Monthly Archives: September 2015

Found in the Attic – Part 1

After my mother-in-law was admitted into residential care, my husband, Chris, and I had the less than pleasant task of going through her belongings.  We had not been in the house, especially the attic, for many years because she lived in England and we in Australia.  After all, you don’t tend to rummage about in the attic when visiting family you haven’t seen for a long time.  This time, though, exploring the attic was a must. Continue reading

My ‘elusive’ grandfather – George Frederick Davies

I started my own family history research some 25 years ago.  At the time, I was the Historical and Genealogical Officer with the New South Wales Land Titles Office, and had been assisting the general public for many years, through early land records research.  I only ever knew one grandparent, my maternal grandmother, Anna Davies (nee Wilson), who I adored, the others having died long before my birth.  I was one of her favorites. Continue reading

Google Search Tips for Genealogy

Google is an everyday tool used for searching for clues in our family histories.  Out of habit, most users simply type one or more keywords into the search box and take it from there.  But learning a few basic Google tips can have a significant impact on your genealogical research outcomes. Continue reading