Monday, September 18, 2017

101 Reasons to Attend #congress_2018 - Bernhardt

Bernhard Doppelganger, the Mascot for Congress, is an interesting but elusive chap who has featured in a few Congress videos.

I was lucky to meet Bernhard in person when he visited Rootstech earlier this year. You can see Bernhard in the video below.



If you keep your eyes peeled at Congress you may also meet Bernhard.


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Ancestral Places Geneameme

Thanks to my genimate, Alona, for coming up with the The Ancestral Places Geneameme Challenge.

I'm late to the party but I've had a ball. It was so much fun that I might prepare one for Mr Geniaus'ancestors too.

I have enjoyed this exercise immensely as it has forced me to focus on my direct ancestors instead of engaging in Tangential Genealogy. It has made me realise that while it's a good idea to search laterally and apply the FAN Principle it is vitally important to fully research and document the lives of our direct ancestors. It's a while since I have concentrated on these lads and lasses.

Here comes a resolution - I am going to spend dedicated time over the next few months (in between travelling) looking at the records of each of my direct ancestors and adding to their stories.

Sometimes we need to have a focus - thanks again Alona for forcing me to focus.

A
Aberdeen, Scotland (Duncan)

B
Ballyfoyle, Tipperary, Ireland (Bowe, Kealy)
Bathurst, NSW, Australia (Hayward, Pusell, Tucker, Westbrook)
Brighton-le-sands, NSW, Australia (Curry)
Broadmeadow, Victoria, Australia (Duncan)
Burraga, NSW, Australia (Pusell, Tucker)
Burragorang, NSW, Australia (Curry)
Byrock, NSW, Australia (Duncan, Magick)


Camden, NSW, Australia (Curry)
Canowindra, NSW Australia (Curry, Tierney)
Carcoar, NSW, Australia (Aspinall, Molloy)
Carrawa, NSW, Australia (Aspinall)
Cawdor, NSW, Australia (Curry)
Clare, Ireland (Moore)
Cobar, NSW, Australia (Duncan, Magick, Pusell)
Cobbity, NSW, Australia (Curry, Tucker)
Cobbora, NSW, Australia (Hayward, Magick)
Concord, NSW, Australia (Molloy)
Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia (Hayward, Sergeant)
Cowpastures, NSW, Australia (Curry)
Cowra, NSW, Australia (Curry)

D
Darlinghurst, NSW, Australia (Curry)Datchet, Buckinghamshire, England (Eyers, Tucker)
Denison Town, NSW, Australia (Magick)
Diamond Valley, NSW, Australia (Homer)
Down, Ireland (Maxwell)
Dungog, NSW, Australia (Kealy, Tierney)
Dunns Plains, NSW, Australia (Pusell)

E
Enniskillen, Fermanagh, Ireland (Cregan/Criggan)

G
Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland (Maxwell)
Glen Logan,, NSW, Australia (Curry)

H
Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia (Duncan)
Holborn, London, England (Fitchett)

I
Ireland (Gleeson, Harrington, McKeon, Wade)

K
Kensington, NSW, Australia (Curry, Duncan)
Kilbeggan, Westmeath, Ireland (Ryan)
Kildery, Kilkenny, Ireland (Kealy)
Kilkenny, Ireland (Bowe, Byrne, Connolly)
Kirkconnell, NSW, Australia (Pusell)

L
Liverpool, Lancashire, England (Pusell/Pusill)
Liverpool, NSW, Australia (Hayward)
London, England (Phipps, Westbrook)
Long Swamp, NSW, Australia (Aspinall)
Longbottom,NSW,Australia (Molloy)


Maitland, NSW, Australia (Kealy)
Malabar, NSW, Australia, (Curry)
Mandurama, NSW, Australia (Molloy)
Marylebone, London, England (Phipps)
Meath, Ireland (Molloy)
Mooney Ponds, Victoria, Australia (Duncan)
Mountain Run, NSW, Australia (Aspinall)


Narromine, NSW, Australia (Duncan)

O
Oxfordshire, England (Hayward)

P
Parramatta, NSW, Australia (Moore)
Penrith, NSW, Australia (Tucker)
Potts Point, NSW, Australia (curry)

R
Randwick, NSW, Australia, (Curry)
Richmond, NSW, Australia (Magick, Phipps, Westbrook)
Rockley, NSW, Australia (Homer)
Roscrea, Tipperary, Ireland (Tierney)


