Jun 12, 2018

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Report on Unlock the Past Perth genealogy seminar, 8-9 Jun 2018...

Report on Unlock the Past Perth genealogy seminar, 8-9 Jun 2018

Unlock the Past held a genealogy and local history two day seminar in Perth on 8-9 June 2018 at the State Library of Western Australia. Friday’s program started with a comprehensive talk on Immigration to Australia by Kerry Farmer. This covered everything from the arrival of convicts, free settlers, emigration schemes and certainly gave the audience  lots to think about. In the break someone said that their ancestor still ‘swam’ and I think there will always be those arrivals for which no records survive. I was meant to be the next speaker but as my luggage had been ‘misplaced’ and I was still seeking it,  Kerry stepped in and did her afternoon talk. This was Finding Historical Photos Online and I did manage to catch part of this session. Kerry covered sites such as History Pin, Flickr, Pinterest, ArchivePix, the National Archives of Australia’s PhotoSearch, Australian War Memorial, Facebook, Royal Western Australian Historical Society, You Tube and Google Images. Images of places show where our ancestors lived and what it was like in that community. If you are lucky there may even be images of your ancestors online as people blog their family stories or attach photos to online family trees. Finally Kerry also said to check copyright, acknowledge sources and to record the source of the image. Then there was a coffee break and fortunately the State Library has its own cafe so we didn’t have to venture far for a nice cup of coffee. It was also a chance to check out the exhibitors including the Western Australia Genealogical Society (WAGS) which now has a business name Family History WA, VicGUM, and Gould Genealogy & History and their impressive range of Unlock the Past research guides and the new handy guides. Anthea seemed busy with book sales over the two days and I think Alan also fielded a few questions about the Unlock the Past genealogy cruises. Kerry then did her final talk for the day on UK Records – English & Scottish BMD and Census & Valuation Records. Again a wide ranging talk with most of the sites mentioned familiar to me. These included the UK GRO, FamilySearch, Genuki, Dusty Docs, Scotland’s People, The Genealogist (especially if you have non conformist families), Ancestry, Findmypast and MyHeritage. Be wary of transcripts and always...

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May 17, 2018

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Review of The Wicked Trade and The Suffragette’s Secret: genealogical crime mysteries...

Review of The Wicked Trade and The Suffragette’s Secret: genealogical crime mysteries

This is the latest book covering the adventures of fictional forensic genealogist, Morton Farrier by UK author Nathan Dylan Goodwin. It combines the short story of The Suffragette’s Secret with the full-length novel The Wicked Trade. A lovely double dose of Morton Farrier! Usually when I finish one Morton Farrier adventure I want to read another one straight away – my wish was granted. The Suffragette’s Secret is the story of a militant suffragette who is the great grandmother of Morton’s wife Juliette. What I liked was the ongoing revelation of Morton and Juliette’s family history set against the backdrop of the suffragette movement in England. First I was surprised to learn that women in England received the right to vote later than here in Australia. It was obvious that the author had undertaken original research and included that within the story. We are given a very hard hitting look at how the suffragettes were treated in prison and the obstacles they faced. Today we simply accept the right of women to be able to vote but it was a hard fought battle. The Suffragette’s Secret is a standalone story and readers do not have to be familiar with previous books to enjoy it. The Wicked Trade is about smuggling in Kent and Sussex in the 1820s. As usual, the story includes flashbacks to the time and events that Morton Farrier is researching for a client plus real time events in his family life including the first birthday of his daughter. It seems like only yesterday we met Morton as a single man wondering if he would ever marry and have a family. Possibly his girlfriend, now wife, Juliette was the driver of those decisions. I love learning more about Kentish history and how hard life was for people back in the early nineteenth century. Men risked death or transportation to earn money for their families by getting involved in the smuggling trade. They must have been desperate, and their worries and fears are shown through the story’s main characters. Nathan’s research is thorough, and we get a real sense of time and place. It is another great read and I found it very hard to put the book down once I started reading. Morton’s cases are well researched, and I only wish that there were...

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May 1, 2018

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Trove Tuesday – Voyage of the Chyebassa to Queensland in 1883...

