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'.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Are You Going to Congress 2018?????

What is Congress 2018,I hear you say?

To give it it's full title, 15th Australasian Congress on Genealogy and Heraldry. Hosted by the Society of Australian Genealogists, in 2018, it comes under the broad banner of the Australian Federation of Family History Organisations. Held every three years it is the biggest Australian Genealogy event.

When is Congress 2018?

It will be held from Friday 9 March to Monday 12 March at the International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour.

What is the theme?

Bridging the Past & Future.

With our iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, how could we not have it in the theme.
It is important that we do bridge the past and the future, we have to encourage the younger generations to get involved with genealogy. It is their past too.

What will be happening?

I'm not going to give to much away but will give a link to the website, at the end.

There will be Keynote speakers, with a wide range of topics.
A Welcome Function, Congress Dinner, for the social side of things.
Nearly 60 different sessions, again covering a range of topics.
Venders Hall, with displays from various groups, like The Guild of One-Name Studies, Unlock the Past.

What's in it for ME?

EVERYTHING!  If you are new to the wonderful world of genealogy, you will find something to help you. An old hand at genealogy, you can ALWAYS learn something new.

The social side of a congress is wonderful. I went to my first congress in 2015, in Canberra. I couldn't attend all four days but I still covered so much. You meet people, you are friends with on Facebook, for the first time. Catch-up with old friends. Plenty of hugs, laughter and sharing.

If you are a blogger, you might be blessed with blogger beads. A sign for all fellow bloggers that you are one of us. A talking point for others as they ask you about your beads, hence making new friends. (I carry business cards, for just this purpose. When someone asks about the beads, I explain to them what they are about and give them my card, with my blog address on it.)

My 2015 lanyard and my first ever Blogger beads.
 Website Address;
I hope to see you there.
Bye for now,

Two days at the Society of Australian Genealogists.

Thursday was my usual monthly meeting of the SAG Writers Group and I was presenting a talk on Appendixes. We have been doing several 'Back-to-Basics' talks over the past year. This is to refresh the older members and to let the newer members, hear them. As I was going over my presentation, I realised that it was April 2014 when I had last given this talk. We usually meet for lunch at Café Mio but this months starting time was 1.30pm, as the was another talk before ours.

It was a short talk and I was able to do a question and answer session, which has lead to me  being asked to do a repeat of my Copyright, Ethics and Citing your Sources talk, next year.
Suzie, waiting for my talk to begin.

Home and I checked my emails and found that I had booked for the Saturday talk, by Jennie Fairs on Don't Waste Time! Getting and staying organised with your research. It was Jennie's first talk and we meet for a coffee before hand. Her bear, Herman and my bear Suzie came as well and were very well behaved.
Waiting for their coffees.

Jennie spoke about getting your documents scanned and saved to the computer and Dropbox. How she uses different programs to help her keep things organised both with her hard copies and her digital one.

Jennie and friends before her talk started.

I am only now considering uploading files to Dropbox and have invested in one of the programs she mentioned; TreePad.  Some of its uses are Personal Information Manager, Organiser, Database, Word Processor, to name some. I purchased TreePad Plus for around $A42 and am waiting for my 'key' so I can unlock it. Once I've had a play with it, I'll do another blog.

Another one Jennie mentioned was Auto Splitter, this is for when you want to scan multiple photos and you don't want to do them one at a time. I'm going to have a look at this one and see if I would use it and if it will work with the scanner I have.

Jennie and I then went and had lunch at the Lord Nelson pun , in The Rocks and then a walk around The Rocks markets. We both bought chocolates.

The chocolates were from, www.emporiumofchocolate.com

I also purchased two books and two facts sheets, at SAG. The facts sheets are by Kerry Farmer on DNA and produced by Unlock the Past. Both will be very useful in my DNA research.

Understanding Australian Military Speak by Neil C Smith, another Unlock the Pas publication. 61 pages of abbreviation, initialisms and acronyms that are found in military records. Again a useful book to have on hand.

