About Me.

A Family Tree researcher for over 30 years and a blogger since 2010, I love to share what I find. This blog has opened up a new way to contact and keep in-touch with both family and friends. It mightn't always be genealogy related and you might not agree with my point of view but I want you to comment, ask questions and look upon this blog as 'friends having a chat'.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Trove Tuesday

Having spent last weekend here at Uluru/Ayers Rock, I thought I'd find out when it was first named.

Found by Grose in 1873, he called it Ayers Rock after then then Chief Secretary of South Australia, Sir Henry Ayers.

Grose gave the latitude and longitude as its location; lat 20° 21' long 131° 141'

Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1871 - 1912), Saturday 27 December 1873, page 826
It is absolutely stunning and I will share photos, once I get them up-loaded.
Bye for now,

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Trove Tuesday; July 4th

Today for my friends from the USA, I have found an article on your Independence Day, in The International Socialist, (Sydney, NSW, 1910-1920), Saturday 6 July 1912, page 3. (A bit tongue in cheek.)

Happy Independence Day!

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Trove Tuesday, No Wait it's Thursday!

Being away has thrown everything out of wack and I'm running two days late.

While I was away, I was doing some research, not for me but came across a Golden Wedding announcement for Paul's Great, great grandparents.

They were married in 1861.

Sydney Morning Herald, Tuesday 4 July 1911, page 8.

Frederick James Ironside and Martha Amelia Bird.
Bye for now.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Arthur's Seat and My Week.

We have been enjoying family time, with our Victorian Family and Sunday was no exception.

We went to Arthur's Seat on the Mornington Peninsula. Named due to its resemblance of Arthur's Seat in his home town of Edinburgh, by Acting Lieutenant John Murray, in February 1802. We took the gondola ride to the summit and gazed at the stunning views. The weather was brisk but not cold and with no wind, it was pleasant to walk around. We sat on Arthur's Seat, also had morning tea and took heaps of photos. Didn't see any eagles or kangaroos.

At the top.

The plaque on the seat. Yes we took a seat.

Looking over Port Phillip Bay.

Another stunning view.

There was racing on the bay, even though there didn't seem to be much breeze. This was taken on the way down.
Looking towards Geelong.
Lunch at Dromana, with seagulls for company and lovely views of the area.

Beach huts dotted the shoreline.

Port Phillip Bay.
Tuesday saw us at school for an assembly and the presentation of academic awards and principal's awards. 35minuets and it was done, very slick and the speeches were very short.
Today I have just finished listening to a webinar on German Church Records and how to find them by Michael D Lacopo.  It was very helpful and I can't wait to have another go at finding the records.
Bye for now.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Food Truck Park

What a yummy time we have had, today. Lunch and dessert at the Food Truck Park and then a wine tasting at Wedgetail Estate.

                                                      Hungarian Donuts
Paul enjoying his.



A food truck park is various food vendors, offering a wide variety of food. Paul had souvlaki, Amanda had apple chips. Pieces of apple, battered, fried and tossed in cinnamon sugar.
Resonable prices.
We sat outside in the sunshine.

For dessert, after my Loaded Hotdog, I had Dutch pancakes, with maple syrup and banana. Yum.
Wedgetail Estate.
We sampled a selection of their wines.

Bye for now,

Sunday, 4 June 2017

A Lost Weekend. (well not really)

This weekend was another of the Society of Australian Genealogy's 'Lost In' weekends. The topic was 'Lost In Black Sheep (Australia). Two very full days and I'm suffering from information overload and itching to get researching the records mentioned. I don't think that I have anymore 'black sheep', other than those I have already found but...

Saturday, here in Sydney was cool and grey, just the perfect day for staying inside and doing genealogy. My Fitbit kept reminding me to get-up and move but I only managed to meet 5 of my hourly targets, (out of 9) and only do 3,812 steps.

I should say that the term 'black sheep', for this weekend covered anyone you couldn't find and the sessions were designed to give you places and resources to search but a 'black sheep' often left a trail of paperwork.

With a 10.00am start, it was a quick breakfast and the day began.

