Friday, January 24, 2020


Edwin Stockqueler (1829-1900) - Public DomaiAn Australian Gold Diggings, oil on canvas


Discovering My Roots in Ireland: Jay Cashman   Boston Magazine

ABC News: Meet the 14-year-old defying the odds and running his own free-range egg empire

The British Royal Family: Princesses of Wales Historian Ruby

Australian Gravestone Symbols  Billion Graves


The ScotlandsPeople Newsletter January 2020  almost 13,000 new images online

I Love Bello Shire  incl. Backchat- Pia Etteldorf, OBF Cafe   Protecting our Rivers & the Endangered Bellinger River Snapping Turtle

Australian War Memorial   eMemorial  New Director, exhibitions...

The ScriBbleR  Stella Budrikis  Guildford  plus a lot more

Judy Webster..Genealogist  .. lots of great hints, some freebies...
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Federation of Australian Historical Societies.. here     incl. online course for digital skills

Find My Past

1939 Register update   British Armed Forces, First World War Soldiers' Medical Records

United States, National Veterans Cemetery Index    Search all newspapers

real history behind Sam Mendes' blockbuster 1917.

Kent Baptisms      Kent Marriages and Banns     Kent Burials    British Army Service Records

Understanding parish records  Watch..      Explore our Kent collection

Colin Firth's family tree      Benedict Cumberbatch's family history.


Robert Brandom, a Philosopher's Philosopher     How Medieval Surgeons Shaped Sex and Gender

The Fear That Synthesizers Would Ruin Music  The Great Animation Strike

Insect Jewelry of the Victorian Era   3 Women Philosophers of the Enlightenment

Hitchcock's Transition from London to Hollywood

Anglo-Celtic Connections

The 15 best websites for 18th century UK family history    Kingston Lower Burial Ground Project

Genealogists and Historians Use of Digital Cameras: Poll Results Victorian Industrial Library

The Bytown Museum’s First Century   Which Site for Canadian Censuses?

Dick Eastman Celebrates     History of English Places App     Sunday Sundries

 Lost Children of the Carricks: Defying the Great Irish Famine to Create a Canadian Legacy

GENE-O-RAMA 2020   How the Irish Public Record Office burned

Outback Family History

What Happened in Boulder Cemetery???    The Return of the Prospector- a verse

The Brennan Brothers Marry –    BLACK FLAG – ghost towns 

Lawrence Graham DOW – grave tales    The Binduli Bloodhouse:    The Desert Warriors – 1973

But What’s The Use – Henry Lawson    From Wheat to Gold – Edwards Find

Heroism at the Golden West Mine:


The Story of How Humans Came to the Americas Is Constantly Evolving

Archaeologists Excavate 200 More Chinese Terracotta Warriors

Church Unearthed in Ethiopia Rewrites the History of Christianity in Africa

Start of 2020 Ushers Thousands of Once-Copyrighted Works Into the Public Domain

The Oldest Person in the World Turns 117  Eighteen Podcasts to Listen to in 2020

A Massive New Database Will Connect Billions of Historic Records to Tell the Full Story of American Slavery

4,000-Year-Old Guide to the Ancient Egyptian Underworld May Be Oldest Illustrated 'Book'

Atlas Obscura

Ancient Hunting Toys     ‘Stuck Gates Scottish Borders, Scotland.. why?

The Great Christmas Dinner   Falling for Rocks   Crop-Growing Monoliths  Glacial Castle

Cottages in Disguise  .. what next?  Bunnyhenge   Capturing Birds in Flight    Moo Moods

C’mon Down to Book Town Video  Trippy Black-Light Murals     Mythical Door

Troop Beverly Hills       Paris’s Legendary Film Archive   Concrete Failure      Haint Blue’

The Last Blockbuster     Missing Grave   Witch Hunt Memorial   Forever Ash

Always Interesting...

This week, I am just going to list one each of some of the many blogs I follow... hopefully, Friday Fossicking will be back to normal soon...
In no particular order...

Christmas in Outback Queensland - Love in a little black diary

All The Spitalfields Parties Of Yesteryear  the gentle author

Wrapping up 2019  Textile Ranger

Note to self: get organized!   The Legal Genealogist

Click on the Cat  Carmel's Corner

The Black and Tans and Auxiliaries – An Overview   The Irish Story

Monday Genea-Pourri - Week Ending 12 January 2020   Genea-Musings

Matty Maher: A Legend  Maher Matters

An instruction for my executors  Geniaus  love this one...