Shoreditch, London, England (Harris, Phipps)
South Creek, NSW, Australia (Tucker)
Southwark, Surrey, England (Phipps)
Sussex, England (Homer)
Sydney, NSW, Australia (Molloy, Westbrook)

T
Templemore, Tipperary, Ireland (D'Arcy, Tierney)
Thompsons Creek, NSW, Australia (Pusell)
Tipperary, Ireland (Wade)
Trunkey, NSW, Australia (Pusell)

V
Victoria, Australia (Connolly, Molloy, Ryan)

W
Wahroonga, NSW, Australia (Curry)
Warrington, Lancashire, England (Pusell, Rothwell)
Wigan, Lancashire, England (Aspinal)
Williams River, NSW, Australia (Tierney)
Windsor, NSW, Australia (Phipps,Westbrook)
Wongajong, NSW, Australia (Curry)

Friday, August 25, 2017

Four Aussie Ambassadors for Rootstech 2017

There may be more announced but at the moment three of my geneablogging mates and myself have received invitations to be Ambassadors at Rootstech 2018




I am thrilled to be sharing the honour with Caitlin Gow from Brisbane, Jenny Joyce from Sydney and Sharn White from Sydney. We will be working in the Media Hub at Rootstech (or as I saw it described today The Bloggers' Moshpit) to send you updates on the activities from the conference in Salt Lake City. It was particularly pleasing to hear that Caitlin, a young genie who represents the future of our hobby/passion/obsession, is joining the ranks of the Ambassadors. 

STOP PRESS: 26/8/2017 -I have just heard that Jennie Fairs will be a remote Ambassador. Australia is well represented.

We will also have the opportunity to interview some of the genies at Rootstech in the video studio. You can see some of my previous interviews here on my Youtube Channel

Each year I try to organise a casual dinner for those international visitors from the British Commonwealth prior to the Conference. I already have quite a view starters for this event which I propose to hold on the Monday of Rootstech week. Socialising is such an important part of  Rootstech. In this post from 2016 my Canadian genimate, Ruth Blair, says  "There is nothing like sitting down and having a natter about our favourite topic – FAMILY HISTORY! " Rootstech provides many such opportunities.

While you can watch some Rootstech sessions via their livestreaming program there is nothing like attending in person. How about giving yourself a treat and joining the Aussie contingent at Rootstech in Salt Lake City from February 28 to March 3, 2018.

Disclaimer: As a Rootstech Ambassador I receive complimentary admission to the event, invitations to some exra events and dinners and a free registration to give to one of my readers. I bear the cost of my return airfares from Australia and pay for my accommodation and meals.


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Just in - Free British Webinars from Familysearch

Dear British Family History Researchers:
We are pleased to announce the British class Webinars for the month of August. They are as follows:
British Case Study (Mark Gardner) – Tuesday, August 8th at 1:00PM, B-2 Lab.   This webinar (and Your British Research Questions Answered) can fast-track your genealogical research knowledge and skills as few other learning venues and opportunities. This intensive collaborative class will teach you ways to solve difficult research scenarios by raising awareness for better steps to take that empower you to success, and which will clarify your thinking and provide some usable strategies for future research.

Tracing Ancestry in English Census Records (Todd Knowles) – Thursday, August 17th at 1:00PM, B-2 Lab. This class illuminates many of the marvelous online sites which provide quick access to many of the available census records (1841-1911)  and the advantages of some of those sites, over others. There’s so many excellent choices, so watch Todd as he navigates through and empowers you towards greater success along the your research trails using these outstanding records.

Kissing Cousins or Not? Understanding Generations, Kith, Kin and Relationships (Craig Foster) – Tuesday, August 22nd at 1:00PM, B-2 Lab.  This class explains differences between kith, kin, first and second cousins, as well as explains generations and why understanding this is so important.

Genealogical Treasures at Findmypast.co.uk  (Mark Gardner) – Thursday, August 24th  at 1:00PM, B-2 Lab. This class addresses the rich English treasures and powerful databases this fast growing website has assembled which allows  you some of the best chances for success in locating your England ancestry. Come and participate as Mark demos the myriad resources at your perusal.

