Sunday, July 24, 2016

Help with your family history

Family History Group at Yanchep
Wednesday afternoon between 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm volunteers help people with their family history research. This group (at the moment) uses all 4 computers in the main area.
Tea and coffee are provided. For further information contact the library on 9561 1110

Family History Morning at Wanneroo

Monday mornings from 10am to 1pm expert volunteers assist with family history research. The Centre offers free access to Ancestry Library Edition and Find My Past.  For further information contact the Community History Centre Librarian on 945 5925
Genie Exchange at Joondalup
On Friday mornings, between 10.00am and noon, volunteers from the Western Australian Genealogical Society help people with their family history research. The Genie Exchange is held in the Local History Library. No bookings are required for these free sessions. There are 6 computers (more available if needed). Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided. For further information contact the library on 9400 4746 

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Free online course

Develop an understanding of genealogy – how to research your family tree and communicate the results – in this free online course.


No special knowledge or previous experience of studying is required.
This course will be suitable if you:
  • have no experience with genealogy or family history research;
  • have some experience with genealogical research but want to develop your skills and knowledge further;
  • are a more experienced genealogical researcher but want to learn new searching, analytical or communication techniques or
  • find it difficult to access opportunities for training and development.
Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree. click here.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

14 December 1946

My great aunt on my fathers side, she was 81 when she died.
A cutting from the Bath Chronicle newspaper.

In 1930 she was mentioned in the same paper.
 A high honour has been conferred upon Miss Elizabeth Mary Butler, of Draycott, Newbridge Hill, daughter of the late councillor A.H. Butler. Miss Butler has been made a life member of the Red Cross Society and is the 100th person to be thus distinguished. The Royal Red Cross was instituted as a decoration by Queen Victoria by royal warrant of 23 April 1883 for award to ladies who showed special devotion while nursing the sick and wounded of the Army and Navy.

In November 1915, the Royal Red Cross was expanded to two classes: First Class, or Member (RRC); and Second Class, or Associate (ARRC).In 1917, arrangements were made for Members of the First Class who perfomed further outstanding services to be awarded a bar.

The decoration was specifically extended to the Nursing Services of the Royal Air Force in 1920 and to men in 1977. Award is now restricted to members of the Nursing Services of the Armed Forces and properly constituted Auxiliary Nursing Services working under Armed Forces control.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Pretty church

St Bartholomew's Church, Burwash, Sussex  
A marriage took place here on the 12 June 1944.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Why, oh why?

Yanchep Two Rocks Library is changing! The staff are still as welcoming & helpful, just not so many of them. The same may be said of the computers!! I understand that the computers that are on loan from the Mens Shed are going & not being replaced. The new computers in the main area around the hub are very good for the public but when the Family History Group meets on a Wednesday afternoon there will be only 4 for at least 10 people (that doesn’t include other public users). Why couldn’t the older computers that are being replaced be put in the space room where the existing set up is? 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Full house again!

All computers were occupied this afternoon. 
Come the end of this month they are going to be taken away!
We are not very happy about that.
Pictured here are from the left - Lois, James, Terry, John, Kathryn & Jacquie.

Monday, April 18, 2016

10 Easy Tips for Using

Following on from the talk last Wednesday, go here for 10 easy tips for using 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Find My Past & Lost Cousins

Findmypast are having a flash sale, with 20% off all 12 month subscriptions - however it ends at midnight (London time) on Saturday 27th February, hence this rather rushed email.

To take advantage of this offer, which applies at all Findmypast sites around the world, and get a free LostCousins subscription, see my last newsletter. The following link will take you straight to the relevant article:

Alternatively, visit the LostCousins website where there's always a link to the latest newsletter in the menu. Remember, the 1939 Register is included in all 12 month Britain and World subscriptions.

For all the inside information on the 1939 Register see my special newsletter:

It really is the place to go if you have any questions about the 1939 Register - not only will you find exclusive revelations, overall it's more up to date than the information on Findmypast's own website!

A final tip: if you have Irish ancestors remember that Findmypast will be launching their index to the Catholic Parish Registers next month - so it might be worth splashing out a little extra to get a World subscription.

My next newsletter will be out in early March - let's hope the daffodils are too!

Peter Calver