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'.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

TROVE Tuesday, Wrinkles

For TROVE Tuesday, I thought I'd see what was going on in the Melbourne Age, newspaper. I selected today's date and on page 9 found this 'wonderful' treatment for wrinkles. Yes, wrinkles and it is aimed at us ladies. I really don't know if I'd like to have used raw egg, that is recommended. If anyone tries this, please let me know how you go.

Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), Wednesday 28 June 1916, page 9

Friday, 24 June 2016

Family Friday, Isabella Mary Ann Vaughan, Part Two.

Great-Grandma, I find your re-marriage and it is through this marriage that I make you mine.

You marry Frederick August Conrad Jasper, from Detmold, Germany on 23 August 1884*, at the Congregational Church, Glebe. Apart from you both living in Christie Street, Glebe, there is scant information on this marriage certificate, too.

Frederick and yours first and only surviving child, a girl, Eveline Maud arrives 23 April 1885*. She will become my Grandmother. Sadly I never knew her but her picture sits on my dressing table.

It is on Eveline’s birth certificate that Frederick states; 2 males and 3 females, living per previous marriage on wife’s side. Why didn’t he name them, for me???

After Eveline, you have three more children;

1887, Lilly May, known as Lydia, she dies, aged 15 months, on 11 November 1888*;

1889, Violet Louisa, you too watch her die on 19 March 1891*, she is just 16 months old; 

1891, Walter Frederick, he makes it to 18 months but dies on 28 November 1892*.

My heart aches for you, too lose a child is heart breaking but you have lost five.

 You live long enough to see Eveline marry and start her family. (You know she ends up having 10 children, they all marry and have their own families. I have worked it out that you have 100+ descendants, just from her!)

On 29 October 1915* you lose your three battle with uterine cancer. Florence, William, Arthur and Henry, from your first marriage, are still living and it is Arthur who is the informant on the certificate. You are 68 years old. Your are buried beside Frederick, at Rookwood, in the Church of England section.

Searching through Trove, I find several In Memoriam notices and from them I learn the names of two of your daughters-in-law, both Arthur and William have wives called May. I also note that Florence hasn’t married.

So Dear Great-Grandma, your story is at an end but through your children, the line continues.


Lilian xx

*Indicates that I have the certificate.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

TROVE Tuesday; Simon Grant

Simon Grant.

Other than Simon's arrival, at Port Phillip, as an exile, on 9 April 1846, these two notices are all that I have found (so far), about Simon. He was my Great-Great-Grandfather.
Born in Scotland c1829, he was only 17 when he arrived here. His crime was theft.
What he did between his arrival in 1846 and his marriage, to Ann Cameron, in 1850, remains a mystery. One I hope to solve.

Bye for now,

Monday, 20 June 2016

Two Good Reads.

'Summer at Sea' by Katie Fforde.

Set onboard a 'puffer' steam boat, this book is a delightful read. The characters could be your friends or neighbours.

'The Obession', by Nora Roberts, is excellent and had me guessing the baddie, until the last chapter.
This thriller is not to be put down.

I given you the back covers, so you get more of the blurb.

Friday, 17 June 2016

Family Friday, Isabella Mary Ann Vaughan, Part One.

Isabella is the fourth child and first surviving daughter of Henry and Charlotte and my Great-Grandma.

Isabella (Isabel, on her baptism record*), Mary Ann Vaughan, was baptised on 3 October 1847, at St Philips Church, Sydney, by William Cowper. Her date of birth is given as 18 September 1847, with Henry being listed as a Tailor.

Great-Grandma, I next find your marriage to William Henry Martin, on the 11 October 1866*, at St Andrews Church, Sydney. Your marriage certificate makes for very interesting reading, with there being no information about you, just your name, conjugal status and usual residence. William gives me a bit more detail, listing his occupation as a ships steward and his usual residence as Sydney.

Your parents are still living, why didn’t you list them? I did notice that your sister, Louisa and your brother William are the witnesses, so you are still in touch with family.

A search of births and the NSW BDM’s site gives me 10 children between 1864 and 1876. Hang on, you didn’t marry until 1866! Okay, something to look at.

Your children are;

1864 Charlie.

1865 Robert.

1867 Charlotte E.*

1869 Matilda I.

1870 Susan Florence. Know as Florence or Florrie.

1871 Bertha W.

1873 William Henry J.

1874 Isabella Louisa, d 1874.

1876 Arthur Frederick L.

1879 Henry Edward.

Five girls and five boys.  But are the eldest two yours or is there another William and Isabella Martin around?  I think not.

I have Charlotte Emma’s birth certificate and there are more details on it about you and William. William is still a ship’s steward, aged 31 and born in London.  Your date of marriage is 1866 and where is says previous issue there is the word none. Interesting. Are you and William doing a Henry and Charlotte and only going to list the children of the marriage on subsequent birth certificates?  Something I haven’t followed up with. You give your age as 20. This also makes me wonder if Charlie and Robert are yours.

You and William seem to keep out of the newspapers and there is nothing about you and your family. I know that sometime after the birth of Henry Edward in 1879, you are widowed. While it would be a good find but this is proving to be a bit elusive. There are 14 deaths listed, of William Martin between 1878 and 1883. The death of a William MARTIN, is in 1881, with the age being 45 years and the place being Sydney, looks like being the right one. The age puts the year of birth at 1836. William, you are becoming a pest and you aren’t my relation!!  Searches of Trove give me 1,000’s of hits for William Martin, so William, you are shelved.

Here ends Part One is Isabella Mary Ann Vaughan’s story. Next week we will find out what happens to Isabella.

Bye for now,


*Indicates that I have the certificate.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Trove Tuesday. More Women Die Young.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 10 December 1927, page 111

I was searching for a person, with the surname Brown and came across this little gem, by Dr Ethel Browning. I just love her reason as to why young women are dying because they are  not getting enough fresh air.

(Yes, I did find the Brown I was looking for.)

Bye for now,

Friday, 10 June 2016

Family Friday, William Vaughan.

                                                     William Vaughan.
Well, William, are you going to give me as much fun as your big brother, Henry Edward did? I don’t think so. Someone has already done a great deal of research into this family and I found it on Ancestry. I haven’t looked at it fully because I didn’t want to be distracted, when looking for you.

So William Nathaniel Vaughan, born 1843, to Henry and Charlotte. You are their third child, second son and the second child to live, well done. I’ll lay out the facts, as I have them and see if anyone nibbles the bait.

Born:- 1843, to Henry and Charlotte.

Married:- 1867 to Elizabeth Bell.

Children:- 1868, Annie J

                  1870 William Forsyth, died 1949

                  1878:- Hercules George, died 1955

                  1880:- Elizabeth Eveline, died 1924.

Now William this is where it gets a bit tricky; there are 10 registered births, to parents William and Elizabeth, between 1868 and 1880. Four I know are yours as you used either N or Nathaniel for your second name. Three belong to William Henry. The remainder just have William as the father, no middle name. (sigh). Let’s look at this logically. There is a big gap between William and Hercules, (why I ask did you name him Hercules?) and in the list of births are three, that could/might be yours. 1873 James Henry and twins, 1874, Stanus Robert and Edward Andrew. Both of these died 1874.  Without the certificates I can’t claim them for you, but am so sorry that they didn’t live. (Elizabeth’s death notices show she had two brothers, James and Stanus, so they could well be yours.)

You, William rate a mention in your father’s will, as one of the executors. Your name appears in the death and funeral notices for him but other than that you are elusive.

September 1885 brings you sadness, with the death of Elizabeth. Her death notices show that she was loved by both sides of the family, with your siblings inserting notices, as well as hers. It is in one of these notices I find that you were a member of the Independent Order of Royal Foresters.

The next piece of information I have for you is your re-marriage to a Sarah Solomon.

The Sydney Morning Herald on Wednesday 6th October 1886, page 1 reads; Vaughan- Solomon September 16, by the Rev Mr Tress at St Peter’s Church, Woolloomooloo, William N Vaughan to Sarah Ann Solomon of Crown St Woolloomooloo.

I can find no children, that could be yours and Sarah’s but I do know Sarah had children of her own, from her first marriage. (Sarah’s story will be told at another time, I find her interesting.)

Sarah dies in 1904 leaving you a widower but this time your children are grown.

 Your verse;   ‘As the ivy clings to the oak, My memory clings to thee.”   In her In Memoriam notice is lovely.

My next piece is your death notice, 22 May 1913. You are 70 years old, having been born during the reign of Queen Victoria, you have seen the dawn of a new century, the Crimean War, the Bore Wars, the coronation and then the death of Edward VII and the succession of George V.

William, I’ve enjoyed researching you. I think you might have been a private person, hence only little snippets in the papers.

Bye for now,


Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Gardens, Ghosts and Genealogy.

Nora Roberts, Garden Trilogy has all three, along with love and families.

Book 1 is Blue Dahlia, about Stella and Logan. A widow, with small children and a landscape designer, who clash.

Book 2 is Black Rose, about Rosalind and Mitchell. The owner of the garden centre and the academic, she hires to 'do the family tree'.

Book 3 is Red Lily, about Hayley and Harper. A single mum and Rosalind's son, distant relations, in that convoluted Southern USA way.

Set in Memphis, Tennessee, in the garden centre, called, In The Garden.

Gardens, ghosts and genealogy describes the trilogy brilliantly. Toss in romance, family and gossip and you won't be able to put them down.

Do start with book 1 or you won't get the full story.


Trove Tuesday. Mummell

Mummell Estate.

Below is a engraving, published in 1857 of the Mummell Estate, near Goulburn.

My ancestor, Thomas Abberton, settled in Mummell in around 1852/3 after he had arrived form Ballynakill, Co Galway. He and his wife Mary Torp(h)y raised a large family, ran the post office and donated land for the school.

I found this when I did a Trove search of Pictures, Photos and Objects. Trove isn't just about news papers and this week I thought I'd take a look at something different.

(This engraving is out of copyright.)      http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-138443946

Happy Trove Searching,

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Transcription Agents.


