Friday, October 19, 2018



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


ABC News: ‘She’s not your mother’: how one text unravelled 48 years of lies 

The Catholic registers are rotting – John Grenham – Irish Roots

I Love Bello Shire newsletter     Camp Creative

Trove Tuesday – Married in 1918      Hornsby Shire Family History Group

REGIONAL GENEALOGY and LOCAL HISTORY RESEARCH      Interesting collection of links

Stitching thoughts on a life cut short - BBC News

Christie’s Café: The Cloudland of Queen Street – Greek Cafés in Brisbane

A Medieval Book That Opens Six Different Ways, Revealing Six Different Books in One Open Culture  (Thanks to Alona Tester)

Introducing David Rencher from FamilySearch  Alona Tester

Irish Links

The Irish Post     Ennis Parish (Genealogy)      The Irish Times (Heritage)    Irish Church Records

Clare Library  Genealogy  

List of Townlands for those below

Co Clare       Co Cork     Co Kerry    Co Galway   Co Donegal   Co Mayo  Co Monaghan   

Co Dublin   Co Cavan   Co Tipperary   Co Sligo   Co Londonderry      Co Roscommon     

Co Limerick   Co Tyrone     Co Carlow   Co Meath    Co Westmeath       Co Offaly    Co Fermanagh  

Back up and export | Anne's Family History

Genealogy Discounts and Freebies   Judy Webster  Some FREE

FREE DOWNLOAD     It Is Well With My Soul: Finding Ancestors Amid the Rubble of Disaster and Misfortune   thanks to Thomas MacEntee

FREE DOWNLOAD  Hiring a Professional Genealogist You Can Trust Courtesy of Unlock the Past

FREE   The Long Tail of War Symposium       Nov 6 & 7               State Library Qld
"Explore the aftermath of the First World War and the stories of what happened to the soldiers and nurses who returned home."

Always Interesting

Golden Anniversary        Virginia Mary Wagner, RN                         Jamie Gates

Cousins Baited  Geniaus

The Killurin ambush 1922 and the Civil War in Wexford  The Irish Story

Outback Family History

Anglo-Celtic Connections

The National Archives UK

Find My Past

Newspapers   The Showman   Broad Arrow   The New Crusader    War Savings


Atlas Obscura


Genealogists love cemeteries and traveling to find ancestors final resting places.   On October 3 the United States Supreme Court heard a case Knick v Township of Scott which should be of interest to genealogists. In this case a landowner doesn't want to comply with a local cemetery-access law and permit genealogists, among others,  on her land to visit graves buried there in a private cemetery.

Mrs. Knick owns the property since 1970 where genealogist Robert Vail found his ancestor Micah Vail is buried. He wants to visit the grave site and honor his ancestor. There are other relatives buried there going back to the Revolutionary War.  While Mrs. Knick denies a cemetery is on her 90-acre property she believes she should be paid by the government or visitors to visit the property.   Under an ordinance in Scott Township, Pennsylvania, landowners must provide daytime access to cemeteries on private land or else face a fine. But Knick, not wanting to open her private property to the public, has refused.

Knick sued the township in 2003 and the Court of Common Pleas dismissed her case as have the US District Court and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.  She contends the ordinance violates her Fifth Amendment right to "just compensation " for public use of her land.

The US Supreme Court will weigh in on a procedural matter, not whether Vail or others may access the cemetery. The procedural question the Supreme Court will weigh is whether a pre-existing court decision should affect how landowners like Knick file complaints about federal taking claims. Under the Supreme Court’s ruling in Williamson County Regional Planning Commission v. Hamilton Bank (1985), landowners suing about federal land seizures have to go through the state courts before filing in federal courts.

Because of the Williamson decision, Knick was not able to file in federal court as she preferred. For Knick to win the Supreme Court would have to overturn Williamson. A decision is not expected until June 2019.

Access issues to cemeteries vary by state and jurisdiction.  Pennsylvania, for example, mandatesthat property owners grant individuals “reasonable ingress and egress to a burial plot.” (So even if a court strikes down the Scott Township ordinance, Knick may still have to comply with this state law.)

To read the Knick v Township of Scott Pennsylvania case see:

Thank you to FamilyTree Magazine for informing us about this case. To read their article see:

The British Red  Cross Museum and Archives has launched a new online database of historic artifacts. Of the museum's 56,000 items, the database includes 28,752 items, including letters, posters, photographs and films. It covers the past 150 years of work of the British Red Cross. Items will be added to the database if they are permitted to do so under the data protection laws.

The database is searchable by keyword, name, type of object and color.  

