Oct 23, 2018

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Trove Tuesday – Body Discovered, Unknown Identity...

Trove Tuesday – Body Discovered, Unknown Identity

My great great grandfather James Henry Trevaskis is one of my last remaining brickwalls – he was last known to be working for the Municipality of Clermont and Copperfield in 1868. His wife Elizabeth remarried George Guy as a widow in 1873, still in Copperfield. Sometime in that five year period James Henry died or left but searches for his death, probate or any newspaper references have all been unsuccessful. Elizabeth was left with her own two children...

Jul 24, 2018

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Trove Tuesday – Family Weddings & What They Wore...

Trove Tuesday – Family Weddings & What They Wore

My son was married yesterday so my thoughts have been all around weddings. So for my first Trove Tuesday post in a while I looked for weddings on my mother’s side of the family. Mum’s cousins were all much older than her and some of them even married before she was born. Mum was the last of 10 children and her father Henry Price was the 6th of 10 children so there were lots of cousins. When I first...

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...

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...

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...

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...

May 16, 2017

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Trove Tuesday – Frederick John Finn, a sad victim of Murphy’s Creek...

Trove Tuesday – Frederick John Finn, a sad victim of Murphy’s Creek

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, and this is my second post for May. This time I am revisiting the sad death of Frederick John Finn, my first cousin twice removed (my great grandmother Mary Finn’s nephew). Frederick was the son of James Joseph Finn and Miriam Joyce and his life was not a long or happy one. James and...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Apr 5, 2016

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Herbert William White Obituary – Trove Tuesday Blog...

Herbert William White Obituary – Trove Tuesday Blog

My Australia Day tribute this year was to Herbert William White – read the post here. He was my great grandfather from Wiltshire. Back in January I wrote about his life using information I had gathered over many years. Today as I thought about who to focus on for this Trove Tuesday post, I was thinking about his son Robert who died at the age of 31 years in August 1924. Robert James White enlisted in World War...

Mar 8, 2016

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World War One and The Finn Brothers – Trove Tuesday Blog...

World War One and The Finn Brothers  – Trove Tuesday Blog

I have previously written about my three Finn great great uncles who fought in World War One. Read their story here. Last year I managed to find a photograph of Denis Finn courtesy of Trove but I had no luck finding photos of his brothers John and Robert. Today I had another look in Trove and came up with this amazing article of all three brothers in The Week, 31 Jan 1919. The caption even tells me that...

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....