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Monday, March 2, 2015

My social Monday

I have had a very social Monday and loved it!

Started with a neighbour joining me as I walked down the street. Caught up on how our families are going. We both have daughters due with their second child.

Coffee with the girls, this morning and it seems to last longer each week. We chat, laugh and have a good time catching up with what happened, since the last coffee. Coffee, funny I don't drink it but saying 'going for a hot chocolate' doesn't sound the same.

Wandered home, stopping to talk with people I know, finding out who is ill, who needs support. Lovely.

Called into to see a niece and her boys but they were at school and pre-school, Not to worry they will be in to see the veggie patch, tomorrow. They like checking on how their plants are growing.

Caught up with a neighbour, who was back visiting. Got to see the baby, nearly 1! Such a cutie.

Made it inside and had several long phone calls. Finally go to do some research, now luck but will keep looking, then did some assignments.

Now to Skype the family. Lovely end to a lovely day.

Hope yours was as good,

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Society Saturday

I went to the Society of Australian Genealogists, (SAG), for a seminar on Immigration by John Cann.
John is from NSW State Records http://www.records.nsw.gov.au/staterecords/ and presented one of the most entertaining seminars I've been to. He used PowerPoint and had just worked out some if the different effects. These added to the presentation.

John covered the three main periods of Immigration, the Convict Era, 1788-1850, Assisted Passage, 1832-1886 and Unassisted Passage, 1788-1922. After 1922 the Federal Government holds the records and these are in the National Archives in Canberra. http://www.naa.gov.au/

I learnt that there are some records for the Prison Hulk, that were moored on the Thames, held at the archives. These have the prefix HO, when you search. I can see that I will have to do some serious searching, on my next visit.

He mentioned the three types of Indents they hold; Bound Indents, 1788-1835; Printed Indents, 1832-42 and Irish Indents.  Use the Archives In Brief, on the web site for help.

Another good site John recommended, and is linked from the Archives is http://marinersandships.com.au/. Especially for Unassisted Passengers and Crew, for the years 1845-1922.

If you are looking for Third Class passengers before 1856, try TROVE, http://trove.nla.gov.au/.

I'm not going to say much more as you can attend, even if you don't belong to SAG. Go to their wed site. www.sag.org.au and click on events. Better yet, join and have the Descent, Event Calendar, sent to you, either by email of snail mail.

Hope these links help.
Bye for now,

Friday, February 27, 2015

Faces from the Past, Friday.

Faces, what do they tell us? Can we find any trace of our ancestors in our faces? We see a new baby and we say, he has so-n-so's nose, chin, ears as we look for a link to the past. Today I'm looking at my mum and her parents and then my husbands great grandfather.
Arthur Alfred Victor Galbraith
Born 1884
Died 1965

Evelyn Maude Jasper
Born 1885
Died 1932

Born 1911
Died 2006

Samuel Hunter Magill
Born c1844
Died 1928
Looking at these photos I think, what colour were their eyes?  Why and where  were these photos taken? Mum's eyes were blue, Grandad's I can't remember. Grandma's photo was taken at Katoomba. Mum's was on her first birthday. Some answers, still some questions.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Those Places Thursday.

This is today's prompt from GeneaBloggers, so here goes.

Now a sewing centre, it was once the Salutation Hotel, where my grandfather, Thomas Abberton was the licensee. Situated in Goulburn, in Auburn Street it still has the beautiful wrought iron lacework. I went inside and it felt strange to be walking on the same floor that he had done.

This is a photo of a photo of the Mummel (Mummell) School that my grandmother, Louisa Nicolls, taught in from 1885 until she married in 1890. It is in much better condition, today and it lovely inside. You can still see the outline of where the desks were.

What is your Those places Thursday?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


What is a Webinar I hear you say? Well a webinar is a (sem)inar done on the web, webinar, simple.

This one was run by the Royal Australian Historical Society (RAHS) and it was on land research- the Parish Map. Carol Liston, Associate Professor, University Western Sydney.

Carol gave a very informative presentation on Parish maps, giving an overview of how they came into being, what to look for on them and how to follow the numbers trail, (those written on the map). She also recommended looking at ALL editions of the map, so you can see the changes that happened. One thing to take note of, is that only the name of the ORIGINAL purchaser is on all of the maps, for other you need the numbers. The only names that changed where Crown land was leased.  You need both the Parish and County name to find a map and for that Carole used the Geographical Names Board web site. www.gnb.nsw.gov.au  select Search Place Names and follow the instructions. There is a Fact Sheet that is useful.

Once you have the county name, you then switch to web site http://six.nsw.gov.au/wps/portal
this site is where you locate the maps. Go to the little box marked HLRV and that will take you into the  correct area. I haven't looked at the site for a while and can't remember if there is a fact sheet. Have a play and see what you find.

Remember that some Parish Names where used more than once, so check that you have the correct County. Make a list of the different ones, if you aren't sure and check them all.

Happy searching,

My Blog Review

Some things never change!

I have spent time re-reading all my posts from when I started and thought that I was repeating myself. I'm still trying to keep my filing cabinet tidy, my family history group is still going strong and the SAG writing group has grown. I also still have more questions than answers on some of my branches, but that is what family research is all about.

I looked at Thomas McEntee's site geneabloggers.com and like the hints he gives on how to write up your blog. Going to try his hint for each day and see how I go.

Bye for now,

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Magill Update

Success of a kind. No haven't found a death.

I've ordered the marriage transcript.

I then decided to do a search of the NSW  State Archives site. Picked a Keyname Search, entered Bryant, Magill and had it search. I brought up a long list of records but I selected the divorce records and BINGO! There it was a divorce between Bryant, Samuel and Bryant, Margaret. A couple of clicks more an I had ordered those records.

Very interesting.