I have been spending happy hours chasing down stories about ancestors and other emigrants from the village of Dorfprozelten in this site for Bavarian newspapers: digiPress – Das Zeitungsportal der Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek At least some of my discoveries are ones I’ve previously found by searching Google Books (yes, not newspapers) where you’ll find digital versions … More Finding the Fass in Bavarian papers
My A2Z 2016 theme is how to pursue an interest in family history/genealogy – I’d love you to join me on the journey. I is for Interviews aka Oral History If there’s one thing you will repeatedly hear among family historians, it’s the wish that they’d asked more questions of their immediate ancestors – parents … More I is for Interviews and Immigration
Thinking of parades for this week’s Sepia Saturday reminded me of a post I’ve been meaning to write for a while. Growing up as a child there was one memorable “parade” every year when Brisbane Catholics would arrive en masse at the Exhibition Grounds for the Corpus Christi procession. This liturgical feast celebrates the belief … More Brisbane Catholics and Corpus Christi
Thanks for following along on this post about the Happ family who emigrated to the USA. Translation: If you would like to read this post in a different language you can click here. Emigration of Raimund/Raymond Happ As we know from the previous post, Raimund emigrated with his sister Anna Apollonia in 1869. He was only seventeen … More The emigrating Happs Part 2: Raimund Happ
Our good friend Trove has done it again! I mentioned in my East Clare post last week that I was waiting on a new release news story which looked tantalisingly optimistic. It’s now been released and has exceeded my hopes. Regular readers will recall my excitement back in late December when I found a clue … More Trove does it again – Bridget Widdup and the Florentia
In my previous post I mentioned the newspaper remarks of problems on board the barque Florentia, and my hopes of getting to the bottom of the mystery…and finding reference to Mary O’Brien. Only a matter of hours after disembarking from Voyager of the Seas in Sydney I was ensconced in the reading room at State … More Was it all fun and games on Florentia?
Growing up as a child in Queensland, we had a large Queensland nut tree in our back garden. Now known as macadamias, these nuts make you work hard to get to their delicious centres (unless you buy them stripped bare). First you have to work through the hard protective casing around the nut, unless it’s … More Mixing my metaphors: Macadamias and Glass Slippers
Shauna Hicks has initiated a new 52 week series of prompts, Genealogy Records. We’re only into Week 3 but there have already been some interesting topics: Military Medals, Internal Migration and Probate. Over the past few years I’ve done several 52 week series: Personal Genealogy and History (2011), Abundant Genealogy (2012) and my own Beyond the … More 52 weeks of Genealogy Records: Internal Migration
The midnight fairy came to visit me last night with an amazing surprise –in fact such a big surprise that I can’t quite believe it, and have spent the day trying to confirm or deny my conclusions. Oh ye of little faith!! As a prelude to sleep (!!) I decided to have a quick look … More Have I cracked it? Shall we dance?
After the recent blogging drought, I’ve been doing some research into my Dorfprozelten families from Bavaria, with a focus on discoveries from the digitised German newspapers from Google books. Researchers with German ancestry might find today’s posts on my much-neglected From Dorfprozelten to Australia blog worth a read in case they can apply the results to their own … More German migration news: From Dorfprozelten to Australia