Friday, September 27, 2019


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


The Truth and Lies between Love and Hate  13 year old girl writes of her love for her disabled brother


* Earl Grey’s Irish Famine Orphans (70): Tinteán | trevo's Irish famine orphans  Subscribe to FREE magazine.

Are you related to the DILLON, MURRAY or SWEENEY families? elthamhistory
The Eltham Cemetery Trust needs your help.
Are you related in some way to Michael Dillon (1851-1916) or Bridget Cecilia Dillon (1849-1927) who are buried in the Eltham Cemetery?
It is our understanding from a rudimentary search of records available from Ancestry.comthat Bridget was the daughter of John Wright MURRAY(1816-1867) and Mary SWEENEY(1833-1909). She married Hamilton DRAIN(1847-1886) in 1884 and they had a daughter, Mary Ellen DRAIN(1886-1888).
Following husband Hamilton Drain's death in 1886, and her infant daughter Mary's death in 1888,  Bridget married Michael Dillon in 1894. It appears that she and Michael had no children together.
Electoral roll records indicate that Michael was a farmer and that he and Bridget lived in Research, Vic.
Read more via the link above...

*  What's new?  John Grenham   see below

  • September 22 2019: Almost 500 new surnames and 7,000 new surname variants added, part of the digitisation of the 1899 Dublin city municipal voters register. Such wonders as RennixRipitBargatee and Barronfeather now available

*  Rookwood Cemetery: Mapping the dead     Cassie Mercer

*  One month from today  2019 Virtual Genealogy  Fair  The Legal Genealogist


Anglo-Celtic Connections

Atlas Obscura

Treasured Trash      14 Lesser-Known Ancient Sites      Yanartaş burning mountain

Found: A Two-Toned Lobster        Torre Flavia medieval fort      Ancient Kjolur Trail  Iceland

Family Search



Billion Graves     Club, Society, and Fraternity Gravestone Symbols, Part 2  see also pt. 1 and 3

Michael in Ireland  incl.   a  must read..  "A Parrafin Oil Table Lamp" Pat Watson ❤️

State Library of Qld    incl.  New exhibition and program explores Queensland's Greek cafe 

phenomenon     More about the exhibition       FREE   Greek cafes of our past  walking tour  FREE


(US-Michigan) Michigan Archives New Website

The Archives of Michigan have a new website, The collection will grow over the next months. Currently, they discuss Michigan death records which are searchable from 1921 to 1947. The collection will grow from 1897 to 1952. Death certificates from 1897 to 1943 will display full images while 1944 to 1953 will only provide index information It appears that birth certificates are not yet added to the new website.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

Always Interesting


Autumn In Spitalfields

The Legal Genealogist

Dreams and Adventures at Cosy Cottage

The Irish Story

Humouring the Goddess.... Claudia

Stair na hÉireann

Love in a Little Black Diary

My mother, a young woman    Judith Salecich

Pauline Connolly

The Dusty Box

Frank Fogarty Escapes Jess Barratt

Clogs and Clippers

Husbands Bosworth  Stella Budrikis

Gerry's Family History

The divorce that never was

Brotmanblog: A Family Journey

A Mystery Photo


Trove Tuesday - Pusells Gazetted

Outback Family History

The Mysterious Mr Bradley



NYC Police Department Photos Over 100 Years to be Made Public
The New York City Police Department has photos over 100 years old documenting the history of NYC. The photos are being digitized and will be made available to the public-it might take 20 years to complete the digitization.. The photos range from the 1800s to today and show buildings as well as people. The photos are being donated to the NYC Municipal Archives—so far 65,000 frames covering four years have been donated. A CBS exclusive report talks about the photos and they went to the basement of police headquarters to interview staff.  The article which includes a video may be read at:

(South Africa) National Archives of South Africa has a New Website
The National Archives and Records Service of South Africa (NARSSA) has a new website:  Go to collections and the dropdown menu and click on search the collections or, go to:  for guidance about using the search function. No registration is necessary to search data. The new website lacks a Soundex feature so creativity in spelling in surname variants is suggested. Data is still being migrated to the new website although 7.5 million entries have been migrated. 
 To learn how to search on the new website go to  aforementioned link and there is a link on how to use the database.  Only the new website will be updated although the old website is still active. 


Mystery solved! The Marriage of Marcus Morreau and Alice Weinmann Brotmanblog:A Family Journey

Earl Grey’s Irish Famine orphans (30): what’s involved in writing orphan stories | trevo's Irish famine orphans


Theresa Smith

Penguin Books

Killer Instinct      James Patterson

The Titanic Secret Clive Cussler and Jack Du Bruhl

New Audiobooks..  The Yield  author Tara June Winch, narrated by Tony Briggs

Detention  Written and narrated by Tristan Bancks

Dymocks Booklover

The Girl Who Lived Twice  David Lagercrantz

The Insitute    Stephen King

How The Dead Speak  Val McDermid

The Dirty Dozen Lynda La Plante

The Long Call  Ann Cleeves

and from my blogs...

That Moment in Time

Friday Fossicking 20th Sept 2019, many FREEBIES, NZ history, black death in Brisbane, redback spider eats mouse, what’s a dibbler?, treasures of Pompeii, 42,000 year old man goes home, Meet me at the Paragon, BIFF 3-13 Oct., Hidden Lanes Festival, live like a Crawley, artificial womb, Inca Knots decoded,
most fossils are male, London’s oldest ironmonger, Port Arthur, cure for Crohn’s, learn Irish for FREE, book reviews, FREE podcasts, and a whole lot more graves added… and much more..
Feel free to share…


Numerous additions to Australian and International Sections  incl.

MidCoast Council assesses monuments in cemeteries…

BBC and Netflix cemetery filming totally disrespectful..

Headlines of Old

PERSONALS PLUS  1844 - 1952 Trove Tuesday 24th Sept. 2019, over several states, some overseas news included,  BDMs, celebrations, announcements, sshhh....gossip ! , business, church news, police news, even royalty gets a mention, so many names and details ….and well.. that would be telling…

As They Were

Further additions to Contributions Page
With thanks to Paul O’Brien

Irish Graves

Queensland Cemeteries Outside of Brisbane
With thanks to Pauline Connolly


WINDSOR, St. Matthew’s C of E,

With thanks to Noelene Harris

Friday, September 20, 2019


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


[Dictionary of Sydney] Fifty years of Kaldor Art Projects 

Urunga Boardwalk Upgrade  Bellingen Courier Sun

Of Learning and Checklists  cassmob  FREE

The Photo Detective Podcast Archives | Maureen Taylor .... Listen FREE

Keystone statutes     Discovering fiction         The Legal Genealogist

Brazilian Surnames     RootsTech 2020–Registration Now Open!      Family Search Blog

Burial Register Search - City of London. Thanks to Alona Tester, Gould Genealogy    FREE

Irish Culture and Heritage Day to take place on 29 September in Stockbridge  The Edinburgh Reporter

First and Pioneer Families banquet set   The Columbus Dispatch

GeniAus: 10th Consecutive Year       Trove Tuesday - Lake Macquarie History

Anglo-Celtic Connections

British In Ceylon Parish Records               View Berkshire records

Records of the world       Explore your Russian roots      Explore our India Office Collection 

Outback Family History

Australian Geographic



State Library of Qld   incl.   "Meet me at the Paragon" From Fri 27 Sep | FREE

Conservation clinics  Tue 3 Oct | FREE
Do you have rare books, artwork on paper, family heirlooms, films or photographs that you’d like to preserve? Book a free 15 minute appointment with a conservator to get personalised advice.
Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) runs from 3 to 13 October with a number of films you can experience (some for FREE!) at State Library. <-   Click for more events

The National Archives UK  incl.   Club de Fromage  a slice of 80s nostalgia at our disco

 The ScriBbleR  Stella Budrikis   incl.  Nancy Wake,  and upcoming book, 

 The Burial Files a 9-part podcast series from the New South Wales Library. The series looks at the history of the 19th century cemetery discovered under Sydney's Central Railway Station, along with life in Sydney in that era.  FREE


