Surprising what you will find in an obituary.
It's a great example of how you should really examine something closely for clues and further research. Here is what I found, and what I still need to find that links back to this small piece in the newspaper:
- I now have Emma's full name (only had Emma E.C. previously)
- Her husband was still alive living in North Parramatta - search the Aust. Electoral rolls.
- Confirmation this is the mother of Stella Gertrude (Batchelor) Stettler, who married Herbert Stettler. NOTE: As was often the custom, married women are referred to by the initial and surname of their husband - an important clue for further research.
- The Stettler family were living at Cnr of Fennell and Sorrell Street Parramatta.
- Emma was born About 1860 (1931-71yrs of age). Search the NSW BDM and Family Search for a birth about this year. -
- Emma's father was Edward Billett - search for any records about him in Ancestry to begin with..
- Edward and his wife lived in Baulkham Hills - search cemetery records and Electoral Rolls for them.
- "A large family" means there might be records of Uncles and Aunts on the NSW BDM.
- Search the NSW BDM for sons and daughters of Emma and Walter Batchelor.
- Emma had a son, Leslie Batchelor who lived at Church Street Parramatta - search Electoral Rolls for him.
- A daughter married to a W. Hoy living in Newcastle - search NSW BDM for a marriage and electoral rolls for the household.
- A daughter married to R Walker living in Baulkham Hills, - search NSW BDM for a marriage and electoral rolls for the household.
- Two sons, Stan (Stanley?) and Sid (probably Sidney or Sydney) - search NSW BDM for a marriage and electoral rolls for the household.
- Two daughters living in Parramatta - one married a Mr Yule, the other a Mr. M. Smith, search NSW BDM for a marriage and electoral rolls for the household.
- She was Methodist, so may be burried in a cemetery near Parramatta in the Methodist section. What was the Methodist church in Parramatta at the time? Do they have any records? Further down the article, I find she was burried at the Methodist section of Rookwood, so on my next visit to there I will go and see if there is a record of her grave.
- Emma had a brother E. Billet - search for a birth certificate on NSW BDM and family search. Check electoral rolls for him.
- Emma had a sister, surname Billett who married a Mr Gay, another who married a Mr. B. Blakey. Search NSW BDM for a marriage and electoral rolls for the households.
- Check to see if the records from W. Metcalfe and Co, Parramatta are available anywhere.
- Search the national archives for any of the men in WW1 or WW2.
- There are 23 grandchildren to try to find!
Phew! Quite a list, and quite a lot to do from just one obituary. When you have a list like this it pays to do a research plan, I used excel and here is what it looks like: