Friday, July 26, 2019


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


Clare Genealogy: Graveyard Inscriptions - Donated material: Kilmaley Graveyard Thanks to John Mayer

This week why not   The Times  Co Laois genealogy workshop plus...

Dictionary of Sydney has posted a new item, 'Sydney’s Oldest Unsolved Murders'


*From Ancestry On The Record: 

Parent Relationships now shown on each person! There are 8 types of relationships that can be set for parents when you Edit Relationships.  Those are Biological, Adopted, Step, Foster, Related, Guardian, Private and Unknowns.

- All parent relationships now display in the Family Column on each person
- When available, click Additional Parent Relationships to view more.  See a sample here

Filling gaps with Dead Letter Office listsGSQ Blog Janice Cooper

You might also find my recent blog handy... TROVE TUESDAY 9TH JULY 2019........ UNCLAIMED LET...

* UK / Australia Genealogy: How I Found Sarah Sheppard's Parents 

Convicts Guide | NSW State Archives  One of my favourite links

Harnett International festival finds a home in Abbeyfeale   Limerick Post

How to Save Money at RootsTech London The Frugal Family Historian

* Rookwood Cemetery has a new search facility

FREE ACCESS to Millions of Immigration Records, 25-28 July  Alona Tester
 Alona has provided a very comprehensive list of related records.

*  Unbelievable?  A MUST READ Anglo-Celtic -Connections

Find My Past

Newspapers    Witness (Edinburgh)     Forward (Glasgow)      Labour Leader


Oldest Museum Cafe London  Pig Fat Stonehenge ?  One Humble Pot coffee of course..

Disaster Tourism    Rocket Shelters Sweden  Fake Train Wreck Frankfurt

Outback Family History

Family Search Blog


State Library of Qld  incl.  Talking Ideas          and
Meet Dr Rolf Gomes : FREE  15th Oct.  cardiologist and founder of Heart of Australia, an Australian first that sees The Heart Bus bring specialist cardiology equipment and services to rural and remote Queensland.

I Love Bello Shire incl.  BCAC supporting our creatives for more than 20 years

Brisbane Writer's Festival  incl. Volunteer with us   apply before 12 August

Society of Australian Genealogists incl. 
Wed 24 July
Not quite Quincy: Coroners' records in England Helen V. Smith
Your place! 8:00pm - 9:00pm $12, Members only
Coronial inquests were held when an accidental, suspicious or unnatural death occurred. The inquests can be a genealogical treasure trove with information about the deceased’s appearance, health, occupation, life and family relationships.

Fri 9 August
Wikitree challenge for Family History Month Danielle Lautrec and Veronica Williams
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Your place OR 379 Kent Street 10:00am - 3:00pm Free for members and non-members
Celebrate Family History Month by helping to improve Australian content on Wikitree – the free online collaborative family tree, which helps people with their family history research and DNA research! And there are prizes!
This is an online challenge, but there will also be room for up to 14 people to work on the challenge from the SAG library, using library computers and resources.
If you are going to participate in this challenge from the SAG library you'll need to email us in advance at to confirm a spot is available for you. Preparatory research can also be conducted at the library and archives prior to the day.
The challenge is to improve Australian content on Wikitree. This means adding new Australian profiles or contributing to existing ones. We will help you with this, so don’t worry if you are not familiar with Wikitree. You will need a free Wikitree account. Instructions, rules and links will be provided. Here is a free webinar to watch to find out more about Wikitree:

Australian Geographic

The southern marsupial mole is preposterous, even by Australian standards

The kowari is the cutest Australian animal you need to know about

Watch a king brown snake take its first breath

The silver diamond firetail barely even looks real

Yarrangobilly thermal pools are a must-do this winter

Heart Urchin: The Story of Ashley Miskelly, World Sea Urchin Expert

Rocking the Riverina

Podcast: Tim Faulkner - Building an Arch to protect Australia´s Wildlife


A new occasional section for you... 

Australian Society of the Lacemakers of Calais

The Photo Detective Maureen Taylor

Text Queensland.. Queensland's Past Online


How Does the Body Make Vitamin D from Sunlight?


