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Irish, Scottish and German family history research roadshow coming in August

I was honoured but surprised when I received an email last week from Unlock the Past’s Alan Phillips inviting me to be an Ambassador for the upcoming 2 day “Researching Abroad” seminar in August.  I am such an intermittent blogger … Continue reading

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What are the chances?

  I’ve been researching in Northern Ireland for months now using the FAN (Friends, Associates, Neighbours) technique to build up a picture of the extended family. I have James and Mary FITZSIMONS who married in Portaferry in 1854 and had … Continue reading

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TROVE Tuesday – Australia Day

After watching the Australia Day celebrations last week, I started thinking about how Australia Day was celebrated in the past.  I didn’t remember any great fuss during my earlier years so I decided to consult TROVE to see how it … Continue reading

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Adelaide History & Genealogy Expo

Sept 2016 I was excited when the initial ads came out for the Expo. Firstly, it was in my state, secondly, it was affordable and thirdly, the weather wouldn’t be too hot. Really, the word expo doesn’t do the 2 … Continue reading

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NFHM Week 2

Week 2 For this week’s challenge, I thought it might be interesting to compare my ancestors’ occupations with those of their descendants in 2016. Irish farmland photographed by J Gay There were a lot of labourers from many countries in … Continue reading

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National Family History Month

Week 1 For the first time, I am attempting to participate in the National Family History Month challenge.  As I’m also completing the free online course “Genealogy: Researching your family tree” from the University of Strathclyde; it will be a … Continue reading

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Funeral Insurance

I was very fortunate to be able to spend a morning at PRONI in September.  It is without a doubt the most friendly and welcoming archive I’ve ever used.  The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland is in a new … Continue reading

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Famine in Ardrahan parish in Co Galway

Like many researchers I’ve been glued to the National Library of Ireland’s release of Catholic Parish registers this week. I am grateful and impressed they aren’t making any money out of it. Today I’ve been looking at the parish of … Continue reading

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Henley Beach Swimming Pool

This was an important part of my childhood. It was built out from the Esplanade onto the beach near the Henley jetty. Given it’s location, it’s not surprising that it was filled with seawater. It’s hard to imagine a pool … Continue reading

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Love this curate!

Doing a happy dance here this afternoon. As a result of my research, I located this 1848/49 Burial register from Axmouth in Devon.  The minister and curate have kindly annotated the record with the causes of death.  After several days … Continue reading

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