After a Welcome and housekeeping our first session began. Emily Hanna, from NSW State Archives, spoke on Crime and Punishment: researching criminals in the NSW State Archives. I have found gaol photos, for my 'black sheep.'

Morning tea, then Heather Garnsey, from SAG spoke about Bankruptcy, insolvency and debtors (NSW). As I had a bankrupt, it was interesting to find other places to search.

Lunch but it was to cool for me to take it outside.

Angela Phippen was next up with a session on Marriages that were made in heaven but ended in Court: 100 years of  NSW divorce, 1873-1974. Fascinating! I have several divorces scattered throughout both sides of the tree and to learn about the reasons that had to be proved, before a divorce could happen, was interesting.

Afternoon tea and then back for the last session, with Martyn Killion speaking about, Down and Outcast - the records of the Benevolent Society of NSW. Martyn had an old Sydney map, showing where the society was and then he overlaid a current map and I found it better to see where it had been. (Central Station is where it was.) Another great session to end the day.

I'm going to say that the word Asylum, covers more than just mental institutions, it could be an old men's home, a TB hospital etc. The term is very broad.

So ended a good day.

Sunday dawned warmer and with blue sky. I convinced my darling husband that breakfast, at our local café would give me much needed exercise and him a cappuccino, he agreed. As we can walk home, from the café a different way, we did and by the time we got home I had passed, yesterday's steps. At the time of writing I've done 8,732 steps and met 7 of the nine targets. (A target is 250 steps in an hour.)

First session, today was Shauna Hicks and she spoke on Asylum Records; A place to look for missing Ancestors. She also has a book, My Ancestor was in an Asylum: a brief guide to asylum records in Australia and NZ. You can get a copy through Gould Genealogy.  Shauna spoke about where and what type of records you might find in relation to your ancestor. I have found two of my ancestors and obtained their records, one was just a single line, the other was pages and pages. Still worth a look.

Morning tea and a quick walk around, then Jenny Joyce spoke on Wicked Women through History. This covered baby farmers, bushrangers, mass murderers and even a witch. We 'fair sex' could (and still can) be very cruel. I would really love to here Jenny's full 2 1/2 talk on the topic.

Lunch and as it was warm, I went for a walk down the street and caught-up with a couple of neighbours.

Kerrie Farmer was the next speaker and her topic was Deserters and absconders. People who were criminals, on the run, husbands or wives, deserting the family, crew jumping ship, really anyone who just disappeared. I learnt of several new places to search.

A quick 'cuppa' and it was back for the last session. This was Q & A Panel session, featuring Martyn, Kerrie, Jenny , Danielle and Heather, answering questions that attendees had asked over the weekend.  I learnt where to look for nuns and that in the 19th century, there was no legal requirement lodge for a name change.

It has been a really great weekend and SAG organises it so well. I'm looking forward to the one in November. Already in my diary.

I suppose that I'd better go back to the 'real' world, now.

Bye for now,

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Congress, Quilting and THE BOOK.

Yesterday was a wonderful day. I managed to combine three things I really enjoy, quilting, genealogy and my book.

I had spoken to the printer on Tuesday and he was overnight express  posting the proof copy to me, so I was waiting at the post office at 9.00am to collect it. Feeling nervous, it took me several goes to unwrap it from it's procetive wrap.
Thick card cover, smooth glossy paper, it is wonderful to hold something I've written. I hope that my cousins like their copies.
Next was registering for Congress, in March 2018. Early bird registrations opened, yesterday and with the eagerness of us genealogists, we crashed the site! I managed to register around 10.00am and have booked the Meet 'n' Great on the Friday and the dinner on the Saturday. I am so looking forward to catching-up with Judy G Russell, Helen Smith, Pauleen Cass, Shauna Hicks, Jill Ball and many, many others, as well as meeting new people, that I don't know if I will have enough time!

A trip to Picton Patchwork was next, with my very good friend, Lorraine. I was looking for the backing to use on the quilt I did, when I was away. I found a lovely soft batik fabric, with soft purple, grey and pink through it. It will look great.
While I was there I picked up the layer cake and backing, framing and binding fabric for it as well. The pattern, from Paisley Jam Designs is called Through the Window and the fabric is called Guernsey, by Moda. It is very delicate and the pink is for the framing and back. I'll post photos, once it is done.
A very good day.
Bye for now,

Friday, 26 May 2017

An Irish Day

Standing on my local train station, in the coolness of a late autumn morning I watched a very cheeky sulphur-crested cockatoo, harass two magpies. Where they went, it would follow, this happened several times and then my train arrived for my day of Irish Genealogy.

