Friday, March 8, 2019


Edwin Stockqueler (1829-1900) - Public DomaiAn Australian Gold Diggings, oil on canvas


Trace Your Ancestry | Irish Family Tree Genealogy | Glasnevin Trust

Launch of new DNA regions in Ireland. blog incl. New regions reveal new insights into Irish migration

The Baldwin family tree 

For centuries, some Buddhist monks followed self-mummification, which meant a rigorous diet followed by lying in a tomb, ringing a bell each day they were still alive  The Vintage News

Anzac Day minute book added to the Australian Memory of the World Register | John Oxley Library Robyn Hamilton

[Dictionary of Sydney] International Women's Day

Grieving mother's memorial to her child kept alive by strangers a century on - ABC News 

Learn to Tell Stories Through Photography – Enrol in “The Photo Essay” UTAS Online Course Alona Tester

Australian Geographic

How colourisation is changing our national identity

Sharks and the media

The electric fire clam brings disco to the reef

The NSW Beach that’s rumoured to sing

Help save the threatened spotted-tailed quoll

JStor Daily

Family History Daily

How to Collect Oral History in Your Genealogy Research

Things to take when visiting a cemetery..
  • Plenty of water and a small spray bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • An umbrella
  • A snack
  • A first aid kit
  • A notebook and pencil
  • Your phone or a camera for photos
  • Gloves to cover your hands for removing leaves, grass and twigs from markers
  • A flashlight for dark areas and shadows
  • A hand towel to kneel on and clean your hands

Find My Past 

Joan of Arc Tower        Nutmeg Island        Shaki Waterfall  can be 'turned off'  The Warsaw Basilisk

Frozen Charlotte Dolls       13 Beautiful Gardens       Devil’s Highway     


EMemorial..Australian War Memorial

Queensland  wonderful places to visit.. incl. Brisbane & surrounds   Tropical North Qld

Outback Family History

Anglo-Celtic Connections

Webinar: Build A Custom Keyword List For Your Digital Genealogy Files

Did You Know?

Part 1: Reasons to attend conferences - Meet Experts - TravelGenee Fran Kitto  WAVES IN TIME

Registration - Waves in Time 2019

It Takes A Community... Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective A must read, the camaraderie of genealogists who stepped in to help Maureen post accident. Kudos to all concerned.

No magic wands  The Legal Genealogist

Pilgrimage: Hurley in the Middle East   National Library of Australia

50 books to keep you reading all year long  Irish Times

How I got into this mess (part 2) – John Grenham – Irish Roots

QUEENSLAND STATE ARCHIVES.. will begin its Archive and Dementia Program at the Memory Lounge in March, providing people living with dementia a chance to reconnect with personal memories in a shared group discussion.   These engaging sessions provide individuals with an opportunity to reconnect with cherished memories as they enjoy a guided conversation through local and personal histories. Whether it is a joke from a lifetime ago or a single image, this is our way of connecting old memories with new moment of joy.

Program visitors will be accompanied by a trained staff member to explore archival photos from the records and enjoy a light morning tea. Community members and residential care facilities are invited to book into the following sessions:

Tuesday 30 April 10.30am
Tuesday 28 May 10.30am
Tuesday 25 June 10.30am
Tuesday 6 August 10.30am
Tuesday 12 Nov 10.30am


Enriching Lives by Empowering Memories

Queensland State Archives offers all visitors services and amenities to ensure that their time with us is comfortable and hassle-free.  Alongside staff trained to be dementia-friendly, we have free on-site parking, locker service, bus parking, wheel-chair accessible amenities and a kitchenette offering appliances to those bringing food in.

Always Interesting

The Gentle Author


Irish in the American Civil War

The Legal Genealogist

Genea Musings


Humouring the Goddess

Stair na hÉireann

#OTD in 1981 – Day 4 | Bobby Sands recorded his diary for the first seventeen days of his hunger strike in which he detailed his thoughts and feelings on the momentous task that lay ahead of him.