They also have a collection of World War ll Prisoners of War which can be searched at:
Original url:

To read more about the new collection see
Original url:

The British Red Cross previously published a searchable database of records of its First World war –Voluntary Aid Detachments (VADs). 
It is best to search the museum archives database and put World War l into the search field.

Nearly One-Third of Death Certificates List Wrong Cause  of Death (IAJGS Public Records Access Alert)

Death certificates ae critical documents for genealogists, especially when tracing back genetically-inherited diseases.  A recent article in OZY states that nearly one-third of death certificates list the wrong cause of death.  



Monster in the Avon | The Dusty Box

Maureen Rose, Button Maker  The Gentle Author

Behind the Pen with Rachel Nightingale

Behind the Pen with Tracey Allen from Carpe Librum

Allen & Unwin

Milkman by Anna Burns has been announced as the winner of the 50th Man Booker Prize.
None of us has ever read anything like this before. Anna Burns’ utterly distinctive voice challenges conventional thinking and form in surprising and immersive prose. It is a story of brutality, sexual encroachment and resistance threaded with mordant humour. Set in a society divided against itself, Milkman explores the insidious forms oppression can take in everyday life.’
Kwame Anthony Appiah, 2018 Chair of Judges
Milkman  Anna Burns

Washington Black  Esi Edugyan

Normal People  Sally Rooney

Better Reading

The Arsonist by Chloe Hooper

Black Snake by Leo Kennedy with Mic Looby

The Survivors by Kate Furnivall

Don't Stop Believin' by Olivia Newton-John 

Podcast: Writing a Page-Turner with John Purcell

Podcast: Sarah Hanson-Young Speaks Out

Penguin Books

The Arsonist by Chloe Hooper

Killing Commendatore  Haruki Murakami

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Irish cannibal, Co Offaly haunted castles, Malone family reunion,  marriage certificates changes, TROVE search guide, what's on your phone?, mass baby graves, Mexican ancestry, census errors, butter lamps, Rockstar genealogists, Google changes, over a million death records destroyed, book reviews, Mark Twain’s grave, family history archive, cockney sikh, numerous Irish graves added, 

Irish Graves 

Wellington, NSW Regional, thanks to Janene Forster

Karrakatta, thanks to Carolyn Johnson

Headlines of Old

Circumnavigating  Australia's Colonial History - Trove Tuesday  16th Oct. 2018.. Pt. 12A, Brisbane Heritage Trail, Regent Theatre, City Hall, where’s the portico, Brisbane Museum, how many trucks to transport the organ, Mrs. F. Marston’s claim to fame?,

As They Were 

Thanks to Maurice Gleeson.. Back to Our Past DUBLIN 19-21 Oct 2018
Finalised DNA Lecture Schedule

PLEASE NOTE: Friday Fossicking will be taking a break for the next few weeks due to family commitments.

Friday, October 12, 2018




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


National Family History Month: trace your Irish roots using this Irish naming pattern 

A real life horror story of the Irish cannibal who terrorized Australia 

Can taking a DNA test tell what kind of music you’re into? 

The legacy of Bob Geldof's Live Aid celebrated on his birthday 

Proof an Irish colony in South Carolina predates Christopher Columbus 

Irish professor provides dementia prevention tips 

National Family History Month: DNA test reveals truth for one man after Irish nuns lied 

The haunted castles of County Offaly (VIDEOS) 

Where to find Ireland’s most mythical locations 

Liam Neeson reckons a horse on his new movie recognized him from a previous shoot 

The County Clare Malone family reunion – a hooley any Irish family would cherish

 IrishCentral hosts The Genealogy Event NYC celebrating Irish history and heritage 


All family historians... please note .. there are changes proposed re what will be included in marriage applications and certificates... The proposal is to reduce the information included.

You can protest, please submit your thoughts to the department and as many politciians as you can. If we don't object, this will go through and so much valuable information will be lost to researchers.  Submissions to

Review of marriage forms – Notice of intended marriage | Attorney-General's Department

Proposed Changes to Australian Marriage Certificates will Affect Family Historians Gould Genealogy

This is the short version of what I have written... feel free to adapt it. Do include your contact details, name and address is fine. Make sure you include the link as I suspect many politicians might not know about this...

"As I believe that this applies to all Australians, present and future, I am asking you to consider this submission.

I am one of many who are alarmed at the proposed changes to the marriage forms. 

The changes suggested will certainly affect future family historians, but will also affect many families directly. It is a forgone right to know the names of our ancestors, as well as where they lived, what their occupation was, mother’s maiden name and whether any of the parents of the people concerned are deceased at the time of the marriage.

