Wednesday, December 7, 2011

My Rooted Technology

Thanks to Geniaus for yet another meme. You can tell she has retired and has plenty of time on her hands. Half her luck!

If you want to join Geniaus and others in the fun and show off your own tech cred, here are the rules for the My Rooted Technology meme:

  • Technology you already use: bold face type
  • Technology you would like to use or learn more about: italicize (color optional)
  • Technology you don’t use, have no interest in using or no longer use: plain type
  • Explain or give opinions in brackets [ ] at the end of each bullet point
  1. I have a tablet computer such as an iPad that I use for genealogy [I have been an Apple fan since my first purchase in 1984, so naturally I have an iPad]
  2. I have downloaded one or more apps to a Smart Phone or similar device. [So many, some for pleasure, some for genealogy, others for productivity and lots just to check out for possible educational value.]
  3. I belong to a genealogy society that uses social media. [Two Australian ones]
  4. I use GEDCOM files and understand the various compatibility issues involved
  5. I have added metadata to some of my files and digital photos. [Like Geniaus I am a librarian but I still have to do something with my images - perhaps this is a holiday job]
  6. I have utilized an API from a genealogy-related application or website.
  7. I have taken a DNA test related to my genealogy research.
  8. I have used the FamilySearch Research Wiki.
  9. I have a Facebook account and use it regularly for genealogy.
  10. I use tech tools to help me cite my sources in genealogy research.
  11. I have developed a genealogy-related app for a Smart Phone or similar device.
  12. I use a genealogy database program (Family Tree Maker, Legacy Family Tree, RootsMagic etc.) [Reunion for Mac and The Next Generation of Genealogy Software (TNG) - another holiday job to get ready for public access
  13. I use cloud computer resources to store my genealogy data. [I have a Dropbox account and store on iCloud]
  14. I have made one or more contributions to the FamilySearch Research Wiki.
  15. I have attended a genealogy webinar.
  16. I have organized and administered a DNA testing group related to my genealogy.
  17. I use apps involving GPS and Geo-caching for my genealogy research.
  18. I have a Google+ account and use it regularly for genealogy. [Don't use it regularly - time is my problem]
  19. I have created and published a family history e-book.
  20. I have created a wiki related to my genealogy research. [Created several wikis but not related to genealogy research]
  21. I have conducted a genealogy webinar as a presenter.
  22. I read genealogy-related blogs to help improve my own research. [Like Geniaus, in bed, but usually late at night - email and Facebook in the morning]
  23. I have one or more genealogy-related blogs to help improve my own research.
  24. I have a Twitter account and use it regularly for genealogy. [Have slackened off at the moment - waiting for holidays again]
  25. I have one or more genealogy-related websites which I run and administer.
  26. I have created a screencast or video related to genealogy and posted it at a video sharing site (Vimeo, YouTube, etc.).
  27. I use one or more digital tools to capture and record my family history.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Humble Apron

This evening I read a tweet from My Heritage about an article at the emissourian -  Society Pays Homage to the Humble Apron. After reading the article I began to consider which aprons have meant something to me in my life.

The first apron that came to mind was a green and white gingham apron that I made while I attended Jennings Public School. The girls spent many weeks making the aprons after making several preparatory obligatory samples. We had to cross-stitch the pleats into place and then cross-stitch several flowers onto the material and I can still remember how particular I was while sewing. I wanted it to be perfect!  Of course, while the girls were making aprons the boys were in another room. What they were making, I can't remember, but I do have recollections of them basket weaving at some stage.

I was very proud of this apron but never wore it as I considered it was too precious. After a search in my camphor chest I found my apron, still in pristine condition after 40 years (Was it really that long ago?)

Apron made by Sharon Moore at Jennings Public School, 1970 or 1971.

The next memory I have is not of an apron I can ever remember seeing, and probably wouldn't wanted to have seen and I certainly would not have wanted to launder it. The memory is of a photograph of my father wearing an apron. He wore an apron every working day for many years, from the age of about 14. After he left school he was employed at Anderson's Meat Packing Company in Wallangarra and became a master boner. He later was promoted to manage the meat works. I have vivid memories from childhood of him sharpening his knives. 

Ron Moore, Anderson's Meat Packing Company, Wallangarra early 1950s.

Thanks, MyHeritage for the tweet and emissourian for the article which has revived memories of two very different aprons, both with special memories.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Third Annual Great Genealogy Poetry Challenge

Thanks to Geniaus for finding this challenge from Bill West.

1. Find a poem by a local poet, famous or obscure, from the region
one of your ancestors lived in. It can be about an historical event, a
legend, a person, or even about some place (like a river)or a local
animal. It can even be a poem you or one of your ancestors have written!
Or if you prefer, post the lyrics of a song or a link to a video
of someone performing the song.

2. Post the poem or song to your blog (remembering to cite the source
where you found it.)

3.Tell us how the subject of the poem or song relates to your ancestor's
home or life.

I can immediately think of 2 possible posts. I grew up in Tenterfield so Peter Allan's, Tenterfield Saddler could be a good choice. However, last year I went to Northern Ireland and was very fortunate to be shown around the Castledawson, Bellaghy area by Eugene Kielt from Laurel Villa in Magherafelt.

Laurel Villa Guesthouse in Magherafelt is often the venue for Seamus Heaney to read his poetry. In fact each of the guestrooms at Laurel Villa is dedicated to a great Ulster poet - MacNeice, Kavanagh, Longley and Seamus Heaney.

I have chosen something (I had trouble stopping at one) from Heaney. A search of my four Heaney books doesn't give the poem I want, but a search on the internet has.


Riverbank, the long rigs
ending in broad docken
and a canopied pad
down to the ford.
The garden mould
busied easily, the shower
gathering in your heelmark
was the black O
in Broagh,
its low tattoo
among the windy boor trees
and rhubarb-blades
ended almost
suddenly, like that last
gh the strangers found
difficult to manage.

Copied from the blog Irish Matters

I have Irish papers which state that my great, great, great grandfather James Agnew and his brother Henry came from Broagh. For many years I searched for Broagh as a townland. I could not understand why I couldn't find it. I knew it was near Castledawson, Derry but it was nowhere to be found.  Last year I finally discovered that it is part of Tamniaran but that residents have always said they come from Broagh. At last I had discovered exactly where the Agnews came from. Broagh is obviously a significant place for Heaney and for me also. (The Heaneys and the Agnews lived quite close to each other in the 1800s.)

You need to listen to the poem to really appreciate it. Unfortunately I couldn't find an audio version anywhere and it doesn't appear to be YouTube. The pronunciation of the name Broagh is quite tricky but I hope to master it one day. 

I also have to include a portion of Heaney's essay titled Mossbawn (the farm where he grew up). Heaney describes the land.

" The world grew. Mossbawn, the first place, widened. There was what we called the Sandy Loaning, a sanded pathway between old hedges leading in off the road, first among field and then through a small bog.....The sides of the lane were banks of earth topped with broom and ferns, quilted with moss and primroses. Behind the broom, in rich grass, cattle munched reassuringly. Rabbits occasionally broke cover and ran ahead of you in a flurry of dry sand. There were wrens and goldfinches. But, gradually, those lush and definite fields gave way to scraggy marshland. Birch trees stood up to their pale shins in swamps. The ferns thickened above you. Scuffles in old leaves made you nervous and you dared yourself always to pass the badger's set....
To this day, green wet corners, flooded wastes, soft rushy bottoms, any place with the invitation of watery ground and tundra vegetation.....possess an immediate and deeply peaceful attraction."

(Finders Keepers - Selected Prose 1971-2001 - Seamus Heaney)

Each time I read this, I can imagine the landscape and I'm sure this is what my great, great grandmother Matilda must have experienced and saw when she ventured out in the fields of Broagh. 

April 2010 

April 2010

April 2010

Moyola River, near Broagh - April 2010

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Harold Wilfred Ryan (1896-1896)

Harold was my grandmother's older brother. 

Family Homes - No 1 - Groom Street, Kyogle

In this series of posts I will highlight former family residences. The first is one of the childhood homes of my grandmother Elsie Ryan. Although born in Smithfield in Sydney she moved to Kyogle with her family when she was about 3. She lived with her parents Michael and Sarah, sister Mary and brothers Bert and Jack at Groom Street in Kyogle.

Groom Street, Kyogle, probably 1910's

On a recent visit to Kyogle, I photographed the house.

It looks like the fence is still standing after one hundred years. The roof has been redone and the bullnose verandah has gone and has now become part of the roofline. I wonder who planted the tree behind the house?

Monday, October 31, 2011

Certificate of Irish Heritage

I have been reading about the Certificate of Irish Heritage that is available for purchase to anyone with Irish ancestry and can provide their Irish line of descent. On the certificate you can name two Irish ancestors.

Of course, for me and I assume many people the problem is which two of my Irish ancestors would I give pride of place to on the certificate.

