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British Newspaper Archive now live

Received this promotional blurb today and thought it worth signing up to... The British Newspaper Archive microsite is now live at www.britishnewspaperarchive. Why not encourage friends and family to register now to be the first to know when the newspapers go online?! Please use the links to post on Facebook, Tweet about us. Stumble, tell all! I have now set up a Twitter account (@TheBNA1):!/TheBNA1 . Please follow us! This exciting digitisation collaboration between bright solid and The British Library means that unlike many other newspaper digitisation projects, we have been able to scan some of the rarest and most fragile newspapers in the collection. The Archive will be an invaluable resource to all types of researchers and we have chosen some examples to demonstrate this ( http://www. archive-examples.php ).   Full text searching will be available and users will be able to refine their search to focus on: Family

Welcome Wall

The National Australian Maritime Museum has a Welcome Wall immigration project with a family history focus. My HOBBS family went up on the wall today. If you are interested in this family Bev Woodman looks after an email group Thanks to Bev for all her hard work looking after this large family branch....


Finally made it to my first genealogy webinar. Thanks Dear Myrtle . Makes for an early start to the day on our side of the planet. :-) Good to see someone using software it is so much easier to understand all the benefits and some draw backs too!

In Memory of Eric

I grew up in a small household, with just my parents and my grandmother Ada Irene DOUGLASS (née KING). From a young age I knew that my mother, Erica Rosemary DOUGLASS, was named after Grandma’s cousin who died in WWI, her “cousin’s” name was Eric Hugh BARKER. When I became addicted to genealogy some years ago I finally realized that Eric was Erica’s second cousin rather than Grandma’s first cousin. I also finally realised that mum’s middle name Rosemary, was for Remembrance – I can’t believe for over 40 years I didn’t make the “Rosemary for Remembrance” connection! Eric Hugh BARKER was born in Sydney in 1886 into a large extended family on his father’s side which included many 3 rd and 4 th generation Australians. It was a time when Australia lived on the sheep’s back and the 1890’s depression and the Great War to end all wars were not on the horizon. Eric was the first born to Dr Theodore Hugh BARKER and his English wife Edith May née EMBELIN. Theo and Edith were mar

Experiment failed

Interesting to see I started this blog just after the first NZ Family History Fair , I was very enthused from the Fair. Turns out I got really involved in the next Fair, coming up this August, so no blogging. :-( Time to change this...


Hi This is an experiment really, how much typing can one person stand (or should I say sit) to do about one branch of family. I am hoping this will build to be a resource for all those researching our PATIENT family also spelt PASHION, PAYSHENT, PATIENCE and I am sure some of you can add more... So over time we can add our info here to share. Michelle Patient