Sunday, February 27, 2011

Someone's Ancestor Sunday - Susan Ellis (nee Hehir) Photo Album - Part 3

This is another unnamed, unknown photograph from the photograph album of my great great grandmother Susan Ellis (nee Hehir) of Heathcote, Victoria, Australia. 

A photograph of an unknown young man from Susan Ellis (nee Hehir) Photo Album. c1880s/1890s.

This photograph is a Carte de visite with a red outline around the photograph and rounded corners. 
The photograph has a red
 outline and rounded corners 

There is no writing on the front of the photograph. Writing on the back of the photograph indicates the name and location of the photographer.

The back of the photograph indicates that the photographer was:
"Royal Portrait Studio, Narrandera. F.F. Jennings, Proprietor."
The other writing states: "Copies always obtainable by forwarding Name and Address."

A search of the New South Wales Births, Deaths and Marriages Indexes Online show that there were indeed some Hehirs in the Narrandera District. However, I only searched for the exact spelling 'Hehir'. 

Mabel M. Hehir, the daughter of Mary A. C. Hehir was born in the Narrandera district in 1906 (Reg. No. 16098/1906). 

Ellen Hehir, daughter of John and Mary Hehir, died in the Narrandera district in 1895 (Reg. No. 5561/1895).   
Michael Hehir, son of John and Mary Hehir, died in the Narrandera district in 1897 (Reg. No. 5561/1897 - yes, the registration numbers are the same, just two years apart!)
John Hehir, son of Patrick and Mary Hehir, died in the Narrandera district in 1916 (Reg. No. 18330/1916). Could this John possibly be John, father of the above mentioned Ellen and Michael?

Mary Hehir married James Lee in the Narrandera district in 1911 (Reg. No. 13887/1911)
James H. Hehir married Vera M. Trethewey in the Narrandera district in 1913 (Reg. No. 15691/1913).
John J. Hehir married Sylvia C. Tretheway in the Narrandera district in 1915 (Reg. No. 2313/1915)

Again, I did not search for other variations of Hehir. It is also important to remember that this photograph may be of someone with a surname other than Hehir. 

A search on the National Library of Australia's digitised newspaper collection on Trove has showed that there were Hehirs in Ganmain, Leeton, Lockhart, Urana, Wagga Wagga and other areas in the Riverina. If anyone has any Hehirs (or variations of this surname) in their family tree from these areas, please contact me! Any help identifying this photograph is appreciated. Thanks. 

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Technology - 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History - Week 8

What are some of the technological advances that happened during your childhood? What types of technology do you enjoy using today, and which do you avoid?

As I am in my 20s, I guess have grown up taking advanced technology for granted. It is interesting to look back and see how technology has improved in the last 30 or so years. 

These are my experiences with technology, during my childhood and today. 

VZ200 and Commodore 64- I very vaguely remember older members of my family occasionally playing games with these, otherwise I don't remember much about them. 
Apple II E - they still had a few of these at school when I started but I don't remember ever using them. 
Macintosh Classic - these were introduced in 1990 and they are mostly what I remember using in my earliest years of primary school. I remember using the drawing software programs, particularly Kid Pix
Macintosh Color Classic - introduced in 1993, my school had one of these in the computer room. I remember students took it in turns to have a go on the colored Mac, playing with titles from the Living Books series including: Just Grandma and Me, Arthur's Teacher Trouble and The Tortoise and the Hare. According to the Wikipedia entry for the Living Books series these were introduced in 1992 and 1993. 

I continued to use Apple Mac's during Primary School. In my later years of Primary school we had a  PC at home. During High School I only ever used PCs, both at school and at home. I have been using the Internet since 1999. 

In 2003 I bought my own computer - a Desktop PC running Windows XP with an LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) monitor, which I thought was exciting at the time because most computers I'd ever seen before had CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) monitors. 

iPaq 2210. Public domain, from
Wikimedia Commons
In about 2004, I enthusiastically purchased a Pocket PC/Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) - A Hewlett-Packard iPAQ 2210. I used Pocket Genealogist software on it. I was quite happy with most aspects of the PDA. However, there were some things about it which frustrated me: 
  • it was difficult to use outside in bright light
  • every time the batteries ran down all data was lost (this was very annoying)
  • the rubber on the edges started to come off not long after I bought it 
  • I found the on-screen keyboard difficult to use. I actually bought an external keyboard but it was awkward to use too.
I still have my iPAQ but I haven't used it for several years and I am not sure it would still work. I must get it out and try it again some day soon.

