Friday, February 16, 2018




J. Miller MARSHALL (22 November 1858 - 12-Jun-1935)                                                                               
Dead in Minehead, England.  PUBLIC DOMAIN.


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Your Family Tree    Belfast Telegraph

Highlight: Diaries of a Stretcher-Bearer 1916-1918 Alona Tester

Community group identifies 1,500 unmarked graves in project to ensure lives are not forgotten - ABC News

Top Ten Genealogy Research Mistakes | LoveToKnow

How to shed your trickiest clutter so your loved ones don’t have to | Starts at 60

The Family Curator | 5 Things You Can Do Right Now to Save Your Family Heirlooms

Queensland Genealogy and Archives Research Tips - Judy Webster

GeniAus: Open Live Writer 

20+ Times Librarians Surprised Everyone With Their Sense Of Humor | Bored Panda 

The lost story of Galway's orphans - Connacht Tribune

A stab at truth': my grandmother and the problem with family histories | Books | The Guardian

Devonshire Street Cemetery | My attempts at merging Left and… | Flickr  Great image

Persistent and heavy falls of frogs – John Grenham – Irish Roots

Mass Paths in Ireland  Atlas Obscura

Purpose in paradise: how do we create meaningful & sustainable lives in the sunshine state? Qld State Library 
Thu 1 Mar, 6pm–7.15pm | Free | Bookings required
Can't make it in person? The talk will be live streamed and made available as a webcast on our website

Treat for the senses.. 
Richard Sidey lives in Wanaka, New Zealand and has spent over a decade photographing various remote areas of natural interest. For his project “Speechless” he has endeavored to document scenes of outstanding natural beauty through the eyes of a film-maker. 

Outback Family History

A Token of Esteem – John J Victor

Swearin ‘n’ Spittin – by Arthur Dunstan

Word from Elburn: Town and Country Public Library offers Lego, Irish and genealogy events  Kane County Chronicle

 Club News, Feb. 10, 2018  The Union of Grass Valley

IrishGenealogyNews: Ancestry adds Church of Ireland baptism, marriage and burial records for Co. Clare, 1744 to 1991

Women, the Vote and Nationalist Revolution in Ireland   The Irish Story

A rustic romance in Kilrush, Co Clare. The Irish Times

Owning the good and the bad in one's family history. Washington Post

The National Archives UK

Explore the History of a House View in a browser  great sale on books

Anglo-Celtic Connections

Church of England Modern Parish Maps and Information

Survey: likely and unlikely in genealogy

Tipperary Resources

The Genealogist adds over 650,000 criminal records

Cheddar Man changes the way we think about our ancestors

I vow to thee: Centenary of the Death of Sir Cecil Arthur Spring-Rice


For Mark Twain, It Was Love At First Sight

How UFO Reports Change With the Technology of the Times

The Louvre Puts Nazi-Looted Art in Public Eye in Effort to Find Rightful Heirs

Tomb of 5th Dynasty Priestess Found in Egypt

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

I love reading these articles...they are on all manner of subjects, some lengthy, some short... Rather than link to all I've enjoyed this week, I will just post links to a few.... or may be a few more.

I suggest that you subscribe if you're interested in the history of Ireland... settle down for an interesting read. I have my sub set to Weekly now... easier to manage.

#OTD in 1848 – John Mitchel publishes first United Irishmen.

St Valentine  beautiful photo...

#OTD in 1926 – Rioting greets the Abbey Theatre performance of Sean O’Casey’s The Plough and the Stars because of what is viewed as anti-Irish sentiment.

#OTD in 1923 – The Father of Government minister Kevin O’Higgins is shot dead by Republicans at the family home in Stradbally, Co Laois.

#OTD in Irish History – 10 February:

What's on, special events and stories from I Love Bello Shire

Bellingen Courier-Sun

What's new at the Ocean View Hotel Urunga. 

