Thursday, 4 October 2018

WEEK-END COMMEMORATION FOR CLARE VICTIMS OF THE RMS LEINSTER SINKING







Wednesday next the 10th October is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Leinster and the tragic death of 567 people. Including 11 people with Clare, connections were amongst those that lost their lives in the greatest maritime tragedy in the Irish Sea. The tragic sinking of the Royal Mail Steamer Leinster by German torpedo just weeks before the end of the Great War was quickly forgotten. Contemporary newspapers had moved on to the next story within a week, and political and social changes in Ireland in the following years did not encourage discussion of Ireland's role in the war.

Next Sunday the 7th. October Clare Roots Society in conjunction with the Clare Peace Park Committee and Ennis Parish have organised a schedule of remembrance and memorial events commencing with a Mass of Remembrance celebrated by Bishop Fintan Monaghan at 11.30 a.m. at Ennis Cathedral. This is followed by a book launch at Ennis Parish Centre at 12.30. This booklet sets out the background and family details associated with John Coyne (Tuamgraney), Delia & Norah Davoren (Ennis), Nellie Hogan (Newmarket-on-Fergus & Brighton), James & Claire Hynes (Tulla & Manchester), Margaret & Mary O' Grady (Quin), Owen Ward R.I.C. (Ennis & Monaghan), Margaret Cooke (Ennis & Tipperary), Edwin George Ferber (Killaloe) all who lost their lives in the tragedy. Finally, at 1.30 p.m. a wreath-laying ceremony will take place at the Clare Peace Park at Glor.

On the morning of the 10th October, the Leinster steamed out of Kingstown port, somewhere about 9 a.m. with approximately 800 passengers and crew. Many of the 500 militaries aboard would have been en route back to the front; some of the civilians were going to see family members, wounded in France, in British hospitals; and many nurses were going back to work in English hospitals. It was a very beautiful morning, though the sea appeared a trifle choppy.
 The mail boats, along with all other shipping in the Irish Sea, were targets of the German submarines but there was no alternative way of reaching Britain, except by sea. The first torpedo was spotted at 9.45 and, though it missed, the captain immediately commenced an evasive action to turn the ship around.
A contemporary newspaper reported the scene thus:
 Within one hour and a half from the time she left Kingstown Pier, rumour had it that something had gone wrong with her. The Marine Road and pier soon began to fill with crowds on the tip-toe of expectation. Pedestrians lined the foot and carriageway. All eyes were sternly fixed on the horizon at sea.
 Early in the afternoon, the curiosity of the many who lined paths and pier were quickly aroused, and more speedily still transformed into consternation by the sudden arrival of hundreds of military and civilian motor ambulances from Dublin. As the dead bodies of men, women and children were transferred from the rescue boats to the ambulances, the spectacle was appalling in the extreme. Some were horribly mangled, and death must have supervened instantaneously in multitudes of cases. It certainly required a stout heart to maintain composure while this weird dismemberment went on.
 Horrid as was the scene at the landing stage, the Morgue in the hospital presented a still more awe-inspiring sight. The dead were placed in rows, on the floor, as a rule, but in many instances, they lay on the slab or on a table raised from the ground.
 The return to Ennis of the dead bodies of Mss Norah and Dilly Davoren to the people who knew them in their youth, watched them grow up in the pride of life, was a sad event. In the nursing profession, they held a leading and respected place and this was more than borne out by the messages of sympathy received. Another extremely sad case was that of Mss Margaret & Mary O' Grady both of the nursing profession. Margaret's body was brought to Newmarket Church, and later buried in Quin Abbey; Mary's body was never recovered.
On this, the 100 years anniversary Clare Roots Society and author Lucille Ellis, together with the support of numerous people across Clare and beyond, have produced a timely reminder of this tragedy and its context.
The Author, Lucille Ellis was born and is living in Dublin but has two grandparents from Clare. Over twenty years of family history research have established that related families are still living in West Clare and East Clare on the same lands, since the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries respectively, with one branch having Ennis connections.
 While teaching the senior classes in primary school, she was fortunate that the curriculum encouraged involvement in local history, in her case, the Dun Laoghaire/Dalkey area. When she retired she decided to combine the two interests of family and local history. Then with the backing and encouragement of the Clare Roots Society, she published 'Bindon Street and Bank Place', 'Ennis at Work in the 19th Century' & 'The Women of Clare'.
 In the early 1970s, when she did her degree in History, researching primary sources wasn't the norm; now this is encouraged, even at primary school level. The past can really come alive to us now through old newspapers, photographs and maps, many of which can be accessed online or in places like the Clare Library Local Studies Centre which is a treasure trove of the past.
John Bradley
P.R.O.
Clare Roots Society
             

Thank you to Lucille Ellis, John Bradley and all who contributed to bring this memorial story to our attention. 
May they who died Rest in Peace.




