Friday, December 21, 2018




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


Convicts Applications to Marry | NSW State Archives

Places of Pride, National Register of War Memorials  Can you contribute?

Replacement Medals Policy : Policy : Department of Defence

Griffis: Article warns against DNA testing      Danville Commercial News 

Lavenders Bridge Bellingen closed | The Bellingen Shire Courier Sun

Legacy Family Tree Webinars Announces "Down Under Series" of Genealogy and DNA Education Webinars

Boy's letter to dad in heaven receives reply from Royal Mail - BBC News

Balmain Cemetery Sydney  thanks to Tricia Mack

East Perth Cemeteries  Western Australia

 Writing It Up (For People Who Don't Want To Write It Up)

 Even the best of us ...

Back to Our Past, Belfast 15-16 February 2019

Top Scottish Baby Names for 2018

The National Archives UK
> Webinar: Festival of Britain 1951, Wed 9 January   > The trial of Charles I, Fri 18 January
> BAME seafarers in the First World War, Thu 24 January

> Census*    > Wills 1384-1858*   > Family history research guides


A snowball fight in Constantinople  Unidentified Christmas lights and stars in the sky

Podcasts ..

Big Ideas Series: Entity disambiguation in digital cultural heritage

Big Ideas Series: The role of archives in addressing refugee crises

The Annual Digital Lecture: Semantic Capital: what it is and how to protect it


Find My Past

Newspaper Additions   ...  Belfast Telegraph  Kerryman   Wexford People   The Bioscope

New Theme: Twenty Nineteen Blog

The  Bibliothèque Historique des Postes et des Télécommunications (BHPT), (Historical Library of Posts and Telecommunications), a remote and obscure library recently reopened. For those researching people who lived in France in the 20th century this is the only repository open to the public containing nearly all the French telephone directories ever published, including those in France's territories and overseas departments.  They may be viewed on microfilm. To see the website and what is available online go to: and under Découvertes (discoveries) then click on Ouvrages numérisés (digitized works). 

The BHPT also includes the history of the postal service. This includes maps, showing waterways and roads used for transporting the mail as well as where your ancestors may have traveled. Before railways, the mail was done by land routes—same for your ancestors going to a port to emigrate, or otherwise travel.  Postal network maps are online and may be viewed at:
The site is in French only, therefore a translation aide such as Google translate may be helpful.

To read the article on this library and archive  in The French Genealogist  see:

Thank you to Stan Diamond, President of JGS Montreal for sharing this information.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


This legendary Irish singer is being honored with his own Dublin statue 

What does "Irishness" mean in 2018? Exploring being mixed race and Irish 

Lie-detectors used to hunt down family Christmas holiday thieves 

WATCH: A year on, Australian town of 11 people still disturbed by disappearance of Irish pensioner 

Irish woman in Boston attempts snow angel - what could go wrong? 

National Geographic has named this county as a ‘best trip’ for 2019 

Traveling to Ireland in 2019? Here's everything you need to know 

How Brendan Behan came to join the writing Irish of New York 

Co. Clare holy well water delivered to sick child in Philadelphia 

The best Irish New Year’s resolution you can make? Travel off-the-beaten-path in 2019

How one little girl inspired a New York journalist to restore faith in Santa 

Irish animated movie shortlisted for a 2019 Oscar award 

Celtic Thunder’s most popular Christmas songs 

Dublin named one of the best places in the world to spend Christmas 

How was Oscar Wilde connected to the American Civil War? 

Christmas cookie recipes to treat Santa to this Christmas Eve 

Traditional family Irish Christmas cake recipe 

Christmas cooking tips from Irish chef Tony O’Reilly 


Sorting My Family into Hogwarts Houses  Jamie Gates  (you should try this at home :-) )

family tapestry: #52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Week 52 Prompt: Resolution'

Dennis & Christine Reeve, Walnut Farmers  the gentle author

160 year old photo of my great-great-grandparents  Gerry's Family History


Theresa Smith

Better Reading


The Great Cave Rescue   James Massola  

Lessons     Gisele Bündchen

and from my blogs...