In about 2005 I bought my first Laptop Computer (13" Display, Intel Pentium M Processor 1.8 GHz, 512 MB RAM, 80 GB HDD, Windows XP). I was very pleased with this and only replaced it last year. It still works but is very slow.

In 2008 I replaced my desktop PC with a newer generic PC running Windows Vista, with a 22" LCD monitor. I am still very happy with it and use it often.

Last year (2010) I purchased a new Dell Inspiron Laptop computer running Windows 7. I really like it and I'm using it right now! It's pink!

Film cameras were used when I was younger. I bought my first digital camera in 2003, a Canon

Music Players
When I was young we had cassette players. I received my first CD player in 1997. I bought my first digital audio player (an iPod Nano 4th Generation) in 2008. 

Rotary-dial telephone.
Public domain, from Wikimedia Commons
When I was young my family used an old style rotary-dial telephone. I can't remember exactly when we got one that had push buttons but it was a novelty when we did! 

I have fond memories of my family's AWA color television. It served well for many years and we replaced it about 10 years ago.

During my lifetime video technology has moved from VCRs to DVDs and now Blu-Rays. I don't have any Blu-rays or a Blu-ray player though, only DVDs. 

(I am in no way associated with any companies, my recommendations are my own and based on my experiences.)

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants.
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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Someone's Ancestor Sunday - Susan Ellis (nee Hehir) Photo Album - Part 2

Last week I wrote a blog post Someone's Ancestor Sunday - Susan Ellis (nee Hehir) Photo Album - Part 1. Today I am posting the first of the unknown unnamed photographs from Susan's album. Susan (1833-1921) lived at Heathcote, Victoria

Photograph of an unknown young man from Susan Ellis (nee Hehir) Photograph Album. c1880s/1890s. No writing or markings on the back. Writing at the bottom of the card: "Yeoman Co. Bridge St., Ballarat." Type of Photograph: Cabinet Card

Any information that could help identify this photograph would be most helpful. Thanks.
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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Sorting Saturday - Twitter

My first Sorting Saturday challenge is to sort all the people/organisations I am following on Twitter into lists. I mostly use my Twitter account (@ausgenjourneys) to follow genealogy tweets. However, I am also following other tweets based on other interests. I want to separate them so my twitter feed is better organised. 

So, today I created the following Twitter lists: 

Other Interests:
  • Charities
  • Catholic/Christian
  • Environment
  • Information Technology
  • Other
I am still working on the following lists: 'USA Genealogy', 'Canadian Genealogy', 'English Genealogy', 'Scottish Genealogy' and 'Welsh Genealogy'. 

Further Reading:
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Michael O'Brien and Eliza O'Brien (nee Carew)

The grave of my Great Great Grandparents Michael and Eliza (nee Carew) O'Brien, in the Catholic section of a local cemetery. 

In Memory of
Michael O'Brien
Died Dec. 21. 1925
Aged 93
And his wife
Died Nov. 10. 1924
Aged 78.

A photograph taken in the Catholic section of the same local cemetery.
Many of the people buried there are relatives.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them,
May they rest in peace. Amen.
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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Someone's Ancestor Sunday - Susan Ellis (nee Hehir) Photo Album - Part 1

A collage of photographs from the old album.
As I mentioned in my previous blog post Please don't throw it person's trash is another's treasure (26 Nov. 2010) 

"Recently an old photograph album has come into the possession of my Mum and I. The cousin who gave it to us didn't know anyone in the photos and told us we could throw it out if we wanted. One look at the album and Mum and I are sure the photographs show relatives of my great great grandmother Susan Ellis (nee Hehir) who immigrated to Australia from Killow, Clareabbey, County Clare, Ireland. The photos appear to date from the 1880s/1890s."

