Friday, December 18, 2020



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


Please note: Friday Fossicking is taking a break.. returning on Jan 8th. See end of page...

Something different... a little treat ..or two.. 

Dick Cronin's lecture to Kilrush & District Historical So...  Paddy Waldron

Carry on Cork: Barbara Windsor's roots in the Rebel County Irish Examiner

ABC News: Barking mad or simply quackers? Neither, as Alan the duck finds a best friend in Zelda the dog

Wanderlust Twins  by Klaus Bruck on Flickr.Bad Muskau 

Ollantaytambo archeological site in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Peru

by Gobierno Federal on Flickr.Puente Baluarte Bicentenario in Mexico, 

Bavaria, Germany   Temple of Azalea, Shiofune Kannon in Tokyo, Japan

Find My Past

Yorkshire Monumental Inscriptions     Browse BillionGraves

United States Obituary Notices  Search all newspapers 

Ireland Billion Graves Cemetery Index   See Elvis’ epitaph

Outback Family History

Alexander Pitman – The Man Behind the Legend      

When I Die – a verse    Its a Grand Name:      

John Thomas – grave tales     The Eyes Behind the Lens –

Anglo-Celtic Connections

Ontario Land Records and ONLAND 

Ontario Newspaper Digitization

O/T: Reduce Background Sound in Zoom

O/T: What happens to my recycling in Ottawa

National Archives UK newsletter incl.

England's Mistress: Emma Hamilton 22 January, 14:00   

Belsen and the British | 29 January, 14:00

Talks coming in 2021    Women in history    

Uncovering hidden stories: Women in archives | 26 March, 14:00

Family Search Blog

Want to Help Others Get through Tough Times? Share Family Stories with Them!

Nordic Skiing Explained

Atlas Obscura

Guitar Ancestors  Wyoming’s Wacky Wooden Buildings        

The Coolest Hairstyles    Painted Village Pyrgi, Greece

Snowplowing, Japanese Style       Hillandale Bridge Ohio

The Unbuilt Suburb California  The Fragility of Antarctica     

Temple of Minerva Italy  Icy Lava Tubes   Ghost Hoax

Apple Valley Model Railroad Club    Orfield Labs Quiet Chamber

The Monastery Caught in War     Musical Cryptography    

Old Perry County Courthouse    The Miss Jean Brodie Steps

Stop and Smell the Reefs Great Barrier Reef 

Caroline Cutter Headstone   Montezuma Castle   Ghost Forest

A Pandemic Exhibit’s Pivot    Documenting Slave Houses

Red Telephone Box Graveyard  Monkey Beach   ‘Haint Blue’


The Forgotten Craze of Women's Endurance Walking

John Gray: Cats Can Teach Us about the Meaning of Life

How Black-Owned Record Stores Helped Create Community

Santa and Mrs. Claus and the Christmas War of the Sexes

Family Tree Magazine

Top 7 Best Cemetery Apps for Locating Ancestors 

Cemetery and Tombstone Q&A   

Using World War II Draft Registrations for Genealogy Research

14 Unusual Records for Finding Female Ancestors

FREE Ebook: Family Search Tips and Surname Origins

Family History Storytelling Tips and Ideas

10 Space-Saving Ways to Get Your Genealogy Organized

FREE  US Statewide Vital Records Reference Chart


Hegra, an Ancient City in Saudi Arabia Untouched for Millennia, Makes Its Public Debut

Study Rewrites History of Ancient Land Bridge Between Britain and Europe

Isaac Newton Thought the Great Pyramid Held the Key to the Apocalypse

Stunning Mosaic Found in England Shows Some Lived in Luxury During 'Dark Ages'

Divers Discover Nazi Enigma Machine Thrown Into the Baltic Sea During WWII

A History of Felines, as Narrated and Illustrated by a Cat

Shipwreck Exposed by Erosion on Florida Coast Could Be 200 Years Old

Gardeners Unearth Coins Inscribed With Initials of Henry VIII's First Three Wives

Tens of Thousands of 12,000-Year-Old Rock Paintings Found in Colombia

What the Pandemic Christmas of 1918 Looked Like

The Ten Best History Books of 2020


The Irish Story

‘Are You With Me’? Interview with Mike Chinoy on Kevin Boyle and Human Rights

Social Bridge

The Bee’s Knees   Watching and Waiting   The Blank Page

Connected Blogging    Expressions I Love


The Road Not Taken  A Menorah In Appalachia   

You Feel Old When….   Of Horse Whisperers And Men

Lago di Garda – Lake Of Lakes

Brotmanblog: A Family Journey

A Genealogy Story for Hanukkah: Looking for Light in the Darkness

Hedwig Goldschmidt Cramer’s Three Sons: Can You Help Me Find More Records?

