Friday, November 24, 2017




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


Irish civil bmd records: latest on the recent upload  Claire Santry 

 Big Savings on Genealogy DNA Kits Alona Tester

07 Aug 1909 - Some Queenslanders of Bygone Days - Trove

Irish Genealogy church & civil records

New content has been added to the 'What's new? page at John Grenham's Irish Ancestors site.

Cemeteries  Australia's older cemeteries

I Love Bello Shire      Bellingen and surrounds, NSW

Victorian Places  Australia

Did Old King Coal Kill in Your Family History?

Ontario Records Online: Survey Results

22% Less Digitization at LAC?

Saudi Arabia: Ancient structured discovered in desert

What can the Mungo Man still teach us about ancient Australia?

Pylos Combat Agate ‘masterpiece’ found in Griffin Warrior tomb 

'City of Ghosts’ found floating in ocean

'Selling death': Australia cemeteries get new lease of life | SBS News

The Islands of Ireland: Scattery Island off Kilrush Co Clare | Irish Examiner

Retracing Chinese Australian family history and colonial settlement of regional New South Wales - ABC News 

Local History Society means family history help not far away | Cootamundra Herald

Family history site Ancestry rejects PM's claim for MP citizenship audit cost | SBS News

Ryde: Renovation pays tribute to family history

Leaves and buds in a family tree |

John Kirwan unlocks family secrets on DNA Detectives 

Richard III: ‘virtual’ skeleton of monarch to be shown in Galway 

First public demonstration of television in Brisbane | John Oxley Library

How Ancestry DNA helped me discover my official “Galway Girl” title

Census-correcting – John Grenham – Irish Roots

Outback Family History

The U.S. Census Bureau is proposing a change in the information and collection of their American Community Survey (ACS). The proposed changes are published in the Federal Register, November 17, 2017 and may be found at:

Several of the proposals are:
·         Self-response mail messaging tests, a respondent burden field test, testing the use of administrative data, Group Quartering (GQ)  testing, and two content tests.  
·         Plans to study methods to increase self-response, the least expensive mode of data collection. Include modifications to the materials, including the mailing type (for example, sending letters versus postcards).
·         They are also considering using administrative data for telephone service, property values, taxes and acreage  and more.
·         Changing the reference year from 12 months to calendar year for total income

The ACS is an ongoing survey which gathers information previously only collected in the long form of the decennial census, which ceased to exist in 2005. In 2010 only a short-form census was used. Information collected contains on: ancestry, education, employment and housing characteristics.  Each year the ACS is sent to 3.5 million people per year.  Annually, the Census Bureau selects a random sample of addresses to be included in the ACS. Each address has a 1 in 480 chance of being selected in a given month (the ACS is sent out monthly to approximately 295,000 addresses). Data are collected by internet, mail, telephone interviews and in-person interviews. About 95 percent of households across all response modes ultimately respond, although some may take multiple attempts and face-to-face visits to complete. 

Canada's next census is in 2021.  Prior to Statistics Canada conducting the census they initiate a consultation program that allows data users and interested parties to share their views on how they use census data an type of information they believe should be available from the census.  Statistics Canada is seeking ideas for new or modified census content and data sources.

The consultation uses an electronic questionnaire, through their website for the general public. This is available from Monday September 11, 2017 through December 8, 2017.

To read more about the Content Consultation and to complete the questionnaire go to:

Thank you to Gail Dever and Genealogy √† la carte for informing us about the consultation. Gail says in her blog that there is no mention of genealogists' needs.

Thinking of visiting QLD, or just exploring more?  101 THINGS TO DO THIS SUMMER         
8 places to visit on the Sunshine Coast


British Army, First World War Soldiers' Medical Records

   British Armed Forces, First World War Widows' Pension Forms

   British Army, Royal Welch Fusiliers 1807-1948

   Hampshire, Portsmouth Military Tribunals 1916-1919

   Military Historical Society Bulletins      

   Middlesex, Harrow School Photographs of Pupils & Masters    1869-1925

   British Army, First World War Casualty Lists

   British Army Service Records

   Prisoners of War 1715-1945

  Top tips for tracing WW 2 relatives



  How can you discover your family history using your DNA?

