Showing posts from June, 2016

TROVE Tuesday, Wrinkles

For TROVE Tuesday, I thought I'd see what was going on in the Melbourne Age, newspaper. I selected today's date and on page 9 found this 'wonderful' treatment for wrinkles. Yes, wrinkles and it is aimed at us ladies. I really don't know if I'd like to have used raw egg, that is recommended. If anyone tries this, please let me know how you go.

Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), Wednesday 28 June 1916, page 9

Family Friday, Isabella Mary Ann Vaughan, Part Two.

Great-Grandma, I find your re-marriage and it is through this marriage that I make you mine.
You marry Frederick August Conrad Jasper, from Detmold, Germany on 23 August 1884*, at the Congregational Church, Glebe. Apart from you both living in Christie Street, Glebe, there is scant information on this marriage certificate, too.
Frederick and yours first and only surviving child, a girl, Eveline Maud arrives 23 April 1885*. She will become my Grandmother. Sadly I never knew her but her picture sits on my dressing table.
It is on Eveline’s birth certificate that Frederick states; 2 males and 3 females, living per previous marriage on wife’s side. Why didn’t he name them, for me???
After Eveline, you have three more children;
1887, Lilly May, known as Lydia, she dies, aged 15 months, on 11 November 1888*;
1889, Violet Louisa, you too watch her die on 19 March 1891*, she is just 16 months old;
1891, Walter Frederick, he makes it to 18 months but dies on 28 November 1892*.
My heart ac…

TROVE Tuesday; Simon Grant

Simon Grant.

Other than Simon's arrival, at Port Phillip, as an exile, on 9 April 1846, these two notices are all that I have found (so far), about Simon. He was my Great-Great-Grandfather. Born in Scotland c1829, he was only 17 when he arrived here. His crime was theft. What he did between his arrival in 1846 and his marriage, to Ann Cameron, in 1850, remains a mystery. One I hope to solve.
Bye for now, Lilian.

Two Good Reads.

'Summer at Sea' by Katie Fforde.

Set onboard a 'puffer' steam boat, this book is a delightful read. The characters could be your friends or neighbours.

'The Obession', by Nora Roberts, is excellent and had me guessing the baddie, until the last chapter. This thriller is not to be put down.

I given you the back covers, so you get more of the blurb. Enjoy, Lilian

Family Friday, Isabella Mary Ann Vaughan, Part One.

Isabella is the fourth child and first surviving daughter of Henry and Charlotte and my Great-Grandma.
Isabella (Isabel, on her baptism record*), Mary Ann Vaughan, was baptised on 3 October 1847, at St Philips Church, Sydney, by William Cowper. Her date of birth is given as 18 September 1847, with Henry being listed as a Tailor.
Great-Grandma, I next find your marriage to William Henry Martin, on the 11 October 1866*, at St Andrews Church, Sydney. Your marriage certificate makes for very interesting reading, with there being no information about you, just your name, conjugal status and usual residence. William gives me a bit more detail, listing his occupation as a ships steward and his usual residence as Sydney.
Your parents are still living, why didn’t you list them? I did notice that your sister, Louisa and your brother William are the witnesses, so you are still in touch with family.
A search of births and the NSW BDM’s site gives me 10 children between 1864 and 1876. Hang on, y…

Trove Tuesday. More Women Die Young.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 10 December 1927, page 111
I was searching for a person, with the surname Brown and came across this little gem, by Dr Ethel Browning. I just love her reason as to why young women are dying because they are  not getting enough fresh air.
(Yes, I did find the Brown I was looking for.)
Bye for now, Lilian.

Family Friday, William Vaughan.

William Vaughan.
Well, William, are you going to give me as much fun as your big brother, Henry Edward did? I don’t think so. Someone has already done a great deal of research into this family and I found it on Ancestry. I haven’t looked at it fully because I didn’t want to be distracted, when looking for you.

So William Nathaniel Vaughan, born 1843, to Henry and Charlotte. You are their third child, second son and the second child to live, well done. I’ll lay out the facts, as I have them and see if anyone nibbles the bait.
Born:- 1843, to Henry and Charlotte.
Married:- 1867 to Elizabeth Bell.
Children:- 1868, Annie J
1870 William Forsyth, died 1949
1878:- Hercules George, died 1955
1880:- Elizabeth Eveline, died 1924.
Now William this is where it gets a bit tricky; there are 10 registered births, to parents William and Elizabeth, between 1868 and 1880. Four I know are yours as you used either N or Nathaniel for your second name. Three belong to William Henry. The remainder just have Wi…

Gardens, Ghosts and Genealogy.

Nora Roberts, Garden Trilogy has all three, along with love and families.

Book 1 is Blue Dahlia, about Stella and Logan. A widow, with small children and a landscape designer, who clash.
Book 2 is Black Rose, about Rosalind and Mitchell. The owner of the garden centre and the academic, she hires to 'do the family tree'.
Book 3 is Red Lily, about Hayley and Harper. A single mum and Rosalind's son, distant relations, in that convoluted Southern USA way.
Set in Memphis, Tennessee, in the garden centre, called, In The Garden.
Gardens, ghosts and genealogy describes the trilogy brilliantly. Toss in romance, family and gossip and you won't be able to put them down.
Do start with book 1 or you won't get the full story.
Enjoy, Lilian

Trove Tuesday. Mummell

Mummell Estate.
Below is a engraving, published in 1857 of the Mummell Estate, near Goulburn.
My ancestor, Thomas Abberton, settled in Mummell in around 1852/3 after he had arrived form Ballynakill, Co Galway. He and his wife Mary Torp(h)y raised a large family, ran the post office and donated land for the school.

I found this when I did a Trove search of Pictures, Photos and Objects. Trove isn't just about news papers and this week I thought I'd take a look at something different.

(This engraving is out of copyright.)

Happy Trove Searching,

Transcription Agents.


As it is very wet both in NSW, Victoria and Queensland, genealogists just might spend their weekend doing research and ordering certificates. Below are the details of transcription agents, very useful people.

Here in New South Wales (NSW), we have three transcription agents, Joy Murrin, Marilyn Rowan and Laurie Turtle. These wonderful people and save you money, when you want a certificate, to verify a birth, death or marriage.
What, might you ask is a transcript? A transcript is an actual copy of a document, everything written on it. This is very helpful if you are looking for say a marriage and know they split-up. I have several transcripts of different marriages, where in the comments section is, decree absolute and a date, etc. or who gave permission, if the parties were under age.

Joy Murrin, of Joy Murrin Family History Service, offers transcripts for NSW, Victoria, England and Wales, Scotland and New Zealand.
Joy also offers partial searches,…

Family Friday; Henry Edward Vaughan

Henry Edward Vaughan.

(Since I'm doing this in the hope of finding 'cousins', I haven't any documents for Henry. I have used Trove and the New South Wales, BDM's.)

Henry, Henry, Henry, what a merry dance your have lead me on!  I thought I had you neatly packaged up, born, married, had children and died. But no!

I know you are the eldest son of Henry and Charlotte, born in 1842, most likely in Sydney. Then I find you, in 1862 getting married to Mary Ann Brown. Seven children follow; 1863 Henry Neatby; 1865 James G; 1867 Alfred E; 1870 Charlotte Alice, died 1871; 1872 Lydia C; 1875 Walter Oliver; 1877 George Atherden.  Finally your death in 1901. But it is what lies between your birth and your death that is intriguing.

So, Dear Henry, I'll continue. I know that you entered your father's business and became and auctioneer and that you were an executor of his will, that I can prove. I also know that you took over the business and continued it, until your death.…