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Henry O'Brien

 Back in 2013 I discovered that my 3rd Great Grandfather Henry O'Brien committed suicide and so I wrote a post about it here .  Henry's death certificate was one of the ones on my wish list, so when I had the opportunity to order a transcription off my wish list this month his was the one I decided to get. Thanks once again to NSW Family History Transcriptions I am now in a position to update my post on Henry's suicide with information from his death registration transcription (see below). Source: Death registration transcription for Henry O'Brien.  NSW BDM Death Index No. 1863/4696.  Received from The informant for Henry's death registration was his son John Thomas O'Brien, who was only sixteen years old at the time.  According to newspaper accounts I found on Trove John, who was a resident of Kains Flat near Mudgee at the time, had discovered his father had taken poison and immediately he went into action.  First he gave He

Throwback Thursday: Ada Louisa Stevens nee Jones

 Today's throwback photograph is of my Great Grandmother Ada Louisa Stevens nee Jones (b.1891 -d.1961). I have been told that she was a very good dancer and taught many young people to dance in her day. More posts mentioning her can be found here and here . Ada Louisa Stevens nee Jones I used to colour enhance the photograph and got the result below. Ada Louisa Stevens nee Jones It also allowed me to enhance her face.  I can definitely see echoes of her in some of her descendants!

Old Tom Gidley, Oh!

While searching for more information about my 4th Great Grandfather James Baker Worldon who was also known as James Baker Waldon/Walden and by the alias 'Milbank Jim' I came across the following newspaper item on Trove which mentions him and which it turns out I had been sent a copy of by another researcher some time ago and had forgotten (Thanks Brian, sorry I did not remember this sooner!). Source: Trove. OLD TOM GIDLEY, OH! (1872, August 15). Melbourne Punch (Vic. : 1855 - 1900), p. 6. Retrieved from Transcript: OLD TOM GIDLEY, OH! A REPORT OF THE CASE, GIDLEY V. REID. In the bush at El Dorado Curious games were lately played, oh! By a squatter known to fame, Which Old TOM GIDLEY is his name. GIDLEY, which there's no concealing, Twice was tried for cattle stealing, Twice, "not guilty" verdicts meant The accused was innocent; Than the Beechworth snow more pure he Seemed to that enlightened jury, Who returned him to t

Birth Notice: Baby Riboch

Today's notice involves my husbands Great Aunt Maria Stephani Wilhelmina Riboch (nee Noya).  On the 1st of August 1940 she gave birth to a daughter in the Dutch East Indies. Source: "Familiebericht". "Bataviaasch nieuwsblad". Batavia, 05-08-1940.   Retrieved from

Bridget Donnelly

 The second death registration transcription that I received this week from NSW Family History Transcriptions was one for my great grand Aunt Bridget Donnelly.  Bridget was the daughter of James Donnelly and his wife Mary nee Gallagher and the twin sister of Mary Donnelly.  According to her death registration transcription (see below) Bridget was born at Cooyal in New South Wales in about March 1870. Source: Death registration transcription for Bridget Donnolly.  NSW BDM Death Index No.1872/5011. Received from NSW Family History Transcriptions Bridget's death was registered as Bridget Donnolly in Mudgee on the 2nd February 1872 with the informant being her father James Donnolly who was a farmer from Cooyal, near Mudgee.  It is stated that she died on the 31st January 1872, aged one year and ten months at Cooyal from a cold that she had since birth and that her mother was Mary Gallagher.  She was unsurprisingly unmarried, had had no medical attend

Thank you!

I have been very lucky since I started my genealogy journey back in 1996, in that I have encountered many wonderful people who have generously shared family information, including copies of certificates and certificate transcriptions, with me.  One wonderful lady from my O'Connor branch back in the late 1990s provided me with copies of her meticulous research and source documents, meaning that my Dad was able to find out so much more about his family while he was alive; which is something that I am eternally grateful to her for!  Her generous example inspired me and shaped my approach to genealogy and as a result I happily share what I have and will help other researchers whenever I can.   This blog is one way in which I try and share what I have with others but I also have public trees on Ancestry, My Heritage and other places where I post the information and source documents that I have on my family connections.  These public trees are very much works in progress and currently I

Happy Easter!

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Easter!  Easter this year for us was a very happy, relaxed, chocolatey affair, as the Easter Bunny really spoiled the grandchildren.  We are truly blessed to have this time with all of our children and grandchildren living with us.  We are making so many precious memories together!  The weather has been glorious here this Easter, which has been an added bonus, so much so that I even got in and had what will probably be my last swim for the season in our pool!  The water was freezing but the sun was lovely and warm and there was no wind, so it was very refreshing.  I love the water and we have had so much fun in it with the grandchildren this season, so I couldn’t resist one last swim!   The holiday weekend ended on a high note as I received the two transcriptions that I had ordered from NSW Family History Transcriptions .  Yet again the service was outstanding and I am very pleased with both the process and the outcome! The first transcription was f