Qld State Library  John Oxley Library

Souvenir of Floods: Southern Queensland, February, 1893 – Digitised @ SLQ

Noble Estate, [Clayfield], 1886 (Map of the Week)

Fiesta Gardens 1948 – a touch of Hollywood at Slacks Creek

Charles Archer and the squatters chair

Christmas and New Year in Brisbane 1904/1905  C.W. Loughridge... on voyage from Belfast, Ireland

Find My Past

10 Women Who Risked Everything for Equality 

How to Find the Maiden Names of Women in Your Family Tree 

3 Ways to Trace Wartime Ancestors

Get Back to Britain and Ireland with these FREE Records

5 Common Irish Genealogy Brick Walls and How to Overcome Them

5 Fascinating Welsh Record Collections You May Have Missed 

Suffragette Collection Update

Suffragette Newspaper Collection Browse

Missouri, Moniteau County Roman Catholic Marriages

Search marriage records »

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Legislation has been introduced in the California Assembly that would create a new California regulatory agency, the California Data Protection Authority (CDPA) to regulate Californians’ personal data on the internet.  All technology companies that serve Californians on the internet would be regulated by the new agency. The legislation was inspired by the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation.

"It is the intent of the Legislature to enact line 2 legislation that would create a new state agency or officer that line 3 would be charged with, among other things, protecting the personal line 4 information of California residents."

Mercury News article states if enacted the new agency would enact regulations that ban social media websites from conducting potentially harmful psychological experiments on users, create ways for Californians to erase certain profiles and personal information, and standardize online user agreements.


The five greatest Irish love stories for St. Valentine’s Day never too late đź’–

The best modern Irish love songs for Valentine’s Day   đź’–

25 things you really don't miss about Ireland 

First Irishman was black with blue eyes says genetic expert 

Irish Olympian forced to compete for Britain smuggled in an Irish flag 

The Great Hunger and Ireland’s lasting bond with the US

Craic, banter and bread - what I missed about Ireland 

Travel Ireland by train 

Frasier’s John Mahoney’s Irish roots and deep love for Galway 

B&B Ireland homes provide a welcome like no other 

What is Irish Tap Dancing?  

Songs in The Quiet Man: The amazing soundtrack to Irish America’s favorite movie 

Magdalene Laundries survivors share heartbreaking stories in new online records 

Slane Whiskey - A tale of two families 

Arizona woman wakes up sounding Irish and British - diagnosed with rare Foreign Accent Syndrome 

Three-year-old Irish dancer is the cutest thing in the world (VIDEO)  

Top five female Irish heroes from history (PHOTOS) 

The Irish and Ash Wednesday - Lent, meatless Fridays, hot-crossed buns 
Guess which Irishman still receives Valentine’s Day cards 94 years after his death? 
A tour of mystical, mythological Ireland (PHOTOS) 

and some treats..

How to make pancakes like the Irish this Shrove Tuesday  or any other day!

Guinness chocolate pudding recipe 

Baileys Irish Cream truffles

Three-minute chocolate mousse recipe - VIDEO 


The Story of Sarah Mary Josephine McCane  Before Bernadette

The Gothic Bank and Its Museum  historicalratbag

#OTD in 1936 – The Daunt Rock Rescue.   Stair na hÉireann         wonderful painting

Relations in religion         In Days Gone By

#OTD in 1847 – Eyewitness report on The Great Hunger by James Mahoney in The Illustrated London News.   Stair na hÉireann  

Textile Inventory from 1844  TextileRanger

Misneach – The Ballymun Sculpture  The Silver Voice

Backtracking: One death, two death certificates   Lorraine Phelan

The Story of Edmond O'Donnell Before Bernadette

My North Coast Road Trip – Diary of a Young Genealogist   Emily Peace

The Leschenault Shark | The Dusty Box  A post with a difference..

and from my blogs...

That Moment in Time

Hill of Tara, many National Archives, PERSI, Tipperary, basement cemetery, holocaust survivor,  Earl Grey orphans, historical Australian maps, Firbolg -ancient Irish ancestors?, Mountkennet workhouse, indigenous Australians at war,
sunflower fields, Canada’s home children, horse riding librarians, almost 50 million newspaper pages digitised, suffragette tales, family history & Strasbourg Cathedral, Maya ruins, politics to puddings, abandoned colonial NZ homestead, siege of Paris, 

CONVICTS to NSW 1787 and 1839 - TROVE TUESDAY 13TH OCTOBER, 2018
Trove, Project Gutenberg, List of convicts to NSW 1787, “Crime and immorality flourish..”