Atlas Obscura

Family History Daily

A Schoenthal Update: More Photos from My Cousin Sally

Family Portraits: The Artists Behind the Portraits Discovered

The Frugal Family Historian
Free family history books  FREE

The Legal Genealogist
Not one in a million 

Historical Ratbag
Port Arthur

Stair na hÉireann
#OTD in Irish History – 16 September:

Luycho   I Forgot — Again   Sunday Evening Art Gallery — Matt Molloy  Painting Is Easy…Not

Liz Gauffreau
Digital Discoveries: Peace and other stories

Dreams and Adventures at Cosy Cottage
Two years on… My Second Blog Anniversary


Irish couple welcome "miracle" quadruplets in Dublin 

Forget "Darby O'Gill and the Little People!" This film has all the leprechauns and banshees you need 

Waterford Crystal’s Ogham collection - inspired by the ancient Irish alphabet 

West Cork island could become first private island bought via crowdfunding 

4,500-year-old boat among Viking artifacts hoard discovered in Galway 

Top ten famous people with Irish grandfathers 

Honoring the Irish poet and nationalist who died a British soldier on the Western Front 

Robert de Niro is on a desperate search to find his Irish roots 

The beauty and danger of Blarney Castle's Poison Garden 

Scientist who has found a cure for Crohn’s honored at Irish America Life Sciences awards 

Teeth reveal important clues into diet of famine Irish 

First NYPD cop to die in the line of duty was an Irish immigrant

Galway Aran Islands make history with medicine delivered by drone 

Daughter of murdered Irishman to publish series of books to help children grieve 

On this day: Irish Brigade suffers mass casualties at The Battle of Antietam 

What did the Vikings do for the Irish?

These are the best places you can visit on an Irish passport 

Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture program officially launched 

The best way to learn Irish online for free has returned      FREE

WATCH: Here’s how you can make homemade Guinness ice cream 


A Day on the Dunes  Dreams and Adventures at Cosy Cottage

Remembering The Sunlander: Gayndah Railway Complex Judith Salecich

Residents of Blue Mountains villages are fiercely loyal.  Pauline Connolly

HistorianRuby’s History Trips: What’s Happened This Year?  Historian Ruby

New Victorian resources, DNA reports & other news - Genealogy Notes 15 Aug - 15 Sep  Diary of an Australian Genealogist

Hazards of the Sea  cassmob


Theresa Smith

The Week That Was          #BookBingo – Round 19

Jolley Prize 2019 (Winner): ‘The Point-Blank Murder’ by Sonja Dechian

Book Review: Going Under by Sonia Henry

The Classics Eight: Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Book Review: The Truants by Kate Weinberg

Spring Break Reading Goals

Better Reading

Book of the Week: The Lying Room by Nicci French

Sleep by Catherine Cole

Lost in the Spanish Quarter by Heddi Goodrich

The Girl in the Painting by Tea Cooper 

Buckley's Chance by Garry Linnell

Podcast: Author of The Rip, Mark Brandi on Life, Law and Writing Crime 

Penguin Books

About a Girl  Rebekah Robertson

Audiobook Samples... The Handmaid’s Tale   Any Ordinary Day

Fixed It  Jane Gilmore       Money Spinners  Annelise Nielsen  

and from my blogs...

That Moment in Time

Friday Fossicking 13 Sept 2019, steam train Co Clare, Bristol Parish registers, medical tax evasion, ghost ponds, IGP additions, more Irish Graves, book reviews, family of foxes, Blarney Castle magical tree, Cats of Spitalfields, puzzle of the platypus, Brisbane Open House, copyright for genealogists, digital memorials, My Heritage…conference live streaming FREE, history of Sydney’s cemeteries and so much more…Feel free to share…

Irish Graves

DAVYHURST Cemetery, Western Australia
With thanks to Moya Sharp
Outback Family History

TOOWONG Brisbane

With thanks to Kym Hyson

Headlines of Old

TROVE TUESDAY 16th Sept 2019  COUNTRY CAPERS,Tiaro Qld, Maryborough Qld, Brennan & Geraghty (Irish migrants) , Station Hotel, Mary Poppins, a great escape…

As They Were



Cavan, Dublin, Kings/Offaly, Queens/Laois, Longford, Tipperary, Wexford, IGP ADDITIONS...  early SEPT. 2019,