Family history area, Victor Harbor library

Monday 3 September 2012 saw the official opening of the revamped History Area of the Victor Harbor Library in a very informal ceremony with a gathering of staff and members of the Friends of the Victor Harbor Library and the Encounter Bay Family History Group. Scones and jam and cream were enjoyed after which Head […] Read more »

The dangers of online trees

I’ve been researching my children’s family tree, in particular their great grandmother’s line, the Tuckwells. I already knew that their great grandmother’s parents were Edward Thomas Tuckwell and Martha Matilda Joy, but I was ready to take the research further back. From Edward Thomas Tuckwell and Martha Matilda Joy’s marriage certificate, I knew that Edward’s […] Read more »

Quest for Sarah Helen Coventry

In our Hunt family archives is this funeral card, about the size of the present day business card. It was customary in the 19th century to send these to all members of the community bidding them to a funeral. The name does not occur in the family tree and having put it on the back […] Read more »

An amusing mistranscription

Recently, while researching articles from old SA newspapers in Trove, I found a piece about a one-eyed shearer who had been found drowned in a swamp near Penola in 1866. The jury’s verdict at the end of the inquest was “Found Prawned”. Read more »

Little boy lost?

While researching using the Trove Newspapers website, I came across this little advertisement. WANTED, kind Person to Adopt healthy Baby Boy, 2 weeks old; no premium. Apply “Annie,” No. 21, Rundle st., Kent Town. It got me curious, and I kept wondering what happened to this baby boy. In an effort to find out a […] Read more »

Our old Bible challenge

A chance sighting in a little shop window in Ocean Street, Victor Harbor, had two eager genealogy addicts “on the hunt”! In the window was this old Bible. The old Bible “WOW! How much would it cost?” We would both love to be able to buy it! In we went and our first question was […] Read more »