De-cluttering And Updating My Workspace

In February 2020 I posted about working across two windows on my laptop and it was suggested that I get another monitor. At the time it wasn’t possible but I recently got a new table through the trading group I help to run, Adelaide Local Exchange Trading System, so I now have room for two monitors, my printer and a spot for another person to work also.

As well as helping me when I’m researching alone, I’ve been doing some one on one training in genealogy research and this set up is working very well for that too.

I don’t play many games but one that I enjoy called 0AD is great to play on the larger monitor. It’s also good for watching tv or movies, I purposely don’t have a television so I watch a lot of Youtube and Netflix on here.

What is your home office or research nook like? Does it serve multiple purposes?

Aboard The Princess Louise

My Buring ancestors came to South Australia aboard the Princess Louise from Hamburg, Germany in 1849. They were part of the Berlin Emigration Society who chartered the ship. Carl Linger, music director, composer and teacher, was also aboard with his wife Minna. Below is an excerpt of a letter home which he wrote. It outlines the journey aboard ship.

We left Hamburg on 23rd March 1849 and were at sea next day. The first few days on board are the worst: you haven’t settled down; you can’t get used to the available space and there is much disorder. The food and other things are strange but all this changes after you have been at sea a while. On 27th March, at 4 o’ clock in the afternoon, my wife happily gave birth to a healthy girl. It was in the North Sea near the Island of Texel, latitude 53 – 50 North and longitude 5 – 4 East of Greenwich, whilst the seas were running high. The small creature was received with three hearty cheers by the passengers and crew, whilst the ship the “Princess Louise ” had to be festively flagged.

Without anything-noteworthy happening, we reached the South American coast on the day before Whit- Sunday, and towards evening, we entered the Harbour of Rio de Janeiro. I shall not embark on a description of the noble beauty and attraction of this spot, otherwise my letter might become many pages in length. Here we, passengers for the most part, left the ship. For ourselves, I rented a rural dwelling on the hills, from where I could overlook the city and the splendid Harbour with its bay. Here we lived for 10 days in the enjoyment of nature and went on short excursions into the hills. Up to now our journey had been rather
slow but from this point on, things moved all the faster and a strong wind carried us quite close to the tip of Africa. The Cape of Good Hope was doubled during a moderate storm. Without untoward occurrences, we sailed past Kangaroo Island and entered Port Adelaide on 7th. August. Ours was an exceptionally long voyage, for which the blame lay partly with the captain’s carelessness and partly with the quarrel between him and the helmsman. Other ships after us often made the journey in 90 days and even in 78 – 82 days from England.

Carl writes in a very matter of fact style, especially about his daughter’s birth. I feel sorry for his wife as she “happily gave birth” on a ship. I haven’t written much about the famous Carl Linger because I’m more interested in his account of the journey from Germany to South Australia. I had no idea that the passengers stayed in Rio for 10 days. It must have been a welcome break from ship board life. My 2x great grandfather, Heinrich Franz Rudolph Buring, and his brothers would have loved the time ashore so that they could run around and play.

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 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.