29 July 2010

Unlocking Australia's Past

Exploring our own family history and heritage, and that of the people we marry, can bring to light aspects of the broader history of our nations, the parts of history often left out of history books.

We learn, through our own investigations, and those of others doing similar research into their own families, that there are many versions of history that are yet to be adequately acknowledged.

25 July 2010

The Art of Genealogy

Here is one of my little computer artworks from quite a few years ago. I think it is quite an appropriate addition to this genealogy blog.

23 July 2010

The Importance of Being Earnest With Alice In Wonderland

Unlike his elder brother Arthur, Ernest Ginn managed to survive the First War and married Alice. In 1933, when his brother-in-law Louis Veheyen died, Ernest left his job on the London trams and went to assist his sister Florence in the spice warehouse.

Well, that is what I think may have happened. I have been wondering about Ernest, just as I have been wondering about Alice and various other relatives. The Alice in question here is not my grandmother, who you may recall is mentioned elsewhere in this blog as being known by the name of Alice, but this other Alice is Alice's Auntie Alice.

20 July 2010

We Are All Related

I like to remember that we are all related, sometimes quite closely and sometimes more distantly. However peculiar we may think another person might be, there are aspects of their lives that may be very similar to our own, and other aspects that are probably very different.

19 July 2010

The Spice of Life - Part four

It is good to have plenty of variety when exploring family history. We can often become bogged down when looking for details about one particular person, event or place, and even lose our enthusiasm in frustration, so it is good to put those particulars to one side for a while and research something different.

10 July 2010

The Spice of Life - Part Three

Louis Prosper Verheyen was born on 10 June 1867 in Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, near Brussels, Belgium. He had two brothers, Charles Cesar and Joseph, and a sister, Anne Joseph.

The children's father, Jules Cesar Verheyen, died on 8 December 1868, leaving their mother. Anne Catherine nee Dehouwer, to bring up the four children on her own.

Jules had been a merchant, according to the council records in Molenbeek. Anne, who may have been known as Catherine, was about 20 years old when her husband died and she moved her young family to the nearby town of Saint-Gilles on 18 December 1869.

08 July 2010

The Spice of Life - Part Two

Which of your ancestors had the most varied life? Is that person also the most interesting inhabitant of your family history?