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.
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.
I’m a little disorganised with my approach to the CurryAus study. If I find a new useful resource I go off on a tangent and see if I can find any Curry references in that resource.
Although I suggest this as a good resource for general research I had never checked AHPRA, The Australian Health Protection Agency Register of Practioners, for details of my Currys.
I dipped into this resource today to see who I could find. Firstly I put Curry into the Family Name field of the search box and was rewarded with 50 results in alphabetical order. I got a message telling me that 50 was the maximum number of hits displayed and, that if I wanted more, I should narrow my search. That I did.
AHPRA Search Box
I narrowed by State/Territory and found these Currys:
- ACT – 3
- NSW – 35
- Queensland – 10
- South Australia – 4
- Tasmania – 2
- Victoria – 18
- Western Australia – 4
I was able to tie two of the results to people in my database
Among those in the full list were 50 nurses, 1 dentist, 2 occupational therapists, 2 pharmacists and 6 medical practitioners.
As I really should be doing other things I added AHPRA to my CurryAus Resource Progress spreadsheet to be checked, noted what I had done and went back to the tasks at hand.
CurryAus Resource Progress. Green indicates completed
I was alerted to this article by a genimate on Facebook, Anne Young. It made me realise that searching for the Curry surname on Google etc would have been much easier in the fifties.
Tracking down an original source for this item was a challenge.
I found it here: http://stagnesvillages.com.au/useruploads/files/lv_newsletter_july_2016.pdf
and here: https://issuu.com/seniors…/sunshine_coast_seniors_newspaper_fe_2719ca31f38d25.
Anne tracked it down to here: the earliest she could find was from 2012 in England:
It seems plagiarism is rife as many people have published this without attribution. I would love to thank the original creator for this article but I don’t know who it is
In a recent tweet Ancestry.co.uk asked “What does your last name say about you?”
Naturally I followed the link to “Discover the meaning and history behind your last name” which is Curry.
This link will show you what Ancestry had to say.