  Irish dark humor’s time to shine on “Bank Holiday Ophelia”

  What are the best places to live in Ireland?   

  Watch as we take an Ancestry DNA test with help from an expert

  The National Library of Ireland - where the story of the country unfolds

  Father Solanus Casey of Detroit to be beatified in a football stadium

  Another disappeared beach in Ireland has mysteriously reappeared!

  Massive, record-setting waves recorded off of Irish coast during Ophelia

  Northern Lights turned the skies of Ireland green

  Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett photo, bought for $10, is worth millions say experts

  9 Irish American surnames explained by the experts

  The wonder of a revitalized Belfast city

  Celebrating the Choctaw Nation this National Native American Heritage Month

   Ancestry records reunite long-lost brothers after 85 years

   Remembering the magic of Thanksgiving away from home in Dublin

   The real reason why there aren't any snakes in Ireland - it's not St. Patrick

   A Bronx Irish Thanksgiving in days gone by 

    WATCH: Irish dancing Ravens NFL player celebrates touchdown with a jig 

   Saving lives at the Cliffs of Moher and goings on before Christmas   
   Unionist in House of Lords suggests County Donegal should rejoin the United Kingdom 
   Frightening Irish: Ghoulish figures from Ireland’s history
   How an Irish ship created first Thanksgiving for grateful Pilgrims

   5,000 year old DNA reveals the surprising origins of the Irish

   Bid to end discrimination against Irish surnames with apostrophes by O'Leary family 

Uncovering your Irish ancestor’s secrets online 

and those treats...

    Would you be able to handle the largest Irish breakfast in Ireland?

   Thanksgiving Baileys Irish cream pumpkin pie recipe


  Barrenjoey Lighthouse – Historical Ragbag

  Wirreandah Wandering: Flowers for the ladies

  3149   Kylie's Gene Blogs

   I’ve Got Nothing to Write About!     Alona

   The Wright Family | rustenivy 

   The flight of time | The Legal Genealogist

    Hornsby Shire Recollects  hornsbysfhg
    Merciful Trove   Library Currants

    Revisiting the Red Cow Murders, October 7, 1922  The Irish Story

and from my blogs...

That Moment in Time

WW1Draft cards, Historic Irish films, 5 siblings died same day, GIVEAWAY RootsTech Pass, war diaries, FREE passenger lists, Tour de Oz, Sacred Cows, Pirates, 'new Tipperary'- Galong NSW, FREE Irish and British records, FREE images.. Free Pixel, Top 7 Time hacks of professional genealogists, Gravestone for London Children killed by WW1 bomb, Nat. Archives UK- download military records and diaries, WW1 pension files, Photos - kids from North Kalgoorlie schools, Adoptee rights Act Missouri, 
….and far too much to include here..


Irish Graves.. they who sleep in foreign lands.

Binalong.. many thanks to Noelene Harris

Note, many have TROVE articles linked..that will take you to Biographies.

* New Page in Irish Graves … Of Irish Descent

As They Were 

Additions to CONTRIBUTIONS on As They Were

Headlines of Old

Convicts - Western Australia, Fenian Prisoners, Convict Built Buildings, Escaped Prisoners, Female Convicts 1826-1868, last convict ship, Trove Tuesday

The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth, oil on canvas by Jennie Augusta Brownscombe (1914)  Public Domain

To all our American friends..

