Ollie & Rudi

My family history research journeys are seldom linear. They often provide opportunity for side trips. Most recent, the culmination of almost a decade of stop-start-meandering. It got me thinking about family and friends who keep company with us on our life journey and at the same time are journeys in themselves.

a good missus

One of the quainter ways the G.O. expresses his appreciation of me is the by the reassuring accolade “you’re a good missus”… However, I’m not even remotely in the league of one of his great-great-great-great grandmothers, Harriet Hodgetts. While the convicts of the Second Fleet were waiting to depart England the Home Secretary, William Grenville sent … More a good missus

Ollie & Vin

In my short story Henry forgot to write “eat, eat”  I wrote “There are ghosts in my kitchen. I know who these ghosts are. They are familiar to me”, and chronicled various family members who turn up from time to time. But there are ghosts who weren’t familiar to me. Ollie whose kitchen in fact it was until 1980, and … More Ollie & Vin

Aunt Emma

I share a love of Trove* with Metan of Buried Words & Bushwa. Metan posts about quirky historical newspaper articles, I trawl through Trove for family history snippets. Trove came to the rescue last week, during a Facebook discussion within the Murrurundi Memories group. RM: there was a swinging bridge there and a lady called … More Aunt Emma

All’s well that ends well – Matthias & Eupham

As well as blogging to caretake my sanity I also dabble in family history. I love it, mine or anyone else’s. There’s always interesting stuff to rummage through. With the advent of the internet and various ancestry and genealogy websites, depending on the depth of research you want to undertake, web searches can offer up … More All’s well that ends well – Matthias & Eupham