Sunday, July 31, 2016


As an Australian genie I look forward to August each year because that's when we celebrate National Family History Month.

I try to make sure that I am not off travelling overseas so that I can take part in as many activities as I can. I am joining in the Blogging Challenge organised by geneablogger Alex Daw. I haven't scheduled a Google Hangout for NFHM but I may still do so.

At my Local Family History Group at Hornsby we are having two events a Geneagala Day and a visit from Heather Garnsey, Executive Officer at The Society of Australian Genealogists, on our regular meeting day. All are welcome at these events.

I'm hoping to travel out to Hawkesbury Family History Group to hear Heather speak on another topic and I intend attending some of the activities hosted by The Society of Australian Genealogists including a free webinar (for members and non-members), Ten Tips for Starting Family History, with Heather Garnsey.

I will be delivering just two talks during the month, I will be speaking on 21st Century Genealogy as part of Hornsby's Geneagala Day and I will be presenting a webinar, Facebook - a network for family historians, for The Society of Australian Genealogists.

It is disappointing to note that there are only 47 events listed for New South Wales, fewer than for  Queensland and Victoria. A notable omission is The State Library of New South Wales who do have several events listed on their website, why can't they join the party and add to the master list? If your society, group or library is celebrating NFHM it's not too late to add events to the calendar.

How will you be celebrating National Family History Month?

Friday, July 29, 2016

GAGs - GeniAus' Gems - 29 July 2016

I set off on my recent holiday with every intention of maintaining my GeniAus' Gems posts while I was away but my resolve soon failed as I savoured the delights on offer in faraway places.

I've been home for a week and have tried to read every Australian geneablog post that came into my RSS during my absence. I had to delete many of the other posts as I just don't have the time to catch up. I've been reading everything this week and have now caught up so I'm sharing a few gems once more.

1. The name Billy Buster ennticed me to read this post.

2. Lauren has an interesting way of formatting her stories.

3. Thanks to Alex for mounting this challenge.

4. Beaut suggestions from Heather.

5. How did this plaque find its way to Cairns?

6. Macquarie's desk returns.

7. Lots of romance in Carmel's family.

8. A brick wall comes tumbling down.

9. Call me old-fashioned but I appreciate some of these courtesies, thanks Pauleen.

10. James reminds us that someone has to pay.

11. Peppers.

12.  A fix for one of my first world problems.

New to Me Blogs

Sydney Cemetery Adventures

Jenny has combined her two old blogs into one

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Rootstech Bound

Although it's less than a week since I returned from an overseas adventure my mind is again turning to geneatravel. When (and if) I get settled I'll blog about some of the adventures I had during my recent geneajaunt in Ireland.

Meanwhile I just booked flights for my annual pilgrimage to the genealogy mecca of Salt Lake City in February where I'll attend Rootstech once more. As I was too busy travelling I didn't submit any presentation proposals for 2017 but I hope that once more I will have a chance to be a Rootstech Ambassador.

Several of my Aussie mates are also making the pilgrimage. I can't wait to catch up with them and my genimates from overseas in Salt Lake City plus do a spot of research in the Family History Library.

Are you Rootstech bound in 2017?

Monday, July 25, 2016

St Matthews Anglican Church, Windsor - Bicentenary Celebrations

I have been asked to publish this notice. I am  pleased to do so as I have ancestors interred at St Matthews.


In October 2017, St Matthews Anglican Church, Windsor, will be celebrating the bicentenary of the laying of the foundation stone by Governor Lachlan Macquarie on 11 October 1817.
St Matthews and its associated graveyard are historically significant to the state of NSW and to the Hawkesbury area.  The church has been the centre of spiritual life in the district since it was consecrated by the Reverend Samuel Marsden in 1822, with many families marking marriages, baptisms and deaths over several generations.
The cemetery at St Matthews has been in use since former convict, later appointed Chief Constable and magistrate, Andrew Thompson, was buried there in 1810.  There are a number of First Fleeter grave sites and twelve of those are marked with plaques from the Fellowship of First Fleeters.  These grave sites are:
Name                                                    Status                                   Ship                       Died
ARNDELL, Thomas                           Assistant Surgeon            Friendship           1821
BARNETT, Daniel                              Convict                                 Friendship           1825
CROSS, John                                       Convict                                 Alexander           1824
CUSLEY, Benjamin                           Marine Private                  Friendship           1845
DALTON, Elizabeth (Arndell)       Convict                                 Lady Penrhyn    1843
also (Burley / Burleigh)
FORRESTER, Robert                         Convict                                 Scarborough      1827
GREEN, Ann (Bladdey / Bladdy) Convict                                 Lady Penhryn    1820
HOLMES, Susannah (Kable)         Convict                                 Charlotte             1825
KABLE / CABELL, Henry                  Convict                                 Friendship           1846
MARROTT / MERRITT, John         Convict                                 Alexander           1812
MILES / Moyle, Edward                 Convict                                 Scarborough      1838
ROBERTS, William                             Convict                                 Scarborough      1820
During the lead up to the bicentenary, family societies and descendants of those who have current or former connections with the church are invited to celebrate their association with St Matthews by holding reunions, commemorative services or family get – togethers at the Church.  Interested individuals, family groups or associations are invited to join the mailing list to be kept informed of events leading up to the bicentenary.
A commemorative service will be held on Sunday 8 October 2017.  A community and schools service will be held on Wednesday 11 October 2017.  Several concerts will also be held in the church. As well as open days for the whole of the church precinct ie, church, graveyard, stables and rectory.
If you would like to be kept informed email


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