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...

Nov 11, 2017

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Remembrance Day 2017 & the Kennedy Regiment, Queensland...

Remembrance Day 2017 & the Kennedy Regiment, Queensland

Amazingly it is six years since I first wrote about my grandfather Henry Price and his army service with the Kennedy Regiment on board the Kanowna at the outbreak of World War One. Read that blog post here. Back then I struggled to find information about the Kanowna incident and what happened to those on board after the ship’s crew mutinied and demanded to go back to Townsville. A lot has happened since 2011 including World War One...

Apr 4, 2017

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Trove Tuesday – Why You Can’t Find Someone...

Trove Tuesday – Why You Can’t Find Someone

For my Trove Tuesday post I went looking for the death of my great grandfather Thomas Price who died when he accidentally fell from a bridge in 1918 while on his way to work. Over the years I have looked at both microfilm newspapers and more recently the digitised newspapers in Trove. As Thomas Price died in a remote part of western Queensland I suspected that any coverage of his death might not be extensive. However, I felt...

Feb 28, 2017

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Trove Tuesday – A Beautiful Bride and An Accident...

Trove Tuesday – A Beautiful Bride and An Accident

For today’s Trove Tuesday I went looking for my mother’s sisters. Mum was the youngest of 10 children and was only a small child aged under 10 when her four sisters married in the late 1930s. Mum had more in common with her nieces than her sisters. So could Trove provide information on Mum’s sisters. Thanks to the digitisation of the Brisbane Telegraph I was able to locate a pre wedding notice for the eldest sister, Hazel Price. There is not a...

Sep 3, 2016

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Family Places – Week 4 National Family History Month 2016 Blogging Challenge...

Family Places – Week 4 National Family History Month 2016 Blogging Challenge

Alex Daw (aka FamilyTreeFrog) has set up a weekly blog challenge for National Family History Month 2016. I like blogging challenges as they usually get me writing about topics that I might not normally do. Week 4‘ s challenge is: Australian poet Dorothea Mackellar in her poem My Country talks of a “sunburnt country, a land of sweeping plains, of rugged mountain ranges, of droughts and flooding rains”.  What does “country” or place mean to your family? What...

Aug 24, 2016

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Military Ancestors – Week 3 National Family History Month 2016 blogging challenge...

Military Ancestors – Week 3 National Family History Month 2016 blogging challenge

Alex Daw (aka FamilyTreeFrog) has set up a weekly blog challenge for National Family History Month 2016. I like blogging challenges as they usually get me writing about topics that I might not normally do. Week 3‘ s challenge is – Significant military battles are commemorated during the month of August such as Mouquet Farm in WWI and Milne Bay in WW2.  The Australian Comforts Fund was also founded in August 1916.  Did your ancestors have connections to these...

Aug 20, 2016

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Working Forebears – Week 2 National Family History Month 2016 blogging challenge...

Working Forebears – Week 2 National Family History Month 2016 blogging challenge

Alex Daw (aka FamilyTreeFrog) has set up a weekly blog challenge for National Family History Month 2016. I like blogging challenges as they usually get me writing about topics that I might not normally do. In Week 2 blogger Anne Young reminds us that the Shearer’s Strike Monument was dedicated on 16 August 1891. This week’s challenge is about remembering your working forbears and the challenges they faced. This post is timely as I purchased My Ancestor was a Coal...

Mar 28, 2016

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Women’s History Month – My Four Great Grandmothers...

Women’s History Month – My Four Great Grandmothers

As March is Women’s History Month, I am focusing on my four great grandmother’s (although there is now some doubt about one of them, but that is a story for a later date). There was a lot of social media activity around International Women’s Day on 8 March but I have left my post for the end of the month. Women’s History Month was first launch in Australia in 2000 and there is a timeline of significant events for...

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...

Mar 6, 2015

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Week 33 Church Records in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015...

Week 33 Church Records 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 29, 2015

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Week 29 Military Records in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015...

Week 29 Military Records 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...

Jan 13, 2015

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Census Records: Week 27 in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015...

Census Records: Week 27 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...

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...

Jun 18, 2014

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52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2014 – Week 19 Family Bibles...

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...

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 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...

Feb 3, 2014

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52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2014 – Week 5 Family Stories...

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 14, 2014

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52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2014 – Week 2 Internal Migration...

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 7, 2014

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52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2014 – Week 1 Military Medals...

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...

Aug 28, 2013

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31 Activities for NFHM (researchers) – The Final 16!...

For National Family History Month 2013 I created a list of 31 activities for researchers to do. My blog for the first 15 activities is here.   Here are the final 16 activities: 16 Attend or listen to a webinar There has been little time for this luxury but one site that I like to check out is Legacy Family Tree webinars. I use Legacy software for my own family history but their webinars are on all kinds...

Apr 25, 2012

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Leslie Gordon Price – A Rat of Tobruk...

Today is ANZAC Day and I foreshadowed back in February during the Bombing of Darwin 70th anniversary tour that my ANZAC Day blog this year would be dedicated to my Uncle Gordon, my mother’s eldest brother. During the bombing of Darwin tour, I met historian Brad Manera and was privileged to have him advise me on a ‘kidney dish’ that Gordon had carried around with him during his time in the army. For years I believed all soldiers had...

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...

Jan 25, 2012

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Wealth for Toil – Thomas Price

It’s Australia Day 2012 tomorrow and I am participating in Twigs of Yore‘s annual blog challenge with this year’s theme Wealth for Toil. It took me a while to decide on who to write about because although all my ancestor’s worked hard, none of them were wealthy and most of them died early, through illness or accidents. In the end I chose my mother’s grandfather Thomas Price as he led an interesting and varied life as he tried...

Jan 13, 2012

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Genealogy Aspirations Reviewed & Renewed 2012...

Although it’s already two weeks into January, my holiday travels (see Diary of an Australian Genealogist) have slowed down my blogging output. However I have been thinking about what I aspired to in 2011 (see My 2011 Genealogy Aspirations) and how well I managed to keep them in focus over what turned out to be another very busy year with lots of travel. No 1 was finalising my mother’s Price family history and publishing it. Research on this...

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...

Nov 10, 2011

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Remembrance Day & My Two Grandfathers...

Each ANZAC Day I like to blog about one of my military ancestors, and this Remembrance Day I have decided to do the same. Neither of my two grandfathers spent much time in military service but their stories are still interesting. Although my parents were born only a few months apart, my mother’s father Henry Price was born in 1887 while my father’s father John Martin Gunderson was born in 1909. So one grandfather saw brief service in...

Sep 18, 2011

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Old Research, New Resources, Fresh Eyes...

I started researching my family history in August 1977, just over 34 years ago and I am amazed at the changes over that time. Anyone starting out now can’t appreciate just how hard it was back then, especially trying to do it from Australia. Yesterday I proved (I think) that I made a fundamental error back then but without access to today’s resources, the decisions I made then were all reasonable and based on available evidence. I welcome...

Apr 16, 2010

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Finding Ancestors in Church Publications...

Since December 2009 I have been writing a monthly article on Finding Ancestors in Church Publications for Australian Family Tree Connections (AFTC). Parts 1-3 are now available online on Unlock the Past to make the articles more accessible. Church publications include regular newsletters, newspapers, journals, histories, directories, biographies and so on. They don’t include original records such as parish registers as these are not usually published. Although I mostly talk about published material, I do sometimes refer to...