While keen to share information, Andi is mindful that not all family members share her level of interest. Using photographs in the framed family tree has stimulated interesting talking points with other family members, for example, the noting of similar facial features and the development of photography over time.
Malcolm described an enjoyable lunch recently at the Mitchelton winery where he presented his cousins with the family history he had written for them. He also brought along a 1900 half sovereign in a small container handed down from father to son, through four generations so far. The story attached to this coin, is that when the current holder is ‘broke’, they can use the half sovereign, which remains quite valuable, to get themselves out of trouble.
Bev described making corrections after discovering that ‘her’ Ellen Frances was not the proprietor of the Ellen Frances Hotel, but the proprietor of the Farmers Arms Hotel in Violet Town, while Marg described finding several errors in a handwritten copy of her paternal side’s family tree going back to her great great grandfather James Ryan.
Malcolm provided a text-book example of how a mistake made in one tree can be perpetuated in others, warning of the need to be vigilant if an unexpected person turns up in a family tree; while Barry discovered information causing him to correct and reassess his GGF’s wealth at the time of his death.
Graham’s story described realizing that the reason a marriage certificate wasn’t available for a marriage was almost certainly that a first wife had experienced mental illness, which meant that remarriage wasn’t possible.
Andi worked us through a sequence of BMD registrations in which she had found an error, while Jane spoke about research by PHD historians on Churchill Island which has uncovered contradictory information, with subsequent corrections not being accepted well by local people.
For August’s alternate Topic - ‘Member’s Choice’ – David H shared valuable information on the Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland - a project to recreate the Irish Public Records Office records. The website includes David’s slide show presentation and the post below details David's suggestions of links about the Virtual Record Treasury to follow up, along with Graham, Barry and Andi’s suggestions for creating, writing and sharing family histories.
As Jane commented in her notes, “it was a lovely session, and fun to catch up with likeminded sleuths”.
Next month’s topic is ‘Occupations’… Looking at occupations of your forebears, are there any patterns? Describe them and try to find out about the circumstances surrounding them. Do you see any links in terms of yourself and your generation? Next month’s session includes Margaret Jenkin’s approach to writing her family history and a presentation by Jane on ethical issues which can arise during family research.
Bev, Jane and Barry