For those of us here
in Australia, Trove is a wonderful, magical place that we can get side-tracked
in, very easily. So I hear you ask, what is Trove? Trove is the National
Library of Australia’s digitised newspapers. Covering all states and
territories, but not every newspaper, up to 1953, this website is a treasure
Trove for family historians. Everything from births, marriages and deaths, to
divorces, gossip and so much more. Have a look, you want be disappointed. The website also has useful guides, explaingin how to get the best out of your search. https://trove.nla.gov.au/
Blaine was a speaker at THE Genealogy Show, in Birmingham and he was gracious to answer several questions, that I emailed him, after the show. These are his answers. 1) When did you first use DNA and why? I ordered my first DNA test (an autosomal
test, believe it or not) in 2003. I was a genealogist since middle school
(about 1989) and was then in a Ph.D. program using genetics, so the
advertisement I saw online for a DNA test combined the two things I loved the
most. 2) Why do you think DNA is important for
family research? DNA is no more special or important than
any other type of evidence. It is simply another type of evidence we consider
when doing thorough genealogical research. Just as we would consult a new book
published about our family, we should consult new DNA evidence. 3) What have been the biggest changes, in
DNA testing, since it first came into the family research. Almost everything! Probably the biggest
changes since my first test in 2003 is the introduction of autosomal …
I'm now in the same spot on the family tree that my parents were for my children and my grandparents were for me. I'm someone's ANCESTOR!
I've been 'doing the family tree' for over 30 years and hadn't really thought about my place on that tree. Yes I'm there; firstly as Matthew and Lilian's daughter; and as Arthur, Eveline, Thomas and Louisa's granddaughter but that was all.
Today we celebrate our youngest grandchild's third birthday and it made me stop and think. Wow! I'm an ANCESTOR! It is a bit scary as I don't feel old enough to be that but my age tells me otherwise.
So where are you on your family tree? Still a descendant or have you reached ancestor status?
Born 11 August 1852, 
his birth details state that he is ‘lawful
son of Samuel Galbraith Merchant in Ayr and Margaret Kidstone Nicol his spouse.’
Arthur is baptised on 12 September 1852.
He is their second son, to be named Arthur, with the first one being
born in January 1850 and dying, sometime before August 1852. This using of the
same name was a common practice.
I next find Arthur, aged eight on the 1861 Scottish Census ,
living with his parents and six siblings at 15 Hillock Place Ayr. He is a
scholar. The family also has a servant.
How Arthur came to the Colony of Victoria, I do not know and
this is something I hope to discover, one day.
On 14 August 1883 he
marries Mary Ann Grant. Arthur is 30 and a Storeman, living a 3 Neill Street,
Carlton, whilst Mary Ann is 23 and living at Douglas Terrace, Albert Park.
A small announcement in The Age, (Melbourne, Vic 1854-1954)
Monday 27 August 1881, Page 1, Family Notices, tells of this happy event.