Friday, April 24, 2020


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


Society of Australian Genealogists 
Due to restrictions on events as part of the COVID19 response, all of our events are currently being delivered online using Gotowebinar. We are planning on the assumption that such restrictions may well be in place for the rest of 2020. Unfortunately, a small number of events have been cancelled as they could not be delivered online. You can get the latest information about our events from the Events page of the SAG website. 
When you register for an event, the confirmation email will contain information about how to join the event online. In many cases, this will require you to complete a further step of registering with Gotowebinar. If you have not used Gotowebinar before, you can find information about it on our website here.
For full details and programs, why not subscribe... it's free to get the S.A.G.S. newsletter.

I Love Bello Shire   incl.  I Love Writing Short Story       The Waste.. Craig Jarman

The National Archives UK  newsletter incl. research tips, Boredom Busters

What we lost when we stopped reading - The Washington Post ... thanks to Christina Hunt

103-year-old nun is Ireland’s oldest COVID-19 survivor |

Scotland's People newsletter   FREE online resources incl. 1881 (LDS) census  maps and plans

From Isolation - Inspiration | Ireland Reaching Out




MyHeritage LIVE 2020 Postponed



Hear the Soundscapes of Cities Transformed   The Dying Art of Building Boats  Abandoned Hotel

How Museums Will Capture COVID-19   Temple of Valdier   Making the Invisible Visible

‘Commuter Banking’   Creating New Accents     Mechanical Magic whimsical    Granary Ruins

The Ancient Elegance of Horseshoe Crabs  Discovering Forgotten Apples   Bahá'í Temple

Vintage Sign Nerds    Warner Castle



Book Review: "Practical Genealogy" by Brian Sheffey -- and a Giveaway Contest!

Genealogy News Bytes - Friday, 17 April 2020      Genealogy News Bytes -- Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 12 to 18 April 2020

The Gentle Author

Bluebells At Bow Cemetery  A Pack Of Knaves  Cable St Gardeners  Val Perrin’s Empty Brick Lane

Rosie Dastgir’s Letter From Tokyo   Joanna Moore’s Spitalfields

Brotmanblog : A Family Journey

Escaping from Germany to Brazil and Israel: Brick Walls     

Escaping from Germany: Another Splintered Family, the Cramers

Stair na hÉireann

#OTD in Irish History – 20 April:

Social Bridge

The Bypass    One of Dad’s    So Glad to be Asked 

Treasure Chest of Memories

Why You Should Start a Covid-19 Journal and What to Include   

Humouring the Goddess

Faerie Paths — Perfection     Si Scott   Sunday Evening Art Gallery — Charles Vickery

Mrs. Daffodil Digresses

The Phantom Husband: 1850s   That Paris Look: 1924      Gowns That Copy Flowers: 1901

A Yankee Girl’s Pluck: 1883 


Trove Tuesday - A Memento for Albert     


Attenti Parenti Serpenti

The Irish Story

Henry Hugh Tudor – His Life and Times    The Truth in the News: The Irish Press Cartoons of Victor Brown

Textile Ranger

Earth Prayer

The Legal Genealogist

Putting a face to the name 

Gerry's Family History

Dad on the stage

The Silver Voice

From inside the ‘Cocoon’ – Sorrow


Imagine quarantining in this 18th-century Dublin mansion by the sea

TUNE IN: Glen Hansard celebrates his 50th birthday with an Instagram concert

The last letter written on board the doomed Titanic

Honorary police officer in Co Donegal has a very special COVID-19 message

U2, Nirvana, Elvis, and Bruce Springsteen make list of most iconic songs of all time

Irish stylist brings famous art pieces to life during lockdown

Irish people have far more Viking DNA than was suspected

Sinead O'Connor and Conor McGregor spar on Twitter about foreign labor 

My life in books - Irish author Sophie White

Brian Dennehy, award-winning Irish American actor, dies at 81 

Irish woman pens “My sister is not a statistic” poem after COVID-19 death 

Master piper Liam O'Flynn's life's works examined in TG4 documentary 

Lidl Ireland brings together Ladies GAA and Jigsaw mental health services 

WATCH: Historic newsreel shows 1916 Easter Rising aftermath in Dublin 

WATCH: Amazing colorized footage of Titanic in Belfast 

Irishman in China will ship millions of masks and gowns to hospitals that need them 

How to support your local Irish shops right now 

Nathan Carter calls on people to Stay at Home, Stay Alive in charity single  

Amazing Grace written after author landed safe in Donegal after shipwreck 

Stunning photographs capture lives of Irish Travelers 

All was changed - but who are those "vivid faces" in Yeats' Easter 1916?

