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'.
Enjoy!

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,
Lilian.
 

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,
Lilian.

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,
Lilian.

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,
Lilian.

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,
Lilian.

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,
Lilian.

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,
Lilian.

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.

Inside.

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,
Lilian.

Quilt Retreat. Friday 28 April, Day 1

Up early and got myself organised to head of to Quilt Retreat, at lunchtime. After walk down the street, with my darling husband for coffee and cake, then getting the mail, I packed the car and I was away. I did get am exciting email, just before I left, about the book, so it will be printed, soon.

First stop was Waterfall and I transferred my stuff into Lorraine's car and our weekend of fun began. Travelling down the M1 or Princes Highway, for those of use who remember it's name, we took the Picton Road exit. Our aim was to join the M5 or the Hume Highway but a strange thing happened to the car as we neared the turnoff! It went straight ahead and we ended up in the car park of Picton Patchwork shop!  (no vehicle was hurt in this manoeuvre but our wallets were.)

Picton Patchwork shop is a dream and Robyn and her husband are great. I needed a acrylic template of a certain size, so I could sew a couple of small quilts, not only was he able to cut it for me but he also cut a large one as well. All while we waited. A pit stop at the Golden Arches and we returned to the road and did get onto the Hume Highway.

Traffic was steady and we made good time until we came across the police Remembrance Ride, to Canberra. As Lorraine was driving I was able to view the MAMiLs. Taking the Mittagong turnoff, we went through Bowral.
Bowral.

After traveling along Sheepwash Road and some other ones as well, this was our destination.
The conference part not the adventure part.
 
Organised by Jo Johnson of The Quilters Blessing (look on Facebook), we were greeted by Margaret, given our goodie bags and name tags, (so we wouldn't forget who we were.)



These charms were in the gold bag. I have worked out what I am going to do with them.
 
The goodies!
 
 
Who am I ?
All the name tags were different and if you didn't wear it, you were fined.
 
I was able to finish sewing the remain 10 rows for the quilt I'm making and have been blogging about. Now I will work on the layout.

 
 
 
 
This little quilt was my next project and the template I had made was used.
Fiddly but fun, I made a good start on it, before bed.
 
Dinner was delicious. Pumpkin soup and hot savouries.
 
Jo breads dogs and she had two of the puppies with her. This little chap is Puppy #4 and at 2 1/2 weeks he is so cute.
 
 
 
Our room was #1, very close to the dining room and just one room away from the rec room, where we were set up. These two photos were taken from where I was sewing. The room was great and we weren't cramped. Jo had set up cutting tables, for those who needed a bigger space and ironing stations, to press those seams.

My sewing machine.
 
 
After doing some more sewing, I called it quilts around 9.30pm and went to bed. eager to get some sleep, before starting on another day of sewing.
 
More to come.
Bye for now,
Lilian.
 


Friday, 21 April 2017

A Mixed Bag.

I have had an interesting week.

I have started trying to design a cover for THE BOOK, with some success. I have purchased my won ISBN and bar code and have found that Lulu won't let me use them as I'm not doing a perfect bound book but a saddle stitched book. Strange and I have an email query in to them and am waiting for a reply.  I am now considering a publisher/printer in Goulburn but this will require me to purchase books and then send them to people.

Meanwhile I have twice gone to the book to get details, rather than turn the computer on and gone Noooo. Both times things needed to be changed. The first one was adding a date and the second was changing the number of children. Simple changes that my wonderful editor, Jennie has done, for me.

Wednesday saw me attend my first luncheon of The Women's Pioneer Society of Australasia Inc. As Charlotte Chasmar arrived in the Colony of New South Wales in 1839, I am eligible to join. It was lovely and I was made very welcome and presented with my badge. The guest speaker was Lieutenant Colonel (Rtd)  Peter Sweeney and he gave a very interesting talk on Gallipoli.

This week I also received back my mtDNA results and have since spent time reading about mtDNA and also listening to a webinar on the same topic. I don't fully understand what is what but I aim to learn more about the whole DNA thing.

I've also done some study and submitted my annotated map. Sunday the UTAS courses start back for the last two weeks and I know I'm not the only one .looking forward to the finish. For both subjects I still have three assignments to do as well as several quizzes.

This week also saw permission given for me to use documents, from government departments, in my next book. I though that I had sent a request to the Victorian BDM's, only to discover that I'd sent it to NSW in stead. All fixed and I am waiting on their response.

