19430605 Marjorey June Brand on her Wedding Day

52 Ancestors in 52 weeks – Week 3: Longevity

As I still have several weeks to catch up on in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge, I am moving straight onto week 3.  I hope you enjoy reading about my grandma. Week 3 – Longevity This has proven to be a harder task than I thought it would be.  I am sure there…

C1906 Matheson Family Perth Western Australia

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 2: Favourite Photo

Well, I decided to move straight onto the second week of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge to try to catch up the eight weeks I have missed.  When I discovered that Week 2 was favourite photo, I knew immediately which photo I wanted to share. . Week 2 – Favourite Photo Back Row:…

Mum as a young child on a family farm Western Australia

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 1: Start

I have come to the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge a bit later than most.  This challenge, designed by Amy Johnson Crow, encourages genealogists to write a post every week in 2018 based on their research.  The idea is you write a blog post about an ancestor based on the topic of the week….

Walker Surname Distribution courtesy of Forebears

Family Surname History – Walker

Today I am writing about the Walker family surname history.  I want to do some more in-depth research of all the surnames in my tree so have decided to share this as I work my way back through my tree.   There are loads of great websites on the internet about family surname history and…

Robert Hilton Matheson, WWI, France

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Have you ever wondered where your ancestors killed in action are buried?  In war, especially the First World and Second World Wars, the dead remained in the country in which they died. Sometimes there was no record of where they were buried.  In some cases, there were details of the person’s death and their exact…

Trove is about Creating, Contributing, Collaborating and sharing of resources

Trove – Australian Newspapers

What is Trove? Have you ever wondered where to source old Australian newspapers, journal articles, or maps?  Then Trove is your solution.  Trove is an online service provided by the National Library of Australia and is a real treasure trove of information for genealogists.  It contains many Australian resources from libraries, museums, and archives, for…

Search Gravestone Photographic Resource Project

Gravestone Photographic Resource Project

One of the greatest resources for genealogists are cemeteries – a link to our past.  A headstone can tell us so much about our ancestors – names, dates, relatives, others buried in the same grave.  Ornate ones will show our ancestors had money, no headstone shows they didn’t.  The biggest problem, though, for many of…

Genealogy Search Engines, Internet and Genealogy

Genealogy Freelancers

Every genealogist at some point will hit a brick wall – that point where you cannot find the piece of information or the person you are looking for.  Other times you may require a document that is only held in a repository but you are unable to travel to it due to distance.  This is…

Pile of old photos - 19th Century Photographs Who is in the Photo

19th Century Photographs

Finding a photo in your collection is always exciting, however, we don’t always know who is in the photo.  All of us would have photos in our collection that we are unable to identify.   This can be very frustrating.  If we are lucky enough our ancestors have written detailed information on the photo.  However, more…

Book Reviews

Book Review: Tracing Your Family History on the Internet

Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians AUTHOR:  Chris Paton PUBLICATION DATE:  Second Edition 2013 ISBN: 9781783030569 GENRE:  Genealogy, Family History FORMAT: Paperback, eBook – Kindle NUMBER OF PAGES:  224 pages The Author Chris Paton, who is based in North Ayrshire, Scotland, is a professional genealogist who holds a Postgraduate…