Thursday, 31 March 2016
Today I've had to remove four comments that had nothing what so ever to do with my post and will continue to do so.
You have been warned.
Wednesday, 30 March 2016
For April I'm going to blog, every day, except Sunday, using the letters of the alphabet. Friday April 1 is the start and the letter is A. This will continue through the month to Z.
As it's name implies to will be a challenge to find something with that different letters, but hey, that's the fun of it!
I'm not going to do a theme, as such, mine will be a 'Mixed Bag' of different things that catch my eye and that I want to share. Sometimes old photos, sometimes a book review, family history etc.
I hope that you will enjoy my challenge and maybe next year take part as well.
Bye for now,
Edith Pearl Amelia Millar married Andrew Alexander Hunter Magill on 29 October 1907. This handsome couple are Paul's grandparents. Andrew was born 17 April 1885 and died 3 February 1945. Edith was born 30 July 1885 and died 16 May 1955. She is also a descendant of John Nichols, a First Fleeter.
The next two photos are of two of their children's weddings.
Thomas was the elder born of twins to Thomas and Mary Abberton of Mummel. He was their 8th child, with his twin sister Francis Maria being number 9. They were also Mary's 3rd set of twins.
Thomas Snr was a farmer and also ran the Post Office at Mummel.
Not much is known about Thomas Jnr until his marriage to Louisa Nicolls on 1 January 1890 in the Catholic Church at Mummel. Louisa was the school teacher at Mummel and Thomas gave his occupation as farmer's son.
I know from his children's birth certificates that Thomas moved his family around, with Berrima, Moss Vale, Woodhill, Cowra, Goulburn, Wollongong and Sydney being given. His occupations are also varied miner, carter for wine and spirit merchant and publican are just what I have found.
It is through the children that I next find Thomas and it is not a happy find. Thomas is in the Police Gazettes for desertion. The year 1904. So who did he desert and why? His wife, Louisa, had died in 1903, so it wasn’t her. The complainant was one Patrick Lyons, State Children’s Relief Department. When Louisa died, Thomas was left with six children aged from 13 years to 4 years. He must have been so down that he couldn’t cope and left the children in care. Something I’ll never know. When he was arrested he has to pay 5shillings a week for twelve months.
Thomas re-married in 1909 to Mary Naughton and they had a son, Thomas Joseph in June 1910.
I next have my grandfathers death on 5 May 1914 at the age of 49, from TB. There is no mention of Mary or their son, Thomas on the death certificate.
Happy Birthday, Granddad.
Tuesday, 29 March 2016
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Sunday, 20 March 2016
Not my words but this blog answers the question as to why we 'do our family tree'.
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Saturday, 19 March 2016
Today I'm looking at my Chasmar line. Some times I see it spelt Chasmer and figure they weren't that literate back then. I used the Surname Database to find the meaning of Chasmar and discovered that this unusual surname is of early medieval English origin. Something I didn't know. It gives seven different ways that is can be spelt and also mentions Benenden, Kent, where my Chasmars' came from.
My ancestor, Charlotte Chasmar was born in Benenden, Kent around 1821 to Robert Chasmar and his wife Elizabeth Chasmar, nee Gardner. Her Christening record show that she was christened on 21 December 1821.
I'm going to jump around here and just do Charlotte and then add other details.
Charlotte arrived in Sydney on 1 September 1839, on board the 'Cornwall'. The spelling of her surname was given as Chaperance. (With the spelling conventions, of that time, the letter p might well have been an S.) She was 18 years old, a Protestant, from Benenden and was sent to Mrs Havared(sp) at Ultimo House, for a year, with rations.
How or where Charlotte met Henry Vaughan, is a story we don't know but in 1841 she had their first child, Elizabeth, another nine followed. Henry Edward, 1842, William N 1845, Isabella Mary Ann, 1847, ( she is mine), Louisa, 1850, George D, 1852, Catherine Charlotte, 1856. It is here in 1858 that Henry and Charlotte finally marry. The next two children are Frederick John, 1860 and Rachel W, 1864. I purchased Rachel's birth certificate, with the hope that ALL previous children would be listed, no just Frederick!