Coffee morning, with good friends, lunch with my husband and dinner with good friends have made it a very enjoyable week.

Bye for now,
Lilian.

The book, study notes, permission emails, webinar notes and the DNA book on my Kindle.
 

Monday, 17 April 2017

Birthday, Easter and the Book.

This week we celebrated out youngest child's birthday. It is hard to figure out where the past 38 years have gone. It was wonderful to mind our youngest granddaughter,  Hannah, while her mum and dad took James to the doctors. I was able to ice the birthday cake and when Hannah saw it she wanted cake. I gave her a muffin and when she had finished, she went down for a nap.

Vicki loved her birthday cake and so did the children. It was lovely to have lunch with them.

We had a lovely lazy, quiet Easter. I spent time on Friday, enjoying the warm weather by sitting in the sun and reading. I do have assignments to do but they will still be there, later.  Sunday was a family lunch and Easter Egg Hunt. Little Miss Hannah has mastered the art of unwrapping an egg and then splitting it along the seam. Not bad for a 20 month old!  James unwrapped his and took a big bite of each end.

Well my book arrived back in my email folder, last night and it looks amazing! Jennie did a fantastic job with the index and making it look professional. I've spent part of today, trying to get a cover design done on Lulu but it is causing me grief. I'll as a friend for help and will have to ring the ISBN company about how I can up-load their barcode onto my book.

This is the 56 page manuscript. I've revised how it will be bound and this will reduce the price, considerably. I typed the ISBN number in this morning and it is done!   Butterflies are happening.

Bye for now,
Lilian.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Book Update.

How I love modern technology. Last night 21 pages of my book came 'home' to me, edited, so I could make the changes. No waiting for the postman, just an email and it was here.

Some of the changes I hadn't thought about, (useful ones), some were the correct way to present things and some where the spelling and grammar ones I had missed. These are now done and I await the next batch of pages.

It has been really great to see how an editor, edits and I know it will improve my writing.

Below is an article I found in a Scottish magazine called People's Friend about 2013/2014, called Advice to Writer 1897.
Bye for now,
Lilian.

(copyright is not mine but this is how my photo program makes my photos.)

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Two Interesting Website.

I found these during the week.


The first one is; http://www.oldmapsonline.com     Worldwide,  this will be very useful when trying to find exactly where our ancestors lived. I discovered that Regent Street, Camperdown, NSW has it's name changed to Probert Street, Camperdown, NSW, just by using this site. I'm going to have fun playing around on it.


The second one is called SnagIt. it is for capturing images etc. as a screen shot. https://www.techsmith.com/screen-capture.html  I've got a 15 day free trial and will be purchasing it as it is so easy to use.

Hope you find them useful.
Bye for now,
Lilian.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Scholarly Musings at the NSW State Library.

The State Library of NSW holds Scholarly Musings on the first Tuesday of each month and I've decided to book into a couple of them.

This month's was Sydney's Early Cemeteries by Dr Lisa Murray. (You might remember my blog about her book, Sydney Cemeteries, A Field Guide. A Useful Book, 20/02/2017.)

Lisa gave a very interesting talk that covered a range of topics, from the overcrowding of the first cemeteries, how the churches didn't want to hand over the control of burials, to the setting up of Rookwood Cemetery.

I learnt that St John's Cemetery at Parramatta is the oldest undisturbed colonial cemetery in Sydney. When you consider that The Old Sydney Burial Ground, Devonshire Street and several others were removed to make way for buildings, this is good to know.

She spoke of how the residents and shop keepers, near the Camperdown Cemetery would complain on the mist and vapours emanating from the cemetery, especially the pauper grave, as it was often left open, for several days. Also the large blue and green blow flies that would be around.

A really great talk but I had a pleasant surprise. Lisa had a slide of the Temporary Cathedral Church of St Andrew. This church was where Isabella Mary Ann Vaughan married her first husband William Martin. She explained that it is on the library's website and I have been able to download it. Excited!

As I was walking to the library, I remembered that I didn't have my camera, not to worry I did have my phone. I found that the Domain Terrace still exists as the walkway from Macquarie Street through to the Domain, between the Mitchell and State Libraries. Below is a photo of the Domain Terrace.

A really good day.
Bye for now,
Lilian.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Where did this week go????

Saturday April 1 and I seem to have misplaced the past week. Well not really.
After the weather of the previous week, sunshine was very welcome.

