Friday, May 3, 2019


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


Australian Imperial Force – What the average Anzac took into service with him and what he brought home Blog

WWII records to be digitised. announcement via a joint release from Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Minister for Veterans' Affairs Darren Chester

A parrot that tipped off drug dealers to a raid is in custody  Brisbane Times

Abbey Street, Ennis, County Clare | Lots to enjoy for lovers of Ireland… | Flickr

Free ancestry Records - Trace your Family Tree Online |

St Barnabas' Anglican Church Broadway | The Dictionary of Sydney

How World War I's brutality echoed in this Queensland family decades after Sydney Morning Herald

How my family’s history in London hid a revolutionary Russian secret     The Guardian

Australian poet Les Murray dies at 80 - ABC News

Can the popularity of tiny homes provide a solution for older women facing homelessness? - ABC News

Broadway Hotel, Chippendale - Time Gents

“Secrets of the Nire,” the Rightful Royal Family of the Celtic Isles    PR Web

IrishGenealogyNews: Irish genealogy and history events, 29 April to 12 May Claire Santry

'Yeti' footprints discovered by Indian army mountaineers in Nepal's snow-capped Himalayas - ABC News

Teeth of Irish famine victims reveal scientific markers for starvation | Science | The Guardian

Modern tribes: the amateur genealogist | Life and style | The Guardian

Old Photos Are Not Worth Anything - Missy Mwac

In search of my family’s buried treasure | Life and style | The Guardian

Stephen McGann: My lot walked, my lot starved’ | The Guardian (Dr. Turner from Call the Midwife)

Heritage Walk: John Street, Eltham Mud Brick Precinct – 4 May, 2019  elthamhistory


National Library Australia  incl. Find out more about donating election ephemera   

Read How Hurley Came to the Library

I Love Bello Shire incl. Malcolm McFarlane Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival

State Library Qld  Meet the writers

Visit Canberra    incl.  Get the most out of your visit to Canberra on a tour     The definitive gallery guide for Canberra

Australian War Memorial   incl. Places of Pride     On closer inspection     a 360' experience

A lifetime of service for Australia

'Sign up for Judy Webster's infomative and free newsletter at'

Churchyards become Lawns in Sweden as Tombstones are typically Removed after 25 Years | Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

Did You Know?

Society of Australian Genealogy S.A.G.S. incl.

The Glebe Society 50th Anniversary Week Long Exhibition - 22 June to 30 June 2019

Webinar - Tracking down your ancestors in Ireland 6 May 8-9.00am Pauleen Cass

Queensland BDM Indexes
Last year the Queensland Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages launched their updated Family history research service which provided more flexible searching options for their historical BDM indexes.

They've now added another function to the indexes. After performing your search, you can download the top 100 results by clicking on the Download link at the top of the search results. This will create a csv file which you can then save to your computer and each row contains full details of an index entry as well as a link you can use to later view the details online and purchase the historical certificate.

Updates Genie

No.56 (genealogy news)   Judy Webster

Introduction to Norwegian probate records  Norwegian Genealogy and then some

Lonely Planet Norway – Travel Guide    Norwegian Genealogy and then some

DNA Reinforcement     Geniaus

10 fascinating convicts you’ve never heard of – Ancestry Blog AU

FamilySearch – getting the most out of it       Geelong and District   Susie Zada

Outback Family History

The Coolgardie Safe - a family story - Outback Family History

The Storming of Grants Groggery:       Milly Soak – Historic Graves

The Greatest Polo Match – a verse   


Stockholm Syndrome      Five Steps to Making Your Garden a Carbon Sink

Why Miles Davis's "Kind of Blue" Is So Beloved         What's Wrong with Planet Earth?

The New Legacy of Casimir Pulaski

National Library Australia

Decolonising Historical Maps        

Wed 29 May | 5.30pm  Theatre | free     Book online for Decolonising Historical Maps

Anglo-Celtic Connection

Atlas Obscura

Find My Past

Australian Geographic

The ‘founding mothers’: the little-known story of Australia’s convict women

Motherly love: The bizarre maternal behaviours of Aussie animal mums

Meet the tiniest rock-wallaby on Earth

This delicate little treeswift is the best mum

Sunda pangolin mum with her pangopup

A mother’s love – the whales that go months without food to raise their calves

Meet the mother-daughter duo who climbed Everest together

'Lawn you can eat’: Native alternatives to garden staples

A short history of female filmmaking in Australia

The wildflowers of WA

Australia’s emblematic beauties illustrated

The most heroic Aussie female adventurers

Always Interesting

Family history across the seas...

V is for Variata Outings      Wewak Wandering         X is for PNG Xmases      Yumi bung wantaim

and the last of this interesting series... Zany, Quirky or Weird?

In Days Gone By...