Unlock the Past, www.unlockthepast.com.au

My splurge was Family History For Beginners & Beyond, 15th Edition, put out by Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra. With 18 main sections, each with multiple sections, within them, this book covers every state, in Australia and then covers New Zealand, England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Continental Europe. I'm going to enjoy dipping in to it and discovering new websites.

Suzie and my shopping.

A busy two days but they were both very enjoyable.

Have you joined SAG? It is a really great place to start and continue your research, as well as making friends.www.sag.org.au

Bye for now,

Wednesday, 11 October 2017


I've been searching for Galbraith relations, on FreeCen, the free census website,
https://www.freecen.org.uk/  and came across some interesting occupations in the 1861 census. (This search was just for the name Galbraith.)

I found,
Pauper, formally Merchant. 
Fund Holder.
Tea Merchant Clerk.
Painter, employs 4 men, 2 boys.
Waiter, out of work.
Master Mariners Wife.
and James Galbraith, who was Curate of Cheddleton,  Staffordshire,31yrs, unmarried, born in Ireland and lived in Heath Cottage.  In 1861 there were 2,050 people living in Cheddleton and the church was St Edward the Confessor.

Then there was Christina Galbraith, an unmarried female, whose occupation was given as Bates Fishing Lines. She lived in Back Street, Campbeltown, Argyllshire, with her six year old son, Alexander Brodie, who was a scholar.

There were Ag Labs, servants, gardeners and miners as well.

Have you got any interesting occupations on your tree? Let me know.

Bye for now,

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Playing with FamilySearch Wiki

I know I have posted about FamilySearch, several times and that it is a really good and free genealogy website to use.  BUT have you looked at their Wiki?


I had heard other people mention wiki and didn't take any notice, until today.  I am starting the research for my second book and wanted information on Scotland. Thought, 'I'll give the FamilySearch Wiki a try.'  WOW!

It has heaps of information on a wide range of topics, with links to follow and detailed information. I browsed the pages, clicking on links, discovered heaps, book marked several pages, for future reference and though, 'why haven't I looked at this before?'  I use Wikipedia but will now go to FamilySearch, first as I think it will be of more use, with my genealogy.

Give it a try. Have a browse. It's FREE.

Bye for now,

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Back to Blogging.

As most of you will know I have had my husband seriously ill. He was in hospital 10 days, on IV antibiotics and them home on the same for 16 days. Two weeks ago we saw the professor and he changed the antibiotics to oral ones for a month. We now are starting to feel like we have our lives back. Paul is about 95% of his pre-illness self and this is improving. He was one very sick man.

This threw everything else out the window BUT that is changing, too.

This week was a busy one for me. I finally made the meeting of the Bankstown Family History Group,  on Tuesday, having missed the last two.  We had Peter Plowman talk about emigration to Australia, in the post WW11 years. As the president I really should be there but sometimes life happens.

Wednesday saw me a guest speaker at the Botany Bay Family History Society meeting. As I know a large number of the members it was lovely to catch-up. Paul came with me and we had dinner with friends, before hand.  I spoke on Copyright, Ethics and Citing Your Sources. Three things that I am becoming passionate about.

Copyright because there is a growing trend to 'borrow' others work and not give credit to the author.

Ethics because something's are best left in the closet and not shared with everyone.

Citing Your Sources because it gives your work a professional look. This is similar to copyright but your are acknowledging where you found the information and others can follow the trail and find it too.

                                         Myself and Suzie Bear, before I started my talk.

We have decided to have a break and re-charge our batteries and Paul said to me that, ' You can start work on your second book, while we are away.'  This was a good idea, as were we are going, we can relax and do nothing, (he is planning on reading) but it has thrown me in to a muddle. I have the basic outline, know where I want to take the book, have obtained permission to use  various documents,  made rough notes and there I've stopped.

Tonight I've made the decision that as I'm not going to publish until 2018, I don't have to have everything ready to take away. I can make sure that I have scanned copies of any documents I will need, bookmark sites I will use and have a list of things that I need to check or find and that will keep me busy enough.  So I'm going to relax, sit by the beach, research, read, take heaps of photos and sleep in.

