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March 2017 Letters

Family History
After reading the December/January Letter of the Month I wanted to let you know that I am also writing the family history similar to Alexis Parisotto. My husband and I are the last of our families so I want our children to have some idea of what our families did and where they came from.
   I have started with my side of the family going as far back as I can up to the time I met my husband. I have only listed the immediate family but give details of their children and maybe what they did in life and where they lived, anything I have been told or read or found at my local family history centre. Next I have done the same with my husbands family up to the time we met.
   I am now on to Our Life together from when we met and married in 1958. I still have lots to do but it has been so interesting going back over all the years, it is really giving me a lot of joy and I am sure the family will feel the same. Of course, there have been down times but mostly up and happy times. I will also put photos through the book, especially of all family members and where they lived if I have them. It is a big job but I am loving doing it!
   Many thanks to AFTC for the all the joy I get in receiving my monthly subscription magazine.
                                                                                                                            Judy Wilson by email

December 2016/January 2017 cover
I am wondering if the photo of the four boys had been published in AFTC before? It was familiar, but am unable to place it at present.
   For me a Mt Isa connection doesnt ring a bell, but I do have a Hansen pop up in my mothers paternal side of the family marrying one of the Gerlach females, I think. They came from the Boronia, Scoresby area in Victoria. I am currently away from my records and will be able to access them in a few weeks.
                                                                                                                           Eddie Beulke by email

Gilbert River burial
The article titled Gilbert River Cemetery, Queensland in the September 2016 issue, brought to mind a very happy and interesting holiday we had in the far north of Queensland in 1998. The holiday included doing some research into one of my families who resided in the Gilbert River area well over a hundred years ago. My husband and I were specifically looking for a property called Tonks Camp between Georgetown and Croydon. I was looking for a grave of one of my great–grandmothers, Annie (OBrien) Swindley, whose death certificate stated that she had lived on, died and was buried on that property on 30 May 1905. How I would have loved to have been shown a small overgrown graveyard. Unfortunately, it was not to be and although I know approximately where she was buried, Ive never had the chance to locate her grave or been able to locate anyone else who could until just recently.
   In the 1903 Electoral Roll, Annie, her husband William Swindley and two of their sons, George and James, were listed as living there. Annie performed domestic duties, William and George were farmers and James was a stockman. On Annies death certificate, it states that she died of fever after a duration of two weeks and was buried there on the same day.
   I contacted the owner of the property early in 1998 as I was going to be in the area later in the year. He very kindly invited me to call in to see where she had lived and died, and although he was going to be absent I was still welcome to have a look. He said he had no knowledge of a grave. Even though there was no one home, we called in, as we had travelled a long way, just to see where the family had lived all those years ago. About a year later, I was absolutely delighted to receive a letter from the man saying that he had mentioned my story to his next door neighbour who said that he had discovered a grave on his property, Amberlee, next door and it was just near the entrance to Tonks Camp. Perhaps there had been an adjustment to the boundary line when the places were surveyed and possibly a fence had been erected as well and the grave is in fact on what is now Amberlee. Unbeknown to me, I had been so close to it.
   Recently, we passed through Croydon and Georgetown on a coach tour, and although we were not able to go looking for the new known locality of the grave, I gave the information to the manager of the Visitor Information Centre in Croydon, which also handles family history information for the neighbouring shire of Georgetown, and he has very kindly offered to try to locate the grave and take photos of it. Whilst in Croydon, I also, unsuccessfully, tried to contact a family member from the Amberlee property, to alert her to the lone grave, if she is unaware of it and perhaps get some recognition of it. Once again, luck was not with me, however, the word has been spread in the district and maybe one day, the grave of Annie (OBrien) Swindley will be located and honoured. I would love to be able to go back there one day to pay my respects at the grave of my great–great grandmother, Annie Swindley, formerly Pennington née OBrien.
   The helpfulness of the people I have encountered so far in my quest to locate the resting place of Annie, has been most heart warming and one day, I hope we will be successful in our search. This is the nature of family history research, isnt it? Its what makes it so fascinating and why we keep persevering, in some cases, over many years. We encounter brick walls but we still keep on searching, hoping that one day we will be successful in breaching that wall.
   With best wishes to all who, like me, are hoping to breach their own walls in 2017.
                                                                                                                             Jocelyn Gould by email

New Zealand research
I wonder how many readers recognise that the last advertisement in this wonderful magazine offers some very efficient research facilities, all done by email with the cost of doing it a reasonable donation offered for the services rendered? We dont specify an amount, but having performed a duty for several Australians now, and very successfully I might add, researchers have given us a reasonable sum. This has enabled us to open a bank account in NSW to save us and our clients from having to pay bank charges.
   Do you have some unfound relatives in New Zealand that you would like to locate without having to pay an expensive airfare to come and look for yourself? See us last in the classified ads and email us right away. Give us a go.

                                                                                                                      Hanley Hoffmann, President
                                                                                                                                         Waikanae FHG

Well done!
In late 2015 my FindMyPast subscription cost $49.00 and I renewed thinking that was the cost. Unfortunately I was charged over $240.00.
   One email and they cancelled my subscription. The money was back on my credit card within 4 days. It is nice to know that some companies are not money grabbing.
                                                                                                                                   Sue Wood by email


Genuinely sourced research
Please find enclosed payment for the renewal of my annual subscription together with a list of surnames for the Surname Register and some entries for Missing Ancestors to be included in your magazine when convenient.
   Looking forward to receiving this wonderful magazine again throughout the year. It is quite evident from the readers stories that their family research has been genuinely sourced by their own efforts to get results and sometimes I will recognise a clue to follow up another line of enquiry in my own research that had not been considered before or was even aware of!
   Best wishes to the hard–working team and may the year ahead be a successful time.

                                                                                                                             Helen Neill, Victoria



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