Humouring the Goddess

Faerie Paths — Apricity   Are You Out of Sync this Holiday Season?

Sunday Evening Art Gallery — Xavier Puente Vilardell

Faerie Paths — Stained Glass    Which One Are You?

Sunday Evening Art Gallery (midweek) — Gold

Scottish Ancestral Research

Ten Free Family History Websites

The Gentle Author

In Search Of ‘Sparrows Can’t Sing’  The Battle For Brick Lane

Ron McCormick’s Whitechapel  Terry Barnes, Knot Tyer  

The Bridges Of Old London     On Night Patrol With PC Tassell

The Legal Genealogist

TNSTAAFL     Now more than ever

Genea Musings

Genealogy News and Education Bytes -- Friday, 11 December 2020

Best of the Genea-Blogs -- Week of 6 to 12 December 

2020Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Your Santa Claus Memories

Monday Genea-Pourri - Week Ending 13 December 2020

Genealogy News and Education Bytes -- Tuesday, 15 December 2020

Mrs. Daffodil Digresses

The Unemployed Christmas Ghost: 1927

Stair na hÉireann

#OTD in 1970 – Death of Irish Nationalist, Sorcha MacMahon, in Dublin.

Treasure Chest of Memories

12 Ways to Share Family Holiday Traditions

Kindred Past

Locating farm land in South Africa


Ireland named the most generous country in the world for 2020 by GoFundMe

Jon Hamm says the Irish will "begrudgingly love" Wild Mountain Thyme

Co Fermanagh woman is first in the world to receive COVID-19 vaccine

Ireland's top seven universities

How to make the perfect Irish whiskey hot toddy

Irishman dies wifeless after attending Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival for 72 years

The Canadian Island with Irish accents

The world's fascination with Ireland's fairy folklore

Christmas Star visible for the first time in 800 years and Ireland could be in luck

JFK's former Georgetown historic home has sold

Irish prayers and blessings for your friends and family

Ireland's ancient Heritage Trees - the oldest, biggest and strangest specimens

Irish names creep in to United Kingdom’s most popular baby names list

How the Irish were woken every morning before alarm clocks

WATCH: Irish man pulls off surprise proposal for train driver girlfriend in Dublin


Canon James McFadden – The fighting priest of Gweedore   The Irish Story

ScrapHappy December 2020 — The Quilt That Won’t Quit Textile Ranger

What the Draper Sees at Christmas: 1903 Mrs. Daffodil Digresses

Tribute to Florence Dreams and Adventures at Cosy Cottage


Theresa Smith

#BookBingo2020 – Round 12: A classic you’ve never read before

The Week That Was…

Book Review: The Harpy by Megan Hunter

Book Review: The Dressmaker’s Secret by Rosalie Ham

Book Review: Tell Me Lies by J.P. Pomare

Better Reading

Home Stretch by Graham Norton    READ MORE

The Great Escape from Woodlands Nursing Home by Joanna Nell    READ MORE

The Return by Nicholas Sparks  READ MORE

When She Was Good by Michael Robotham   READ MORE

Hermit by S.R. White      READ MORE

Lana's War by Anita Abriel      READ MORE

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas      READ NOW

The Ickabog by J.K. Rowling    READ MORE

Podcast: Monica McInerney on How Her Childhood Shaped Her Writing      LISTEN HERE

Podcast: Fiona O’Loughlin on her Religious Upbringing and Surviving Alcoholism    LISTEN HERE

Podcast: Joanne Fedler on Finding Freedom over Fifty      LISTEN HERE

Better Reading BE - Our December Picks

Allen & Unwin

The Storm Within Cameron Smith / Andrew Webster LEARN MORE

To My Country  Ben Lawson    LEARN MORE

Sunshine Samantha C. Ross  LEARN MORE

The Big Book of Great Australian Bush Yarns  Graham Seal     LEARN MORE

Penguin Books Australia

The Yield      Tara June Winch

Top 10 of 2020    Australian top 10 of 2020       

Top 10 crime & thrillers of 2020        Staff picks of 2020

and from my blogs..


FRIDAY FOSSICKING 11th Dec 2020, Perth's hidden graveyard, baptisms-Essex-Devon, Greek sewer find, old Irish Xmas traditions, FREE census worksheets, ancient Sligo tombs, Roman trench fever, ghost airline, winter solstice streamed online, convicts assigned & transferred, FREE cluster & collateral research worksheets, book reviews. Be sure to read “Secrets of ScotlandsPeople”  to see what is FREE there…and a whole lot more…

Feel free to share, the title is the link…


UNCLAIMED LETTERS Issue 7  Trove Tuesday 15th Dec 2020,  a selection from 1883, various places, NOTE: no longer available… look for addresses where your ancestors may have lived, are there others of the same name in that area, be adaptable re spelling, hints in lead in as to how to use these, happy hunting..