I have 16 direct line Irish ancestors who arrived in Australia between 1822 and 1883. I have 10 on my mother's side and 6 on my fathers. I suppose I would have to choose one from each side. I have 11 Catholics, 1 Church of Ireland and 3 Presbyterians. There were 8 men and 8 women. There were 3 female children and 1 male child. There were 3 convicts. There was one doctor. Two share my maiden name of Moore.

Who would you choose?

My mother's side

1. Patrick Flynn was my first Irish ancestor to arrive in Australia. Patrick was a whiteboy from Cork and was sentenced to life. He arrived in 1822.

2 and 3. Patrick's wife Hanora and their daughter Ann came to Australia in 1826. Hanora took care of their children in Ireland. Upon arrival she successfully applied to have Patrick assigned to her.

4. Thomas Moylan who arrived in 1824 from Cork married Ann Flynn. He took up arms in Ireland and was sentenced to life. He died when their 4 sons were quite young and Ann was left to bring them up alone. She had to admit two of her sons to the Orphan School.

5. James Agnew from Castledawson, Londonderry, was sentenced to life in 1836 after being an accessory before the fact of murder. The trial papers and references tend to say he was a good man and the murdered man was a menace to the community.

6. Ellen Agnew his wife remained in Ireland for several years before coming to Australia with their 4 children in 1847.

7. Matilda Agnew was born after her father was imprisoned and so did not meet him until she came to Australia when she was 11 years old.

8 Dr William Lee Dawson from Swords, Co Dublin was the first doctor at Franklin in Tasmania. He arrived in 1854.

9 John Charles Ryan from Waterford is a bit of a mystery. His arrival date is unknown.

10 Mary O'Halloran (Halloran)'s date of arrival is unknown but it is assumed she came to Brisbane possibly with her brother and sister.

My father's side

11 and 12. John Moore and his wife Margaret Henry came to Australia from Antrim in 1883 after having lived in Greenock, Scotland.

13 Knox was the son of John and Margaret. He was about 10 when he arrived in Brisbane.

14, 15 and 16 John McInerney and his wife Mary Maley? and their daughter Mary Ellen arrived in Melbourne in 1854. John died 14 years later in a timber accident that left Mary with 9 small children to raise.

I really want a certificate but I don't know who to honour.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Geneameme - Beyond the Internet

Pauline at Family history across the seas has come up with another Geneameme – Beyond the Internet.

My responses are below.

Things you have already done or found: bold face type
Things you would like to do or find: italicize (colour optional)
Things you haven’t done or found and don’t care to: plain type
You are encouraged to add extra comments in brackets after each item

