Friday, March 1, 2024



GSQ Blog
Cairns Family History newsletter incl.  details re major changes to ANCESTRY lecture, Family History for Beginners lecture etc.

National Archives UK here incl.

Outback Family History


Atlas Obscura
When California Existed as an Island  What Do You Do With a ‘Failed’ Utopia?   Is This the Fountain of Youth?  The Shocking Meals Eaten by Past U.S. Presidents   The Circuit That Launched Legends    A Desert Cathedral Revealed  Grave of Jose Perfino at Oaklawn Cemetery Grave of Ed and Lorraine Warren paranormal investigators Browse the Ultimate Guide to Scattered Body Parts   Why Would You Build a Spite Wall?  This Seat Once Belonged to John Calvin   Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party  A Greener Greenhouse? An Immigrant’s Guide to American Scams   Pick an Orange, Find a Date  How Far Would You Go to Play Sports?  The Forgotten Hovertrain of the Future  Seattle’s Oldest Chinese Restaurant Favored by Bruce Lee  Angels and Micro-Organisms Decorate This Church  A '60s Bomb Shelter-Themed Bar Exists Virtually Unchanged   Big Idaho Potato Hotel  Tasting Secret Nun Cookies Requires Patience  Step Inside a Gorgeous, Ornate Victorian Marketplace Would You Try a Sweet Described As “Edible Incense” ?    The Brewery Celebrating Indigenous Culture  16 Places for the Cheese-Obsessed   This is the Site of the World's First KFC  Liars Should Avoid the “Mouth of Truth” Italy How Big Is the World’s Largest Beaver Dam?  The Watery Grave of One Man's Dreams The Victorian-era Women Wanted for Stealing Mummies  The Weird World of Sex Under the Sea  Peek Inside England’s Secret Wild West Town  Real-World Fairy Tale Landscapes    ‘America, America’ Sculpture  Missing WWII Plane Uncovered Australia  Train Station Made for Royalty, Now No One    Replica French Villa Reborn as Theme Park  The Birthplace of the Czech Klobasnek is … TexasU.S.’s First Roadside Candy Mansion Still as Sweet as Ever The Failed Floating McDonald’s of the '80s  Ghosts for Sale to the Willing  The Unlikely Friendship Between Humans and Gators When Squirrels Were America’s Most Popular Pets Just Who Created ‘Africa’s Stonehenge’ and Why  When and Where Did Humans Evolve  The Pork Buns New Yorkers Cried Over  Heritage Village   The Secret Figures Hiding in Swiss Maps The Internet’s Oldest Unsolved Mystery Cracking the Mystery of a 1,700-Year-Old EggAn Escher-esque Bookstore....An Asian bookstore chain transformed this former 1940s movie theater into a maze-like shop with mural-filled walls and live music.  Sacrilegious Spirits or Devout Drinks? A Former ‘Castle’ of Consumption  A Secluded Village Inaccessible by Road An Ancient Cave System That Rocks A Moorish Casino Slowly Disintegrating Memorial to a Doomed Arctic Expedition


Stair na hÉireann | History of Ireland #OTD in Irish History | 26 February:

Theresa Smith

Better Reading

Penguin Books

Allen & Unwin
Body of Lies Sarah Bailey
Thanks for Having Me Emma Darragh
The Menopause Brain Lisa Mosconi PhD
The Great Housing Hijack Cameron K. Murray
Good With Money Emma Edwards
The Forest Wars David Lindenmayer
Mine is the Kingdom David Hardaker

*Vicki Adin author  ... read NEWSLETTER

* Interested? Manly Writers' Festival 14-16 March  READ MORE

from my blog...

That Moment in Time

FRIDAY FOSSICKING 23rd Feb 2024, Yorkshire's Atlantis, remembering Greek cuisine & heritage award, combustible cinema, village self sacrificed, treasure trove of documents in Limerick.. 300,000 UK farm records to be digitized, great blogs, world’s largest cheese slicer, Nazi treasure, Reno’s space whale… and more of the interesting and unbelievable… Feel free to share…

Friday, February 23, 2024


GSQ Blog "An A-Z journey through books"  Jill Ball

The National Archives UK see here incl.

Enjoy Greek cuisine and a historical talk at the iconic Niagara Cafe in NSW The Greek Herald 09/02/2024

Gundagaiʼs famous Niagara Café has undergone a superb restoration of its classic American Art Deco features, bringing the enterprise brilliantly back to its former awe-inspiring wonder and delight in the 21st century, and winning a NSW Heritage Award in the process.

In celebration, its new custodians, Luke Walton and Kym Fraser, have organised two special events featuring chef David Tsirekas and Greek café historians Effy Alexakis and Leonard Janiszewski.

The events are a Greek Street Food event on Friday, February 23 and a Greek Feast on Saturday, February 24.

Alexakis and Janiszewski will provide a casual historical introduction during the first event and a detailed formal talk during the second.

Historically, Greek-run cafes offered a new world of visual and food delight to British Australians with a taste of the American Dream – the fantasy of a lifestyle that was better, richer, fuller. These enterprises are now well-recognised as seminal to understanding the development of Australiaʼs popular culture during the 20th century.

Outback Family History


Atlas Obscura


Genealogy Ireland
variations of great find...

[Records-Access-Alerts] (UK) National Archives will Digitize 
300, 000 Farm Records

The (UK) National Archives announced they will digitize the National Farm Survey (MAF 32  and MAF 73) resulting from a gift from the Lund Trust.

The 1941 National Farm Survey is one of the most comprehensive records of land that we hold in our collection and is a window in time on the UK’s agriculture and land use in the middle of the Second World War. Containing extensive data on over 300,000 English and Welsh farms, the survey is among the most-requested record series at The National Archives… This project will digitize the series in full and create a new digital cataloguing arrangement to make each farm searchable online.”

To read the announcement go to:


Always Interesting
The Legal Genealogist  The unavailable SS-5    Get a GRIP for 2024

Dreams and Adventures at Cosy Cottage Signs of spring   A Sunday stroll amongst the snowdrops
Anne's Family History Ariel
Stair na hÉireann | History of Ireland  #OTD in Irish History | 19 February:

Theresa Smith

Better Reading

and from my blog...

That Moment in Time

FRIDAY FOSSICKING 16th Feb 2024, great selection of books to read, “ Who in the family will take my family history notes?”, Australian War Memorial…newsletter.. focussing on Greek genealogy plus, prospects for United Ireland, Chinese Australian History, 1,000 year long exposure photo, macabre chapel of bones, 

Birds that guide the dead, great blogs..and so much more..