Mary Ellen Blain (nee Hehir) (1865-1952) c1880s.
Photograph by Imperial, 109 Elizabeth St, Melbourne.
Only one photograph from the album has since been identified - she is Mary Ellen Blain (nee Hehir) (1865-1952) daughter of Patrick and Margaret (nee Moloney) Hehir, Grand daughter of Patrick and Bridget (nee O'Neill) Hehir of Killow, Clareabbey, County Clare. It is believed that Patrick Hehir was probably a brother of Timothy Hehir (My 3rd Great Grandfather, Susan's father). Timothy is possibly Thaddeus Hehir mentioned in the Griffiths Valuations in 1855

Timothy Hehir was married to Ann McMahon (it is believed she died during the Great Famine) so the photographs in Susan's album could possibly relate to McMahon relatives as well as to Hehirs. 

Searches on Ancestry, Trove and Australian Births, Deaths and Marriages Indexes have revealed that there were a lot of Hehir/O'Hehir/Hair/O'Hair/Heir/O'Heir/Haire/O'Haire/Hare/O'Hare (and variations, I think this must be the surname in my family tree with the most variations!) who came to Australia, with many from County Clare. Those Australian Hehirs I have found online who have photographs sometimes have a family resemblance - so chances are they may have been related back in Ireland! It is known that some Hehirs probably related to Susan (other descendants of Patrick Hehir and Bridget O'Neill mentioned above) went to the USA, so I am interested in hearing from anyone across the world who might see even a hint of a family resemblance!  

My Great Great Grandmother Susan Ellis (nee Hehir) can be seen on my blog banner - she is second from the left. 

Over the coming Sundays I will feature one unnamed unknown photograph from Susan's album per week. Hopefully I can solve a few mysteries with a little help from other genealogists. 

(Sources available on request).

Further reading:
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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Sorting Saturday - Revisiting my organisation goals

Way back in May 2010 I posted two blog posts regarding my plans to re-organise myself and virtually start again with my family history research (see Let's start at the beginning...Why I need to be organised and make research goals -23 May 2010 and Unlearning what I have learned - 30 May 2010)

I thought I would sit down and analyse how I have progressed, or rather, how I haven't progressed....
I have decided to make myself a Sorting Saturday challenge. I will post a Sorting Saturday blog every Saturday and try and deal with my disorganisation in little chunks to save being overwhelmed by the whole. 

First I'll take a look at the organisation 'goals' I made back in May 2010:

  • read some basic beginners guides to Genealogy and Family History - online and offline. I will share and discuss on this blog the beginners guides that I find the most helpful and interesting. Yes I think I may have actually achieved this goal.
  • organise a new Family History folder arrangement on my computer hard drive - and share my ideas! With this one I partly pass and partly fail. I did write a blog post on hard drive organisation and I have mostly reorganised my hard drive...but not completely.
  • set up template spreadsheets to record all research and correspondence - I will share my template ideas here and discuss some of the places I found the inspiration for them. Well, I did write a blog post about research logs but I am afraid I have not yet worked out my own. A definite to-do for an upcoming Sorting Saturday.
  • start my new Legacy file with the basic information about myself and my immediate family. I hope to re-familiarise myself with the features of the software - data entry, reports, charts, searching, sorting, sources and source citation (or Start a new file in Legacy, begin with myself and work backwards methodically, recording all sources, attaching relevant source documents and attaching photographs). I haven't started a new Legacy file yet, another item for an upcoming Sorting Saturday. 
  • Create research goals and detailed plans. I haven't done this but I imagine this will be an ongoing task I will progressively do after I have achieved the basic goals above.
  • Organise, tag and label the photographs on my computer (digital photos as well as scanned photos and documents). This is a rather large goal, so I will have to figure out a way to break it down into smaller chunks, say, one folder at a time.
  • Organise my Google Bookmarks. Another fail, another to-do.
  • Organise my Bookshelves on Google Books. Another fail, another to-do.
  • Continue learning more about professional Genealogy and Family History through blogs, web sites, books and journals. I think I have achieved this one, but once again this is an ongoing task as well.
  • My longer term goals include publishing some of my research on this blog and writing a detailed history book about my Fullerton ancestors. I have put some of my research on this blog. I still have the Fullerton book to work on though and that is a BIG goal.
Now I have a few extra goals to add to this list.
  • Sort out my Twitter account, organise the tweeters I am following into different lists.
  • Sort out the blogs I am following with my Google Reader account.
  • Create lists on Facebook so I can sort my news feed easily by category.
  • Begin using Google Calendar.
  • Sort out all my emails, stored across several old email addresses, into one account on Gmail.
  • Sort out all the items I have saved in my Ancestry Shoebox and all the 'maybe' information I have saved in several 'working' Ancestry Family Trees.
  • Create a computer back-up routine.
  • Photograph/scan all the family history material I have storied in hardcopy in folders.
  • Work out what to do with my collection of genealogy magazines, books and CDs.
  • Sort out the 'family history box' - the general place I put family history related clippings from newspapers etc.
  • Improve my time-management skills.