Your British/Irish Research Questions Answered (Phil Dunn) – Thursday, 31st at 1:00PM, B-2 Lab. Have a brickwall line you haven’t worked on in years? Bring it and any others to this webinar and watch us help you break it down into manageable steps—be it, England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, or British subject abroad. Feel free to take advantage of this opportunity to gain direct access to one of the Family History Library’s professional genealogists to obtain answers to your brick wall ancestral research problem.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

A long drive to Chester Hill

I was thrilled to be invited to the launch of National Family History Month at Chester Hill in Sydney yesterday afternoon. The eloquent Martyn Killion who was MC opened the event.
Bryan Scales, Sydney Office, National Archives of Australia gave a short presentation on 20th Century Immigration to Australia: records held by the National Archives of Australia. Bryan went over some familiar series of documents but also told us of a new series that had been digitised. It is :


Series number
A1197
Title
Incoming passenger cards
Accumulation dates
01 Jan 1965 - 31 Dec 1972


Bryan asked if anyone in the audience had been overseas and returned to Australia between 1965 and 1972, my hand shot up. Bryan suggested I take a look at the records (which are organised in six month sets with cards within each set arranged alphabetically by surname) to see if I could find my record....and I did. Because they aren't indexed by name it takes a bit of effort to find the records but it's really quite easy.
When I returned from my honeymoon 1970
This snip only shows the top half of the card, the bottom section also contains my intended address. This is pure Geneagold. Imagine how many Australian Currys I will be able to find for my surname study there. 
The Keynote address by Dr Perry McIntyre was "Family History 30 years after Australian’s Bicentennial: who is looking now? In this thought provoking presentation Perry discussed the changes in the Australian population over the past thirty years and during her talk threw out challenges to family historians, archives and repositories and genealogy groups. She encouraged all to make their information and records accessible and appropriate to Australia's changing population.
Dr Perry McIntyre and Martyn Killion
Martyn Killion  also presented this year's Nick Vine Hall Awards for the best genealogy/family history society journals or newsletters in 2016 (not sure if I can name the winners yet). 

Our gracious hosts were the staff members of The National Archives of Australia who served us a delicious afternoon tea.
While chatting with those in attendance I met two genies from The Lacemakers of Calais Group who live on my road and who had also made the trek to Chester Hill. It's a small world! I also said g'day to people from The Society of Australian Genealogists and the Bankstown, Botany Bay, Ku-ring-gai and Nepean family history groups.
Thanks to my genimate and National Family History Month Coordinator, Shauna Hicks, for my invitation to the event. I'm pleased I made that long drive.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Will I see you there?

One of the events I have signed up for in National Family History Month is the two day Researching Abroad event hosted by Unlock the Past in Parramatta on 15-16 August.

I am an Ambassador for this event and look forward to catching up with many of my genimates there. I will be there all day Tuesday and for half the day on Wednesday as I am must attend my FHG meeting on the Wednesday afternoon.

I'm wondering if anyone else is likely to be hanging around for dinner at the venue, the Parramatta RSL, on the Tuesday. Seems like a perfect opportunity to catch up and have a chat.


The cost for attending this event is quite modest - it's a great opportunity to hear international speakers. Will I see you there?

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Trove Tuesday - James, Francis and Frank

My Duncan ancestors have constructed a huge brick wall that I need to topple. Every so often I return to Trove to see if I can find some clue that will help me identify my 2xGreat Grandfather, James Duncan, whom I believe was born in Banff, Aberdeenshire, Scotland but I have no hard evidence to prove this. Although I have been looking for him for nearly 30 years I haven't been able to find a death for he or his wife Mary Criggin/Creegan (and half a dozen other spellings).

Francis Duncan b. about 1853 in Moonee Ponds is their son and his son Frank b. 1895 is my Grandfather.

I added a few new items to my Duncan story after a Trove search last night.

Frank was a junior member of the GUOOF.


1905 'Local and General.', The Cobar Herald (NSW : 1899 - 1914), 2 December, p. 4. , viewed 17 Jul 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article103839572

The following article tells me that Francis and his partner Harriet Holmes were resident in Cobar in 1900.
1900 'Local Land Board.', The Cobar Herald (NSW : 1899 - 1914), 22 December, p. 4. , viewed 17 Jul 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article103834809
In the following article I learnt that Francis did some work for the local council in 1904.

Source: 1904 'Cobar Municipal Council.', The Cobar Herald (NSW : 1899 - 1914), 27 February, p. 2. , viewed 17 Jul 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article103845680

(FIREWOOD. It was decided, on the motion of Aldermen Morrison and Padula, that Mr. Francis Duncan be given a  con-tract to cut and deliver 50 cords of firewood at the Water Works at 13s per cord, payment to be reserved to May next.)

This next article provides evidence that Francis was in Byrock in 1891 where young Frank was born in 1895 (we have no birth record for Franks as his parents Francis and Harriet never married).

1891 'DUBBO CIRCUIT COURT.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 9 October, p. 3. , viewed 17 Jul 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article28266947
My biggest find was the following notice. As Francis was a labourer I had never looked for a probate file for him. As soon as I can I am off to NSW State Archives and Records to view his file.

1921 'Advertising', Western Age (Dubbo, NSW : 1914 - 1932), 9 December, p. 2. , viewed 17 Jul 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article137162973

Friday, July 7, 2017

101 Reasons to attend #congress_2018 - NextGen

NextGen are the future of  genealogy. I am excited to see that several of their number will be attending #Congress_2018, some for the first time.

I was thrilled to read Emily Peace's blog post this morning and hear about why she, a NextGen, is coming along. Do read what she has to say.

I wonder who else that is NextGen is coming along? I know of one NextGen trio that is sharing a house during the conference!

Remember that you can use our Facebook Group to reach out to NextGen Genies.


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

On Rations

I have been hit by a first world problem. I have to ration my data.

As many of you know we are living between two houses at the moment. At our old house I have a ginormous data allowance and can spend my days playing in cyberspace without having to worry about how much data I consume. My problem is when I am at the old house I need to devote my time to clearing out a life's worth of stuff and getting the place tarted up for sale so geneactivities take a back seat. I have emptied my study ready for its transformation into a home theatre/media room and have moved most of my technology, files and my desk and office chair to their new home.

Up at the new Lake House where I have set up my new geneacave I use my smartphone as a hotspot for internet access. Although I have 40gig of data per month on the phone I find that I can devour several gig  a day when using it as a hotspot for the laptop (a data hungry beast). I can keep up with social media, email, blog reading via Inoreader and checking new DNA matches  on my smartphone where these activities appear to use little data.

Data Rationing here at The Lake House
I can blog on the phone using an external wireless keyboard but I don't enjoy doing it that way so I don't blog (it has to be fun not a chore - right?). I can't update my websites on the phone and I find it very difficult to research promising DNA matches as I need to have several windows open to do this efficiently. Similarly when writing my sometimes weekly GeniAus Gems posts I need to have several apps and windows open at once, I missed posting last week because doing this via smartphone would have been an exercise in frustration.

In the next month or so I will transfer our landline, internet service and Foxtel service to the new home. I could throw more money at my data provider but am loathe to do this so in the interim I will be quiet in the blogisphere. 

Now, while my asthma is forcing me to rest, I am off to do some work on my FHG website, try to place some new DNA matches in my traditional tree, respond to some messages from potential DNA matches and follow Shelley's instructions for Visualising Ancestry DNA matches (until that does my head in!).

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Meet Dirk

Many of you may not have previously heard of Dirk Weissleder, the German Genealogist who is featuring in  Researching Abroad: Finding British Isles and European Ancestors, a series of Unlock the Past events in Sydney in August.

I have had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with Dirk at several Rootstech conferences. This year I was fortunate to snag an interview in the video studio with Dirk. Dirk's enthusiasm and passion are evident in the interview. If you attend a Roadshow event you will have a chance to hear Dirk present several sessions.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

A Trio from the Tribe

Were you ears burning this morning?  Your name may have come up in conversations today about cemeteries, conferences, colleagues and other geneatopics.

A few hours ago I met up in a cafe at Beecroft with a couple of fellow GeneabloggersTRIBE members for a cuppa and a chat. Although we rarely see each other we have become firm online friends over the years due to our shared interests in genealogy and geneablogging and as members of the GeneabloggersTRIBE. Seeing each other ín the flesh is a special treat. That I am nearly old enough to be Caitlin's grandmother doesn't matter - family history friendships cross generations.

L-R Sharn, Jill, Caitlin
Due to life's circumstances I haven't seen Sharn White or Caitlin Gow for ages. When Caitlin mentioned that she was visiting Sydney for a week I contacted she and Sharn and we organised our meeting. I was able to present Sharn, whose health issues prevented her from attending Rootstech 2017, with some sougenirs and loot from the Conference.


It was quite a family affair as Sharn's husband David, two of her daughters and a grandson called by to say G'day and meet Caitlin who lives 1,000km away. I think the mystery gentleman who picked up our tab may have been David, thank you so much.

We had a great old chinwag and shared a few geneasecrets that are not suitable to air in public!!

A sweet something to complement the cuppa.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

101 Reasons to attend #congress_2018 - Avoid FOMO

When one of my offspring recently wrote about the FOMO she was suffering while I and other family members were enjoying a sojourn in Fiji I didn't know what she was talking about.  One of the young cousins with us enlightened me. Apparently FOMO is Fear of Missing Out.

Wikipedia describes FOMO thus: "a pervasive apprehension that others might be having rewarding experiences from which one is absent"



If you want to avoid a case of FOMO next March when your genimates are having fun at #Congress_2018 then perhaps you should take advantage of the Earlybird Rate and register now.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

A New Badge on the Blog

When Alan Phillips' invitation to be an Ambassador for  Researching Abroad: Finding British Isles and European Ancestors, a series of Unlock the Past events, I had no hesitation in accepting.

For the next few weeks this badge will appear on my blo
I had every intention of attending this event and was going to share my enthusiasm anyway. I love to support the events Unlock the Past host for the geneacommunity downunder. UTP is the only commercial organisation that regularly organises events that bring overseas genealogy speakers we would not otherwise hear downunder. A bonus is that the costs of these events are quite reasonable.

I will be attending the Sydney gig at Parramatta (did you know you can get there by bus or train from Hornsby way over on the other side of town?). I love these events because they fire up my enthusiasm and educate and enlighten me. They also provide an opportunity to catch up with my distant genimates.

I am probably one of a handful of Australians who has met both Dirk and Chris, the headliners at this event. They are both enthusiastic chaps who are passionate about genealogy in their geographical areas..

The hashtag for this event is #utproadshow17.

Disclosure: As compensation for my Ambassadorial duties I receive complimentary entry to the Researching Abroad: Finding British Isles and European Ancestors in Sydney.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Happy Birthday Allan

Updating a post from 2012

Remembering my Dad, Allan John Curry 1919-2001, who would have been 98 today. 

Young Allan doesn't look too happy in this photo. The white tie suggests it might have been his First Communion or Confirmation Day - he never was fond of going to Church. 


Allan John Curry


GAGs - GeniAus' Gems - 23 June 2017

It's been a frustrating week for reading and writing blog posts. The phone line has been down for a week at our city pad and the internet is moving at snail's pace. I spent five days at our lake house and  have nearly chewed up the 40gig of data I have per month on my phone plan so my online activities have been seriously curtailed.



In selecting posts for this week's Gems I was forced to skim read and ignore posts with titles that didn't pique my curiosity.Here goes with my selections for the week past.

1. Great to see Fran (and Carel last week) mentioned on the GeneabloggersTRIBE site (have you listed your blog there?)
http://geneabloggerstribe.com/travelgenee-joins-the-geneabloggertribe/

2. A few short tips for Intelligent Searches.
http://anglo-celtic-connections.blogspot.com.au/2017/06/intelligent-searching.html

3. Jane describes how she looks after her data.
http://www.taubman.org.uk/family/wp/2017/06/18/backups-and-ransomware/

4. Anne has reached a milestone.
http://ayfamilyhistory.blogspot.com.au/2017/06/250-posts-later.html

5. Help for the DNA Challenged.
http://dnaandfamilytreeresearch.blogspot.com.au/2017/06/wdytya-2017-videos-going-online.html

6. A researcher needs our input.
http://www.irishgenealogynews.com/2017/06/views-of-genealogists-sought-by.html

7. Chez researches an Aussie icon.
http://linksinachain.blogspot.com/2017/06/trove-tuesday-biscuits.html

8. I haven't read this yet. Have you?
http://ancestryauthor.blogspot.com.au/2017/06/dying-games-is-out-what-do-you-think.html

