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…

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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.

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