Cost for the booklet is €5 plus shipping cost. Orders can be placed with Ennis Book Shop. They have an on-line website books@ennisbookshop.ie for queries.






              

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

IGP ARCHIVES ADDITIONS IN SEPTEMBER 2018






CAVAN, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Columbas (CoI) Drumlane (Updated)
St. Patrick's (R.C.) Graveyard, Drumalee
http://bit.ly/2O34YgG

CLARE, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Inis Cealtra (Holy Island), Lough Derg
Freagh (Drumminaphonta) Graveyard
http://bit.ly/2Ni7ueg

DONEGAL, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Convoy New R.C. Cemetery
Convoy, Reformed Presbyterian Church Graveyard
Kilclooney, St. Conals Graveyard
Convoy, St. Ninians (CoI) Graveyard
Frosses, St. Mary's (R.C.) Graveyard (Updated)
http://bit.ly/2Ni7YRC

DUBLIN, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Deansgrange Cemetery, St. Brigids Section, Pt. 15
http://bit.ly/2dYU3jf

DUBLIN, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Mt Jerome, Dublin - Part 208 & 209
Mt Jerome - Little Angels (Updated)
http://bit.ly/2cwjA3X

DUBLIN, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Rathfarnham Church Interior Memorials
St. Patrick's Cathedral (Plaques & Interior) (Pt. 2)
http://bit.ly/2NfZVov

FERMANAGH, Genealogy Archives - Church Records
Aghadrumsee; Burials, Clones Parish 1858-1866
Aghadrumsee; Marriages, Clones Parish, 1829-1836
Galloon Burial Index (CoI) 1860-1881
Galloon Register, Dio. of Clogher Burials, (CoI) 1860-1881
http://bit.ly/2JtJljo

LIMERICK, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Limerick City, St. Mary's Cathedral (CoI) Pt 1
Abington Cemetery - Old Section, Parts 1 & 2, Murroe
http://bit.ly/2NhIp34

MAYO, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Aughaval Cemetery, Westport, Pts 2 & 3
Leigue Cemetery, Ballina - partial (Updated)
Murrisk Abbey Part 2
http://bit.ly/2NhI0h4

MEATH, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St. Columba's (CoI), Kells
http://bit.ly/2NhHtvA

MONAGHAN & FERMANAGH, Genealogy Archives - Church Records
Clones Parish Registers, Baptisms, 1838-1841
Clones Parish Registers, Baptisms, 1842-1845
http://bit.ly/2L95AjW

Thanks to all of you for helping with files for sharing to researchers.

Christina
http://www.igp-web.com/IGPArchives/

Monday, 3 September 2018

IGP ARCHIVES ADDITIONS - August 2018






CAVAN, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St. Felims (R.C.) Graveyard, Ballinagh
http://www.igp-web.com/IGPArchives/ire/cavan/photos/tombstones/markers.htm

DONEGAL, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Church of the Holy Family (R.C.) Graveyard, Ardara
Abbey/Friary, Donegal Town (Part 1)
http://www.igp-web.com/IGPArchives/ire/donegal/photos/tombstones/markers.htm

DUBLIN, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Deansgrange Cem., St. Nessan's Part 14
http://www.igp-web.com/IGPArchives/ire/dublin/photos/tombstones/deansgrange-ndx.htm

DUBLIN, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Mt. Jerome Cemetery, Parts 206 & 207
http://www.igp-web.com/IGPArchives/ire/dublin/photos/tombstones/mt-jerome-ndx5.htm

DUBLIN, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Glasnevin Cemetery, part 16
http://www.igp-web.com/IGPArchives/ire/dublin/photos/tombstones/glasnevin-ndx.htm