Bye for now,

P.S. My first book has had a reprint of 20 copies, now down to 18.

Friday, 22 September 2017


Since 7 January 2013,  I have been slowly working my way through the 40 subjects for my Australian Certificate in Genealogical Studies. Yesterday I FINISHED!  To say I'm thrilled is an understatement. I still have to wait for the official word that I have passed my last two subjects and have met all the requirements, but I feel like celebrating!.

If you are thinking about further study have a look at The National Institute fro Genealogical Studies. http://www.genealogicalstudies.com/  They have a comprehensive range of courses across a wide range of areas. There are compulsory subjects in every certificate and a good choice of electives.

Now I'm finished, I've looked at other subjects that I am interested in, plus maybe another certificate. My options are open and I wont decide, just yet.

I have also been studying through UTAS, with their Diploma of Family History, http://www.utas.edu.au/courses/cale/courses/r2h-diploma-of-family-history   They offer four subjects for free and the next four at a reduced fees. I'm still thinking about finishing the next four, looking hard at that.

I have learnt a great deal, not just the research side but how to do a research plan, transcribe documents and the method behind the research. This has helped with my business.

So don't know what to do? Why not study? As well as these two place, there are other areas to look at as well. Pharos Teaching and Tutoring and the University of Strathclyde are just two that also offer courses.

Have a go.

Bye for now,

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Samuel Magill; Have I found his birth and parents?????

After over thirty years researching family history, I think that I have finally cracked how we have Hunter in the Magill names.

Family lore had two different stories as to why our surname is Magill;

The first one is that Samuel (Hunter), murdered a man called Magill and took the Magill name and high-tailed it out of Ireland.

The second one is that he took his mother’s maiden name of Magill and left Ireland because of reasons unknown.

 While both of these were interesting, I took them with a grain of salt. Samuel wasn’t above telling ‘stories.’

In February I was in Salt Lake City, home to the BIGGEST FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY in the world and have looked into Samuel’s birth. We know that he was born in County Antrim between 1844-1849. This has been gleaned from family lore and his death certificate.

Well before I arrived in Salt Lake City, I found a birth of one Samuel Magill, son of a James Magill and Mary.

 I then looked for their marriage and found this.

James Magill m Mary Ann Hunter, 1850.   This sent tingles down my spine. Could this really be the answer?


I headed to B2 and the Irish records.  Microfilm number 101313 holds the key. 

The record had some words I couldn’t decipher but the important bits were there.

 Name                             Age         Condition          Occupation     Abode           Father

James Magill                   Full          Bachelor            Mechanic      Ballymoney    James Magill

Mary Ann Hunter          Full         Spinster                  ---------         Ballymoney    William Hunter
Parish of Belfast, County of Antrim.

Presbyterian by Licence.

Both signed.

Date 29 March 1850.

Okay, this give us the names, James, William, Mary Ann and Hunter.  So are they THE ONES?

It took some searching for Samuel’s birth but this is what I found.

Samuel Magill born 27 May 1849, Ballymoney Parish, Antrim, Ireland to James Magill and Mary.

I know what you are thinking they married 1850 and he was born 1849, really?


A note at the front of the Baptism Book reads;

Parish Church of Ballymoney.

Baptisms and Births 1807 -1898.


The spelling of a Name or Parish may vary quite markedly in different records. The name was often spelt as it sounded to the writer; therefore it is advisable to note carefully variations of spelling.

Some entries do not appear to be recorded in their correct order – many entries (single & multiple) appear in the register at much later dates.


I spoke to  several other credited genealogists. All agree that with the information I have and what I have found, I can make the creditable assumption that Samuel Magill born 1849 is the son of James and Mary Magill and probably OUR Samuel.

It is also noted that in the baptism register that there is only one surname give, meaning he was legitimate. I did see births where both parent’s names were listed and the word illegitimate was used.

 So do you think  I’ve found Samuel?


Bye for now,







Wednesday, 13 September 2017

The Humble Hankie.

I know some of my friends think that I'm strange as I iron things and one of the things I iron is the humble hankie. This got me thinking about where the hankie came from and I did a search of Wikipedia, to find out.

