2017 so far hasn’t been a good year for CurryAus. Apart from spending a few hours hunting Currys in the Family History Library after Rootstech I haven’t done much work on my database. Straight after Rootstech I set off on a five week holidat with my husband so family history matters and Curry hunting took a back seat.
Yesterday I had a few hours to kill in the city so I headed to The State Library of New South Wales and spent a few hours using their free wifi to add a few more names to my database.
I managed to go through the Daily Telegraph Tributes, Obituaries and Funeral Notices where I found quite a number of Curry entries, I was able to add all the Curry data I found there to my database so I am feeling rather chuffed.
I fear that I need to be like a cat and have nine lives. I have so much Curry material. One of the places I store things that I find on my Australian Currys is in a list on Trove.
Our national treasure, Trove, provides access to newspaper articles, photos, websites etc. Genealogists mostly make use of the newspaper archive but searches of the database can bring up other relevant items like music scores and voice recordings.
When I am playing in Trove I sometimes don’t have time to deal with things I find. As a registered user I have the ability to tag items I find and create lists for later review. These can be easily accessed from one’s user profile or by a Trove search. Even a Google search will find Trove lists.
I have saved over 300 articles in my CurryAus list. I am not sure that I will ever get through them in my lifetime but at least they are preserved as a collection for anyone in the future who may be interested in the Curry surname.
See my CurryAus list here: http://trove.nla.gov.au/list?id=66583
One of my fave activities is Troveing. This morning I thought I’d do a Trove search for Curry limited to Pictures, photos, objects and Australian Content.
One of the first images I found was of Mal Curry who was an employee of the Melbourne Telegraph Office, 1949. I am so pleased that the image by Bob Kent in the SLV collection is out of copyrght so I can share it.Now I have a photo I need to find out more about Mal.
Catalogue Record from State Library of Victoria
My Genimate, Pauleen, when conducting research for a recent presentation in Ireland used the missing friends advertisements as a resource.
That gave me an idea – I just did a search on Trove using the term “Missing Persons” Curry and was rewarded with a list of hits. Some of the information I found has built on my database.
“MISSING FRIENDS.” Truth (Brisbane, Qld. : 1900 – 1954) 24 November 1929: 19. Web. 14 Nov 2016 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article203918348>.
1928 ‘Missing Friends’, Sunday Times (Perth, WA : 1902 – 1954), 14 October, p. 5. (First Section), viewed 14 Nov 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article58403575
1892 ‘MISSING FRIENDS.’, The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 – 1933), 1 December, p. 2. , viewed 14 Nov 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3551911
I wouldn’t mind stealing the title of this post for my blog but it already belongs to a hefty tome, Curry, scotch broth or irish stew, that I found in our State Library of NSW on a recent visit. It’s an apt title because most of the Currys in Australia are descended from Irish or Scottish families, there are just a few English Currys.
I found this book frustrating to use and handle but it was a great help to me in reconstructing the family of John Curry and Margaret Bowes who emigrated to Australia with a tribe of offspring on the Oriental in 1850.
John Curry and Family on The Oriental 1850 (http://srwww.records.nsw.gov.au/ebook/list.asp?series=NRS5316&item=4_4786&ship=Oriental)
As I haven’t finished going through the book which (can you believe it) is unsourced I need to return to the State Library of NSW to use it again. The clues it gives for names and places enables me to check my database, locate sources and create a tree for all of John and Margaret’s descendants.
I can’t fathom why the author created such a big book with acres of white space. With careful setting out it could be half the weight and size. At least my arms are getting some exercise as I handle it.
See: Individual Summary – John Curry
When will I ever find the time to follow these results up?
I was delighted to see that in its latest update Trove, has some beaut new features, an updated look in the newspaper area and one major new resource that has yielded quite a few snippets of information on Australian Currys.
Covering the period from 1832-2000 the New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 – 1900) and Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001) provide full text of :
- Government Gazette Notices
- Government Gazette Private Notices
- Government Gazette Proclamations And Legislation
- Government Gazette Appointments And Employment
- Government Gazette Tenders And Contracts
- Government Gazette Index And Contents
- Government Gazette Budgetary Papers Government Gazette
- Freedom Of Information
- and probably some other categories I have missed.
I carried out some preliminary searches to see what I could turn up for Currys
I did a simple search for the word Curry, the surname which is the subject of my surname study, although I cannot find any results prior to 1880 (must check further to see what the actual coverage is) I found plenty. I will need to narrow down the 1,903 hits I got for this term and slowly work through the results. The first page of hits promises to be most useful:
It’s just over a year since I launched this blog in December 2014 so I have missed my blogiversary !
Not being a very organised person I dip in and out of my CurryAus study at irregular intervals. As a novice I don’t know if I am going about things in a smart way but as I like to learn by trial and error I’m content.
I have found that Evernote is helping with my organisation. When I find a Curry mention somewhere (eg from a Google alert) that I don’t have time to deal with immediately I save it as a note in my CurryAus Evernote Notebook. When I have time I return to the notebook and process snippet by trying to find further evidence for the facts they reveal then I add the details to my CurryAus database in Family Historian. I then add a “posted” tag to the Evernote note to indicate that I have processed the information.
I also use Evernote to keep track of progress in recording details from small databases I come across like country cemetery lists and genealogy society indexes. I have note titled Resources Progress in which I list the Name and URL of resources I want to check. Here I record the date and where I am up to in checking each resource for Curry as I add it to my CurryAus database in Family Historian. When I finish checking a resource I mark it with Done in bright green text. This helps to keep me on track and remember what I have already checked.
As I hear from Currys (no-one as contacted me yet) I will also use Evernote to set up notes with their details in the CurryAus notebook. I am sure that as time progresses I will find even more ways that Evernote can keep me organised.
Have you any Evernote tips for me?