Cherry Blossom Walk, Washington D.C.  Wunderlusttwins

The Lace-Smuggler’s Narrative: 1858  Mrs Daffodil Digresses

#OTD in 1785 – Richard Crosbie became the first person to make a manned flight in Ireland.
Stair na hÉireann

Did You Comment Today?  humoringthegoddess

Marks Hyamovitch Revisited & Tracked  Branches On Our Haimowitz Family Tree

Light Keepers: Empowering Women with Family History Experiences  FamilySearch Blog

Milton Goldsmith’s Family Album, Part XV: Childhood Memories  Brotmanblog: A Family Journey

The Confusing Sign  allenrizzi

Give a Little, Gain a Lot Frugal Family Historian

Digital Discoveries: Review of Leora’s Letters  Liz Gauffreau

Solve Your Genealogy Brick Wall  kindredpast


WATCH: Saoirse Ronan’s Irish mammy had the best reaction to her daughter's Oscar nom 

St. Patrick’s Festival 2020 announce more music events  

WATCH: This 89-year-old has been teaching Irish dancing in Australia for 75 years 

In memory of a kind Irishman who deserved better 

WATCH: Irish dancing meets Beyoncé in this exciting “The Greatest Dancer” audition 
On her way to sainthood, Cork-born venerable Mary Aikenhead born on this day in 1787  

Irish master playwright Teresa Deevy's life and legacy 

Irish-American man kills coyote with his bare hands, saves son's life  

Ireland's largest trad music festival kicks-off celebrating 15 years 

Prohibition and Irish whiskey: the amendment that almost collapsed an entire industry  

Remembering Lily Kempson, the longest surviving rebel from the 1916 Easter Rising 

Irish tourist attraction of the week: The Céide Fields 

The "Famine Queen" Victoria died on this day in 1901 


Theresa Smith Writes...

#BookBingo2020 – Round 1: Set in a time of war

Book Review: Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Book Review: Springtime – A Ghost Story by Michelle de Kretser

Book Review: The Diamond Hunter by Fiona McIntosh

Book Review: American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

Book Review: The Girls with No Names by Serena Burdick

Life According to Literature Tag

Book Review: Miss Austen by Gill Hornby

The Week That Was…

I Should Have Read That Book Tag

 Better Reading

Book of the Week: In the Clearing by J.P. Pomare

Book of the Week: Deep State by Chris Hauty

The Paris Model by Alexandra Joel

Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

The Lost Love Song by Minnie Darke

and from my blogs....

As They Were

IGP additions Dec 2019-Jn 2020, Belfast, Cavan, Dublin, Mayo, Meath, will with Dublin connections, wills for Clare..

Headlines of Old

DESERTING WIVES AND FAMILIES......Trove Tuesday  21 Jan 2020
Australian Government Gazettes, Deserting Wives and Families…Trove Tuesday
21st Jan 2020, detailed descriptions and information..

Friday, December 20, 2019


Edwin Stockqueler (1829-1900) - Public DomaiAn Australian Gold Diggings, oil on canvas


82 Vintage Cookbooks, Free to Download, Offer a Fascinating Illustrated Look at Culinary and Cultural History | Open Culture

Murray State University dedicates Smith-Johnson Genealogy and History Room Murray Ledger and Times

Australia Calling: A look at 80 years of Radio Australia and ABC international broadcasting - ABC News

Bodhi Farm and other countercultural communities live like the 1970s never ended - ABC News

Ladies of the Land are delivering thousands of care packages to women in drought-affected areas - ABC News

Go trainspotting inside one of Australia's largest private model railway train collections - ABC News

Abacus making a return to boost maths skills and cultural connections for NSW students - ABC News

Margaret Hendry School's first year has been all about flipping the classroom on its head - ABC News

 Urunga RFS milk note saga has a post-script | The Bellingen Shire Courier Sun

Andersons Creek fire is quiet but hotspots still detected | The Bellingen Shire Courier Sun

* A little more time  The Legal Genealogist  URGENT

Forming consent  The Legal Genealogist

Win a Free RootsTech 2020 Pass  Fran Kitto

* 45 places you can download tens of thousands books, plays and other literary texts completely legally for free – nothing in the rulebook

