On This Day In My Family…

3 August 1976

Sydney Francis ROGERS (1915-1976), my Paternal Grandfather, died on 3 August, 1976 in Lidcombe, New South Wales, Australia.

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Introduction to Family History Course…

I will be running an 8 week course at the Katoomba Neighbourhood Centre, commencing Wednesday 8 March 2017 from 7pm -9pm.  Spaces are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment:  branchesoftime@gmail.com



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On This Day In My Family…

23 February 1915

Sydney Francis ROGERS (1915-1976), my Paternal Grandfather, was born on 23 February, 1915 in Paddington, New South Wales, Australia.

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List of Surnames In My Personal Family History

Family History lends itself to lists and what’s the best list than one on the Surnames that I am currently researching in my own tree.

Here’s my list of surnames starting off with my Paternal line.  These are the surnames that I am currently researching:

  • Rogers
  • Kenyon (Keenan)
  • Gannon
  • Elms
  • Roulent (Rowland)
  • Raymond
  • Graham
  • Stevens
  • Dempsey
  • Flaherty
  • Reynolds
  • Hoolighan
  • Marshall
  • Brooks
  • Hopkins

And the list of surnames in my Maternal line:

  • Lachmund
  • Latham
  • O’Regan
  • Dixon
  • Dunphy
  • Wright
  • Gallagher
  • Owens
  • Harper
  • Laws
  • Matthews
  • Smith
  • Riches
  • Steeves
  • Stanbury
  • Matcham
  • Ford
  • Paine
  • O’Brien
  • King
  • Beattie
  • McClean


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The A to Z of Blogs I Keep An Eye On…

The Letter ‘M’

Continuing on with my series of posts about blogs that I follow, this week I share with you the ones beginning with the letter ‘M’:

  • My Kith N Kin: https://mykithnkin.blogspot.com.au
  • Mole’s Genealogy Blog:  http://molegenealogy.blogspot.com.au
  • My Heritage Blog:  https://blog.myheritage.com

I only have a few blogs that I’m following starting with ‘M’ so please let me know in the comments your suggestions for others that I can add to my list.

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Ireland Dog Licence Registers

Non-Traditional Record Set

Added: 30 December 2016
Website:  Find My Past

About the collection:

Dog licences were introduced into Irish law in 1865 and the first licences were issued the following year. The licences were issued in the same courts as held the Petty Sessions.  There are 7,310,994 records available with more to be added next year.  The dog licences were introduced to make it easier to identify the owners of trouble making dogs.

What information can you expect to find:

  • Name
  • Address
  • County
  • Year and date of licence

With these records, it’s essential to look at the images so that you don’t miss finding out about your ancestor’s dog.  The image will tell you:

  • Colour of dog
  • Sex of dog
  • Breed or type of dog

Source Information:

The images were provided by Family Search from records held at the National Archives of Ireland.


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Welcome to 2017

Happy New Year!

2016 was a busy year and I must admit the past week I slowed down a little and only did the bare essentials to get through. Tomorrow is a Public Holiday and then on Tuesday I’ll get back into the working year with client reports to write and research to be done.

Even though I’ve given myself a small break, I’ve kept up with the blogs that I follow and a pattern I discovered was that many of my Genie friends were making New Year’s Resolutions. Generally, I’m not one to make resolutions but it did get me thinking about what I wanted to achieve in my personal family history.

Like everyone, there are a few brick walls in my family history so this year I’ve come up with a plan (not a resolution!) that will hopefully help me extend my research back some generations and smash through those brick walls.

I’m going to concentrate on my second great grandparents, one surname a month, and not look at other ones, no matter how tempting they are! These are the surnames I will be researching for 2017:

January – Rogers
February – Roulent
March – Gannon
April – Raymond
May – Kenyon
June – Graham
July – Elms
August – Stevens
September – Lachmund
October – Dunphy
November – O’Regan
December – Wright

If I stick to this list, it means I won’t actively research my Latham/Dixon line for the next twelve months but as I have already begun sharing stories about this family, it will be good to concentrate on others for awhile.

As I make discoveries, I look forward to sharing the stories of other ancestors in my family.

Have you made a New Year’s Resolution for your Genealogy this year? Let me know in the comments.

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