Sunday, September 20, 2015

A birdsnest and a Magicienne



My great-grandmother, Eleanor Eliza Cook, was born 141 years ago tomorrow on 21 September 1874.

I have written about her before but it bears repeating.  

I have found some new information this evening which I need to record as well.

Eleanor's birth certificate shows that her father James was a Gunner on the ship the Monarch and that her mother was Caroline (nee Jefferies).  They lived at 25 Orange Street Portsea.

Eleanor was the eldest of many children.  According to the 1891 Census they were living in 120 Queens Road and the children were listed as follows:


  1. Eleanor E aged 16
  2. Emma M aged 14
  3. Beatrice L aged 10
  4. Mabel aged 9
  5. James T.R aged 8
  6. Walter D aged 7
  7. Albert H. aged 3
  8. Frederick W. 2
  9. Winifred I. 1

Caroline, Eleanor's mother was 39 years old at the time of the Census.

According to the 1901 Census there were two more children:

Grace L aged 9 and
John F aged 7

A big family indeed.

At the age of 17 Eleanor married Edwin Conner on 24 May 1892 at the Parish Church in the Parish of Portsea.  (Number 319 on the register)  She was then living at 3 Queen's Road.  Edwin was an Engine Room Artificer at 31 Regent Street.  

Their first child Constance was born in 1893.

Here is the article I found today about Eleanor's younger brother Walter.


Hampshire Telegraph and Sussex Chronicle Saturday 30 June 1894
Of course this is a very sad story but it does add more detail to our knowledge about the Cook family. It's interesting to note that Cook was spelled with an "e" on the end in this article.  I haven't seen the name recorded this way before. The article also provides us with a new address for the family - 101 Leesland Road Gosport. 







I wonder who the two children in the perambulator were that James was minding?  Perhaps Winifred and Grace. I wonder how they transported Walter to the Landport Hospital - by boat?  Not being familiar with the area, I'm not sure what would have been possible.  

I wonder where James Cook, Eleanor's father and Caroline's husband was at the time.  It says he was abroad.  

If I go back to look at his record of service from the National Archives it says that he was on the Magicienne from August 1893 to November 1896.

This article mentions where the Magicienne was at the time:


Hampshire Telegraph 30 June 1894 page 8
I think that the Blewfields that the article refers to is in Nicaragua.  





Things were just about to escalate there as this article in Wikipedia outlines...when Nicaragua annexed the Mosquito Coast.

By the end of July, the Magicienne was reported to have arrived safely in Halifax Nova Scotia in the Portsmouth Evening News on 28 July.




I wonder how long it was before James found out about the death of his second son Walter.  Lots to ponder here.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Sepia Saturday 297 : 19 September 2015


This week's Sepia Saturday prompt is about washing...pegs...laundry...you know...that stuff that for some reason we did on Mondays....

Now we seem to do it on a daily basis.  

I love this photo of my mother hanging out the washing in Edinburgh..she looks so hip and gorgeous.



See how the clothes line is in the kitchen?  Neat huh?  For colder climes obviously.

In Australia, our clothes lines are generally in the backyard because the weather is mostly fine.  In Queensland the washing can be dry in an hour or so - bliss! In my earlier share houses in Brisbane, the laundry was always under the house - often a cool place to be in the heat of summer as in this photo from Picture Queensland....


courtesy of John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Sitting in the laundry at Maryborough, ca. 1929 Negative number: 164965

This house plan, also found on Picture Queensland, shows how the laundry (if not under the house) is located at the back of the house, maybe near the kitchen. This is pretty much what our last rental property was like at 88 Leybourne Street Chelmer before we bought our first home at Taringa.


courtesy of John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Approved design for a low set two bedroom dwelling with attached laundry, ca. 1945 Negative number: 126919 

When a friend and I went on the Brisbane Open House Tour last year we checked out the old laundry at Coronet Court which looks like this....not very glamorous at all....but pretty standard for the day.


Coronet Court Laundry New Farm 2014

  
One of my all time favourite paintings features the laundry and you can see it here...

I picked up a book about doing the laundry at a Lifeline Book Sale earlier this year.



Someone has handwritten notes about the effect of soap on hard water in the inside front cover.  That was what I noticed about moving to Brisbane.  The water is hard here.  My hair didn't lather as much in the shower when I washed it.  

But for today I wanted to tell you another story...it was the first kind of "real"story that made me stop in my tracks when I was researching in the Queensland State Archives many years ago.