That Moment in Time

phantom island, end of year Western Australia, Mt Coot-tha murder, eels in seals, Newgate prison records, Cheshire BDMS, Pisa leaning less, fairy forts, marriage to ghost over, scars of WWI, find ancestors in 1790 census, DNA from 10,000yr old gum, FREE items and research, Convicts Ancestors course, Mullarkey Village, animal orphanage, overlooked Canadian memory institutions, recovering memory of Tuam mother & baby children, Great Western Hotel Coolgardie, additions to newspapers including Enniscorthy Guardian, Kerryman, Manchester Evening News and more, applying for National Library Card - benefits of NLA card..
Please feel free to share…

Irish Graves

Barcaldine, thanks to Di Don

Headlines of Old

Trove Tuesday 18th Dec 2018..missing friends, with lots of detailed descriptions... Police Gazettes, 1900-1924, don’t dismiss because these are from NSW, our ancestors did move around often more than we realised, names altered, last for this year…

The next FRIDAY FOSSICKING will be on the 
11th January, 2019.

I would like to thank you all for your continued support
and look forward to bringing you more
interesting and informative stories, articles, 
blogs you may have missed, sources for genealogy, 
book reviews, current trends and items of general interest,
 in the coming year. 

Family History Societies are welcome to send me 
their newsletters of information about upcoming events,  
readers are welcome to notify me about family reunions.

 Feel free to contact me if you come across any stories 
you think would be suitable for Friday Fossicking..
I can't promise to include all, but I will if they suit.

In the meantime, why not wander through the earlier 
editions in case you missed any. 
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Have a wonderful, safe, relaxing and 
Happy Christmas and New Year

Friday, December 14, 2018




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


Newspapers and Family History @SLV | Yarra Plenty Regional Library

Pat Connors .. Connors Genealogy has lots to offer re Irish research and all FREE

The Deserted School Houses of Ireland Book by Enda O’Flaherty from The Collins Press – September 2018 | Disused School Houses

FREE   A History of Bacchus Marsh and it's Pioneers Thanks to TROVE and Karen King-Cain

Dictionary of Sydney Decorating the city

Michael in Ireland  

Atlas Obscura

Canada's Mystery Cave    Saved by Legend           Volcanic Ruins Philippines

Anglo-Celtic Connections

Family Search Blog

Outback Family History

Find My Past


Enniscorthy Guardian 1889-2005               Kerryman  1904-2002


Did You Know?

Library Ireland  a great site

FamilyHistory4u: WHY YOU SHOULD NOT MISS ROOTSTECH 2019  Sharn White

Why that adoption can't be found  The Legal Genealogist

Apply for a National Library Card       benefits of NLA Card

Always Interesting

Olive Tree Genealogy Blog: Five Ideas for Genealogy Christmas Gifts  Lorine McGinnis Schulze

The ScriBbleR  Stella Budrikis newsletter 



A New Home for Christmas        Janice & Joyce             Jamie Gates

Before Bernadette: The Story of James Burke

Lilian's Tree  Lilian Magill


Theresa Smith

New Release Book Review: On the Same Page by Penelope Janu

Pre-Release Book Review: The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict

New Release Book Review: The Au Pair by Emma Rous

Behind the Pen with Isobel Blackthorn

New Release Book Review: Time is the Longest Distance by Janet Clare

The Irish Story

Book Review: Wolves of Eden  John Dorney reviewer

Better Reading

Lost Without You by Rachael Johns

Listen to the Bolinda audiobook for Lost Without You here 

The Widow of Ballarat by Darry Fraser

Listen to the Bolinda audio for The Widow of Ballarat here 

The True Story of Maddie Bright by Mary-Rose MacColl

For the Book Lover in Your Life: 20 Great Xmas Reads

Podcast: A Brilliant Career with Minette Walters

and from my blogs....

That Moment in Time

Bog bodies, more changes to BDMs, scanning apps, poorhouse ancestors, medieval murder map, DNA-you're the product, wild cards, CRS book launches, embarrassing moments, last man hanged in Ireland, locating original records when text only, fiction’s role in family history, a story of sanctuary, Britain - marriage licences, Scotland Roll of Honour 1914-1920, Dictionary of National Biography Britain, saved-25,000 books, Irish famine archive, Mexican underground railway, and the list continues…
Please feel free to share…

Headlines of Old

PERSONALS - 1883 - 1941 TROVE TUESDAY 11TH DEC. 2018, notices from various states/territories, BDMs, social news, business positions, sporting news, very personal comments, Irish citizens, clergy, emigration, holidays, latest events and so much more…can you find a connection?

Thank you for all the messages re the missed issue..
all is settling, so should be back on track now.