Friday, August 2, 2019


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


Why Arnott's $3 billion sale could spell the end of Orange Slices  Brisbane Times

Canberra family turning bottle caps into plastic hands and arms for children - ABC News

Sydney News: Two wanted over Dog on the Tuckerbox vandalism - ABC News

Silo art brightens up rural town with local farm characters Whisky the kelpie, Diamond the sheep - ABC News

90-year-old graduate from Bairnsdale says it's never too late to study - ABC News

'As long as we can see the sky, we can see our stories': Indigenous Australians first to discover variable stars - ABC News

Robotic suit HELLEN helps paralysed surf lifesaver Jess Collins stand up, take first steps - ABC News

Miles Franklin Literary Award won by Melissa Lucashenko for her novel Too Much Lip - ABC News

Library honours city’s convict women - City of Newcastle

Flooding damages birth, death and marriage records in Edinburgh - BBC News

A History of Irish Surnames: Is Yours Here? – Ancestry Blog



All events | National Family History Month

25 Ways You Can Present and Share Your Family History | Lonetester HQ  From 2016, still applies...

 Ancestry .. just-released collection of Holocaust records available to everyone

Find My Past

Atlas Obscura

Happy Little Paintings    ‘Nurdle’ Pollution   Texas   Apollo ‘Insurance Covers well worth reading

Chubby Night Parrot NZ   Stompie the Tank   La Ventaña Arch  Colorado  Intersex Through History

Moon Memorial    Abandoned Lock No.19  Controversial Reopening Halki Seminary Istanbul video

Mysterious Metal Mirror      Original Sea Monster  Narrow Gauge Railroad    Mark IV Tank

Bread on Trees Sheffield   A Monument’s New Life     Scaly-Foot Snail   Banana Peel Invasion

The Tweeting Tree   Jumbo Squid Mystery  Secret Forest      25 Stellar Ceilings stunning

‘Sausage Kitchen’  Germany  Monster of Oakland  Bog Makeover Hawaii  Yearbook Sham

Cemetery Picnics   Sudwala Caves  South Africa     The World Islands  Dubai  Goodbye Glacier

18 Spectacular Stairways  Map of Small-Town Chicago    Monumental Clocks

National Gallery Sculpture Garden   Estonia Ghost Town   World’s Shortest War

Masonic Lodge Museum

Family Search Blog

Cousin Chart—Cousin Relationships Explained    Norwegian Names—What Are They All About?

What Is a Second Cousin?: How to Calculate Family Relationships

How to Fix Incorrect Record Links in Your Family Tree    Day of the Dead Traditions

How to Find Your Relative on the Shared FamilySearch Family Tree     6 Unique Mexican Traditions

Quinceañera Traditions and History  Traditional Mexican Food—A Treat for All the Senses


Virtual Genealogical Association Conference   UK WDYTYA Daniel Ratcliffe episode on YouTube

Nova Scotia BMDs    Northern Ireland Baby Names 2018  New WW2 era records on Ancestry

Deceased Online adds Headington Cemetery, Oxfordshire    Sunday Sundries

First Batch of Vernon’s Directories Available for Viewing  Debrett's moves online

Your mtDNA journey video from FamilyTreeDNA

Ontario Ancestors Conference & Family History Show 2020

British Newspaper Archive additions for July


Judy Webster-Genealogy  incl. details of Ancestry's electoral rolls, looking for UK wills

Logan City Council Libraries   incl. National Family History Month

Cairns Family History incl.Trove & British Newspaper Archive - Workshop,  More about Cairns DNA FHS 

The National Archives UK incl. > See all family activities    > See all upcoming events 
I Love Bello Shire incl. Forged from Steel - Artist Blacksmiths Conveying the Meeting of Cultures

Society of Australian Genealogists  S.A.G.  NEWS       CALENDAR    WEB TIPS  Find a Will

National Library Australia   incl. Story Time: Australian Children’s Literature  plus ..

