Here is a treasure from the Sydney newspaper Empire, 27 March 1855, which I uncovered on Trove over the weekend.
|1855 'Advertising.', Empire (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1875), 27 March, p. 1, viewed 15 October, 2011, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article60181069|
SUSAN HEHIR.- If this should meet the eye of Susan Hehir, of Killoo, County Clare, Ireland, who left Ireland for Melbourne, per Ship Honora, February 1854, she will hear of her sister Bridget Hehir, by addressing a Letter to J. N. MORCOM, Bohrarra, near Maitland, New South Wales.Until now we did not know on which ship my Great Great Grandmother (Susan Ellis nee Hehir) arrived in Australia. But now the question is, what was the ship Honora which "left Ireland for Melbourne...February 1854"? So far I can't find any information about a ship called the Honora online via PROV Passenger Lists or through Trove or a Google search. I have tried spelling variations of the name Honora, without success. I have also searched the PROV Passenger Lists index for all ships beginning with H which arrived in Melbourne (with passengers) in the first six months of 1854. Any suggestions where I could look next? I can see some offline research at the library might be necessary here.
Thanks to all the people who help to digitise these newspapers, and to all the volunteers who help with text correction. Trove is an invaluable resource!
Here is an idea I just came up with today. Please let me know your thoughts.
There are certain types of articles in the digitised newspapers on Trove that potentially have value to genealogists - Birth, Death and Marriage Notices, Missing Friends, Ships Passenger Lists etc. (I have personally also found stock reports useful for finding references to my cattle droving ancestors!) However, many genealogically significant articles are still not searchable as they need text correction. I have a couple of Trove accounts and have been contributing text corrections every so often since 2008, but I would like to contribute more and I'm looking for a structured way of achieving this.
A little while ago I created the 'Genealogy Bloggers' group on Trove forums. I am ashamed to admit I actually did not get to look at the group again until today. Thank you very much to six fellow Genealogy bloggers for joining the group!
So this is my idea:
- If, while searching Trove for our own ancestors, we come across a genealogically significant newspaper article (ie. an article with lots of names) which needs text correction, and we don't have time to correct the text at that moment, we could add the article to a particular public list or tag it with a particular public tag.
- When we genealogy bloggers have a few spare minutes we could select an article from the list/tag that has not yet been corrected and correct it.
- Alternatively, we could add the article URL to a discussion on the Genealogy Bloggers group on Trove forum, or we could tweet a link to the article with a particular Twitter hash tag. Or perhaps we could use features of another social bookmarking site such as a collaborative group on Diigo? Or perhaps we could create a circle on Google+ for this purpose? It's a matter of finding the best way to share this information with fellow genealogy bloggers so we can collaborate. Which way is it?
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