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Scotland / A Real Treat!
« on: Friday 16 February 18 23:32 GMT (UK)  »
Wee bit off topic, but if you have Scottish Ancestry, as I'm sure you must have if you're on this forum, this is a must watch (but have a hankie ready)!


Ayrshire / Burns' Supper coming up!! Enjoy your Haggis!
« on: Friday 26 January 18 01:49 GMT (UK)  »
Here's tae us
Wha's like us?
Damn few - and they're a' deid!!

And here's  a wee poem from "More  Haggis Tales"  by R.A. McKenzie


On twenty sixth of January
In each and every year,
Every Haggis in the land
Will wipe away a tear!

For on that day, the Haggis say
They must never forget
Those who died the day before
On every Burns' night yet!
When Scottish human beings point
To dead on Flodden Field
The Haggis have an argument
On which they never yield!

Bemoan the dead of Flodden Field
They say that is your right
But how would humans like it
If they were a dish that night?

To feed the craggy kilted folk
Who gather round a table
To celebrate the verse and prose
Of Burns of fame and fable!

Burns was just an Ayrshire man
Who farmed like many others
He tilled the land, he loved the girls
And sometimes, too, their mothers!

Celebrate Burns if you must
The Haggis kindly say
But can't you find another dish
To eat upon that day?

The Haggis are a kindly bunch
With no wish to fight and feud
But they will go to any lengths
To protect their dwindling brood!

They have already taken steps
Towards that very end
And just before each Hogmanay
It's northward that they wend!

They go as far as possible
And settle in the heather
In Sutherland and Caithness
Regardless of the weather!

There among the peat bogs
They rest their weary legs
And spend the time repairing
Or making filibegs!  *

So if one wants to celebrate
On Burns' night any year
One finds the price of Haggis
Has risen and is dear!

But please don't blame the butcher
He cannot help himself
It's scarcity that causes it
There's not much on the shelf!

After Burns' night's over
The Haggis all disperse
Over all the Highlands
Free from their annual curse!

( * Fiibegs- Kilts)!

This is the headstone on the grave of my maternal 2xgreat grandparents and one of their daughters.  I would be very grateful if it could be cleaned up for my family album. I got this photo some years ago, but it "disappeared" itself in the depths of my PC, and I've just found it again. Wooho!  Thank You!

New Zealand / A helpful new resource!
« on: Saturday 23 December 17 23:51 GMT (UK)  »
As it would appear to be, the link below is not an Electoral roll, but a collection of ITM's, births, deaths, burials etc., and more!   I'm not quite sure where to post it, ???but perhaps someone could please transfer it into the correct place!

Thank you and Merry Christmas!🎅🎅🎅

This may well be of help!  National Death Registers! 

Click on the link to read more!  I just came across this purely by accident and hope it's helpful!

Good luck and Happy Hunting!  👍😄


Canada / "Secret" Codes on Death Certificates!
« on: Wednesday 09 August 17 00:46 BST (UK)  »
I was notified of this today - From Quebec FH Society Facebook page. I thought it might be useful for some!

"The “Secret” Codes on Death Certificates That Can Tell You How Your Ancestors Died". I'm not sure if this coding is used outside Canada though, as I've never seen it on any of my certificates, but it would certainly be useful world wide!


I've been trying to access the deaths referred to below, but neither are turning up for me. The first one looks more likely, as she was living with her husband, John Gibbons Mathews and their son Henry Maxwell David Mathews, and his family in Lambeth in the 1871 census! Her estimated birth year of 1818 corresponds with all those shown on earlier census entries.  In 1872 her husband John Gibbons Mathews died at sea en route to visit his sister in Australia, and his death certificate states he was a Widower.  Mary Jane's maiden name was Fleming, born Ireland, mother's name Unknown, father's name David Fleming,

It's is hopefully my 3x great grandmother, (although our name usually has only one T. ). I emailed Camberwell Registry some time ago regarding this, which I found on Family Search,  and they replied saying they didn't have any record of it.  I've tried the GRO and Free BDM but not coming up with anything on there either!  I'm probably not filling in the search forms correctly somewhere! 

The second one, in Ireland, was given to me by another Rootschatter, again, some time ago, but I haven't been able to find that one either???

I haven't been able to find a burial record for her either!

Thank you, any help with this is truly appreciated.

1st one.
OCT NOV DEC Reg. 1872
Regn. District - Camberwell, London
Vol. D
Page 369
Line 229

Estimated birth year:   1818
Date of Registration:   1872
Death Age:   

2nd one.
Name:   Mary Mathews
Estimated birth year:   abt 1818
Date of Registration:   1872
Death Age:   54
Registration district:   Newry
Volume:   16
Page:   533
FHL Film Number:   101586

New Zealand / Remittance Men!
« on: Thursday 02 February 17 06:31 GMT (UK)  »
I just came across a really interesting article (including names and details) about Remittance Men who came to NZ!

Still looking for the arrival into NZ of my Early Settler William McAughtrie - but nope, he's not on their list, but hopefully it will be of help and/or interest to someone! 

Jeanne 😄

New Zealand Completed Requests / Earthquake near Hanmer Springs!
« on: Sunday 13 November 16 11:47 GMT (UK)  »
Just had a 6.6 Earthquake - in the South Island, but felt it here in the Wairarapa. A big swaying one, lampshades going to town and everything creaking. It went on for about 5-6 minutes - from Geonet copied below - Severe! Scary stuff. I was just heading off to bed, don't think I want to now LOL! Going to be a long night!!

Map showing earthquake location.
Intensity severe
NZDT Mon, Nov 14 2016, 12:02:56 am
Depth 16 km
Magnitude 6.6
Location 20 km south-east of Hanmer Springs.

Haven't found any reports of damage yet, hope everyone's all right down there in the South!

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