Charlotte was widowed in 1871 and died in 1893.
Isabella Mary Ann, b 1847 married August Frederick Conrad Jasper in 1884. My Grandmother Eveline Maud Jasper was born in 1885, followed by Lydia M, 1887-1888, Violet M 1889-1891 and Walter F, 1891-1892.
You met Eveline, last week with my Galbraith line.
Back to the Chasmars.
Robert Chasmar is the son of Thomas and Ann Chasmar. His Christening date is listed as 18 May 1777. They also had Catherine, 1780, Charles, 1783 and Hannah, 1786.
Robert married Elizabeth Gardner in 1798, with the banns being published on 28 January 1798, 4 February 1798 and 18 February 1798. From what myself and others have been able to find, they had 10 children; Thomas, 1799, Elizabeth, 1800, Robert, 1802, Ann, 1804, Eliza, 1806, Sarah, 1808, Mary Ann, 1811, Harriet, 1813, George, 1815 and Charlotte, 1821.
Robert died in 1845 at the age of 68 and Elizabeth joined him in 1846, aged 66.
This was the line I spent most of my Salt Lake City research on and it was wonderful to see the entries, in the microfilmed copies of the Parish Registers. I will take you back further, another week.
Bye for now,
Wednesday, 16 March 2016
Kim has researched the 100 Australian soldiers, commemorated at Gallipoli.
She has included photos, maps and information. Not all have photos. There is a CD with it for the ones not written up in the book. I was able to find more information about the two I wrote up, in my blog, Is there anyone left to mourn,? 1 September 2015.
A well researched book, that would be a good addition to your library. Website www.spiritsofgallipoli.com.au
My next purchase was from The National Library, in Canberra.
A funny little book that I thought might come in handy, when reading old documents. It starts with an introduction about Robert Cawdrey, the first person to publish an English dictionary.
I like dipping into it and picking out a word, like chaunt, - sing or sotte - foole, dunse.
Some of the old words are very close to what we use today, some with the same meaning.
Let me know what interesting books are on your bookshelf?
Bye for now,
Tuesday, 15 March 2016
I'm still being cautious as to how much I'm sharing but I think this is a good thing. The tree is still very much a work in progress. Have a look. Only Abberton and Galbraith names, so far.
Bye for now,
This is a link to the 'Online' microfilm of shipping lists - State Records, NSW.
Guess who is going to spend some time 'playing' with these, today?
Saturday, 12 March 2016
Looking at Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clan_Galbraith I discover that the Clan Galbraith is an armigerous clan, that is one with out a chief.
I know it has a tartan, as I have a scarf of the same.
There is a Facebook page for Clan Galbraith, I'm waiting to join that.
Now, these bits and pieces are all well and good but what does the surname Galbraith have to do with my tree.
Back in the 1800's, in Ayr, Scotland, Samuel Galbraith married Margaret Nicol and they are my 2xgreat-grandparents. Samuel and Margaret had four children, that I have found, two named Arthur. The first Arthur was born in 1850 and was dead by they time the next child, another son was born, in 1852. As was a custom, in some places, this new son was given the deceased child's name, Arthur.
This second Arthur, left Scotland for Australia, arriving in Port Melbourne around 1880. He married Mary Ann Grant in 1883 and had two sons, Arthur born 1884, in Melbourne and William in 1890, in Sydney.
Arthur Snr, was a shop keeper in Sydney and upon hearing of his Mother's death, in 1893, back in Scotland, returned to settle the estate. It was on his return voyage that, in Ceylon, now Sir Lanka, he suffered a stroke, brought on by the heat and died. He left a wife and two sons back home in Sydney.
His son, Arthur was my Grandfather. He and his wife Eveline Jasper had 10 children. Five of their children are still living.