Learn more about National edeposit  Register for Ask a Family History Librarian webinar


The Miyawaki Method: A Better Way to Build Forests?   The Souls of Magnets

The Folklorist behind Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark  The Unicorn Tapestries

Will Reanimating Dead Brains Inspire the Next Frankenstein?

How the Paris Catacombs Solved a Cemetery Crisis 

Australian Geographic

A guide to all 27 species of Australia’s possums and gliders

The banded broadbill looks like a kookaburra has been attacked with a paintbrush

The wacky, wild world of Australian insect eggs

‘Beautiful coral’ discovered on the New South Wales Central Coast

Watch an echidna hatch in this vintage CSIRO clip

Time lapse: watch an entrancing video of a cicada shedding its crunchy shell

"The birder must be self-sufficient": how to bird watch Australia’s islands

Podcast: How to survive sailing solo around Antarctica

Help the brush-tailed rock-wallaby

Always Interesting


Magical Thoughts — Beauty   Bisa Butler     Beccy Ridsdel     Faerie Paths — Synchronicity

The Irish Story

The Rise and Fall of the Dáil Courts, 1919-1922

The Gentle Author

The Spitalfields Roman Woman     At Ben Truman’s House    Joseph Merceron v Ross Poldark

Philip Cunningham’s East End Portraits   Ebbe Sadolin’s London  At Billingsgate Roman Bathhouse

At Dr Johnson’s House 

Applegate Genealogy

Curiouser & Curiouser 

Stair na hÉireann

#OTD in Irish History – 29 July:

Genea Musings

Genealogy News Bytes - 26 July 2019   Monday Genea-Pourri - 29 July 2019

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

Genealogy News Bytes - 30 July 2019     

MedBetterDNA Chrome Extension Improved to Show Full AncestryDNA Match Notes

The Frugal Family Historian

Some of genealogy's best-kept secrets   

Irish in the American Civil War

Volunteers Wanted: Identifying the Origins of Irish Veterans of the American Civil War


An Update on My Dannenberg Cousins     

Another Cousin Discovered: The Granddaughter of Etta Wolfe Wise, My Third Cousin Sally

The Legal Genealogist

Filling in the blanks   Ancestry updates its terms

The Family Curator

5 Reasons To Attend GRIP Again and Again

The Dusty Box

Murder of Ah Yet


Victoria Cross won by Irishman in Australian WWI forces comes to Ireland after 80 years

The IRA Chief of Staff who was “unbought, unconquered, and unpurchasable to the last”

Sudanese refugees found hidden in a truck in Galway City

On This Day: Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., JFK's older brother, is born in 1915

Irish priest who founded Boys Town in the US one step closer to sainthood 

Irish woman part of team awarded for dementia care initiative 

Extremely rare 1880s bottle of Irish whiskey to sell for over $10,000 

Irish American author's latest book voted as The Tonight Show's official summer read 

Celebrating George Bernard Shaw's birthday with ten of his wittiest quotes 

Ireland's greatest fighter pilot ever killed on this day in 1918

The day the Irish Mob nearly wiped out the Italian Mafia in New York City 

Stunning choir serenades pilot with Irish blessing on his retirement flight 

Sean McNeill, well known Irish community leader in New York, has passed 

This Irish county is the #3 bucket list destination in the whole world 

The man who found the Titanic wreckage to begin hunt for Amelia Earhart's plane 

Iconic Irish food brands we long for when we're not at home 

Riverdance triumphantly returns to the stage in Dublin  

Meet the Irish woman breaking down barriers in technology education  

A Mayo hero - NYPD cop and nine-time Olympic medalist 

New York's favorite Irish event returns with a packed lineup of Irish music and dance 

