Friday, May 1, 2020


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


Library books rearranged in size order by cleaner - BBC News

Databases of the Dead | WIRED

Culture Collage - Trove National Library of Australia  33rd Battalion

 Portrait Detective  Cassie Mercer

 ABC News: Baked beans are making a pandemic comeback, and health experts are pleased

 Search the Registry of Deeds Index Project Ireland databases

 Discover your roots to grow your family tree

 Towns & Villages in the Cotswolds  

 I Love Bello Shire incl. I Love Writing Short Story "Silver Threads" wonderful

 Queensland newsletter incl. virtual holidays... Transport to the Daintree Rainforest truly beautiful

 Livestream the Great Barrier Reef magical

 Interesting Graves and Graveyards of Offaly by Stephen Callaghan | offalyhistoryblog 
 Thanks to The   Silver Voice

 Logan City Council Libraries newsletter  incl. New Home Learning Hub and support

 Brisbane Writer's Festival... postponed  Details 

 Looking for something different to read? Our staff book recommendations

 State Library of Queensland

A 92-year-old Anzac biscuit recipe and some quiet reflection (with a little help from technology) – our State Librarian is commemorating differently this year  Watch video

Be inspired by Brisbane-based entrepreneurs, Like a Photon Creative as they discuss creating   quality entertainment for kids.   Learn more

 Cairns Family History newsletter  see what's coming up

 Watch video   Find My Past Forum (Facebook)  
Join the conversation

 ANGLO-CELTIC CONNECTIONS FREE Canadian access  Webinar: Online Parish Clerks in the United Kingdom

  British Newspaper Archives additions for April


  • News from Ireland 
  • An Gobán Saor - Craftsman to the Tuatha Dé Danann 
  • 'The Kicking Cow' by Thomas Kelly 
  • 'In Ireland even the Dog is involved in Religion' by Brian DeVon 
  • Gaelic Phrases of the Month 
  • Monthly Free Competition Result 


 Time Travel TV New episodes   📺       children 8 -11       or all young at heart





Social Bridge



Humouring the Goddess

Irish in the American Civil War

Brotmanblog : A Family Journey

The Biography   When Cats Are Too Smart      A Long Look Back


Lest We Forget

The Irish Story

Striking Against Colonialism: The General Strike in the Irish and Algerian Revolutions

Podcast: Belfast violence 1920-1922 with Kieran Glennon

Black Raven Genealogy

Black Raven Genealogy: On the far side of a brick Wall #4 ~ Death of Thomas and Mary Slattery

Stair na hÉireann

#OTD in Irish History – 27 April:

family tapestry Jacqi Stevens

Off the Shelf: The Art of Slow Reading

Gerry's Family History
George and Jane Stickley – a 19th century separation


Global GAA: Meet the club run by Irish students in Belgium

WATCH: Fusion Fighters say #LetsKeepIrishDancing during lockdown

Timeline of Ireland’s 1916 Rising as it happened

Jackie Kennedy almost married a successful Irish lawyer

WATCH: Irish musicians and dancers join together from afar for stunning performance

The son of Irish immigrants who led to the capture of Abraham Lincoln's killer

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

Students in Ireland perform Avicii's Wake Me Up in Irish

Bob Dylan's latest song makes reference to Irish poets, an ode to his own life

Rose of Tralee canceled for first time ever due to COVID-19 

Church of Scientology launches COVID-19 resource in Irish

Daniel Buckley survived on the Titanic by hiding in a lifeboat

Michael Bublé moved to tears over Irish "We Will Rise Again" video

Ancient Ireland's understanding and reverence for the environment

New TV series follows Irish treasure hunters and their amazing finds 

The Green mountains of Sligo and Leitrim will replenish your soul and refill your imagination

* [Records-Access-Alerts] (Scotland) Scotland's People Announced Due to Pandemic They are Unable to Process any Certificates

Scotland’s People, the government organization that provides vital records for Scotland, has announced with advice from the United Kingdom and Scottish government to delay the spread of the Corona virus has closed their search rooms in Edinburgh and stop production of all types of certificates an official extracts until further notice.  The notice from the National Records of Scotland may be read at:  

There is also information in that notice allowing for registrars to take “remote” registration for deaths by telephone or electronic means.  Registration of births has been temporarily suspended whilst registration offices are closed to the public.

