Sunday, 26 July 2015

Searching, digging and probing

Its a new week and a new adventure.. I have been busy losing hours and hours trawling the internet and using Google Search to no luck at all.. the people and places I am looking for just dont' exist.. so I went in search of how to use Google effectively. 

I attended a seminar and we spoke about this and so I needed to refresh my memory and came across this webpage: How to use Google Effectively there are some very cool ideas in there. 

While having a chat with a fellow family member the other evening we were talking about trying to find our ancestors further back than 1595... yeah right.. what an episode that turned out to be. We were sitting talking so I started google searching then gave up after a while so the next day started again.. this time using Family Search which returned some very interesting results. 

The biggest drawback is the digital records are viewable through The Genealogist and they want  £122 for the year.. aaargh they are all asking for money yet you may only want to use one or two pages on their sites.. 

Family History is definitely an expensive habit but so addictive. 

Well if your looking for something then definitely check out the site above and remember when searching to use terms that sound so stupid it is amazing what they return. 

Till next time... 

Monday, 20 July 2015

Living the dream.

When faced with the challenge of how to fill in the day even though I know there is so much to catch up on I still have the fun task of picking what I want to do for the day. 

Today it has been a generally quiet indexing day with a bit of work on the Collett tree.. adding more people and updating records. 

I recently joined the South Australia Genealogical Society for access to the South Austr. records and this has been a huge help and spent the morning just trolling through the Collett name in the database, I think the best part is I need to pick a name a day and work through it. 

Then I moved onto the Big M for the society and filled in a dozen or more notations for the Apple tree creek cemetery, I must admit I am  a little excited as the Big M is finally taking shape and now its filling it up with records and then to give the Society their program developed, filled and continually growing... 

Then onto my tree for some research.. so today I decided to work on the Wroe side of the family and spent the time in the Queensland Births Deaths and Marriages filling in missing dates. I love fact with this database you can get a year then rework the search to the exact day that makes it so worthwhile. 

Then onto the Plantation and I did some work on Alford and Alpha..check it out Plantations Blog 

I have been perfecting the use of the Births deaths and marriages around the country and you never know where your going to be required to look these days.. there is a constant shift in my family tree from Queensland to every other state in Australia.. Ask the Lelands.. know I know how they felt. 

Till next time.. Happy Hunting

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Updating, Indexing and Relaxing..

As the Collett project is growing and changing all the time.. I am finding more and more people to add to the project and this week has been focussed on cleaning up bits of paper, the hardest bit has been the cold.. yes it has been so cold my poor old fingers just won't type and it doesn't matter how fast I am typing they are not warming up. 

So we have added approximately 100 more people to the tree since last weekend. and cleaned up some dates etc. I must admit Roots Magic is awesome with lists they have a list you can print out on missing information which is awesome when doing housework as you can find all the dates missing then chase them up.. 

I have spent the last 2 hours searching for family on my Dads side and how frustrating is that.. the Wroe family is a large family all in the same town but I will be darned if I can put them together.. and then names pop up that I have no idea where they fit in..

So parts of my Dads tree look like the picture I suppose the best we can do is to keep plodding along it will all come about eventually. They say patience is a virtue but not when your doing your tree the word Patience just doesn't exist.. I think I will have to go back to the beginning and start again. 

Well its off to do some more till next time Happy Hunting...

Sunday, 12 July 2015

TOTALLY huge week.... lots of amazing things

I had the most amazing week last week.. firstly I have visitors and we worked on the Collett tree.. and we went off visiting folks, I met new people who are related to me distantly..

We spent the day out Dundathu way.. learning about life on a farm out there, I have never laughed and enjoyed a day like I did.. learning about farming in the early days, how the women survived and how many kids were raised in houses that had a roof but no internal ceilings..

Good apparently for laying in bed shooting the rats, makes for easy targets as they run across the rafters. We also collated so much information the tree burst from its pot and is now in the high first thousand of names..

Then I spent time with my partners family and we filled in his side of the family tree.. my own tree went from 4500 to nearly 19000 in one weekend.. definitely raised a sweat doing that.. NOT... thank you Roots Magic.

We were able to transfer the files across and merge them so there was not typing or headaches involved.  We then spent some time and I got to trawl through all Joan's digger files which was great as I filled in a whole pile of dates on the Collett tree..

Info sharing is so amazing when your trying to do your family history as it makes life easy, you gain a better understanding of the whole family and we can always learn something from somebody.. as you know I do family history locally and Joan and Marje are involved in Victoria and so it was cool to be able to compare notes and gives you ideas on where to head to next..

Saturday started as a bit of a computer circle and by the time the sun went down we had fixed computers, tablets, phones, shared trees, showed each other new tricks and I introduced Joan to Trove Newspapers and before we knew it it was time to cook dinner.

Today I am catching up on some indexing and cleaning up my poor overburdened desk.. but what a fantastic week I have had.. Oh I forgot the guided tours. we had a great time when I showed my first visitors around the Maryborough township and we went out to Walkers Point, Beaver Rock down through the pocket, around lower Ann St and then up to Eskdale House, and Baddow House.. with a couple of extras thrown in.. Then through Island Plantation out to Dundathu.. you forget how much you take an area for granted till you have to try and take somebody on a tour and make the past come to life. we have a brilliant history and town and lots of amazing things here.. so get out and enjoy the sunshine and take a drive..

Till next time..

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Another week flies by...

Its been another long week of catchup where I have spent hours trying to input data for our Big M research centre and it was quite rewarding when I went down to the Society on Wednesday and gave them a peek on how it is coming together..

The ladies were excited and able to use it ( without too many glitches) which made me happy.. so I will continue sloggin along.

Collett tree. I spent Monday with Althea and Athol and we gathered heaps of information so now I am putting that into the tree and updating..

OOOHHH I did have one huge major breakthrough this week..

We found out that with Roots Magic you can set up a website for your tree and it can be totally private and this is amazing as we currently are located all round the world so having one place everybody can go and check out our updates is rather cool..

If your looking for something like that where you can put it all into one place and work from there then I definitely suggest publishing online with Roots Magic..

Our plantations blog is powering along with Marlene being a constant source of information she recently sent me a mountain of info for the Burrum area which has been an eye opener. If you want to check it out the go to


So back to the grind and hopefully next week I will be able to get into some more research.. one of our researchers and myself have been building a list of websites online to have links all in one spot so if your ever needing help check out