FERMANAGH, Genealogy Archives - Church Records
Aghadrumsee; Burials, Clones Parish 1829-1857 (3 files)
http://www.igp-web.com/IGPArchives/ire/fermanagh/church.htm

LAOIS, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Dunamaise, Holy Trinity Anglican Graveyard
Arles, Sacred Heart Graveyard, Parts 1 & 2
http://www.igp-web.com/IGPArchives/ire/laois/photos/tombstones/markers.htm

MAYO, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Aughaval Cemetery Part 1, Churchfield
Murrisk Abbey Graveyard, Part 1
http://www.igp-web.com/IGPArchives/ire/mayo/photos/tombstones/markers.htm

MONAGHAN & FERMANAGH, Genealogy Archives - Church Records
Clones Parish Registers, Baptisms, 1834-1837
Clones Parish Registers, Baptisms, 1799-1804
www.igp-web.com/IGPArchives/ire/monaghan/clones.htm

WEXFORD, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St. Edan's Cathedral Graveyard, Ferns
St. Edan's Cathedral Plaques, Ferns
http://www.igp-web.com/IGPArchives/ire/wexford/photos/tombstones/markers.htm

WEXFORD, Genealogy Archives - Cemetery Records
Churchtown Old Cemetery, Rosslare (Updated)
http://www.igp-web.com/IGPArchives/ire/wexford/cem.htm

WICKLOW, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Glendalough Cemetery - Part 3
http://www.igp-web.com/IGPArchives/ire/wicklow/photos/tombstones/markers.htm


Thanks to all of you!
Christina
http://www.igp-web.com/IGPArchives/

Friday, 31 August 2018

NEW RECORDS FOR COUNTY DUBLIN (NORTH)



IFHF

New records for Co. Dublin (North)
We are pleased to announce that Fingal Genealogy have added 1,000 gravestone inscription records to its database at www.dublinnorth.rootsireland.ie including the following :
St. Colmcille's Roman Catholic cemetery, Swords 
St. Columba's Church of Ireland cemetery, Swords  
For a full list of sources for Co. Dublin (North) please click here
To search these records, go to dublinnorth.rootsireland.ie and select the 'Parish / District' from the drop down list. Login and Subscribe if required.
Yours Sincerely
rootsireland.ie
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Thursday, 2 August 2018

FILES ADDED TO IGP ARCHIVES IN JULY 2018






DUBLIN, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Mount Jerome Cemetery, Parts 201-205
http://www.igp-web.com/IGPArchives/ire/dublin/photos/tombstones/mt-jerome-ndx5.htm

FERMANAGH, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Colaghty (Co) Graveyard (Additional)
http://www.igp-web.com/IGPArchives/ire/fermanagh/photos/tombstones/markers.htm

FERMANAGH, Genealogy Archives - Church Records
Aghadrumsee; Baptisms & Births, Clones Parish, 1836-1843 & 1844-1853
http://www.igp-web.com/IGPArchives/ire/fermanagh/church.htm

LAOIS, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Ballylinan Graveyard
http://www.igp-web.com/IGPArchives/ire/laois/photos/tombstones/markers.htm

MAYO, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Aghamore Old Cemetery
http://www.igp-web.com/IGPArchives/ire/mayo/photos/tombstones/markers.htm

MAYO, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Islandeady Graveyard Part 4 (set complete)
http://www.igp-web.com/IGPArchives/ire/mayo/photos/tombstones/islandeady.htm

MEATH, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Bective, St. Mary's (CoI) Graveyard (Transcribed)
Knockcommon Old Cem., Beauparc (Transcribed)
Castletown Cemetery - New, Right Side (Transcribed)
Castletown Cemetery -  New Left Side (Transcribed)
http://www.igp-web.com/IGPArchives/ire/meath/photos/tombstones/markers.htm

MEATH, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Navan, St. Mary's (G-H) & (J-L) (Transcribed)
Churchtown Cemetery, Dunderry (transcription added)
http://www.igp-web.com/IGPArchives/ire/meath/photos/tombstones/st-mary.htm

MONAGHAN & FERMANAGH, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Clones Parish Registers, Baptisms, 1800-1804
Clones Parish Registers, Baptisms, 1805-1808
http://www.igp-web.com/IGPArchives/ire/monaghan/clones.htm

