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:
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To read more about the new collection see
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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

and from my blogs...

That Moment in Time

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.


  1. Thank you for all your links! It is a Friday night and I am too tired to actually accomplish anything,so I have been sitting here watching Irish dancers dance to Thriller, and the Tullamore Dew ad, looking at the medieval book pages used in clothing and the book that opens six ways, and reading about the lovely hand-stitched dress honoring an artist's aunt. I feel refreshed!

  2. That is all so good to hear... now you can imagine how distracted I get when reading/watching all these while researching. What an Aladdin's cave we enter when surfing the internet. I try to cover as many different avenues as I can, not just genealogy, as we all need to widen our horizons sometimes.
    Thank you so much for commenting, it makes all those hours worthwhile.


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