By simplifying this form, what could possibly be the advantages? As I see it, we will be losing valuable information that can help families trace their ancestors. In today’s society, we are more open to helping adopted people find their biological parents… where there is mutual agreement. This will make that harder.

We are often looking to trace ancestors for knowledge of medical history… this will be much harder, if not nigh impossible to do that.

There are times when we are trying to trace those entitled to an inheritance... marriage certificates, along with other certificates, are invaluable.

We, in Australia, are fortunate to have some of the best certificates in the world. Why change it ?

I would appreciate an acknowledgement and explanation.

Yours sincerely,"


TROVE searching guide

Cathy Swift's lecture to Kilrush & District Historical So...  Mixcloud

Grave robbing in the name of science  ABC News

Local councils remove Christian prayer from meetings ABC News

Girl, 8, pulls 1,500-year-old sword from lake in Sweden - ABC News 

ABC News: You might want to clear your search history if you're heading to New Zealand

The original Queensland beach escape inspired by the English seaside ABC News

ABC News: Handmade poppies to be planted in Canberra for every Australian life lost in WWI

Huge historical archive of mail from captured ships to go online | UK news 

FamilySearch Adds 135 Million New Scandinavian Records  Gould Genealogy

Victoria’s History Week, 7-14 October 2018  Alona Tester

Oysters with dash of Spanish flu | Northern Star

The torpedoes and the 'Leinster': Ireland's worst maritime disaster  Irish Times

Decades after stillbirths, long-grieving parents find answers in mass graves - ABC

Riviera Hotel, Beirut  Wunderlust Twins

‘Lads of true spirit’ – recruiting for the East India Company in Ireland - Untold lives blog

It’s a nae-brainer – John Grenham – Irish Roots

Congratulations to our locals!  Geelong and District          Susie Zada

[Dictionary of Sydney] Posters, ghost signs and billboards

Queensland Literary Awards 2018 Watch the ceremony livestream | Tue 23 Oct, 6.30–8pm

I Love Bello Shire newsletter       Numerous events including  Dundurrabin Spring Festival

Tropical rain at The Lotus Lodge, Siem Reap, Cambodia   wunderlusttwins

Old stone bridge at The Hermitage in Dunkeld, Scotland wunderlusttwins

Libraries are about democracy, not just books    The Age

Eleven things to do in regional Qld this October

Tombstone footpath a 'grave error' at Clophill church - BBC News

Family History Daily

What You Will and Will Not Learn by Taking a DNA Test for Ancestry

A Beginner’s Guide to Researching Your Mexican Ancestry’s “Location Traps” Are Causing Researchers to Miss Important Records

Family Search Blog

Helping Others Find Their Ancestors from Mexico

Always Interesting

Alaska cruise reports, SA school pupils & other news - Genealogy Notes 16-30 Sep 2018 Shauna Hicks

There Seems to be Some Confusion About Your Birthday! The Family Curator

The Tailor Of Horsleydown      How To Make A Chapati      A Cockney Sikh   The Gentle Author

The ScriBbleR Newsletter  Stella Budrikis

The Marczynski Ten  Jamie Gates

Rosa Goldschmidt and Her Family: The Final Chapter  Amy

Sharon Johnstone  Sunday Evening Gallery  Claudia

The Children of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert  HistorianRuby

Did you know?

How to Save Family History in a Family Archive  The Family Curator

The 5 Best Website Builders | Digital Trends  FREE

Parish registers: Chapter 2 – GSQ Blog

Discovering Links: 27 FREE Links for Victorian Genealogy and History  Alona Tester

21 Family Story Starters for Family History Month  Laura Hedgecock

Incorrect U.S. Census Information—When the Census Taker Gets It Wrong

A Call To Action – Access to Public Records In Indiana   Bethany (Jensen) Maddox - Roots Stalker Genealogy

Find My Past

Kent Parish Records Update      Kent, Canterbury Archdeaconry Registers   Kent Poor Law Union

Kent Registers & Records     PERiodical Source Index Update
Australian War Memorial

Wartime 84 out now           Invictus Games Sydney 2018        Remembrance Day National Ceremony

Visit Canberra

Cairns Family History newsletter

Outback Family History

Atlas Obscura

TheGenealogist launches more school registers      Ottawa Genealogy Roots: follow on

New Brunswick Provincial Archives project to give genealogists, others fast access to 'goldmine'

The Past Becomes the Future: Strengthening Communities Through Documentary Heritage

Book: She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity

Sunday Sundries        Changes at Google         British Newspaper Archive Issues

Ancient Art and Modern Crime: How Stolen Antiquities End Up In Our Most Respected Museums


The Australia Notice of intended Marriage (NOIM) form is being considered to have changes that are important to genealogists.  

