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George Ryder or Rider 1824 – 1889 Convict No. 972

Before George Ryder was convicted of breaking a window and stealing a watch from Timothy Wakefield's shop in Lancaster, he had been imprisoned a staggering 32 times in his young life1. It was the 1st. January 1849 and he was 24 years old when he was sentenced to 7 years transportation to Australia for stealing… Continue reading George Ryder or Rider 1824 – 1889 Convict No. 972

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William Rhodes 1820 – 1891 Convict No. 1498

William Rhodes was born in Ferrybridge in the parish of Ferry Fryston, Yorkshire about 1820. He was baptised at St Andrews Church on 25 December 18201. His parents were Joseph Rhodes, a carpenter and Frances Wilkinson. He was the fourth born of seven children, who were all born in Ferrybridge. Ferrybridge, Bridge, Yorkshire. Completed in… Continue reading William Rhodes 1820 – 1891 Convict No. 1498

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Useful Australian Websites

Some websites to help you with your Australian research. If you can’t find what you’re looking for and would like my help, please get in touch via my contact page. AUSTRALIAN CEMETERIES – http://www.australiancemeteries.com AUSTRALIAN NEWSPAPERS – http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL – http://www.awm.gov.au CONVICT RECORDS – https://convictrecords.com.au CORAWEB – http://www.coraweb.com.au FAMILYSEARCH – https://www.familysearch.org NATIONAL ARCHIVES […]

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How Sad…

Peru child sacrifice discovery may be largest in history. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-28/140-children-killed-in-ancient-child-sacrifice-in-peru/9706926 Video: Ancient mass child sacrifice in Peru may be largest in history (ABC News) Archaeologists in northern Peru say they have found evidence of what could be the world's largest single case of child sacrifice. Key points: The children may have been sacrificed in response… Continue reading How Sad…

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From Whitesmith to Photographer in 1855.

I came across an old occupation I'd never heard of before when I was researching the background of Thomas Gibson from Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire. Like his father and grandfather before him, Thomas's 1841 census information stated he was a Whitesmith. "Whitesmith: specialised in crafting items from tin, lead, silver, pewter and the like, or… Continue reading From Whitesmith to Photographer in 1855.

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Where is Esvarasdal?

My 4th x great grandfather and his brother were born at a place called Esvarasdal, Caithness, Scotland in the late 1700's. This place is not marked on any modern day maps, but I did manage to find an old map on the brilliant National Library of Scotland website http://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/#zoom=17&lat=58.5161&lon=-3.7253&layers=5&b=1 which showed a small settlement of… Continue reading Where is Esvarasdal?