I was researching the Grieves - on my husband's side of the family.  I found a listing for a Grieve in the Inquest Index and looked it up.  You can find  the reference details here at the Archives.

It is a very sobering story.  Here is the transcript.  Please don't read it if you think you will find it too upsetting.  It isn't gory as such...just very sad.

I hereby certify that on the 28th day of September 1889, I held an Inquest of Death at Rosewood in the Police District of Marburg and that the following particulars were then disclosed: -

Name of deceased: Ernest Grieve
Profession or calling: None
Height, colour of hair, peculiar clothing, and any other means of identity: Identified. 

Where found and when: Walloon, 17th September 1889
Date of death: 17th September 1889
Supposed cause of death: Accidentally drowned
Persons last seen in company of deceased and names of suspected persons: No suspicious circumstances
Names, residences, and callings of witnesses
Andrew Grieve of Walloon, Farmer
Jane Grieve of Walloon, wife of A Grieve
Annie Grieve of Walloon daughter of A & J Grieve

Suspicious circumstances: None

Signed John Lane Justice

Andrew Grieve on oath says as follows: I am a Farmer residing at Walloon.  I knew the deceased child Ernest Grieve.  He was my Grandchild and lived with me at Walloon.  I remember the 17th of the present month about 6pm on that date I was coming home from work when I got to the gate of my house.  I saw my wife with a clothes prop lifting the child out of an underground tank in my back yard.   I ran to the place and caught of hold of him and pulled him out.  He was quite dead.  The tank was about six feet deep and had about four feet of water in it.  It is about ten feet from my house.  It is protected on top with slabs laid loose which were sometimes shifted for the purpose of getting at the water. I reported the matter to the police at Ipswich the same evening and got an order for burial.  On the following day a constable came from Ipswich and saw the body.  Andrew Grieve his mark

Jane Grieve on oath says as follows: I am the wife of Andrew Grieve the last witness.  I knew the deceased child Ernest Grieve; he was my grand-child.  I remember the 17th of the present month. I was out on the farm on that day.  I returned home between five and six o'clock.  From something my daughter Annie said to me when I came home I got a clothes prop and searched the underground tank and found the child in it.  As I was lifting him out my husband came up and took him out he was then quite dead.  I tried no means to restore life as I could see plainly it would be useless.  I saw the child alive about two o'clock the same day.  He was then all right. Jane Grieve (her signature)

Annie Grieve (my husband's great-grandmother) on oath says as follows: I am the daughter of Andrew Grieve and reside with him at Walloon.  I knew the deceased child Ernest Grieve.  I am his Aunt.  I remember the 17th of the present month.  I was at home in charge of the house on that day.  The deceased child was with me.  He was about the house by himself.  I was not taking particular notice of him.  He was four years and nine months old.  About four o'clock I missed him.  I looked all about the place but could not see him.  I sent my sister to a farmers place about a quarter of a mile from our place to see if he was there.  He was in the habit of going there.  Between five and six o'clock my mother came home.  i said to her did you see Ernest.  She said no I did not, I said I sent Harriet to Brassey's to look for him.  When I told my mother he was missing she got a clothes prop and searched the underground tank and found him.  Annie Grieve (her signature)

Taken and sworn before me at Rosewood in the said colony on the day and year first above mentioned John Lane JP

Here is the newspaper report from the time:


Brisbane. (1889, September 21). Western Star and Roma Advertiser (Toowoomba, Qld. : 1875 - 1948), p. 2. Retrieved September 19, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article97492998



So who was Ernest?  

Ernest was the son of Laura Grieve and, it would seem from this article, Robert Manthey.


Friday, May 29. (1885, May 30). Queensland Times, Ipswich Herald and General Advertiser (Qld. : 1861 - 1908), p. 6. Retrieved September 19, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article130392947

Laura came out to Brisbane on the Wansfell in 1865 when she was 6 months old.  She came with her mother and father - Andrew aged 26 and Jane aged 22 -and her brother Phillip aged 3 from Truro, Cornwall.

Laura would have been about 19 or 20 when Ernest was born.  Her younger sister Annie or Mary Ann Grieve would have been about 17 when Ernest died. Laura went on to marry a couple of years after Ernest died.  


Family Notices. (1891, August 7). The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), p. 4. Retrieved September 19, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3529598



Annie or Mary Anna Grieve (my husband's maternal great-grandmother) married William George Cathcart later in the same year.

Family Notices. (1891, December 19). Queensland Times, Ipswich Herald and General Advertiser (Qld. : 1861 - 1908), p. 4. Retrieved September 19, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article122941269


Here is Andrew Grieve's obituary from when he died in 1911.


