Tomorrow is ANZAC Day and it leads me to thoughts of my Great Grandfather, William Ernest Latham born 1900 in Narromine, NSW to William James Latham and Mary Jane Gallagher and passing away of a heart attack at Central Station in Sydney, New South Australia in 1962. The first recollection I have of stories about my Great Grandfather was from my Nana, Marie Latham (1934 – 2012), his daughter. She didn’t have fond memories of the gruff father she called Dadda all her life and had little interest in pursuing his line of the family tree when she first asked me to help her learn more about her ancestors when I was a child in the 1980s.
It wasn’t until some years later as an adult when I started delving more into this man: an abusive husband, a violent father, the drunken street fighter, that I discovered he had been a veteran of both WWI and WWII, having signed up underage for the first Great War and then being of age to go and serve his King and Country for the second.
With his Attestation papers and numerous newspaper articles, I learnt more about the complexities of this man. From a modern day understanding, it is now clearly obvious that he suffered what we would call Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It’s only sad now to think there were no resources in the 1940s to assist a man that came back from war a broken man, traumatised by all he had experienced and his wife, Myra Mildred Dixon (1902-1947) who died a premature death at the age of 45 and his large family of thirteen children bore the brunt of his violent temper.
I will be writing his story in a future blog post on my Latham family blog: https://thelathamfamilyblog.wordpress.com/ that will detail the trials and tribulations of the man known to his family as Dadda.
To commemorate ANZAC Day, www.ancestry.com.au is offering free access to some of their Australian and New Zealand military record sets until midnight AEST on Monday 25 April 2016. Records include collections from both WWI and WWII.
So on with the update for this week…
I’m a little behind in my blog reading so some of these are over a week old, but never the less have appeared in my Feedly list as I try to catch up.
I am passionate about creating timelines in my research and many a time they have helped me in breaking down a brickwall. Barbara Starmans discusses the benefits: http://www.outofmytreegenealogy.com/step-two-create-a-timeline/?subscribe=success#blog_subscription-2
There was a great list of 25 Favourite Free Genealogy Websites on the Travelogues of a Genealogist blog. You will probably know most of them but it’s a handy list: https://fletcherfamilytree.wordpress.com/2016/04/11/25-favorite-free-genealogy-websites/
Entries are open for the April 2016 Genealogy Blog Party on the Little Bytes of Life blog: http://www.littlebytesoflife.com/2016/04/join-april-2016-genealogy-blog-party.html . Entries close 30 April. While people are probably going to blog about the heroes and heroines of their families, the standouts and the jewels of the family, I’m going to write the lonely story of my second great-grandmother Frances Stevens who was thought to be born in 1863 in West Maitland, NSW, Australia and died a sad and lonely death on 6 May 1916 at Kenmore Mental Asylum, Goulburn, NSW, Australia. I will link this back to my Kenyon family blog: https://thekenyonfamily.wordpress.com/ when the post is finished.
As a lover of social history, I enjoyed the article from Legacy News: http://news.legacyfamilytree.com/legacy_news/2016/04/adding-historical-context-to-your-ancestors-life.html with reminders on how to go about adding historical context to your ancestor’s lives.
Another reminder of three things to do on a regular basis when it comes to your research was given by Amy Johnson Crow on the Ancestry blog: http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2016/04/21/3-things-to-periodically-do-in-your-genealogy-research/. The importance of this was recently brought home for me when I went back to refocusing on my research for Ellen Gallagher (nee O’Brien) born about 1831 in Ireland, my third Great Grandmother and discovered that she met a grisly end on the 12 January 1886 in a hut in Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia. A story about this will appear on my Latham blog in the near future: https://thelathamfamilyblog.wordpress.com/.
CONFERENCES AND EXPOS
Recently the Who Do You Think You Are Live show was held in Birmingham. The handouts for the talks are available free on the Society of Genealogists website: http://www.sog.org.uk/learn/who-do-you-think-you-are-live-2014-speakers-handouts/
CALL FOR WRITERS
The In-Depth Genealogist magazine has put a call out for writers. To find out more see their website: http://theindepthgenealogist.com/about/call-for-writers/
There was a note this week to advise that there are currently available spaces in the ProGen Study Group starting 1 June. I’m not sure if this is still current, but if it’s not, I encourage everybody who is thinking of becoming a Professional Genealogist to sign up for a future group. I am currently a member of ProGen 26 and can’t recommend highly enough the experience I have shared with my cohorts. Twelve months later we have become firm friends and have celebrated everyone’s success as they have achieved their first speaking engagement or article published, taking on their first professional client or getting a place in a coveted course. We all attribute these successes to the challenges of the ProGen experience. For more information, go to http://progenstudy.org/.
As someone with many branches of my family finding their roots in Ireland and particularly this region, this book will be making its way onto my shelves in the near future: Researching your Ancestors in the North of Ireland – County Derry-Londonderry booklet by North of Ireland Family History Society (NIFHS). For more information see: http://www.nifhs.org/product/researching-your-ancestors-on-the-north-of-ireland-co-derry-londonderry/
I got the note from AncestryDNA that mine and my partner’s DNA has arrived and I’m now eagerly awaiting the results. Their website gives an estimation of 4-6 weeks to wait for them but they did respond to my tweet to say they aim to deliver before that time. I’m looking forward to seeing what both of our results show and will share them in a future blog post.
NEW OR REVISED DATABASES
Here is a selection of new and revised databases that I’ve had a look at in the past week:
AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND
|Database||Record Set||Date Range|
|MyHeritage||Australian Newspapers||1803 -mid 20th Century|
|Find My Past||Queensland, Australia, Births||1829-1919|
|Find My Past||Queensland, Australia, Marriages||1829-1939|
|Ancestry||Tasmania, Australia, Deeds of Land Grants||1804-1935|
|Database||Record Set||Date Range|
|Find My Past||Britain, Directories & Almanacs||spanning three centuries|
|Find My Past||Easter Rising & Ireland Under Martial Law||1916–1921|
|Ancestry||The Times (London, England)|
|Ancestry||UK and Ireland, Obituary Index||2004-2015|
Well, that’s it for now. Enjoy your week and happy ancestor hunting!