Sunday, 27 March 2016

Twists, turns and bumps

TOO MANY PROJECTS.. I have so many projects on the go at the moment but there is definitely one saving grace.. Roots Magic.

With so many sites to gather information from we tend to not check things properly and funnily enough today we have Thomas born in 1485 yet his mother died in 1480.. so he was born 5 years after his mother died.. and I did a double check on multiple pages on Ancestry.. yes I know its not the best for that kind of thing and every family tree on Ancestry has the same mistake.. ouch...

I will have to investigate that further.. then after a member of our family mentioning a wrong date on a death what I have is different from the headstone.. it brings up that painful discussion on what record is right..

I have had the unfortunate adventure of doing death records locally and found that I can get one name from the local govt records, another from State govt records and a different one again from the headstone.. so who do you believe...

If only our ancestors realised we would be plowing through these records hundreds of years later to try and piece together a story so we can write the history for the next generation they may have ensured better records worked for us..

WRITING HISTORY... my books on the King family are coming together nicely and this week I am going to catch up with Larry again to have another go at his records and memory.. the stories are so interesting as he lived in a time I missed out on and so I am learning so much about my family and who was who and the social statuses and casting out of family definitely has been an eye opener..

I have made a major decision in the book and put the rumours/myths and legends in too as there are way too many coming in to play that are bloody hilarious and so insanely out there that they could not be real.. but how would the tables be turned if I found out any of them are true....

Well back to the cave of mystery till later... enjoy :)

Thursday, 10 March 2016

All the best intentions.. just run out of steam..

I have said time and time again I will write every day but the day gets away and by the end of it I am so brain dead I have no idea what I have done for the day..

I must admit part of my slackness comes from having too much fun in the past, and finding some of the most amazing things about people and families.. that I put my head up and the time is gone..

What have been doing with myself.. well I have been given so many gold mines of info lately on different parts of my family that I have discovered a few more rellies hidden in the wood work and some not that far out of my own home town. And this is awesome when your trying to put together the pieces that you have had dangling around your neck for ever and ever.

My Great Great Great grandfather Tom King had a very interesting life but the meeting of Larry a distant rellie has made Toms life a hell of a lot more interesting.. I first spoke to Larry on the phone to ask if I could take over his box of stuff and sort through it. He was so excited that somebody wanted to do the story on the King family that I must admit I got caught up in his enthusiasm and then he says "Why don't you write a book".. I though OMG where would I start..

Then low and behold I find an article on Toms grandson and after a little reading discover a whole new family out there that are a mystery to us.. so where to from here I will contact them and see if we can join forces to put together the history of that part of the family.

Another tragedy of beliefs and societies standards that has caused rifts in the family

Life throws some amazing things we definitely take for granted.

Then on my journey of paper I discovered what I would have thought was the shortest enlistment in the Military in all time.. James enlisted on the 16/3/1916 and was discharged on the 23/5/1916... the missus had 5 kids at home and couldn't cope so she wrote to the Australian Defence Force asking for him to come home.. amazingly enough she had 4 boys and 1 daughter and the boys all ended up enlisting in WWII and did their full terms.

And if I was not so brain dead I would remember all the very cool things I have found recently but until tomorrow.. I will tell you more..