Ballarat, Vic. Photo Rescue: Campbell Family c. 1895

Coincidences & Photographs Was it six degrees of separation or merely a coincidence that this homeless portrait of the Campbell family, which was unearthed in an antique store in Ballarat, has a direct connection to Yass which was also featured in a post regarding coincidences?

Ballarat, Vic. Photo Rescue: Grandmother Marshall’s Grave

Identifying Orphan Photographs It can seem rather daunting to identify & date unknown photographs but there are often clues to be found in the photographs or other resources to help you identify their details, the who, what, where and when. Here’s one of a few I found in Ballarat which you may find interesting orContinue reading “Ballarat, Vic. Photo Rescue: Grandmother Marshall’s Grave”

Michael O’Reilly: Staying on Track with the ‘Other O’Reillys’

Are they related? While researching John and Ellen O’Reilly’s family I kept coming across the family of Michael and Margaret O’Reilly, intertwined one with the another. O’Reilly is a common Irish name but I still wondered if they were related. I first encountered the ‘Other O’Reilly’s’ when I had trouble finding Mary Ellen O’Reilly’s birth inContinue reading “Michael O’Reilly: Staying on Track with the ‘Other O’Reillys’”

Trove Detective: John F. O’Reilly’s Family Notices.

Looking Back with Hindsight Now that I have discovered so much about John and Maude O’Reilly it’s hard to look back and remember how much family history research has changed over the last decade or so. The internet has it’s vices and virtues but today I can go into Trove and easily find marriage, deathContinue reading “Trove Detective: John F. O’Reilly’s Family Notices.”

Trove Detective: John F. O’Reilly: Just a Little Trove Magic

Perseverance Rewarded.      Still struggling to find where John O’Reilly was buried. His marriage certificate showed his name as John Francis Benedict O’Reilly, an electrical engineer living in Petersham when he married Catherine Maude Wormersley, a dressmaker at St Thomas’ Church, Lewisham, New South Wales in May, 1913 at the age of 31 years.Continue reading “Trove Detective: John F. O’Reilly: Just a Little Trove Magic”

Trove Detective: Ellen O’Reilly: Where is John?

In Search of John F. O’Reilly Now there are only the cemeteries for three of John & Ellen O’Reilly’s thirteen children left to find. Mary Ellen Walshe was buried at Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park in 1969 & the youngest child, Lilian Kelly was cremated there in 1987. That leaves only John, the eldest surviving sonContinue reading “Trove Detective: Ellen O’Reilly: Where is John?”

Ellen O’Reilly: Keeping the Family Together.

Finding more ways around Rookwood Necropolis Babies Michael, Mary & Agnes O’Reilly have no headstone Cemetery Transcriptions are another way to trace family members you may be looking for, through inscriptions on headstones and memorials in cemeteries. It’s always rewarding to find where all the members of a family are located so they are rememberedContinue reading “Ellen O’Reilly: Keeping the Family Together.”

Ellen O’Reilly : Roaming around Rookwood Cemetery

Finding & Remembering the Little Ones. At Rookwood Necropolis, I arrived armed with a spreadsheet listing all the O’Reilly’s I wanted to find and a map of the Catholic Section showing Section Mortuary 1, where the babies were buried. Nowadays, it’s so much easier. If you click on the online deceased search results it shouldContinue reading “Ellen O’Reilly : Roaming around Rookwood Cemetery”