Coffee with girlfriends on Monday was a great way to start the week. We set the world to rights and laugh.

Tuesday I had physio on a very sore hip and shown a heap of exercises to do. They are working. We also had dinner at the local pub with friends, good to catch-up.

Wednesday we went and saw our darling grandies. Hannah came running and I had a wonderful cuddle, then it was Granddad's turn. James then discovered that we had arrived and so the cuddles were repeated. There is something special about a grandchild's hug.

Vicki was making scones, so I took James for a walk. His little hand in mine was wonderful and he chattered about all different things. For his little legs we walked a good distance, saw cows and cockies, leaves and flowers and all manner of cars. I asked him what a word was, on a car, (thinking he would say Ford), no he told me it was a Ranger, not bad for a 3 year old!

Home again and the scones were ready, yum.

Vicki and I talked. Paul and Paul sat in the lounge room and talked, James kicked back on the bed and did jigsaws on the iPad. Hannah slept through it all.

Left around lunchtime and stopped for coffee and to collect the mail.

Thursday and coffee with the girls. We tried a new shop as the big chain one we had been going to is going down hill, very fast. When five people order different drinks and four have problems with them, it's time for a change. While we were having coffee it started to rain and my umbrella was in the car! I left when there was a break, got some fruit and then made a dash for the car. Drs and physio finished of the day and it was good to be inside.

Friday was a lazy until just after lunch when we had another Drs appointment, not bad at all as we were in and out in under an hour. (This Dr can keep you waiting so long, his office staff go home!)

That was the week.

I've worked on the book and sent the finished copy to be proof read, edited and indexed. I'm thinking about book number two and starting the process of getting permission to use documents, I hold copies of, seeing what I've written and doing some research. My 'To Do' list is getting longer.

In the middle of this I'm doing two subjects from the University of Tasmania course and on Monday I start another in my big diploma course. Only four to do there, so the countdown is on. I will have it finished before Christmas.

Nothing like keeping busy.
Bye for now,
Lilian.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

The Book

It has been a good week, with the manuscript nearly finished, just three more chapters to go.
I'm sending what is finished to be edited, having had Paul read it through and pick up mistakes, I hope that there wont be any more to find.
One big mistake I found was I keep forgetting Louisa! I've done her research and written her chapter but when I looked at the timeline, she isn't there and then when I read her parent's chapter, she isn't there, either. I've rectified that, as I don't think it would have been picked-up, otherwise. 
 
 
The manuscript, ready to go.

 
As well as getting the manuscript ready to be edited, I'm still writing a chapter on Charlotte Emma and her sister Eveline Maud and the close connection they had.
This is the start of my writing the chapter on Charlotte Emma and Eveline Maud.
 
 
This week I've also learnt about the Bubonic Plague, St Andrew's Cathedral and used old maps of Sydney to locate where some of the family lived.
 
I've organised the layout, written out a Table of Contents and hand wrote an Index. There is so much I could include in an Index, that I think I'll have to make a decision about what type of Index I want.
 
I was very brave, Saturday and put the WHOLE book together in one BIG file. Careful not to mess anything up, I worked with only one chapter at a time. It looks good in A5, so far and I still have to add photos.
 
Bye for now,
Lilian.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Writing Update.

Well I've done nine chapters, one for the main couple, then the rest for their children. Now I have to work on my direct line and a couple of others. Done the Appendixes, with one more to do.

My biggest challenges are going to be the Index and page numbers. I've done each chapter as a stand-a-lone article, save it three times. Now how do I put it all together to do the index and page numbers, without messing the lot up? Watch this space.

I've been emailing my husband copies and he has been editing them, then emailing me back the changes. It is really good having a non genealogist doing this, as he has found little things I've missed.

I'm sorting out my photos and most of the places I contacted about their photos have replied with a yes, you can use.

Bye for now,
Lilian.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Knitting, another love of mine.

These ladies are knitting socks, for our troops, in during World War II. My mum told a story about herself. She was sitting in the Public Gallery of Parliament House, (what we now call Old Parliament House), during the parliament session. She was using tortoiseshell needles, knitting socks and was asked to either stop or leave as she was 'making to much noise!' Those who have used tortoiseshell needles know that they don't make any noise, unlike today's modern needles.

Newcastle Sun (NSW 1918-1954), Tuesday 3 October 1939, p8.

I love knitting socks. This is a pair I've knitted.
Bye for now,
Lilian.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

It's Harder Than You Think!

