Bev described revisiting a website (192.com) to find current addresses of people in the UK, then demonstrated a free site for correcting damaged photos. Go to Hotpot.ai (hotpot.ai) and follow the prompts.
Andi has had the family tree she designed framed, ready to circulate to family members. We are keen to see the framed result! Andi is also working on discovering the origins of a family brooch.
Malcolm has adapted his 400-page family tree to produce a 46-page report in preparation for a family reunion on 9th August. He distributed copies, explaining that he had edited a My Heritage book report to focus on his father’s family. Benalla Printers printed the booklets for him at a very reasonable rate.
Graham J described touring NSW and speaking with helpful local historians while writing his family history, sharing his elation when he discovered that a piano used in a local hall was donated by his forebears. Graham will present his approach to writing and sharing his family story next month.
Keen to take next steps after classmate Graeme Morris sent her a burial list from Paris in which her elusive relative Percy Watkinson appears, Marg found providing a stamped addressed envelope to the relevant Government Department in Paris almost impossible. In frustration, Marg contacted Australia Post in Benalla, to discover that she could purchase Euro postage equivalent stamps at Benalla post office! The application has been sent off and she is now awaiting a response.
Barry reported that his ‘almost complete family history’ of both the maternal and paternal families has been circulated and well received by the family. Written in a format that allows individual families to add their specific content to the history for their descendants, Barry will bring a sample to the August meeting.
Graeme M described a gain this month when he loaded DNA onto the web, receiving responses from Europe. He is seeking the 1921 English census, which Bev explained is available at a small cost from Find My Past (findmypast.com). Graeme finds the Geneanet website very useful.
For July's topic 'There's No Place Like Home'. Marg and Barry described homes remembered from childhood - Marg a castle in Ireland, Barry a post war triple fronted brick veneer in Lalor. Malcolm brought along aerial maps and photographs to show us his connection to land and home in the Greta area, particularly to Greta South.
Andi asked the question, did her forebear Thomas Thomas ever achieve his goal of owning a house? Andi found that after many years as an occupier of miners’ cottages in the Talbot area, he did eventually own a house at 3 Belfast Road, Brunswick.
Bev focused on the home of her Irish Catholic ‘Lee side’ great-grandparents from 1882 to 1915, ‘33 Cables Wynd, Leith, Scotland’, concluding “I would love to speak to local historians in Leith who could tell me more about housing conditions when my great grandparents lived there”.
August's topic is ‘Correction’ - Write about a need for editing, or completed correction, which has arisen in your research. Who has it involved, why is the correction needed, what is your chief concern about it remaining uncorrected? How have you, or do you plan, to deal with it. What problems came up/may come up in doing so. If completed, how do you rate the success of your efforts?
An alternative – ‘Member’s Choice – A chance to develop your own topic and share the results with others!'
At our next session we plan to celebrate National Family History Month with afternoon tea - please bring along ‘a small plate' or some chocolates to share!
PS: A reminder - To celebrate National Family History Month, Benalla Library is presenting a session on 'Raising Australian Children Across Time' on August 12, 2 to 3 pm, Benalla Library, Bookings Essential.
Bev Lee and Barry O’Connor