9. Trove comes up Trumps again.
https://ancestorchaser.blogspot.com.au/2017/06/david-adams-breakthrough-i-hope.html

10. Reflecting on an ancestor's life.
https://gsq-blog.gsq.org.au/life-pioneering-woman/

11. This title fascinated me.
http://earlieryears.blogspot.com.au/2017/06/the-rams-head-and-rock-playground.html

12. And here are a few responses to the Cemetery Day Challenge Alona posted last week. A great theme that elicited some interesting responses.
http://robynandthegenies.blogspot.com.au/2017/06/celebrating-cemeteries.html
http://michellefnichols.blogspot.com.au/2017/06/remembering-cemetery-day.html
http://www.lonetester.com/2017/06/cemetery-day-18-june-2017/
https://campaspegenealogy.blogspot.com.au/2017/06/cemetery-day.html
http://geniaus.blogspot.com.au/2017/06/my-cemetree.html





Sunday, June 18, 2017

My CemeTree

A few days ago my genimate Alona reminded us that today 18 June is Cemetery Day. Even though I have been out with living family all day I cannot let today pass without recognising my ancestors on Cemetery Day.

On my way home this evening I had a brainwave - I would create a CemeTree - a tree of my ancestors that shows the Cemeteries in which they rest. Unfortunately I have not been able to find the resting places of many of my ancestors especially those in Ireland. I will never get this task done by my self-imposed deadline tonight if I try to create a table, save it to html and then paste it in this post (that is a task for another day). As an alternative I could create a custom Google Map and place the cemeteries on that. For tonight I will simply list generation by generation my direct ancestors whose final resting places I have identified.

Parent
Allan John Curry Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park, NSW

Grandparents 
Thomas William Curry Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park, NSW formerly Botany Cemetery
Mary Tierney Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park, NSW formerly Botany Cemetery
Frank Duncan Rookwood Cemetery, NSW
Ethel Jane Pusell Rookwood Cemetery, NSW

Frank Duncan and Ethel Jane Pusell, Rookwood Cemetery
Great-Grandparents
Thomas Curry  Cowra Cemetery, NSW
Catherine Molloy  Canowindra Cemetery, NSW
John D'Arcy Tierney Dungog Cemetery, NSW
Mary Kealy Dungog Cemetery, NSW
Francis Duncan  Cobar Cemetery, NSW
Harriet Magick  Cobar Cemetery, NSW
James Pusell  Cobar Cemetery, NSW
Mary Jane Aspinall  Rookwood Cemetery, NSW

Francis Duncan and Harriet Magick, Cobar Cemetery
Great-Great Grandarents
Patrick Curry  Cowra Cemetery, NSW
Bridget Ryan  Forbes Cemetery, NSW
Michael Molloy Carcoar Cemetery, NSW
Catherine Connolly  Carcoar Cemetery, NSW
Denis Tierney  Dungog Cemetery, NSW
Eliza D'Arcy  Dungog Cemetery, NSW
James Magick  Denison Town Pioneer Cemetery, NSW
Bridget Ann Hayward  Buddenbela, Cobbora, NSW
James Pusell  Old Burraga Cemetery, NSW
Maria Tucker  Old Burraga Cemetery, NSW
Richard Aspinall  Carcoar Cemetery, NSW

Bridget Ryan, Forbes Cemetery
Great-Great-Great Grandparents
Patrick Curry  St John's Catholic Cemetery Campbelltown, NSW
Ellen Moore   St John's Catholic Cemetery Campbelltown, NSW
James Westbrook  St Matthew's Church of England Cemetery Windsor, NSW
Elizabeth Phipps  St Peter's Church of England Cemetery Richmond, NSW
Robert Hayward  Cobbora Station, Cobbora, NSW
John Tucker  Bathurst Cemetery, NSW
James Homer  Long Swamp Cemetery, NSW

Great-Great-Great-Great Grandparents
William Tucker  St Mary the Virgin Church of England, Datchet, Buckinghamshire, England
Mary Eyers  St Mary the Virgin Church of England, Datchet, Buckinghamshire, England

St Mary the Virgin, Datchet


Saturday, June 17, 2017

AIATSIS Map of Indigenous Australia

I buy very few souvenirs when travelling.

When I was at The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory earlier in the year I saw a map, The AIATSIS Map of Indigenous Australia, that fascinated me so I parted with $9.95 to buy a copy. "The map attempts to represent all the language, social or nation groups of the Indigenous peoples of Australia."

Still in its cellophane wrapper
I just uncovered the map in a pile of my stuff, I hadn't even taken it out of its cellophane packet, I will rectify that. I thought I'd find out about the story of the map so I consulted Google which took me to the
AIATSIS Website and there I discovered that the map is available online free for all to see.  The online map has a 'magnifying glass' circle that you can move around to highlight selected areas. While I prefer my larger hard copy map the price is right for the online version.

