Friday, February 26, 2021


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


I Love Bello Shire newsletter Bridging the Generations  Quick Quiz

+ long list of events planned

Laura Whitmore's grandfather was one of the people behind a famous Irish landmark

The ScriBbler newsletter Stella Budrikis always interesting.

Animals at the cemetery.... Billion Graves

The National Archives UK newsletter incl. This week's archive jigsaw

Researching health in the 19th and 20th century

Blog: The AIDS health campaign   and quite a bit more..

U.S. passport photo of Elizabeth (Noonan) Burns - Digital Commonwealth

Italian cemetery collapses, sending coffins down cliff into sea ABC news

ABC News: This tiny suburb outside of Sydney could become a burial ground for 800,000 people

Whitsunday Regional Council backflips on controversial graveyard policy that banned fresh flowers - ABC News

Finding lone graves in North Queensland to help trace family histories - ABC News

RootsTech Connect.. remember that the sessions will be available for free of charge for the net 12 months or so...

Find My Past

Britain, Marriage Licences    Cambridgeshire, Licensed Victuallers  

Search all newspapers   United States, Black Loyalists evacuated, 1783

Overcome your obstacles

Anglo-Celtic Connections

More Digitization?   Families of the 1918 Pandemic    

FamilySearch Updates     Co-Lab Updates for February

The Best Database for Somerset Resources  Sunday Sundries     

Monday: Toronto Branch OGS Monthly Meeting: Evernote

Monday Memories: Books   This Week's Online Genealogy Events

Recent FamilySearch Historical Record Collections Updates

Outback Family History

A Racing Man from Tipperary    Tragedy at Cue:    

The Prince and the Diggers Daughter:

Family Search Blog  

Irish Genealogy: Finding Birth, Marriage, and Death Records

Making the Most out of RootsTech Connect


The True History Behind Netflix's 'The Dig' and Sutton Hoo

Archaeologists Unearth Egyptian Queen's Tomb, 13-Foot 'Book of the Dead' Scroll

Amateur Treasure Hunter Locates Missing Centerpiece of Henry VIII's Crown

Archaeologists Find 600-Year-Old Golden Eagle Sculpture at Aztec Temple

Trove of 'Ancient Treasures' Found in Shipwreck Off the Coast of Greece

Forgotten 20th-Century Photography Studio Found in New York Attic

Stunningly Well-Preserved Elizabethan Garden Discovered in England

Six Skeletons Found in Wreck of 18th-Century Pirate Ship Sunk Off Cape Cod

Ten-Billion-Pixel Image Shows Every Inch of Vermeer's 'Girl With a Pearl Earring'

The True History and Swashbuckling Myth Behind the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Namesake

Hear the Musical Sounds of an 18,000-Year-Old Giant Conch

Atlas Obscura

The Great Kenyan Giraffe Rescue   Found: An Emperor’s Bedchamber    

The Livestock Living at the End of the World    Blood Falls

The World’s Youngest Desert      Thomas Edison's Concrete Houses

The Quest to Save a Rare Parrot  Elusive Lizards, Elusive No More  

House of Sarcasm'    Teleport-o-Matic'   Cambridge    Tin House

A Plane With a Story   On the Straight and Narrow  The Angel Oak

Found: Lost Fort    Stephen King's House    For the Love of Lobsters     

Compton’s Cowboys   The Witch's Leg  Capitol Records Building 

Morse CodeZephyrhills Museum of Military History   ‘Lake Stars’


Poland Proposes Social Media "Free Speech" Law 

19 February 2021 at 9:50:50 am AEST

The Polish government has proposed a new law to stop social media platforms deleting content or banning users who do not break Polish Laws. Social networks could be fined up to 50 million Zlotys ($13.4 million USD) to restore deleted posts or accounts. The new draft act appeared on the Polish Ministry of Justice website on February 1, 2021.  See:  

It is available only in Polish. A link to it is in the National Law Review article mentioned below.

To read more see:



To read previous articles on the European Union, Digital Services Act, Amazon, Facebook, Google, and more see the IAJGS Records Access Alert archives at:  You must be registered to access the archives. 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

[Records-Access-Alerts] (Denmark) Legislation will Require Facebook and Google to Pay for Media Content (Link Tax)
Date: 21 February 2021 at 9:44:48 am AEST

Denmark appears it will follow Australia and other countries requiring technology giants such as Facebook and Google to pay for content by media organizations on their platforms, i.e. a “link tax”.


Denmark’s Minister of Culture, Joy Mogensen, said she would put forward legislation next month would require technology companies to pay publishers if news content is posted on their website.

Recently, the IAJGS Records Access Alert reported on Australia doing the same proposed legislation and Facebook threatening to stop their news source in Australia. 


The European Union passed a copyright directive in 2019 which encourages such a link tax by providing for minimum standards for all EU member countries. While the EU directive does not call for negotiations by media organizations, the Australian pending legislation does and that is what the Danish proposal will do. The Danish proposal says if no agreement is reached between the publishers and the technology giants then Denmark’s copyright license board would settle the disputes.

Facebook states, as only 4 percent of content on Facebook is news articles, there is no economic argument for the company to pay for news. Minister Mogensen rejects that argument.

To read more see:


P.S. As of Tuesday afternoon 23rd Feb, it was announced that Facebook and the Australian Government had agreed to work on a new agreement which would see all 'hidden' sites/pages to be restored over the next few days.

[Records-Access-Alerts] (US) National Archives Proposed Rule on Collecting Information on Those Requesting Military Records
Date: 21 February 2021 at 9:24:48 am AEST

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has a proposed notice in the Federal Register regarding continuing to collect information from people requesting military records so that they can locate, identify, and provide the requested information.


The information collected via the SF 180 and eVetRecs is vital to NARA’s  National Personnel Records Center, which stores and handles these records. They need this information to locate and release information from requested records.


This is a second request for public comment, the first published in the Federal Register on August 7, 2020 resulted in no responses being received.

To read the proposal see:


If you plan to submit written comments they must be received by March 24, 2021.


Send any comments and recommendations on the proposed information collection in writing to You can find this particular information collection by selecting ‘‘Currently under 30-day Review—Open for Public Comments’’ or by using the search function.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

Subject: [Records-Access-Alerts] (US-GA) HB 92 Vital Records Transfer and Embargo Dates
Date: 24 February 2021 at 6:42:18 pm AEST

There is a bill currently in the Georgia House, HB 92, that proposes to lower the embargo periods for birth records to 100 years and death, marriage, divorce and annulment dates for vital records to 75 years respectively.  The records would then be transferred to the State Archives from the State Registrar.  The bill may be read at:


Currently, the embargo periods are 125 years for birth records and 100 years from date of death, application for marriage, divorce, or annulment.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



Family History Across the Seas

What are your genea-goals?

Hapgoods From  Marksbury

Great Aunt Dorrie – Dorothy May Seddon nee Waddell

The Legal Genealogist

Dating a typo    Think horses, not zebras 

Brotmanblog: A Family Journey

Santa Fe Love Song: A Family History Novel


The Rhyme Doctor  There Is A Place For Us  Me And The Munk

Social Bridge

Galloping Hooves    Black and White     Another of Dad’s   The Seat

Ray of Light     Momentum      Kitchen Tableness

The Gentle Author

The Tale Of James Hadfield’s Pistol  Vanishing London

AS Jasper, Writer & Cabinet Maker

Remembering Mr Pussy In Winter  Adam Dant’s London Squares

Costume Of The Lower Orders Of The Metropolis

Humoring the Goddess

Sound and Texture Gratification   Ding Yi   Miki Asai

Faerie Paths — Saturday Afternoon ❤️    One Step Closer to Being Me

Short Stories full of wisdom and insight……. Boundless Blessings by Kamal

Sunday Evening Art Gallery — Maps

Little Wild Streak

Texas Cold Snap Brings Out the Birds    great photos


Genealogy News and Education Bytes -- Friday, 19 February 2021

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Create An Ancestor's Timeline 

Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 13 to 19 February 2021

Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 13 to 19 February 2021

Genealogy News and Education Bytes -- Tuesday, 23 February 2021

Dreams and Adventures at Cosy Cottage

A Medley of Trees

Stair na hÉireann

#OTD in 2013 – Sinn Féin proposed legislation which would make the Easter Rising anniversary a new national bank holiday.

Tracing Family Branches

Jugiong War Memorial


Irish teen cycling 500 miles to support grieving grandad

NYC St. Patrick's Day parade set to be small but symbolic this year

The extraordinary life of Irish priest John Martin Hayes

When Jackie Kennedy brought her children to Waterford after JFK’s death

20 reasons to visit County Tipperary

Liam Neeson joins efforts to stop sale of New York Irish landmark

Ancient Irish wedding traditions and superstitions

Plans for Virtual Shamrock ceremony between US and Irish leaders on St. Patrick’s Day announced

The reality behind the Irish characters in the 1997 Titanic movie

Several Irish baby names among the “most unique” for 2021

The unsung Irishman who saved George Washington’s life twice

Petition appeals for pathway to citizenship for children born in Ireland to non-EU parents

Dublin’s Glasnevin Cemetery held its first burial on this day in 1832

Ireland's most famous dog breeds on Walking the Dog Day! 

Irish historian recreates long-lost whiskey recipes using 200-year-old ingredients

Pop culture's favorite Leprechauns ahead of St. Patrick’s Day

When nothing rhymes, Irish music and banter, even virtually, helps

Irish village covered in sea foam in rare oceanic event

WATCH: Irish dancing brothers get shuffling with Shamrock Shakes

Where is the oldest St. Patrick's Day celebration in the world?


South African Passenger Lists Online Kindred Past

Damp Jeans   Social Bridge

Podcast: Irish Revolutionary Women with Liz Gillis and Mary McAuliffe     The Irish Story


Theresa Smith

The Week That Was…

Book Review: The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

Book Review: The Sanatorium by Sarah Pease

2021 ABIA Longlist

Better Reading

Book of the Week: The Royal Correspondent by Alexandra Joel   READ MORE

Ash Mountain by Helen FitzGerald   READ MORE

A Room Called Earth by Madeleine Ryan      READ MORE

While Paris Slept by Ruth Druart  READ MORE

Podcast: Better Reading Book Chat – episode 1

Podcast: Katherine Kovacic on Serial Killers… and Dog‪s‬

Allen & Unwin

The Imitator     Rebecca Starford     LEARN MORE

The Devils You Know Ben Sanders  LEARN MORE

What Could Be Saved  Liese O'Halloran Schwarz     LEARN MORE

Crackenback  Lee Christine      LEARN MORE

The Shaman  Roland Perry      LEARN MORE

and from my blogs...


FRIDAY FOSSICKING 19th Feb 2021, how to get free fuel for a year, free records, bookish bathrooms, RootsTech Updates, Presidential 'pie', Ireland's Valentine, book reviews, searching for missing friends or family?, baking bread on the border wall, ASIO spy kid’s life, Family History course - Lake Mac libraries, tracing Welsh ancestors… and a whole lot more..

So many great blogs, in both the Always Interesting (any favourites of yours I should know about) as well as this week’s list of Interesting Blogs… I follow dozens of blogs, but I’m sure you could add some… your own as well..

Feel free to share… the title is the link…


ABSOLUTE PARDONS & CONDITIONAL PARDONS ..Convicts Trove Tuesday 23rd Feb 2021, convict records…

These clippings list hundreds of names..starting with those given Absolute Pardons, if any occurred within the time period of the notice published, followed by the Conditional Pardons. They show the name of the convict, the ship they arrived on and either the year the ship left Britain or arrived in Australia.

I have also added some extra information on a select few convicts to illustrate just what you might find on other sites..

Stay safe & well.
This will pass.

Friday, February 19, 2021


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


National Archives UK newsletter incl. Love in our archives

Vancouver woman waits as mom's 'miracle' DNA goes MIA on way to lab

ASIO spy kid recounts life with secret agent parents and holidays with Cold War defectors - ABC News

A new post about Irish surnames and affectionate insults - "Bertie, you big eejit"  John Grenham

Discovery of Irish airman lost at sea during the Second World War  Irish Central

I Love Bello Shire newsletter incl. Healing the Bellingen Shire & a long What's On list...

