Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Lost Cousins

If you haven't joined Lost Cousins yet, maybe this is the time!

Sunday, December 9, 2012


Take a look at this site for some history brought to life - it maps every single bomb dropped on London during WW2. http://bombsight.org/#15/51.5050/-0.0900

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Free 1911 census

Until 18 November 2012, view a 1911 census transcript for free on findmypast.co.uk – this usually costs 10 credits. They've also lowered the cost of viewing an original 1911 census image – you'll pay just 5 credits instead of 30. Which means that when we start Term 4 at The Community Centre we will be able to do much more!

An example of the fascinating insight the 1911 census can give us into the past is the census return. Mary Howey, a 27-year-old suffragette, demonstrates her political views by writing 'votes for women' across her census form. In the infirmity column of the census, Mary wrote 'not enfranchised', which the enumerator has crossed out in red.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Lucky Jim!

Found these two marriages at the library on Ancestry.com.



Monday, September 17, 2012

Forces War Records

This web site may help with the researching done this morning at Wanneroo.
It's not a free site but you can do a search.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Not a true record?

There are procedures for correcting errors, but it's rare to come across a certificate which incorporates such changes - this is from a newsletter from LOST COUSINS

Was the bride unaware of her true origins? This seems unlikely, as on the 1911 Census there's an Emily Croucher aged 17 living with her parents William and Emily, but working as a domestic servant. Could she have been employed by a family called Novelle, I wonder?

Note: in the 1891 Census her father is recorded as John W Croucher. His occupation is General Labourer in both years.

Why did she choose to marry under a different name? Was she trying to conceal the marriage from her parents? In 1911 2 Apple Market, the address she gave, was a confectionery shop, occupied by the proprietor and an assistant - so it seems likely she had left home and was making a new start.

However there are many unanswered questions. What prompted the decision to set matters right in 1928? And who was Edmund James Kirke, the co-signatory of the Statutory Declaration?

Where did the Novelle surname come from? It is quite a rare surname, mostly found as Novell, although I noticed that many of the occurrences on the 1901 Census are in Surrey or Sussex. If the surname had been invented by the bride herself, what was she trying to hide? And is it a coincidence that it was in 1914 that the composer Ivor Novello became famous with the publication of Keep the Home Fires Burning? (By the way - it wasn't his real name, either.)

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Genie Blogs

The first one I looked at  is UK/Australia Genealogy
There are masses to look at here.
No time to look today!!

Friday, August 3, 2012


Who was looking for Thomas NAUNTON born 1835 in Chelsea?
I have more info.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Genealogy is all about proof. Start your research with yourself and work backwards, one generation at a time. The key to success is to prove conclusively the link between the generations, and you can only reach a conclusion if you have enough evidence. Reaching a conclusion based upon incomplete evidence can throw your whole tree out.

Sunday, July 22, 2012


Week Long "Weekend Special". NSW BDM Transcripts $16.00 until 5pm Wed 25th July 2012. Order Here ...

Friday, July 13, 2012

Capt. Seymour Butler - obituary on front page.

Funeral of Capt.Seymour Butler. My Grandfather.

The Bath Chronicle and Herald.
Saturday 11th February 1928.
The cortege entering Locksbrook Cemetery, Bath through lines of mourners.

Members of the North Somerset Yeomanry.
Lieut.Kirby MM, RSM Barnell, RQMS Poole, Sergt Newman, Sergt Ings, Sergt Collins, Tpr Dutch, Tpr Foster, Tpr Black, Lieut T Band, Mr J.W. Vincent, Mr W.T.Cotterell.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Mr Gerald Butler

That's my Dad in 1927
 The Bath Chronicle and Herald - Saturday 11th July 1927.

 This must have been taken about the same time.

 Then off again in March 1928!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Friday, June 8, 2012

U.K. records this W/E

Some free ancestry.com.
*To view these records you will need to register for free with Ancestry.com.au with your name and email address (if you have not previously registered with us). We will then send you a user name and password to access the records. After the free access period ends, you will only be able to view the featured British collections using an Ancestry.com.au paid membership. The featured British collections will be free from 23:59:59 on Thursday 7th June and end 23.59.59 Monday 11th June 2012 AEST.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Lodging Houses in London

That's in 1888. I dread to think what the price would be today - what with the Jubilee & Olympics!
The above information was seen at GENDOCS. If you are researching in England & Wales you may find what you are looking for.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Looking for a picture?

If you want to see pictures of a town or village where your ancestors lived, this site is a good place to start.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Knowing of Thomas James

Just back from Clarkson Library where Alan James gave a most interesting & intriguing talk. Met some nice people & shared a few ideas. 
I will be at the Yanchep Community Centre 10am on Wednesday mornings (please call 9561 2039 to book a place, cost $2). Wednesday 2pm at Two Rocks/Yanchep Library (95611110) where you can log on to Ancestry.com.for free. Hope to see you there.

Monday, May 14, 2012


Could the lady looking for the death of  'Annie Booth' please send me an email

Sunday, May 6, 2012


The Sunday Times Digital Archive 1822-2006 is an online digital collection that allows users to search, retrieve and browse articles, providing a gateway to the greatest crime, career and culture stories of the last 180 years. It is an important resource for all humanities and social science courses, especially in the fields of history and culture, media, literature and theatre studies.

The archive offers comprehensive search parameters, allowing researchers to search by article title, author, page number, issue number, document number or key word. They can also quickly browse by issue and view all articles via a table of contents sidebar. They can then save, print, bookmark or email the documents. The image viewer allows researchers to pan, grab, zoom or crop images.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Found at the State Library

Lost marriage certificate for Richard Samways and Hannah Gray

Found at the State Library.
An original marriage certificate for Richard Constantine Samways and Hannah Snell Gibbons Gray who married in Perth in 1923.
If this is your certificate it can be claimed from lost property at the Welcome Desk on the Ground floor of the Library.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Titanic - a night to remember

Not one of my BUTLER family but interesting can't find him in the 1911 census but he is in the 1901 census. (His age was only 25 when he drowned)
NO. 97. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 42.
CLOTHING - Black suit.
EFFECTS - Gold watch and chain; silver cigarette case; gold match box; knife; fountain pen; memo book; Odfellows' stud; letter case and pocket book with £60 2s.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Monday, April 2, 2012

Last day

Tomorrow is the last day of this term for Family History. Starting again on 2nd May. In the meantime you can all keep doing your research & maybe read a few books, including this one.

When I have finished!!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Family Search

FamilySearch added 31 million new, free records online this past week for Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Hungary, Italy, Micronesia, New Zealand, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, and the U.S.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Searching family from Ireland

www.igp-web.com/down  Ireland genealogy projects –  Co Down website with lots of useful info
www.census.nationalarchives.ie  has 1901 and 1911 census and links to other sites
www.proni.gov.uk/index             public records office – worth a look

thanks to Lois for these.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Family Searching in Yanchep & Two Rocks Term 1 2012

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 8th February through to 4th April, 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 Ancestry.com. “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 Yanchep Library 9561 1110 to book a place. Bring with you any certificate's and any information you have on your family, plus a pencil, notebook & a thumb drive (if you have one). Oh, you might need some patience!!!
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.

Monday, January 2, 2012