Author Archives: GeniAus

About GeniAus

I am an ancient Australian ancestor hunter who was formerly a librarian, teacher and IT specialist. Fascinated by Web2.0 applications I spend every spare moment chasing ancestors and connecting with other genealogists. I blog at Ballau.blogspot.com, curryaus.wordpress.com, geniaus.blogspot.com and geneadictionary.wordpress.com. I am a contributor to worldwidegenealogy.blogspot.com and I maintain a Society blog hornsbyshirefhg.wordpress.com. I am a member of several Societies in Australia, England and Internationally. Proud to have been an Official Blogger at Rootstech in 2011, 2012, 2013 ,2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 and Official Blogger at AFFHO12 and AFFHO2015. You can find my family at www.geniaus.net.

Avoiding the Keyboard

I grew up in the years when one had a secretary to do one’s typing so I never really learnt how to touchtype. I am a hunter and pecker on the keyboard. With loads of data entry to do for my CurryAus study I came up with an idea to avoid some typing.

I created a new private tree on Ancestry and uploaded a gedcom with just a few Curry records to kickstart my process. While I have several private and public trees on my ancestry account I have never done any data entry directly into an Ancestry  tree so this was something new for me.

My idea was to do a broad search for the Last Name : Curry and Place your ancestor might have lived : Australia. My Collection Focus was Australia. It was to be a fishing trip with no real method, this was a test run. Of course with such a broad search I was overwhelmed with hits. There are so many Currys in Australia!

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I had no intention of looking at all of these records. All Ancestry Trees in my results were ignored, I concentrated on Records. I added several unrelated Curry records after I worked out how to add a new person. I was eventually after hints, those shaky green leaves. My thoughts being that I could avoid keyboarding if I added people from the Ancestry Records and then at back and waited for the hints to appear.

When the shaky green leaves came on I could once again ignore the Ancestry Trees and add those hints that I thought valid and worthwhile to my records. I tried to avid individuals that I knew were in my Master list in Family Historian because I wanted new people to add to that list.

After several hours down the rabbit hole I downloaded the gedcom of my new tree from Ancestry and merged it into my  Family Historian tree.

Will I do this again? Definitely – I avoided lots of typing and ended up with about 300 new Currys in my database with multiple life events with sources firmly attached. Of course there were a number of duplicates that I have to merge into existing records in Family Historian but there is no typing involved for this.

What will I do differently? I will start a new tree so it is easy to produce a gedcom with just the new results for merging into my Master list in Family Historian. I may create an Ancestry tree concentrating on people on Electoral Rolls or Births, Deaths or Marriages but as I practice Tangential Genealogy I may just follow a whim.

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Robert Henry Curry

I just came across these blogposts which recount the sad story of Robert Henry Curry (1885-1930) and his son Robert Henry Curry (1919-1930).

https://agnescahillfamilynswaustralia.blogspot.com/2019/03/remembering-story-of-agnes-dries-on.html

http://agnescahillfamilynswaustralia.blogspot.com/2018/01/agnes-teresa-dries-and-palm-island.html

Trove Tuesday – They died on Tuesday

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1938 ‘MR. T. CURRY.’, Daily Mercury (Mackay, Qld. : 1906 – 1954), 14 October, p. 7. , viewed 15 Jul 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article169398292

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1944 ‘OBITUARY’, Glen Innes Examiner (NSW : 1908 – 1954), 1 June, p. 4. , viewed 15 Jul 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article185408348

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1905 ‘CARRINGTON.’, Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate (NSW : 1876 – 1954), 27 July, p. 7. , viewed 15 Jul 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article138382068

Surname Studies at THE Genealogy Show

Together with Janet Few and Kirsty Gray I presented a panel session at THE Genealogy Show 2019.

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Fuzzy photo of the three panelists  (L-R) Jill, Kirsty. Janet

Our topic was Surname Studies – the why, the how and much more!  I had great time sharing details of my study and giving a few tips to would be Surname Studiers; of course I learnt quite a bit from my co-panelists as we discussed our methodologies. Thanks to Kirsty for her invitation to speak on this topic and to Janet for coordinating the slides and organisation of our presentation

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So what did we talk about?

Firstly Kirsty gave a brief introduction and indicated how she had met Janet and me.

We then introduced our studies and discussed  their scale, size and what got us started. We told whether our studies were worldwide or a restricted geographical area, or a restricted time period and if we were a one-man band or part of a team. Each of us had a very different story about why we got started and our motivations for undertaking a surname study.

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Our research and data collection methods were discussed; we talked about the sort of data we collected and where found it. We also covered our methods for storing data. It was interesting that as mine was a newer study I made a lot of use of spreadsheets and technology whereas the others, who had started their studies quite a while ago used more traditional methods.

We talked about reconstructing families and whether this is a priority. Do we start with the families and then look for data or vice versa or both? Do we aim to put all our data into family trees? Once again this was dependent on the age and size of the studies we discussed.

We touched on the use of DNA for surname studies but, as of yet, the panelists have not gone down this path.

We also talked about the Problems of researching in a country/state/province/county we aren’t living in. These include not having local knowledge of the geography of an area and the resources available in an area.