OBITUARY. (1911, March 6). Queensland Times (Ipswich) (Qld. : 1909 - 1954), p. 4 Edition: DAILY. Retrieved September 19, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112080438

For more laundry stories go here.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

What's On

I'm going to try something new here...let me know what you think....I was inspired after watching a video on Dear Myrtle's You Tube Channel on how to share calendars.

Thank you Dear Myrtle!







Sunday, September 13, 2015

Sepia Saturday 296 : 12 September 2015

Sepia Saturday's prompt is an image from the California Historical Society.  



It is an advertisement for H Boettcher, a wine grower from Los Angeles. Boettcher was a manufacturer and dealer in wines and brandies.  He owned the trademark for San Pedro Wines.

Brisbane's climate (where I live) is sub-tropical whereas Los Angeles' climate is Mediterranean.  But there are a few wineries near Brisbane.  Places like Stanthorpe in the Granite Belt come to mind. And so I sip my glass of wine and ponder.




Picture Queensland's database  has photos of the Clinton Vineyard or Colinton Vineyard at Coominya.  I hadn't heard of it before.  



Coominya is 83km or 52 miles west of Brisbane in the Somerset Region.  It is in the county Cavendish and the Parish England.  Places near Coominya are Esk, the Wivenhoe Dam, Mount Tarampa and Buaraba Creek.  Last century, people called the area Bellevue, after the local pastoral property there.  

I'm not quite sure when the vineyard began but the first mention I can find of it on Trove is in December 1904.  A hailstorm damaged it,  as you can read in the following article.


Provincial Pickings. (1904, December 7). The Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947), p. 4 Edition: SECOND EDITION. Retrieved September 13, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article173928723


Mrs Banff owned the vineyard at the time.; widow of Jacob Banff.  Jacob died in 6 August 1888 at the age of 51, according to the headstone in Lowood Cemetery.

Jacob Banff arrived in Brisbane 5 September 1863 on the Beausite from Hamburg.  


courtesy of John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Negative number: 33814 

Jacob was 26 years old.  He came from Ernsthausen in Kurhessen and his parents were Carl and Anna Barbara Imhof. I can't read German to save my life and my knowledge of European history is rusty.  This article indicates that the region Jacob came from had suffered a famine 20 years before.  And this article reminds me that it was also the time of the German wars of unification.  This blog gives a great overview too.  When Jacob left Ernsthausen, it was part of the Austrian Empire but after the Austro-Prussian war or "7 week war", Prussia took over.  

 The Government gazette of 1873 (Page 1916) advises us that Jacob had the Box Dale Run in Wivenhoe and the brand B4S.  

Jacob married Julia Hannah Starck in 1872.  

Julia ( Julianne)  Stark arrived in Brisbane 12 August 1871.  She was 16 years old and came on the "Friedeburg" from Hamburg.  She came with her father Carl aged 51 and I think her aunt Johanne,  and her siblings:

Bertha aged 19

Carl aged 13

Wilhelmine aged 7

and Pauline aged 3

The family was originally from Clausdorf, Provinz Posen.  At the time this would have been part of Prussia and what is now Poland.

Julianna and Jacob Banff had 7 children that I have been able to find:


  1. 1876 Carl Hermann August 
  2. 1878 Edward
  3. 1880 Ida Christiana
  4. 1882 Frederick William
  5. 1884 Max
  6. 1886 Lotta
  7. 1888 Elisabeth


Jacob obtained a retail spirit dealers licence (Qld Police Gazette Vol X111 Page 85) in August 1874, .  

He owned the hotel at Fernvale.  This article gives an idea of what he was like as a host:



COUNTRY SKETCHES. (1877, July 19). Queensland Times, Ipswich Herald and General Advertiser (Qld. : 1861 - 1908), p. 3. Retrieved September 13, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article122573165


In 1884 there was a big fire which burned the hotel down.  Jacob was away looking after the property at Tarampa.  Julia and her servant escaped with their lives.  


The Morning Bulletin, ROCKHAMPTON. (1884, July 29). Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1878 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved September 13, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article52034256

Four years later Jacob died, leaving Julia and her children to look after the vineyard.  Julia died in 1905.

Most articles about the vineyard appear between 1910 and 1929 - presumably its heyday.  

The pictures on State Library of Queensland's website date from 1900

Here is the vineyard...


courtesy of John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland - Negative number: 87362



c 1912 courtesy of John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland - Negative number: 87361


The group photo shows some of Jacob and Julia's children. On the left is William (aka Frederick William is aged about 30), then Elizabeth (aged about 24), then Lottie (aged about 22) and two unknown people.  Then over on the right is Ted (aka Edward aged about 34) and wearing a hat is Henry (aka John aged about 39).   To the right of Henry, at the end, is Mr Serisier the winemaker and excise officer.  

I figured out Henry's (aka John) birth date from his obituary.


Late Mr. J. Banff. (1953, July 9). Queensland Country Life (Qld. : 1900 - 1954), p. 16. Retrieved September 13, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article100662012 
Herman is not present because he died a year earlier as per this notice:


MR. HERMAN BANFF. (1911, November 8). Queensland Times (Ipswich) (Qld. : 1909 - 1954), p. 4 Edition: DAILY. Retrieved September 13, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112043754

I imagine his death was related to this incident reported a couple of years earlier:


AN ACCIDENT AT TARAMPA. (1909, July 15). Queensland Times (Ipswich) (Qld. : 1909 - 1954), p. 5 Edition: DAILY. Retrieved September 13, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112057418


Here is another photo of Henry with Mr Serisier standing outside the Bond Room (where the brandy was stored).


c 1912 courtesy of John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland - Negative number: 87360


and another photo - this time of two unidentified men standing next to two fermentation vats.  


c. 1910 courtesy of John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland - Negative number: 87361

They are without a doubt the biggest barrels I have ever seen.

There are quite a few newspaper articles describing the Clinton Vineyard at Coominya from the time.  One from the Queensland Times talks about the quality of the soil which did not seem auspicious.  But the Queensland Times reporter says in 1913: 


TW Scarborough (on a neighbouring farm) when showing me round his farm, carried a spade with him and sank holes at different places on his farm and could sink the spade to a depth of 3ft. and never touch clay - all beautiful damp, loose soil.  When about 4ft down a light reef of gravel is met with and from there on a decayed stone is gone through, until water is struck, only 7 ft from the surface.  And such beautiful water, having been filtered through such a natural filter-bed.
The reporter goes on to give an extensive description of the Banff Bros. homestead where he stayed the night.  

The country where the vines are laid out is situated on the northern side of Sandy Creek, about three miles from Coominya....during Friday last no fewer than 11 extra men were put on, and the total number of men engaged in the grape industry now reached 28.....The men begin work at 7am and discontinue at 12pm and have two hours for dinner, thus enjoying a rest in the excessive heat of the day...The grapes grown are mainly of the Royal Ascot variety and besides this there are Isabella's, Iona's and wine-grapes produced.  The area carrying crop this season is 37 acres and the estimated output is in the vicinity of 7,000 cases....Two wagons were engaged to carry the supply to Coominya railway and this week will be seen three wagons going, twice a day making a total of 300 cases per day, to be delivered on trucks....The brothers are contemplating paying extra attention to the wine industry, which quantity manufactured now amounts to 700 gallons annually.  They purpose erecting a distillery during the present year....the business of cattle-dealing is also extensively carried on, the total area of ground being 3200 acres.

courtesy of John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland - Negative Number 129350

Banff and Mr Serisier expressed frustration in an article published
in March 1914 with having to wait for a Customs officer to come out to the farm before they could distill.  They emphasized to the reporter that:
brandy is made soley for the purpose   of fortifying wine, and not for straight out sale as brandy.  

The Banff brothers invited the Premier out to lay the foundation stone for their new cellar in September of that year.  He did come but, of course, other more pressing matters were on everyone's mind...the Great War.  

Frederick William was already doing his patriotic duty, serving with the 13th Light Horse.  He was appointed the area officer under the new defence scheme.



He served in the AIF, was wounded at Gallipoli and invalided home. You can read about his bravery here. 


OBITUARY. (1941, July 24). Queensland Times (Ipswich) (Qld. : 1909 - 1954), p. 4 Edition: DAILY.. Retrieved September 13, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article114540216

Henry aka John was finding it difficult to staff the vineyard during the war.  This article from 1916 refers to applications for exemption from military service.


LOWOOD EXEMPTION COURT. (1916, November 8). Queensland Times (Ipswich) (Qld. : 1909 - 1954), p. 2 Edition: DAILY.. Retrieved September 13, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article113180292
Ernest Viertel must have escaped military duty because I cannot find a record of his service on the National Archives website.  He goes on to marry Jeanie Wurtz in 1918. Ernest and John were probably related by marriage.  Ernest's father Ernest Viertel Snr. married Wilhelmine Hubner in 1888.  John's maternal uncle Carl August Stark married Johanne Emilie Henrietta Hubner in 1880.  Here is a picture of Ernst Viertel Senior's family I found on Picture Queensland.


courtesy of John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland - Negative Number 79530

I'd better wrap this post up now as you will no doubt deserve a wine after reading all of this.  But I did want to end with one of those odd cosmic synchronicity things that happen on Sepia Saturday.  

I found that an Otto Boettcher had arranged the funerals for Frederick and John. Weird huh?


Family Notices. (1941, July 24). Queensland Times (Ipswich) (Qld. : 1909 - 1954), p. 1 Edition: DAILY.. Retrieved September 13, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article114540188




Family Notices. (1953, June 8). The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954), p. 10. Retrieved September 13, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article50543567


I wonder if he was related in any way to Henry Boettcher of California?

Otto's parents were Gustav Bottcher and Wilhelmina Hoepner.

Gustav Boettcher, aged 20, came out to Brisbane with his parents Johann and Anna on the British Consul in 1882.  He had many brothers and sisters: Maria 15, Carl 13, Fred 12, Eliza 10, Ada 7, Johanne 4 and Daniel 2.   Ancestry tells me that Gustav was from Braunswalde, West Prussia which I understand from this message on Rootsweb is near Stuhm and Marienburg in Poland.

Gustav's son Otto changed his name by deed poll from Otto Gustav to Owen George Bottcher. He married Alma Hohnke in 1909.  They in turn had Howard in 1916 who died earlier this year.  You can read his obituary here.

Now to return to H Boettcher in Los Angeles.  The H stands for Herman as per this site here. Ancestry also tells me that the name Boettcher means cooper in German. If you are still reading this and haven't fallen into a coma, you may be interested to know that my maiden name is Conner which can mean inspector or examiner.  'Nuff said.

Back to Herman Boettcher This document tells us that Herman had a brother called Charles and he came from Kolleda, Germany.  Of course we can't be sure that Hermann came from there too but it's a pretty good guess.  




Ah well....Germany and Poland are not too far apart and things were a bit troubled at the time....perhaps Gustav Boettcher from Ipswich near Brisbane and Herman Boettcher from Los Angeles in America were related.  Those with access to American records on Ancestry might want to investigate more.  I've run out of puff.

According to this website descendants of the Banff family still operate a vineyard in the area.  Perhaps we'll travel out there soon and sample some of their wares.  Lord knows I think I deserve it after writing this post.

For more stories on viticulture go here.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

How to Write Better Blog Posts

At the beginning of the month I suggested that we spring clean or "pimp" our family history blogs.

I tidied my blog up - design-wise - and am much happier with the look.  The font is bigger.  The background is light.  I think it looks much cleaner.  I hope it is much easier to read.

I've been looking at my stats and created a score card  to analyse my top three blog posts of all time. I used Hemingway App and Wordle as tools for analysis.  My score card and analysis tool is here.  Please use it to analyse your family history posts if you think it's useful.

My top scoring blog post in Google Terms and number of page-views was this one.  


This post scored 2767 page views.  

My headline was 11 words long. The optimal length is 6 words according to this author

The post had only one picture and was 776 words long.  The optimal words length for a post according to Kevan Lee is 1600 words and according to this post 2416 words. 

My top ranking post rated a 9th Grade reading level using the Hemingway App. The target is 10th Grade but a 5th Grade reading level can work just as well. 

The post had only 5 adverbs.  

I had 9 sentences that are difficult to read.  

My use of the passive voice seems to be my biggest weakness.  In this post I used a passive voice 6 times.  

I was participating in a Genealogy Meme which I think always helps.

I linked to other sites 11 times.   

Using Wordle I could see that my most used words were: Genealogy, Tool and Family. I'm going to call them my Keywords.  

Here is the Wordle Picture....




But what was I writing about?  I was responding to the question "Which paid genealogy tool do you appreciate the most?" What a great question!  I talked about my experience using various subscriptions.  They included databases, software, magazines, societies and family history courses.

My 2nd highest scoring blog post according to Google was here with 624 page views. 


Reading Grade Level was 5th Grade. 

My headline was only 6 words this time. 

I used 12 pictures.  

My word length was longer - 1104 words.  

I linked to 11 sites again.  

I used 11 adverbs this time.  

I used a passive voice 8 times.  

I had only 6 hard to read sentences.  

Once again I participated in a Blogging Meme.  