PLEASE NOTE : Friday Fossicking is taking a break... back on Jan 8th 2021.

I would just like to Thank You all for your continued support, comments and sharing. This blog will be 10 years old next June... in that time there has been over 600 blogs, over 13 separate pages...and well over 400,000 views.. more than I ever imagined .. you're more than welcome to join a whole lot of others who subscribe and then receive your weekly instalment by email. Your email address is never shared nor seen by others.

Merry Christmas everyone ..and a Happy and Healthy New Year. In 2021 may we be safer, more aware of how fragile 'normality' can be and more appreciative of the need to care for each other. 

Keep safe and well.
This will pass.

Friday, December 11, 2020


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


Grenham's Third Law of Irish Genealogy   John Grenham 

National Archive UK  newsletter incl. The Christmas pudding palaver of 1952  Our Letter of Lockdown project  Upcoming online events

National Library Australia newsletter incl. 

Community Heritage Grant Recipients        

ProQuest Recent Newspapers... Use your Library card to  access this resource from home by visiting our eResources portal.   Need a Library card?

State Library Queensland newsletter incl. Plan your visit  look for the Christmas beetles..  

Learn with Lynda  Free with membership | Free | Online

Choose from over 13,000 online courses.. Learn more

Free family activities - movies to stories to hands-on crafts. 

Billion Graves ..  history of winged skulls as gravestone symbols

The hidden story of African-Irish children BBC News

How to make the most of free online records from The National Archives - Who Do You Think You Are Magazine

I Love Bello Shire newsletter incl. Avoid Touching Bats

 Bellingen The Promised Land an interesting read
Never a dull moment in this area, always something   happening whether it be in Bellingen, Coffs Harbour, Urunga, etc.

Ireland newsletter incl. News from Ireland 

 View the Archive of Irish Phrases here:

Cairns Family History Newsletter incl. news of State Library
Queensland Courses, State Library Qld archives

Wanderlust Twins

Find My Past

Essex Baptisms   Devon Baptisms   Berkshire Probate Index   

Search all newspapers    Explore Essex ancestry      

The power of parish records     Princess Diana’s family tree

Outback Family History

The Exchange Hotel Broad Arrow       

A Challenging Land – a verse by Ray Jackson

The Ghosts of Red Flag Well     Charles Carkeek – grave tales

John Fitzpatrick – Plumber and Tinsmith.

Family History Bulletin

Registry of Births, Deaths, Marriages Qld incl.

Brisbane's plague epidemic    A vignette of the 1919 pandemic

Got your own missing link?Contact us


 How to Gather the Oral Histories of COVID-19       

The Complications of “Outlaw Country”

 Christiaan Huygens’ Ideas of Extraterrestrial Life

Family Search Blog

A Research Guide to 1910 United States Census Records

Monthly Record Update for November 2020 

1950 United States Census—Release Date and Research Help

Anxiety Journaling: How to Relieve Stress through Writing

The 1918 Pandemic

Atlas Obscura

Ancient Female Huntresses       St Tudno's Church Wales    

The White Post Virginia  Ghost Airline   A Fraught History

Amatol Ghost Town  New Jersey     Forgotten Murals

Squirrel Pets   Spreepark  Berlin  Instrument of the Future

Turkey’s Wild Horses Michelangelo's Hidden Drawings

Space Sandwich  Roman ‘Trench Fever’  

The New York Earth Room  Portugal's Chapel of Bones

Deadly Shortcuts   Mittie Manning's Tomb very sad      

Young Eagle Huntress.  Greek Sewer Finds   Le Mort Homme

A Tricky Restorative Balance    Vanishing Cinemas   

The Wave Organ     Cave of Kelpius 

Family Tree Magazine

6 Steps to Organizing and Managing Your Digital Photos

The Real Meaning of "Pennsylvania Dutch"

13 DIY Family History Crafts and Projects

How to Create and Maintain an Archival Photo Album

FREE Census Worksheets for Genealogy Research

16 Genealogy Hacks That Will Save You Time and Money

How to Preserve Newspaper Clippings

10 Best Websites for Finding Death Records and Obituaries

FREE Cluster and Collateral Research Worksheet

Anglo-Celtic Connections

DNA Identifies Newfoundland First World War Casualty

Sunday Sundries   Educational Records

This Week's Online Genealogy Events 

Ancestry President & CEO Leaving



When Will I Stop Writing?     Corona Virus Mask

Food Tips And Tricks   Kürbissuppe Shades Of Ritchie

Hewwo There Wittle Fewwow!