Take a look to determine who were the language, social or nation groups of the Indigenous peoples in the areas where your ancestors lived.

Friday, June 16, 2017

GAGs - GeniAus' Gems - 16 June 2017

Once again I have decided to be patriotic and offer selections from Australian bloggers in this week's post. I think again this week that the cool weather has driven the bloggers indoors. I see a few blogging who have been absent for a while.



First up I mention a post that came through from Alona this morning. How about we all put our fingers to the keyboard and craft a cemetery post for Sunday, then tweet it using the hashtag #CemeteryDay.
http://www.lonetester.com/2017/06/introducing-cemeteryday/

Robyn reports on her DNA progress.
http://robynandthegenies.blogspot.com.au/2017/06/dna-12-months-down-track.html

DNA helped in this case.
https://historybylarzus.wordpress.com/2017/06/13/the-mystery-of-jane-leahy/

How did I miss Kerryn's discovery last week. Had to break my cutoff rules and share.
http://ancestorchaser.blogspot.com/2017/06/our-amazing-new-family-dna-discovery.html

A spot of local history for Sydneysiders.
https://anmm.wordpress.com/2017/06/14/midget-submarine-attack-on-sydney-31-may-1-june-1942/

James visited another Sydney icon.
https://jamesobrien.id.au/2017/06/10/mortuary-station/

A new resource that add background to your stories.
http://caseycardinialinkstoourpast.blogspot.com/2017/06/year-book-australia.html

More suggestions for your reading list.
http://geniaus.blogspot.com.au/2017/06/five-faves-geneameme-responses.html

These titles may also be of interest.
http://ypgenealogy.blogspot.com.au/2017/06/new-books-for-family-history-research.html

Chez sends us down a rabbit hole with another online resource.
http://linksinachain.blogspot.com/2017/06/trove-tuesday-never-ceases-to-surprise.html

A Geneajourney for our GenX girl.
http://genxalogy.blogspot.com.au/2017/06/why-is-it-always-you-jimmy.html

TRIBE leader Caitlyn
http://genealogically-speaking.blogspot.com/2017/06/geneabloggerstribe.html

Have you joined the TRIBE? Jo Ann has.
http://ofmyfleshandblood.blogspot.com/2017/06/blogging-badge-for-geneabloggers-tribe.html


New to me blogs
The Keeper of Stories
https://tpr76797.wordpress.com/

Luddite Bicentenary (not Australian but has some Australian content
http://ludditebicentenary.blogspot.com/

Oops
Just realised that this blog was missing from my RSS feeds
http://blog.gsv.org.au/

Thursday, June 15, 2017

101 Reasons to attend #congress_2018 - Me time

You deserve some Me Time.

Two of our younger genimates have mentioned in their comments in our Genimates at #Congress_2018 Facebook Group that they are looking forward to spending some time away from home and parental responsibilities to have dedicated genie time at Congress.

It doesn't matter whether you are young or old, male or female Congress will provide you with an opportunity to have Me Time.  It's a golden opportunity - Grab it.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Comfortable outside the Comfort Zone

 It's now two weeks since I moved out of my comfort zone in Genealand and presented a talk on The Joys of History Blogging to a group of Australian History enthusiasts at a local U3A Group.

I was made most welcome by the Group's leaders and as the presentation was in a venue at Hornsby Library with which I am most familiar my nerves flew out the door prior to the presentation.

U3A presentation at Hornsby Library
Many of the 50+ people at the gig had little or now knowledge of blogs and what a useful resource they could be for the reader, researcher and writer. It was pleasing to see how well the talk was received but it was also a little disappointing that, until now, so many people did not have any idea of useful blogs could be in their study of Australian History.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Trove Tuesday - Babysitting

As I was undertaking one of my frequent activities this morning I pulled out my mobile phone to see what Trove could tell me about that activity, Babysitting but I wasn't able to read the results easily because of the small screen size. Now I am back at home in front of a regular screen I am revisiting the search.

The first few instances I found were in the 1880s but these were OCR errors where the two words Baby and Sitting were read as one. It wasn't until the 1940s that I found some mentions of Babysitting as we know the term today. Following are a few snippets.