Yo-yos a shortbread variety         and the last in this great series... Zucchini slice

The Gentle Author

In Jeffrey Johnson’s Footsteps     What Happened To Tadmans     Paul Pindar’s House In Bishopsgate

Ann Sotheran’s West End Champions      Genealogy News Bytes - 26 April 2019

At Victoria Park Model Steam Boat Club     Mavis Bullwinkle, Secretary    

Ernest George’s Old London   Hugh Wedderburn, Master Woodcarver 

Applegate Genealogy

Bowater & the Bristol Comfort       Using Google Tour Builder to Tell An Ancestor’s Story

The Legal Genealogist

Collecting the resources    Signs of the times      Keeping that DNA resolution

Learning from the past     2019 alphabet soup: J is for…   

The Dusty Box

The Great Jansen | The Dusty Box


Dear Grandpa: Are We Related To Any Famous Authors?

Seavers in the News - Henry E. Seaver Killed by Trolley in Hartford, Conn. in 1922

Added and Updated Record Collections at - Week of 21 to 27 April 2019

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 21 to 27 August 2019          Monday Genea-Pourri - 29 April 2019

 Genealogy News Bytes - 30 April 2019    

Dear Randy: How Do You Explain This 1940 U.S. Census Entry?

Dreams and Adventures at Cosy Cottage

May onwards – Paws forward

Norwegian Genealogy and then some

The breathtaking Norwegian fjords


My Double-Cousin Henry Goldsmith, Part I     Milton Goldsmith’s Family Album, Part XI: Tributes to His Father Abraham

Over Sixty Killed in Train Wreck in 1903, including My Cousin Edison Goldsmith

The Irish Story

Trampling the rights of a free people’: Coercion in Nineteenth Century Ireland       

Looking forward, looking back

Family photo: Annie Woolley       The Findlay Brick Wall         Visiting Bourtie Kirk


Sidewalk Chalk Art, Germany  very clever     Snow Gate, Burlington, Vermont 

Broad Peak 8051m seen from Baltoro Glacier in northern Pakistan       

Deep in the Heart of Textiles

Endeavourers Reveal Day 6 – Raindrops

Sunday Evening Art Gallery

Ron Ben-Israel   Wedding cakes        

Humouring the Goddess

Babble by You        Faerie Paths – Frolic

Historical Ratbag

Østerlars Church 


The Last of the Great American Hobos           At the Edge of the Ice

A New Museum Sheds Light on the Statue of Liberty      

Why We Need a New Civil War Documentary

This Library in Anchorage Lends Out Taxidermic Specimens

Fishes Were Julie Packard’s Wishes for Her New Smithsonian Portrait 

Ten of the South’s Most Mouth-Watering Food Festivals

How Origami Is Revolutionizing Industrial Design

For the First Time in 300 Years, Pilgrims Can Climb These Holy Marble Steps

The Gulf of Mexico’s Hottest Diving Spots Are Decommissioned Oil Rigs

What Happened to Notre-Dame’s Precious Art and Artifacts?

Twelve Epic Migratory Journeys Animals Take Every Spring

The World's Weirdest Architectural Feat Involves Building a Cathedral With Ninth-Century Tools


[Records-Access-Alerts] (US-IL) Cook County Vital Records Bureau Changes Method to Obtain Genealogy Copies of Vital Records

The notice on the Cook County Clerk's (Greater Chicago)  website for genealogy records explains that they changed their process. No longer may the individual search the site for birth, marriage or death records, instead the researcher has to provide a series of online forms.  The information one must provide information on is the requestor's email, snail mail, state, and other forms  asking relationship to the person of record, reason for the genealogical search with a drop down box with specific  options then another form about the person whose record you are requesting. Some of the questions the requestor may not have for example on a death request must provide the state file number, their marital status, their birthdate, place of death and occupation, the cemetery where they are buried, mother's full name—the type of information genealogists want to obtain which is why we order the records in the first place. Information requested for birth records are similar along with the fathers and mothers race, occupation, age and birthplace. Information on marriage records in addition to the name and age of the bride and groom they  want the marriage ate, type of and city where the  ceremony was performed and license number.  

If you are uncertain of the exact date of birth, marriage or death and want us to search more than one year, include $1.00 for each additional year you want searched, up to a maximum of 10 years.

Without the researcher being able to search and determine which vital record they want the selection is left to the County Clerk staff to determine.  The days of "searching" all with a particular surname are over.

Under Illinois law the embargo periods for vital records are:

    Birth certificates 75 years.
    Marriage certificates 50 years.
    Death certificates 20 years.

To access the County Clerk's website to order records go to:

For other information including the charges go to:

If there was an advance notice of the change or request for public input I did not see it.

Thank you to Tony Kierna and Tony's Genealogical Blog for informing us of this change in accessing genealogical records from Cook County, Illinois

[Records-Access-Alerts] US-MI) New Bill Would Expand Embargo Period for Birth Records to 130 Years
The Michigan House has a bill HB 4113 that would extend the embargo period from 100 years to 130 years for birth records. This would be the longest embargo period in the United States.

 It was assigned to the House Families, Children, and Seniors committee on March 21.  To follow the bill's progress see:

At this point I have not been able to speak to the committee staff about any hearing dates and am awaiting a return call. When I learn more I will post here on the IAJGS Public Records Access Alert. 

Thank you to Brooke Schreier Ganz, Reclaim the Records, for informing of us about this bill—she learned about it from the adoptees group in Michigan.  We appreciate learning about all pending vital records legislation and rely on your eyes and ears to inform us!

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Confirmed cases of measles in Ireland have grown by over 200 percent since 2017 

WATCH: 'Trad on the Prom' is an Irish dance show like no other 

Solo travel in Ireland: these tours will help guide your Irish adventure 

The London Jew who gave his life for Ireland during Easter 1916 

WATCH: Irish Film Institute releases newsreel footage of 1916 Dublin Rebellion 

Three guys Irish dance their way around the world 

Guinness Storehouse celebrates its 20 millionth visitor

British Pathé’s treasures of Irish history unearthed 

Four unexpected things to do in Galway

Dublin still bears the scars of the 1916 Easter Rising over a century later 

WATCH: Three generations of Irish dancers show what family’s all about 

How Game of Thrones saved this Northern Ireland man’s farm 

Child killed in 1916 Easter Rising honored with headstone over a century later 

200 British soldiers investigated for crimes during The Troubles 

Giant Idaho Potato Hotel promises a different vacation on Airbnb 

New memoir of famed Irish Australian cellist who refused to play Rule Britannia 

A mother’s plea for no more wigs or expensive beauty aids in Irish dance 

WATCH: Tiny Irish dancer thrills the crowd with Michael Jackson routine 

Irish American working Mom shouts stop on society's superwoman demands

An American son searches for home in My Father Left Me Ireland 

WATCH: 80 Irish dancers take to the streets of NYC in Mission2Manhattan 

True story of Jack the Ripper’s Irish victim told at last 

Why Trinity College is the most memorable place to stay in Dublin 

Ancient Celtic Bealtaine festival begins May 1

Jackie Kennedy's secret life as a book editor

Irish man rescues American tourists after car plunges into sea in Co Kerry 

Five amazing things to do in Dublin  

From Bealtaine to Samhain - celebrate Ireland's sacred Celtic holidays 

Irish words and slang to learn before you visit Ireland 

Dublin memorial honoring 13,000 Irish killed at WWI Flanders Fields opened 

These are the places in Ireland you have to visit


Pastlinks: A Picnic When Cars Were Few ... a Trove Tuesday post.


Henry White: From Bletchingley servant to Mongarlowe orchardist GSQ Blog

#FamilyTreeLive Adventures « The History Interpreter - Janet Few

The All-Ireland Football match behind barbed wire, Frongoch Internment Camp, June 1916 
Stair na hÉireann   

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 17 - At Worship - Michael O'Brien Australian Genealogy Journeys

Strong Foundations: Who Left THAT There?

Unintended Victim of War   Little Wild Streak

No. 402 - St Bridget's at Tunnack - "The Worst He Ever Saw" | Churches of Tasmania Duncan Grant


Theresa Smith

Book Review: Under The Midnight Sky by Anna Romer

#Book Bingo – Round 9        The Hollow Bones by Leah Kaminsky

Book Club for May  Four great titles

Book Review: If You Could Go Anywhere by Paige Toon

Challenge Check In – April  total books read...11!

Better Reading

Book of the Week: The Book of Dreams by Nina George

The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary

Stand Up for the Future: A Celebration of Inspirational Young Australians

Podcast: Josephine Moon

55 by James Delargy

Malamander by Thomas Taylor

Podcast: Minnie Darke

Podcast: Kerry Tucker     

The Irish Story

Book Review: Conspirators: A Photographic History of Ireland’s Revolutionary Underground

Reviewer: Kerron Ó Luain

and from my blogs...

That Moment in Time

Easter Rising, Irish Adoption Records, ancient shipwrecks, Notre Dame bees, ANZAC memories, war in PNG, FREE webinars, lost love reignites, town plans  of 1820 Scotland, Boer War nurses, Greek villagers saved by ANZACS, Irish cemetery records, fairytales in other tongues, NZ City & Area directories, WW2 massacre revealing awful secret, NSW Index to Bounty immigrants 1828-1842,  indigenous ANZAC POW recognised, Chinese soldiers legacy, Australian Nurses in WW1 and far more than can be noted here..
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CEMETERY -COMMENTS & QUANDARIES  Additions.. Australia and International

Headlines of Old

Casualty Lists World War I  - Trove Tuesday  30 April 2019, indigenous troops, dogs in war, poisonous gases, farewell parade, Heilly France, Bois Genier, injured, dead, missing, returned home..

As They Were

Additions to Contributions
With thanks to Paul O’Brien

Irish Graves

Berrima, NSW
with thanks to Maree C Duffy

St. Peter’s, Campbelltown
With thanks tho Maree C. Duffy

Deloraine, Tasmania
with thanks to Lisa Bartlett

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