A handkerchief /ˈhæŋkərɪf/ (also called a hanky or, historically, a handkercher) is a form of a kerchief, typically a hemmed square of thin fabric or paper which can be carried in the pocket or handbag, and which is intended for personal hygiene purposes such as wiping one's hands or face, or blowing one's nose. A handkerchief is also sometimes used as a purely decorative accessory in a suit pocket, it is then called a pocket square. It is also an important accessory in many folkdances in many regions like the Balkans and the Middle East; an example of a folkdance using handkerchiefs is Kalamatianos.


Before people used the word handkerchief, the word kerchief alone was common. This term came from two French words: couvrir, which means “to cover,” and chef, which means “head.”
In the times of ancient Greece and Rome, handkerchiefs were often used the way they are today. But in the Middle Ages, kerchiefs were usually used to cover the head.
Then in the 16th century, people in Europe began to carry kerchiefs in their pockets to wipe their forehead or their nose. To distinguish this kind of kerchief from the one used to cover the head, the word "hand" was added to "kerchief".
King Richard II of England, who reigned from 1377 to 1399, is widely believed to have invented the cloth handkerchief, as surviving documents written by his courtiers describe his use of square pieces of cloth to wipe his nose.[4] Certainly they were in existence by Shakespeare's time, and a handkerchief is an important plot device in his play Othello.

Reference https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handkerchief

I remember Mum tying a coin in the corner of my hankie, for the tuckshop at school. I found the knot hard to undo.

Men would wear a hankie, in their suit jacket pocket and the was a time when you could by 'fake' hankies, which were three triangles of fabric, stitched to a card, for this purpose.

I have lace-edged ones, ones with crochet edges, done by my Mum, ones from my childhood, that have special memories.

Do you use a hankie or tissues?

Bye for now,

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Blindsided by Life

After a wonderful weekend away I came home to find my husband had been ill, all weekend, from there life has taken some interesting turns and things haven't been done. This blog is one of them.

Paul started spiking seriously high temperatures, 40+C, shakes etc. trips to the doctors, scans and blood tests ended up with his admittance to hospital, Tuesday, last week. The cause is a very nasty bacteria, Klebsiella pneuomoniae in his blood stream. No idea how he got it but it seems to be responding to the treatment.

Please keep us in your prayers as I feel it could be a long recovery.

Bye for now,

Monday, 21 August 2017

A GoONS Weekend. Part Two.

Woken, again by the laughter of kookaburras, I looked out the window to see that the river was shrouded in a soft mist, making sunrise softer.

After such a beautiful start to the day, we settled into the downstairs lounge for Helen Smith's talk about FindMyPast and how to access their record sets. Again this is a site I subscribe to and Helen explained some very useful things, that I didn't know about.
Then Michelle Patient gave a wonderful talk on DNA, condensing a two day talk into about 21/2 hours and she gave us a link to a handout. While my head was spinning, with the complexity of how DNA works, Michelle's talk did make it easier to understand and I'm going to take a closer look at my results.
Michelle recommended Blaine T Bettinger's book, The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy, (on my to read pile). I got my copy from SAG but you can get it from Amazon in both book and Kindle forms. The book has three sections, Getting Started, Selecting a Test and Analysing and Applying Test Results.  I am looking forward to reading mine.
This took us to lunch, with a quick break to grab a coffee at morning tea.
Carol Baxter, www.carolbaxter.com  was next and she spoke about the difficulty we sometime have in finding the correct surname and gave examples of how letters can be mis-read and that gives a totally different name.
This is Carol's book and it is a really useful tool to have, when trying to find that elusive ancestor.
The day wrapped up with a group photo and lots of hugs. I had a better drive home than there, so that was good. It was a really great weekend and I know that I learnt heaps that I now have to try and apply not just to my study but my research in general.
Think about joining the  Guild of One-Name Studies or at least look at their website, it is very useful.
Bye for now,

A GoONS Weekend. Part One.