Included in the suggested changes that would eliminate certain information are:

Father's name in full  (if not known write unknown) if deceased add deceased.
Mothers maiden name in full  ( if not known, write unknown, if deceased, write deceased.
Usual place of residence
Usual occupation

Feedback is being requested by the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department. The deadline is 28 October 2018. To see the notice and  submit comments see:  

The current existing forms may be seen at:

The decision to make changes is a result of Marriage Equality Act  as of December 2017 and to streamline the forms. Any change on the NOIM will also impact other official marriage forms, specifically the Official Certificate of Marriage, and the Declaration of No Legal Impediment to Marriage.

Thank you to Janice Sellers for telling us about the proposed changes.

Staatsarchiv Hamburg
On September 9  The IAJGS Records Access Alert first reported on the unconscionable destruction of over one million death records by the Staatsarchiv Hamburg. At the time there were few European news articles about this travesty. Since then there have been more news articles and several blog posts by other genealogical writers. 

The IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee has taken this very seriously.  We have submitted letters to the president of Bundesarchiv even though the structure of the German archives is such that the federal archive, the Bundesarchiv, does not have authority over the state archives such as Hamburg's Staatsarchiv. Additionally, IAJGS submitted letters to the Mayor of Hamburg, the president of the Hamburg Parliament (Buergerschaft) and the Minister of Culture and Media for Hamburg. Our letters expressed our concern over the Destruction and hopes that action will be taken to prevent such action in the future, and to support a commission that would include a genealogist along with historians.

If you have any questions about our position, please let me know.

To read the previous posting on the Staatsarchiv Hamburg and more go to: You must be registered to access the archives.  To register go to:  and follow the instructions to enter your email address, full name and which genealogical  organization with whom you are affiliated.   


Hazelwood House during the Emergency Years       The Irish Story

The Needlework of the Pupils of the National Model Female Schools | Disused School Houses

Family Connections: #52Ancestors - Week 39 - On the Farm  Vicki Court   

Scrappy Baby Quilts Finished     Textile Ranger

52 Ancestors #40 – Ten   Jenny MacKay

HistorianRuby One Year Blogiversary (of sorts)  HistorianRuby

Dropping in on Emily  Geniaus

52 Ancestors: Back to School – Oscar’s New Boots  Martin Roe Eidhammer

I’m Back From Around the Mountain  Claudia

The Pros and Cons of Plotters and Pantsers - The Write Practice


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Behind the Pen with Stuart Coupe

My Reading Life: Spring Reading Challenge Wrap Up

Bingo! The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

Behind the Pen with S.C. Karakaltsas

New Release Book Review: The Thief of Light by Bernard Schaffer

Better Reading

Table For Eight by Tricia Stringer

The Children's House by Alice Nelson 

Rage Becomes Her by  Soraya Chemaly

Forget My Name by J.S. Monroe

Podcast: True Crime Original with Benjamin Stevenson

Podcast: Portrait of an Artist with Ben Quilty

Shell by Kristina Olsson

Cedar Valley by Holly Throsby

Under My Skin by Lisa Unger

November Road by Lou Berney

Lost Connections by Johann Hari 

Podcast: The Day My Life Changed with Leigh Sales

Podcast: Self-Doubt, Secrets and Dressing Up with Kelly Doust

The Irish Story

Book Review: The Impact of the Troubles on the Republic of Ireland 1968-1979, A Boiling Volcano?

Norwegian Genealogy and then some

Books: The Lake House  Kate Morton    Martin Roe Eidhammer

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Irish Graves

Berrima, thanks to Maree C.Duffy

Gunning, thanks to Catherine Louise

Windsor, thanks to Brett Andrew Woods

Young,  thanks to Wayne Hill

Campbelltown, thanks to Maree C.Duffy and Brett Andrew Woods
Jamisontown, thanks to Brett Andrew Woods
Waverley, thanks to Brett Andrew Woods

Mt. Morgan Qld. thanks to Nereda Gferer

Geelong East. thanks to Kay Clarke
Stratford, thanks to Jodie Willis

There have been a number of additions to 

Headlines of Old

Circumnavigating  Australia's Colonial History - Trove Tuesday  9 Oct.2018.. Pt. 12, Old Brisbane, Flinders, Cook, Oxley, Morton, convict barracks, windmill, Manly, Petrie, ghosts, Tangalooma wrecks, Macquarie River, colonial brig ‘Amity’, Port Macquarie, 

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