So, what does this name have to do with me? Well with out Samuel and Margaret, I wouldn't be here!
Do you have interesting surnames? Share them and see who you find.
Friday, 11 March 2016
Thomas and Mary had 15 children, the eighth child, Thomas was my grandfather.
Thursday, 10 March 2016
Let me know what you think.
Bye for now,
Wednesday, 9 March 2016
This is something relatively new for me, reading either my iPad Kindle or now my actual Kindle.
When we were going to Europe, last year, for six weeks, I went, "I can't fit that many books into my case and have clothes too!" (I can read up to three books a week. You can see my problem.) My solution was to download the iPad Kindle app and then heaps of books. Yes, I know Europe and I wanted to read, but there is the very long flight to and from and the domestic ones as well, not to mention relaxing by the pool on Santorini.
I enjoyed reading but found the iPad got to be very heavy and hard to hold. This last trip, to the USA, I ran out of storage space on the iPad and in San Francisco purchased a Kindle. I love it, it's light easy to hold, the light doesn't hurt my eyes and fits into my handbag.
Now the problem. I'm still a book girl at heart, the bookcases, in the study will vouch for that. I love the smell of a new book, browsing a bookshop, either a large chain or an independent store, the enjoyment of turning the pages, finding one of my many bookmarks to use and the weight of a book in my hand. It is a different type of weight, than an iPad or Kindle.
I can see the Kindle will become my travelling bookcase and that I'll read an actual book at home.
But I'm still reading three books a week and using both the Kindle and books. It seems I now have the best of both worlds, a book to sit and enjoy and the Kindle to read as I travel.
What is you preference and why? I'd love to hear from you.
Monday, 7 March 2016
This book was recommended by Jill Ball in her webinar, on Saturday. You can purchase it from Amazon for $3.99AUD and I suggest that you do so.
http://www.amazon.com.au and enter either Amy's name or the title.
This little book as 11 Chapters, covering everything from
* blogging myths,
* writing quality posts,
* important blog elements,
* ideas for blog posts. 201 of these, ranging from using old photos to tell a story, to using technology and many, many more. Buy the book to discover them.
I'm still tweaking my blog design, watch this space but I feel much more confident to try new ideas, thanks to both Jill and Amy's book.
Thinking about blogging, DO IT! Think of it as cousin bait, I've caught a few, with my blog, you might too!
Bye for now,
(Not sure that the link is working correctly, right click and see. Sorry)
Sunday, 6 March 2016
Michelle Patient was the first presenter, with the topic, 'Your Family History Online'.
I did try this once, years ago, with Ancestry but took it down because I was concerned about privacy.
Michelle gave us a list of websites to look at, for selecting who to upload your tree to. She talked about privacy, control of your tree, why we should have it online, outlining the pros and cons.
Something I will think about and look at but still not sure if I will put my tree online.
Jill Ball was the next presenter, with a talk about, 'Blogging for Genealogy'. Something I do, do. This talk gave me some new ideas, for my blog, like adding pages for family surnames and links. Something I'm in the process of 'playing' with. I did make a new page for surnames but can't seem to make it show on the blog. More work needed.
Jill also showed us a selection of different blogs, each with different layouts and features and I found one that has surnames, that I'm researching. I contacted them and am waiting for a reply.
The last presenter, for the day was Judy Keena, with 'Creating a Genealogy Website.' I have a business website, done for me, but not a personal one, I found this talk very interesting. She asked why do a website and then gave very good points as to why. Like Michelle and Jill, Judy talked about getting our information 'out there' with the idea of finding others doing the same family.
I'm considering this idea and will work out the whys, what and who and let you know if I do, do it.
My Do-Over is running along slowly, with all my Abberton side checked, cited and filed and I'm about to start the Galbraith side. I did get some highlighters, last week.
Hope you weekend is going well. Please let me know if you have your tree online and who with, also if you have a family website. I like hearing about your experiences, both the good and the bad.
Bye for now,