Friday, January 31, 2020


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


Griffis: Immigration issues explained   Danville Commercial News


What's new? John Grenham

I Love Bello  incl. For the Love of Music- Annie Phelan & BYO  Featured Events and What's On

Queensland State Archives  incl. Q-Album START EXPLORING

National Library Australia incl. Treasures Talk

Maureen Taylor  website  for podcasts plus

SAGS  Society of Australian Genealogists  subscribe here for newsletter, check their programs

Find My Past

Anglo-Celtic Connections

GRO adds twenty years of birth indexes     The Maturing of Genetic Genealogy

Deceased Online adds Two Black Country Cemeteries      Sunday Sundries  Lord Tweedsmuir

Terry Jones: Python, amateur historian  Last Call for Speakers: BIFHSGO Conference 2020

Seeking descendants of the 156 Irish “Primrose girls” who emigrated to Canada, in 1853

Vernon City Directory Project Update         Life expectancy in Canada

Famine Irish immigrants had a tough time in the US


How the Vietnam War Shaped U.S. Immigration Policy      Of Pears and Kings

Is Jane Austen the Antidote to Social Media Overload?

Family Search Blog

Visiting an Ancestral Home: A Life-Changing Experience

New Records on FamilySearch from January 2020  Black History Month: Facts about Black History

Australian Geographic

Feral cats take advantage of the bushfires   Koala detection dogs sniff out bushfire survivors

Incredible footage of the NSW dust storm   Win for endangered Lord Howe Island woodhens

Secrets and fires: saving our 'dinosaur' trees

Mal Leyland – Inspiring a generation to explore Australia

Atlas Obscura

Stinky Space Rocks     Clam-Diving Neanderthals    Defying Gravity  Hidden Cave Art

Carrots for Wallabies   Gateway to Europe    Redux Boutique and Gallery   Frog Rock

New Life in an Undrowned Town  The Great Artichoke Ban  Medieval Castle Ruins

A Leech’s Journey   Dead Sea Scrolls     30 Spectacular Spirals  Quinta da Regaleira

The Mountain Sphinx   Chesterfield Snail   The Big Well Kansas   Art of Glove-Making

A Return to Fukushima   The Lanchester Diploma    Crystalline Pools  Prehistoric Lake Bed

Enemies of the Heir, Beware  It’s Raining Iguanas ( cousins of drop bears?)   Breakup Beer

Platypuses on the Precipice  Kinema in the Woods    Ghost Palace Hotel  Tank Graveyard

The World War II Bomb Down the Street    Opulent Mansion  Saving the Chinese Deer

Secret Morse Code  Franklin Auto Museum 


Remembering Arthur Guinness, founder of the famous Dublin brewery, on the day of his death 

The NYC newspaper editor who spoke out against “No Irish Need Apply” 

Irish woman makes history as first female conductor at Oscars 

Oral history archive celebrates 50 years of the Irish language in Boston 

Tributes pour in for Seamus Mallon, former deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland 

Some Irish treasure discoveries that you didn’t know about 

Willie Clancy, piper and folklorist, dies on this day in 1973 

Irish film director Lenny Abrahamson picks his favorite Irish Film Institute movies 

The Irish soccer club in Scotland - the history of Celtic FC 

Irish tourist attraction of the week: The Céide Fields 

Irish bartender breaks Guinness world record for making Irish coffees  

2020 Irish America Hall of Fame inductees announced 

Moving origins of the giant Celtic cross shape in a Donegal forest 

Chicago cop tells of racism inflicted on Irish Famine women and children 

Celebrating Ireland’s little known mermaid saint on her feast day 

The World’s Biggest Potato is returning to the World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade 

On This Day: Irish writer William Butler Yeats dies in 1939 

The Celtic and Catholic traditions of St. Brigid and her cross 

Irish tourist attraction of the week: Trinity College in Dublin 

Hundreds attend funeral for Irish American veteran after relatives couldn't be located 


The Legal Genealogist

2020 alphabet soup: B is for…       The things you learn…

The Gentle Author

A Riverside Walk In the Eighties      Public Homes On Public Land

Mrs. Daffodil Digresses

The Ghost and the Spinster: 18th century

The Frugal Family Historian

Decipher those difficult documents

Brotmanblog: A Family Journey

Milton Goldsmith’s Album, Part XVII: The Contrasting Lives of His Sisters Rose and Estella

The Things You Can’t Learn from Genealogy Records Alone: Milton Goldsmith’s Family Album, Part XVIII

Humouring the Goddess

Make My Day         Beware of the Personals


Best of the Genea-Blogs - 19 to 25 January 2020    Monday Genea-Pourri - Week Ending 26 January 2020

