Sunday, 27 September 2015

Time slips through our fingers...

Wow it seems like forever since I have blogged.. there has been so much happening and so little time .. where does one start.

I have been on a major excavation of my files and computers and yes oh yes I have sorted and cleaned out my computer organised things to finish, things to do and things that I have no idea why on earth i kept them... it has been like Christmas when opening files to see what they hold.

BIG M.. the database for the Society has come along in leaps and bounds and I have finally finished 100 years of obituaries.. some of the most amazing stories have emerged but it has left me with one major question what will people remind me of.. you know there was the bloke that rode a motorbike along the Maryborough/Torbanlea Road at 108.4 mph, the bloke who used to build cannonballs and on one occasion nearly blew him and his cousins sky high.. there were so many interesting things people were remembered for.

Then I went to a funeral last week and it was amazing the things we learnt about that bloke.. what an amazing man he was yet the nicknames were totally OMG. The funeral made me realise though we never know how long we have and if you have relatives still alive you need to get their stories on paper asap.

So the obituaries and funerals have compelled a new course of direction.. yes I said it.. a new course.. Of course its never going to happen. ...

CEMETERY TOURS... OMG.. I have helped on on in the last week and done another as the tour guide.. that was a total laugh to behold..I have a little problem with our cemetery because everytime I go out there I can surely lose a whole section.. yep.. this time round Portion K would just dissapear from sight only to reappear after we have moved on.

I hate it when it happens and you just know its hiding in the corner but you just cant seem to find it.. then to top it off the one I did as the guide.. I lost a bloke as well.. you can laugh but I knew which row he was in and I knew it was a big headstone but he still hid from me.. I am so glad the people on the tour had a sense of humour and they enjoyed the wander round.. but hey we have 13,500 graves in the cemetery so I am allowed to lose a 1000 odd here and there..

So what do I have in store this weeek.. welllll I am going through all my emails I have left in the to do pile at the moment and I am Hoping to finish the cemetery photos by the end of the week... OH I NEARLY FORGOT.. when I started the Collett project with Cathy we worked out how to create a website (private ) one for the project and I finally got around to uploading the Wroe/Schwarzrock Project the other day.. that was pretty exciting as it is a massive tree and it is now up there for family to see and I don't have to take my laptop wherever I go.. a big step forward for family history a giant leap for Me.. ;)

So as the week unfolds we will keep in touch.. till then. Keep on keeping on..

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Wednesday giggles..

Another day in paradise.. rocked up to the Society rooms today to catch up with everybody.. I love catching up and discovering new things and what is happening in the world of the living..

MDFHS Big M project. 

Back to the indexing this afternoon we have just gone to 33000 death/obits/burial records which is an amazing achievement. We still have 30 years of obituaries and 600 headstones to add which will give us the biggest set of records in one place in the Wide Bay...

But to brighten up the day the best obituary comment of the day ....

When interviewed for his 100th birthday he recalled his first job on a dairy farm at the age of 12.

The job lasted a week after Harold figured out that there was only one good job on a diary farm and the bull had it. 

My other projects have been on hold for a couple of days.. I need to take a leap and get to the next stage of the Big M as we are having an official unveiling shortly and need to be as big and cool as possible.. 

So I am back to the records.. enjoy your reading. 

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Monday mind blowing madness......

Well this week I am on a roll and have decided to do big clean ups.. Yes you can laugh it will happen.. so I started on a roll this morning and emptied extra files out of my computer.. it was so brutal.. and I made sure I had backups of anything I wanted to keep then after a little database work.. well huge actually cleaned up 3 smaller files on obituaries.. and yes there was the usual reading to find the sad stories the funny ones.. and the weird names.. 

I particularly felt sympathy for Fanny Hurt.. poor thing must have been a pain when giving her name to anybody.  We realised I am reading most of them as I go so I have found some amazing people buried in the Maryborough Cemetery and will be using them in the Cemetery Tours.. 

Particular names will always be bought up when speaking about a place and its history but there are so many amazing people that started life here and you never hear about them... everything from business men to farmers to politicans to lawyers and there there are the amazing women who backed their men or stepped out and made a name for themselves achieving so much. 

We have found a whole pile of disks that have pictures of headstones and extra burial stuff in them so I have been adding them to the database and I think when we are finished we will have the most comprehensive list of burials in the Wide Bay... it is mind blowing and so interesting but leaves you fried at the end of each session.


Well this week I am going to match up all the missing surnames to enable us to build a better I am spending so long digging round in records trying to find marriage records so the women in particular have surnames..

It will be a long week of lots of different websites and search engines.


I have decided to put all my own lineage into a book.. laugh hard.. it will be bigger than Ben Hur when its finished and its a great chance to combine eveything, and double check everything as I go.. I have decided to do it chapter by chapter and took me a whole morning to construct my parents and my siblings.. lol.... its going to definitely take me a while..

PLANTATIONS... I am pulling my hair out as I don't seem to have enough hours in a day and haven't done anything on the Plantations for a week and have so much to add to them so hopefully I will get a chance this week to do a bit more on them.. if you want to check out the Plantations then go to Planatation/Stations and Farms 

So till the next episode... hopefully I won' t be bald by then.. Have fun and happy researching

Thursday, 10 September 2015

To do or not to do...

Woweee. what a couple of weeks.. I seem to be out constantly chasing appointments and have not had a good week on the computer and boy am I having withdrawals... so I got back into the indexing and research today. 

I must admit I had an amazing clean up on Monday.. I shifted all my piles around and went from 5 to 3 piles but they do look so much cleaner and tidier.. 

So now my mission for next week is to finish all the obituaries for the Big M project .. which is so hard as you end up reading most of them but I have found some amazing stories on people buried in the Maryborough Cemetery that I have passed on to our tour organiser. 

You have no idea of how many interesting people it takes to build a city until you sit and read their life stories and back in the day they had a habit of writing obits. in the newspapers which was awesome unfortunately they don't do it anymore and you lose all that really cool history. 

So I will be working through them to finish next week then off to something else. The Society is getting ready to release the Big M and it is going to be such an asset to researchers I myself test run it regularly by looking up info. I am looking for and its neat having it all in one place. 

The Collett Project. 

I printed out a missing info list and my first priority there is to find all the missing surnames funny how the womens surnames are so hidden from sight and they are just called Mrs So & So.. There are only 42 surnames to come.. :)

The Wroe/Schwarzrock Project. 

I am printing out a missing info list on that too and will be chasing up missing info. then I will be able to go to the next stage but I want to do a little tidying up. I have found a whole pile of info on Boonooroo so I think I might start putting that together too will make for interesting reading.. and some of the local newspaper articles that outline the history of Boonooroo and its residents.. 
Well its the weekend again so have a brilliant weekend and until next time.. 

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Thursday Trivial Time Wasting

I started cleaning up my email this morning and I have a habit of if I find an internet link whilst  on facebook I copy the link and email it to myself. Yes I end up with a pile of links I have no idea why I kept them but this one was quite amusing..

Then whilst going through looking for records in my Collett project I came across 2 listings on a birth page.. 

OOps that is so funny if you can't get it then say the 2 names out loud.. So after a morning of delving through old records getting email updates from my research partner in crime and updating websites it has been a productive morning and now off to to the very boring task of cleaning up the desk.. 

Till next time.