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!

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.
Lilian. 
 

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,
Lilian.

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,
Lilian.

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,
Lilian. 

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.