Hosted by The Society of Australian Genealogists, Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt,  below, presented five wonderful talks on Irish Family History.

Held in Glover Cottage, adjacent to Richmond Villa (home to SAG), the day was an Irish researchers dream.

                              A different view of Richmond Villa, from Glover Cottage.
The range of talks covered everything from an Introduction to Irish Family Research, Using land records, Census substitutes and Different Church records. It was information overload and I came away with my head spinning and my notes dotted with comments like, look for Samuel, check Tithe records for Thomas and work out the correct townland for my family.
Fintan's talk on Understanding Irish townlands, was a highlight for me as I had never heard it explained so well.
I splurged with these two books and have found several useful websites, in the Tracing Your Irish Ancestors book. I can see my weekend will be an Irish research one.

These are how handouts and while I've still to fully read all of mine, the peaks I've had at some have been interesting.
Fintan and Gillian belong to the Ulster Historical Foundation.  Established in 1956, the Foundation's aim is to encourage the interest in the history of Ulster.
Ulster Historical Foundation  This will take you to their website.
Dinner with Jennie Fairs at the Glenmore Hotel, in The Rocks and a sneak peak at Vivid Sydney, (it starts tonight 26th for 23 nights), rounded out a wonderful day.
Many thanks to the crew from SAG, for organising and running the day.
Happy Researching,

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Do We 'Own' Our Ancestors?

This is a puzzling question and I'd like to know your thoughts.

Several years ago I found my Mum and Dad on someone's family tree and was surprised/annoyed/angry that this person had them there. The person was not related to me, or if they were it was very distant. As both Mum and Dad had passed and their death notices are indexed on Ryerson or can be found on Trove, I suppose that in order to keep his tree up to date he added them.

I contacted him and asked if he would remove them, he did but was surprised by my reaction.

So here are the questions;  As they were my parents, do I 'own' them? Can I suggest to non family members that they either ask me , to add them to their tree or not put them there, in the first place?

While Mum has been gone 11 years, Dad has been gone 59 years, so anyone could get his death certificate, now. 

Thoughts please.

Bye for now,

Saturday, 20 May 2017

This 'n' That

It's been a busy week with lost of small things happening, car was due for it's annual service, lunch with friends, spending time with the Grandies, catching up with friends and knitting group and now it is Saturday!

Last night I signed the amended quote and should have a proof copy of the book, this coming week. As several more people are interested I increased the run to 30 books, from the original 20. I'm getting a bit excited to see an actual copy.

The research for the Galbraith book is rolling along. Still no reply from the Victorian BDM's, so I wrote a letter to them and posted it off. Waiting, waiting, waiting.  I think I have taken the Cameron side back two more generations, from Ann Cameron, my ancestor. Now I need to find her arrival, as a child into what was Port Phillip, in the late 1840's. [ Ann Cameron married Simon Grant, their daughter, Maryann  married Arthur Galbraith.]

Minded James and Hannah on Wednesday and took them to the local park, for lunch. The waterway had pelicans on it, such graceful birds.  Mummy and Daddy knew we would be there and they surprised the children. Lunch was secondary for Hannah as she made a bee line for the swings, with Daddy in pursuit. James ate most of his lunch before he too took off.

This week I finished another subject in my course, just two subjects to go and by Christmas I'll be finished. Still waiting on some results from the University of Tasmania course and I'm still thinking about doing the remaining ones to finish it. Probably will.

Yesterday I went to knitting group and spent more time un-picking than knitting! One small mistake and the pattern was wrong. Last night I took it back further and am now back on track. It is a beautiful red scarf, with the feather and fan pattern. I'm using alpaca  wool, with a bit of merino in it. So soft.

Through this blog, I've made another cousin connection on the Vaughan side. A descendant of Henry Edward, Henry and Charlotte's eldest son, contacted me and has passed my details onto another connection.

