Friday, October 6, 2017

FRIDAY FOSSICKING 6th October, 2017



J. Miller MARSHALL (22 November 1858 - 12-Jun-1935)                                                                               
Dead in Minehead, England.  PUBLIC DOMAIN.


Vineyard home has 100 years of memories, family history | Vineyard News |

'What's new? page at John Grenham's Irish Ancestors site.

The dead are no longer entitled to secrets – John Grenham – Irish Roots

Photographer Travels Around The Globe To Capture The Beauty Of Doors And Windows

The Photo Detective, Maureen Taylor, recommends this free software  add watermark to photos

Street Photography | Sydney Living Museums  Request

I Love Bello Shire   Bellingen, NSW

Catalonia and Ireland  The Irish Story ... Catalonia comparison

Fatal Utterances  GeniAus

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced today, October 2, that beginning October 1  through January 2, 2018,   it will  transition the processing of USCIS genealogy requests from Washington DC to the USCIS National Records Center in Lee's Summit, Missouri. The reason give is to improve efficiency and decrease wait time for USCIS Genealogy Program customers.  There will be no change in process of requesting or receiving responses.

The USCIS Genealogy Program is a fee-based service.  To learn more about the service, its fees and how to request records  see:

The (US) Library of Congress launched the Federal Courts Web Archive.  It provides archival coverage of the websites of the federal judiciary which includes: U.S. Supreme Court, federal appellate courts, trial courts, U.S. District Courts,  U.S. Bankruptcy Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces  and other tribunals.  Many of these courts could hold information of interest to genealogists. Information found on the website includes: transcripts, announcements, judicial biographies, dockets, slip opinions. It appears as if the initial date for archiving materials was 2000, with many starting in 2002.

A listing of the types of cases heard by the federal courts is listed at:

To access the Federal Courts Web Archive go to:

The IAJGS Records Access Alert reported on September 17 about the proposal from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene proposal on restricting access to birth and death records by imposing a 125 year embargo on birth records and 75 year embargo for death records once they are transferred to the NYC Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS).  The Municipal Archives is within DORIS.  This is similar to the 2011 Model Vital Records Act which imposes a 125 year embargo on birth records, 75 years for death, and 100 years for marriage records.  A hearing is scheduled for October 24, 2017  and written comments are invited and must be received by October 24, 2017 5:00PM ET. With about 50% of all immigrants to the US entering through Ellis Island in  New York City almost everyone, regardless of ethnicity, has an ancestral  tie to New York City and should be concerned about this proposal.  If this passes we will undoubtedly see this type of restricted access proposal spread across the United States.

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society is taking the leadership role on behalf of the genealogical community.  They have placed a "landing page" on their website, including a video and a petition to sign:

Please visit  the landing page and see draft suggested letters and sign the petition.

If you are part of a genealogical society please share this information with your members.

IAJGS will be sending its own letter of opposition to the NYC Board of Health.  

Marriage records are not covered by the NYC Department of Health but by the City Clerk's Office and therefore marriage records are not affected by the proposed regulation.

Records currently at DORIS (birth records up to 1909 and death records to 1949) are not affected by the proposed rule.

Anglo-Celtic Connections

PLEASE NOTE... Beware genealogy credit card phishing scheme

Outback Family History

The Church of St Luke -people and places

Macumba shipwreck found in Arafura Sea more than 70 years after sinking in Japanese air raid - ABC News

Family tree hunters and history buffs may save Wilcannia cemetery it from ruin - ABC News

Wanted: Outdoor dunnies and thunderboxes for Brisbane museum - ABC News

FamilySearch's New Web Tool Makes Ancestry Records Easier to Find

FindMyPast extends search filter options to counties IrishGenealogyNews

Your guide to exploring Brisbane's islands

Brisbane Open House

Valley Fiesta

Win an adventure weekend away for six!

State Library of Qld... newsletter now online only

Ghost and ghoul hunting with Adelaide's resident paranormal historian Allen Tiller

From generation to generation – The Crotty family farm, Co. Clare

"Farming is our passion" Crowleys in West Cork

Peter Kay tells steamy story of Warburtons' family history in 'Pride and Breadjudice'

Seek out an elusive ancestor with Tomaree Family History Group
Port Stephens

Many events taking place around South Canterbury this weekend  NZ Timaru Herald

Writers Group: Ancestors help connect us to bigger picture   Sioux Falls Argus Leader

Genealogy Today: Family history help closer than you think   Green Valley News

'I want to document life as it is now as a source for the future'       Irish Times        

Frankie Meyer: Newspapers key sources for ancestor's continental migrations  Joplin Globe


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Irish Newspapers  Portadown Times Co Armagh, Northern Ireland


Red Cross Society in Queensland | Queensland's World War 1 Centenary

Wirreandah Wandering: In Control

Where 'ere I Wander - Journeys of a Genealogist: A Visit to Rookwood Necropolis

The Tower in My Grandparents' Garden - Places in our Lives     FamilyHistory4u

and from my blogs...

That Moment in Time

Friday Fossicking 29th Sept, 2017

FREE access family tree webinars-ends soon, Kokoda veterans, Indigenous Canadians, Cornish Emigrants American Civil War, Google Books for family history, Magdalene Laundry, White Lady of Kinsale, ex Virginia slave died a Galway Boxer, Dublin electoral rolls, Qld Births 1829-1919, Adelaide Duel, St. Matthew's Windsor bicentenary, Ireland’s tidiest village, escape from Rangoon, slavery-lynchings-fancy china..Turner family history, Jewish genealogical studies, Family History Conference brings tourism $$$, Cuban heritage, and much more…

St. Matthew's Anglican Church Windsor NSW - 200 Years, Church on the Hill exhibition, Hawkesbury Art Gallery, Hawkesbury Regional Museum, photo Silas Wood/Neta Bushell, 

Irish Graves

Avenel Cemetery, Victoria ( thanks to Karen King-Cain)

Additions to Field of Mars Cemetery, Ryde NSW (thanks to Noelene Harris)

Additions to Priest Lawn, Rookwood… various counties  (thanks to Noelene Harris)

Additions to Priest’s Graves, Rookwood… not in Priest Lawn..  (thanks to Noelene Harris)
Various counties

Addition to Capella/Peak Downs Qld

The Back Fence of Genealogy


As They Were

Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Fermanagh, Kildare, Kilkenny, Longford, Mayo, Monaghan & Fermanagh, Roscommon, Sligo,Tipperary, Tyrone, Wexford. Wicklow, IGP Archives Sept. 2017,

6th Blogiversary, As They Were, Irish news, transcriptions, clippings, stories, history, family reunions, biographies, BDMs, and more...

Headlines of Old

The Great Famine 1845-1852 ...The Aftermath Trove Oct. 2. 2017, Orphan Girls, emigration, official end of the Great Famine, solutions that were offered, extra reading, The Irish Letter Writer, 

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