Well, I'm almost a week late but I have contributed to Family Search's Indexing efforts. I have spent the weekend catching up on +DearMYRTLE's GeneaSleepOver - Worldwide Indexing Events. There was plenty of demonstrations of live indexing. In the past I have transcribed for FreeBMD but I found this to be quite tricky. From the demonstrations, Family Search indexing seemed much more straightforward.
I have been indexing Australia,Tasmania - Burial and Cremation Orders - 1873-1986 & so far I have completed 5 batches. Hopefully I haven't made too many mistakes!
Sunday, 27 July 2014
Monday, 7 July 2014
I have been using the new NSW BDM Online Index (Lifelink) today & I have to say I miss not having the district show up in search results. In the past it has really helped me to identify the correct parents / family group in birth searches. I hope it comes back.
This reminded me that I had missed GeniAUS's HOA about LifeLink from 2 weeks ago so I headed over there & watched it. There is some good discussion about the issues with the new search facility & some of the workarounds.
I do like the idea of being able to group search results by spelling variants via Family Name.
Thanks for the tip to use the old online search facility +Jill Ball. It took a bit of searching but I have the links & I'm bookmarking them, the Births & Deaths search page & the Marriage Search page.
Just to compare the results of searches, I tried a marriage search using the same parameters in both search facilities (using the *e / e* workaround that +Jill Ball suggested for the new search facility) & there was a huge difference - there were about 40 results in the new search compared to over 350 results in the old search. This did give me an idea though, & I tried using only * in the bride's surname field & this produced many more results.
Saturday, 21 June 2014
Recently I read an article in Inside History magazine (May-June 2014 edition, Issue 22), Justice Eraded, Justice Denied, about one of my indirect ancestors, John Henry Fleming. John Henry was the son of Henry Fleming, one of the earliest free colonists, and Elizabeth Hall, my 5th great grandparents. He was also the brother of Mary Ann Fleming, my 4th great grandmother.
This article revealed John Henry Fleming’s involvement as the ringleader of the Myall Creek massacre (1838), in which 28 Aboriginal men, women and children were murdered.
I was shocked to learn that one of my ancestors was not only involved in this incident, but was identified as the ringleader.
The link to the blog post article is http://www.insidehistory.com.au/2014/06/the-myall-creek-massacre-re-examined/
The next issue of Inside History magazine, due out in July, will focus on the aftermath of the massacre.
Another article in this issue, Exploring Australia’s
Oldest Church, mentioned
John Henry Fleming’s maternal grandfather, George Hall, who was one of the
founders of ’s
oldest surviving European church, Ebenezer church. Australia
Monday, 27 January 2014
Pauleen Cass of Family History Across the Seas blog has set a geneameme challenge for Australia Day. She wants to see how deep your roots go into our Aussie soil. It is supposed to be quick & easy, but it has taken me all day, all night, & now into the next morning to complete it – I guess this just goes to show my research (& software databases) aren’t as organised as they should be! Jackie from Jax Trax you are so lucky that you did an "Arrivals" table - I spent a long time writing an informal one to refer to.
The geneameme comes in two parts: one to test whether your family is ridgey-didge and the second to show us how
runs in your veins, without any flag-waving and tattoo-wearing. Shout it out, be proud and make everyone wish they lived in this wide brown land of ours.If for you Australia Day is Survival Day, tell us your family’s story and show up our Johnny-come-lately status.Feel free to add and subtract and even add a short story at the end. The world’s your oyster, so have a go! C’mon Aussie C’mon C’mon. - Pauline Cass. Australia
: I’m not 100% sure which order the First Fleet ships arrived in, but according to sources the Alexander arrived first, so my first ancestor was William Douglass, per Alexander, which arrived at Botany Bay on 19 January, 1788.
: I have 3 ancestors who arrived on the First Fleeters & one on the Third Fleet. William Douglass, Alexander; John Nichols, Scarborough, First Fleet; Mary Groves, Prince of Wales, First Fleet; & William Bailey, Matilda, Third Fleet.
These are my 18 direct line convicts (only the first three are from my mother's side):
Scarborough (First Fleet) 1788
Ann Pugh Earl Cornwallis 1801
Alexander Philp Globe 1819
William Bailey Matilda (Third Fleet) 1791
Ann Archer Indispensible 1796
Mary Holland Indispensable 1796
Thomas Cooper Barwell 1798
Samuel Perkins Pitt 1792 ?
