Sunday, May 11, 2014

Sepia Saturday 227: Saturday 10 May 2014

Well this week's theme is quite easy for me to match in terms of family photos.  I suspect some of you may have seen this one before but I saw it with new eyes this morning realising perhaps for the first time that my maternal grandfather, Thomas McLoughlin,  was sitting on a wicker chair.

Other family photos featuring wicker furniture are from the paternal side of the family.

This is, I suspect, a photo of a photo but it is much loved.  It features my two Aunts and my Uncle.  I only knew my elder Aunt Hazel on the left. My Aunt Trixie (the baby in the chair) died when very young.  That's Uncle Ted on the right and he died well before I was born.

This is their mother, my grandmother, Ethel, sitting at I strongly suspect a wicker table.  I also suspect that she would have embroidered that tablecloth.  I have a few of her tablecloths but I don't think that particular one.  I have posted this before so I really needed to find some "new" old photos.

My Gran did a lot of her travel in her senior years and she got to see all sorts of uses of wicker in her time.  For example, this snake charmer in India has a wicker basket for his snake.

Then I found this most unusual use of a wicker basket - a mountain ride in Madeira apparently.

But, for my money, babies in wicker are best.

Here's my 2nd cousin Douglas - what a cutie!

Picture Queensland sports a couple of cute prams as well.

Infant in a Pram from State Library of Queensland

Two young children playing in an old fashioned prams in the early 1900s
State Library of Queensland

Oh heck, while we're at's a photo of me in wicker....on the Oriana in a manner to which I would like to become more accustomed.

May all mothers in the world get to sit in their favourite chair today and find a moment's peace to read or knit or sew or look through a photo album or just meditate and reflect on life's blessings. May their love for their family weave strong and lasting binds that nourish all who come in contact with them all the days of their lives.  Thank you to my gorgeous and loving step-mother who gave this chair to me. Hugs to you and all the lovely Mums in my life - young and old and not so old.  You know who you are! 

For more musings on wicker and other sundry sepia items go here.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Amanuensis Monday

Thomas MacEntee from GeneaBloggers says:

If you have your own genealogy or family history related blog, you can participate in Amanuensis Monday. What is it?
Amanuensis Monday is a daily blogging prompt used by many genealogy bloggers to help them post content on their sites.
An Amanuensis is a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another. Amanuensis Monday is a daily blogging theme which encourages the family historian to transcribe family letters, journals, audiotapes, and other historical artifacts. Not only do the documents contain genealogical information, the words breathe life into kin – some we never met – others we see a time in their life before we knew them. ...
Amanuensis Monday is a popular ongoing series created by John Newmark at Transylvanian Dutch.

My contribution to this meme is the transcription of an advertisement I found in Trove the other day about my 3 x great-grandfather.  It's a bit sad really.  

From the National Library of Australia website Trove
The advertisement appears in The Dubbo Liberal and Macquarie Advocate on Wednesday 29 March 1899.  I took a leaf out of Diane's blog 10 Genealogy Things I Do With My Smart Phone and transcribed the advertisement by reading it out loud into my mobile phone (just like dictation) and sent myself an email message. 

This is what my email looked like:

the dubbo liberal and macquarie advocate wednesday 29th of march 1899 india state of g h correct senior bankrupt g h taylor has received instructions from n f gibsland esquire official assignee in the above estate to sell by public auctions mister correct seniors residence sandy creek near dubbo on wednesday april 12 at 3 o clock the whole of his household furniture and effects consisting of 2 tables 1 so far on dresser crockery 5 cheers sideboard lock ornaments 8 pictures press lan 1 organ bed stands and bedding 4 wheel barrows 1 horse 1 buggy and harness 1 grey 1 spring car 14 chimney pots 59 inch pipes 24 elbow beans and junctions 3 inch elbows 84 inch junctions 15 3 and 4 inch elbows and junctions 12 4 inch junctions 12 3 inch junctions 36 inch junctions 66 inch pipes and sundries 1 pipe machine and grill it cetera

Not too bad...let me correct it a bit.

