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Accentuate the Positive Geneameme 2017

The fabulous and amazing Jill Ball from Geniaus has invited us once again to reflect on our Geneayear.  What a great tradition.  Here are the questions with the proviso that we Accentuate the Positive and stop lashing ourselves for those things we didn't get round to or achieve:


1.  An elusive ancestor I found was

Thank goodness for death notices.  I discovered my ancestor Peter Sinclair was a librarian at the Parliamentary Library in Melbourne on this blog post here. 

2.  A great newspaper article I found was

I reckon I found a photo of my maternal grandmother and her twin sister at Randwick Destitute Asylum in The Star in 1908 as per this blog post here.

3.  A geneajourney I took was

I had hoped to go to the NSW Family History Conference in Orange this year but we mustn't be maudlin.  By all accounts it was fantastic.  Shauna Hicks reports on it here.

4.  An important record I found was

Peter Sinclair's death certificate and will and probate.

5.  A newly found family member share…

Week #4 #NFHM2017 Blogging Challenge - Power without Glory

Well here we are!  We've made it to the last week of the blogging challenge in National Family History Month.  

Have you learned some more about  your ancestors and their lives? Have you unearthed some new sources or facts that you didn't know before?  Have you made interesting connections or found new blogs in the process? I hope the experience has been rewarding for you.  Here's the last challenge...

Frank Hardy's novel Power without Glorycovers a wide range of notorious characters from criminals to Archbishops and politicians, wrestlers to gamblers and everyone else in between.  

One of the themes is conscription during WW1 but you can interpret the title as broadly as you like.  

Were your ancestors powerful in some way? Legitimately or  not.  

Did they have a stoush with the authorities or strong political beliefs? Lets hear their story.

By the way, speaking of stories, have you seen the 31 Links in a chain page on QFHS website here? It's a collection of family hist…

Week 3 #nfhm2017 Blogging Challenge - All the Rivers Run

Having possibly bored everybody (including myself) to death with the last post, you will be pleased to know I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.

I've decided to list all the rivers that might have a connection to my ancestors (oh and me too - why not?)

And here is a suitable literary quote...

“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”  ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
Here they are in alphabetical order with pictures wherever possible and the surname/s of the family/ies I am researching afterwards:

Afon Seiont, North Caernarvon, Wales- JONES (Afon  means river in Welsh)







Aray River, Inverary, Scotland - SINCLAIR


Brisbane River, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia - DAW, CONNER





Carrick Roads, Falmouth, Cornwall, England - ADNAMS







Cook's River, Sydney, Australia - CONNER, CARRETT, STORES, PARKES

Week 2 #NFHM2017 Blogging Challenge - Careful He Might Hear You

This is my contribution to Week 2 of the #NFHM2017 Blogging Challenge - Careful He Might Hear You.  I've been inspired by Pauleen Cass' post about the orphans in her family.

While technically not orphans, my maternal grandmother and her twin sister were placed in the Randwick Destitute Asylum at the age of 3.  Their mother - Kate Amelia Forfar (nee Ellis) died on 31st December 1905 at Denison Street Arncliffe. 



Kate had four children at that time - the eldest was Ernest Henry aged 6,  then Dorothy Emily aged 4, then the twins aged 3 - Grace Isabella (Belle) and Helen Kate (Kit) - my grandmother. There was a younger child Walter William but he died earlier in the year from asphyxia.  

The four children were admitted to Randwick Asylum on Saturday 24 February 1906 by their father Walter William Forfar of Denison Street Arncliffe.  They were discharged seven years later back to his care on 20th December 1913 and taken to their new home in Beauman Street Petersham. Ernest was then 13…

#NFHM2017 Blogging Challenge - Week 3 - All the Rivers Run

It's Week 3 of the #NFHM2017 Blogging Challenge. How are we all going?  I suspect we are all very busy because there is so much on at the moment.  I know I am finding it difficult to find the time to write on my blog.  Working full time, participating in my local family history society events, studying another unit in the great UTAS Family History course, organizing a 40th school reunion for next year, celebrating birthdays for various family members...there's always so much to do.  And yet, every blog post I write, I learn something new or add a bit more to the family tree.

This week our meme comes from Nancy Cato's saga All the Rivers Run.  It spanned eight decades and four generations.  Your blog post doesn't have to do that but was there a matriarch in your family that inspires you?  Or maybe you want to focus on a particular river that played a part in your ancestors' lives.  Where will your imagination run to?

We can't wait to find out.  Remember - you don&…