Ancient Passage, Eze, Cote d’Azur, France    Sunrise Forest, Modena, Italy

Laura Hedgecock

Top Observations and Takeaways from RootsTech 2019


Pope Pius Xll , some dubbed him "Hitler's Pope", has long been accused of failing to condemn the Holocaust, while others , such as the late Jewish historian, Sir Martin Gilbert defended the Pope directly saving 4,700 Jewish lives in Rome and 477 Jews were given refuge in the Vatican.  The Vatican has long been encouraged to open the archives so the historical record could be evaluated.  Pope Francis announced on March 4, that the Vatican will unseal the archives in March 2020, eight years ahead of schedule, saying the Roman Catholic church was “not afraid of history”.

Demand for the open access to the archives increased in 2009 after Pope Pius was declared “venerable,” the second of four stages on the way to sainthood.  Prior to current Pope Francis being elected to Pope,  in a book he co-authored with Rabbi Abraham Skorka  they said " it was “reasonable” for independent researchers to be able to read the thousands of closed-file documents hidden away in Vatican vaults."

To read more see:


ArchiveGrid is a collection of over five million records describing archival materials from 1,000 different archival institutions  around the world.  ArchiveGrid is largely made up of MARC (MA chine-Readable Cataloging)records from WorldCat. The site is free.  I would suggest reading the "about" before you start to research on the website:

To find archives near you go to:

If you would like to have your collection of records added to ArchiveGrid go to:
Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


FamilyHistory4u: My Road to Rootstech

Tribute to Loco clarejk2014

A Family Tapestry: History versus Genealogy

Saturday's Snapshots: Wagga Wagga Monumental Cemetery  Australian Roots and Spreading Branches

Postcards from Geraldton Western Australia | A SILVER VOICE FROM IRELAND

Theresa Smith

Better Reading

Better Reading Book Club Tonight: Your Favourite Books of 2018

Guru’s Top Health Tips with Michael Mosley Podcast

Star-Crossed by Minnie Darke

The Woman From Saint Germain by J. R. Lonie

Hare's Fur by Trevor Shearston

The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer

Celebrating Female Voices: The Better Reading Podcast

Podcast: The Amazing Jackie French

and from my blogs...

That Moment in Time

asbestos on shores, medieval manuscripts, Kilmainham tales, Yorkshire records, nun faked death, exploding grapes, family bible accuracy, apps & privacy, 800 yr old mummy, numerous Irish graves added, Irish woman shot Mussolini, 15th Century Irish castle, King Arthur Celtic?,  tale of the Mary Celeste, great selection of interesting blogs, “great or grand”, outlaw poetry, smallest surviving boy, Fremantle Prison History, mysteries of Winnipeg, millions of records FREE, church ruins, new section… newsletters, Lawrence and the Freemasons, FREE to of a powerful story, and so much more..
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As They Were

ADDITIONS to IGP Archives FEBRUARY 2019, Cavan, Clare, Fermanagh, Mayo, Roscommon, 

Irish Graves



With thanks to Brett Andrew Woods

South Head, Vaucluse
With thanks to Noelene Harris

New South Wales Regional A-I

Burowa formerly Burrowa 
With thanks to Brett Miller


Pambula, NSW
With thanks to Geraldine Rae

Brisbane, Qld

With thanks to Kym Hyson and Darcy Maddock


With thanks to Lynne White

Headlines of Old

Australia's colonial history - Trove Tuesday 5th Mar 2019 pt. 18, using convict labour, a wise man's ferry?, convict trail, Kate Grenville, Hawkesbury, Swadling, Rose, major floods, Great North Road, 


  1. Thank you so much for including my blog piece in your Friday Fossicking for this week!

  2. Some great articles Chris. I particularly enjoyed the one about Jane Eyre

  3. Thanks, Jennifer. I hadn't known much at all about that which was portrayed in that article. I appreciate your comment.

  4. Thanks Chris for sharing my blog in your great 'Friday Fossicking'. One day I may sort it all out!

    1. It takes time, but when you least expect it, something will appear and link all those stray threads in your Family Tapestry together...


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