TIPPERARY,Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Borrisoleigh, Glenkeen Graveyard (PDF)
http://www.igp-web.com/IGPArchives/ire/tipperary/photos/tombstones/markers.htm

TIPPERARY, Genealogy Archives - Photo
Photo of LADLEY family from Clonmel
http://www.igp-web.com/IGPArchives/ire/tipperary/photos.htm

TYRONE, Dromore, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Holy Trinity (CoI) Graveyard
http://www.igp-web.com/IGPArchives/ire/tyrone/photos/tombstones/markers.htm


Regards,
Christina
http://www.igp-web.com/IGPArchives/

Friday, 6 July 2018

NEW RECORDS FOR CO. WATERFORD



IFHF

New records for Co. Waterford
We are pleased to announce that Waterford Heritage have added over 12,000 records to its database at www.waterford.rootsireland.ie including the following :
Church of Ireland Marriages11,772 Records
Tramore / Carbally Roman Catholic Baptisms1,126 Records
For a full list of sources for Co. Waterford please click here
To search these records, go to waterford.rootsireland.ie and select the 'Parish / District' from the drop down list. Login and Subscribe if required.
Please note that a 20% discount is available on annual subscriptions until the 15th of July.
Yours Sincerely
rootsireland.ie
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Wednesday, 4 July 2018

IGP ARCHIVES JUNE 2018 UPDATE






Ireland Genealogy Projects 
Archives

We have added more church records from Clones and more headstones.
Enjoy!
Chris Hunt


CARLOW, Genealogy Archives - Headstones

St. Laserian Graveyard, Old Leighlin (partial)

CAVAN, Genealogy Archives - Headstones

St. Brigid's Church - Old Graveyard, Kiloughter, Redhills
Loughduff (R.C.) Cemetery (partial)

DUBLIN, Genealogy Archives - Headstones

Mt. Jerome Cemetery, Parts 199-200

FERMANAGH, Genealogy Archives - Church Records

Aghadrumsee; Baptisms, Clones Parish, 1825-1836 (updated)

LAOIS, Genealogy Archives - Headstones

Killeshin (CoI) Graveyard, Graigue
Killeen, St. Abban (RC) Graveyard

MAYO, Genealogy Archives - Headstones

Islandeady - (Old Section), Part 3
Kilkinure Graveyard, Kiltimagh

MEATH, Genealogy Archives - Headstones

Navan, Athlumney Old Graveyard -A-L, (Indexed)

MONAGHAN & FERMANAGH, Genealogy Archives - Church Records

Clones Parish Registers, W. Div., Baptisms 1812-1815
Clones Parish Registers, E. Div., Burials 1822-1824

TIPPERARY, Genealogy Archives - Headstones

Ballybacon R.C. Church Graveyard, Ardfinnan (partial)

TYRONE, Genealogy Archives - Headstones

Dromore Presbyterian Church Graveyard

WESTMEATH, Genealogy Archives - Headstones

Coole, St. Nicholas (CoI) Graveyard, Mayne Parish (Indexed)
Kinnegad, Hardwood Cemetery (Partial)

WICKLOW,Genealogy Archives - Headstones

Kilquade Cemetery (New) Pt. 4

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

NEW RECORDS FOR CO. WESTMEATH


IFHF

New records for Co. Westmeath
We are pleased to announce that Westmeath Genealogy has added 9,000 records to its database at www.westmeath.rootsireland.ie including the following :
ParishTypeYearsRecords
Castlepollard (RC)Baptisms1796-1805 & 1812-18296,046
Castlepollard (RC)Marriages1825-1870 (with some gaps)2,290
Castlepollard (RC)Deaths1793-1825443
Collinstown (RC)BaptismsJuly 1842 – March 1844169
Killua ChruchyardGravestones1728-198184
Castletown GeogheganGravestones1763-199324
Multyfarnham ChurchyardGravestones1820-199973

For a full list of sources for Co. Westmeath please click here
To search these records, go to westmeath.rootsireland.ie and select the 'Parish / District' from the drop down list. Login and Subscribe if required.
Yours Sincerely
rootsireland.ie
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Thursday, 21 June 2018

KILRUSH AND DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY - INVITE - 26 JUNE, 2018





"BLACKSMITHS AND VERNACULAR IRONWORK TRADITIONS OF WEST CLARE"





  • 26 June at 20:00–21:00 UTC+01
    Teach Ceoil, Grace Street, Kilrush, County Clare
    Hosted by Kilrush and District Historical Society





The Annual General Meeting 
of 
Kilrush and District Historical Society 
will be held in the Teach Ceoil, Grace Street, Kilrush, 
on this coming Tuesday 26 June at 7:30pm. 