Eleanor Williams Britannia III 1798
John Anthony Fernance General Hewitt 1814
Matthew Thompson General Hewitt 1814
William Douglass Alexander (First Fleet) 1788
Mary Groves Prince of Wales (First Fleet) 1788
Daniel Jurd Perseus 1802
Mary Mullally Elizabeth II 1828
Michael Sweeney Rodney 1853
Mary McQueen / McQuain Martin Luther 1852
Where I have listed a convict immediately after another convict, e.g. John Nichols & Ann Pugh, indicates a couple who married. As you can see almost all of my convicts married other convicts! Of the four who didn’t, two were already married before they were convicted & transported. Only two married non-convicts, both of who were currency lasses & the daughters of convicts.
Scotland, Wales, Germany
& . Prussia
Yes. All of my German & Prussian ancestors paid for their own passage, arriving in SA from mid 1840s – mid 1850s. There are some ancestors who arrived in SA & WA that I’m not sure whether were assisted or not. George Hall arrived in NSW with his family as a free settler on Coromandel in 1802. William Edwards arrived with his family in WA on Rockingham in 1830 as a settler. I have a few other ancestors that I know of, but I’m still tracing several.
Very few, now I’ve spent the day analysing them for this blog post. Three sets of 3rd great grandparents. I have two widows, Susannah Belshire & Elizabeth Ketch, (both 4th great grandmothers) who arrived with their child/ren, & one widower, Edward Blanch (a 4th great grandfather). I also have an ancestor who appears to have been pregnant when she arrived in
she was pregnant when she boarded the ship isn’t clear), one of the sets of 3rd
great grandparents already mentioned. South Australia
18 of my ancestors arrived as a married couple with children. There 2 family groups that I haven’t been able to trace – the Vonthien / Vonthein / von Tien / von Tein family, & the Lindner family.
ew seem to have, but I haven’t traced all of my ancestor’s siblings. Daniel Curran (3rd great grandfather) arrived on his own, but other siblings appear to have followed him, though some of them seem to have later travelled to the
. Bridget McCann (3rd great
grandmother) arrived with her sister. My
3rd great grandfather, James Blanch’s whole (& very large
sibling-wise) family seem to have immigrated to NSW. The older siblings came with their own wives
& children on the same ship & were followed by the younger, unmarried
siblings with their elderly father a few months later. US
I honestly haven’t researched enough to know how long each journey took. It was probably the early Prussian immigrants. They were Lutherans who were trying to escape their homeland for religious reasons, & I know that some of them were stranded in a German port for months. They had travelled from their Prussian village to
Hamburg to make their voyage, &
their permission to emigrate was revoked & then regranted, meaning that
they had to reorganise their transport to . Australia
As far as I know, only the Prussians. Most arrived via a German port.
Most of my ancestors arrived in NSW. I have three groups who arrived free in WA during the 1830’s & 1840’s, two convicts who were sent to
All of my German & Prussian immigrants seem to have arrived in Tasmania . South Australia
Most of my ancestors did arrive & remain in the same state. One ancestor from WA moved to
. Several of my German / Prussian ancestors
migrated from SA to NSW through Tasmania . Victoria
Some of my ancestors moved up & down regional
settling, mostly farmers. My SA ancestors
moved all around that state. Some others
stayed around New South Wales . Sydney
Does this mean Aboriginals? No.
Several ancestors were farmers / landholders. Daniel Curran, being a publican, was self-employed. His son was a self-employed coachbuilder. His grandson, my grandfather, was a bit of an entrepreneur, owning a few businesses during his life.
Most were farmers, a few carpenters, miners, a nursemaid, and a needleworker. I have a two enlisted soldiers from the earlier days of the colonies – Joseph Fleming, a sergeant with the NSW Corps, arrived in NSW on William and Ann in 1791; James Telford, a private in the enrolled pensioner guard, arrived in WA on Ramilies in 1854. Two police constables – completely different sides of the tree & sides of
. A postmaster, mail carrier, & sanitary
inspector. I also have a publican &
a coachbuilder. One direct line teacher (her son was also a teacher). Australia
My father is an electrician by trade & his father was an electrical fitter. My maternal grandfather was an orchardist & his ancestors were all farmers. My 2nd great grandmother, Catherine Whitelock Curran was a teacher, as was one of her sons & I am a teacher, but almost 50 years went by before I became a teacher, & I didn’t even know she existed until a year ago. What is coincidental though, is that another of Catherine’s sons was a teacher while another was a journalist – my son is studying Journalism at University.
Not one of them!
Probably Terrigal, visiting my grandfather.
I haven’t travelled enough yet to have a special holiday place.
None yet, hopefully there are lots to come.
