Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Family Search: 120 Years of Pioneering Genealogy

The ever growing popularity of online ancestry research and the broad range of inviting online family history activities. Elder Packer is the Executive Director of FamilySearch International (, formerly the Genealogical Society of Utah. 120 years ago today, the obscure nonprofit organization held its first meeting under the direction of its first president, Franklin D. Richards. Billions of historic records and millions of subscribers later, it has become a premier global leader in the online genealogy space helping more people than ever discover their ancestors.

Inside History Magazine - November/December 2014

Issue 25, the Nov-Dec 2014, issue of Inside History has a wealth of inspiring features and practical tips to help you trace your family tree and learn about the life your ancestor led. You’ll read about:
  • The latest free records online to help you find your family
  • Why Sydney Harbour’s Old Quarantine Station is the perfect historic city mini-break
  • How you could win a History Lovers trip to Norfolk Island worth $5,000, plus have your ancestor feature on our cover
  • A non-profit company leading the way in reuniting lost war medals
  • How to tell the difference between a ‘cottage loaf’ and a ‘kiss curl’ and why it can help in decoding the date of trickier family photographs
  • The amazing discovery of a “Dead Man’s Penny” buried in a Sydney backyard, and how it was returned to descendants by a thoughtful stranger
  • The centenary celebrations underway to commemorate Ernest Shackleton’s audacious trans-Antarctic expedition and the Australian photographer who captured their death-defying struggle
  • Resident expert Shauna Hicks helps piece together the puzzle of a marriage certificate riddled with errors
  • Inside History sits down for a chat with Christine Bramble, historian and author of Sisters of the Valley, a research project into WWI nurses
  • Take note of the latest historical events around Australia and New Zealand
  • Explore our reviews of the latest historical apps and books
  • We’re giving away 40 copies of Anzac Treasures – our biggest book giveaway ever!

What Lies Beneath: Sydney underground history

As ground is broken for each high-rise development, archaeological remains are unearthed and hidden histories discovered, offering a chance to see what lies directly underfoot.

In Sydney we are knee deep in ruins. Our archaeological sites may well be sarcophagus-free zones but our underground discoveries offer more than muddy boots.  

Parbury Ruins in the historic Millers Point district was unearthed in 2000 during the construction of a residential apartment block, revealing the footings of a 1820s two-bedroom cottage including the remains of a fireplace and veranda, and a building line perched on the very edge of the harbour. This archaeological gem is now preserved below the large residential complex and a great example of what lies beneath the modern concrete jungle.
More ifnormation at Museums and Galleries New South Wales.

World War 1 Link

WWI Link is a research project database established by the history-loving team at Inside History magazine. This website is an online register of research projects taking place across Australia during the centenary of WWI, promoting our WWI heritage and creating an important record of the ways in which Australians commemorated this significant centenary.
WWI remains this country's deadliest conflict, leaving no Australian community unaffected. The centenary of this event has inspired an incredible range of commemorative projects across the country that explore the ways in which the Great War shaped our nation. WWI Link will capture and share information about these important projects to a broad public audience, providing a place for contributors to share information and resources, source volunteers and promote their work to the world.

More information at World War 1 Link website.

Ingleburn at Lorn sells before auction

From the Maitland Mercury report:
One of Lorn’s most elegant and distinguished residences has sold prior to auction.
The immaculately restored Ingleburn was listed with a $1.2 million price guide and negotiations are understood to have eased past that mark to secure the property.
Architect J Scobie designed the home with generous proportions appropriate to Lorn, known as the ­garden suburb, with its wide tree lined streets.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Nov. 24, 2014.

Old Maitland service station site for sale

From the Maitland Mercury report:
A former High Street service station opposite Maitland Library, which fronts a proposed nine townhouse development, is listed for sale.
Most recently a showroom for Hunter Irrigation, it and a two-storey building next door, on the corner of High Street and Ken Tubman Drive, were not included in the sale of the townhouse development.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Nov. 23, 2014.

Students become historians for Anzac centenary

From the Maitland Mercury report:
The individual names of those men and women who served in World War I so far mean little to the children of Maitland.
But as the world prepares for the Anzac centenary one school will embark on a project to unearth the forgotten stories of the war.
Next year, Thornton Public School ­students will take part in the Find Them Remember Them program to create a living memorial to local soldiers and nurses of their district.
The project has been developed by John Gillam and Yvonne Fletcher, co-authors of Their Story: Service Sacrifice & Community Support 1914-1915.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Nov. 19, 2014.