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, 31 December 2016

Accentuate the Positive

This came from Jill Ball.  The answers are mine.

Remember to Accentuate the Positive 

1.  An elusive ancestor I found was;  none this year but added details to most branches and enjoyed finding out the information.

2.  A precious family photo I found was; none but I did scan several, late last year, 2015, at a family get together and talked to the Aunts about them.

3.  An ancestor's grave I found was; Henry and Charlotte Vaughan's, at Camperdown Cemetery. The stone is no longer standing but I found them!

4.  An important vital record I found was; probate for my husband's maternal Grandmother. Made very interesting reading.

5.  A newly found family member shared; a draft of their family history. Looks good but no sources cited. :(

6.  A geneasurprise I received was; winning a 2017 pass to RootsTech!

7.   My 2016 blog post that I was particularly proud of was; can I say all? I enjoyed sharing two branches of the family on Family Fridays. The A-Z challenge in April was fun.  Sharing what I was reading or interesting websites and other bits 'n' pieces. I loved my fun post on 6 October 2016, Post about Pigs.

8.   I made a new genimate who; is sharing her journey about building her new home,

Pat Richley-Erickson, is another new geminate and fellow quilter. Looking for to giving her a hug, in February, (most likely more than one)

9.  A new piece of software I mastered was;  does learning how to get the laptop and the printer, to 'talk' to each other count?

10. A social media tool I enjoyed using for genealogy was; Facebook, it has kept me in touch with so many genie friends. I also started a Magill family page.

11. A genealogy conference/seminar/webinar from which I learnt something new was; Just ONE! I found that I have learnt, re-discovered or looked at in a new way, something at every conference etc. that I have been to, this year.

12. I am proud of the presentation I gave at/to; The Bankstown Historical Society on how to get started.

13. A journal/magazine article I had published was; I didn't, opps.  I did have a comment published in the English Family Tree magazine.

14. I taught a friend how to; set up a blog.

15. A genealogy book that taught me something new was;  Treasures in Australian Government Gazettes by Rosemary Kopittke. Explained what was available and what you might find. Found some family in the Police Gazettes.

16. A great repository/archive/library I visited was; Family History Library in Salt Lake City. You should try to visit, at least once. Loved it.

17. A new genealogy/history book I enjoyed was; published in 2015, Carol Baxter's Help! Why can't I find my ancestor's surname? Wish this had been around 30+ years ago, it would have saved both time and money.

18. It was exciting to finally meet; Thomas MacEntee and Judy G Russell at RootsTech, to name just two.

19. A geneadventure I enjoyed was; RootsTech 2016. Amazing and an adventure that I was thrilled to do. So many wonderful people, informative talks and vendors, bliss!

20. Another positive I would like to share is ... This 'family' of genealogists, I'm part of is very supportive, friendly, fun and they share their knowledge and expertise. I'm blessed to belong.

2016 a bit of a review.

2016,  what has happened, this year?

Plenty of travel both together and just me.

January and we made a trip to Canberra, for my birthday.

February and I made my first trip to the USA and attended RootsTech,  in Salt Lake City. I was joined by our daughter and together we did Las Vegas, Grand  Canyon, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

April, we enjoyed a few days at Windsor and explored the area.

May saw us head to Melbourne and family time.

September and I attended a conference in Camden.  We then flew to Cairns for a family holiday, Fantastic.

October and we were of to Adelaide. Family, friends and genealogy made up that trip.

December and our Christmas trip to Melbourne.

I have continued my study, doing three subjects form the University of Tasmania,  as well as my Diploma course with the National Institute of Genealogical Studies.  I have nearly finished this course, with just five subjects to go.

We have really settled into retirement, finding time to relax and enjoy life.

Genealogy wise and I've made progress on most branches, adding some new family members and thankfully  no deaths.

Plenty of reading,  sewing, knitting, time with family and friends have made it a good year.

So how was your 2016?

Thank you for sharing my blog journey and tune in for more in 2017.

Bye for now,

A catch-up.

It has been awhile since I last blogged and I'll bring you up to date, with what has gone one.

13th December saw Paul and I head south, to Victoria to spend Christmas with our Victorian family. Something we love doing! We stopped at Euroa, overnight and arrived at our daughter's at 8.00am. A quick change, into warmer clothes and a cuppa were in order. For morning tea we headed to the Flying Tart at Kinglake West. This bakery/café was one of the few places to survive the Black Saturday bushfires. Their bread, pies and tarts are delicious. Always good to support a local small business.

The next morning we headed to the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & ice creamery, for breakfast. Something of a bit of a tradition, when we are there. I did my Christmas chocolate shopping, after a delicious breakfast.

On the Friday, my granddaughters and I headed into Melbourne for some shopping and a stop at Max Bremer's, yum. I love going shopping with them as we all love haunting bookshops and there were interesting discussions on the merits of various books and purchases made.

I did blog about our Saturday trip to Milawa.

The week leading up to Christmas was filled with fun and laughter, long walks, good food and wine and some last minute Christmas Shopping and a trip to Bunnings! Granddad was helping with a project and sandpaper was needed. Yes, we had a sausage sandwich!

The 23rd we walked the neighbourhood looking at the wonderful Christmas light displays. Some of the houses were amazing. One even has a snow machine.

Christmas Eve woke us with a thunderstorm, very loud and there were some brilliant flashes of lightening but very little rain. This is just the type of storm you DON'T want as the lightening can cause fires to start.

Morning storm clouds.

The day turned out to be very warm and sunny and we prepared for our night at the carols. These were the big ones that channel 9 show, every year. We arrived at the music bowl around 5ish and took up spots on the hill, very glad for this as we did get a breeze. Couldn't see the stage but there were large screens, to watch. It was wonderful! Saw the international space station go over, watched the clouds cover the top of the Eureka Tower and sang along with the singers.

Home around 12.30am, didn't see Santa!

Church was lovely and the message very good. Home and it was present opening time. Lots of fun and laughter was had. Lunch and a nap followed.

                                                Even the puppy was tired.

Boxing Day and we turned the cricket on and everyone had a lazy day.

Tuesday and we went to Mt Dandenong for morning tea. The day was cloudy, with some rain and this hindered the view of the city but it was still a great spot to enjoy a cuppa. We girls tackled the maze and didn't get stuck in it. We then walked through the English Garden and the Secret Garden. This last one was just a walled of  section, that could be used for weddings, nothing really secret about it. A stop at Warran Glen garden centre and café for lunch was a lovely way to end our day out.

Where we were, exactly!

The city is out there, somewhere.

In the maze.

We left on Wednesday and drove home, with out an overnight stop. The traffic was steady and the service centres busy, so we just took it easy and arrived on at 6.30pm.

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

Bye for now,

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Wine & Cheese

Last Saturday saw us at Milawa, the Gourmet Region of North Eastern Victoria.

First stop was the Milawa Cheese Factory for lunch and a cheese tasting.

This was our lunch view. Beautiful!

They have a variety of cheeses and I tasted several, including the Brie. All were delicious.
There is also the cellar door for the King Valley Wood Park winery. We tasted a selection and Paul and I added to our collection. A winery to keep an eye on.
Our next stop was Brown Brothers Wines.

We all enjoyed our wine tasting, with several interesting ones being purchased. I sampled the white wines and Paul sampled the reds, ports and Muscat's. They also sell jams, with wine in them, yes I bought some, to bring home.

This is their shop and cellar door. Plenty of space and lovely and cool.

They have beautiful gardens and a restaurant. If you want to, you can have a picnic or just lounge on the been bags under the oak tree. If you are energetic there is chess or bike riding as well.
Our last stop was John Gehrig wines. This is a family owned and run winery, with Ross Gehrig being the 5th generation of wine makers. We had been told that their ports and Muscat's were very good. Paul and Matthew tasted a variety and debated the merits of them. Paul settled for both a port and a Muscat.
A lovely day out with family.
Bye for now,

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Strange coincidences

Have you really, really looked at your family tree?  What do you see? Dates, names, places, yes but anything else?????

I know that we only have 365 dates to play with,  have a good look at those dates? What do you see?

On just my side we have four generations, with the same birth date.   Samuel Galbraith 22 October 1815.  His Great-granddaughter, Lilian Galbraith, in 1911. Then follows a great-great granddaughter and a great-great-great grandson. These last two are mother and son! 

So this happens, so what!

Well the 6th December has Mary Ann Grant my husband and my niece.

We do have a few doubles as well.

The biggest coincidence  is that of  Arthur Galbraith and Mary Ann Grant.  These are my great-grandparents, on my maternal side.  What is their coincidence?  BOTH Arthur and Mary Ann are the second child to have that name in their generation, in their respective families.

 The first Arthur was born 1850 and died sometime between 1850/52. My Arthur was born 1852 and died 1894.
The first Mary Ann was born 1856 and died 1858. My Mary Ann was born 1859 and died 1912.

Has anyone else got strange things like this? I would love to hear about them.

Happy Ancestor Hunting,

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Trove Tuesday: Genealogy


I thought for today's Trove Tuesday I would use the word genealogy in my search and I got 19,770 results!

The first one I picked is a funny.
Saturday, 29 April 1905, page 4, World News (Sydney, NSW:1901 -1955)

The second one is from the president of  The Society of Australian Genealogists.

Friday, 11 August 1933, page 8, Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld: 1872-1947)
There were lots of interesting articles, ranging from funny ones, through to obituaries.
Bye for now,

Monday, 12 December 2016


I've added two more to my reading pile.
Mary Higgins Clark, has a new Under Suspicion book out, The Sleeping Beauty Killer. Was Vasey Carter really guilty of her fiancé 's murder, 15 years ago? This is next on my to read list.

