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'.

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,

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,

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,

(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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Trove Tuesday: Communication.

We take communication so much for granted, now days, phones that fit in our pockets, no more waiting to call long distance, after 6.00pm, because it was cheaper. Photos taken and sent to loved ones, instantly. Paul and I have just spent 90 minuets on Skype, chatting to our family. Years ago it would have been a very quick call and letters.

This got me thinking about communications. I found an article about the first phone call to the South Pole, 70 years ago this month.
Chronicle (Adelaide, SA  1895 - 1954), Thursday 20 February 1947, page 5

Bye for now,

Monday, 27 February 2017

A Weekend of Not Much!

I had a lazy weekend, with there being rain on both days, it was just what I needed to do some research. I did plant both cauliflowers and broccoli on Saturday, along with a gardenia.
Called Magnificent, it has large perfumed flowers. 

So which is which? Left, cauliflower, right, broccoli.

The vegie patch, with a self-seeded tomato.
The lovely rain, we have had, will give them a good start.
Then it was Research Time!
I've made the decision to publish my book, this year and am finishing of my research. I browsed The Dictionary of Sydney, website and found it fantastic.
 The home page has 12 different buttons, under the Browse section. They cover such things as people, maps, artefacts, buildings and the red button is A-Z. If you don't know what it might be under, you use the red button.  I found what I was looking for, easily and then I 'played' for a while. Did you know that you can see the map of the ferry routes, for 1908? Not much has changed, there.

My next website I searched was The City of Sydney. www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au   While it is the Council's main site, there is a wonderful section called Learn and under that there is five different subheadings. I was searching for old street maps but was easily distracted by all manner of information, both old and new. Even if you aren't researching family history, have a look for information about your area. They also have the Sands Directories online, for free. While you can't search them, you are able to see each page and it is easy to workout which section you need. It was fun to spend a couple of hours, tracing my great-great-grandfather, through them.

How did you spend your weekend?

Bye for now,

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Goodies from RootsTech.

My collection of goodies started on the Monday before RootsTech started, with a gift of a CD,
 containing a Webinar on Dropbox. Dropbox isn't something I've used, so I'm looking forward to 'playing' with it. Presented by Thomas MacEntee, I know it will be good.


Then there were business cards, ( I ended up with a bundle) and the start of the ribbon collection.

Blogger beads were also received, on Monday and by the time RootsTech got underway on the Wednesday, I had 11 ribbons, to hang from my name tag.

I ended up with 38 and during RootsTech I split them into three, so I wouldn't trip!

Badges were also collected.
My RootsTech bag and Syllabus, were part of my goodies. I've now marked what topics I did and what I want to follow up on.

These were freebies. The magnets have a pop-out centre, where you can put a photo. The pens are the ones with the soft tip, so you can use them on iPads.

After doing Devon's class I purchased her book. I'm reading it now and it is really re-enforcing what she taught in class.

Christine Woodcock gave a wonderful talk on Scottish resources and I picked up her two books. Very useful.
I ended up with two t-shirts, of different sizes. One at the Innovator Summit presentation and one at the Welcome Party.

                                         A parting gift from the My Heritage After Party a very useful neck pillow.
The party also had beads, photos and a wrist band. One lot of photos and the glasses were from the Welcome Party. 

 So ends my RootsTech posts.
Bye for now,


Monday, 20 February 2017

A Useful Book

Before I went to Salt Lake City, I indulged myself and purchased this book. I had read several reviews about it had even flicked through it before I made my decision. At $35, it is excellent value and well worth the investment, for serious researchers or even for those wanting to explore cemeteries, for fun.

Wonderfully illustrated with both the colour modern photos and photos from the past, it delights the eye.

Divided into nine different areas, covering Greater Sydney, as far west as the Hawkesbury, it lists both old and new cemeteries, not just the big ones like Rookwood or Waverley. A map is given at the start of each section and each cemetery has the full address, a date range for burials, notable burials,  more information, some also have tips, like where to park. Lisa also does a 'Top 5', for things like Seraphs and Angels,  Floral Displays, to name just two. I first just flicked through and read those only, then went back and read up on the cemeteries I was interested in.

Published in 2016 by NewSouth Publishing, University of New South Wales.  The Society of Australian Genealogists, Dymocks, QBD and Kinokuniya have it listed in their catalogues.

Saturday, 18 February 2017


I arrived home Thursday morning, after the looooooong flight. It was smoother than the flight over and made sleeping easier. It was wonderful to see my darling husband and get a cuddle. We had breakfast out and then our youngest daughter and family came for lunch. Lots of lovely cuddles with Hannah.

Things are getting back to 'normal' now and I've managed to get two good nights sleep. I've even added the new family details, I found about Samuel to the tree.

I'll blog more, later.
Bye for now,

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Trove Tuesday; Valentines Day.

I thought I would see what else happened on 14 February, other than the giving of flowers, chocolates and cards. I discover this gem and learnt something as well. I hadn't realised that Captain Cook had been killed on this date.

Ballarat Star (Vic_  1865 - 1924), Monday 14 February 1910, page 4
Happy Valentines Day,

Monday, 13 February 2017

The People You Meet.

Last year I was a newbie at RootsTech. While I meet new people and have kept in touch with many, via Facebook, it is hard to know what it will be like when you meet up again.  Well by the amount of hugs and kisses I got, it was like we had seen each other frequently. Conversations ranged from family, to genealogy, book, travel and everything in between.

Below are photos of new friends and old. I have realised, again, what a wonderful family genealogy and blogging is. You have friends everywhere! 

Thanks everyone for a wonderful RootsTech. Tell we meet again, take care.
                                                               Bye, Lilian.