The Dubbo Liberal and Macquarie Advocate 
Wednesday 29th of March 1899 

In the estate of G H Carrett Senr...Bankrupt 
 Has received instructions from N F
GIBLIN, Esq. Official Assignee in
the above estate, to Sell by
Public Auction
at Mr CARRETT, Sen's Residence, Sandy
Creek, near Dubbo, on 
Wednesday, April 12, 
at 3 o'clock,
The Whole of His Household
Furniture and Effects.
Consisting of -
Two tables, 1 Sofa, 1 Dresser, Crockery,
5 chairs, Sideboard, Clock, Orna-
ments, 8 Pictures, Press, Lamp,  1
Organ, ? bedsteads and Bedding, 4
Wheelbarrows, 1 Horse, 1 Buggy
and Harness, 1 Dray (?), 1 Spring Cart ,
14 Chimney Pots, 50 9-inch Pipes,
24 Elbow Bends and Junctions, ?
3-inch Elbows, 8 4-inch Junctions
15 3 and 4 inch Elbows and Junc-
tions, 12 4 inch junctions, 12 3-inch
Junctions, 3? 6-inch junctions, 60
6-inch pipes and sundries, 1 PipeMachine and Drill, etc

I imagine the organ looked a bit like this.

How very sad. To the best of my knowledge, my 3x Great-Grandfather and his wife had 14 children, albeit two of whom were stillborn. The youngest at this time, Benjamin, would have been about 19 years of age. Nor was this the first time GH Carrett (Bricklayer) had been declared bankrupt.  A search of Find My Past shows in the NSW Police Gazette, notices about insolvency in 1879 and 1880 and in the NSW Govt Gazette the gross amounts of assets to the assignee were valued as £15  6s  0d.    

My 2 x Great-Grandfather ( GH Carrett II) would have been about 43 years old and living in nearby Parkes with some of his 9 children. 

My Great-Grandfather (GH Carrett III) would have been about 20 years old and perhaps still apprenticed to his father.

GH Carrett Snr. would have been about 65 years of age at the time. He was to die thirteen years later.

Peter Carrett wrote a history of the Carrett family which is in the Macquarie Regional Library collection in Dubbo.  It's called A Builder from Brixton.  From this history I understand that G H Carrett and his wife Mary then:

 "purchased land and developed a small farm at Delroy, just west of Dubbo where they lived happily surrounded by their family until 1908 when they returned to live in town."

I've not really been able to work out where exactly Sandy Creek is located. One source seems to suggest near Warren. Another 23km west of Dunedoo. I've created a map to give a sense of the area.

In the process of researching this post, I found yet another blog to follow - The Macquarie Regional Library Local History and Family History Blog.

How about you ?  What tools help you in your family history research?

Sunday, May 4, 2014

How Many Cousins Do You Know You Have?

Randy from Genea-Musings says:

1)  Take both sets of your grandparents and figure out how many first cousins you have, and how many first cousins removed (a child or grandchild of a first cousin) you have.

2)  Extra Credit:  Take all four sets of your great-grandparents and figure out how many second cousins you have, and how many second cousins removed you have.

HINT:  Make a Descendants Chart with your genealogy software program!

3)  Tell us the grandparents and great-grandparents names, but don't give the name of living cousins unless you want to.  

4)  Are there any of those lines that you don't know all of the cousins names?  Do you care?  

5)  Tell us about them in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or in a Facebook or Google+ post of your own.  Be sure to drop a comment to this post to link to your work. 

Well, if this isn't a good way of checking your family tree is up to date, I don't know what is.

I'm always upgrading my Family Tree Maker software and transferring it from one computer to another and always promising myself that this time I will enter data properly (acknowledging sources and so on).  And then I get interrupted.  This little exercise has proved most salutory.

I haven't got past first cousins yet and discovered great big gaps on my family tree already.