1949 '"Annie" Acts As Baby-sitter', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 19 January, p. 7. , viewed 13 Jun 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18086855


This next article appeared in many newspapers across Australia.

1949 'WANTS BABY-SITTING RECOGNISED', Advocate (Burnie, Tas. : 1890 - 1954), 5 October, p. 18. , viewed 13 Jun 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article91765668
1952 'Babysitting on a bus', The Mail (Adelaide, SA : 1912 - 1954), 18 October, p. 25. , viewed 13 Jun 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article57565176
1960 'Dangers of baby-sitting', The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982), 27 April, p. 2. (Teenagers' Weekly), viewed 13 Jun 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article51399061
1952 ''Baby-Sitting Wrong,' Says Doctor', Daily Examiner (Grafton, NSW : 1915 - 1954), 5 September, p. 1. , viewed 13 Jun 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article194585131
If you have trouble reading this next essay here is its URL : http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article122248412

1990 'Crazy nights of whine and song', The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995), 20 May, p. 17. , viewed 13 Jun 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article122248412

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Five Faves Geneameme - The Responses

A few weeks ago I issued a challenge to fellow Geneabloggers. While the number who responded is rather low the quality of the responses is very high.   Thanks to my genimates who responded and gave me some leads on beaut books to follow up. If you are inclined to pen a post for this challenge please let me know and I'll add a link to your response here.



I am hanging my head in shame because I haven't crafted a post yet....my excuse is that we are moving house and my genealibrary (being high on my priority list) was packed up and is sitting in state at my new house. As we are spending most of our time at our old home while we get it tarted up for sale my books and I are living apart. Enough of excuses, here are  links to the Five Faves Geneameme posts.

Susie Zada https://justlovehistory.com/2017/05/20/susies-five-faves-geneameme/

Shelley Crawford http://twigsofyore.blogspot.com.au/2017/05/up-to-five-faves-geneameme.html

ScotsSue https://scotsue-familyhistoryfun.blogspot.com.au/2017/05/books-that-have-inspired-my-family.html

Sandra Williamson  http://ancestralresearchjournal.blogspot.com.au/2017/05/five-faves-geneameme.html

Patsy Trench  https://wordpress.com/post/patsytrench.com/2057

Melody Lassalle http://www.researchjournal.yourislandroutes.com/2017/06/five-fave-books-geneameme/

Jane Taubmanan   http://www.taubman.org.uk/family/wp/2017/06/13/five-favs-five-of-my-favourite-family-history-books/

Anne Young http://ayfamilyhistory.blogspot.com.au/2017/06/five-books-i-refer-to-constantly-when.html

Alona  http://www.lonetester.com/2017/06/five-faves-geneameme/

Saturday, June 10, 2017

GAGs - GeniAus' Gems - 9 June 2017

This week's post is a Saturday Special. As I was involved with family yesterday I didn't not have sufficient time to complete and  publish my post.

It has been a blog-filled week for me. As part of my responsibilities for the GeneabloggersTRIBE I visited over 600 genealogy of the blogs on their Members List. I was struck by the depth and diversity of content I found there in genealogy blogs. It was sad to see so many inactive blogs but it was heartening that, although they are inactive, the stories they tell live on at sites like Blogger and Wordpress.

I also have self-diagnosed Bloggerhoea this week having penned (some scheduled for later) around a dozen posts for the various blogs I curate. I wonder if you sometimes have an attack of this affliction.


In this week's selection I am concentrating on Australian blogs just because I feel like promoting geneablogs from downunder. I am rather fortunate that many of my genimates have blogged this week (was it the chilly weather?).

My first few selections are from libraries' local studies collections. Our libraries downunder do a great job sharing and preserving stories of people and places from the past.

From Sutherland, NSW.
Local History, Local Stories: WWI Field Gun



From Casey/Cardinia, Victoria




Some of my genimates are excited about #Congress_2018.
https://jonesfamilyhistory.wordpress.com/2017/06/06/congress_-2018-sydney/ 

Some bloggers have been learning and sharing
And one has returned after taking a sabbatical. Welcome back.
https://familyfractals.wordpress.com/2017/06/08/where-have-you-been-stranger/

I think a post of mine prompted this post about an atypical Troveite. Isn't that grand
http://linksinachain.blogspot.com/2017/06/trove-tuesday.html

Oops - I've gone over my self imposed limit of a dozen blogs this week just because....I can.

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