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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

1828 Census in NSW

There is an excellent guide about the census at the NSW ARCHIVES

Included is this table which is very useful when reading the abbreviations.

Common Abbreviations used in Convict Musters and Censuses

Abbreviation        Meaning
B.C. Born in the Colony
C.F. Came Free
F.S. Free by Servitude
A.P. Holding an Absolute Pardon
C.P. Holding a Conditional Pardon
T.L. Holding a Ticket of Leave
C. Convict
C.S. Colonial Sentence
G.S. Government (or Assigned) Servant                

Saturday, June 11, 2016

An addition to the Blog

I have recently been doing the UTAS course in family history on Convicts.  Its a great course, and I have learned a lot.  I would recommend it to anyone with convict ancestors.  If you are an AUS citizen, it is free.

As a result, I had to write a story about one of my convict ancestors.  Quite a challenge for me.  This led to the creation of a new page on the Blog, where monthly I intend to write about one of the characters in the family.  Hope my readers enjoy reading about them.

To find out about THOMAS BATES - thief, convict and capturer of bushrangers, click on the link.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Any convicts in the family?

I searched and searched for convicts in my family, and finally came across Thomas BATES , my  step-3rd great-grandfather's wife's granddaughter's husband!  Rather a tenuous relative - but no matter, I'm claiming him!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

6 Tips for a sucessful research trip.

If you are heading out to a family history group, library or archive to do some research, here are some tips that may help you use your time wisely.  Warning!  It is addictive.

NSW Mitchel Library

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Two Great Uncles of mine.

This Anzac day I want to tell the story of my Great Uncles, Patrick Joseph and John Harold Stettler.  They were not well educated, they were not well off, and did not cover themselves in glory in France.  They were just young boys who did their bit, and suffered the consequences.

We remember

This anzac day
We honour
William Ellis, 
 GG Grandfather, who fought at the Charge of the Light Brigade with the 11th  Hussars.
William Stewart Heard,   
G Grandfather, who fought in India with the 4th Queens Own Hussars.
Frederick Walter Heard
G Uncle, 4th Hussars Machine Gun Corp, who fought in France WW1
William Stewart Heard,  
 Grandfather, Royal Army Service Corp, France WW1
Willaim James Zealey
Cousin, Royal Garrison Artillery, France, WW1
Charles Henry Ellis, 
 Cousin, Royal Fusiliers, WW1
Arther James Heard, 
G Uncle, U.S.A. Army, WW1
Percy Hector Clark
 G Uncle, 45th Battalion, AIF, WW1
Thomas Binfield
G Uncle, Queens Royal West Surrey Regiment
who was killed in action in France, WW1 
Reginald Henry Fulton
G Cousin, 1st Artillary, AIF
who was killed in action in France, WW1 
 Herbert Holman Clark 
G Uncle, 52nd Battalion, AIF, 
who was killed in action and is buried in France, WW1
Patrick Joseph Stettler
G Uncle, 14th Battalion, AIF, WW1
John Harold Stettler,
G Uncle,  57th Battalion, AIF, WW1
Charles Robery Urquhart
G Uncle, 59th Battalion, AIF WW1
William Stewart Heard, 
 Uncle, 13th Battalion, Royal Aust. Engineers, WW2
Frederick Walter Heard, 
 Uncle, 13th Battalion, Royal Aust. Engineers, 
was killed in action and is buried at El Alamain, WW2

Reginald Ernest Heard,
  Uncle, 11th Field Company Aust. Engineers, WW2
Edward John Clark,
  Uncle, 1st. Battalion, AIF.  P.O.W. WW2
Kenneth Russell
Uncle, POW, AIF WW2
James William Colyer
   24th Squadron, RAAF. WW2
Ronald Percy Clark, (my dear father) 
2/16th Battalion, AIF, WW2

Lest we forget.
Edward John Clark, my Uncle who was a POW in WW2 at Stalag 13.

Friday, April 22, 2016

University of Strathclyde - Genealogy Researching your Family Tree Course.

I did this course online at the same time that I did the Uni of Tas. course.  It consists of videos and written material and short quizes at the end of each week.  Along the way there are comments from others and the opportunity to add your own.  A case study is used to illustrate the various weeks work.