Friday, January 14, 2022



Panning by S.T. Gill

I hope you all had a great Festive Season..let's hope that this year is kinder to us all.. Welcome back.


AMONG THE TOMBS  Windsor & Richmond Gazette 26 Sep 1930. Interesting Reading

Queenslander House | House Histories | Queensland

13 Sep 1934 - "DIFFICULT" BEQUESTS - Trove Thanks to Noelene Harris
DESPATCH  newsletter of Public Record Office Victoria incl. 

The 2021 issue of Provenance is now online

Seven new research articles available. full list of records, here.

Local History Grants Program ext. to Feb 7th apply now & lots more..

COVID-19 measures at Queensland State Archives. 


Reading Room closed to the public from 10 – 21 January 2022

You can still access all our online services:
The ScriBbler    Stella Budrikis. Always interesting..

TROVE additions to newspapers plus coming soon...

Irish genealogical association's new president is long-term Who Do You Think You Are? advisor 

IrishGenealogyNews: Irish genealogy, history and heritage events, January 2022 Claire Santry

The latest articles at Tinteán Magazine...

A Tale of Two Malahides   Keneally, A Man for the Ages

Paul Strzelecki, Hero in Australia and Ireland

Sunburnt Irish A-Z and more....

The Treaty Debates: December 14 1921- January 7 1922   The Irish Story

Outback Family History

Employees on Tramways – 1908 to 1960   

Gus Thorn – pioneer profile           The Heat Wave – a verse

Atlas Obscura

New Year, New Places    'Svampen'  Sweden  Pirate Women

The Unclaimed Baggage Center podcast  Abandoned Fairy Village

Rescue Within a Rescue    Eduard Bohlen Shipwreck   Nambia    

Snake Rock Connecticut        Japan’s ‘Ghost Houses’  

Hidden Beach Mexico   17th-Century Dating Practices

Long-Lived Memorial Flowers    The Gates of Hell Turkmenistan         

A Bananas Quest  Cheapside Plane Tree The World’s Youngest Desert

The Woman Preserving Baltimore’s Black History Rait Castle

25 Places Reborn Through Graffiti  Kaliningrad Oblast

The Original McDonald’s French Fry   A Fairy Tale Ghost Town

Fishy Bunkers The Old Gibson Guitar Factory


50 Years Later: The Evolution of Prison Policy   

Eight Women Astronomers You Should Know 

“Where There's Drink, There's Danger”   How the Maya Kept Time

A Weed is But an Unloved Flower 

Anglo-Celtic Connections

The Ontario Ancestors  (OGS) Virtual Conference to be held June 24- 26, 2022

Annual Update to Scotland's BMD Records   Sunday Sundries

Always Interesting

Please note - as there are so many great posts written by so many great bloggers, I will only be posting one per author per week. Do wander through others written by these authors as they are well worth reading/following.

Shauna Hicks History Enterprises

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Week 1 Foundations - Thomas Price - 

Black Raven Genealogy (Dara McGivern)

2021 in Review – Accentuate the Positive

Stair na hÉireann (History of Ireland)

#OTD in 1929 – Brian Friel, playwright and author of Dancing at Lughnasa, is born near Omagh, Co Tyrone.


Accentuate the Positive Geneameme 2021 - Responses


Another Year read all the way through 

The Legal Genealogist 

Loving the bad boys…

Humoring the Goddess

Have You Started Being Creative Yet This Year?

The Gentle Author

Margaret Rope’s East End Saints


Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Your Ancestor Score for 2022

Anne's Family History

Portmore Lodge, Cheltenham

The Frugal Family Historian

Help for Using the 1921 Census

Brotmanblog: A Family Journey

The Children and Grandchildren of Caroline Blumenfeld Hoxter: Leaving Germany


Ancestors in Cork? New online records lets you find their graves 

Heroic Irish father drowns after saving sons in Australia

More Irish family records become available online for free

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

Search for Sir Ernest Shackleton's Endurance to begin next month

Irish-American woman reveals how Irish pub owner saved father's life

Watch: Celtic Woman's incredible rendition of "Wild Mountain Thyme"

The ancient stone circles and dolmens scattered across Ireland 

Donegal bar turns brilliant "COVID fine jar" into a charity fundraiser

1 million Irish infected with Covid since start of pandemic

The legendary Danny Moloney, philanthropist and founder of Liffey Van Lines, passes

Three Dublin pubs where you're sure to find authentic Irish trad music


Ragbag on road- Maldon Historical Ragbag

An echo of Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’!     Pauline Connolly 

More searching tips, RootsTech 2022 & Other News: My Week in Genealogy 1-7 January 2022    Diary of an Australian Genealogist

Following the Trail of An Old Ax-head TextileRanger

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cutting Cable Humoring the Goddess

Good friend to Australia died penniless Samantha Anne Elley

Family update 2022    In Days Gone By


Theresa Smith

The Week That Was…

Book Review: Scary Monsters by Michelle de Kretser

Book Review: The Furies by Mandy Beaumont

The Week That Was…

Book Review: The Maid by Nita Prose

Better Reading

Book of the Week: Murder Most Fancy Kellie McCourt

The Last Beekeeper by Siya Turabi

Clouds on the Horizon by Penelope Janu

Podcast: Morris Gleitzman on Ending His Popular Once Series

Podcast: Fleur McDonald on Writing Rural Fiction

Books for Lazy Days at the Beach

Books to Get Swept Up In

Books that Tell Amazing True Stories

Books Full of Drama and Intrigue

The Long Weekend by Fiona Palmer

Beautiful Little Fools by Jillian Cantor

Since We Last Met by Bronwyn Sell

Podcast: Charlotte Wood on What Art and Artists Teach Us

and from my blogs..