The Guild held its Surname Retreat at Juniors on Hawkesbury, Lower Portland, NSW, this past weekend and it was great. I'm relatively new to the guild and wasn't sure that this was for me. Wrong! Everyone was welcoming and I learnt heaps. Have a look at their website www.one-name.org

Friday in Sydney was windy, I'm talking about 100km+ winds in some areas, plane flights cancelled or delayed and the airport closed for a time, so it was windy. I don't like driving in wind, especially to somewhere new but of I set. Now Lower Portland is near Windsor, approximately 90mins from my place. Lower Portland is approximately 30mins from Windsor, not a short drive. I was fine until I got to the turn off and from there was frightened. A narrow, windy road, strong winds and then the road turned to gravel, not a good mix but I made it.

                                                                    Our view.

Friday's talk was from Paul Featherstone, in England and he took us on a tour of the website. I found this interesting as I am still discovering things on the site and it helped to know what they were. Some free time followed and there were lots of interesting discussions going on. This happened all of the weekend, through all of our meals and breaks, everyone was included and I found it very informative.

Woken, early by the laughter of kookaburras, I got up to film sunrise. Firstly from the room we were using for the conference, then from outside. Beautiful was the only way to describe it and for those of you, who read this regularly, you know I love sunrise.
My alarm clock! Well one of them.

Goodnight moon.

Just a hit of light.

                                                            We have sunrise!

Saturday was a full day but with the talks well spaced and plenty of time for questions, it was great. Martyn  Killion from NSW State Archives https://www.records.nsw.gov.au/ was first and he spoke on what the archives hold, how we can access them and interesting record sets. I use the site, frequently but still learnt something new, from Martyn's talk.

Heather Garnsey from the Society of Australian Genealogists,  https://www.sag.org.au/was next and she spoke on how to locate records, documents etc. in the SAG library and MIDAS collections. I should do this for my studies. I have heard Heather speak, three times, this week and have come away with something new each time.

After lunch, Jason Reeve from Ancestry spoke on how to use Ancestry, to make our searching better. I have a subscription and often get frustrated with how many search results I get, Jason explained how to search smarter, something I will try.

We then had an open forum where we talked about our study, introduced ourselves and asked questions and received advice. Some members have an amazing amount of information and I am admire them.

A decision was made to move the Skype session, down stairs and use the TV as a screen, this worked well and we ended up staying downstairs for the rest of the time.

Dr Maurice Gleeson spoke on Y-DNA and how to use it in our studies. He also explained about matches and different studies. I found it interesting, as did many others and this lead to a re-arrangement of the Sunday talks.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Researching Abroad, Day Two

Today it was all about Scottish, Irish and a bit of English records, wonderfully presented by Chris Paton. Chris is a professional genealogists, author, international speaker and a good bloke. Born in Northern Ireland, he now lives in Scotland.
Chris, busy writing.

Chris and I.

                                                    Chris, in presenter mode.
Chris presented four fantastic talks, starting with A beginner's guide to British and Irish genealogy. Now I don't class myself as a beginner but it is always great to revisit things and have them refreshed in your memory. You might also learn something new, I know I did. Chris gave an overview of important dates and while I had read about them, hearing them explained, made it gel.

Discover Scottish Church records was next and I feel that I'm finally getting an understanding of what happened in Scotland and why there mightn't be any records.

His next two talks were about Irish records, one dealing with online records, good for me as I don't see atrip to Ireland happening, soon. The next one was on land records and again, whilst I had read about the different divisions, having it explained made it sink in.

Heather from SAG, gave an overview of what we can find in their collections and how to access them.

Eric Kopittke presented the My Heritage talk, as Rosemary had a sore throat.

Living DNA had a short video on how they do their DNA tests, great as I am waiting on my results.

Dinner ended the day and it was good to sit and chat. Thank you to Alan Phillips, from Unlock The Past and Gould Genealogy for organising the two days.

Kay, from Teapot Genealogy.

The Gould Genealogy stall.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Researching Abroad. Day One

Today was day one of the Unlock The Past, sponsored genealogy feast.
Part of the audience.

Today was German research, with Dirk Weissleder presenting four informative talks. I have German ancestors and the information Dirk gave, will help me go further with my research. Giving us the German words for the different records will be very useful.