Wednesday, November 22, 2017


 As of 27th July, 2017...all in italics are now online 
Still waiting are in BOLD
Additions are *BOLD*

  • Auburn & District News (Nov. 1929); [Cumberland Council]
  • Auburn and Lidcome Advance (1925-1939); [Cumberland Council]
  • Auburn News and Granville Electoral Gazeteer (1903-1905); [Cumberland Council]
  • The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW: 1879-1906); [State Library of New South Wales Digital Excellence Program]
  • Express (Granville, N.S.W.:June 1933, May 1935); [Cumberland Council]
  • Granville Independent and Parramatta Advertiser (1900-1901); [Cumberland Council]
  • The Weekly Advance (Granville, N.S.W.: 1892-1893); [Cumberland Council]
  • The Mosman Mail (1898-1906); [Mosman Historical Society]
  • * Sawtell Guardian (1971-1975); [Coffs Harbour City Council]*

  • The Evening Echo (Ballarat, VIC: 1914-1918); [State Library Victoria]
  • The Star (Ballarat, VIC: 1856) [Ballarat Library]
        *Riverine Herald: Echuca and Moama Advertiser (1998-1999); [Echuca    Historical Society] *


  • Dowerin Guardian & Amery Line Advocate (1927-1954); [ State Library of Western Australia]
  • Mt. Barker & Denmark Record (1929-1949); [State Library of Western Australia]
  • Mullewa Mail (1921-1947); [State Library of Western Australia]
  • Red Star (1932-1936); [State Library of Western Australia]
  • Weekly Gazette (Goomalling, W.A.: 1924-1946); [State Library of Western Australia]
  • Workers Star (1936-1950); [State Library of Western Australia)

Friday, November 17, 2017




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


IrishGenealogyNews: adds more free historical birth, marriage and death records

GIVEAWAY - RootsTech Pass!  Genealogically Speaking

I Love Bello Shire  Bellingen and district, NSW

Sunday Evening Art Gallery Blog — Anthony Howe Claudia  Do click on each image-amazing

Why is Canberra "criminally overlooked"?

‘Happy’ funerals hinder grief | The West Australian

Completing our wartime history | National Library of Australia

Finding Frederick Fisher National Library of Australia

The National Archives UK

Women at War    Publications

Visit Britain... what to do, where to go...

Anglo-Celtic Connections

The IAJGS Records Access Alert previously reported on the first three  parts of the Veterans History Project. The Library of Congress has launched its latest "Experiencing War" feature entitle: "Stories Above and Beyond": The Medal of Honor. This includes almost 150 digitized collections of Medal of Honor recipients.

To access the collection go to: Go to  for “Stories Above and Beyond: The Medal of Honor.”

Congress created Veterans History Project  in 2000 to collect, preserve and make accessible the firsthand remembrances of America’s war veterans from WWI through the more recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

To read more about the collection see:

In 2016 the Missouri Legislature enacted the Adoptee Rights Act. This law became effective on August 28, 2016 with public notification to allow birth parents to file a contact preference.  Beginning January 2, 2018 non-certified original birth certificates will be issued to those adoptees who are at least 18 years of age and born in Missouri.  Only the adoptee or their attorney may obtain a copy of the original birth certificate from the Missouri State Registrar. Those adoptees born before  1941 have access to their original birth certificate as of August 28, 2016.

To obtain the uncertified original birth record, the adoptee must file a written application and provide adequate proof of identification.  The non-certified birth record will have the following statement printed on the record:" For genealogical purposes only- not to be used for establishing identity." There is a non-refundable charge of $15.00 for the  non-certified copy of the original birth certificate. 

Birth parents may request a contact preference form that will accompany the original birth certificate. Birth parents have three options: " I would like to be contacted"," I prefer to be contacted by an intermediary", and "I prefer not to be contacted".  If both birth parents indicate on the contact preference form that they would prefer not to be contacted, a copy of the original birth certificate of the adopted person shall not be released.  However,  if only one birth parent indicates on the contact preference form that he or she would prefer not to be contacted, his or her identifying information will be redacted from a copy of the original birth certificate of the adopted person and the copy of the original birth certificate will be released.

Medical history is very important for adoptees. The law recognizes this in making the provision for a medical history form from the birth parents. If the birth parent prefers they do not want to be contacted, the adoptee will have access to medical history form with birth parent identifying information redacted.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services website regarding the adoptee rights and information and application is available at:

On November 9, 2017 the Supreme Court of Florida ruled that "a decedent does not retroactively lose and can maintain the constitutional right to privacy that may be invoked… including but not limited to medical malpractice cases… Death does not retroactively abolish the constitutional protections for privacy that existed at the moment of death. " While the case, Weaver vs Myers. pertains to a medical malpractice case, the issue of privacy rights to deceased individuals is of importance to genealogists.  Genealogists have asserted for many years that the dead do not have privacy rights and therefore, their death certificates, etc. should be made available  without long embargo periods.