Stair na hÉireann | History of Ireland

‘How Young Cormac Mac Airt was Recogised as King’


Storytelling: Use vintage greeting cards   The Malevolent Matriarch

A spa day for the hens  Dreams and Adventures at Cosy Cottage

Family history pitfalls (part 1)  Clogs and Clippers

Not Like Grandma’s Pantalettes: 1914   Mrs. Daffodil Digresses

The Story of Anne (Nancy) Littlejohns  Before Bernadette


Theresa Smith

I Should Have Read That Book Tag

The Week That Was…

Book Review: My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

Book Review: The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante

Book Review: The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

Behind the Pen with Melissa Ashley

The Irish Story

Book Review: Birth of the Border: The Impact of Partition in Ireland

Liz Gauffreau

"Telling Sonny": A Review

Better Reading

Book of the Week: The Other You by J.S. Monroe

The Fallout by Rebecca Thornton

The Daughter of Victory Lights by Kerri Turner

One Of Us Is Next by Karen McManus

The Gilded Cage by Camilla Lackberg

Podcast: Katherine Johnson PhD to Novel with Paris Savages

Podcast: Mary Moody on Life After the Loss of her Husband

and from my blogs...

That Moment in Time

Friday Fossicking 24 Jan 2020, Aust. Gravestone symbols, Kent BDMs, 200 more Chinese warriors unearthed, insect jewellery, Boulder Cemetery, Irish dancing at 89 years old, Light Keepers, Ancient Hunting Toys, Missing Grave, Concrete failure, Christmas in Outback Qld, a kind Irishman deserved better, IGP additions, deserting wives & families, and a whole lot more..
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Headlines of Old

Hard to Believe..Trove Tuesday 28th Jan 2020, George Hull, Governor Macquarie, Tasmania, Irish convicts, Governor Davey, strange events…incl. boy of 17 married a young 69 year old…
Feel free to share ..

Friday, January 24, 2020


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


Discovering My Roots in Ireland: Jay Cashman   Boston Magazine

ABC News: Meet the 14-year-old defying the odds and running his own free-range egg empire

The British Royal Family: Princesses of Wales Historian Ruby

Australian Gravestone Symbols  Billion Graves


The ScotlandsPeople Newsletter January 2020  almost 13,000 new images online

I Love Bello Shire  incl. Backchat- Pia Etteldorf, OBF Cafe   Protecting our Rivers & the Endangered Bellinger River Snapping Turtle

Australian War Memorial   eMemorial  New Director, exhibitions...

The ScriBbleR  Stella Budrikis  Guildford  plus a lot more

Judy Webster..Genealogist  .. lots of great hints, some freebies...
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Federation of Australian Historical Societies.. here     incl. online course for digital skills

Find My Past

1939 Register update   British Armed Forces, First World War Soldiers' Medical Records

United States, National Veterans Cemetery Index    Search all newspapers

real history behind Sam Mendes' blockbuster 1917.

Kent Baptisms      Kent Marriages and Banns     Kent Burials    British Army Service Records

Understanding parish records  Watch..      Explore our Kent collection

Colin Firth's family tree      Benedict Cumberbatch's family history.


Robert Brandom, a Philosopher's Philosopher     How Medieval Surgeons Shaped Sex and Gender

The Fear That Synthesizers Would Ruin Music  The Great Animation Strike

Insect Jewelry of the Victorian Era   3 Women Philosophers of the Enlightenment

Hitchcock's Transition from London to Hollywood

Anglo-Celtic Connections

The 15 best websites for 18th century UK family history    Kingston Lower Burial Ground Project

Genealogists and Historians Use of Digital Cameras: Poll Results Victorian Industrial Library

The Bytown Museum’s First Century   Which Site for Canadian Censuses?

Dick Eastman Celebrates     History of English Places App     Sunday Sundries

 Lost Children of the Carricks: Defying the Great Irish Famine to Create a Canadian Legacy

GENE-O-RAMA 2020   How the Irish Public Record Office burned

Outback Family History

What Happened in Boulder Cemetery???    The Return of the Prospector- a verse

The Brennan Brothers Marry –    BLACK FLAG – ghost towns 

Lawrence Graham DOW – grave tales    The Binduli Bloodhouse:    The Desert Warriors – 1973

But What’s The Use – Henry Lawson    From Wheat to Gold – Edwards Find

Heroism at the Golden West Mine:


The Story of How Humans Came to the Americas Is Constantly Evolving

Archaeologists Excavate 200 More Chinese Terracotta Warriors

Church Unearthed in Ethiopia Rewrites the History of Christianity in Africa

Start of 2020 Ushers Thousands of Once-Copyrighted Works Into the Public Domain

The Oldest Person in the World Turns 117  Eighteen Podcasts to Listen to in 2020

A Massive New Database Will Connect Billions of Historic Records to Tell the Full Story of American Slavery

4,000-Year-Old Guide to the Ancient Egyptian Underworld May Be Oldest Illustrated 'Book'

Atlas Obscura

Ancient Hunting Toys     ‘Stuck Gates Scottish Borders, Scotland.. why?

