I would like to take this opportunity to thank with full heart and gratitude the generous family members near and far who have supported me with information, photos and encouragement. We’re all from darn good stock! This page has links to some of my favourite places to continue research. Please contact me if you would like your site linked onto this page and/or acknowledgement. If like me you want more of the nitty gritty ? I can’t recommend the following highly enough, definitely worth a read!
A quick word about my use of Ancestry.com.au. Please note the importance of ‘don’t take it all as gospel’. This is where I store bits of information that I am working on. I love Ancestry.com, it is my first ‘go to place‘ but I also know that the information that is saved and shared by so many people worldwide can be in error. I am eternally grateful when someone points me to the right track. Having said that quite some years ago now, I got a very testy email from someone (who clearly needed fresh air) about ‘people who must check things before adding them to their trees and not to do it again’. I did reply that since I wasn’t recording for the national archives that perhaps they were getting a bit overwrought about the whole thing. My advice to beginners is always start at yourself and work backwards. Slowly, grindingly sometimes, but absolutely essential. Especially if you don’t want to make the classic newbie mistake and find yourself errantly linked to an English Marquis when your family history is clearly agricultural subsistence farmers and labourers. – Hmm, yes I did !
Photocopies/scans of certificates
There are many scans of certificates, and photographs etc., on the site. I endeavour to source these through means where they are open for public access or from stock free sites. I’ve also paid for many of them. I include the pertinent parts for reference. Do I mind if you use them? Not at all. Family history is for sharing – our shared knowledge of our culture past and present is what underpins our human family. Other photocopies particularly in relation to the Fowles families I was provided with twenty years ago by my distant cousin Graeme Fowles. A trail-blazer in the Fowles family research, long before internet access!
Now if I quote something that you have written yourself? Well that is different. If I am referencing your work, I will link/in-text reference to you on your page and likely you will find your page or work referenced on this page (below). As a rule I aim not to copy word-for-word what I have found, (it’s dull and uninteresting at best to copy verbatim). Likewise if you want to use something I’ve written then it would be nice if you would reference my work. If you feel that you have not been referenced? Then please contact me and identify the work in question and we can quickly work on a resolution.
I got this from directly from Wikipedia …...‘Photographs taken before 1 January 1955 are out of copyright and are in the public domain.‘ – My website is for FREE enjoyment only. – This is my ‘hobby’.
There are many photographs I use that have been provided by family and that are deemed to be in the public domain. To that end if you find a photograph on my site that meets the above criteria and you want to use it? Go ahead, with my blessings. “Fill your boots”. Similarly any of the photos that I have taken myself in 1998 on the Fowles pages you are welcome to use.
If someone is ‘still alive’, I don’t include them on the site or their names. Saves all the issues and gives something for the descendants to do in the future.
Acknowledgement to traditional owners.
As a very proud Australian of this amazing nation of people from all walks of life, all corners of the world and all possible religions and philosophies I consider myself exceedingly fortunate to live in this country of freedom and beauty. In doing so I would like to pay my respects to the past and present traditional owners of this land, who cared for it, preserved it and its inhabitants and whose rich culture past, today and into the future give so much to what makes Australia the land that it is. In particular I pay respect to the Boonewrung people whose land I call home.
As a child I lived for a time in Broome in West Australia, the land of the Yawuru people. This was at a time long before tourism had found Broome. So much of my childhood was influenced by the diverse cultures of the people who called Broome home and I will consider myself forever fortunate beyond words for the kindness and inclusion shown to me whilst I lived there. It was in Broome that I learned as child that we are all one people and this should always be protected in our human journey regardless of where our origins are.
Just as a bit of house-keeping * If you find a broken link would you be so kind as to let me know. With thanks.
For the serious investigator…
Thompson, Paul. (20012). Voice of the past. Published by Oxford University Press, New York, New York, USA.
Dowell, David, R. (2014). NextGen Genealogy: The DNA Connection. Published by ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, California, USA.
Good starting places to learn tips, hints:
Etymology, Language, Origins:
Merchant Maritime Records:
Catholic cultural history in colonial Australia:
Methodism cultural history in colonial Australia, (Melbourne).
Crime, punishment & convicts:
Mental health support in Australian history:
Community welfare support :
Women’s suffrage in Australia:
Homes for destitute children: (Australia):
Like many of my fellow Australian sisters, I had several ancestors who spent time in the female factories both at Paramatta and at Tasmania. This is a bit of a passion of mine in acknowledging and giving voices to those women who for so many years in our history were kept silent through forgetting. I hope in some small way to be part of the movement to give them back their voices. I am a descendant of one of those “Cascade Women’s Factory babies” because of my ancestor Sophia Morgan. I am so proud and more so grateful for these mothers.
New South Wales:
New South Wales: The Hawkesbury; Kurrajong, Comleroy, Richmond, Windsor, The Slopes, Sally’s bottom.
Labilleiere, Francis, Peter. (1878). Early History of the Colony of Victoria. Gutenberg Press
The Victorian gold rush in Ballarat:
LOCATION New Zealand:
Ancient and Early Britain:
Merchant Maritime Records:
Black Country, Dudley, Kate’s Hill,
Somerset Online Parish Clerks (and as good-fortune would have it for Shirley’s world-over Roger Shirley is the OPC for Horsington on this site!)
Tann, G. (2003). Mapleton Farm, Moor Lane, Horsington. Proposed Intensive Livestock Unit and Associated Development. Archaeological Desk-Based Assessment. Report for Land and Development Consultants. Lindsey Archaeological Services. Lincoln, UK.
Olsen, Kirstin. (1999). Daily Life in 18th-century England. Greenwood Publishing group. ISBN 0-313-29933-1.
Kent, The Weald of Kent:
LOCATION The Carribbean & West Indies:
LOCATION South America, Peru:
KINGSHOTT FAMILY RESEARCHERS
Kingshott genealogy; Jan Kingshott. Jan is an incredibly generous man when it comes to sharing Kingshott genealogy. He really is my ‘go to’ guy for Kingshott’s!
SHIRLEY FAMILY RESEARCHERS
Shirley Association. Great work done over a very long period! Wealth of knowledge. Subscription’s available.
West Country genealogy Shirley family. Richard is ‘all over’ the Shirley research. Generous sharing of information for all researchers of Shirley’s.
WHITHEHEAD FAMILY RESEARCHERS
LONDON FAMILY RESEARCEHRS
Lynn Murphy, (London family researcher,)
OAKLEY FAMILY RESEARCHERS
Peter J. Oakley, New Norfolk, Tasmania. 2015. Peter is particularly helpful, knowledgeable and supportive of those researching the Oakley families in Tasmania. Contact him with this link.
FOWLES FAMILY RESEARCHERS
Graeme Fowles (1998) special acknowledgement and mention.
Interesting, even weird stuff: