I was recently asked to try and trace the ancestry of a mixed race Australian whose grandmother was half Indigenous Australian and half white Australian, born in 1920. This was the first time I'd been tasked with researching Aboriginal ancestry and I was somewhat daunted by the thought of so little recorded information being available.… Continue reading Tracing Aboriginal Ancestry
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 […]
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…
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.
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?
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
Foreword “I’m illegitimate!” Jean declared to the author (her daughter) of this story. “I had no idea until my brother Ian told me when I visited him in Canada in the 1980’s. I’d always wondered why my father was so distant towards me when I was little…” Jean's mother Maggie had never said a word… Continue reading Who was my Father?