Next is my Christmas present, Playing To Win, the definitive biography of John Farnham, by Jeff Apter. John is an Australian music icon and it should be a good read.

Next is the sequel to Me Before You, titled After You by Jojo Moyes. I bought the two books, together, loved Me Before You but I can't get into the sequel. I've had three goes at it but find it is very slow. Will give it another try.  If you have read it, let me know what you think.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Photo Essay

Here are some of the photos I used in my UTAS Photo Essay Assignment.
Taken at Camperdown Cemetery. The church is St Stephen's. It was early morning and other than some people walking dogs, I had the place to myself. It was lovely and quite.

Copyright 2016 LH Magill. All rights reserved.

Hope you like them,

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Summer Reading: Review

Since I posted about these two books I have read both, (now to add two new ones to the pile, lol).

Kathy Reichs didn't disappoint with four gripping stories. Short and full of detail, with serious discussions in the first three, they are fantastic. Dealing with puppy mills, raptors, pythons, The Everglades and climbing deaths on Mt Everest make for interesting reads.
The fourth story has me waiting for her next full novel to come out. While it is about how Tempe got into forensics, it is the ending that has the twist. Not telling, read the story.

Karly Lane, new to me, I loved it.  The blurb on the cover says A heartwarming novel about betrayal, ambition and the power of love. It is all that and more. I thought it was slow to start with and found her habit of slipping into the past strange BUT once I started I couldn't put it down. The trips into the past are as if the person was remembering and they added spice to the story. Again not telling, read it.

Bye for now,

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Trove Tuesday, Looking for a Holiday Spot.

Now is the time we are all looking forward to holidays, sun, surf and sand, so I thought why not look for a place to stay?

Port Stephen's is a lovely holiday spot on the north coast of New South Wales, not a place I've been to, yet. I found this article extoling the wonders of Port Stephen's, as a place to holiday at in 1920.

I love the comment about "another one or two million ants in the packed trams." What would the writer think of Sydney's trains, now? Not much has changed!
Bye for now,

1920 'Why Not a New Holiday Resort?', Daily Observer (Tamworth, NSW : 1917 - 1920), 6 December, p. 2. , viewed 05 Dec 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article116937756

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Saturday, 3 December 2016

Summer Reading Suggestions.

Summer Reading!

Do you have a favourite spot to read? On the beach? In a hammock, under shady trees? Somewhere cool?  Or are you like me and will read anywhere? I have been known to read, standing up on a train, when in a past life I worked in the city. Reading is the icing on my day!

Most of these ladies have Facebook pages and I will do * to indicate which ones do. These pages are worth looking at.

First up is Nicki Edwards*.

Nicki is a wife, mum of four and a critical care nurse, one busy lady. She writes medical rural romances, set in the fictional town of  Birrangulla. Each of the four books is centred around a main character and they all interconnect, throughout the books. I don't want to give to much away as they are fantastic reads.
My favourite has to be The Peppercorn Project and Isabelle Cassidy, a young widow. Set in Stony Creek, a town with empty houses and wanting families to fill them, this is a story of new beginnings and friendships.

Nicki also has two ebooks; Operation White Christmas: An Escape to the Country Novella  and Operation Mistletoe Magic. Both are set in Canada, with links to Birrangulla.

Rachael Johns*, is another great author, writing rural romances but different from Nicki's.

The Road to Hope is the sequel to Jilted, both set in Hope Junction a fictional town in Western Australia.  Small town, interconnecting lives and secrets make them both good reads. I have Jilted on my Kindle along with Rachael's Outback Series. Set in rural Western Australia and a group of friends. This series is one I have read twice, it is so good. Four books, four very different stories.
The Art of Keeping Secrets, I have in my 'to read' pile. The Patterson Girls, was the book that got me hooked on Rachael's books.

Meredith Appleyard*,  was born in Wales and now lives in the Clare Valley, South Australia. She is also a nurse and midwife.

The Country Practice and The Doctor Calling are her first and second novels.  Set in neighbouring towns of Magpie Creek and Potters Junction, these books touch on the difficulties of country health care.  Add a spark of romance and some quirky characters and you have two excellent reads.

Jennie Jones has a series set in the Snowy Mountains of NSW, in Swallow's Fall.
The House at Burra Burra Lane starts the series off and I do recommend that you try and read them in order. A complex cast of people and situations, that flow through the books has you eagerly waiting for the next book.  All are on Kindle.

My last review is Last Chance Country.  Jennie Jones, Lisa Ireland and Catherine Evans, have combined to write a story each, set in Dulili a town suffering with a people drought.  Each of these ladies have a main character, that is new to the town, each with their own reasons for wanting a fresh start and secrets that can't wait to leak out.  A really good collaboration and I couldn't put it down.

I hope you like my suggestions and please tell me of your favourite authors. I am always on the lookout for new authors.

Happy reading,