Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Lands Webinar

What is a Webinar I hear you say? Well a webinar is a (sem)inar done on the web, webinar, simple.

This one was run by the Royal Australian Historical Society (RAHS) and it was on land research- the Parish Map. Carol Liston, Associate Professor, University Western Sydney.

Carol gave a very informative presentation on Parish maps, giving an overview of how they came into being, what to look for on them and how to follow the numbers trail, (those written on the map). She also recommended looking at ALL editions of the map, so you can see the changes that happened. One thing to take note of, is that only the name of the ORIGINAL purchaser is on all of the maps, for other you need the numbers. The only names that changed where Crown land was leased.  You need both the Parish and County name to find a map and for that Carole used the Geographical Names Board web site.  select Search Place Names and follow the instructions. There is a Fact Sheet that is useful.

Once you have the county name, you then switch to web site
this site is where you locate the maps. Go to the little box marked HLRV and that will take you into the  correct area. I haven't looked at the site for a while and can't remember if there is a fact sheet. Have a play and see what you find.

Remember that some Parish Names where used more than once, so check that you have the correct County. Make a list of the different ones, if you aren't sure and check them all.

Happy searching,

Monday, 16 February 2015

I'm a Celebrity, no I'm not!

Well that was interesting…

I was interviewed by Chris, of the Today Show, for Find My Past.

It all started with a request on Facebook and it has gone on from there. I was contacted by James, from the PR firm, to see if I was still interested and he organised an interview with Rebecca from the Sunday Telegraph. While the interview was done, politics got in the way of it being published.

Last week James rang and asked if I would be happy doing a TV interview, as the Today show had read/seen my interview and wanted to talk to me. More emails and phone calls and it was set.

Never having done this before I had no idea what to expect!

One van, one cameraman, one sound recorder, James and Chris, spent nearly 2 hours with me and it was fun, nerve racking but fun.

They moved furniture, set up chairs, lights and the camera. While they were doing that Chris and I chatted and were miked up, then it was all systems go. I was seated, facing Chris and on camera the whole time, while he asked a variety of questions. It must have been about 15 to 20 minutes of questions. Then Chris faced the camera and ‘asked’ me the questions, so they could get his face.

Out to my study, no wait, walk in when we say so, stop, wait okay, sit down and look at the screen. Looking for information, with a camera over your shoulder is very interesting. I thought the sound was off and then Chris asks if we could have sound on this bit, only to be told it was being recorded, the whole time. I can hear some editing being done on that. They then did a shot of my hands, just typing anything, interesting. If that bit gets shown, see if you can work out what I typed!

They had me going through my filing cabinet looking for stuff, browsing through my magazine collection, mindful not to show the ad for  Ancestry! We then adjourned to the lounge room, where Chris and I sat and looked at old photos. That’s a wrap!

I don’t know when it will be shown, they will let me know and they have promised copies on the internet link as well.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

New South Wales Police Gazettes, 1854-1930

Have you had a look at these?

 I was looking for an uncle's charges and it was suggested that I look at them. Well...  What a mine of information they are, not all of it good.  I have found my grandfather being charged with desertion of his children, great-grandfather reporting two stolen horses, there is a reward and said uncle up on several charges.

I also discovered a mystery. One of my great-grandmothers was Mary Abberton, with of the above great-grandfather. She was a mother of 15, 13 raised to adulthood, 11 still living at her death in 1914. To me a remarkable woman. So while perusing the Police Gazettes I stumbled on an entry that has me very puzzled.
"Release of Prisoners, week ending 4 August 1861, from Goulburn Gaol, Mary Abberton."

Is this my ancestor? What was the charge? How long did she serve? Questions I'd love to find the answers for, so next stop TROVE.  There are two mentions, in the Goulburn Herald on the 8 May 1861 of a Margaret Abberton being sentenced to three months imprisonment. But wait, the article says that her surname was "erroneously given as Cummings" and that her son was Peter Cummings!

I suppose that Mary could be a pet name for Margaret, a middle name an outright lie? The time frame is right for it to be the same person, so it is one mystery that I don't think I'll be able to solve, yet.

I know what my Mary was doing in 1861, her sixth child, a daughter, Margaret was born.

( I found the gazettes on Ancestry, NSW State Records would have them along with the Society of Australian Genealogists.)

Monday, 9 February 2015

Some helpful websites

With my studies I am often asked for useful websites, to share with the group. These below are some I've 'played' with this week.

For those tricky phrases that we come across in some old documents. It does Latin to English and the reverse.

Glossary of Old Medical Terms - Craig Thonber

For when we find a really strange cause of death or illness. I love finding really peculiar causes and then discovering that they aren't that strange after all.

Old Maps Online

It is a portal to historical maps that are in
These are free but some would like you to log in.

Bye for now,

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

3 February 1788

Yes, the date is correct! Yesterday was the 227th Anniversary of the first church service held in the Colony of New South Wales. Governor Philip's journal states that it was held under an 'old gum tree' but yesterday there was a service on the corner of Bligh and Hunter Streets. The Australia Christian Nation Association Inc organised it. The Rev Hon Fred Nile did the welcome and a prayer for the nation. Professor The Honorable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO did the official welcome. Speakers mentioned how the service came about and one speaker broached the topic ' Does Out Heritage Matter?' A very  interesting talk.

Professor The Honorable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO delivering her welcome.

                                  The monument on the corner of Bligh and Hunter Streets.

The 3rd February 2015 was also the first meeting, of the year for the Bankstown Family History Group Inc. Barry Ryan was our speaker and he explained the pitfalls of researching his Ryan Family. Most interesting. If you would like to read Barry's story, the February 2011 issue of Australian Family Tree magazine has the story.

We welcomed three new members and members talked about what they had been researching. Several books and web sites were discussed.

Barry Ryan

The group, last night.
We have several hands on workshops, this year. April will be a workshop on TROVE and in May Alan Murrin is going to guide us through  Our March meeting is going to start in the Family History Room of the Bankstown Library, where we are going to do our own research.
Happy Researching.
Bye for now,