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'.

Saturday, 30 April 2016

April 30 Z is for Zwolle


What might you well ask is a Zwolle?!  Zwolle is the last place listed in my atlas, so I thought that I would use it.

Zwolle is a city in the Netherlands founded around 800A.D.  Zwolle was granted city rights on the 31 August 1230. Its population, in 2014 was 123, 507.  Citizens of Zwolle are called Bluefingers, (Blauwvingers). It is also a hub and the national highway network. The first train arrived in Zwolle in  1864.

Images from Zwolle, Netherlands -4- by Jan 1147

Zwolle offers  a variety of museums, outdoor activities, historical buildings and many pubs and restaurants.  Somewhere different to visit.

Bye for now,

Friday, 29 April 2016

Launching Family Friday

                                                             FAMILY FRIDAY!

With the April A- Z Challenge nearly over, (all posts written and scheduled), I can concentrate on more interesting things. 

From next Friday, 6th May, I'm going to blog about some of my family lines. Doing this, I hope, will find 'cousins' that I can share information with.

I am going to start with my Chasmar/Vaughan side of the family and post about each of the children, what I have found and where I found it. I will also say if I hold the documents.

Well back to the research for my Family Friday. Stop by on the 6th and see what I've turned up!

Bye for now,

April 29 Y is for Yttrium


Yttrium is a chemical element with the symbol Y and the atomic number 39. It also has an atomic weight of 88.9.  It is used in making phosphors and exposure to it can cause lung disease.  It is a soft silver-metallic classed as a transitional metal in the group 3.  It is also listed as a rare earth mineral. Discovered by Johan Gadolin in 1794, it was  first isolated by  Carle Gustav Mosander in 1840.  Named after Ytterby, a Swedish village, near where it was found.

So now you know as much about Yttrium as I do an interesting and important element of the Periodic Table of Elements.

Bye for now,

Thursday, 28 April 2016

April 28 X is for X


I found that trying to do something that started with X hard.   So I thought that I would do X .

X is the 24th letter of the English alphabet.  This poor little letter  starts the least amount of words, in the dictionary. I could only find one first name, Xavier, starting with it.  I couldn't find any surnames that start with it. Poor little X!

But without X we wouldn't have excitement, exclaim, exclude, explore or extreme. These are just a few of the words that X is a big part of.

What would an x-ray be without X, just a little ray!

Semaphore X-ray.svg
This is semaphore for X.

ICS X-ray.svg
This is the signal flag for X.

So let us not forget X but celebrate its uniqueness.

Bye for now,

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

April 27 W is for Writing.


I belong to a Writers Group, with the Society of Australian Genealogists. The aim of this group is to encourage one another to write up our family stories. We have guest presenters and we also talk about our own writing. We then continue our discussions over lunch at a local cafĂ©.

Writing my family story is something that is there in my mind to do, sometime but as yet I've done very little.  I'm trying to work out where I should start and with whom I should start.

Late last year, I did a short Summer School course, with the University of Tasmania on writing your family story.  Each week we were given a selection of topics, from which we could select just one to write about. The catch was the word limit, only 250 words! Something that some struggled with.  I too found it restrictive but then realised that the tutor was getting us to be very precise with what we wanted to say, then it got a bit easier. Our final assessment was to be no more than 1000 words. I passed with 86%, very happy about that.

How disciplined are you with your writing? Do you set a daily word limit to make you sit and write? Have you done a writing course that helped you?  If so, what was it?

Bye for now,

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

TROVE Tuesday

                                                     An Eight Year Feud.

Wow, I thought, a feud, I haven't heard about that. Who was Matthew, my great-uncle feuding with and why?  A mystery, to research. Well alas, no.  Reading the article I burst into fits of laughter. It wasn't a feud but as one article headed it 'Debility and Dyspepsia.'

Great-uncle Matthew had gut problems and the four doctors he saw couldn't fix it but taking ' Dr Williams' Pink Pills for Pale People' did the trick.

This was the first mention of the feud, in the Goulburn Evening Penny Post on Saturday 5 October 1901, page 4. Four other newspapers copied the article, with the same title. These were Sunday Times, Sydney, 7 October 1901, Evening News, Sydney, 24 October 1901, Mount Alexander Mail, Victoria, 25 October 1901 and the Riverina Herald, Echuca-Moama, 31 October 1901.
The last mention was in the Maitland Daily Mercury, Saturday 5 July 1902. This was the one that gave it the title, 'Debility and Dyspepsia. Swept away by Dr Williams' Pink Pills.'

I don't think they did him much harm as he lived until 1939, dying aged 68.

I wonder what was in them and were they the forerunner of Bex and Vincents' powders?

April 26 V is for Venice


This ancient city, built on canals is amazing. We spent four days there and didn't see all of it. Walkways, just wide enough for the trolleys, used for delivering goods, wind their way through the city, taking you over canals and into plazas. Sometimes you find something unexpected, like a shady oasis of cool green lawn and trees, with inviting benches beckoning. Other time, quaint shops and cafes surprise you.  Below are two different scenes of Venice.  The top one is taken in a residential area, with their boats parked like we park our cars. The bottom one is looking back across the Grand Canal to St Mark's. This is a very busy waterway, with boats of all types, from taxies to the police, using it.

Bye for now,