Dec 19, 2017

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Trove Tuesday – The Queenslander Cot Fund...

Trove Tuesday – The Queenslander Cot Fund

The Queenslander Cot Fund was set up by the newspaper The Queenslander to raise money for the Hospital for Sick Children in Brisbane. In my example John C Davis was the organiser and he was my great grandfather James Carnegie’s cousin. John C Davis was the son of Clara Stanley Carnegie and Charles Brandon Davis and the C is short for John Carnegie Davis. Surnames as given names can be a clue to a mother’s maiden name or even a...

May 2, 2017

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Trove Tuesday – Why You Should Repeat Trove Searches...

Trove Tuesday – Why You Should Repeat Trove Searches

It’s Trove Tuesday again and I’m participating in the regular Trove Tuesday blog challenge. My aim is to do it at least once a month, so I’m getting in early and hopefully there will be more than one post this month. Regular searches of Trove are essential as new newspaper titles are added from time to time. I tend to stay with my main family lines and today it occurred to me that I had not checked my...

Jan 24, 2017

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Trove Tuesday – Funeral Notices and Oddfellows...

Trove Tuesday – Funeral Notices and Oddfellows

Most family historians look for funeral notices as they provide information on close relatives such as a person’s address, names of children and sometimes where they live if not local, married names of daughters, and sometimes even grandchildren’s names. Occasionally we might get other information such as military service, employment, membership of sporting groups and friendly societies. For today’s Trove Tuesday post I am looking at my great grandfather James Carnegie who died in 1954. His funeral notice...

Apr 19, 2016

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John James Carnegie AIF puzzle solved? – Trove Tuesday blog...

John James Carnegie AIF puzzle solved? – Trove Tuesday blog

Today has been an incredibly exciting Trove Tuesday. I picked my Carnegie family and in particular my great uncle John James Carnegie because I only had scant details on this family. I knew he died as I have a funeral notice but sadly no date and it is too recent for Trove. The funeral notice mentions that he was a Rat of Tobruk but I have never been able to find his army dossier. I also knew from family...

Jan 19, 2016

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Brisbane River Pilot James Carnegie – Trove Tuesday blog...

Brisbane River Pilot James Carnegie – Trove Tuesday blog

Trove Tuesday blogging has been happening for years but I have never participated in the challenge before. So in 2016 I thought it was time I did at least one Trove Tuesday post a month. Hopefully more but at least this is a start. Today I finished up a talk that I am giving on the Unlock the Past 10th genealogy cruise next month and James Carnegie, my great grandfather, is one of the key figures in that talk....

Oct 5, 2015

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Review of History Queensland conference 3-4 Oct 2015...

Review of History Queensland conference 3-4 Oct 2015

Why is it that genealogy conferences always seem to go so quickly? Must be because we are all so busy earning new things and catching up with old friends and making new ones. It was History Queensland‘s first conference and extremely well organised with a good venue, excellent catering, interesting program and excellent speakers. I am really glad that I decided to stay onsite as it saved travelling time but also I didn’t have to overtax my right...

Apr 30, 2015

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Week 37 Military Unit Histories & Unit War Diaries in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015...

Week 37 Military Unit Histories &  Unit War Diaries in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015

This personal genealogy blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 – 2015 by focusing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy...

Apr 21, 2015

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ANZAC Day Tribute to Alexander Thomas Davis...

ANZAC Day Tribute to Alexander Thomas Davis

As usual I am participating in Kintalk‘s Trans Tasman ANZAC Day blog challenge. This year my tribute is to Alexander Thomas Davis my first cousin three times removed who saw service in World War One and died of wounds shortly after arriving back home. Alexander was the son of Charles Brandon Davis and Clara Stanley Carnegie and was born in 1892 at Toorbul, on Pumicestone Passage near Brisbane. He had an older brother John Carnegie Davis and their...

Mar 13, 2015

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Week 34 Maps in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015...

Week 34 Maps in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015

This personal genealogy blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 – 2015 by focusing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy...

Feb 10, 2015

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Week 31 Photographs in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015...

Week 31 Photographs in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015

This personal genealogy blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 – 2015 by focusing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy...

Feb 2, 2015

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Week 30 Postcards in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015...

Week 30 Postcards in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015

This personal genealogy blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 – 2015 by focusing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy...

Jan 20, 2015

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Tombstones: Week 28 in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015...

Tombstones: Week 28 in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015

This personal genealogy blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 – 2015 by focusing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy...

Dec 29, 2014

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Genealogy Aspirations 2015

Genealogy Aspirations 2015

This year has gone incredibly fast! But then I seem to be saying that every year lately. There is the odd time when I think it would be nice to simply sit and do nothing but there is always something exciting happening with my family history research or we are indulging my other love, travel. Regular readers will know that I like to review my genealogy hopes at the end of a year and to set myself some...

Oct 19, 2014

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Week 25 Immigration Records in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2014...

Week 25 Immigration Records in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2014

This blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 by focusing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy world. The 52 different...

Oct 6, 2014

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Week 24 Post Office Directories in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2014...