Marriages and Civil Partnerships are not permitted during this time without a Schedule for which registrars have been instructed to stop during the pandemic.

While visiting the Scotlands’s People’s site you may find their records of interest:
civil registers, church registers, census returns, valuation rolls, legal records and poor relief and migration records. You can search them free of charge and pay for copies using credits or vouchers. The exceptions to this are the Highlands and Islands Emigration records (within the 'Poor relief and migration records' category) and the 1881 LDS transcribed census records (within the 'Census returns' category). These can be searched and viewed for free. To see what you can do for free go to:

For information about fees for copies and certificates please see their charges page.

Thank you to Jeanette Rosenberg MBE, JGS Great Britain, for sharing the information on Scotland’s People.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Clogs and Clippers  A Rose by any other name won't do

Dreams and Adventures at Cosy Cottage  Trek Diary – Part 3: February/March – Pendle Hill

Maher Matters  Earth Day in a Pandemic

Australian Roots and Spreading Branches  ANZAC Day 2020

A selection from A~Z challenge

cassmob    Uniforms and uniformity    Volunteer Air Observer Corps  Wonderful Weddings

Xenophobia and War    Yearning for “Home”     Is Zen a goal, a gratitude or an attitude?

In Days Gone By..    Tragedies and transfers     A Union Man     Vicissitudes of a Remarkable Career

Wages and working conditions  Unexpected finds    Youth and yesteryears

GeniAus   GeniAus - #AtoZChallenge - T is for The Osmond Brothers

GeniAus - #AtoZChallenge - V is for Valour   GeniAus - #AtoZChallenge - W is for Where

GeniAus - #AtoZChallenge - X is for Xerarch    

GeniAus - #AtoZChallenge - Y is for Remembering The Young Ones


Theresa Smith

The Week That Was…      Vale Julian Leatherdale author

Book Review: Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler

Author Talks: B. M. Carroll on Who were you at school? The shy one? The silly one? The social butterfly?

Book Review: After Goodbye by Teena Raffa

Author Talks: Karly Lane on the Importance of Women in Agriculture

Better Reading

Book of the Week: The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams

A Theatre for Dreamers by Polly Samson         If It Bleeds by Stephen King

The Lost Boy: Tales of a Child Soldier by Ayik Chut Deng

Podcast: Karina Kilmore on Journalism to Fiction and the Tie Between the Two

Podcast: Caroline Overington on Missing William Tyrrell

Penguin Books

Read the First Chapter:   The Dickens Boy  Tom Kenneally   The Adversary Ronnie Scott

Out now..

Redhead by the Side of the Road. Anne Tyler  Captain Cook’s Epic Voyage Geoffrey Blainey

The Silent Treatment   Abbie Greaves          Enter the Aardvark  Jessica Anthony

The Prisoner's Wife  Maggie Brookes           Quiet Journal      Susan Cain

and from my blogs...

That Moment in Time

FRIDAY FOSSICKING 24th Apr 2020, FREE access to digital records Kew-National Archives, Liverpool records FREE, Surry burials, Greater London Burial Index, FREE  resources Scotland’s People, 103 yr old nun survived COVID-19, Three centuries of distance learning, quarantine pantries of the world, Scotland’s standing stones, whimsical mechanical magic, make the invisible visible, last letter on Titanic, quarantine dream re Mark Wahlberg, book reviews, FREE ebooks, from isolation-inspiration…must see… and so very much more…
Feel free to share..

Headlines of Old

UNCLAIMED LETTERS 1849 Various States  Issue 1.  Trove Tuesday 28th Apr 2020, thousands of names, some places, some list ships of arrival, destinations vary from streets to places to hotels to post offices, etc. Some have lots of details, others just names..further reading suggested… Feel free to share..

Be safe and well, these times will pass..


  1. Thank you for including my post, Chris. Hope all is well with you.

  2. You're welcome, Dara..yes, thank you. Hope it is the same with you.

  3. Thanks for sharing my post Chris, much appreciated!


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