Whatever happened to Hindenburgh McHugh?  John Grenham

* The brand new Western Australia Museum is completed...Read more about the New Museum for WA… you can keep up with all the news and events .. Like our new Facebook page

* Templates, the Hidden Gem of Evernote | Evernote | Evernote Blog


I Love Bello Shire incl.  
The Quiet Achiever- Libby Park 

Visit Brisbane incl. 
Brisbane International   Brisbane Comedy Festival

FAHS Newsletter  Family of Australian Historical Societies

Visit Britain incl. Top film and TV locations in the Highlands   A Last Christmas festive tour of 

Family History Bulletin registry of BDM, QLD ....

Saying “goodbye” to the beloved and well-worn old family history research service was never going to be easy. For 7 years, it has been of great value to so many in their search to complete their family tree.

On Wednesday 1 January 2020, the old service will be closing—so join the family tree researchers using the updated service, visit
New records

The new year means new records! 

We will be releasing the following years:
  • 1920 Births
  • 1945 Marriages
  • 1990 Deaths
These will be available from midday on 1 January 2020.

 Just a sample of the stories you can find in the newsletter... 

Kate Doran: the anguish of an Irish immigrant


 Administration Files This series documents some of the major functions of the Police Department between 1870 and 1996.

Registers of Letters Patent  The letters patent include Commission's of Appointment to Governmental office such as the Executive Council and other positions including Commissioners, Crown Prosecutors and the judiciary.

Opening Lands for Prospecting Files _ Files contain correspondence between applicant, district Mining Warden and Mines Department regarding granting of leases within areas of mineral potential

Specifications Civil and Mechanical (Queensland Rail Heritage Collection)

Maryborough Leases (Queensland Rail heritage collection)

Parcel Stamps issued by rail stations (Queensland Rail Heritage Collection)





Abandoned Football Stadium sad history A Magician’s Dog Scotland  Corn Seen From Space

21 Overlooked Buildings   A Bridge for the Elite Mexico   To Unroll a Scroll

These Cakes Are a Big Deal   Japan   Cold War Memories  What Is ‘Treasure’? Ask the Coroner

The Curious, Unfinished Quilt    Abandoned Airport Florida    Enchanting Pearls
Brain Freeze   Antacrtica  New York's Disappearing Sunken Forest  Video   Hotels for Seahorses

A Seafaring Cat Sydney  Great Train Graveyard Bolivia  Mystery Solved  sea lilies

Living Bridges’  India         The Shifting Stone Argentina


Not Just the Presidents Wife – Lou Henry Hoover        Ripping Yarns and Tragic Tales – Miners       

Sisters of the Church High School:      When the Children Come Home – by Henry Lawson


The Legal Genealogist

The Gentle Author

Mrs. Daffodil Digresses


Wanderlust Twins  images


Faerie Paths — Believe   Crystal   Revel in the Arts   Faerie Paths — Look

Brotmanblog: A Family Journey

Ella Goldschmidt Sigmund’s Last Three Children: Henrietta, Joseph, and Mollie

It’s Time for Romper Room! Do You Remember the Magic Mirror?

The Frugal Family Historian

Free Apps for Family History On The Go!

Eltham District Historical Society

OTD: Farewell Eltham, Happy Birthday Nillumbik; 15 Dec 1994

OTD: “The game’s on!” Wild Gunfight at Commercial Bank, Eltham, 15 Dec 1949

Stair na hÉireann

#OTD in Irish History – 16 December:


Sepia Saturday: 500 weeks

Anne's Family History

Trove Tuesday: 1905 Bushfire precautions | Anne's Family History

Pauline Connolly


The Irish Story

The Army Mutiny of 1924 and the Opening of the Army Inquiry Papers

Diary of an Australian Genealogist

Saving & Writing Family History, BDA Online Update & Other News- Genealogy Notes 22 Nov - 14 Dec 2019


State-of-the-art visitor center opens at Newgrange just in time for the Winter Solstice

WATCH: Irish Canadians react to discovery of Famine-era bone fragments in Montreal 

Saoirse Ronan lights up the screen in delightful "Little Women" 

WATCH: Niall Horan gets in the Christmas spirit with Jimmy Fallon 

Why Scorcese’s The Irishman disappoints 

What did the Irish google in 2019? From Brexit to pansexuals 

The history of Irish Christmas traditions 

Dublin photography hot spots to discover in 2020

A hard Christmas it was in London in the 1960s 

Irish Famine artifacts sought for 175th anniversary Dublin exhibition 

11 things you probably didn’t know about Ireland during the holidays 

Spectacular Irish 19th-century church goes on the market for $190 

Irish photographer captures wintertime in Ireland like you've never seen it before 

Christmas miracle for cancer-struck Irish families with thanks to anonymous donations 

Galway-Mayo students top Ireland's iTunes Christmas chart charity hit 

Irish cat miraculously escapes after being trapped in glass jar for five days 

Feel the Christmas time magic in Dublin city center 

LISTEN: Ed Sheeran's cover of The Pogues' Fairytale of New York 

Montreal Mayor refuses to consider honoring Irish Famine dead with REM station 

The Irish who dug the tunnels for New York’s subway system 

Only in Ireland! Hiker hospitalized having been struck by falling sheep 

The best places in Ireland to celebrate Christmas 

Irish pub wins Christmas with sweetest pint-delivering drone ad 

A glimpse inside Ireland's historic ghost villages 

Why I’m no longer staying quiet about my battle with prostate cancer 

Is Maureen O’Hara’s Miracle on 34th Street the greatest Christmas movie ever? 

UNESCO recognize traditional Irish harp music as a unique art 

The ten best Irish Christmas food and drink treats  

Roz Purcell's Christmas nutty mince pie recipe 

How to make homemade Irish cream 


‘A Hopeless and Thankless job’ The Dispensary Doctor in Ireland    The Irish Story

Almond Bread (Biscotti) - Love in a little black diary

Best toy ever  The Legal Genealogist

Telling the Story of You  kindredpast

Preparing Your Family History Records for Handover – Month 1 progress report | Shauna Hicks History Enterprises

Cobbles  Shelley


Theresa Smith

The Week That Was…

15 Best Books of the Decade… according to me 

I've only read two, with four others on my list T.B.R.  How many have you read?    
Read..The Good People ....Hannah Kent (also Burial Rites ....Hannah Kent) and Light Between Oceans..M.L. Stedman..

On my T.B.R. list are Becoming Mrs. Lewis ... Patti Callahan   The Wild Girl ...Kate Forsyth
We are all made of Stars... Rowan Coleman   Euphoria... Lily King..   none in my library as yet.

Book Review: Remembering Bob by Sue Pieters-Hawke

Book Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Top Reads for 2019

#aww2019 Wrap Up

Better Reading

Joy to the (Book) World! Our New Website has Launched

Book of the Week: The Girl in the Painting by Tea Cooper

The Lost Summers of Driftwood by Vanessa McCausland

The Drover's Wife by Leah Purcell

Podcast: A Powerful, Moving Conversation with Christos Tsiolkas

Podcast: Joy Rhoades on Living Overseas While Setting her Novels in Australia

Podcast: Tara Moss Talks Life, Being a Private Investigator and her New Novel, Dead Man Switch

Liz Gauffreau

Adelaide Authors: Review of Redlined

and from my blogs...

That Moment in Time

Human Books, when snakes had legs, Cornwall burials, 2 chances…Win ROOTS TECH pass, 800 libraries closed, Scottish Irish ties, likely mass graves in Cherbourg, authorities to control household solar systems?, UK deaths 2007-2017, Don’t bury the family bible, more Irish Graves, The ‘Sistine Chapel’ of Egypt, Valley of Death - Russia, Don’t Play in the Bubbles, several Christmas stories, great blogs, so much more to enjoy… Feel free to share..

Headlines of Old

UNCLAIMED LETTERS.. DEC. 1847 ,  TROVE TUESDAY Dec 16, 2019, hundreds of names, some have details such as ‘convict’, ship’s names, occupations…

As They Were


Yes, this is a Bumper Issue… 
Friday Fossicking is taking a break for a few weeks..
I would like to thank you all for your continued support..since June 2011..I look forward to many years to come.

Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.. and please spare a thought for all those who are missing loved ones, those who are battling ill health, disasters, loneliness and problems they don’t share.

We can give all of them the gift of a smile.. costs us nothing and lasts a lifetime..
Back in January!