Jun 27, 2017

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Trove Tuesday – Did the family ever contact back home?...

Trove Tuesday – Did the family ever contact back home?

One of the questions I have always asked myself was – did my immigrant ancestors ever have contact with the family members back home? In some cases there have been surviving letters which do show that letters and photographs were exchanged with those left behind. In other instances I have absolutely no idea. Henry Spencer was the fourth child of Paul Spencer and Louisa Adkins and he had seven other siblings. Henry was the first to come out...

Jan 10, 2017

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Trove Tuesday – Transmission by Death Notices...

Trove Tuesday – Transmission by Death Notices

For my first Trove Tuesday post of 2017, I am highlighting the wonderful information that can be located in the seemingly boring Government Notices section of newspapers. Today’s topic is transmission by death notices and this is where property is directly transferred from the deceased to someone else, quite often a spouse, assuming there are no objections. Information includes: Name of deceased proprietor with details of last residence Date of death Name of claimant, their address and relationship...

Oct 1, 2016

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The Search for Henry Spencer

The Search for Henry Spencer

I first wrote this blog post on 7 Sep 2010 for another website and have now decided to also put it on my own website with the rest of the posts on the Spencer family. In the last paragraph below, I talked about how we hoped to find some long lost cousins and reconnect the different Spencer families. In the last six years we have done exactly that and learnt a lot more about Henry’s descendants from his...

Mar 22, 2015

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Week 35 Sporting Records in 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2015...

Week 35 Sporting 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 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...

Apr 23, 2014

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Trans Tasman ANZAC Day Blog Challenge 2014 – The Story Behind Jack Russell...

Each year Kintalk (Auckland Libraries) issues their Trans Tasman ANZAC Day blog challenge and I always take the opportunity to participate and tell the story of one of my military ancestors. This year my military ancestor is Jack Russell but there are no Russell’s in the family. How and why are two questions that leap to mind and there is a simple answer – Jack Russell was a pseudonym that our ancestor used to join the AIF in...

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...

Apr 18, 2011

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Charles Douglas Spencer – Military Medal for Bravery...

Charles Douglas Spencer This ANZAC day I want to commemorate Charles Douglas Spencer, and other Spencer family members who have all been involved in the defence services for over four generations. Charles Douglas Spencer (SX 428), or Doug as he was more commonly known, enlisted in the Australian Army in World War II on 20 October 1939 at Keswick, South Australia. He was 20 years old. We have a copy of his army dossier from the National Archives...