It's a grey day here, after a night of rain, so I'm going to do some alterations, read, knit, research and relax.

Have a good weekend.
Bye for now,

Friday, 12 May 2017

Quick Update on THE BOOK

Last night I sent the cover and full book to the printer. Now will wait for a new quote, as I increased the number of books in the original print and a proof copy to check. Feeling excited.

The second book, this time on the Galbraith side is in the research stage. I'm still waiting on permission from the Victorian BDM's to maybe use some certificates, everywhere else has got back to me, with permission.

Have a good weekend and Happy Mother's Day to all the Mums.
Lilian x

Thursday, 11 May 2017

SAG Writing Group

Today, being the second Thursday of the month, is Writing Group Day. Now into our fourth year, this group of like minded people are close. (new comers are made very welcome)

Today was tinged with sadness as our oldest member, Ben Price, aged 98, passed away in April. Ben would travel by public transport, with his walker to make our meetings. Two years ago, when he was 96, I photographed him with our youngest member, aged just 9months. He told such wonderful stories of his ancestors, that we enjoyed. He continued to live on his own, cooking his meals until the end. His death notice read, 'Not ready yet!'. We will miss you Ben.

Ben's Order of Service.

Ann Beaumont and Sue Stenning. Sue is the "boss" of the group.
Our speaker today was Ann Beaumont. In a previous life she was a journalist in all three areas, print, radio and television. She covered such things as the Vietnam War and the break up of the former Yugoslavia and was also a member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery.  Now an author, she talked about two of her books, A Light in the Window, about he Harper Mansion at Berrima and A Man of Many Parts, the Life and Times of Edward Charles Close. Know as the Father of the Hunter.

Ann spoke on her writing journey, especially with the book on Edward Close. This book was shelved several times as other writing commitments took precedence. Once she was given a deadline, a company wanted to launch the book, she finally finished it. I will confess that I hadn't heard of  Edward Close but his story is fascinating. If you are looking for a copy, the State Library of New South Wales, Bookshop has copies or you can contact Ann through Highland House Publications;
www.highlandhousepublications.com.au   part of their blurb says; At Highland House we are more than book sellers: we are committed to supporting the writing and publication of history and quality literature.

Lunch at Café Mio, in Clarence Street is a chance to catch-up and bounce ideas around or ask for advice.

                                                   The covers of two of Ann's books.

Some of the group, enjoying morning tea.
Bye for now,

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

A Debate on Copyright.

Those of you who attend the SAG Writers Group, know that I have given a talk on copyright and what you can and can’t do. Sooooo, yesterday, (Tuesday 9th) I posted this query on a Facebook group I belong to.

Has anyone used any certificates, in a book etc., from the Victorian BDM's? If so did you get permission and how long did it take? Their website doesn't cover this and when I emailed them I got an automated reply, say to use my receipt number to check my progress. Haven't got a receipt was I already have the certificates.
Should add that I spent 30mins on the phone, today only to be told re-send the email and mark it urgent!
Thanks in advance.
This is part of a reply I received;

 “Author-  I have reproduced certificates. Never have needed permission.”

This was my reply;

“Certificates are copyrighted by their design, not the facts and you should obtain permission.”

Then they replied;

Author -  That's new to me.”

I am a firm believer that you should try, with to obtain permission to use anything that isn’t yours, not matter how small or insignificant. This was drummed into us at university. That word, PLAGIARISM, so used so frequently that we daren’t copy a thing. When it came to quoting a section of work, again it was drummed into us, CITE YOUR SOURCE.

Now I know with family history, things can get muddled with ownership of photos, old letters etc. and that seeking permission and citing them can be a real problem. It is one we work around and do our best to comply with standards.

So my query/debate point is this; 

How many of you obtain permission to re-produce a certificate/document in a book or on a slide in a presentation?  Author’s comment ‘That’s new to me.’ Makes me wonder how many other people don’t know about things being under copyright?

So your thoughts and comments are most welcome.

I have read many articles, blog posts and book on copyright, so I know what I’m saying.

Bye for now,

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

A Quick Update of THE BOOK!

                                          I am now at the pointy end of the book.