Irish Graves

addition to Apple Tree Creek Cemetery, Childers, Qld… thanks to Brian Bouchardt

Addition to Gore Hill and Camperdown, Sydney, NSW, thanks to Noelene Harris

Two Blogiversaries this week… “Irish Graves… they who sleep in foreign lands”  celebrates 6 years…

and Confessions of a Bibliophile  celebrates 4 years…  

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Friday, February 9, 2018




J. Miller MARSHALL (22 November 1858 - 12-Jun-1935)                                                                               
Dead in Minehead, England.  PUBLIC DOMAIN.


The wonders of Dublin's Grafton Street  

Where to meet the love of your life in Ireland this St. Valentine's Day 

Vintage Irish whiskey vending machine is the thing that’s been missing from your nightlife 

Places in Ireland that can change your life 

"Distressed and upset" woman (73) refused citizenship after living in Ireland for 70 years 

Love-seekers show up at St. Valentine's resting place in Dublin 

Denis O’Brien’s Digicel Foundation opens its 174th school in Haiti 

Too many visitors ruining the Hill of Tara, the ancient site of the High Kings 

Irish Americans asked to clarify their ethnic identity in 2020 census 

12 free things to do in and around Dublin City 

Scared of driving in Ireland? You won’t believe this road. 

How I fell in love with Ireland and finally moved there 

Stunning travel video of "7 Days in Ireland" 

just a treat...

Irish apple crumble cake recipe 

How to make traditional Irish potato cakes or "boxty" 

Irish potato and cheese soup recipe 


Paddy Waldron's talk at Cooraclare 1916 Commemoration

Sarah Leggat from Ballymena

IrishGenealogyNews: Personnel Register of Dublin Metropolitan Police released  Claire Santry

Trove users' lists 
Politics to pudding: lists featuring AWW content

Trove Maps...  Tullamarine


Queensland place names search

Golden Circle  Qld State Archives

go natural        go urban        go coastal     go nuptials         then go

Last video hire store             not quite, there's one in Springwood on the service road

Queensland Railways, the Eggs, the Prime Minister and Warwick by Greg Hallam by RHSQ | Mixcloud 

Follow this Road trip to the sunflower fields

42 things to do on North Stradbroke Island

Lunar New Year in The City

Anglo-Celtic Connections

Internet Genealogy Feb/Mar 2018

Twice as many Home Children were in Good placements as Poor.

VoilĂ  – Canada’s new National Union Library Catalogue

Tracing your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors

 No.1 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station Transcriptions and Biographies

Were Canada's Home Children Orphans?

"Comparing the Genealogy Giants: Ancestry, FamilySearch, Findmypast and MyHeritage”

What is PERSI and How Can You Use it to Improve Your Genealogy Research?

Home Child Bonuses

On the Road in Ireland

Ireland Newsletter

Riot at Mountkennet Workhouse - Irish Newspapers Revisited

The Firbolg: The Ancient Ancestors of the Irish!

Tipperary - Walk in the footsteps of Brian Boru

Untouched 1800's Cemetery preserved in the basement of a tall building built over it.

Fair Dealing: What Can I Use Without Permission  Australia  Thanks, Lyn Nunn

These amazing historical maps show how people thought Australia should have been divided up | Business Insider  Thanks to Alona Tester for sharing this

Resistance Genealogy – John Grenham – Irish Roots

Outback Family History

Maya ruins: Pictures reveal lost cities

How to Preserve Your Family Memories, Letters and Trinkets - The New York Times

Return to no man's land | The Australian War Memorial

Piecing together a fragmented family history at the Holocaust Memorial Museum

An obscure family history leads to Strasbourg Cathedral in France | Toronto Star

Jones Memorial Library helps people trace family history Virginia

Centuries of Irish history lost in 1922 Four Courts fire to be recreated digitally 

Suffragette tales: Spied on for taking a stand

Know Your Family History | Black News

SA coats of arms feature in new book | Port Lincoln Times

Where there’s a will, there’s a way – Ancestry UK Blog

The Power of speech - United Nations Holocaust Remembrance Day

Heroism in the surf  Dictionary of Sydney

Horse-Riding Librarians Were the Great Depression's Bookmobiles | History | Smithsonian

