Happy April Everyone!
And don’t worry, there’s no April Fools here – it’s too much work trying to come up with something fun yet somewhat believeable. Instead, I want to share with you some of the recent family heirlooms I’ve uncovered! I’ve recently been going through a bunch of stuff from my Grandparent’s house, organising and digitising as much as possible, and what initially started as a focus on photos, soon turned into finding so many amazing documents and items that I didn’t know existed or even expected to still be stored away somewhere. It’s honestly amazing the things you find in the back of cupboards, so here’s five of my favourite recent finds!
Happy Tuesday Everyone!
Can you believe it’s already February?! Like, where on earth has the time gone? I feel like it’ll be Christmas again before we know it! Anyway, I’ve got some exciting new to share about a new project I’m working on, and it’s a project that YOU can get involved with too! If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that I’m big into researching my family tree. In the past, apart from writing several posts sharing research tips and suggestions, I’ve also shared stories about some of my ancestors. And so, because I LOVE sharing my own stories and learning about stories that others have been able to uncover in their own trees, I’m working a new podcast to bring all this together – Uncovering Family History.
Happy Tuesday Everyone!
One of my favourite parts of recording my family history is the oral history - hearing all those stories that just would never have made the official document record or even newspaper! It's such a fascinating part of your family tree research, but it's also something that can go overlooked as people tend to focus on sifting through the document archives. Today, I wanted to go over how you can go about recording your oral family history, which isn't as difficult as some people may think it is - you don't have to be overly tech or computer savvy, and you certainly don't need expensive and fancy equipment!
Happy Tuesday everyone!
Another week, another family history post! In case you missed it, August is National Family History Month here in Australia, and because I enjoyed filling a whole month with genealogy posts last year, I'm back at it again this year with some more family history goodies! Today, I'm diving into my own family tree and pulling out the skeletons in the closet. Because yes, I am one of those Aussies with convict ancestry, and it honestly explains SO much about my family! Not only am I going to delve into the story of Second and Third Fleet arrivals Thomas Gosper and Mary Hipwell, but I want to give a little context as to why on earth England decided to ship their criminals off in the first place.
Happy National Family History Month!
August is National Family History Month here in Australia, which means I have another excuse to make more genealogy related posts! Last year I blocked out almost the entire month of August to share posts and videos, and I had SO much fun creating all the content I released. This year, I'm back at it again! Today, I want to share this quick post going over a few of the apps I use for my family history, and ones that you definitely need to be checking out if you haven't already. Strap yourselves in for a month of content for literally the first time in 2020!
It’s ANZAC Day tomorrow, and this year I thought I’d continue to tell stories from my ancestry with another World War One story. Like many people, I have a number of ancestors who have served in 20th century conflicts, and very fortunate to have had nearly all of them return home. In 2018, I told the story of my great great uncle, William Thomas Johns, who sadly never returned home from the front. This time, I wanted to talk about three brothers and their very different wartime experiences, which thankfully has a happier ending all round.
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I hope social-distancing/isolation/quarantine is treating you well - hopefully we we can return to our regularly scheduled lives sooner rather than later! At the beginning of March, I talked about using the new MyHeritage InColor system to colourise some of my old family photos. In exciting news, MyHeritage has opened up the service, for free, to everyone, without any photo limits for a limited time. So naturally, I took advantage and went crazy, giving all my black and white family photos a new lease of life!
Happy Monday Everyone!
A few weeks ago, MyHeritage released their InColor system, which allows users to colourise their old family photos - all those images that we've only ever known to be black & white or sepia can now be seen in colour! It's been amazing to see the transformation of everyone's photos, so I of course went a little crazy with colourising my own family photos. It's amazing to see how much difference colour can make to an image, and how accurate a majority of the transformed images look.
Continuing my Family History Month content, this week I'm sharing more stories from my family tree! In my last post, I talked about murder and manslaughter. This time, I'm toning it down just a little and talking about just a few of my ancestors who've journeyed from their homeland to Australia - one of their own accord, and two at the hand of the law. These stories are not unique, and the chances are you've got a very similar story lurking in your own family trees, but they're still stories worth telling.
August is National Family History Month here in Australia, so it seemed fitting to dedicate a few posts (and videos) this month to genealogy! As you may be aware, I've been bitten by the genealogy bug - I blame my mother, because she was the original family historian, now it's me! I've previously made a few posts sharing a look into my own family tree, as well as sharing thoughts and resources that I use. Today, I'm going to rehash some of my previous content, sharing with you all my go-to online resources that have been invaluable in my research.
If you've followed me for a while now, you will know that I've been bitten by the genealogy bug. I suppose it's not surprising given that my mother started out researching the family history years ago and that I'm a history nerd anyway. I've talked about my genealogy research before, but I've not yet shown you all how I actually record and display my research. Not gonna lie, I'm quiet proud of the display I've created.
If you know me, you will probably know that I'm big on family history and geneaology - I've been recording & researching my ancestry for several years now, uncovering many interesting people and stories. In doing my research, I took an AncestryDNA test last year to see what else I could discover, especially when it came to my ethnicity estimate. My research has continued to grow since taking the test, as have the results as the database grew, so I thought I'd share what my results have told me, and how it has helped and influenced my continued research.
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If you've followed me for a while, you will know that one of my passions is genealogy - that is, researching my family tree and where I come from. The earliest I've been able to go back is 1689 on one of my branches, with other branches going back to the mid-1700s. I've been able to find and learn about some amazing people in my ancestry, and there's been a number of intriguing stories unearthed. So that's what I want to share with you today - stories and people that make up the branches of my family tree.
This Wednesday is Anzac Day here is Australia. This year, it will mark the 103rd anniversary of the Australian and New Zealand troops landing at Gallipoli. Over the past 100 years, the day has become Australia's day to stop and commemorate those who have fought for our country in all military operations - to remember those who gave their lives and celebrate those who returned. Most families will have someone who served in either World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf Wars and current peace-keeping operation, and so Anzac day is one to reflect on those people.
For me, I have a number of connections to Australia's military service during the 20th century - my grandfather served as a transport driver in the R.A.A.F. during World War Two, serving in the Northern Territory and the Pacific. I've also had a number of ancestral relatives serve in Vietnam, World War Two, World War One and the Boer War. But today, I want to talk about one ancestor - my great great uncle - who fought in World War One - Private W.T. Johns.