It will be followed at 8pm by a presentation 
by 
Eric O'Neill 
on 
"Blacksmiths and vernacular ironwork traditions of West Clare". 

The event will incorporate a tour of some 
of the best examples of vernacular ironwork 
in Kilrush Churchyard 
and elsewhere in the town.

Eric O'Neill is a Limerick-based blacksmith, artist and teacher. 
He has been involved for many years 
in promoting and teaching the craft of the blacksmith 
and runs his own forge 
known as Killuragh Kraftworks.

Saturday, 16 June 2018

WANTED... A FEW MOMENTS OF YOUR TIME.....MAY 2018









 WANTED


 A FEW MOMENTS OF YOUR TIME...


LOOK FAMILIAR? 

first posted this way back in 2013.. 
and so many responses overflowed my inbox 
as well as the comments on here 
and those on individual blogs/pages, etc. 

This time, I am adding a couple of items 
and changing just a couple of questions.



Working with family historians/genealogists daily, 
I see the same questions being asked on a regular basis. 
I often wonder what has led this or that person 
to researching their ancestry.

 No prizes for answering the questions below... 
but it could be of interest to all of us who help others 
on a regular basis.

You may answer on your own blog, 
in the comments section below or on my Facebook 
page which will have a link to this blog. 
Answer as many or as few as you like. 

 Please let me know if you answer on your own blog, 
so I can keep a list for others to follow... no time limit... 





QUESTIONNAIRE

1. What is the most important detail you want to find about your  ancestors?

2. Do you buy certificates? Have you taken advantage of the added information available now to be able to get a lot of information for

 free?

3.  What online sites, free or paid, do you visit most often and how have they helped you?

4. What has been your 'best' find?

5. Who is your favourite ancestor and why?


6. What are you looking for on a regular basis? 

7. Do you belong to any genealogy group, or family history society?

8. Do you belong to any Facebook or other social media genealogy groups? Would you join if there was one available?

9. Do you help others, in any way.. offering advice, transcribing, helping at functions, encouraging by leaving comments on blogs, sharing a good post/blog/information...any way at all..?

10. What is your personal reason for being involved with genealogy/family history?

11. Do you attend conferences, seminars, presentations?

  •  what do you like about them...
  •  what don't you like..
  •  what would you like to add/change...

12. How much have you progressed in the last five years... 

  • re discoveries
  • new avenues you've explored
  • inspired others to be interested
  • had more or less time for family history
  • most important, spent time with your family and or friends,  old and young.. after all, they are each part of living history.   

Here are a few responses either emailed to me or posted beneath a link.. reposted here with permission of those who responded...
Thank you to all of you for sharing your thoughts...

Ann-Maree Paynter...

1. What is the most important detail you want to find about your ancestors? I want to know who they are, where they lived and how they lived (as best as we can anyway)

2. Do you buy certificates? Have you taken advantage of the added information available now to be able to get a lot of information for free? Yes if I can't get it for free and I am needing to confirm or rule out something, I'll buy it.

3. What online sites, free or paid, do you visit most often and how have they helped you? ancestry, Qld BDM, Vic BDM, Scotlands People, NSW BDM. 

4. What has been your 'best' find? When I found that everyone on ancestry had the completely wrong date and location of death (and other details) for a ggg grandfather and I've had a couple of other instances like that. I get really excited when I've been able to "crack the code" that no one else has been able to (that's not a criticism of anyone else by the way). In finding that will, I also was able to solve some other mysteries.

5. Who is your favourite ancestor and why? I can't choose!

6. What are you looking for on a regular basis? Whoever I'm researching that week

7. Do you belong to any genealogy group, or family history society? No

9. Do you help others, in any way.. offering advice, transcribing, helping at functions, encouraging by leaving comments on blogs, sharing a good post/blog/information...any way at all..? I generally read blogs and give them a like when I have time. If a post in a FB group is something I can offer advice on, I do this too but that's it.