Write a book, it will be easy, just write what you know, won't take you long! Yeah, Right!!!!

While I know I'm making progress, it is the fact checking, making sure that dates, places and names are correct. Writing and asking about xyz, permission to use abc and drawing up family trees, just so you know that the right kids are with the right parents, is taking up time!

I'm trying to hand write at least one person a day. I then do the checking and then try and get it onto the computer. I'm not being precious about spelling and grammar, until I've done all the writing, then I correct what needs to be corrected. And I check my facts again!

I'm also in a bit of a quandary, how many generations do I write about?
Here are some statistics to make you see the problem.

(no names)   A & B marry and have 10 children, seven grow up and marry.
Of the living;
child 1 - 13 children, all live, all marry all have children.
child 2 - 7 children, 4 live, marry and have children.
child 3 - 15 children, 10 live, marry and have children.
child 4 - 2 children, both live, marry and have children.
child 5 - 2 children, both live, marry and have children.
child 6 - 4 children, 3 live, marry and have children.
child 7 - 1 child, marries and has children.

So if I was to do just a page on the grandchildren, alone, that is 35 pages! What would I include!

Then there are some stories, in younger generations that I'd like to tell.


I've written about A & B and started on the children, I've  put the three that died together, in one chapter. With  the ones that lived, I'm writing  what I have found out about them, some will have more than others. It should be simple, but it isn't.

I am enjoying myself and try to spend at least four hours a day, not including research and not all at once, doing the book.

It will get done. I've set myself two goals for 2017, write this book and start and finish a queen size quilt!

Bye for now,
Lilian.



Tuesday, 7 March 2017

My other hobby; Quilting

Looking through Trove, for article on Quilting, I was surprised by the number of hits but when I looked at the articles the actual word was Quitting!  Quitting isn't something quilters  do. We might have a lot of UFO's or WIP's but we don't quit.
This article is about how you can adorn the modern home with quilting.


Northern Star, (Lismore NSW 1876-1954), Friday 24 July 1936, p6.
 
Shall I make a pyjama-sachet?
 
                                        One of my quilts, waiting to be quilted and bound.
 
Bye for now,
Lilian.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Writing, Research and Getting Side-tracked.

I put some really good time into actually writing this family story, yesterday. I made several false starts, had lots of crossed out bits and arrows going from one spot to another but I made progress. I worked out a timeline, of what happened when, both for them and the Colony, sad to say that nothing really important happened in the years I'm writing about.  Wrote two chapters and then hit the computer to write appendices, for bits that need to be mentioned but not in the main part.

Today I've spent 2 hours, checking where I found maps and photos, then writing to the relevant people asking for either a better copy and/or permission to use what I have. This led me to being side-tracked!

I found a map of the area my family lived, dated 1886. Using the addresses I have, I have poured over it locating streets, churches and the like. Really fascinating and useful. It is interesting to see how near they lived to each other and you can only guess at the closeness the families might have had.

Taking a short break for lunch and to read, then I'll do another 2 hours. I probably won't blog, every day about my writing but I will keep you informed as to how it is going.

Bye for now,
Lilian.

Friday, 3 March 2017

I'm biting the bullet!

I have made 2017 the year that I publish some of my family research. I'm starting with Henry Vaughan and Charlotte Chasmar.

I've spent the past few days going over my research, adding to what I know, fact checking and procrastinating. I'm writing it out in longhand then for the revision I'll type it on the computer, correct spelling and grammar.  I have no idea how long this will take and I'm going to blog my progress.

My note book, pencils, papers and reference books.

Folder with the documents in it and the research file.
 
Well I'd better stop blogging and write some more.
 
Watch this space, for updates!
Bye for now,
Lilian.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

More books for the pile.

I have added two more books to my reading pile and think that I will make a start on one of them soon.
Kathy Reichs, The Bone Collector is a collection of four short stories. Included is the story of how Tempe became a forensic anthropologist. Going to start this one, today.

Karly Lane is an Australian author, I've yet to read. The blur, for Third Time Lucky had me saying, 'yes'. Two different people, both from the same town and with pasts meet up, again but will things go smoothly for them. Read it and see.

Over the next week I'm going to indulge in my passion for reading and share some of my favourite authors. I am going to start with Australian ones, so watch this space...

Happy reading,
Lilian.
 
 
)this post was originally posted in December 2016, gremlins have re-posted it, sorry.)