What I’m Doing During COVID 19 Isolation

I thought I would write a bit about what I’m doing during this isolation time. I am self-isolating at home because I have pre-existing health conditions which put me at risk if I were to contract the Corona Virus.

I love crafts and have several on the go at the moment. I’m crocheting large and colourful pieces to yarn bomb the tree in my front yard. I’ll do another post with pictures when it is finished.

I’m doing some cross stitch along with many others as part of the Stitch and Resist project.

“Through the act of craftivism we hope to
make connections and community
make political statements
make important cultural objects
make a difference
and make change

I’ve also been doing some traditional wet felt making.

In Progress
Finished Pieces

I’m not sure yet but I may try and make something which incorporates all three of these crafts. If it happens I will post photos.

Facebook, genealogy, my grandchildren and my pets are also keeping me occupied during this time. What are you doing to fill the hours?

Elizabeth Reid

Elizabeth Reid (my great grandmother) was born in Galston, Ayrshire, Scotland in 1851. She was one of ten children born to John Reid and Catherine Burnett.

Elizabeth worked as both a seamstress and a dairy maid before marrying William Willison in 1873.

Six children were born to Elizabeth and William before they immigrated to South Australia although two of them didn’t survive. Aboard the Loch Fyne on the trip to Australia another baby was born and died.

Elizabeth and William had fifteen children altogether but only six lived to adulthood. William farmed in several places around Adelaide, South Australia before settling in Para Hills. In his late 60s and early 70s he was on the Munno Para East council for several years.

At Salisbury Primitive Methodist Cemetery, South Australia

Eleanor Isabella Welsh

Eleanor was born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in 1857. Her father James Welsh was a Master Mariner and her mother was Ellen Mary Chamberlain. They had five children together.

The family moved back to Adelaide, South Australia, from whence they came, in about 1860. Her father, James died in November of that year.

When Eleanor’s mother Ellen, married John Patton he had six children from his first marriage and then had another six children with Ellen. Thankfully all seventeen children didn’t live together at the same time.

In 1874 Eleanor married George Chapman at the St Saviour Church at Glen Osmond, Adelaide, South Australia.

George and Ella’s (as he called her) life is recorded in George’s diaries which are in the process of being transcribed.

Eleanor is my 2x great grandmother.

Working Across Two Windows

I have difficulty retaining information when I swap from one open web browser tab to another one.

I find it much easier to have two web browser windows open and make them approximately half the screen size each. The example above shows two web browser windows both open to different pages on Ancestry.com.au. I find this much easier to copy information from one window and manually enter it into the other. For example adding children to a family.

Photo Colourisation From My Heritage

Lots of my friends have been playing with this colourisation tool. If you haven’t tried it yet go to the link and click Upload Photo. As your photo is uploading you’ll be prompted to login or sign up. The login link is right at the very bottom of the popup window. It is free to sign up to My Heritage and the photo colourisation is free too.


My great grandparents Jessie Boyd and Charles Wigley

You can download each photo as you colourise it or you can go to ‘My Photos’ and look at all of them and choose which ones you want to download from there. I don’t receive anything from My Heritage for publishing this post, it is simply that I like the tool they’ve created.

The Free 24-Hour Genealogy Webinar Marathon: March 12-13, 2020

Don’t worry this blog isn’t going to be all event notifications.

I love webinars because you can participate from the comfort of your own home and you can be involved as much or as little as you would like and the Legacy Family Tree ones are free. I did several of the Legacy Family Tree webinars last year and enjoyed them and found them useful.

This 24 hour webinar marathon is being held in the United States but it will be available at times suitable for Australian participants too. Sydney, London and Eastern US times are listed on the website. In Australia the marathon starts at 8:00am Sydney time on Friday 13 Mar 2020.

It’s a good idea to register early and check that the webinar software works on your computer. I hope you can get some good value learning from this webinar marathon!