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?
If you're having trouble unlocking your own family history, perhaps I can help. Although I focus on predominantly Australian records, I have access to many records worldwide, which might just reveal the answer you've been seeking. These are just some of the records I have access to through the State Records Office and State Library.… Continue reading How Can I Help You?