The Great Christmas Dinner   Falling for Rocks   Crop-Growing Monoliths  Glacial Castle

Cottages in Disguise  .. what next?  Bunnyhenge   Capturing Birds in Flight    Moo Moods

C’mon Down to Book Town Video  Trippy Black-Light Murals     Mythical Door

Troop Beverly Hills       Paris’s Legendary Film Archive   Concrete Failure      Haint Blue’

The Last Blockbuster     Missing Grave   Witch Hunt Memorial   Forever Ash

Always Interesting...

This week, I am just going to list one each of some of the many blogs I follow... hopefully, Friday Fossicking will be back to normal soon...
In no particular order...

Christmas in Outback Queensland - Love in a little black diary

All The Spitalfields Parties Of Yesteryear  the gentle author

Wrapping up 2019  Textile Ranger

Note to self: get organized!   The Legal Genealogist

Click on the Cat  Carmel's Corner

The Black and Tans and Auxiliaries – An Overview   The Irish Story

Monday Genea-Pourri - Week Ending 12 January 2020   Genea-Musings

Matty Maher: A Legend  Maher Matters

An instruction for my executors  Geniaus  love this one...

Cherry Blossom Walk, Washington D.C.  Wunderlusttwins

The Lace-Smuggler’s Narrative: 1858  Mrs Daffodil Digresses

#OTD in 1785 – Richard Crosbie became the first person to make a manned flight in Ireland.
Stair na hÉireann

Did You Comment Today?  humoringthegoddess

Marks Hyamovitch Revisited & Tracked  Branches On Our Haimowitz Family Tree

Light Keepers: Empowering Women with Family History Experiences  FamilySearch Blog

Milton Goldsmith’s Family Album, Part XV: Childhood Memories  Brotmanblog: A Family Journey

The Confusing Sign  allenrizzi

Give a Little, Gain a Lot Frugal Family Historian

Digital Discoveries: Review of Leora’s Letters  Liz Gauffreau

Solve Your Genealogy Brick Wall  kindredpast


WATCH: Saoirse Ronan’s Irish mammy had the best reaction to her daughter's Oscar nom 

St. Patrick’s Festival 2020 announce more music events  

WATCH: This 89-year-old has been teaching Irish dancing in Australia for 75 years 

In memory of a kind Irishman who deserved better 

WATCH: Irish dancing meets Beyoncé in this exciting “The Greatest Dancer” audition 
On her way to sainthood, Cork-born venerable Mary Aikenhead born on this day in 1787  

Irish master playwright Teresa Deevy's life and legacy 

Irish-American man kills coyote with his bare hands, saves son's life  

Ireland's largest trad music festival kicks-off celebrating 15 years 

Prohibition and Irish whiskey: the amendment that almost collapsed an entire industry  

Remembering Lily Kempson, the longest surviving rebel from the 1916 Easter Rising 

Irish tourist attraction of the week: The Céide Fields 

The "Famine Queen" Victoria died on this day in 1901 


Theresa Smith Writes...

#BookBingo2020 – Round 1: Set in a time of war

Book Review: Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Book Review: Springtime – A Ghost Story by Michelle de Kretser

Book Review: The Diamond Hunter by Fiona McIntosh

Book Review: American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

Book Review: The Girls with No Names by Serena Burdick

Life According to Literature Tag

Book Review: Miss Austen by Gill Hornby

The Week That Was…

I Should Have Read That Book Tag

 Better Reading

Book of the Week: In the Clearing by J.P. Pomare

Book of the Week: Deep State by Chris Hauty

The Paris Model by Alexandra Joel

Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

The Lost Love Song by Minnie Darke

and from my blogs....

As They Were

IGP additions Dec 2019-Jn 2020, Belfast, Cavan, Dublin, Mayo, Meath, will with Dublin connections, wills for Clare..

Headlines of Old

DESERTING WIVES AND FAMILIES......Trove Tuesday  21 Jan 2020
Australian Government Gazettes, Deserting Wives and Families…Trove Tuesday
21st Jan 2020, detailed descriptions and information..