Google Indoor Maps-King Charles’ House

I obviously missed the announcement from Google that they were now providing indoor maps as I got such a pleasant surprise when I was searching for the birth place of a client’s ancestor.  I had the house name, King Charles’ House, New Street, Worcester, Worcestershire from an obituary and from census records so I looked it up to get a photo of what it looks like now and I was able to zoom right in and then there was an arrow to click pointing in the open front door!!


This is what it looks like now.

This is what the outside looks like



The sign says, From this house King Charles II escaped his enemies after the Battle of Worcester September 3 1651.



The entrance



It is now a pub



It was so exciting exploring a centuries old building in England from my house in South Australia.







Incredible wood carvings on the fireplace. On Google you can zoom right in and see the detail of the carvings.  I wonder if this was done by someone in the Nichols family or their employees.

This was the home of Edwin Nichols, he was born here and ran a furniture manufacturing and antiques business here which was passed down to him from his father and he passed it on to his own son Edwin Jnr.  Finding out how they came to own the house is another fun challenge!

It is well worth having subscriptions to both and  As I said above I used an obituary and census records to find the house.  Find My Past makes the British Newspaper Archive available to its subscribers which is where I found the obituary.


I hadn’t been able to find Edwin in the 1841 census on Ancestry (you can’t search by address on Ancestry) so I checked on Find My Past and only searched for Nichols, New Street, Worcester where I found a John Nichols listed.  The image on Find My Past was very faded and pretty much illegible so I went back to Ancestry and searched for John Nichols and there was Edwin as well however he was recorded on the original census form as Edward.  I know it is the right person because of the address, his age, and his occupation of Cabinet Maker.  All this information also fits with future censuses as he remained at this address until his retirement in 1885.

The Time Travellers’ Picnic

I went to the Time Travellers’ Picnic again today, last year I went as a hippy.  This year I chose Doctor Who and based my costume on Tom Baker’s Doctor who I watched growing up.

Rymill Park, Adelaide, South Australia

Rymill Park, Adelaide, South Australia


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Fellow Time Travellers From Many Eras


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It was too hot for the iconic Tom Baker scarf so I went for the tie instead

O to have my own TARDIS so that I could go back and observe my family through time and also visit so many historical moments!

Friday Faces

Left - William Henry Scadden (my great grandfather) Far right - Elizabeth Scadden (my great grandmother)

Left – William Henry Scadden (my great grandfather) Far right – Elizabeth Scadden nee Hayward (my great grandmother)

This is the only photo I have of William.  Here are some earlier posts about William Henry Scadden-

Elizabeth Scadden nee Hayward my great grandmother in later years.

Elizabeth Scadden nee Hayward my great grandmother, in later years.

The Scaddens lived at Houghton in the Adelaide Hills in South Australia.  It is a beautiful area.

Houghton Adelaide Hills

Houghton in the Adelaide Hills, I don’t know when this was taken.

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2010 Scenes Around Houghton


Houghton War Memorial



What Kind of Genealogist Are You?

I came across this fun blog post, What Kind of Genealogist Are You?,  today on Facebook via Gould Genealogy.

My husband and I are very different genealogists. I love research. I love the challenge of the hunt, the mystery waiting to be solved. I’ll research anyone’s ancestry just to have the thrill of following the clues. I just love solving the puzzle. Of course I also love finding my own ancestors! by Lorine McGinnis Schultz

Lorine writes about several types of genealogist, I think I am a Hunter/Detective and a bit of an Analyser too.  I would like to be more of a Planner and completing the University of Tasmania’s Introduction to Family History has certainly helped me and pointed me in the right direction.


Read Lorine’s blog post and choose what kind of genealogist you are.

Credit: Image is from Pixabay with License: CC0 Public Domain

Gustav Ferdinand Buring

It was only because I noticed a Mr G. Buring listed on the passenger list, at the South Australian Maritime Museum, for the Princess Louise that I found my 3x great uncle Gustav Ferdinand Buring. He wasn’t listed on any other passenger lists that I had found. In finding Gustav I was then able to find his parents and make the connection back to the family in Germany.

Passenger List for the Princess Louise

Passenger List for the Princess Louise

I was recently contact by Ian from Bendigo Graves to find out if the Gustave Buring buried in the Raywood Cemetery, Victoria was one of my ancestors.  When I confirmed that Gustav is my 3x great uncle, Ian asked if I could write a short piece about him.  This is what I wrote;

Gustav Ferdinand Buring

b 9 Jul 1824

Berlin, Prussia

Gustav Ferdinand Buring was born on 9 July 1824, to Charlotte Klauser and Johann Andreas Buring/Biering and was baptised on 05 Aug 1824 • Sankt Georgen, Berlin Stadt, Brandenburg, Prussia1.

In 1849 as part of the South Australian Colonisation Society Gustav, with his brother Friedrich Adolph Buring and his family, left Hamburg on the Princess Louise bound for South Australia2.

There is no record or indication that Gustav ever married.

I have been unable to ascertain exactly when Gustav went to the Victorian gold fields from South Australia. Gustav’s brother Friedrich went also however Friedrich returned to South Australia when he became ill and died in South Australia on 3 Dec 18563 at 40 years old.

Gustav Ferdinand Buring death notice

Gustav died in 1880 in Raywood, Victoria, Australia.

Gustav is the uncle of Theodor Gustav Hermann Buring of H. Buring and Sobels Quelltaler Winery and great uncle of Hermann Paul Leopold Buring better known as Leo Buring. Germany, Select Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014.

2South Australian Maritime Museum passenger list database Australia, Death Index, 1787-1985 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010.