I don’t do anything special on Australia Day. I remember as a child we’d spend the day in
Doing this challenge has made me realise how many of my relatives made sacrifices to come to our country for a new life with better opportunities. Even the convicts, once they had earned their freedom, had a new life with better opportunities. I especially admire my ancestor who arrived on her own, pregnant, in SA. How difficult life must have been to take on the challenge of coming to
, but she
too was rewarded with a new life, a husband & family, & opportunities galore. Australia
Monday, 20 January 2014
Recently I obtained a copy of my grandmother’s death certificate. She died in 1968. Because I was quite familiar with her & her family, I noticed straight away that some of the information was not accurate. The death certificate incorrectly listed her name, her father, her mother’s name, & the name of her first husband. Applying what I have learnt about the GPS to this information, I can understand why the information wasn’t accurate.
At an initial analysis, the evidence seems quite strong. It is direct & in some respects it is primary – it is provided by someone with reasonably close knowledge near the time of the event:
1. Direct Vs Indirect – The death certificate provides direct evidence of her name, the identity of her father, her mother’s name & the name of her first husband.
2. Primary Vs Secondary – Time-wise this information is primary, as it was provided near the time of the event. You could also conclude that it is primary as the informant, being her husband, should have reasonably close knowledge of her parents, & former husband, particularly as they had known each other for a long time (decades) before they were married.
Thankfully I have other sources that give correct information, such as my grandmother’s birth certificate, her marriage certificate, my mother’s own birth & marriage certificate, & my mother’s & my own personal knowledge. Plus my own developing ability to analyse the evidence.
1. Direct Vs Indirect Evidence – I have several other sources that contradict this particular information. They also provide direct evidence.
2. Primary Vs Secondary Information – The death certificate provides secondary information about my grandmother’s date of birth, parent’s names, names of spouses, names of children. This means it has to be evaluated based on who provided the information, whether he was an eyewitness to the events & how closely this evidence correlates with other available sources. As already stated, the informant was her husband, but they had only been married for about 2 years.
a. Name - He may have given her name as Glady instead of Gladys because that is what he called her, or it may have been a miscommunication.
b. Father’s Name – The informant gave her stepfather’s name instead of her father. Her father had died almost 30 years earlier, my grandmother may have even referred to her stepfather as ‘dad’. I can understand why her husband made a mistake with her father’s name.
c. Mother’s Name – My grandmother’s mother’s (great grandmother’s) surname was Luhrs. Her parents changed the name to Lewis (to avoid the stigma surrounding a German surname) in 1922, but my great grandmother married in 1921, before the family’s surname was changed. Her marriage certificate states her surname as Luhrs (at least her first marriage, I haven’t checked the second marriage). It would be reasonable for the informant to assume that my grandmother’s name was Lewis, seeing as her parents had been known by Lewis since 1922 & she died in 1968.
d. First Husband – I can totally understand why the informant gave the name of her first husband as John Barnes – everybody called him John Barnes, even me. However, on his marriage & birth certificates his name is actually Harold John Barnes.
3. Correlating the Contradictory Information- there is an overwhelming amount of evidence that disproves the contradictory information contained in this death certificate. I’ve also correlated the contradictory information in the above points.
So I guess the moral of this is to use the GPS (Genealogical Proof Standard). If you encounter this type of problem, make sure you have other relevant sources. Consider the evidence. Correlate the conflicting evidence. Come to a reasonably sound conclusion. If someone else obtained the certificate, they may very well take the information at face value, particularly since it is an official BDM record. They don’t have the information that I have, nor do have the benefit of knowing about the circumstances surrounding these events.
I hope I haven’t missed any thing too important, it’s the first time I’ve tried to use the GPS, or elements of it, in a blog post.
Btw, I went NSW Parramatta Registry Office to have it amended & will pick up a correct copy in a few days. My mother will be very happy to see her mother’s accurate death certificate. J
Thursday, 16 January 2014
Note: This post is part of a challenge set by genealogist blogger Amy Johnson Crow on her No StoryToo Small blog.
Frederick John TREVILLIAN is my great grandfather. He was born on 15 May 1895 in Parkes, NSW. His father, Thomas Trevillian, was a farmer. His mother’s name was Maria Augusta nee Luhrs.
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Frederick & Helena had 5 children together: Gladys, Estelle, Doris, Claude and Francis.
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Sometime between 1936 & 1937
transferred to Bathurst Police Station. Frederick
|Source: Family Notices. (1940, June 10). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 8. Retrieved January 16, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17691705|
Wednesday, 15 January 2014
|Frederick J TREVILLIAN & Helena A LUHRS|
Source: author's own collection
This is a wedding photo of my great grandparents, Frederick John Trevillian & Helena Agnes Luhrs. Frederick & Helena were married 21 February, 1921 in Parkes, NSW. At the time of their wedding,