I'm looking forward to lots of busy Sorting Saturdays in the near future. Hopefully I am finally on my way to becoming a more disciplined, organised family historian. Positive thinking!

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Follow Friday - Facebook Pages for Genealogists - Australia/ NZ/ UK/ Ireland and some US

If you have a Facebook account, here are a selection of pages relevant to genealogy research (with an emphasis on Australia, NZ, UK and Ireland and a selection of US pages too). There are many Facebook groups relevant to genealogy research, but they are not included in this list. This is not a comprehensive list, and if you know of any others, please let me know. Thanks.


Society of Australian Genealogists on Facebook
Genealogical & Historical Societies
New Zealand
United Kingdom

Genealogical Societies
United States of America
Web Sites

Unlock the Past also have a list of Australian Genealogy & History pages on Facebook

I am always interested when a new page relevant to genealogy research appears on Facebook. A vast majority of genealogical and historical societies, libraries and archives are not yet represented with a Facebook page. If you know of any useful pages I have missed, please let me know. Thanks.

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Radio/Television - 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History - Week 6

What was your favourite radio or television show from your childhood? What was the program about and who was in it?

As I am in my 20s, the television shows from my childhood were from the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Now for a trip down memory lane...

Favourite television shows from my early childhood

Sesame Street - an American television show for pre-schoolers, featuring several of Jim Henson's Muppet characters as well as human characters in a fictional New York neighbourhood called Sesame Street. Situations with the characters on Sesame Street were combined with songs and animations to educate and entertain children. When I was young, Sesame Street was on twice a day, in the morning (can't remember the exact time) and in the afternoon at 3:00 pm. As a youngster I remember always being a little annoyed when the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) showed Parliament (live coverage of Australian Federal Government sessions at Parliament House in Canberra) before Sesame Street and it sometimes went overtime!! Very boring for a kid!! My favourite characters on Sesame Street were Bert and Ernie, Kermit the Frog and Snuffy (Mr Snuffleupagus).  I loved the songs from Sesame Street - and still do!

Play School - an educational Australian television show for pre-schoolers on ABC. Like Sesame Street, Play School was on ABC twice a day (Don't worry I didn't watch too much television - childhood memories fortunately include many, many hours with family, playing with toys and playing outside on our farm!). When I was watching Play School the presenters included: Noni Hazlehurst, John Hamblin, Benita Collings, Trisha Goddard, Don Spencer and George Spartels.

Mr Squiggle - a long running Australian children's television show on ABC. The main character, Mr Squiggle (a puppet), had a pencil for a nose and used to finish drawings. He visited earth in his rocket from his home on the moon!

Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends - a British children's television show shown in Australia on ABC. It was based on the characters from books by Rev. W. V. Awdry. Thomas, the main character, was a train, as were most of the minor characters.

Favourite television shows from my later childhood

Duck Tales DVDs
Duck Tales - this adventurous Disney cartoon series featured Scrooge McDuck and his nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie as well as a host of other characters. As a side note, I came across this Duck Family Tree a while ago and thought it was very funny - I hope you like it too!

Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers DVDs
Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers - another adventurous Disney cartoon. The main characters were the chipmunks (Chip and Dale), their mice friends Monterey Jack and Gadget and Zipper the fly.

The Adventures of Tintin DVDs
The Adventures of Tintin - a cartoon based on a comic book series. Tintin was a reporter who always managed to the solve whatever mystery he encountered.

I have all these television shows on DVD now, and often show them to my nieces and nephews.

Other Television Shows I Remember Watching and Enjoying
Alvin and the Chipmunks
Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears
Saturday Disney
The Secret World of Alex Mack
What's Up Doc? (on Nine Network)
Surprise Surprise

As for radio, the only thing I remember my parents listening to regularly (and they still do) was Ian McNamara's Australia All Over on ABC Radio. 

I have really enjoyed this trip down memory lane!!

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