History Geek

Wonderful London’s East End       In Search Of Culpeper’s Spitalfields 

The Animals Of Georgian London

Stair na hÉireann

#OTD in Irish History – 22 July:


Genealogy News Bytes - 19 July 2019  Ancestry to Discontinue We're Related Mobile App

Added and Updated Record Collections at - Week of 14 to 20 July 2019

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 14 to 20 July 2019   Genealogy News Bytes - 23 July 2019

Monday Genea-Pourri - 22 July 2019 


Hannah Goldsmith Part IV: Her Granddaughters       

Hannah Goldsmith, Final Chapter: My Cousins the Scientists


Taking Out The Trash – Italian Style    How is it where you live?

Gerry's Family History

Black death comes to a Berkshire village in 1603

The Legal Genealogist

One giant leap       Just a theory   2019 alphabet soup: P is for…


*  (US) National Archives Digitizes More than 500 Volumes of US Navy Muster Rolls from 19th Century

The US National Archives has partnered with the Joint Institute for the study of Atmospheric and Ocean (JISAO), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric administration (NOAA) and the University of Washington to digitize more than 500 volumes of US Navy muster rolls from the 19th century. These are now available to the public through the National Archives Catalog.

The muster rolls are the official lists of enlisted sailors from 1861 to 1879.  The muster roll data provide not only the names, birthplaces, ages, discharges, and physical description of enlisted seamen but also information on contraband sailors.

If you are looking for ships’ muster rolls for later years you can help:  The National Archives will digitize thousands of Navy logbooks containing new-to-science ocean and weather data as well as the names of ship’s officers and other details of daily shipboard life. After the digitization of the logbooks is complete, the Archives and NOAA will call upon citizen archivists, genealogical researchers, and climate scientists to help transcribe information from the logbooks and muster rolls into digital formats usable by computers. Citizen archivists can now transcribe this muster roll data from the catalog.

* (Germany) StaatsArchiv Destruction of Death Certificates from 1876-1953 Topic of Archiv Journal

In 2018, it became known that the StaatsArchiv Hamburg did on the unconscionable destruction of over one million death records from 1876-1953.  This was taken very seriously and IAJGS amongst others wrote to various Hamburg officials. IAJGS received a response from Dr. Carsten Brosda, Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg Minister of Culture and Media.  In the letter he acknowledges that the State Archives reviewed their actions and concluded their decision to appraise the series was "flawed". "Both the Ministry for Culture and Media and the State Archives were going to hold  discussions with historians and researchers on the matter.

The August 1 edition of the Archiv Journal is devoted to this archival records tragedy-where they do call it an error.  This includes the discussion with the archivists and researchers.

A translation of the article names and authors are:
Udo shepherd
Jessica von Seggern

certificates of death
Ingo Will

register of deaths
Jenny Kotte

collective files
Jenny Kotte

medical council
Mareike Eckardt-Nowitzki

Cholera Commission
Anke Hönnig

state hospital
Mareike Eckardt-Nowitzki

police assets
Julia Nöltgen

public prosecutor's office
Christine Heitmann

Chief Financial Officer
Yvonne Gerlach

compensation files
Jenny Kotte
Julia Wannagat

genetic health records
Anke Hönnig

Further stocks
Ulf Bollmann
Christina Ahrens
Mareike Eckardt-Nowitzki

Translated with

The Journal is in German with other language link. However, if you have patience you can use an online translation service such as: or Each have their limitations but you will be able to get  the gist of what they are saying. I have not translated any of the articles.

Thank you to Jeanette Rosenberg, JGS Great Britain and JewishGen’s GER-SIG for informing us about the journal article.

* (Australia) National Archives of Australia Racing to Digitize Magnetic Tape Collections

The National Archives of Australia (NAA)  are racing to digitize their magnetic tape collections before 2025 when it will become impossible to find working tape playback machines. This is not a problem unique to the Australian archives. Tapes can only be read by format-specific machines, unlike film.  The heads on the machine readers have a finite number of hours before it needs replacement, During the latter half of the 20thcentury many archives created magnetic tape files, using Betamax versions.  In 2016, Sony announced they would stop making Betamax tapes. The machine readers used by the NAA are obsolete and have not been manufactured for years.

The National Archives of Australia has 13,000 hours of audio and video tape that need to be rescued. Tapes contain Australian government agencies actions which the Archives needs to retain to fulfill its mission of preserving the history of the Australian government which affect the rights and entitlements of Australians.  NAA is trying to find tape machines where ever they can find them.

