone and asked would she mind if we visited some time.  Then life got in the way.

Finally on Sunday we made our way up the motorway to the Port Stephens region where the cousin resides. We had armed ourselves with some ancestor charts, a narrative on some of her Ball ancestors, copies of photos and some chocolate biscuits. Can you believe I left my camera behind in our accommodation in Newcastle? Luckily Mr GeniAus and I both had our mobile 'phones. I had my laptop in the car but didn't take it into the house initially as I didn't want to overwhelm this octogenerian. 

Mr GeniAus' Grandfather - there is a strong family resemblance
We organised our arrival for 10:00 am so the cousin wouldn't feel obligated to feed us. Of course we stayed longer and enjoyed lunch with the cousin and her husband. The cousin was most interested in her family history but didn't have any certificates or documents to share. She corroborated stories we had heard and gave us some names and dates that provided enough clues to track down references for some BDMs  and burials. She was able to help us identify some family members in our photos and we set her straight on one she had mislabelled. 

It was a Win-Win day - we came away with images of two studio photographs of Mr GeniAus' Great-grandmother one of which was with his Grandfather. This was so special because the only photos we have of these two are a couple of blurry amateur images. The cousin was delighted because of the documents we had prepared for her. 

The icing on the cake was when I fetched my computer from the car and read the cousin an account of her parents' wedding I had found on Trove. When we got home Mr G printed off a hard copy and have mailed it to her with a copy of her Grandmother's will.

I had a fun day today going through the notes and finding references including articles from Trove to add to my database.

Collaboration Rocks.

Friday, October 21, 2016

GAGs - GeniAus' Gems - 21 October 2016

I had my grandparent's hat on today at one of the granddaughter's schools so this GeniAus' Gems is an evening edition.

Mr GeniAus is interviewed today at Grandparents' Day
It feels like I have read and saved lots of beaut blog posts to Evernote this week and, although I could share them all with you, I like to restrict my list to no more than a baker's dozen. My tough task for the next half hour or so is to cull my saved list. I reiterate that this list is subjective and reflects what strikes a chord with me.

5. Because I have family in Eastwood.

6. For my mates who are bibliophiles.

7. Help needed by one of the quirky blogs I follow.

8. On keeping a diary - from Patsy.

10. Do you use this phrase?

New to Me Blogs

 Gordon Family History https://gordonfamhistory.wordpress.com/

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Funeral Booklets

When I attended a family funeral yesterday both Mr GeniAus and I took a funeral booklet/order of service.

I have been sorting out my huge "to be sorted" pile of ephemera this week and I came across several duplicate funeral books for family members. I really only need one of each for my files. I then remembered the bottom drawer of my filing cabinet where I have a collection of funeral books for unrelated people. I have saved all of the funeral books for services I have attended over the years plus I have been given some by people who are aware of my hoardng and genealogy obsessions.  I realised that these private publications can be a goldmine of genealogical information and wondered  if I should I should share them with the geneacommunity. Some of the earliest booklets I have are quite simple while some of the newer ones are quite sophisticated publications but they all contain genealogical data. One would hope that the people compiling these publications  provide accurate information.

The latest addition to my collection gives birth and death dates for the deceased, the name of the celebrant and the names of those taking part in the service. It is highly likely that some of these people are family members. The booklet also has two pages of photographs of the deceased covering his life span. Some of these booklets give other information like the date and time of the service and details of the burial or cremation.

I am going to gather up my collection of duplicate family booklets and those for unrelated persons and offer them to a genealogy society or library that I hope will index them. I may even offer to index them if the repository provides me with guidelines.

What do you do with the funeral booklets you collect? Please don't toss them - send them to me and I'll add them to my collection.


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