Dirk is the President of the Federation of Family Associations. He is also a genealogy consultant and national chairman of the Deutsche Arbeisgemeinschaft genealogischer Verbande  www.dagv.org  This society is the umbrella organisation for genealogy and heraldry for Germany.

Kerry Farmer gave a great talk on DNA. I have heard Kerry give similar talks but today it started to sink in. While I don't know how many connections I will find, I'm am going to try another company and compare my results and maybe make a connection.

Rosemary Kopittke gave a presentation about My Heritage. I haven't look at this site but it sounds interesting.

It was good to catch up with friends and browse the stalls. I added to my collection of books.

Momento  photo books. They are stunning.

Sylvia from Families In British India Society.

Heather from SAG. Heather also presented a talk on what the society holds for European research.

The view from the window was of Old Government House, in Parramatta Park.

It was a wonderful day and I'll do it all again, tomorrow, when Chris Paton talks about Scottish and Irish research.

Bye for now,

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Two Interesting Websites

My second last subject for my diploma is how to organise a one-name study. These two websites have been given to us to help in our assignments and they are fun to 'play' with.

I had heard of freebdm but never used it. You enter the surname, the type of entry you are looking for, birth, marriage or death OR you can do all entries and get the lot. You also pick the time frame you want and then click search. You can do just how many or full which gives you the details. I have learnt so much from just entering a surname and looking for all records.


The FreeBMD Database was last updated on Fri 4 Aug 2017 and currently contains 262,812,210 distinct records (336,300,128 total records).

World Names, is like the freedbm, except that you get a world wide distribution of the surname you are looking for, not just England. I was able to see the distribution of the two surnames, I'm starting on my one-name study. Both results were interesting, in that where I thought the name should be wasn't what came up, so I have a lot of research to do.


Have a play and see what you can learn about your surname.

Bye for now,

Total Trivia: Clothes Pegs and Coat hangers.

Hanging the washing, this morning I got to thinking, Who invented both the clothes peg and the coat hanger and when? A search of Wikipedia gave me the answers.

Clothes pegs or clothes pins, the king used for hanging washing, were patented by  Jeremie Victor Opdebec in the early 19th  century.  This design was fashioned in one piece and didn't use a spring.

The design that we use, today was invented by David M Smith of Springfield, Vermont in 1853. This was done with a small spring, wedged between interlocking wooden (or now plastic) prongs.

In 1887, Solon E Moore improved the design, with what he called a 'coiled fulcrum', what is used in todays pegs.
A wooden peg made from a single piece of wood. Sometimes called a Dolly peg.
A wooden peg with the coiled fulcrum.
Some of the plastic pegs, available today.

So thank you to  Mr Opdebed,  Mr Smith and Mr Moore for the humble peg.

Now the coat hanger; several people are credited with this objects beginning. The shape, used today, is credited to O. A. North in 1869 or  Albert J Parkhouse, in 1903, then there is Christopher Cann, in 1876, he was an engineering student at Boston University. So to who ever invented the coat hanger, thank you, with out them our wardrobes would an untidy mess!

A collection of my coat hangers, from the sturdy wooden one, the skirt hanger, a padded one, one my mum made, (orange and white one) and two different wire ones.
Bye for now,

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Can we go back to our childhood home?

  from The Legal Genealogists posted an interesting blog  about going back to your childhood home, see the link below and it got me thinking about two of my childhood homes. One I know is demolished and villas are built on it the other, well I 'explored'.


I spent the first nine and a bit years growing up in Earle Street, Arncliffe. I remember it as a good place to live, in the small street there were at least 10 kids, of varying ages, not counting the teenagers. I felt safe, was able to go and play and my mum would know where I was. I think life was simpler then. I'm not going to say safer, just that as kids we simply didn't know about the 'bad'  stuff.

I remember that the two teenage boys, across the road, would race their billycarts down the street, turning at the bottom, just before the main road. The street runs between two very busy roads and they were busy back then too. I remember the day the electricity people put in two massive posts, to hold a transformer, blasting away at the sandstone rock and us kids hanging over the fences, watching. Good memories.