Week 24 Post Office Directories in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2014

52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2014 This blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 by focusing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere...

May 6, 2014

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52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2014 – Week 15 Civil Registration and Certificates...

This blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 by focussing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy world. The 52 different...

Apr 24, 2014

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52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2014 – Week 14 Cemetery Records...

This blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 by focussing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy world. The 52 different...

Apr 9, 2014

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52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2014 – Week 12 Gazetteers...

This blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 by focusing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy world. The 52 different...

Mar 17, 2014

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52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2014 – Week 10 Occupation Records...

This blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 by focussing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy world. The 52 different...

Feb 26, 2014

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52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2014 Week 7 – Local Histories...

This blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 by focussing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy world. The 52 different...

Jan 21, 2014

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52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2014 – Week 3 Probates (wills and administrations)...

This blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 by focussing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy world. The 52 different...

Jan 1, 2014

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Accentuate the Positive Geneameme 2013...

Well known geneablogger Geniaus has again invited the genealogy blogging community to her annual Accentuate the Positive Geneameme. As usual I can’t resist the challenge so below are my responses to her twenty questions. Anyone can join in this activity in their own blog post but don’t forget to let Geniaus know too so that she can link all responses into her original blog post. Write as much or as little as you want. Remember to accentuate the...

Dec 23, 2013

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Genealogy Aspirations 2014

This year has gone incredibly fast! It has been busy with settling into our new home on Bribie Island and doing some travel as usual. Regular readers will know that I like to review my genealogy goals at the end of a year and to set myself some new genealogy goals for the coming year. So how did I go with my Genealogy Aspirations 2013? The five aspirations (in brief) were: 1. As I unpack to identify and...

Jul 1, 2013

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Looking at the Irish & Immigration with GSQ...

I’m back home after attending the Genealogical Society of Queensland‘s annual seminar in Brisbane. This year the theme was Irish in the morning and Immigration in the afternoon. It was the first genealogy seminar I’ve been to since February (which is almost like a drought for me) and it was good to be back chatting to old friends and swapping information. The day started with Dr Jennifer Harrison talking about 19th century Irish arrivals in Queensland and Jennifer’s...

Dec 30, 2012

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Genealogy Aspirations 2013

Regular readers of this blog will know that each year I like to review the genealogy goals I set myself at the beginning of a year and then set new goals for the coming year. There has been varying success over the last three years but 2012 was definitely more challenging. Our sudden, although expected decision to relocate from Victoria, threw the second half of the year into chaos as most of my genealogy material was in storage...

Jan 30, 2012

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My Bucket List Geneameme

I always like to try any challenge thrown out by Geniaus especially her Geneamemes and this Bucket List Geneameme is no exception. The only difference this time is that I have found it incredibly difficult. Why? I’ve had a personal bucket list for years and slowly ticking off various things I want to do, places I want to go and so on. Some of those have been genealogy oriented (indeed most of my life has been defined by...

Nov 17, 2011

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Surname Saturday Meme: Names, Places and Most Wanted Faces...

As a regular reader of Geniaus‘ blogs, I often find myself (lately) doing memes. Sometimes they are created by Geniaus and sometimes she has picked up memes from fellow bloggers. This is one of the latter, and it is a really useful way to advertise the primary surnames we are researching. I have already had considerable success with relatives finding me via my own blogs, so this meme instantly appealed to me. On his Destination Austin Family Blog...

Apr 18, 2011

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3rd Australasian Scottish Genealogy Conference – What I Learnt!...

At the weekend I attended the 3rd Australasian Scottish Genealogy Conference Catch The Moments Scotland 1750 to 1850: A Century of Transformation organised by the Scottish Ancestry Group of the Genealogical Society of Victoria (GSV). It is the first conference I have attended in a very long time that I was not giving a paper or working behind the scenes so all I had to do was sit back and enjoy myself along with about 140 other people...

Jun 2, 2010

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Finding Families in Cemeteries

I am still participating in the 52 Weeks To Better Genealogy program and Challenge 22 was to spend time at Find-a-Grave. This doesn’t have a lot of relevance for Australian researchers, although there are 164 people listed in the Australian section, so I am looking at my favourite cemetery sites for Australia. A quick and easy site is Australian Cemeteries which covers all States and Territories and it includes links to online data for either tombstones or burial...

Jan 8, 2010

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Is My Family Already On The Internet?...

Not too many years ago, most genealogists and family historians used to submit their names and research interests to society journals or genealogical research directories (GRD’s), either local, national and/or international. We would then sit back and hopefully someone would contact us and there would be a connection and an exchange of information. Originally this was by snail mail and then email. I made a few connections that way but not as many as I have made since...

Nov 29, 2009

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Online BDMs Demolish Brick Walls

My last two blogs have been about preparing for my talk on Convicts and Criminals and accompanying  Handout at Mulwala Family History Expo  and all the wonderful  information I discovered on my families because of new online resources. The talk went very well and I received some lovely feedback. One woman said she could listen to me all day which might have been a slight exaggeration. But the more exciting thing was the discovery of my gg grandmother...