All edits have been done and a couple of last minute changes done. It wasn't good to say she had nine children, when she had 10. I also added two more photos, my editor does like me.

Today I went and has some professional photos taken, as I will need one on the back of the book. It was so not me to have full make-up on, I usually do lipstick and eye-shadow. I saw some of them on the camera and am thrilled. Rachel did an amazing job and once I have her website details they will be on both my blog and my  website. Knowing her as a friend made the session fun and when her 2year old wandered in and gave me a cuddle, it was lovely.

I have designed the cover, added a blurb and the ISBN and once I select a photo it will be done.

I have decided not to use Lulu, even though it now means that I will have to purchase the books and send them out, the price Lulu wanted wasn't what I thought people would pay. I have gone with a printer in Goulburn and his price is very good. Once he has the full book, he will do a proof copy for me to check and then he will print them. I think a trip to Goulburn is in my future, with a couple of stops in places like Mittagong and Berrima.

I'm planning a second book, this time on the Galbraith side but as I have an assignment to do and then the last three subjects in my Diploma, with will have to wait.

Bye for now,

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Quilt Retreat. Sunday 30 April, Day 3

Another early start, with a cuppa and then a short stroll around the area.
This is the BBQ area, with the High wires course above it.

A Tepee. Interesting.

A close up of my pincushion. Jo and her mum, Shirley made them. Beautiful.

My next project. Each strip had a half hexagon cut from it and the pile of offcuts, top right corner, grew, vey quickly. As I didn't have a triangle template I couldn't make the blocks, sooooooo.
I turned the pile of offcuts into this.

Nine rows, with ten offcuts in each. It looks like becoming a mug bag, for when I need to take a mug away.
Lunch of cold meats and salad and more fines. I was hit again, as I was observed pulling a push door!
Each fine is 20cents, or what you want to give. Before lunch, Margaret did a count and we had reached $60! We must have been very naughty girls! All the money raised goes to charity.
The retreat was the best I had been to. There was a challenge, if you wanted to do it, no pressure. If you wanted to chill out and relax and not sew, that was okay, too. As Jo said in the initial blurb, "This is a quilting retreat for Quilting Sister who need a weekend to sew, just want to get away, do nothing!! And ... Catch up with quilting sisters from everywhere..."
There were girls from Blaney, Nowra, Robinson, The Shire, Toongabbie and Heilderburg, Victoria.
I didn't here any harsh words, everyone seem to get along, there was much laughter, lots of chat and we are all looking forward to Quilt Retreat 2018.
Bye for now,

Quilt Retreat. Saturday 29 April, day 2.

My day started around 5.00am, with a locked bathroom! A knife soon made it unlocked. One of my roomies had locked the door and closed it when she came out, not a good idea. Up and dressed, Lorraine and I hit the sewing with gusto. But only after coffee for her and a cuppa for me.

A chorus of kookaburras heralded the dawn.
After sewing for a while Lola and I went for a walk. Our aim was the lookout but we were thwarted by the path being so very muddy that gumboots were needed. 

We were treated to beautiful scenery, along the way.

This is the Chapel, nestled in the bush.


Our dose of cuteness, Puppy #5.
My morning was very productive, with this being the result of the half hexagons, in Friday's photo.
I'm going to trim the edges, pad it with wadding and raw edge applique it to a dark purple background. This quilt also caused me to be fined, as I broke a needle and then had the thread breaking, constantly, so I had a temper tantrum.

Another fiddly quilt. Those strips are 1" finished and each block is 3" finished. This is going to become a dolls quilt for the cradle, Hannah is getting, for her birthday. The cradle was mine and it gets passed down.
One of the four beautifully set tables, for a formal dinner. We were waited on, with the meal being either roast lamb or roast pork and all the trimmings. Yum.
Our chefs, for the weekend were Gary, Jo's husband and Graham, husband of one of the quilters. Their meals were fantastic. Quiche or lasagne was Saturday's lunch, with salad. Home made dips for afternoon tea. We girls didn't go hungry.
The 'cupcakes' in the middle, were pincushions and we were each given one. 
More sewing, after dinner and a bit of a late night.
More to come.
Bye for now,