It is not known at this time whether this ruling will impact rulings on privacy of the dead in other states.  There are many previous legal rules that state the dead do not have privacy rights.
The recent adoption by the European Union (EU) of an updated General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)  expressly states the “right to be erased” or “right to be forgotten” does not apply to the dead. 

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

Last  EVENT EXTRA for the year    


For Irish Americans, Thanksgiving used to be Halloween 

Ireland’s friendliest town has finally been named - you’ll be surprised 

An Irishman Abroad podcast - some of the best conversations with Irish people you'll ever hear 

Incredible Path√© newsreel footage of 1953 St. Patrick’s Day in Leitrim 

Irish song “Garryowen” played before Custer native American massacres is now banned  

American sculptor's gift to Ireland – “Uncrowned King of Ireland” 

Survivors of Dublin’s largest mother and baby homes call for Tuam-like excavation 

Why we need to remember Ireland's forgotten dead in First World War 

Guns can haunt their makers too: The troubled story of Sarah Winchester 

and now, your treats...

Baked eggs with smoked bacon and cheddar cheese recipe 

An Irish cure for what ails ye - medicinal hot whiskey recipe 

Thanksgiving Irish sweet potato colcannon recipe 

A Thanksgiving Irish whiskey pumpkin pie recipe 


Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt Of Honour

In Rememberance  The Silver Voice

The Manchester martyrs: From last letters to lasting legends  The Irish Story

Grandad goes to war: Remembrance Day 2017  cassmob

Remembrance Day – Gumeracha’s Fallen Heroes  Alona

YE STARS of NIGHT  Emily's Quill Pen

Remembrance Day 2017 & the Kennedy Regiment, Queensland | Shauna Hicks History Enterprises

We Will Remember Them – Diary of a Young Genealogist

“So Costly A Sacrifice Upon the Altar of Freedom:” The Story of the Sheehan Brothers of Fermoy & Vancouver  Damian Shiels

A Whirlpool of Profligacy  Conversations with Grandma  Jenny Coates

Highlight: Tour De Oz – The extraordinary story of the first bicycle race around Australia  Alona Tester

Ladies of the Clipper Ship Prima Donna  TextileRanger

and from my blogs...

That Moment in Time

Friday Fossicking 10th Nov., 2017

Blaeu Map, capital punishment, hawthorn hedges revived, Irish immigrants deaths Grosse Isle, NZ convicts to Aust., Perth War cemetery, Rememberance Day, secrets beneath the lino, FREE images- charts-census substitutes, George Bernard Shaw, Ireland from outer space, Northern lights, true history of Orient Express, masterpiece Greek Art-Griffin Warrior Tomb, Portraits of Crime, 31 links WW1 Military research (Alona Tester), Parramatta Girls, FMP Free access military records, New Zealand family history articles, 

New additions to JUST BECAUSE… 

 The Back Fence of Genealogy

Beneath Flanders Fields,©Crissouli Nov 11, 2017, Remembrance Day,

As They Were

Clare Chatter.. Nov. 2017,Old Kilfarboy Society Miltown Malbay, Billy Mag Fhloinn, Sacred Cows: Echoes of a Goddess in Local Legends,  Clare Archaeological & Historical Society,'The Holy Wells of Clare' , Michael Houlihan,

CLARE CHATTER... New Library For Clare  & Clare Roots Society Book Launch Success, November 2017,

 Headlines of Old

Trove Tuesday 14 Nov 2017, IRISH CONVICTS, SHIPWRECKS, PIRATES, COURT CASES,  and much more, lists of some before courts,

Irish Graves.. they who sleep in foreign lands.

Additions to Irish Graves, Galong and Jugiong, NSW.. many thanks to Noelene Harris