10. What is your personal reason for being involved with genealogy/family history? I want to know where I come from, who my ancestors were, where they lived and how they lived. We may never know the specifics and I am learning to be OK with that. When I'm researching them, I try and imagine what they'd have been like - would they have been serious? Smart? Funny? Were they a sweet tooth? Were they patient? I know I get certain traits from my parents, but where did they get those from? I often wonder if the people I'm researching had those same traits that have been carried from generation to generation all the way down to me, and think about how freakin' cool that would be.

11. Do you attend conferences, seminars, presentations? No

what do you like about them...
what don't you like..
what would you like to add/change...

12. How much have you progressed in the last five years... 

re discoveries
new avenues you've explored
inspired others to be interested
had more or less time for family history
most important, spent time with your family and or friends, old and young.. after all, they are each part of living history.

Have definitely gotten much better with the research and discerning information. I sometimes come across info I put in my tree several years ago that is very obviously wrong. I must have thought it was correct at the time, but seeing it now, knowing what I now know is like "DUH". I've started my blog too, which is new.

Hope this helps!

Katrina Vincent  

QUESTIONNAIRE

1. What is the most important detail you want to find about your ancestors? Everything I can! But especially how they lived their lives in the context of the times they lived in.

2. Do you buy certificates? Have you taken advantage of the added information available now to be able to get a lot of information for free? 
I have bought certificates in the past for direct line ancestors. Occasionally for siblings if I think it will get me further back. 

3. What online sites, free or paid, do you visit most often and how have they helped you? Ancestry, Findmypast, Trove, Irishgenealogy, Clare Library. The newspapers at Trove and Findmypast have been invaluable for social context.

4. What has been your 'best' find? Too hard to define!

5. Who is your favourite ancestor and why? Hmm...that's hard! I have a soft spot for my husband's great great grandmother, because she had a difficult & sad life.

6. What are you looking for on a regular basis? The next step back!

7. Do you belong to any genealogy group, or family history society? Various Facebook Groups.

8. Do you belong to any Facebook or other social media genealogy groups? Would you join if there was one available? see above.

9. Do you help others, in any way.. offering advice, transcribing, helping at functions, encouraging by leaving comments on blogs, sharing a good post/blog/information...any way at all..? Yes to advice, Yes I've done some transcribing, Yes - read & comment on blogs, Sharing information etc.

10. What is your personal reason for being involved with genealogy/family history? Inherited it from my mother.

11. Do you attend conferences, seminars, presentations? Not really.

what do you like about them...
what don't you like..
what would you like to add/change...

12. How much have you progressed in the last five years... Not so much in taking the tree back further, but have learned a lot about known ancestors as people, and am learning to tell their stories through developing my writing. Started my blog as a way of sharing those stories. 

re discoveries
new avenues you've explored
inspired others to be interested
had more or less time for family history

most important, spent time with your family and or friends, old and young.. after all, they are each part of living history.

Bev Woodman

QUESTIONNAIRE

1. What is the most important detail you want to find about your  ancestors?  
Who they were, what lives they lived.

2. Do you buy certificates? Have you taken advantage of the added information available now to be able to get a lot of information for 

 free?  I have bought certificates or transcriptions on many occasions but also share among family groups - it's always best to ask first if others have the certificates before spending money on them, far better to then use this money to buy some you need. 

3.  What online sites, free or paid, do you visit most often and how have they helped you?  So many but these days it's Trove and DNA websites. Usually free but did have a subscription to Ancestry but can't afford that these days.

4. What has been your 'best' find?  Discovering the Hobbs Seals in the office of the NSW Public Trustee, then discovering that the lost seal was still in family hands.  Meeting and forging friendships with my long lost cousins has also been an amazing experience.  Must mention discovering I came from so many convicts too - very proud of my ancestry.

5. Who is your favourite ancestor and why?  Has to be Robert Hobbs and Bridget Eslin/Heslin - I am so fascinated with them and their lives.

6. What are you looking for on a regular basis? DNA Matches, trying to crack two brick walls on my Walker line (my paternal great grandfather Thomas Walker) and my Carter/Smith line (my maternal grandfather James Smith or Carter/Manchester England).