1.             Looked at microfiche for BDM indexes which go beyond the online search dates. (I can remember 27 years ago being in Brisbane visiting my mother and going to the State Library and sitting, standing and keeling at indexes for hours over a three week period  - very pregnant at the time and no access to indexes where I lived)
2.             Talked to elderly relatives about your family history.
3.             Obtained old family photos from relatives.
4.             Have at least one certificate (birth/death/marr) for each great-grandparent.
5.             Have at least one certificate (birth/death/marr) for each great-great-grandparent. (Missing Malcolm McColm – have the index number but haven’t purchased – will have to rectify.)
6.             Seen/held a baptism or marriage document in a church, church archive or microfilm.
7.             Seen your ancestor’s name in some other form of church record eg kirk session, communion rolls.
8.             Used any microfilm from an LDS family history centre for your research.
9.             Researched using a microfilm other than a parish register
10.         Used cemetery burial records to learn more about your relative’s burial.
11.         Used funeral director’s registers to learn more about your relative’s burial (My mother once read the details upside down while the clerk refused to give her an address.)
12.         Visited all your great-grandparents’ grave sites. (They are all over the place – 2 in Wallangarra (Qld), 2 in Tenterfield (NSW), 1 in Whittlesea (Vic), 1 Casino (NSW) and 2 in Cooma (NSW). Haven’t been to Whittlesea.
13.         Visited all your great-great-grandparents’ grave sites. Even further afield this time. 3 in Wallangarra (Qld - 1 unmarked)), 1 in Warwick (Qld), 1 in Drake (NSW), 1 in Tenterfield (NSW - unmarked), 2 in Sandgate (NSW – both unmarked), 1 in Franklin (Tas), 1 in St Kilda (Vic – unmarked), 2 in Cooma (NSW) 2 in Rookwood (NSW) and 2 in Karrakarra, Perth, (W.A.)                                                                  I haven’t been to Warwick which is not that far away. I have visited the spot at St Kilda and I have to confess that I have only driven past Sandgate Cemetery in Newcastle (my children would hold their breath – a long hold as we used to drive along two sides). I made sure I went to Karrakatta when in Perth a couple of years ago and I’ve made the trip to Cooma and Franklin.
14.         Recorded the details on your ancestors’ gravestones and photographed them.
15.         Obtained a great-grandparent’s will/probate documents.
16.         Obtained a great-great grandparent’s will/probate documents
17.         Found a death certificate among will documents. (At QLD State Archives)
18.         Followed up in the official records, something found on the internet.
19.         Obtained a copy of your immigrant ancestors’ original shipping records.
20.         Found an immigration nomination record for your immigrant ancestor
21.         Found old images of your ancestor’s place of origin (online or other). – Visited the ruins in Ireland.
22.         Read all/part of a local history for your ancestor’s place of residence.
23.         Read all/part of a local history for your ancestor’s place of origin.
24.         Read your ancestor’s school admission records.
25.         Researched the school history for your grandparents.
26.         Read a court case involving an ancestor (online newspapers don’t count for this). (Irish trial papers – at least 50 A3 sheets – simply brilliant!)
27.         Read about an ancestor’s divorce case in the archives. (There are some at QLD State Archives but I don’t really want to read them)
28.         Have seen an ancestor’s war medals. (Both my husband’s and my direct lines have missed all wars.)
29.         Have an ancestor’s military record (not a digitised copy eg WWII).
30.         Read a war diary or equivalent for an ancestor’s battle. (Great uncle)
31.         Seen an ancestor’s/relative’s war grave.
32.         Read all/part of the history of an ancestor’s military unit (battalion/ship etc). G-for-George told me exactly what happened the night relative Allan Seabrook Mitchell died.
33.         Seen your ancestor’s name on an original land map. (Grandfather near Old Bonalbo)
34.         Found land selection documents for your immigrant ancestor/s.
35.         Found other land documents for your ancestor (home/abroad) (Serendipitously, the preceding document also belonged to a family member.)
36.         Located land maps or equivalent for your ancestor’s place of origin.
37.         Used contemporaneous gazetteers or directories to learn about your ancestors’ places.
38.         Found your ancestor’s name in a Post Office directory of the time.
39.         Used local government sewerage maps (yes, seriously!) for an ancestor’s street. (No, but they would show where my great uncle died, as he drowned as a child playing a game jumping over the trenches at Callan Park as the sewerage was being put on.)
40.         Read an inquest report for an ancestor/relative (online/archives). (Several including a tree felling accident and a drowning – both in Victoria)
41.         Read an ancestor’s/relative’s hospital admission.
42.         Researched a company file if your family owned a business.
43.         Looked up any of your ancestor’s local government rate books or valuation records. (Tasmanian government gazettes.)
44.         Researched occupation records for your ancestor/s (railway, police, teacher etc).
45.         Researched an ancestor’s adoption.
46.         Researched an ancestor’s insolvency. Andrew Silas Waters - Armidale
47.         Found a convict ancestor’s passport or certificate of freedom.
48.         Found a convict ancestor’s shipping record.
49.         Found an ancestor’s gaol admission register.
50.         Found a licencing record for an ancestor (brands, publican, etc).
51.         Found an ancestor’s mining lease/licence.
52.         Found an ancestor’s name on a petition to government.
53.         Read your ancestor’s citizenship document. Husband’s side.
54.         Read about your ancestor in an undigitised regional newspaper. (Spent hours in Tenterfield trawling through these and then suggested to UNE that they should be digitized. I drove them from Tenterfield to Armidale in my boot)
55.         Visited a local history library/museum relevant to your family.
56.         Looked up your ancestor’s name in the Old Age Pension records.
57.          (Researched your ancestor or relative in Benevolent Asylum/Workhouse records. There are a couple in England to be investigated)
58.         Researched an ancestor’s/relative’s mental health records.
59.         Looked for your family in a genealogical publication of any sort (but not online remember).
60.         Contributed family information to a genealogical publication. (Not for many years)

          I have been rather devious in the past so have been able to tick off many of the above. I once organised a trip to Canberra and Cooma with my family so I could traipse the Cooma Cemetery. When we arrived in Canberra I gave my husband instructions to take the kids to Questacon while I would be almost next door at the National Library. My daughter once asked someone if they would like to see our holiday photos. Of course, they were of numerous headstones from the cemeteries we passed on our way.