Humouring the Goddess

Burning Philosophical Questions Faerie Paths — Creativity

Sunday Evening Art Gallery — Chris Garofalo Rachael Pease

The Birthday Raven Unicorn  

Sunday Evening Art Gallery (midweek) — Trevor Leat

The Gentle Author

Looking Forward To Christmas great illustrations

Favourite East End Artists     Phillip Lucas, Collector

Some Favourite John Claridge Photographs

Brotmanblog : A Family Journey

Helene Goldschmidt Tedesco and Her Family: Hiding from the Nazis in France

Flora Goldschmidt Schwarzschild’s Family: One Branch Flourished, the Other Extinguished

The Irish Story

Tom Barry and the Road from Mesopotamia to Kilmichael

Social Bridge

Deadheading  Is Christmas Stressful?  Phone Boxes

Three Years – Give or Take   All my Fault

The Legal Genealogist

Happy anniversary!   Before the next sale  Saving Seattle




Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Your 2020 "Dear Genea-Santa" Letter

Best of the Genea-Blogs - Week of 29 November to 5 December 2020

Monday Genea-Pourri - Week Ending 6 December 2020

Genealogy News and Education Bytes -- Tuesday, 8 December 2020

Historical Ragbag

Book Review: Joan Lady of Wales: Power and politics of King John’s daughter by Danna R. Messer

Mrs. Daffodil Digresses

Raw Material: A Christmas Ghost Story   

Casts of Hands a Christmas Fad: 1896

Dreams and Adventures at Cosy Cottage

Third Blog Anniversary – An Ode to Escapism


Newgrange's annual gathering canceled, Winter Solstice will be streamed online

It snowed in Ireland, which means this Irish word started trending on Twitter

Michael Flatley’s personal items fetch thousands at auction

Good and bad luck signs from Irish folklore

Fairytale of New York is not just a Christmas song, but also an immigrant ballad

Irish gastropubs almost entirely booked out as Ireland reopens for Christmas

The history behind Ireland’s ancient Druids

A tale of two Holy warriors - Bridget Rose Dugdale and Ann Sullivan

Stunning images reveal "the dark underbelly of rural Irish life"

It’s going to be a long winter! Here are the best Irish books of 2020

Newly launched "Devils Keep" is among the most expensive Irish whiskies ever

Traditional Irish plum pudding recipe for Christmas

Are these ancient Sligo tombs the oldest in the world?

A lucky buyer has scooped up this "truly magnificent" castle in Co Kerry

Pearl Harbor Irish heroes remembered on the anniversary of the attack

Irish revolutionary Kevin Barry as remembered in poems and song

What is the Celtic symbol for family?

Fermanagh woman is first in the world to receive vaccine

Gardai, family renew appeal for information about missing Irish man Trevor Deely 20 years on

Rare, first edition of "Ulysses" among fascinating items in upcoming Irish auction

Northern Irish lottery winners have given away half of their massive fortune

Fungie the Dolphin could be honored in his hometown of Dingle next year

Irish blessings and songs perfect for Christmas Day

Ireland's top seven universities

Ireland's fairy forts and their power over the Irish

Jon Bon Jovi desecrates Pogues' Christmas classic ‘Fairytale of New York’

10 facts you probably didn’t know about Ireland during the holidays


I – The Death of Claude Cotton | The Dusty Box

Studio Child’s Play Textile Ranger

Secrets of ScotlandsPeople The Frugal Family Historian

Florence’s Illness: Part 1    Dreams and Adventures at Cosy Cottage 


Theresa Smith

The Week That Was…

#6degrees of separation: from Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret to The Angel of Waterloo

Book Review: The Betrayals by Bridget Collins

Top 20 for 2020 – Books to gift this Christmas

Better Reading

The Last Truehart by Darry Fraser    READ MORE

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate READ MORE

The Angel of Waterloo by Jackie French    READ MORE

The Grand Tour by Olivia Wearne  READ MORE

The Irish Story

Book Review: A Difficult Birth: The Early Years of Northern Ireland 1920-25

and from my blogs...

That Moment in Time

FRIDAY FOSSICKING 4th Dec 2020, lend a kindle book,  'Victorian' Xmas, US WWII casualty list, bush tucker to brunch,  witch's castle, need a washboard?, overlooked Irish resources, Italian Genealogy records, Christmas gifts for the destitute, Irish in Indian Civil Service, gifts of genealogy, book reviews, missing friends and convicts, tunnel beneath Stonehenge?, Eastern European ancestors, Great Hunger Film in Irish language,  and a whole lot more..

Feel free to share.. the title is the link…


ADDITIONS to  IGP Archives - November 2020, Cavan, Fermanagh, Galway, Monaghan, Sligo, Tipperary,

Thanks to Christina & all the volunteers…


CONVICTS ASSIGNED AND TRANSFERRED Jan 1833 Trove Tuesday  8th Dec 2020, some further info. re randomly selected convicts, looking beyond the obvious, 

Feel free to share.. the title is the link.

Stay safe and well.
This will pass.