Friday, February 14, 2020


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


N.B. Have you had your say re the National Library Australia survey.. re relevance of their collections for family and community historians? Survey here Closes Feb 16th

Check the National Archives UK for some great offers on genealogy books...

10 Reasons to Fall in Love with Family History  Cassie Mercer blog

German research talk at genealogy meet     Fountain Hills Times

What's new?  John Grenham


National Library Australia incl.  

State Library Qld  incl. Meet Me at the Paragon exhibition  Watch video

Queensland Memory Awards: $75,000 in fellowships  Discover more

Trace your family tree Start now

Cairns Family History eNews  incl. Fund raiser of the year.. Bunnings 16th Feb.

Remembering the Past Australia  Read More  incl.

SAGS.. Society of Australian Genealogists  Visit their website to read their newsletter or subscribe

here.. complete this form     

Did You Know?

* Billion Graves..Understanding Jewish Gravestones by clicking HERE.

Wartime  magazine $9.99   Laughter: a powerful ally

Important Update for Legacy Family Tree 9 Users  Alona Tester Gould Genealogy

* Using Trove | Help centre

Tinteán Magazine  Free download .. full of great stories... inclSearching for Bridget

* ReminderRootsWeb Discontinues the Mailing Lists 

The new Clare list is called County Clare, Ireland, Family History.
You can join here:    

If you are having a problem joining you can contact Janet Crawford <>

Find My Past

fascinating collection of India Office records   Understanding parish records  Watch now

Anglo-Celtic Connections


Family Search Blog

Atlas Obscura

8 Bridges to Nowhere    Bodie Creek Bridge   Falkland Islands   Hillandale Bridge  Ohio

Lonely Railway  Latvia        Bridge Ruins  Pennsylvania  An Abandoned Bridge  California

Forgotten Viaduct  Brazil   Unfinished Business  Cape Town, Sth Africa

Stamps From Nonexistent Countries    Mummified Bees    Cesspit of Treasures London

Lunar Samples Nepal  Staged Train Wrecks     Kentucky’s ‘Meat Shower’   Dog Mountain video

Shining, Shimmering, ‘Serpents’   Disappearing Trees   Maldives   Intricate Models  Sydney

Temple of Peace Padua, Italy   Trans Wild West    Public Park Burials Taipei

Interspecies Duos      Indigenous Climate Adaptation      Crystal Ice Cave  California

A Narrow Abode Portugal .. has to be seen    Vinegar Valentines’

Outback Family History

Registered or not Registered – that is the question ???     A Ghan who did a’woowing go :

The Hill Brothers in Coolgardie: grave tales 

Family History Daily

How to Begin Your Family History Research in 4 Simple Steps

Are Ancestry's “Location Traps” Causing You to Miss Important Records?

What You Will and Will Not Learn by Taking an Ancestry Test

Free Family History Lesson Plans for Kids and Teens

Australian Geographic

Stunning photographs of pink manta ray     Australia's new national park

Australia’s tiniest parrot    Discover the secrets of the Snowy River

The South Coast Track is a bushwalker’s dream

(US-Bronx, Queens NYC) Naturalization Records from Bronx and Queens to Become Available Online

The (US) National Archives gave a three-year grant of $872,000 which will pay for the Bronx and Queens (New York City)  County Clerks offices to upload naturalization record online starting in 2022.   They will be freely accessible on line.

Naturalization records in the Bronx and Queens stretch from the late 1700′s through the 1950′s when clerks offices ceased processing naturalization documents. The responsibility shifted to the federal government.  Thus far most of the requests in Queens are for records from the mid-1800′s through the early 1900′s.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

Always Interesting

The Gentle Author

The Bethnal Green Mulberry Saga    Further Along The Regent’s Canal  A Walk Through Time In Spitalfields

The Legal Genealogist

About those spots…    One last walk in the woods       Is the party over?