Family History Course at Lake Mac Libraries Geniaus

ASIO spy kid recounts life with secret agent parents and holidays with Cold War defectors - ABC News

A Quick Family History of Every US President   24/7 Wall St.

Top 100 Genealogy Blogs, Websites & Influencers in 2021 Congratulations to all.

Wanderlust Twins

Yosemite Valley, California   Entryway, Orvieto, Italy

Marine Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore     Rockhouse Hotel, Jamaica

by BONGURI on Flickr.Rice fields in Aichi prefecture, Japan.

Tagbanua Village on the shores of Kayangan Lake, Philippines

Medieval Village, Dordogne, France

Ornate Lantern, Edinburgh, Scotland

Anglo-Celtic Connections

Prompts for Family History Stories     FreeBMD February Update      

BIFHSGO Monthly Meeting: The Ragman's Children

Lloyd George Domesday Survey records on TheGenealogist top over 800,000 individuals

Sunday Sundries     Aberdeenshire Poor Relief Records

Two History Podcasts    Gloucestershire updates      

Monday Memories: Matchbooks

Outback Family History

Matron Emily Hart by Marion Ward:     

How Green was my Face-  The Fight for the Ida H:

Francis ‘Frank’ Cornelius Scott – grave tales

Find My Past

Denbighshire Parish Records     Search all newspapers   

Explore the names   Welsh Wonders Tracing ancestors from Wales 

Did you know you can see Find My Past from home?  Watch live

Family Search Blog

Free Cloud Storage on for Saving Your Most Important Family Photographs

Explore the New Family History Library Website     

View Family History Library Website

Atlas Obscura

Baking Bread on the Border Wall   Tiny Hidden Houses Netherlands  

Flying Rhinos  Tracking Elephants  China’s Artificial Water Forests

Unusual Cocktail Ingredients  Benagil Caves Portugal 

Ali’iolani Hale   Hawaii   Gravity-Defying Lion Dances

The Birthplace of Soccer Glasgow    Understanding Feral Children

17th-Century Dating Practices .. a must read   Bunkers of Alvira

Giant Sun Mirrors of Rjukan Norway Pancake Racing

Ascension Cathedral    Presidential ‘Pie’ Bookish Bathrooms

The Disappearing Platypus    The Rodent That Becomes a Fish


Social Bridge

Thought-Provoking Comments The Other Side of Valentine’s Day

Thought for the Day   On Holidays  Exercising Lockdown

Root Stalker Genealogy

Founding Grand-Fathers — Hamburg OH — Samuel R Adams

Kindred Past

Alleged Bigamy at Sunderland

The Legal Genealogist

More cautiously good news      Cousins by the half-dozen

Get a GRIP for 2021    Contract, not copyright

The Gentle Author

Love Tokens From The Thames     At The Custom House     

John Thomas Smith’s Vagabondiana   In Search Of Horace Warner

Chinnee Kaur, My Mum


Genealogy News and Education Bytes -- Friday, 12 February 2021

Valentine's Day Census Whacking Revisited

Best of the Genea-Blogs - Week of 7 to 13 February 2021

Monday Genea-Pourri - Week Ending 15 February 2021

Humoring the Goddess

I’m Too Old To Be This Busy   Nenad Vasic  Faerie Paths — Sunset

Sunday Evening Art Gallery — Saint Valentine’s Day 

Finish Your Sentence the Right Way

Sunday Evening Art Gallery (midweek) — Utagawa Kunisada

Making Ancestor's Interesting

Numurkah Railway Tragedy

Stair na hÉireann

#OTD in 1850 – Birth of patriot and women’s rights advocate, Sophie Bryant, in Sandymount, Co Dublin.

The Irish Story

Ireland and the Anglo-Zulu War, 1879


24 Hour News

RootsTech UPDATES....

Family History Across the Seas

Revel in RootsTech Connect 25-27 February 2021

The Frugal Family Historian

RootsTechConnect 2021 Schedule


Ready for RootsTech Connect: Keynote speakers

Ready for RootsTech Connect: What time is it?

