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”

From Bowning to Elizabeth Farm, Parramatta NSW

William Swann and his family are rather interesting. William Swann was born near Bradford in England and arrived in Sydney in 1864 after spending nearly four years at sea before he explored outback NSW and worked along the Australian coast. William did not find gold and began teaching in 1876 and continued until his retirementContinue reading “From Bowning to Elizabeth Farm, Parramatta NSW”

Trove Detective: WW1& WW2 Matron Grace M. Wilson

The Face of Australian War Nursing Have you found the option to search for Illustrated Articles in Trove’s digitised newspapers section yet? It’s on the left hand side of the basic search results with the options to refine your search by State, Title, Category or Decade or on the Advanced search page. It is oneContinue reading “Trove Detective: WW1& WW2 Matron Grace M. Wilson”

Exploring the British Newspaper Archives

In Search of Substantiating Evidence In Australia, we are extremely fortunate with the information available on our Birth, Death & Marriage Certificates and our free online Newpapers at Trove. After recently purchasing some Birth and Marriage Certificates from England, I needed some additional family information. I started by hunting out the British Newspapers Online, inContinue reading “Exploring the British Newspaper Archives”

Trove Detective: Samuel Young: A Journey Back in Time.

Day 1: Beaufort to Melbourne by Train. Many thanks to Samuel Young’s family who have kindly given permission to use Samuel Young’s Diary here on Explorers Tree blog. We hope you enjoy this delightful tale of the perilous journey undertaken by the two brothers, Samuel and William Young, who met many interesting characters as theyContinue reading “Trove Detective: Samuel Young: A Journey Back in Time.”

John F. O’Reilly: Thanks to the National Archives of Australia

Patience and Perseverance Rewarded. Among the newly scanned records from the National Archives of Australia (NAA) is this photo of John F. O’Reilly, the Superintending Engineer for the Postmaster General’s Department. Recently I had requested information or a photo from the Post Office Records which are held by the NAA. I was able to give themContinue reading “John F. O’Reilly: Thanks to the National Archives of Australia”

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?”