Trove Tuesday – Voyage of the Chyebassa to Queensland in 1883

My great grandfather Herbert William White was from Farley in Wiltshire and he arrived in Townsville, Queensland on board the Chyebassa on 8 March 1883. Trove is a fantastic resource for locating information about an ancestor’s voyage to Australia. It’s not just digitised newspapers and in this blog post, I look at newspapers, books and photographs and make some interesting discoveries. By 1883 the trip was much easier than earlier voyages and in some respects, it seems almost...

Apr 3, 2018

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Trove Tuesday – Gone Home to Ireland But Still Remembered Here?...

Trove Tuesday – Gone Home to Ireland But Still Remembered Here?

So much for trying to do a Trove Tuesday post once a month! My last post was back in January and February/March went past way too fast. I am getting in early for April and maybe I will do two and get back on track. It is definitely worth while reviewing your research as new digitised newspapers are being added all the time. I can tell what is new as I use tags and lists when I find...

Mar 23, 2018

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Sydney Genealogy Congress 2018 Exhibitors & Summary...

Sydney Genealogy Congress 2018 Exhibitors & Summary

This is the last post in my series on the Bridging the Past & Future Congress 2018 in Sydney. Read the earlier daily posts – Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 and Day 4. Sponsors and exhibitors help to make a Congress happen. The two major sponsors were Ancestry and FamilySearch and there were numerous sponsors and supporters as reflected on the conference satchel. The Sydney Convention Centre is huge and all the exhibitors were spaced around the...

Mar 19, 2018

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Sydney Genealogy Congress 2018 Day 4 Report...

Sydney Genealogy Congress 2018 Day 4 Report

It seems to be taking me longer to write these reports than it was attending Congress. Thanks to those who have been reading the posts and exploring some of the website links shared. It’s not quite the same as attending but my learnings may help some of you too. Day 4 started with a sponsor presentation – this time it was FamilySearch and it was given by Thom Reed, an excellent speaker. He focused on all the ways...

Mar 17, 2018

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Sydney Genealogy Congress 2018 Day Three Report...

Sydney Genealogy Congress 2018 Day Three Report

I was remiss in the Day 2 report by not mentioning the wonderful gift I received as a speaker. These wonderful drink coasters are almost too good to use. A lovely memento of a great Congress. A plenary session with Paul Milner on English Research – 18th Century Sources and Indexes and he did an excellent job of squeezing a 100 years into 45 minutes. Regnal years, the calendar change in 1752, Lord Hardwicke’s Marriage Act of 1753...

Mar 16, 2018

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Sydney Genealogy Congress 2018 Day Two Report...

Sydney Genealogy Congress 2018 Day Two Report

If you missed Day One, read about it here. Day Two started with a sponsor presentation with Ancestry. Without the sponsors, it would be very hard for any group to put on an event like Congress so thanks to all sponsors, especially the major sponsors. Ancestry have some exciting things planned for 2018 and it really is amazing how the interest in DNA has grown over the last few years. This was followed by Judy G Russell’s  (The...

Mar 14, 2018

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Sydney Genealogy Congress 2018 Day One report...

Sydney Genealogy Congress 2018 Day One report

Congress was held at the International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour in Sydney over 4 days from 9 March to 12 March 2018. There were numerous plenary sessions, and a choice between 4 talks at other times and even a couple of sponsor presentations. The exhibitors were spread out around the main lecture rooms and it was a bit of a walk to see them all. We tended to visit them one side at a time. There were over...

Jan 23, 2018

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Trove Tuesday – Samuel Plimsoll (ship) 1878 illustrated sketches...

Trove Tuesday – Samuel Plimsoll (ship) 1878 illustrated sketches

My great grandparents Thomas and Elizabeth Price arrived in Sydney on the Samuel Plimsoll in 1878.  As a newly married couple from West Bromwich in Staffordshire, they were embarking on the adventure of their lives in a new land. They had ten children in various parts of New South Wales and Queensland, finally settling in Charters Towers. Years, more like decades ago, I found a report of the arrival of the Samuel Plimsoll in a Sydney newspaper on...