7. Do you belong to any genealogy group, or family history society?  Hobbs Family Reunion, Family Tree DNA, Geni.

8. Do you belong to any Facebook or other social media genealogy groups? Would you join if there was one available?  Hobbs Family Reunion, First Fleet, Second Fleet, Third Fleet, Colo River FH.  Yes I usually join if in my line of research.

9. Do you help others, in any way.. offering advice, transcribing, helping at functions, encouraging by leaving comments on blogs, sharing a good post/blog/information...any way at all..?  Yes all the time - it's ongoing both on FB and email.  I often transcribe for Trove. 

10. What is your personal reason for being involved with genealogy/family history?  After my parents passed away I realised that I knew very little of their earlier lives or ancestors past my paternal grandparents.  I set out to discover that my father had convicts on every branch of his tree and my mother came from free early settlers of the Manning River area. It has been a wonderful journey. 
11. Do you attend conferences, seminars, presentations?  On occasions but not as much today as I did earlier in my research. 

  •  what do you like about them...discovering ideas of where to look for information. 
  •  what don't you like..no negatives other than some are very expensive.
  •  what would you like to add/change...nothing. 

12. How much have you progressed in the last five years... Not as much as earlier in my research, most lines are complete except two but always still looking for stories to add the flesh to the bones.

  • re discoveries - still researching and looking for information on the Hobbs Millions and hoping to discover who my maternal grandfather's family was back in England plus who my paternal great grandfather really was.  I somehow think he wasn't who he said he was.
  • new avenues you've explored - DNA testing, another new area of research but finding it very complicated and confusing.
  • inspired others to be interested - always helping others in our family research.  I always encourage people to document their lives even though they claim it's not interesting but when you explain that their story is part of history, then they often do right down something even if brief.  
  • had more or less time for family history - still find time daily to check information that comes through by email but I don't spend near as much time as I used to earlier in my research.
  • most important, spent time with your family and or friends,  old and young.. after all, they are each part of living history.  I agree, my elderly relatives especially have enjoyed learning about their ancestors, some were not interested initially but soon became keen to help out.  Famous last words were "I know nothing about my family history" or "my story is not worth telling" or "I can't remember much of my childhood" only to be inundated with information during conversations.
Hope this is what you are looking for Chris.  

 Bev Woodman

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1. The most important detail I have found is the place of origin, that is what I had set out to do.

2.  Yes I buy certificates and sometimes sadly I buy the same one twice. I’ve even been known to buy them for others in the hope of solving that all important fact. 
And to make up for those errors I have been lucky enough to be be made aware of the possibilities of receiving the answers through other “free” means.

3.  The list could be endless, however, Trove is my first go to site, followed by free Bdm sites and now quickly rising through the list irishgenealogy.ie

4.  My very best find was a living, previously unknown relative, who travelled for two days to present us with a photo of our convict and his wife.

5. My favourite ancestor is my grandfather Kavanagh. He is not the oldest ancestor, but he is the one I knew and loved deeply. He represents the character that I assume all his ancestors had. Hard working, fun, caring, loving but above all a happy man.

6.  I am looking for personal traits, work ethics, humour and love. The character and personality of my ancestors.

7.  I did belong to a FH society for 10 years -  Volunteering to help others in their quest to find their family story.

8. Many FB and other genie groups and would join many more as they arise.

9.  I love to help when I have the knowledge, I guess that isn’t often online.
However at present I am assisting four different and completely unconnected families privately.

10. My personal reason is to feed my addiction. I love the research, the gathering of the story, it’s the writing of that story that eludes me.

11. Yes for ten years I did as many as I could, I couldn’t fault them, I enjoyed them immensely and could not offer any additions or changes. Now my field of interest is too far away.

12.  In the last five years I have ...

Complied all the research of one family and published that for over 60 family members.

I am working on the next family.

Discovered living relatives in USA, New Zealand and Ireland who were previously unknown

Explored any new avenues that have come available both on line and in old snail mail.

A lot more time for family history (some say too much)

I organised a family reunion with over 100 attendees, and am proud to say each branch was mostly unknown to the others before my involvement, and it was my husbands family.

I have made numerous trips to meet newly found living relatives over three states of Australia. It is my addiction and I feed it well.