Friday, October 30, 2015

FRIDAY FOSSICKING 30th October, 2015


Walter Withers

Monday 2nd November 2015

will be made available online for the very first time, 
only on Findmypast.

Simply put, it’s the most comprehensive survey ever recorded of the civil population of England and Wales. With the lives of 41 million people captured in one day in September 1939, it’s a fascinating snapshot of a nation on the eve of war.
The 1939 Register contains the names, addresses and occupationsof everyone in England and Wales at the time, and was used as the basis for rationing, identity cards and, in post-war Britain, the NHS.

* HAWKESBURY ON THE NET Church registers


Treasure Seeking in Google's Hidden Historical Newspapers  

More Sources for Historical Newspapers Online  



* TROVE, MORE THAN JUST NEWSPAPERS..People and Organisations

* FIND MY PAST NEW BLOG Stories behind the records and what else FMP has to offer



* FIND A WILL .....  GOV. UK.




Wednesday, October 28, 2015


Courtesy of the 

NSW Probate Notices now online
We all recognise that newspapers are not what they once were, and from January of last year the requirement that Probate Notices were published in the newspaper ceased. While some may still choose to publish a notice in the paper, it is now a requirement of the Supreme Court of NSW that they appear on its website. While the site is quite new, this is going to be an extremely useful tool for family historians to check for recent deaths in NSW. The easiest address to use for the site is:

You can enter quite a broad search (for example a surname) and the results screen will show you the full name of the deceased, their location, date of death and date that the application for probate was lodged. Clicking on their name (which is hyperlinked) opens a new screen which shows who applied for Probate, Letters of Administration etc.

Although you don't get additional information such as the occupation of the deceased, at least you get an indication of where they lived and the exact date of death. You can also search by a place or postcode rather than name. In time it is likely to become a useful free site for checking deaths in NSW, so it's one to add to your favourites list! Remember too it records applications for probate which occurred after 21 January 2013 and the death may have occurred much earlier; in one example we found the death actually occurred in 1979.



Have you visited any of these?