Colonial homestead in New Zealand, abandoned by UK owners, looking for love

How Tom Tryniski digitized nearly 50 million pages of newspapers in his living room - Columbia Journalism Review      Thanks to Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak for posting

The Millstone -  Kurrajong ~ Comleroy Historical Society newsletter 2018    .pdf      plus Archives

Search the collection               Exhibitions and Events            


National Archives Canada

Ancestors Search                           Genealogy and Family History

Military Heritage    First World War         Second World War

Virtual Gramophone    Censuses     LAC's Audiovisual migration

Archives New Zealand

What We Have         Our Services             Research & Ordering

Passchendaele Casualty Forms             Women's Suffrage      

Auckland Underground

Archives nationales (France)

National Archives  USA

Bundesarchiv (German National Archive) | The National Archives

National Archives of India

Spain - The National Archives

Italian state archives - Italy Heritage  genealogy

Greece - The National Archives


Washington State House Health Care and Wellness Committee passed out of committee on January 23 HB 2458. Currently, it has been referred to Rules Committee for review. The bill was amended in Executive Action in the Committee of the Health Care Committee on January 23.  The amended bill may be read at:

The abbreviated death certificate must include information related to fact of death but not include the following: information related to the cause of the person's death; Social Security Number or names of the decedent's parents. The abbreviated death certificate must be accepted if it is not material to the filing in a government agency.

In talking with the Committee's legislative staff, he stated the bill did not preclude the existing access to the full death certificate from the Department of Health.  In the original hearing (link is available on the state's legislative website: the reason the author introduced the bill is on behalf of a constituent who files probate records and is concerned about possible identity theft with the above information made available on the various filings.

The Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC) of which IAJGS is a sponsoring member along with the Federation of Genealogical Societies and National Genealogical Society is a joint genealogical committee. The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG), the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists, and the American Society of Genealogists (ASG) also serve as participating members. RPAC agreed to submit a letter to the bill's sponsors, which was submitted earlier this week.
The letter states:
" We have no objection to the bill if an abbreviated death certificate is used only as an attachment to court proceedings. We want to make sure that nothing in this bill or later amendments will change the recording of, and public access to, all the existing information currently required on death certificates by the Washington Department of Health.  Genealogists need death certificates to include the cause of death, location of birth city and state, parents’ names including mother’s maiden name, and location of parents’ birth, if known. The social security number may be redacted."  The letter further explains the reasons RAPC supports open death records because of family health history, legal transactions and forensic genealogy.

According to a report from the British Broadcasting Company (BBC), the (UK) Home Office has agreed to back MP Tim Loughton's Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc.) bill which includes placing mothers' names on marriage certificates. This bill attempts to modernize marriage registration for the first time since 1837. If enacted it will allow both parents of the couple to be included on marriage certificates. Currently on fathers' names are on the certificates.  The bill received unopposed second reading on February 2, 2018.  To follow its progress through Parliament see:

This issue has been discussed over the past several  years by members of Parliament, and former Prime Minister David Cameron pledged to address this "inequality of marriage" before he left the Prime Minister's office.  The bill affects only England and Wales as Scotland and Northern Ireland  already provide both parents' names on marriage records.  Civil partnerships will also include both parents' names.

The modernization of marriage registration will also change from hard copy marriage registers (84,000) to a single electronic register.   The bill also calls for heterosexual co-habiting partners to be allowed to form civil partnerships - in the same way as gay couples - a move the government has pledged to review.

The bill was introduced in mid-July 2017 and this is the only version of the bill currently online at the Parliament's website. 

The BBC article may be read at:

In December 2017, the IAJGS Records Access Alert announced the agreement between the City of Paris archives and Family Search to digitize the microfilms of the "reconstituted" parish and civil registrations of pre-1860 Paris. In a record time, it has been announced that the digitization project is complete!

There were eight million parish and civil registrations that were lost in the Paris Communards' "incendiary rampage"-- the Siege of Paris occurred in 1870-1871. There are two million replacements covering 1500-1860. It is these two million that were reconstituted by FamilySearch.

While the index cards have been available online for many years, to see the full registrations one had to personally go to the Paris Archives to view the microfilms. According to the French Genealogy Blog the records are not indexed.  Therefore the procedure used at the Paris Archives is the same one needed to be followed to search on FamilySearch.