LAST IGP Archives UPDATE FOR 2021...... Jan 1 2022, Donegal, Dublin, Fermanagh, Meath, Monaghan…Please share, the title is the link.. 

Many thanks to all who volunteer to create this invaluable source of records… free to all..

That Moment in Time

FRIDAY FOSSICKING 7th Jan 2022, something new, suggested pages, want your story told?.. You can be a guest blogger..

FF returns in full on Jan 14th… subscribe free.. 😄

Feel free to share, the title is the link…

Headlines of Old

TROVE TUESDAY 11th Jan 2022... MEMORIES   some more popular posts ... Trove Tuesday returns in full on 18th Jan 2022.. If you wish to subscribe you can do so via the Subscribe image in the side column.

Feel free to share, the title is the link..

Keep safe and well.
This will pass.

Friday, January 7, 2022



panning by S. T. Gill

Introducing you to the new image for 2022

Have you visited the following pages?




The latter is available for guest writers.. do you have a story to tell?

I'd love to hear from you. You can contact me via comments .. as they all moderated, I am the only one who sees them till/if I publish them, so your details won't be shown to anyone else.

Friday Fossicking returns on Friday 14th...

a bumper issue...

Friday, December 31, 2021



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

A few of the most popular weekly posts...





Have you wandered through some of the other pages in this blog? To do so, just click on the titles..

Many thanks for your continued support over the last ten and a half years... You can see the list of all my blogs in the side column... You're welcome to follow...

Happy and Healthy New Year

to all..

Friday, December 17, 2021



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


GSQ blog Christmas in the Workhouse Bev Murray

FAHS.. Federation of Australian Historical Societies incl.  

Why Do Indigenous Histories Matter        Local History at Fabrik, SA

Why History Matters to The Law   Heritage and Emotion in Heritage

Ireland Newsletter
  • Caílte MacRónáin - The Fastest Man in Ireland go
  • Ancient Christmas Traditions in Ireland go
  • 'The Purple Hills' by Shaun Ivory go
Eltham District Historical Society

National Library of Australia read here incl.


Atlas Obscura

Find My Past


A Genealogist In The Archives

Finding Christmas in the Archives

The Gentle Author

Chapter 2. Horrid Murder     The Lantern Slides Of Old London

Walk Through Time With The Gentle Author

The Lives Of George Lansbury & Will Crooks

Readings At Midwinter    Chapter 3. The Burial Of The Victims

Humoring the Goddess

Faerie Paths — Roads  Sunday Evening Art Gallery — Fountain Pens

Overload on a Monday Morning 

Sunday Evening Art Gallery — Viktor Schramm

Dreams and Adventures at Cosy Cottage

NaNoWriMo Writing Challenge Update


Thump, Thump!   Simplicity  Happy Birthday Son  Fly Away

When It Was Time To Say Goodbye It Could Always Be Worse


Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 4 to 10 December 2021

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Your 2021 "Dear Genea-Santa" Letter

Best of the Genea-Blogs - Week of 5 to 11 December 2021

Genealogy Pot-Pourri - Week Ending 13 December 2021

Stair na hÉireann

Christmas in Ireland

The Irish Story

The Wiggan’s Patch Massacre, Pennsylvania, 1875

The Legal Genealogist

A gift for Keystone State researchers    Freedom’s first guarantee

In Days Gone By..

The lot of the spinster 

Brotmanblog: A Family Journey

The Family of Ernst Blumenfeld Escaped to America (And His Widow Married My Cousin from Jesberg)

Tales from the Graves

 Abused by husband, but a winner in court

Diary of an Australian Genealogist




Theresa Smith

Better Reading

Allen & Unwin

Red Tail Skies  Jim Eames

and from my blogs...

That Moment in Time

FRIDAY FOSSICKING Dec 10th 2021, 500 graves moved, library book returned 110 years late, Greek Australians image, a night in an Irish castle, Women's Land Army, Kent burials, predatory worms, 

Moose milk, the deadliest lake, excavating Hawaiian history, ghost forest, chop suey history, Paul Bunyan’s gravesite, great reviews, police admin. files, more Irish famine orphans stories, Ireland’s ancient druids, great blogs, convict clippings, and a whole lot more..

Headlines of Old

ABSCONDED CONVICTS  Trove Tuesday 14th Dec 2021,   great descriptions, occupations, details on ship of arrival, some give reasons for transportation, where absconded from, rewards offered…


Image courtesy of clipart-library

Friday Fossicking is taking a few weeks break.

It will return on 14th January 2022..

In the meantime, you can still follow via this site, with the most popular editions, each week.

Though I won't be posting in individual groups,

subscribers will still receive weekly posts.

Thank you all for your support and comments.

Wishing you all a safe, peaceful and happy festive season.