Ready for RootsTech Connect: Follow Rootstech on Facebook

Ready for RootsTech Connect: The wondrous website


RootsTech Connect 2021 - The Website Unveiled (On Video)

Family Search Blog

Jen Allen: The Woman Behind the RootsTech Magic

Kindred Past

Ready, Set, Go! RootsTech Connect 2021!


Parents of baby born at Irish gas station gifted free fuel for a year

WATCH: Irish dancing TikTok legends channel Hugh Jackman's The Greatest Showman

On This Day: Iconic Irish actor David Kelly dies in 2012

Love in lockdown with Ireland's most famous matchmaker Willie Daly

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

24 hours in the historic Cork town of Cobh

Irish couple calls for random acts of kindness in memory of their twins

WATCH: Vintage Irish film provides a light-hearted look at love and money

Ireland’s very own Valentine, who was a 17th-century healer

Hikers rescue dog who was stranded in the snowy Wicklow Mountains for two weeks

Finally, a genetic cure for blight that caused Irish Famine found

Skelliking Day: Ireland's ancient form of Mardi Gras before Lent

Sam, Trinity College Dublin’s resident fox, is expecting cubs

On This Day: Ernest Shackleton, Irish Antarctic explorer, was born in 1874

Northern Irish pilots set Irish aviation record by flying to all Irish airports on same day

Meet the Irish producer: Mullingar Pewter, County Westmeath

How to make pancakes like the Irish for Shrove Tuesday

Get Jiggy with a St. Patrick's Day Global Céilí in aid of UNICEF

Squeeze in a read! New Irish campaign aims to get people reading

Patrick Dempsey stars in new Sky series about the Irish banking crash

Liam Neeson joins efforts to stop sale of New York Irish landmark

The Irish immigrant who penned New Zealand's national anthem

The Irish and Ash Wednesday - Lent, meatless Fridays, hot-crossed buns

St. Patrick’s Festival 2021 presents: Dúisigh Éire! Awaken Ireland!

St. Patrick's Day trivia to test yourself with this holiday



Thomas Cornwell      chasingskeletons

Why Do Models Look So Bored? Textile Ranger

The littlest sunflower Dreams & Adventures at Cosy Cottage

Sideline Project: Wagragobilly Cemetery Tracing Family Branches

Black Raven Genealogy posted: Valentine’s Day Vignette – "a guest post by my cousin Aileen"


Theresa Smith

#TheMoroccanDaughterTour – #BookReview: The Moroccan Daughter by Deborah Rodriguez

Book Review: The Imitator by Rebecca Starford…

Better Reading

Book of the Week: Find You First by Linwood Barclay  READ MORE

Black Widows by Cate Quinn      READ MORE

The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Cronin      READ MORE

Lightseekers by Femi Kayode    READ MORE

Podcast: Richard Osman on TV, Writing… and Steven Spielberg

Podcast: Maggie Hamilton on why Human Connection is so Essential

Powerful and Relevant: Read our Review of Lightseekers by Debut Author Femi Kayode       FULL REVIEW HERE

The Friendship of a Lifetime: Read our Review of The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Cronin  READ MORE

Blake is dead. Which Wife Killed Him? Read an Extract from Cate Quinn’s Black Widows      READ THE EXTRACT

and from my blogs...


FRIDAY FOSSICKING 12th Feb 2021, see what's on at various archives..libraries, etc., John Frost - Chartist, new groups, Greek tragedy, new Irish fiction, criminal women, convicts assigned & transferred, great reviews, Groundbreaking Pie, underground ‘railroad’, uncrowned town, lake monsters, the hermit in the woods,

Spy:espionage in Australia, Disobedient daughter, search Find My Past, Ancestry, My HeritageTROVE…for selected records for free plus a whole lot more…

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



I’ve always thought that one of the saddest headlines in the old newspapers is “Missing Friends”. Friends covers relatives as well as friends. Many have left their home country, never to be heard of again. Some moved interstate, some just disappeared… how do you deal with that? 

Have you had ancestors who wandered off?  My  husband's great grandfather wandered off.. just where and exactly when, I have still to confirm, but John Goopy senior..even you can't hide forever!  I have no intentions of giving up on you...

How times have changed... and though some people still go missing, either intentionally or not, communication and hopefully, tracing, is so much easier.

Keep safe and well.
This will pass.