Friday, December 8, 2017




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


Australian War Memorial

Blogs and articles

Country and culture

How Independent Bookstores Have Thrived in Spite of

Historic story: A bridge to our past adjoins Queen’s Wharf Brisbane - Queen's Wharf Brisbane

Victorian fashion: Restrictive, uncomfortable, one fashion item killed over 3000 women

County Clare - Wikiwand

National Library of Australia  Newsletter  Great stories and possible Christmas gifts   

I Love Bello Shire  So many events happening in this festive season

Details of old cemetery sought | Bega District News

Final resting place of 19 children who died in a Mackay orphanage in late 1800s a local mystery - ABC News

Sticks and stones • The Legal Genealogist

Anglo-Celtic Connections


'Everything old is new again'  Dictionary of Sydney.. always interesting

Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

Photographs that show a bygone India - BBC News


10 TOP TIPS »                           1939 FAQs »

Outback Family History

 * Records Access

The Mayor of Paris signed an agreement for a project for FamilySearch to digitize the microfilms of the "reconstituted" parish and civil registrations of pre-1860 Paris.  This will constitute over 10 million views from existing microfilms and original documents. Currently, it has been possible to search index cards of reconstituted registers online,  however to see the actual document one had to visit the Paris Archives looking at microfilm, which are not in the best condition.  When the project is completed the digitized  records will be available both on the FamilySearch website and the Paris Archives website, free to all to use. A timeline for completion was not announced.

To read more about this see:
Original url:

Within this article are links to the proposal and approval of the proposal. If you require them to be translated from French use a translation service such as Google translate at


The Siege of Paris occurred in 1870-1871. During the battle the  Hôtel de Ville (City Hall) and repository of records since the 16th century was torched. Other historic buildings were also torched. 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.

There were previous "revolutions" where archives were destroyed as well. To read more about the destruction of the records see:
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Thank you to Gail Dever and Genealogy à la carte for mentioning the above article in French Genealogy Blog.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

City directories are always genealogical treasure troves! The Victoria State Library (Australia) has digitized 50,000 pages of the classic Sands & McDougall directories which date from 1862-1974.  It comprises 24-leather bound volumes.  The directories listed every property, householder, trade and business in Melbourne and later all of Victoria State.  It gives a street by street listing of business and heads of households, and lists businesses by type. About 7 million records will now go online.

To access the records go to the State Library of Victoria website at:  scroll down to "Our latest stories" and click on "seven million insights into the past share a safer future for Victoria". When the new window opens go to column "latest posts" and scroll down to the "seven million insights… click on that hyperlink  for more information on the digitized Sands and McDougall Directories and to search them go to:

For more information on the collections of the  State Library of Victoria  see:

Thank you to Bubbles Segall, Melbourne, Australia for sharing information from the news article.

The British Library's public UK Web Archive collects millions of UK websites each year and preserves them for future generations, even when they change and disappear from the "web".  Known as the UK Web Archive it collects on behalf of the Legal Deposit Libraries- the British Library, National Library of Scotland, National Library of Wales, Bodleian Libraries-Oxford University, Cambridge University Libraries and Trinity College-Dublin. The websites contain published research, that reflect the diversity of lives, interests and activities throughout the UK, and demonstrate web innovation.  The archive is free to view accessed directly at:

The new beta version may be accessed directly at:  

At least annually the UK Archive performs "a crawl" to capture as many UK websites as they can identify. A selected number of websites are updated frequently. Only information on the "open web" is collected-nothing private. No emails or anything behind a private login is collected.  A select number of tweets are also archived.


and a treat or two...


Please note.. this is an Advent of Medieval Religious Institutions.. so please follow this blog through the series. You won't be disappointed, amazing photos and stories.

My cousin at Eureka | Anne's Family History

A Compendium of Sail Information      Sailmaker on Board              TextileRanger

Maybe mayhem... and maybe not • The Legal Genealogist

Lawlers Cemetery   Moya Sharp    Outback Family History 

and from my blogs...

That Moment in Time

handwriting transcription, castle under Turkish lake, US president hung 2 Irishmen, Victorian BDMs, Grave Tales, US military records, National Library New Zealand broadcasting since 1982, horseback librarians, 1860’s tapestry returned, Texas naturalisation records, England Roman Catholic ..baptisms, parish marriages, parish register browse, congregational records, FREE DOWNLOAD - Irish Lives Remembered, Indian conflicts through 1858, diamond cutting for disabled servicemen, South Asian soldiers WWI ..podcast, Irish bog cotton, 

Headlines of Old

Convict Photographs.. And Basic Bios - Port Arthur, Tasmania 1874  Trove Tuesday Dec. 5th  2017 ...Series 1, 

Irish Graves

Additions to Jugiong NSW thanks to Noelene Harris

As They Were

Cavan, Donegal, Dublin, Leitrim, Monaghan & Fermanagh, Monaghan, Roscommon, Sligo, Tyrone, Waterford, Wexford, November 2017 additions to the IGP ARCHIVES,

Missing Friends additions… all in chronological order            

Friday, December 1, 2017

FRIDAY FOSSICKING.. Dec. 1st, 2017



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

* Launch of reflections from Home and Abroad

  • 1 December at 20:0021:30 UTC

    Minogue's Bar, Tulla, County Clare  Hosted by Jane Halloran Ryan


“Polar low” over Ireland following flooding to cause hazardous conditions 

Atlas of the Irish Revolution among greatest Irish history books ever?

What you should know about the history of your Irish surname 

The National Library of Ireland - where the story of the country unfolds 

The wild Irish countryside is just breathtaking 

11 things that no longer exist in Ireland 

Archaeologists search Montreal construction site for mass grave of Irish famine victims 

The woman who was reincarnated to find her Irish children 

Cheeky, fish-loving Wicklow seal has become a viral sensation 

I took a DNA test and was shocked at what I discovered 

Irish-born cowboys were the fastest guns in the west once upon a time 

LISTEN: The Great Famine podcast series – the Irish rebel Anne Devlin 

Little Irish boy with cancer has best day ever on the set of 'Vikings' 

Why DNA tests show different levels of Irish ancestry among family members 

St. Patrick’s Breastplate - the poem of Ireland’s greatest saint  

Many Irish actually emigrated in order to fight in US Civil War 

When an Irish pub locks you in then the real fun starts out 

Galway city buskers enraged as they may be driven off the streets by new restrictions 

Storm brought salvation during the Great Famine to a Kerry community 

How do you find out if you’re Irish or how Irish you are? 

The very special celebration that is an Irish Christmas 

Irish lad Skype calls his parents while skydiving 

Guess which American president personally hanged two Irishmen from the scaffold? 

Maureen O’Hara’s furs, jewelry and treasures up for auction 

Ireland's beautiful Irish bog cotton a secret delight 

You may have more Irish cousins than you think 

Hilarious sketch of an Irishman living abroad (VIDEO) 

Galway scientists find collagen implant brain fix for Parkinson’s sufferers 

May the Road Rise Up to Meet You - the story behind the traditional Irish blessing  

Amazing dog learns Irish dancing from its owner (VIDEOS) 

Irishman captured Abraham Lincoln’s killer John Wilkes Booth 

Irish pub wins Christmas with sweetest pint-delivering drone ad

Family Christmas traditions  Claire Santry

LISTEN: Rents, riots and volcanoes – Ireland on the brink of the Great Hunger 

the treats are waiting..

Traditional Irish cod fish cakes recipe from an Irish American Mom 

Traditional Irish Christmas Claire Santry

Christmas   Food Ireland


National Archives UK

Loyalty and Dissent: South Asian Soldiers in the First World War

The Radicalisation of Vir Singh (Loyalty and Dissent)

Corner of a foreign field (Loyalty and Dissent)

Cama (Loyalty and Dissent)

Smile (Loyalty and Dissent)


Passchendaele - Sassoon's hell

Finding the wounded: re-cataloguing First World War pension files

Diamond cutting for disabled servicemen

Castle found under Turkish Lake

“My Wife & Five children is to be Starved”: An Irish Veteran Failed by the United States  Damian Shiels

Angela makes an 11,000-mile trip - Morpeth Herald

 ZUVERINK: Book details Indian conflicts through 1858 

Long lost Seymour siblings find each other through DNA test kit - New Haven Register

Explore the Victorian Births Deaths Marriages Historical Indexes – Family History Matters at GSV

Determined 90yo wins graveyard battle to exhume and re-inter family remains

School Records, Old Photographs etc. Ireland

The story of a Donegal village, the history of modern Ireland

Ireland Newsletter

Anglo-Celtic Connections

Balmaghie Church link to Canada

FreeBMD November Update

In From The Cold: the S.S. Crusader

Progress on Digitizing Tweedsmuir Community Histories

Any questions for LAC?

Browse GRO Ireland BMD Images

Handwriting Transcription

Lots of news on the SAG site... see website for details
Society of Australian Genealogists

Outback Family History

Burbanks People – town snapshot

Strange Happenings – grave tales

The Money or the Wife ??? –

Patrick Murphy – Ganger, Prospector and Bushman

Up on old Coolgardie – a verse

I love Bello Shire  Bellingen Shire and surrounds... great craft artisans, historical society, art shows, Christmas Carols, Camp Creative

Sydney's City Circle Transport  Dictionary of Sydney

The GENES Blog: FindmyPast launches new UK subscription tier

Latest Edition - Irish Lives Remembered  FREE DOWNLOAD

Tips for taking memorable family photographs Ancestry blog

Broadcasting since 1982 | Blog | National Library of New Zealand

Female Librarians on Horseback Delivering Books, ca. 1930s - History Daily

Added or Updated Record Collections at - Week of 19 to 25 November 2017

Threads of the past: 1860s tapestry returned to its rightful owner   Inside History

A sort of homecoming – An Irishman's Diary on the citizenship ceremony

Shelves of military records stand nearly 30 feet high at the National Archives in St. Louis. (Lenin Hurtado/National Archives)

Are you looking for military records for an ancestor?  The current issue of the Military Times has an article that gives nine steps to help you obtain records and awards. The Military Times received advice from the National Personnel Records Center--NPRC  ( St. Louis, MO) for basic steps. There was a devastating fire in July 1973 which destroyed 18 million personnel files—but even if the file you are searching was destroyed some information may be recovered. That is because the fire destroyed individual records and unit records –were stored elsewhere-in the National Archives—but they are not indexed so the more information you can provide  in your request form the better chance of finding the correct unit record.
To read the article see:
Original url:

The (US) National Archives National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis Missouri has information on military records—not awards. Awards is a function of each military service department. Requests for the issuance or replacement of military service medals, decorations and awards should be directed to the specific branch of the military in which the veteran served. However, for the Army and Air Force the NPRC the NPRC will verify the awards to which a veteran is entitled and forward the request along with the records verification to the appropriate service department for issuance of the medals. For forms requesting information on service, the National Archives has a page with information. Go to:  and see what is available online and more on awards.

Philadelphia City Archives are relocating effective December 15, 2017. However, they have to temporarily close to the public to facilitate their relocation. They will be closed through August 2018. During the closure period they will continue to fulfill requests for copies of deeds, but not for historical research and/or academic research purposes. They will reopen their new location to the public on September 1, 2018. The new address is 456 N. 5th Street in Philadelphia.  Information on where to mail deed requests and how to contact their office is on the notice available at:

The Philadelphia City Archives has birth and death certificates from July 1, 1860 through June 30, 1915. For records from 1906 to the present are available from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Division of Vital Records at
For information for genealogical records scroll down on the aforementioned url to "genealogy" . Pennsylvania has embargo periods for accessing birth and death records—birth records: 1906 to 1911 and death records 1906 to 1966 are available from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission: see--

An article on the Philadelphia City Archives move may be read at:

As genealogists we are as a group people who use digital files and their preservation is critical to our genealogy—it is the core of our records whether they be private, or governmental.  International Digital Preservation Day is held the last Thursday of every November—November 30, 20-17 being the first such day.  It will bring together institutions and individuals across the globe to celebrate preserved collections.  

According to the Digital Preservation Coalition, "the aim of the day is to create greater awareness of digital preservation that will translate into a wider understanding which permeates all aspects of society – business, policy making, personal good practice. Pervasive, changing and ubiquitous, digital technologies are a defining feature of our age."

Many organizations are participating. To read more about this, see:

To read more about what the (US) National Archives does in digital preservation see:


Wales Probate Abstracts 1544-1858 Image Browse

Texas, Comanche County Records 1858-1955 Image Browse

Texas, Naturalisation Records 1906-1989 Image Browse

Texas, Matagorda County, School Census Records 1923-1946 Image Browse

Texas, Nolan County Civil Court Minutes and Case Files 1881-1938 Image Browse

Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio Cemetery Records, 1893-2007

Texas, Eastland County Records 1868-1949 Image Browse

England Roman Catholic Baptisms

England Roman Catholic Parish Marriages

England Roman Catholic Parish Register Browse

England Roman Catholic Congregational Records

British Newspapers

Search The 1939 Register »
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Over 350 years of Portsmouth history revealed online for the first time


21 Signs That Your Partner Isn’t Into Genealogy as Much as You  Alona

Jennyalogy: Just who was Cordelia Knight?

Remembering Norman Kunkel           Part 2   A numbertaker? Say what?!  cassmob

AncestorChasing: There are family trees and there are family trees

My Genealogical Kindness Advent Calendar 2017 – Dragon Genealogy Blog

An open letter to a lost grandfather - GSQ Blog

EDWARD MELLISH & THE SAKATA WRECK OF 1905  Hawkesbury Heritage & happenings

Who are you, really?  Claudia

Thread  Liv

Ancestors Buried in Cardboard Boxes  Sharn White

Passing of the Pioneers   Merron Riddiford

2017 November 16: Nancy McPherson and Memories of Times Past Joan G.Hill

FRIENDSHIP Emily's Quill Pen

and just because I couldn't resist... 

Sunday Evening Art Gallery Blog — Faerie Houses  Claudia

and from my blogs...

That Moment in Time

'Selling death', floating City of Ghosts, Chinese family history, NZ family tree,  FMP Military records, Irish beach-gone-now back, Aus. old cemeteries, DNA specials, Mungo man, Merciful Trove, Hampshire BDMs, Big savings on DNA kits, creative books, heritage tourism, cemetery symbolism, British & Irish research differences, new Louvre?, changes in US Census Bureau, Prisoners of War 1715-1945, The Red Cow Murders,

Irish Graves   

St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery, Sutton Forest, NSW  with thanks to Noelene Harris

New page and one entry UK.. with thanks to Lyn Nunn

Addition to Of Irish Descent   ..with thanks to Lyn Nunn

Warwick General Cemetery .. one post with thanks to Neil Cook

Headlines of Old

Arrival of ‘Golconda’ , October 1858...Immigrants, Full List, Plus Crew   ...Trove Tuesday- Nov. 28th, 2017, Mariners and Ships Mary-Anne Warner, are your ancestors on these lists?, many from Ireland, and UK,

As They Were

New Page… Missing Friends   

I hope you found something in this edition to dance about!