As it is very wet both in NSW, Victoria and Queensland, genealogists just might spend their weekend doing research and ordering certificates. Below are the details of transcription agents, very useful people.

Here in New South Wales (NSW), we have three transcription agents, Joy Murrin, Marilyn Rowan and Laurie Turtle. These wonderful people and save you money, when you want a certificate, to verify a birth, death or marriage.
What, might you ask is a transcript? A transcript is an actual copy of a document, everything written on it. This is very helpful if you are looking for say a marriage and know they split-up. I have several transcripts of different marriages, where in the comments section is, decree absolute and a date, etc. or who gave permission, if the parties were under age.

Joy Murrin, of Joy Murrin Family History Service, offers transcripts for NSW, Victoria, England and Wales, Scotland and New Zealand.
Joy also offers partial searches, if you are just looking for one thing.

Marilyn Rowan, of http://www.transcriptions.com.au/  also offers NSW, England and Wales and New Zealand and a document copying service, for the NSW Archives. This is very useful if you live in another state.

Laurie Turtle, of  Turtle Consolidated Services, offers NSW, England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland as well as document copying for the NSW Archives. http://home.iprimus.com.au/lturtle/index.htm

One more thing about these agents is that they don't take long in the transcript and it can be emailed to you.  Saving you time and money!
So next time you need that certificate, look at a transcription agent.

(I have met all three agents and use Joy Murrin Family History Service.)

Happy Researching,

Friday, 3 June 2016

Family Friday; Henry Edward Vaughan

                                                    Henry Edward Vaughan.

(Since I'm doing this in the hope of finding 'cousins', I haven't any documents for Henry. I have used Trove and the New South Wales, BDM's.)

Henry, Henry, Henry, what a merry dance your have lead me on!  I thought I had you neatly packaged up, born, married, had children and died. But no!

I know you are the eldest son of Henry and Charlotte, born in 1842, most likely in Sydney. Then I find you, in 1862 getting married to Mary Ann Brown. Seven children follow; 1863 Henry Neatby; 1865 James G; 1867 Alfred E; 1870 Charlotte Alice, died 1871; 1872 Lydia C; 1875 Walter Oliver; 1877 George Atherden.  Finally your death in 1901. But it is what lies between your birth and your death that is intriguing.

So, Dear Henry, I'll continue. I know that you entered your father's business and became and auctioneer and that you were an executor of his will, that I can prove. I also know that you took over the business and continued it, until your death.  Your will states that you are an Estate Agent. I find that you are a Mason and were a Grand Master, at one stage.

I've searched Trove for you and found many interesting snippets. In both 1872 and 1881, I find you mentioned is court cases, one where you were seeking compensation and one where you were called as a witness, fascinating reading. There is a notice in the Bowral Free Press and Berrima District Intelligencer (NSW : 1884 - 1901) Wednesday 18 September 1889 , where you have been nominated for council. What are you doing in Mittagong?  I see you being made a Justice of the Peace, in 1890 at Campbelltown. Not your usual haunt, me thinks.

Then I find in the Sydney Morning Herald, Tuesday 7 January 1902, and In Memoriam notice that reads;Vaughan - In loving memory of my dear husband and our father, Henry Edward Vaughan, J.P. on the 5th January 1901, late of The Rocks, Katoomba, Kilwinning, Homebush and 142 King street, Sydney. Inserted by his loving wife Alice S Vaughan and family.

Alice! Who the heck is Alice?

 What happened to Mary?

 I begin more research into your life and discover that you lost your Dear Mary in September 1884 and that she was buried in the Balmain Cemetery on 10 September 1884. Your youngest is just 7 years old.

More searching and there is your marriage, in 1885,  to Alice S Brownjohn at Berrima. Six children follow; 1886 Florence B; 1888 Gertrude A; 1890 Wilfred J; 1892 Mildred S; 1895 Harold W; 1899 Raymond A.  Two are born in Katoomba, two are born in Campbelltown, one in Redfern and one in Berrima. It is all starting to fit. You had to have been living in the Berrima area to be nominated for council and as you married there, it seems reasonable. You must have been living in Campbelltown, when you became a J.P. in 1890, two children being born there makes it possible. I want to know why you were there? How did you meet Alice? 

More Trove reading and I see notices for Probate and search for your will. Your estate is valued at 16,133pounds. It will take until 1922 for probate to settle. I find Alice's funeral notice in the Sydney Morning Herald, Tuesday 20 January 1948.

A bit of Google searching, for Henry and I find that he was an alderman, for Glebe, between 1883 and 1885.  According to the Campbelltown and Airds Historical Society Inc.,  Henry was Mayor of Campbelltown and lived at Parkholme. Now called Englorie Park, it is still standing and is a child care centre. I can find no other details for either The Rocks at Katoomba or Kilwinning at Homebush.

I wandered around Rookwood Necropolis, looking for Vaughan graves and did find Henry's. There are 11 family members buried in the plot.

So if Henry Edward Vaughan is on your family tree, please contact me as Isabella, is sister is my ancestor.

Bye for now,