I'm an only child and first cousins are very thin on the to be precise.  My mother was an only child so nix on her side.  My father had three siblings but one didn't make it to adulthood and the other did, just, but died before he could be married and have children.  That leaves one sibling who got married and guess what?  She had one child!  That's my cousin Peter.  And here he is holding me when I was a baby.

My one and only cousin, Peter, taking good care of me

So, in answer to Randy's questions:

1a) Thomas J.B. McLOUGHLIN and Helen Kate FORFAR had only one child - my mother - so no cousins on this line.

1b) Edwin Arthur James CONNER and Ethel Eileen CARRETT had four children but only two went on to have children.  

1)Hazel and Charles had one son, Peter (my first cousin).  Peter had three children: Samantha Lee, Philip Charles and Jaimie Lee (first cousins once removed).  I think his son has two children (first cousins twice removed).

2)James had one daughter, me.

First cousin: 1
First cousins once removed: 3
First cousins twice removed: 2?

2a) Great grandparents Edwin CONNER and Eleanor Eliza COOK had 3 children: 1) Constance Nellie (Connie) and 2) Lilian Ada (Lil) and my grandfather.  

1) Connie married Henry Claude MORRISON.  They had three children Joyce, Jackie and John.  That's three 1st cousins 1 x removed.  Joyce married James and they had three children Robert, Elizabeth and Jennifer.  That's three 2nd cousins but we've never met (to my knowledge).  I don't know if Jackie and John married and had children.

2) Lil married Thomas WEBB and then Clarrie WILLIAMS I think but I don't know if they had children.  

2b) George Henry Charles CARRETT and Daisy Mildred TAYLOR had 7 children.

1) Millie (Dorothy M) married Francis W E ANDREWS in 1924.  To the best of my knowledge they had three boys - 1) George, 2) Neville and 3) Francis (3 x 1st cousins 1 x removed).  I don't know if they had children.

2) Ethel my grandmother and Edwin had four children.  We've spoken about them in 1b

3) Rene (Rena M) married Francis L HALL.  They had four children: 1)Lynette, 2)Lawrence, 3) Brian and 4) Daryl.  (4 x 1st cousins 1 x removed) I don't know if they had children.

4) George married twice I think and had one child - George.  (1 x 1st cousin 1 x removed) I don't know if he had children.

5) Daisy married Harry Beech.  I don't know if they had any children.

6) Nora married Alfred. They had two children: Gai and Cheryl. (2 1st cousins x 1 removed) I don't know if they had children.

7) Ossie married Rita and they had two children: Joan and Geoffrey. (2 x 1st cousins 1 x removed)  I don't know if they had children.

2c) John McLOUGHLIN and Margaret TAYLOR had at least 9 children. Thomas my grandfather.  Then there was Margaret Philomena, Mary Josephine (died 1902), John P (died 1900), John Patrick, Joseph (died 1907), Joseph B, Vincent and Helena (Lena) and Francis Noel.

I know that Lena had at least one child, Veronica.  Joe had at least one daughter Marilyn. 

Veronica has submitted this information to the Archived Website First Families:

HALL, Pauline Therese NILSSON, Margaret Louise GILL, John Anthony 
O'BRIEN, VERONICA MARY GILL, Neville Patrick HAYES, Patrica Anne 
GILL, Terence George GILL, Christopher John 

So I'm thinking that that's at least nine 1st cousins 1 x removed.  Probably  more.


GILL, Georgia Lea HALL, Michael Jonothan(adp) HALL, Natalie Louise(adp) 
NILSSON, Christine Marie NILSSON, Gabrielle Simone NILSSON, James Steven 
GILL, Anthony John GILL, Georgina Lea GILL, James Albert 
GILL, Joanna Margaret GILL, Georgia Lea LAWS-O'BRIEN, ERIN FRANCES 
O'BRIEN, MARK ANDREW GILL, Jared Anthony  GILL, Stephen Courtney 
GOLDSMITH, Jan Maree HAYES, Robert Anthony TAYLOR, Catherine Louise 
GILL, Frances Maree GILL, Jaclyn Louise GILL, Matthew James 
GILL, Benjamin James GILL, Georgia Lea GILL, Nicholas John 
GILL, Rebecca Helen(dec) GILL, Stephanie Joy 