Melissa McCarthy shares hilarious quarantine dream about Mark Wahlberg

Hozier’s stunning “The Parting Glass” performance released as charity single 

How to make scrapple and other life lessons from MoMo Hughes 

Lockdown blues: Exploring my 2km - memories and making friends?

NYC Irish pub Coogan's forced to close for good due to coronavirus

WATCH: NFL star does amazing Irish dance routine to Ed Sheeran's 'Galway Girl'


On the Subjects of Age and Disabilities      Social Bridge

Dear Jill ... Best Wishes Bill  Geniaus

On Being A Geezer  allenrizzi

From inside the ‘Cocoon’ – Stepping Up      The Silver Voice

Earl Grey’s Irish Famine Orphans (72): Mental Asylums | trevo's Irish famine orphans

Keep Your Glitter!  Humouring the Goddess


Theresa Smith

The Isolation Lucky Dip Reading List by @TheresaSmithWrites

The Week That Was…

Book Review: The Secrets of Strangers by Charity Norman

Author Talks: Sonya Bates on the transition from Children’s Fiction to Crime Thriller

Book Review: The Girl She Was by Rebecca Freeborn

Book Review: The Age of Witches by Louisa Morgan

Book Review: The Paris Secret by Natasha Lester

Book Review: Caked in Dust by Mel A Rowe

Better Reading

Book of the Week: Small Mercies by Richard Anderson

Inheritance of Secrets by Sonya Bates 

Long Petal of the Sea  Isabel Allende

Robin Hood by Robert Muchamore

Podcast: Economist Richard Denniss on Where Australia, and the World, is Headed Now

Candice Fox: Visiting Prison in the Name of Research

Better Reading Preview: The Silence by Susan Allot

Penguin Books Australia  Newsletter

Another company that is offering activities plus in these hard times.

Remember that, while bookshop doors may be closed, you can still connect with your local, many of whom are offering free delivery and phone orders. Click here to find yours.


Use what you have in the fridge...

Veggie-filled Sausage Rolls     CWA Tomato Relish   MORE DELICIOUS RECIPES

A selection of some of the A-Z Challenge

In Days Gone by..

Names and Neighbourhoods   Occupations, ordinations and obituaries  Photos from the newspapers

Quarantine of the Hydaspes   Receptions and Return Thanks   Schools and Sports


GeniAus - #AtoZChallenge - N is for Newsworthy Notts         

GeniAus - #AtoZChallenge - O is for Obituaries 

GeniAus - #AtoZChallenge - P is for Pallamallawa 

GeniAus - #AtoZChallenge - Q is for Queensland

GeniAus - #AtoZChallenge - S is for Strayed


NATURE’S GLORY and DRAMA    Ordinary People   The Price of Peace   Queenslander!

Of Reading and Religion         Serendipity, Skills and Talents       Travel genes

and from my blogs...

That Moment in Time

Friday Fossicking 17 Apr 2020, FREEBIES & discounts, BDMs Durham & Northumberland, Bishop's transcripts, FREE ebooks, Belfast Girls, Irish Titanic Hero, what a waste of beer, keeping busy in isolation, digitising 100,000 historic Belgian Texts, Sprinklers-sirens & Freud's toilet, Fingal's Cave,
Facts & myths about Ellis Island, Victorian Divorce Index (Aust.) 1939-1942 FREE to download or share, legally blind sports caller..aged 10, indexing family history ...   Remember Mrs. Beeton?  More entries in Always Interesting, why not subscribe to those blogs that interest you.. including this one perhaps...        Reading more? Lots of book reviews to help you choose..
Feel free to share...

Headlines of Old

Lost Ancestors  

Headlines of Old

Absconded Convicts, Colonial Convicts, Apprehended Runaways, Trove Tuesday 19 Apr 2020, numerous names, detailed descriptions, includes place-occupation-ship, selection from 1836 - 1853,

Irish Graves ..they who sleep in foreign lands

KALGOORLIE, Westen Australia
with thanks to Moya Sharp

AVOCA, Tasmania
With thanks to Rod Ward

Images courtesy of Pixabay

Friday, April 17, 2020


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


Are you ready to dive into #genealogy projects this week? We have some great projects you might want to consider . . Thomas MacEntee

I Love Bello Shire  incl. Neighbours Supporting Neighbours  & 'We Miss You Mum' by Greg Wall ... great story

Hospitals | State Records of South Australia. Thanks to Lonetester

* Victorian Divorce Index 1939-1942.
Click this link to access it:

You're free to download it, send it to your friends, print it out - basically do whatever you want with the 4,300+ names here. Thanks to Carmel Marie

News from Spain:
The king has been quarantined on his private jet.  This means the reign in Spain will stay mainly on the plane  Thanks, Nancy J.M.




A Globemaker in a Digital World    A Sculptor's Legacy, Now on Postage  A Forest of Furniture

Home Sweet Airplane   Digitizing 100,000 Historic Belgian Texts  Salt-Rising Bread

The Guardians of Rockford   A Glimpse Into Past Lives   How to Bake an Ancient Sourdough

Europe’s Cave Bears Had No Chill    Iran’s Rainbow Island  Sourdough Library

Mysterious Medieval Grotto   Sprinklers, Sirens, and Freud’s Toilet    Circus Capital of the World’

‘Chicken Church’       Ski Slope Power Plant  Fingal’s Cave   At the Drive-In  Beer Cheese

Decorated Ostrich Eggs   House of the Blackheads   Neanderthal Surf and Turf   The Arctic Henge

The Rescued Film Project 

TINTEÁN MAGAZINE    incl.  About my Belfast Girls

An Irish Clachan in South Australia by Susan Arthure

You can subscribe for free.. details by clicking on the name of the magazine


Butterfly boom sweeps across Queensland  Watch a funnel-web shedding its exoskeleton

Australia’s most isolated people share their advice for keeping busy 

This is why bats can carry deadly disease with little effect on their health

The Phuket horned tree agamid has mighty Godzilla spines

Even more dangerous than they look     The country pub: An outback NSW icon


Archaeologists Discover Paintings of Goddess in 3,000-Year-Old Mummy's Coffin

Ten Museums You Can Virtually Visit     Ten Surprising Facts About Everyday Household Objects

Take a Virtual Tour of Two Recently Excavated Homes in Pompeii     

Five New Nonfiction Books to Read While You're Stuck at Home

How to Virtually Explore the Smithsonian From Your Living Room

Watch Seven Medieval Castles' Digital Reconstruction

The Colorful History of the Troll Doll


[Records-Access-Alerts] (United Kingdom) Isle of Man Permits Online Birth and Death Registrations Due to Coronavirus

The Registrar General issued the Emergency Powers (Coronavirus) Births and Deaths Modifications Regulations 2020 which went into force on April 8, 2020. This permits registrants to submit details to be registered via the online service available for both births and deaths.

To read the regulations see:


The Frugal Family Historian


Before Bernadette

The Legal Genealogist

Maher Matters

Social Bridge ~ Jean Tubridy connecting with you from Ireland

Humouring the Goddess

The Gentle Author

Looking forward, looking back

Ballyshannon Musings 

Stair na hÉireann

Applegate Genealogy


Jimmy Long - a link with Paddy Hannan ~ Outback Family History

K is for Kezia | Digging Up Roots


Earlier Years...

Money matters   


Dymocks Booklovers TOP 100 LIST as voted for by readers

Better Reading

Book of the Week: Gulliver's Wife by Lauren Chater

Strangers by C.L. Taylor 

The Animals in That Country by Laura Jean McKay

No Small Shame by Christine Bell

The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead

Podcast: Julia Baird on Things that Sustain You when the World Goes Dark

and from my blogs..

That Moment in Time
Friday Fossicking 10 Apr 2020, Bumper Edition, Watch-Listen-Read..all FREE, Virtual museum visits, medieval murder map, FREE records..via FMP and Ancestry, England & Wales electoral registers, best April Fool’s Day pranks, Live Book reviews, audio books FREE from libraries, Easter recipes…fun for kids, Ireland’s forgotten past, research Codes..Qld BDM… add D for adoption…not on list, London Genealogy databases online, Explore Scotland’s Lord of the Isles..virtually, ancient alchemy for beginners, and so much more…Feel free to share
Happy Easter!

Headlines of Old

Trove Tuesday 14 Apr 2020, numerous names, some gossip, travellers, interesting times, local & international, social & business. Often Personals are a great way to fill in gaps of time… did your ancestor move, or travel overseas… perhaps got married?  Some include probate notices, they can lead you to more in the family…
Feel free to share…

As They Were

New North Dublin Records, names and addresses of 639 dog licence holders,,

Keep safe and well..