Mrs Daffodil Digresses

Rings that are Fatal: Various Dates  The Young Man and His Valentines: 1887

Love in an Election Year: 1899, 1918

Brotmanblog: A Family Journey

A Lost Art: Milton Goldsmith’s Family Remembered by their Letters

Milton Goldsmith’s Family: The Final Chapter

Humouring the Goddess

We Could Have All Been Hillbillies   Sunday Evening Art Gallery — Masks  The Contrast of Life


Genealogy News Bytes - Friday, 7 February 2020  Best of the Genea-Blogs - 2 to 8 February 2020

Monday Genea-Pourri - Week Ending 10 February 2020


Faceless no more

The Irish Story

The Parnell Bridge Ambush, Cork, 4 January 1921

Stair na hÉireann

#OTD in 1903 – Death of the first editor and proprietor of The Nation newspaper, Charles Gavan Duffy, in Nice, France.


Top romantic places in Ireland to propose on Valentine's Day 

Irish Famine immigrants with Catholic surnames had less upward mobility, study finds 

WATCH: Irish schoolboy and Holocaust survivor meet for poignant interview 

Blessings for couples at St. Valentine's shrine in Dublin 

Recalling my emigrant journey to London from rural Ireland in 1960 

Why you should go on a date with an Irish man this Valentine's Day 

New book tells the incredible story of the first American ship to bring Famine relief to Ireland 

Local discovers Bronze Age settlement in Galway 

This Irish city is one of Europe's top coffee destinations 

How an Irish book tour transformed Frederick Douglass 

Irish sheep sisters give birth to 11 lambs in farming miracle  

Horrific tale of a Mayo village's death during the Great Famine 

Biggest collection of Celtic coins ever discovered is worth $12 million  

"Spancil Hill" an authentic 19th-century Saint Valentine’s letter 

Irish Mother and Baby Home survivors frustrated ahead of report's likely delay


Come Home!  Emily's Quill Pen

A Thrift Store Find  Textile Ranger

Through her eyes: votes for women 1903 | Anne's Family History

The ‘State will Perish’: Comparing the Elections of 1932 and 2020  The Irish Story  John Dorney

Your Special Place    Humouring the Goddess

Have I found Emmeline?  Gerry Bolton


Theresa Smith

The Week That Was

Thinking out loud… Content warnings for books

#BookBingo2020 – Round 2: Themes of crime and justice

Book Review: Bjelke Blues edited by Edwina Shaw

Better Reading

Book of the Week: Riptides by Kirsten Alexander

The Devil Inside by D.L. Hicks

The Janes by Louisa Luna

The Museum of Desire by Jonathan Kellerman

Podcast: Bernadette Agius on Raising the Exceptional Son She Never Expected

Podcast: Christian White on Following Up the Success of his Debut, The Nowhere Child

Allen & Unwin

Fauna    Donna Mazza   Read an excerpt

Good Dogs Don't Make it to the South Pole      Hans-Olav Thyvold   Read an excerpt

The Mothers    Genevieve Gannon       Read an excerpt

Charlotte Pass      Lee Christine     Read an excerpt

A Murder at Malabar Hill     Sujata Massey         Read an excerpt

and from my blogs....

That Moment in Time

26 things to do after dark, Portraits in Stone, Durham BDMs, the Welsh in Canada, ancient Celtic symbols, deadly wallpaper, For Sale: 28 acres of Amish historical stuff, download 100,000 artworks from Paris, Notre-Dame.. too fragile to be saved?, a racing man from Tipperary, quandaries over public release of BDMs..USA, new coral spawning Lord Howe Is., top 20 Irish surnames, Celtic languages, parish records, reviews and much more…
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Headlines of Old

Irish News & newspapers Trove Tuesday 11th Feb 2020, family notices, social news, excerpts of journals & papers, Freeman’s Journal, The Echo, The Record, obituaries…etc.
Feel free to share..

Make someone's day, wish them a Happy Valentine's Day
feel free to copy this wish above...


  1. Thanks Chris - lots of interesting reading. I found the article on location searching in ancestrydotcom particularly interesting

    1. Thanks for your great blog, and your comment... If all can get just one extra piece of helpful or interesting information, then the hours of research are well worth it.

  2. I'm having fun reading that slang dictionary - Eternity box = coffin ! Thanks for all the links and Happy Valentines Day dear Chris.

    1. So glad you're enjoying it, Alex... there are some great expressions.
      You're very welcome, Happy Valentine's Day to you also..and thank you for your comment.


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