Per the French Genealogy Blog—they suggest the following method to search:
1. Search the index cards which are arranged by type(birth <baptism> , marriage, death<burial>). Within the type they are arranged alphabetically by surname. Within the surname they are arranged chronologically. Note the full name and date of birth/marriage/death.

2.Use the  Family Search website:
Original url:
(If you use Chrome as your browser it will translate from the French  or use a translation service such as

3. Look up the microfilm number in the catalogue-again arranged by birth/marriage/death  
(naissances, mariages, dĂ©cès) then chronologically—find the date that includes yours. The microfilm catalogues are partially on the Paris Archives website and partially on the FamilySearch website.

4. On the FamilySearch website, find the correct microfilm and start looking for your document—they are filmed chronologically, then by surname.  According to the French Genealogy Blog about half-way through someone at FamilySearch decided to give the titles of the rolls as dates rather than the Paris microfilm numbers.

I encourage you to read the French Genealogy Blog for more instructions.  See:
Original url:


The Siege of Paris occurred in 1870-1871. During the battle the  HĂ´tel de Ville (City Hall) and repository of records since the 16th century was torched. Other historic buildings were also torched. Additionally, they placed dynamite in Notre Dame and nearly blew that up. Between five and eight million records, dating as far back as the 16th century, were destroyed. The French reconstituted some of the lost records from other sources.  It took 25 years copying parish and religious records, reconstituting records from 1802-1960.

In 1941 another reconstruction effort began to find all information on Parisians from the Middle Ages. This was a result of using litigation and other judicial records, therefore a selection of the Paris residents, predominately affluent and nobility records and not the general public.

 Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Earl Grey’s Irish Famine Orphans (57): Another orphan history…her story | trevo's Irish famine orphans

 Lilian's Tree  Lillian Magill

 Strange Things  Claudia

 Blast furnace stove.  Pauline Connolly

 The Story of James O'Donnell  Before Bernadette

 Family Tree Frog: January Genea-pourri   Alex Daw

 Family Tree Frog: How to knock down a brick wall  Alex Daw

 January Genea Pourri   kira0030  Kylie's Genes Blog

 All at Sea - Using the Passenger Index for Fremantle by Greg  Cope, National Archives of Australia -  GSQ Blog 

 Talking of Tarlee - The Institute  Library Currants

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That Moment in Time

online or hiding?, FREE genie books, John Grenham, FREE webinars, secret lives, portraits with fridges, Sydney in the 1840s, St. Brigid, & the Celtic Goddess, Irish emigrated to Civil War, schoolgirl mother dead in Grotto, Welsh Lovespoons, British Armed Forces Overseas BDMs, Riverdance Academy, Historic film of Old Ireland, Flash coves-deep rogues-rascals, NSW mugshots online, LDS church closes two centres, hundreds of thousands of probate files to be digitised, who are the O’Sullivans buried in New Zealand, history of Qld Govt. Printing Office,

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As They Were

Cavan, Clare, Donegal, Dublin, Longford, Monagahan & Fermanagh, Mayo, Meath, Roscommon, Sligo, Waterford, Westmeath, Wexford, IGP FILES ADDED - JANUARY 2018

CLARE ROOTS UPDATES : MEETINGS 15TH FEB. AND 15TH MARCH 2018, Jane O'Brien, Industrial School child Ennis, Pat O'Brien, Broadford Parish, Estate Houses & ordinary people's lives, 

Irish Graves

New additions to Irish Graves..

Rookwood  NSW Metro… thanks to Noelene Harris

Apple Tree Creek, Childers,  Qld… thanks to Brian Bouchardt.

Avoca Cemetery & Cornelian Bay Cemetery,Tasmania.. thanks to Janine Wilson

Bundaberg.. thanks to Tracie Nanna Reagan

Chiltern Cemetery, Victoria.. thanks to Bernadette Mithin

Camperdown Cemetery, NSW… thanks to Noelene Harris

Headlines of Old

TROVE TUESDAY 6TH FEB 2018..., Certificates of naturalisation, Freedom, Irish famine, your selection, 13,766 combined views so far…for these posts alone…