QFHS Snippets - May 2013 Volume 13, No. 5
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- About This Newsletter
- QFHS Gaythorne Centre
- QFHS Dates to Remember
- Help Needed with May Journal Mail-out
- QFHS Seminars
- QFHS Trout Game
- Queensland State Archives Saturday Openings
- Queensland State Archives Seminar
- Free Taxi Service to Queensland State Archives
- Boggo Road Jail Historical Society
- Digitised Newspapers on Trove
- Australian Cemetery Records
- Monuments Australia wide
- The Australian Light Horse Association
- Pictorial Honour Roll of Australians who served in First World War
- Remembering WW1 - 100 years on
- New Zealand Genealogist Photographs Thousands of Tombstones
- Domesday Book online
- Next of Kin Claims for Unpaid Royal Navy Pensions 1830 - 1860
- National Archives - Wills 1384-1858
- GeneticHomeland.com - An Interesting New Irish Website
- New York State Historical Association Research Library
- A Guide to New York Historical Resources
- Digitised Minneapolis City Directories 1859-1917 Online
- Perspectives on Personal Digital Archiving - A Free eBook
- New York City Introduces Online Database for Its Potter's Field
- 18th Century Tombstones Deciphered with new 3D Technology
- My Genealogy Hound
- Long-Lost Brothers Reunited for the First Time in 80 Years
- Joir de Vivre
Pauline and Ken Heiniger are requesting some help with this
issue's mailing of the QFHS journal, as Pauline has to go to
hospital for a procedure at the critical period. Your help will be
needed sometime in the week beginning 6 May.
As Pauline and Ken live at Samford Valley, it would be ideal if you live nearby. If you think you could help - even if only for a few hours, please contact Pauline on (07) 3289 2207 after 4 May or Dawn Montgomery on (07) 3822 6569 before that.
Convict Lives: Finding our Founders
Saturday, 1 June 2013 - Stephanie Ryan, Dr Jennifer Harrison and Suzanne Voytas will cover where they came from, petitions, pardons, family reunions, where to find the records and more.
Introduction to Land Records
Saturday, 24 August 2013 - Carole Riley, author of Land Records for Family Historians in Australia and New Zealand and QFHS member and archivist, Nola Fulwood, will be the presenters. Flyers and more information is available on our website and flyers will be included in the May Queensland Family Historian.
Both seminars will be held from 9 am to 12:30 pm at Queensland Baptists Conference Centre, 53 Prospect Road, Gaythorne. All are expert presenters and this is a wonderful opportunity not to be missed. Bookings for both seminars online at: http://www.qfhs.org.au/ or at the library.
Allow yourself the privilege of having a fun day in family
history and play the Trout Game! The game simulates researching an
English family (the Trout family) using eleven types of records.
The aim is to see if you can get back to the 1500s. Use the game
to see how good a researcher you are using basic research
techniques not involving computers at all and find out why you may
have brick-walls in your research.
The Trout Game will be played on Sunday, 19 May 2013 from 10am to 4pm at QFHS Library. Cost is $5.00 which includes morning and afternoon tea (BYO lunch). To make your booking, contact Game Master Ann Swain via email at: email@example.com or telephone (07) 3352 5537. Numbers are limited and early bookings are essential.
Queensland State Archives will be open to the public on the
second Saturday of every calendar month from 9am to 4:30pm. The
next three Saturday opening dates are:
Queensland State Archives are located at 435 Compton Road,
Runcorn, Queensland. For more details, go to: http://www.archives.qld.gov.au/Researchers/Runcorn/Pages/Hours.aspx
Using Microform Workshop
Queensland State Archives has a variety of microform equipment available for use in the Public Search Room. Learn how to use the Archives' microform equipment, including printing, scanning and saving documents to a USB. You will be required to bring your own USB device. From 8:30am to 10am on Tuesday, 21 May - entry is free. Bookings are essential due to limited places for a maximum of six attendees. To book your spot, call (07) 3131 7777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For those who find it difficult to get to the Queensland State
Archives (QSA), there is a taxi service for researchers available
every Tuesday. Information can be obtained at: http://bit.ly/JzSy5n To
book taxi travel to QSA, phone (07) 3131 7777.
The historical society has recently been badly affected by the
recent short-term reopening of the Boggo Road Gaol in Brisbane.
Read more at: http://chn.ge/16AsgeW
The following New South Wales newspapers have recently been added
to the Trove website at: http://trove.nla.gov.au/
Cemetery records for all states but the majority are for Western
Australia. Headstone photographs are available by request. http://www.ozburials.com/index.htm
Over 20000 monuments which contains information on the public
monuments and memorials in all Australian States and Territories.
Including conflict, disaster, people and more. Check it out at: http://monumentaustralia.org.au/
The site is dedicated to the Australian Light Horse Regiments,
and the Light Horsemen who served their country in both war and
peace, and contains both historical and current information on
famous regiments and famous battles, as well as information on
ordinary soldiers and commanders, existing Military Units, current
Re-enactment Troops, and Light Horse Museums. http://www.lighthorse.org.au/
All states are included, but mostly South Australia. http://www.gravesecrets.net/wwi-pictorial-honour-rolls.html
This website will keep you up to date on the events planned in
New Zealand to commemorate the centenary. http://ww100.govt.nz/activities-and-projects
Allan Steel has been documenting and photographing graves and
plaques of servicemen and women in Otago cemeteries. He has
photographed 5800 graves and plaques of 6100 servicemen and women
in Dunedin cemeteries.
You can read more at http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/252912/genealogist-adds-record
Free online Domesday Book information available at: http://www.domesdaymap.co.uk/
These are applications for the unpaid wages, or pensions of
deceased officers or their widows. Frequently the applications are
from next of kin.
Check it out at: http://bit.ly/13IPxJL
These records are Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC) wills
made between 1384 and 12 January 1858. They are the copies of the
original probates written into volumes by clerks at the church
courts. Until 12 January 1858 all wills had to be proved by the
church and other courts. The PCC was the most important of these
courts dealing with relatively wealthy individuals living mainly
in the south of England and most of Wales. Search is through
Discovery and there is a cost for copies.
Happy searching at: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/wills.htm
Since Ireland was the first European country to adopt inherited
paternal surnames it should come as no surprise that the Irish
lead the way in using DNA, surnames, and place names to literally
pinpoint precisely where one's direct male Irish ancestor lived
approximately 1,000 years ago.
This means that for the first time ever anyone with Irish ancestry can reconnect with Ireland in a way that their ancestors could only ever have imagined. The new Irish Genetic Homeland Finder website takes genealogy into a whole new orbit.
Read more at: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=25742
The Minneapolis City Directories have been digitised from 1859 to
1917. City directories allow users to find former city residents,
their occupations and local businesses.
The city directories are available at: http://box2.nmtvault.com/Hennepin2/
The Library of Congress (LOC) has announced the publication of a
new free e-book entitled "Perspectives on Personal Digital
Archiving." It is a published compilation of selected blog posts
published in the LOC online blog, The Signal.
For more information, go to: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=25675
The eBook can be downloaded at: http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/documents/ebookpdf_march18.pdf
A new searchable database is now available for people to look up
the names of those buried on the island. Stretching back to 1977,
there are more than 65,000 names in the registry, and the plan is
to add more names as they become available.
The deceased can be searched by name, age, gender and year of death. The database also provides information on the place of death.
The New York City Potter's Field database is available at: http://www.nyc.gov/html/doc/html/hart_island/hart_island.shtml
This project is attempting to read "illegible" tombstones from
the 1700s using 3D software technology.
You can read the full story at: http://bit.ly/10NnwyO
More than 1000 family biographies from 1883 Jasper County,
Missouri have now been added to the My Genealogy Hound website.
Jasper County experienced a historic boom in population during the
late 1800's due to the discovery of large deposits of lead, zinc,
and other minerals and this attracted settlers and fortune seekers
from all across the United States.
The addition of Jasper County, Missouri brings the total number of biographies on My Genealogy Hound to more than 10,600 in 90 counties from seven states: Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, and Tennessee. Counties in Arkansas and Missouri presently predominate but hundreds of additional biographies are being added each week from states across the region. Additional states will also soon be added. All of the biographies and maps on the My Genealogy Hound website can be accessed at no cost.
The website address is: http://www.mygenealogyhound.com/
Two long-lost brothers have been reunited for the first time in
an incredible 80 years after they were fostered to different
families as babies. Ron Boyes, 83, was sent to Heage in Derbyshire
when he was three, while his brother, Fred, 80, was taken in by a
family in Banbury, Oxfordshire, when he was a baby. But despite
living 87 miles apart, they led remarkably similar lives.
You can read more about the brothers' reunion at: http://bit.ly/11aUrOe
At birth you have no say in it, no say in it
No choice of gender, IQ, whether short or tall,
A bundle of pure potential, swaddled in hopes and dreams,
Clutching the world in tiny fists, voicing defiant screams.
You cannot choose your family, race or place of birth,
The path ahead, whether rocky, smooth is where you show your worth,
The gift of life is precious, at its core, an immortal soul,
So treasure your gift, make it count, let exuberance be your goal!
(c) Marilyn Terlich