Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Time Wasting

As the clouds gather outside my office window and I am sitting contemplating my next move.. time ticks on by..

I have been lucky enough to gather a couple of days off and so have decided ot use the time to the max and clean up some of the files and pics I have gathered recently both for my own research and for Family History but there is a slight problem.. Overwhelming OMGness.. I am looking around thinking I could start on this pile, and then I could start on that pile.. oooh but this pile has some interesting pictures in it.. and I really want to do more on my book but I need to do research to do that and then I just know I will get lost on a breadcrumb trail that will lead no where..  Do other researchers have the same dramas I do... or are they more organised than I am..

Time is our enemy in so many ways and I think a bout of time management for the next couple of days may be in order.. or I will end up chasing my tail and not get anything done... well I had better get back to it..

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Beware of the axe

 The King Family saga continues..

Well I have been busy adding and deleting people in the King tree.. I am normally a very anal person over facts and whether they are correct or not.. but now I am querying everything I have and I will admit my pretty proud my family tree has made it to 19,000 .. woohoo..

My most mysterious person at the moment is my GGGrandmother......
Jane Kenny
B 1852 died 1921.



Jane was married to Tom King and she was born in Ipswich Qld and died in Hervey Bay... one of the most amazing stories I have heard of her is she was a staunch woman and she on Fraser Island with Tom and was bitten on the thumb by a snake.. ( remembering most of the snakes on the Island is Death Adders) and she exclaimed to Tom " Tom I have been bitten on the thumb".

Tom in his straight up Irish way replied with "Turn away Jane" and then chopped her thumb off  with an axe and shoved her thumb or what was left of it in the fire to seal the wound. OMG they made them strong in those days..

I would love to have met this woman who was strong and staunch.. when Tom died on Fraser Island and they bought his body back by boat all she could say was "Is the old ba*d dead.. well you better bring him on up" ...

Jane was also the owner of the Urangan Hotel and her husband Tom had the victuallers licence.

Till next time .. hapy reading   The King Family saga continues..

Well I have been busy adding and deleting people in the King tree.. I am normally a very anal person over facts and whether they are correct or not.. but now I am querying everything I have and I will admit my pretty proud my family tree has made it to 19,000 .. woohoo..

My most mysterious person at the moment is my GGGrandmother......
Jane Kenny
B 1852 died 1921.

Jane King nee Kenney

Jane was married to Tom King and she was born in Ipswich Qld and died in Hervey Bay... one of the most amazing stories I have heard of her is she was a staunch woman and she on Fraser Island with Tom and was bitten on the thumb by a snake.. ( remembering most of the snakes on the Island is Death Adders) and she exclaimed to Tom " Tom I have been bitten on the thumb".

Tom in his straight up Irish way replied with "Turn away Jane" and then chopped her thumb off  with an axe and shoved her thumb or what was left of it in the fire to seal the wound. OMG they made them strong in those days..

I would love to have met this woman who was strong and staunch.. when Tom died on Fraser Island and they bought his body back by boat all she could say was "Is the old ba*d dead.. well you better bring him on up" ...

Jane was also the owner of the Urangan Hotel and her husband Tom had the victuallers licence.

Till next time .. hapy reading

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Woohoo its Friday

Where to store.... 

The question I see everyday in Facebook groups is where do I store my info and how to share it.. well I must admit I am pretty chuffed at the moment I have done lots of research and found for me the perfect solution. 

I use Roots Magic as my main family history program and I store all my info on there and I now use a site called Genealone as my website which is awesome for a couple of reasons. 
* I can upload pics and info to it and I have shared it with family members 
* I now have somewhere when I am out where I can go and check my facts and see if I am missing a person or not. 
* It is a great way of sharing info and for others to see what they can contribute to the site.
* It is a private site so you need access to see whats in it as we have lots of personal information in there and photos that have come from peoples private collections.. 

Where to look ....

You know one of my pet peeves at the moment would have to be the time capsule when your too young to be on regular websites like birth deaths and marriages and too old to be in indexes that are newish.. so you get this whole generation of people that trying to find is like literally locating a needle in a haystack.. I wish somebody had a solution to this problem other than asking people that are alive.. and if your families are like mine they don't know anything as the generations never spoke and half the country doesn't know they have relatives.. 

What to do next.... 

I must admit my to do list is never ending and I know my tree is missing so much info but where to start.. so I am now printing out 5 pages at a time and working through the missing bits and when I have them then I move onto the next 5 pages.. why you ask.. when I do 8 generations and have all these names I get a little bored and wander too much and pick and choose who I am doing then I wander off to somebody else that isnt' really related.. 

I know yesterday I was doing some body that was my great great great grandfathers brothers daughters husbands family and outlaws.. had a ball found some names I didn't know and a few that rang bells from growing up in the area.. but hey thats family research isnt' it... 

So will I or will I not over the weekend focus on more missing facts or find something else to look for.. I know one of the most important things I have decided to do is make a list of living people and catch up with them to see what facts they have and what they can add to my tree.. so it means I may just have to go visiting and not achieve much.. 

So till next time.. Have a brilliant weekend.. 


Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Hair Pulling Frustration

I have decided that Family Research is such a frustrating hobby to take up. I have been floundering with whether I have the right information or not  and I have recently added and deleted so many people because as a novice when I first started I went on Ancestry like so many. 

I believed what I read, and absorbed all the information I possibly could and what a mess I now have.. did William.. really go to West Australia and die there or did he not. Or did he actually get convicted and go to Goulburn goal and die in the Bathurst region the same year.. 

But I have had the absolute pleasure of extending of meeting so many extended family members who are so keen to see the family history in print.

In print what a hell of a task.. which I have found is another of my other problems.. do i do it in a book, have it published, leave it on a website.. what do I put in the book and what do I not. 

Then we come to the problem of how much do people want to know and what is important to them.. I love a good story, and a bit of mystery but do we need to air the dirty laundry.. 

Writing history... but I do believe that we are the writers of history and it is our job to at this time to put our stories, and facts on paper so that in 100 years time when our descendants are looking for our history it will be written. 

Funny how one persons perspective on history is different to anothers and all history prior is actually one persons perspective of events that occured, and most people write them with an agenda in mind... whether it is to make a good story to sell books and make money, to tell the truth, to reveal the torrid events of the time.. or like some of us we write in hope that our stories will survive and that the histories we write will become legends of the next generation.

Oh but on a brighter note I found an ancestor that had a pub... guess what I now have 2 yes 2 pubs in my history. 

If you have printed your family history or put it on paper I would love to know your thoughts.. till next time.. happy hair pulling.