To me, as a child the yard was huge and had a slight slope in it and there were two large camphor laurel trees.  The back  part was fenced of and Tilly or Milly, the kangaroos lived there. I had a sandpit, we had a lemon tree and a chook yard and an outside toilet.

Me, as a cute young thing, sitting on the steps. You can see the window behind me.
Me and Tilly or Milly.
Fast forward to 2017 and the wonderful Google Street view and I nearly cried. I knew that there had been changes as years ago I went back, with our youngest, just to have a look. The wonderful patterned verandah had been tiled over with large brown square tiles but the stained glass window was still there.

The window is still there, the sandstone foundation is still the same and so is what I sat on but...
The fence is now bricks, the driveway looks the same and there are security bars on the windows. I searched for any real estate sales and found that it had been sold back in 2012 and that they had lodged plans to build four, two bedroom villas on the property. Hasn't happened, yet but the aerial view of number four, looks like they are doing something in the back yard, there.

BUT, having looked at the real estate page I did learn some things. It was built in 1910 and the land area is 797 square meters. I then went to Trove and just entered the address and found 61 articles about things that happened either in the street or to people living in the street. It made for interesting reading, everything from weddings, to obituaries, to the sad articles about the suicide of a young man, living in the street. I found the names of two of the houses, Aberdeen and Frauenstein. Would love to know which one was Aberdeen. Frauenstein was number four.

I wont go back and visit, this exercise has dulled my memories. The house looks old and tired, maybe it is time to say good-bye.

Would you go back and visit your childhood home?

Bye for now,

Monday, 31 July 2017

Ancestral Places Geneameme

Ancestral Places Geneameme

Elsie Minnie Ironside and Frederick Charles Sigrist. My husband's side.
Alona Tester from http://www.lonetester.com/2017 started this idea, that we look at where our ancestors places of birth or where they worked.

“It doesn’t have to be where your ancestors were born, but it does have to be a place that they were associated with. For instance they lived or worked in that place.” says Alona, in her blog.

This got me thinking and using my Brother’s Keep family tree program, I did a list of places, with events attached to them. Some were vague, like Sydney or Ireland, some were precise, like Denison Street, Woollahra.

So below is a list of some of the places, associated with both the Abberton, my side and the Magill, husband’s side of our family tree and the names that go with them. I didn't get the full A-Z.

A – Ayr, Scotland, (Galbraith). Arncliffe, Sydney NSW, Aus, (Abberton.)

B – Ballinaykill, Co Galway, Ireland, (Abberton, Torp(h)y.)

       Ballarat, Vic, AUs, (Grant, McKenzie/McKay, Cameron.)

       Benenden, Kent, England (Chasmar)

      Bromley, Middlesex, ENGLAND, (Sigrist, Hutson/Hudson)

C – Cowra, NSW, Aus, (Abberton)

        Clare, SA, Aus, (Jasper)

        Chartteris, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND, (Hutson/Hudson Dust/Doust)

D – Detmold, Lippe, Germany, (Jasper)

E -  Erskineville, Sydney, NSW, Aus, (Chasmar, Vaughan, Galbraith.)

F – Fitzroy, Melbourne, Vic, Aus, (Galbraith)

G – Glebe, Sydney, NSW, Aus, (Chasmar, Vaughan.)

       Goulburn, NSW, Aus, (Abberton, Torp(h)y.)

K – Kootingal, NSW, Aus, (Magill)

L – Lippe, Germany, (Jasper)

M – Mummel, NSW, Aus, (Abberton, Torp(h)y.)

       Middlesex, England, (Vaughan, Alderidge)

N -  New Zealand, (Abberton)

S -  Scotland, (McKenzie/McKay)

T – Tamworth, NSW, Aus, (Magill, Towers.)

W - Woollahra NSW AUS, (Sigrist)


Might find some more cousins!

Bye, Lilian.                         Thomas Abberton and Mary Torp(h)y.
                                              My Great-grandparents.


Sunday, 30 July 2017

Trip Stastistics.

