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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?

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Collie King, the Broadaxe Balladier

Biography by Margaret Adamson from the out of print book “Broadaxe Ballads” by William Arthur Kernick and illustrated by his great grandson, Gary William Speak. William Arthur Kernick - A.K.A. Collie King. "A Dwellingup Dryblower, or Sleeper-Squaring Shakespeare is how Collie King was first introduced to the readers of The South-Western Advertiser, when in August… Continue reading Collie King, the Broadaxe Balladier

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You can search for a birth, marriage or death in Australia online for free. For VICTORIA, go here https://www.bdm.vic.gov.au/research-and-family-history/search-your-family-history For NEW SOUTH WALES go here http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/Pages/family-history/family-history.aspx For QUEENSLAND go here https://www.qld.gov.au/law/births-deaths-marriages-and-divorces/family-history-research For WESTERN AUSTRALIA go here http://www.bdm.dotag.wa.gov.au/_apps/pioneersindex/default.aspx For SOUTH AUSTRALIA go here https://www.genealogysa.org.au/resources/online-databases.html For TASMANIA go here https://www.linc.tas.gov.au/family-history/Pages/Birth-Death-Marriage.aspx