29 2nd cousins I think (at least)

Great Grandchildren

GOLDSMITH, Amy Louise GOLDSMITH, Joseph(twin) GOLDSMITH, Joshua 
GOLDSMITH, Luke Peter GOLDSMITH, Samuel(twin) HAYES, Brianna Marie 
HAYES, Sean Patrick Robert TAYLOR, Maggie Louise 

11 2nd cousins 1 x removed (at least)

I suspect there are many more McLoughlin descendants and potential cousins of which I am unaware.

2d) Walter William FORFAR and Kate Amelia ELLIS had five children: 1) Ernest Henry, 2) Dorothy Emily, 3) Helen Kate (Kit) , 4) Grace Isabel (Belle) and 5)Walter William.  

1)Ernest Henry married Eleanor and they had two children Marcia and Ray. (2 x 1st cousins 1 removed).  I don't know if they had children.

2) Dorothy and Reg had Cathy (at least).  Cathy married Reg and they had Kathleen and Robyn.  (2 x 2nd cousins).  Kathleen (Kath) married Fred and they had Jack (2nd cousin 1x removed).  I am delighted to have met my 2nd cousin Kath and her family who I love to bits and pieces.

Alex and precious Cousin Kath

This photo was taken a while ago now but you can see the family resemblance, no?

3)Grace Isabel (Belle) married Irvine William WINGFIELD and they had two girls Joyce Isabel and Shirley.  Joyce married Ray and they had a little boy who died shortly after birth.  They adopted another boy, Bill.  Another 2nd cousin - hoorah!  Shirley married David and they had two boys Douglas and Bruce.  Two more 2nd cousins - hoorah!

Doug and Alex when the Conners were passing through Perth on the way back from Scotland
4) Helen Kate was my grandmother and she and Tom had Barbara, my mother an only child.

5) Little Walter William FORFAR died shortly after birth so no descendants there.

So whilst I only have 1 cousin.  I do have in the order of at least 28 1st cousins 1 x removed, albeit some of them now deceased, at least 37 2nd cousins and at least 3 2nd cousins 1x removed.  A total of 68 cousins that I know about. Well actually, let's make that 70 because I also have some 3rd cousins but that would mean going back another generation to great-great-grandparents to explain them and that's a whole other story.

Not having any brothers or sisters makes cousins even more precious and I look forward to meeting more in time.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Sepia Saturday 226: 3 May 2014

Marilyn on Sepia Saturday says:

This week's prompt comes from the archives of The Library of Congress courtesy of Flickr Commons, where the subjects are taking part in what is described as a 'Greek Cymball Dance’ at a Sufragette Ball. Now, you may wish to hang on to that description as a possible avenue to explore if inspiration deserts you. Otherwise we have May Day, dancing, folk traditions or very silly poses; take your pick or forget about themes altogether. The main thing is to join in with an old image of your own choice and an interesting post to share with fellow Sepians. 

Hmmm.  very silly poses.

I trawled through my family photos and the closest I could come up with were these two photos.

My mother being silly with friends

But then I thought harder and remembered that I had a bit of fun this week at the local 
Vinnies shop buying Retro cookbooks.
My pride and joy was this for $1.

Published by Paul Hamlyn in 1971 it encourages you to have "fun" parties with the help of menus for a brunch party, morning coffee party, luncheon party, kitchen tea, christening tea, open house party, after theatre party, patio party (I know, I know), wine and cheese party...the list goes on - you get the idea.  I suppose that is why the urn is not centred properly on the pedestal...that's a subliminal nod to the idea of "fun".

Here's the hostess looking as though she's having enormous F-U-N  at a luncheon party.

'Cos you know if you're invited to a luncheon party you're bound to have "fun".  

