This photo of my great grandfather George Henry Standing (1878-1943) had me reaching back through time. I had heard a number of family stories about the man but I had no idea what he looked like and what he was really like as a man. He died eleven years before I was born and I… Continue reading Family Photo Friday – George Henry Standing
Week 42 OF 52 ANCESTORS CHALLENGE PROMPT; ADVENTURE For most people a passport is a ticket to adventure, to holidays and trips far from home. To John Knight, one of my maternal 3 x great grandfathers, his Ticket of Leave Passport was another step on the long road to freedom. This passport allowed the unemployed… Continue reading John Knight’s Passport: Another step towards freedom
While convict records provide a wealth of information about a person following conviction, contemporary British newspaper accounts can be a rich source of information about the crime as well as that person's life in the UK before transportation. Therefore, this week's finding is not from TROVE but from the 19th Century British Newspapers Collection (Gale),… Continue reading TROVE Tuesday – Henry Standen was “capitally convicted…”
Week 23 OF 52 ANCESTORS CHALLENGE PROMPT: NAMESAKE I think that most of us have wondered where on earth our parents found our first names and why they gave them to us, particularly if the name isn't a traditional family name. Why Brian Roger Harris? Where did the Brian and the Roger come from? Was… Continue reading Trove Tuesday – The namesake
Today's snippet from Trove - two notices in the Maitland Mercury of 24 January 1857 - makes me wonder about the relative value of grey horses and 10 year old boys at that tiime. Why was the reward for the horse set at three pounds while information about the boy was only set at two… Continue reading Trove Tuesday: Only two pounds reward?
Not Quite 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks OR #52Ancestors #52Ancestors History is a novel for which the people is the author — Alfred de Vigny. I am finally starting the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge and have quite a bit of catching up to do. Hopefully this blog will be a good forum for… Continue reading 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks