There are records then there are records ..

In following through on researching family records I have taken the opportunity of looking at the life of Margaret Ford Purdie.  Margaret Ford Purdie was the daughter born to Susanne Ford and James Ford just before they immigrated to South Australian in 1848.

Both her and her mother survived the three months passage to South Australia.

Margaret Ford Purdie married James Grigg in Port Adelaide in 1866 and died in Broken Hill, NSW, in 1939.  Quick link.

Security and security

It is one thing researching your family and finding all the data but the question is, what do you do with it?

What you end up doing with your data is an aspect of family research which may have escaped those who have just begun the journey.  As I outline in my latest article, Security and Security, commercial ancestry websites are not necessarily the place to go.  To control your data is an important aspect of family research and one that generally gets little attention.


Genealogy without Ancestry

Genealogy without Ancestry is about how I managed to find my ancestors and document their lives without the assistance of commercial ancestry websites.

It is apparent reading any number of facebook posts that many ancestry searchers are frustrated with using commercial ancestry sites.  While there are any number of websites advising how to do this for free, and some of these sites are not without merit, there is the aspect that the dedicated researcher will have to branch out on their own at some point.

So I begin a series of posts about my own personal experience in researching my family’s history.   Not everything about one’s family is contain in the BDM files.  At some point the researcher will have to leave the safe haven of state archives and spread their wings in order to join the dots together.  But how to make sense of all this additional material that is not closeted away?  For instance, just what makes evidence reliable?  How to differentiate between the possible and the probable?



Cornwall, Miners and Man Engines

I did not know what a man engine was until I took a closer look at Richard Cornish.

Like many born in the Western end of Cornwall, Richard worked in a mine but found his way to Australia in the mid 1800s along with 6.7 other immigrants.

To find out more read my latest article, Cornish by Name: Cornish by Nature.

A Voice from the Past

One of the unsettling things about following one’s family’s history is that you often find some piece of information well beyond your capacity to respond adequately.

I have recently found a touching note on the internet which was probably written following my father’s death in 2011. I was totally unaware of the note or the site from which it originated and only found it by accident.  I am glad I did.

I have endeavoured to find Danial Edward Martin but I am lead to believe the gentleman is now deceased.

The note confirms that my father, William (Bill) Ford, is single at the time and was the school teacher at the one teacher school at Pompapiel .  My father had mentioned to me on a number of occasions his teaching at Pompapiel.  He was there for two years before joining the Army as an officer in 1939.  Pompapiel is part of the grain growing belt of Victoria and some fifty kilometres north of Bendigo.

It is a shame I did not find this note sometime earlier and respond more appropriately to Daniel Martin’s thoughts.