Thought you might like some trip statistics;...

 Air kilometres - Sydney to Uluru - 1340

                         Darwin to Sydney - 3149

 Road kilometres - Uluru to Darwin - 3461

 Total distance we travelled - 7950 (not including getting to and from the airports)

 Number of steps I walked - 133, 346

 Number of photos taken - 1672

 Trip days - 13

 Hotels - 7

 Helicopter flights - 2

 Cessna flight - 1

 Boat trips - 4

We had an amazing time.

Bird of Prey show, Alice Springs Desert Park, July 2017

The bird of prey show was wonderful but I'd taken all the good shots, on the phone and have only just worked out how to get them to the computer. These are some of the shots and you will have to look to spot the bird. They displayed Whistling Kites, Wedged-tailed Kites, Barn Owl, Magpie and the magnificent Wedge-tailed Eagle.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Part 5 Kakadu to Darwin

Up early for a flight over part of Arnhem Land and Kakadu, before we continue on into Darwin.
The flight was a bit rough as the morning had started to warm up and caused  turbulents but with the amazing views, I put up with the bumps.
The East Alligator River.

The hotel we stayed at, is near the Ranger Uraniumn mine and we go to see it from the plane. It is an open-cut mine and the company has to re-generate the landscape, once they have finished mining. So if we suddenly start to 'glow', you know why.
Another stunning view of our vast country. From the air you can easily see how people go missing and never get found. Where would you start to look?

Once we were 'On The Road, Again.' we made a short stop at Cahill's Crossing, the causeway into Arnhem Land. All manner of vehicles cross, or attempt to cross, from police paddy-wagons, semitrailers, to ordinary cars. As you can see some people don't see the danger and end up in trouble. This accident happened in about June and the guide thought that it had been a fatality. Yes, there are crocs in the river!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PIW5czdpwo   have a look at this YouTube video, of this year, so far.
Our next stop on the road to Darwin was fascinating. An Aboriginal Rock Art site, called Ubirr. The little bit that Paul and I saw was incredible!

I also learnt that there were Thylacine's on mainland Australia and that when the dingos came they whipped them out. This is a drawing of a Thylacine, done 10,000s of years ago.
Into Darwin around 4.30pm, just enough time to grab some groceries and we were off to the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets. We had a brief walk around some of the stalls but it was so crowded that we bought ice-cream, walked away from the markets and found a quite spot to sit an watch the sunset over the Timor Sea.
Off to Litchfield National Park, for our last day of the tour.
Peter and Phil organised two quick side-trips on our way in. The first was to see the castle at Bachelor and the second to see the Rum Jungle recreational reserve. I wouldn't  want to swim in the 'lake', as it glows, when viewed on the satellite map! It is also reputed to be the place to dump things that you don't want or need to get rid off. The hill is actually the old tailings site. Unique in its own way.
Termite Mounds, huge termite mounds, some taller than the coach! Pretty impressive, very hard, like cement and built by tiny termites. 
This one is called a Cathedral Termite Mound and it is easy to see why. 

These ones are Magnetic Termite Mounds and they are aligned with its main axis running north and south. The genealogist in me, thought that they looked like headstones.

A stop a Florence Falls, then on to Wangi Falls for a spot of lunch and some swam in the pool, at the bottom of the falls. The water is so clear.

Back into Darwin, we had some time before our Farwell Cruise on Darwin Harbour, so Paul and I did a walk along the parklands, near the hotel. The cruise was great and sunset was stunning. We cruised all three bays that make up the harbour, Francis, Fannie and Cullen. A great way to end our trip.
Darwin is very pretty, very modern and very hot.

Tuesday and we were on our own, well not really as some of the group had also chosen to spend another day in Darwin. We did Crocosaurus Cove and met some very large crocs. Took the hop-on-hop-off bus and saw more of the city, getting of the buss at the Waterfront, enjoying a drink and an ice-cream and them meandering back, to the hotel.

Our last Darwin Sunset.
We joined some of the group for drinks in the bar before we had drinks and nibbles in our room.

Good-bye Darwin.