Early in the month I started a new 6 generation pedigree tree for a customer. These are some of the things I have found out so far:
- one ancestor had a joint patent on the South Australian icon the Stobie pole with the inventor James Cyril Stobie
- another was instrumental in opening up the goldfields in Kalgoorlie/Boulder in Western Australia and was knighted for their efforts at home during World War I.
- one was a postage stamp printer and their grandfather was a pioneering printer in Glasgow, Scotland.
I’m currently using a combination of Ancestry, Find My Past, Family Search, Scotland’s People, National Library of Scotland, Trove, Google Books/Maps/Newspapers, State Library of South Australia to research this family.
Although it’s an online tree that I’m building I still use a Family Group Sheet word processor document to record family members who I’m not sure belong in the tree I’m creating, so while I still have questions about them I’ll keep them in a document until I’m sure they belong in the online tree.
I maintain a Facebook group Saving Graves South Australia as well as the public page which goes with it Say No To Reuse of Graves. There has been lots of activity lately as we were shocked to find out just last week that human bones had been found in a rubbish heap at Cheltenham Cemetery, South Australia. Adelaide Cemeteries Authority has assured our members that they’re conducting an internal review of procedures. We are encouraging our members to keep in touch with the ACA and follow-up on this event.
I have visitors stay with me from the couchsurfing.com website. Just recently a lovely woman from England who is a military history buff stayed with me. She had heard about a military museum on Yorke Peninsula and wanted to know if there was public transport to get there. She was disappointed when I explained that there was no public transport and hiring a car would cost too much. I decided to take her and we set off on our road trip. It took us three hours to get there but it was well and truly worth it. This large museum covers many buildings and contains not just military memorabilia but many historical artefacts and photos.