Week In Review… 11 September 2016

Another great week in the world of Genealogy.  As mentioned earlier today, this weekend was the Annual NSW & ACT Association of Family History Societies State Conference, jointly hosted by Picton and Camden Family History Societies and aptly titled, Cowpastures and Beyond Conference.

It was a great weekend to catch up with old friends and chatting with new ones, whilst being inspired and gathering further information and new techniques from the various lectures.

Today’s highlights included a talk from Jody Taylor about AncestryDNA which I found interesting.  I have had my DNA tested but must admit haven’t delved too far into it all just yet so it was good to hear a bit more about it and I made a mental note of going through my matches and making contact in the not too distant future.

Another talk that I found fascinating was Gillian Kelly’s talk about the Lacemakers of Calais.  It was fascinating to get a brief introduction into the art of lacemaking and now knowing that most of the Lacemakers from Calais settled in Bathurst, Maitland and Goulburn, I need to review my ancestors as I have a number that were from these areas.  I too, could be a descendant of the Lacemakers of Calais.

So what else has been grabbing my attention this week…



I absolutely love Social History and it adds so much richness to your family stories so I loved seeing this blog post from Sue on the Kindred Past blog:  https://kindredpast.wordpress.com/2016/08/26/social-history-resources-why-i-love-to-use-them/

The new blog party has been announced by Little Bytes of Life and it’s a Back to School Party.  The September link up opened on September 10 and will close on September 28. To find out more and get involved, go to:  http://www.littlebytesoflife.com.

Alona gave us a great overview of what’s new and what’s coming to one of my most favourite treasures, Trove.  For more details, see:  http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/09/trove-newspapers-whats-new-whats-coming/



The winter webinar series from International Society for British Genealogy and Family History has been announced. To see their line-up, go to:. http://www.isbgfh.org

As it’s been a very busy weekend, I haven’t had a chance to look at the historic Irish BMDs that are now online for free from the General Record Office of Ireland. With more than a few direct Irish ancestors, I’m very excited and will be spending many hours this week on:  www.irishgenealogy.ie searching for them.

Did you know the Medical Records of Australian relatives who returned home from World War 1 are now available?  Go to www.naa.gov.au  or www.discoveringanzacs.naa.gov.au/after-the-war to search the records.

This week, MyHeritage also announced that they have implemented their DNA matching technology.  A few weeks ago I had uploaded my DNA results so now I need to review the matches that MyHeritage have uncovered.  For more information, go to www.myheritage.com.

Do you have family buried in the Drayton and Toowoomba cemetery?  The Toowoomba and Darling Downs Family History Society are looking for anyone who has family buried there as they are updating their cemetery books.  For more details, go to:  http://www.tr.qld.gov.au/facilities-recreation/cemeteries/deceased-search



  • Germany, Schleswig-Holstein, Kreis Schleswig, Civil Registration, 1874-1983
  • BillionGraves Index
  • Canada, Selected School Yearbooks, 1908-2010

Find My Past

  • London Post Office Directories 1842, 1851 and 1861
  • Westminster, Poor Law and Parish Administration
  • City of London, Gunmakers’ Company Freedoms and Admissions, 1656-1936
  • Thames & Medway Baptisms and Burials
  • Westminister Burials
  • London, Docklands and East End Baptisms, 1558-1933
  • Greater London Burial Index


Happy Researching!



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