Monday, December 26, 2011

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

The first collection of PRONI images to be made available on Flickr are wedding and family group portraits taken by the Allison Photographic Studios, Armagh, between circa 1900 and 1955.

Also Home Rule
Ulster’s Solemn League and Covenant

Being convinced in our consciences that Home Rule would be disastrous to the material well-being of Ulster as well as of the whole of Ireland, subversive of our civil and religious freedom, destructive of our citizenship and perilous to the unity of the Empire, we, whose names are underwritten, men of Ulster, loyal subjects of his Gracious Majesty King George V, humbly relying on the God whom our fathers in days of stress and trial confidently trusted, do hereby pledge ourselves in solemn Covenant throughout this our time of threatened calamity to stand by one another in defending for ourselves and our children our cherished position of equal citizenship in the United Kingdom and in using all means which may be found necessary to defeat the present conspiracy to set up a Home Rule Parliament in Ireland. And in the event of such a Parliament being forced upon us we further solemnly and mutually pledge ourselves to refuse to recognise its authority. In sure confidence that God will defend the right we hereto subscribe our names. And further, we individually declare that we have not already signed this Covenant.

Ulster Day, Saturday 28th, September, 1912.
God Save the King

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Searching for past WA loved ones

The Metropolitan Cemeteries Board’s Cemetery Records System was the first of its kind in Australia. It is a computerised tool that enables heritage records to be maintained for all of our cemeteries, dating back to 1899.  The Metropolitan Cemeteries Board maintains records for all interments, cremations and memorials at our cemeteries dating back to 1899. For your convenience, this information is available through this website as well as at our offices.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Lost Cousins free time!

Between Christmas and New Year the LostCousins site will be totally free - all members will have subscriber privileges whether nor not they have paid a subscription. This means that now would be a great time to bring your My Ancestors page up to date - because there's nothing as rewarding as finding a new cousin at Christmas time!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

1st steps

If you are just starting to delve into your family the first thing I suggest is to download the Legacy Family Tree programme (free).

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Launch of the British Newspaper Archive
Today is the launch day for the British Newspaper Archive - - and there‘s lots going on to celebrate this special event!  
The British Newspaper Archive is free to search, so why not visit the website and discover some of the wonderful stories that this digital Sheherazade is waiting to tell the world…
I have already found a few things about both my BECK & BUTLER families. Although it is free to search there is a fee to download.

Friday, November 18, 2011


Just discovered this site which seems to be  something to do with Well worth putting a few names in to see what comes up.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Free for a few days

Being sick with the 'flu means I am not getting out & about, sorry about last Wednesday. It does mean that I have more time to sit at my computer & find things like this
FREE Great War records at

Until 11.59pm (London time) on Sunday 13th November you can access many of Ancestry's World War 1 records completely free of charge, although you'll need to register at the site if you haven't already done so. My grandfather lied about his age so sometimes putting in all the information you know about a person can be just too much. Good hunting.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Workhouse woes.

Its very sad when we find some ancestors in places like this. In 1911 there were 338 people living here, some of them children including 5 whose mother seems to have died two years previously (I cannot find the father in the census or in any death register).
More pics at The Workhouse......
Here are the staff in the 1911 census

Friday, November 4, 2011

Talking 'bout Books in November

This one I picked up at Two Rocks Red Cross Op Shop for $3. Working my way through it!
These are all books I use for reference when I'm not Googling!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Manchester Family History

Anyone with ancestors in Manchester, England may like to go here.
If you have the time it is worth looking at Blog. All sorts of things here.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Spring Term


Have you ever wondered about your ancestors, looked at some TV programme & thought ‘that looks easy’ then gone to a computer to find out how you can research your family?  “You just have to start looking”! If you are a beginner it can be daunting – all that information – where do you start! Maybe you have been researching for years but just can’t break down that brick wall. Help is at hand at Yanchep Community Centre & Two Rocks Library. Beginning on Wednesday 26th October through to 14th December, Angie Beck will guide you through the forest of information to find your tree. Maybe a convict, an ag lab (agricultural labourer) or a Lord?

At Yanchep Community Centre, from 10.30 – midday you will be able to learn how to use ‘FIND MY PAST’.  For a small fee you can check Migration records, Military records, Parish records & many more documents (mainly UK). In the afternoon from 2pm-4pm at Two Rocks Library Angie will guide you through “You don’t have to know what you are looking for… You just have to start looking.”  It can be very confusing if you just put a surname in & then get a million ‘hits’!! There are ways of working out if they belong to your family. 
If you are interested please phone Yanchep Community Centre 9561 2039 or Two Rock Library 9561 1110 to book a place.
If you are wanting more instruction on how to use a computer there are classes at both venues. Yanchep Community Centre on a Thursday & the library on a Monday. Booking is essential as there are a limited number of computers.

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Friday, September 30, 2011

New at Find My Past


The Manchester Collection is an exciting collection which brings your Manchester ancestors to life.
The collection contains information about apprentices, cemetery records, industrial school registers, parish register transcripts, prison, school and workhouse registers. 
Click to enlarge & you may see poor Bridget Donaghan had no upper teeth!
FIND MY PAST coming soon to Yanchep Community Centre.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Saturday, August 20, 2011

1911 UK census

Have you experienced challenges finding your ancestors in the census? The 1911 census offers an unparalleled insight into our ancestors' lives – is the only place you can search the complete 1911 census for England & Wales.
(Click images for enlargment)
 My mother Cecily Maud age 5.

My father Gerald Seymour age 6.

As you can see there is information on all sorts of things - including how long the marriage has lasted, how many children living & how many have died, how many rooms in the house & where the birthplace of every person was. You can see how the BECK family moved around London. 
The Yanchep Community Centre will be getting Find My Past so watch this space for when you will be able to trace your family.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Nosey Genealogist

Well worth a look here for help.
Has anyone any photos we could put on this blog? Send them to me with info & I'll include them.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Does your family come from Scotland?

Overseas ScotlandsPeople promotion - free credits

Ancestral Scotland ( is offering 30 free ScotlandsPeople credits, worth £7, to overseas residents in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States. The credits can be used at to view Scottish vital and census records (about 4 digitised records and two LDS 1881 census transcriptions views - wills and Arms not included).
Read about it here.
Claim your FREE genealogy search credits today

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Find My Past

Latest  News.
We could be getting access to Find My Past at the Community Centre soon. There will be a small charge.
Two new people at Two Rocks Library yesterday, mainly looking at Australian info. Cora Webb is a good place to start. Don't forget you can access Ancestry. com for free at any Library, just book a computer and, as they say, "Just start looking"!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Next Wednesday

10.30am-12  Community Centre, Lagoon Drive, Yanchep - Ph: 9561 2039

2pm-4pm  Yanchep/Two Rocks Library, Lisford Ave, Two Rocks - Ph: 9561 1110 Only two computers here at the moment so a phone call could secure you a place.