I like the 3D effect of the real plant in front of the life-like wallpaper and matching curtains.  
OMG - I just realised the tablecloth is matching too.

A Summer Buffet Dinner might be more your style of "fun".  The lady sitting down is one of the guests.  She is oblivious to the hostess who is under the table in a foetal position with a Vincents powder and a very quiet G & T thoughtfully placed near her by George.

And then I remembered that really, if you're looking for really silly poses...well, knitting patterns are the best.

Stitchcraft No. 358

George here is so glad that Mary knitted him a reversible's essential for reversing out of those awkward situations or tight parks....or Summer Buffet Dinner Parties.  
"Really!" thinks George. "Carol always takes on more than she can handle.  What was she thinking?"

Stitchcraft No. 376 1965

You don't know it but Jim is leaning on a saddle here.  He is leaning because he is feeling "casual" now that Mary has fashion trimmed his country jacket.  Goodness knows what the horse will think.  Jim just doesn't care.  Mary is pleased she found something to do with that rug.  She never liked Jim anyway.  It was just a casual fling.  

Score with these look alike sweaters with saddle shoulder treatment  Choose either the crew or V-neck
Villawool Book 87

Mary has in fact "scored" Todd.  He looks a bit plastic (in fact she can't believe he's real).  In memory of Jim she whipped up matching sweaters for them both with saddle shoulders.
Nix on the reversible scarf though.

Mary and Todd will of course have obliging children who will pose for knitting magazines, just like this rascally mob who seem fascinated by empty jars.

Our Raglan Shirts have very smart knitted ties - Stitchcraft Number 295

Children were so much easier to entertain in those they want everything - water, tadpoles, aquariums, saddle shoulders and reversible scarves ; the list is never-ending.

Mary is glad that her boys always look well-dressed wherever they go.

The boys are glad that they don't have to fiddle with their ties - Mumsy helpfully sewed them on to their knitted shirts so they don't have to bother.
Nix on the reversible scarves though.  Mary wants her boys to have F-U-N forever.

For more silly poses and stories go here.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Follow Friday

Today's blogging prompt comes from the fabulous 
Thomas MacEntee's GeneaBloggers Daily Blogging Prompts.

I follow nearly 300 blogs - not all of them Family History ones, mind.  

Some of them are about knitting, quilting, sewing, retro-cooking and books....all my favourite things in life.  

So how can I choose just one or two to recommend to you?

Well a few stood out for me this week.

In no particular order of merit... here they are:

Number 1
The Pharos Blog

I love Pharos Tutors.  I've completed a couple of short genealogy courses with them online and have been very happy with the quality of teaching and delivery.  I was really pleased to see them venture into blogland.  It's not easy writing a blog, particularly from a professional or academic point of view and they have grasped the bull by the horns and contributed a thoughtful, reflective voice to our world.  This week's post reminds us of the wealth of academic resources available online about population studies or demography.  It's well worth looking at it and the great links provided.

Number 2
One Rhode Island Family

Half the battle with writing a blog I reckon is writing something that is actually useful for other people and not just self-indulgent (which I suspect is what my blog tends to be).

A big thank you to Diane particularly for her last tip in the post 10 Genealogy Things I do with My Smart Phone - I never noticed that microphone icon on my keyboard before and I will now be using it much more often for transcribing - particularly when I discover stuff on Trove.  

Thank you.  Thank you. Thank you.

Number 3
We're All Relative

It was this particular post that impressed me and the use of paintings by the author to illustrate the story being told.  Whilst it would be nice to always use your own photos/pictures, the reality is that we won't always have an appropriate photo in our collection. I think seeing colour in a blog helps to add some life to blogs that are often a bit dry and dusty and old looking with facts and figures, charts, certificates, census forms and black and white photographs.  My only criticism/observation/suggestion would be that it would be nice to know who painted the pictures or where they were found.  Cite your sources!  But that aside, I was really impressed by how they added to the story being told and vowed to remember it for my own future use.

What about you?  Have you had some fabulous finds this week?