To read more see:

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Think your ancestors came here legally and 'waited their turn'? Think again  

50 years ago today, Mary Jo Kopechne died in Ted Kennedy’s car at Chappaquiddick 

Olivia Newton-John visits Ireland ahead of charity 'Grease' auction 

"Absurd" Irish High Court ruling makes becoming an Irish citizen more difficult 

Beyond the putting green – what to do in the lovely town of Portrush 

First man on moon descended from 'Fermanagh cattle rustlers' 

“The only advice I can give to people is be Irish!” Battle of Britain pilot celebrates 100 years 

Life of High King Brian Boru to be major US miniseries 

Remembering the late, great Frank McCourt 

Moon landing was more touch and go than we ever knew at the time 

What are concentration camps, and have they really come to the USA? 

Hero Irish Antarctic explorer Tom Crean born on this day in 1877 

The Claddagh community of Galway and its lasting traditions 

Remembering the five brave Sullivan brothers  

Best pubs and restaurants in Ireland, according to you! 

Meet the Irish American who just sold 250,000 copies of the Mueller Report 

You will soon be able to visit The Gates of Hell in Co Wicklow 

Remembering writer of "When Irish Eyes are Smiling" on his birthday 

Where to find the finest coastal scenery in Ireland, without all the tour buses 

Annie Moore was the first immigrant through Ellis Island in 1892 

Born and bred in Dublin, let us show you around our town 

International Famine Commemoration to be hosted in this American city in November 

Remarkable footage of the Cliffs of Moher in 1957

Why 1969 was the craziest year in Irish American history 

Texas cancer girl's wish to meet a leprechaun at The Alamo and go to Ireland granted  

Five of the most important females in Irish history 

WATCH: Irish man reunites with American tourist he saved from drowning over 50 years ago 

Star of popular Irish comedy tragically passes away aged 33 

Irishwoman the British could not contain whose name has faded from history

Student was taking "lots of selfies" before accidental Cliffs of Moher death 

Irish American heroes rescue young girl who was swept out to sea at Dublin beach 

The first assassination carried out by Michael Collins's 'Squad' 

Riverdance triumphantly returns to the stage in Dublin 

Ulysses S. Grant, the first US president to ever visit Ireland, died on this day in 1885 

These are the most picture-worthy spots in Dublin 


WW1 Victoria Cross begins a journey back to Ireland.  The Silver Voice

The Broderers Of St Paul’s  The Gentle Author

A hint of California in my garden  Dreams and Adventures at Cosy Cottage

How I Solved It: From DNA to Nellie Drag  Applegate Genealogy

Moon Landing  In Search of Men and Women with Initiative - Solving Family Puzzles

Found at Freethinker’s: The White Mountain Liz Gauffreau

The Story of James Hukins   Before Bernadette

Trove Tuesday - Husbands Geniaus

Today I Want to Be a Poet  Claudia

Trove Tuesday: More about Dave Taylor Backtracking


Theresa Smith

Book Review: Fed Up – Navigating and redefining emotional labour for good by Gemma Hartley

#BookBingo – Round 15

Book Review: Jane Seymour, The Haunted Queen by Alison Weir

Book Review: What Empty Things Are These by Judy Crozier

Book Review: The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

Allen & Unwin

Shot Down  Marianne Van Velzen

Born at the Right Time Professor Ron McCallum

Australia's Original Languages  R.M.W. Dixon

Larrikins in Khaki  Tim Bowden

Penguin Books

Knife    by Jo Nesbo    

The Prettiest Horse in the Glue Factory  Corey White

Perfect Motion    Jono Lineen

Use It or Lose It  Paul McIntyre

and from my blogs...

That Moment in Time

Friday Fossicking 19th July 2019, FREE movies-music-genie records-lectures-webinars, morbid cakes, vanishing shipwrecks, the island that eats itself, French burial mound, US passenger lists,
Huddersfield & Middlesex baptisms, moon landing, Iceland Cemetery, insistence that child’s birth is registered, Irish moss seaweed pie, wishing tree topples, Walk Cliff lift Bournemouth, family history on a budget, best results using smartphone cameras, Tasmanian school of 1800’s, and a whole lot more…
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Irish Graves


With thanks to Andrew Shillabeer


With thanks to Tracie Nanna Regan


With thanks to Tracie Nanna Regan


With thanks to Noelene Harris


With thanks to Noelene Harris

Headlines of Old

Passenger Lists- Inward / Outbound / Internal,Trove Tuesday 23 Jul 2019, sailing ships, steam ships, coastal routes, 1860-1943, numerous names, to & from Europe, ‘local travel”, various ports,

Confessions of a Bibliophile

‘the wolf is not the only hunter” …………  SHEPHERD by Catherine Jinks
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