We all seemed to have done fairly well with promoting our studies by using a range of online and print resources including on-line trees,websites/blogs, social media, journal and newsletter articles and giving talks/presentations about our studies. We all agreed that membership of a surname organisation provided great support for those undertaking studies.

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Finally we each shared some advice for prospective studiers. Mine was “Just do it”. 

My only regret is that we didn’t record this session as I would dearly love to once again hear what my co-panelists had to say.

 

 

 

 

CurryAus on Stage

The nerves are kicking in as I prepare go on stage later this week to talk about my Surname Study, CurryAus.

I will be joining experts Kirsty Gray, Sillifant Study, and Janet Few, Braund One-Name Study, in a panel presentation “Surname Studies – the why, the how and much
more! ” at THE Genealogy Show 2019 on Saturday this week in Birmingham. As the newbie on the panel I hope to learn some tips from Kirsty and Janet. I will also share my experiences as a beginner Surname Student using 21st century tools to manage her study.

My message will be “If you are contemplating a Surname Study – JUST DO IT!”

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If you are in the area please call unto THE Show where you will meet and hear from a gathering of genealogists from all all around the world.

 

 

Dangerous Times

When trawling through Trove to find more Currys I have come across a reports of several mishaps. Our forebears certainly lived in dangerous times.

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“Mr. Ernest Curry, while hay carting, had the prong of a pitchfork driven through his leg, necessitating anti tetanus treatment.”

1938 ‘COOLAMON’, Albury Banner and Wodonga Express (NSW : 1881 – 1938), 23 December, p. 5. , viewed 28 Apr 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article119433056
ACCIDENT TO MR JOSEPH CURRY.
“On Saturday morning last Mr Joseph Curry, a local engine driver, met with a very painful and serious accident. He fell on to an iron fender, striking it with such force as to almost sever his nose from his face and lacerating bis forehead. The unfor-tunate man was removed to the hospital, where Dr. Bray, after removing the broken bone, replaced the feature. He is progressing as well as can be expected.”
1903 ‘ACCIDENT TO MR. JOSEPH CURRY.’, Leader (Orange, NSW : 1899 – 1945), 15 June, p. 2. , viewed 28 Apr 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article252316560
ACCIDENT
Mr. Jim Curry, Buchanan street, Kandos, who is employed at the Kandos coal mine, was on Wednes-day admitted to Rylstone District Hospital with the index finger of his right hand badly crushed. While clearing away coal, etc., from the rails under a skip, to which a horse was attached, the animal moved forward, and the wheel of the skip passed over his finger. It is prob-able that portion of the finger will have to be amputated.
1938 ‘ACCIDENT’, Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative (NSW : 1890 – 1954), 9 June, p. 7. , viewed 28 Apr 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article162501637
CYCLING ACCIDENT.
George Curry, of North Hill, met with, a serious accident last evening, while training on Forbes showground, He, was riding a bicycle round the track, when one of the wheels ran on to the wheel, of the machine in front of him, and he fell heavily, sustaining a broken collarbone, besides being cut about considerably.
1915 ‘CYCLING ACCIDENT.’, The Forbes Advocate (NSW : 1911 – 1954), 21 December, p. 2. , viewed 28 Apr 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article100289350
CAR ACCIDENT
Joseph Thomas Curry, of ‘Apanie’ via Oberon reported to Bathurst police that his car ran off the road while travelling to Bathurst on Monday. He sald the Incident occurred on
a left hand bend -about 17 miles from Bathurst. * The car suffered minor damage and! no one was injured.
1953 ‘CAR ACCIDENT’, National Advocate (Bathurst, NSW : 1889 – 1954), 5 August, p. 2. , viewed 28 Apr 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article161712188
MAN BADLY HURT
Donald Curry, 26, of Edgecliffe Road, Woollahra, was badly beaten up by a gang of  hooligans at The Entrance on Saturday night. Dr. Wallace King treated Curry for a fractured nose, concussion, and severe lacerations. The ambulance took Curry to Gosford
and the police sent him to Sydney by train.
1938 ‘MAIN BADLY HURT’, Man on the Land (Gosford, NSW : 1936 – 1938), 19 April, p. 4. , viewed 28 Apr 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article162533463

The Amateur on the Panel

I’m an amateur genealogist, I don’t profess to be an expert but I try to be diligent  in my research efforts. I enjoy dabbling with CurryAus, my Surname Study, because it gives my brain cells a real workout as I try to merge the jigsaw of all the Curry records I find into a coherent collection of family trees.

It was a pleasant surprise when I was invited to join two professionals and Surname Study experts in a panel presentation, Surname Studies – the why, the how and much more!, at THE Genealogy Show 2019 in Birmingham in June.

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I am sure that I will learn more from fellow panelists, Kirsty Gray, Founder of the Surname Society and Janet Few, The History Interpreter,  than I will contribute to the session. I aim to enthuse a few beginners to start up a surname study and share some tips that rookie surname studiers can employ as they start out on their Surname journeys.

Whether you are already undertaking a Surname Study or you just want to know the whys and hows of Surname Studies I can promise that this will be a lively and entertaining session.