1 China: The spiral staircase
The spiral staircase on the Taihang Mountains is 91 meters high.
2 Portugal: Palace Regaleira
An interior view of the Palace of Regaleira located in Sintra, Portugal.
3 Bosnia and Herzegovina: the small town of Blagaj
The Tekija house built in the 16th century next to the source of the Buna.
4 Romania: Merry Cemetery in the village of Sapanta
The Merry Cemetery of Sapanta has Marmatie funeral wooden tombs, painted in bright colors.
Italy 5: The small island of Procida
Procida is an island and Italian town of about 10,000 inhabitants, located in the province of Naples.
6. Malta Popeye Village
It was built as a movie set in 1980 for the film Popeye (Walt Disney). Today it is open to the public as a museum.
7 Iceland: Falls Litlanesfoss
Litlanesfoss is waterfalls surrounded by basalt columns Upphéraðsvegur located in Iceland.
8 China: The mountains rainbow sky
Zhangye Danxia mountains were formed on red terrigenous sedimentary layers that have been eroding for 24 million years.
9 Italy: The Cliff Restaurant
The Cliff Restaurant (Grotta Palazzese) was built in a cave in the region of Apulia in Italy.
10 India: Chand Baori
In Rajasthan, the building dating from the 11th century is one of the first baoris (wells) that has solved the problem of lack of water.
11 USA: Bishop's Castle
In the San Isabel Forest in Colorado is a medieval castle built over 40 years ago by Jim Bishop. He began building at the age of 15 years.
12 Russia: psychedelic salt mine
At the heart of the abandoned salt mine in Yekaterinburg in Russia. There is a wealth of Carnallite disused for several years.
13 Brazil: The natural pool at the white sand Fervedouro
Near the village Mateiros is a natural pool, Fervedouro. It measures 8 feet in diameter, the water is crystal blue and the ground is white sand.
14 Italy: Craco ghost medieval village
Craco is an Italian town abandoned it a famous tourist destination and a place for film shooting.
Samoa 15: To Sua Ocean Trench
"To Sua Ocean" and a piece of paradise located in the village of Lotofaga in Samoa. The place is available to the public as bathing area.
16 Burma: The village of Bagan
Bagan is a large Buddhist archaeological site of nearly 50 square kilometers in the Region of Mandalay in the central plain of Burma.
17 Portugal: The colorful umbrellas of Agueda
In the town of Agueda in Portugal, umbrellas of different colors are present in suspension in the shopping streets.
18 Tanzania: Lake Natron
Lake Natron is an alkaline salt lake of tectonic origin endoreic present in northern Tanzania.
19 Germany: Bridge Bastei
Bastei The bridge is located in the mountains of the Elbe in Saxon Switzerland in Germany.
20 Sichuan: The Leshan Giant Buddha
The Leshan Giant Buddha is a monumental statue of Buddha carved into the cliffs of Mount Lingyun Sichuan.
21 Spain: The Alcazar of Segovia
The Alcazar of Segovia is a fortified castle, located at the end of the old city of Segovia in Spain.
22 Turkey: Tombs of Myra
In lycènes rocks are the rock tombs of the ancient city of Myra.
23 Netherlands: Fort Bourtange
Bourtange is a Dutch fortified town in the province of Groningen, which was built in 1580.
24 Bhutan: The Monastery Taktshang
Taktshang is a Buddhist monastery in Bhutan, perched on a cliff at 3,120 meters above sea level.
25 Portugal: The island of São Miguel
São Miguel is the largest island in the Azores archipelago and the most populated with an area of ​​744.6 square kilometers ..
26 Italy: Santa Maria dell'Isola
The Monastery of Santa Maria dell'Isola was built on a rocky cliff near the beach in Tropea, Italy.
France 27: The Gardens of Marqueyssac
Marqueyssac gardens - Belvedere of the Dordogne are in the town of Vézac in a historic park of 22 hectares.
28 Philippinnes: Labassin Waterfall Restaurant
This restaurant in the Philippines offers its guests the opportunity to eat with their feet in the water. An artificial waterfall was built for the occasion.
29 Iran: Mosque Nasir-ol-Molk
The Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque is a Shiite mosque in the province of Fars in Iran. It was built from 1876 to 1888 and is full of colors.
30 Russia: Pillars Nature Park in Lena
These natural stone columns measure several tens of meters high and are formed by a process of erosion.
31 Thailand The White Temple Wat Rong Khun
Wat Rong Khun is a place of worship south of Chiang Rai in Thailand.
32 Singapore: Park Gardens by the Bay
Green space with remarkable biodiversity, built for more than 625 million. This giant park measures 101 hectares and includes three gardens.
33 United States: Kansas City Library
A novel architecture for the library of Kansas City.
34 Ukraine and Russia: Mount Ai-Petri
Ai-Petri is a mountain 1,230 meters high located in the region of Yalta in the Crimea.
35 Egypt: The Library of Alexandria
The Library of Alexandria was built in 1995 and cost $ 220 million. It was inaugurated in October 2002.
36 France: Le Moulin de l'Abbaye
Le Moulin de l'Abbaye is a luxury hotel located in Brantôme-en-Perigord in the Dordogne. 
37 Peru: Huacachina Oasis
Huacachina is a village in the Ica Region in southwestern Peru.  In 1999 only 115 people lived there.
38 Mexico: The Marieta Islands
The Marieta Islands are an uninhabited archipelago off the coast of Nayarit, Mexico. It is an old military base that became a protected national park.
39 Sri Lanka: The lion rock Sigiriya
Sigiriya (Lion's Rock) is a major archaeological site, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
40 Portugal: The Fort of São João Baptista
The Fort of São João Baptista is a seventeenth century fort located on the island of Berlengas in front of the port city of Peniche in central Portugal.
41 Canada: Montreal Botanical Garden
The Montreal Botanical Garden is located in Montreal, Quebec and is one of the largest botanical gardens in the world. It was created in June 1931.
42 Thailand: Phraya Nakhon Cave
A Buddhist temple built in the middle of the cave Phraya Nakhon Thailand is illuminated by the light of heaven.
43 Western Australia: Pink Lake Middle Island
The Hillier lake on the island of Middle Island has pink water, the cause remains unexplained. It was discovered in 1802 by a British explorer.
44 South Korea: Jeju-do Island
Jeju-do is a province and a sub-tropical island of South Korea oval.
France 45: The Ark Breakthrough Chartreuse
Discovered only in 2005, the double arch of the Breakthrough Tour is located in the Alps.
46 Turkmenistan: The Gates of Hell
The gate of hell (Door to Hell) is a hotbed of natural gas burning continuously since it was lit by Soviet scientists in 1971.
47 China: The sunken city of Shi Cheng
Qiandao Lake is based in the city of Shi Cheng, about 1300 years old, it is immersed for 53 years in the deep waters.
48 Morocco: The souk of Fez
In the souk of Fez in Morocco is one of the oldest tanneries in the world.
49 U.S.: The Fly Geyser
Fly Geyser is a small geyser in Washoe County, Nevada, which gives the impression of a brown ooze greenish color.
50 Belize: The Gran Blue Hole
The Great Blue Hole is an underwater cenote off the coast of Belize. It is almost circular with a diameter of 300m and 120m deep.
51 Brazil: Mount Roraima
Mount Roraima is a South American mountain overlooking the clouds and rises to 2810 m

Thanks to
Steve Bradley & Glenn Upton

"Only when you banish the belief of the impossibility of the possible, will the impossibility become possible."