Mystery of Irish World War II hero finally solved after six decades 

Documentary on 1994 Loughinisland massacre nominated for Emmy 

This is the oldest known photo of an Irish famine survivor 

Read More: Search for relatives of Irish WWI war hero comes to an end

'Irish dancing everywhere' video series raises funds for cancer research 

Trailer for Martin Scorsese's The Irishman finally drops 

Irish Americans pen hilarious obituary to father who “threatened to die in a recliner”

Riverdance’s New Jersey fiddle player wow’s Dublin audience 


(US-IL) Illinois Governor Pritzker Signs DNA Data Protection Law
Illinois Governor Pritzker signed HB 2189 into law. The new law, Genetic Information Privacy Act, provides that long term care insurance or life insurance policies may not seek information derived from direct-to-consumer  genetic testing. The new law also prohibits direct-to-consumer commercial testing from sharing the genetic test information or other personally identifiable information about a consumer from life or health insurers without written consent from the consumer.  

To read the Illinois House Bill see:  
Original url:

Thank you to Dick Eastman and the Eastman Online Genealogy Newsletter for informing us about this new law.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Tribute to Gentleman Blaze   Dreams and Adventures at Cosy Cottage  😢

On the vine  The Legal Genealogist

Autumn Leaves genielynau

Proofreed Everything! Claudia

#FamilySecrets — Orick Larson Jensen    Bethany (Jensen) Maddox - Root Stalker Genealogy

The death of infant McSweeney, Christmas Day, 1921   Judith Salecich

Fire in Kyneton Victoria 1865 | Tracking Down The Family


Theresa Smith

The Week That Was…

Book Review: Three Ways To Disappear by Katy Yocom

Book Review: The Boy with Blue Trousers by Carol Jones

Challenge Check In – July

Better Reading

Book of the Week: The One by Kaneana May

The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle by Sophie Green

Taking Tom Murray Home by Tim Slee

Confession with Blue Horses by Sophie Hardach

Australian Crime Story event: Crime Writing Legends in Conversation

Kids' Book of the Week: The Last Balfour by Cait Duggan

Sharing Stories of Courage: Q&A with Ingrid Laguna

Book of the Week: Misconception by Rebecca Freeborn

The Millionaire Castaway by David Glasheen with Neil Bramwell

A Beggar’s Kingdom by Paullina Simons

The Joy of High Places by Patti Miller

Australian Crime Story event: Crime Writing Legends in Conversation

Kids' Book of the Week: Detention by Tristan Bancks

Podcast: Have you always dreamt of writing a book?

Allen & Unwin

Bruny  Heather Rose     Enter competition

Silver   Chris Hammer      Enter competition

The Weekend  Charlotte Wood   Enter competition

The Irish Story

Book Review: A Broad Church: the Provisional IRA in the Republic of Ireland

and from my blogs...

That Moment in Time                              

A million plus death records destroyed,  US Navy Muster rolls, Origins of Stevia - a sweet story, letterlocking, Essex indexes, convicts guide, dementia village, mapping unmarked Aboriginal graves, high quality video moon landing, Laois genealogy workshop, Listen.. tracing Cork ancestors, Text Queensland, wikitree challenge, aging prison population, magnetic tape collections to be digitised, Brian Boru miniseries, Annie Moore & Ellis Island, Gates of Hell, lots of FREEBIES, an INCREDIBLE offer  (be quick in case),great blogs, many MORE Irish graves AND as if labour isn’t enough- delivering another’s baby at the same time…..!

KARRAKATTA CATASTROPHE, heartbreaking letter, destruction of headstones, memorials missing, enough is enough.. Feel free to share… maybe someone will listen..


Irish Graves


With thanks to Noelene Harris


Goulburn  (Old Goulburn)
With thanks to Felicity Bent

Headlines of Old

Murders, Apprehensions & More  ... Trove Tuesday 30 Jul 2019, government gazettes, newspapers,  trials, numerous names, shocking case in the Hawkesbury, Victorian cases also, is your ancestor mentioned? ……

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