Keywords were: think, boat and photo.  Go figure!  




What was that blog post about?  I was responding to a meme about boats on Sepia Saturday.  It took me in all sorts of directions.   I talked about my boating memories.  I even found something on Trove that related to my boating days - a Lost Notice for a life-jacket.  I posted some pictures I found on Picture Queensland.  Then I posted some pictures of my grandfather's boating days and posed a few questions.

My 3rd highest scoring blog post according to Google with 608 page views is here.   

Reading Level was 8th Grade. 

Headline length was 8 words. 

Word length was 1104.  

I used 7 pictures.  

I linked to 26 other sites– holy guacamole!  

There were 15 hard to read sentences.  

I used 7 adverbs and spoke in a passive voice 14 times. 


I didn't take part in a Meme on this occasion.
Keywords were: Queensland, QFHS and Past.  

Here is the Wordle picture.





In this last blog post I reported on the Unlock the Past series of seminars held around the country last year.  I met  fellow bloggers Caitie and Helen for the first time.  I won a prize and generally had a fabulous day. I wanted to spread the word and make sure no-one else missed out round the country.


From this I can deduce that best length for my blog posts is about 1000 words. 


From now on I will put my posts through Hemingway before posting them to see if that makes a difference. I will limit my headlines to 6 words to see if that makes a difference too. I will try to link to more sites – 11 seems to be a good numer. Crikey!

Yes I put this post through my score card and here is the analysis:

Headline: 6

Number of words: 806

Number of Pictures: 4

Number of links: 7

Reading Level : 3rd Grade


Difficult to read sentences: 0

Number of Adverbs: 0

Use of Passive Voice: 0

Reading Time: 3"13"

Meme: No

Keywords: words, post, used

Oh dear!  The word count seems low and so does the Reading Level.  So I beefed it up a bit by reflecting on my content.




In the end - is it about design, stats, content or voice?  Or indeed ALL  - mixed together like a good fruitcake. 


How do you measure content?  Content that works for me is my experiences, my memories and a kind of reportage. 

What do you think gets you higher page views?  What makes for a good or successful family history blog post?  Has this post been useful to you?  Will you use the score card do you think? 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

What's On - Friday 11th - Thursday 17th September 2015



Pull up a chair and plan your week ahead...there's plenty for everyone..

Friday 11 September



Discover how to get the best out of ArchivesSearch, the Queensland State Archives’ online catalogue, with this workshop. To book, please call 07 3131 7777 or email info@archives.qld.gov.au.

Confused about searching on findmypast? Come along and learn a variety of search methods for locating records relating to your family.$11 members $15 non-members

This session is for participants of the session held on 12 June 2015, to discuss the results of DNA tests.$11 members $15 non-members

1:00-2:30pm Fridays@QFHS - Findmypast - Afternoon session
Confused about searching on findmypast? Come along and learn a variety of search methods for locating records relating to your family.$11 members $15 non-members

Saturday 12 September


Our members share information on researching Scottish forebears including resources, techniques, history, and customs. Together we have knowledge of particular regions and occupations. Every meeting includes an opportunity for discussion of members’ brickwalls, particularly those of new members.

Sunday 13 September 


The Family Tree Maker Group aims to offer mutual support to any member in using Family Tree Maker software in their family history research. It provides information and help to  members in obtaining the best use of their investment in FTM.


The Legacy User Group aims to offer mutual support to any member in using Legacy software in their family history research. It provides information and help to members in obtaining the best use of their investment in Legacy.

Wednesday 16 September


Directories and Almanacs offer a useful way to discover information about your ancestors. Rosemary Kopittke from Queensland Family History Society explains how to use these records.

1:00-3:00pm Members Meeting at QFHS - Finders Café™Global Social History Project™
Andrew Gildea is a member of QFHS and is an architect who enjoys breathing new life into heritage homes in Brisbane. He is the designer of the innovative website Finders Café™ which was launched in March 2015 at the AFFHO Congress. Visitors welcome

Thursday 17 September 



Discover Google products that can provide tools and improve searching methods to enhance your family tree research.

Learn to use Google Earth and Google Maps to generate an interactive map that can track your ancestors’ movements. You can even embed photos and videos.

Guest speaker Graham Wilcox – topic “The Struggle For Unity” A Story of the Federation of Australia. (In particular the contribution made by Sir Arthur Rutledge)

Enjoy your week and don't hesitate to let me know if I've missed something or there's something coming up in the future that would interest family historians or local historians.

Perhaps we will see each other next month at In Time and Place?