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23 Aug 2014 The thrill of the chase

Although it has been quite a period of time since I last posted on this website.  Over the last few years I have been gaining incredible knowledge and expanding my research skills whilst studying an Advanced Diploma in Local, Family & Applied History studies.

Some may wonder why the month of August is the official National History Month but with more than a quarter of a million Australians now involved with researching their family history it is quite understandable.  With the centenary of our ANZACs and so many television programs revisiting our history only encourages us to think of our family’s history.

Modern technology now provides us with the tools to access information immediately with the use of the internet.  However there is often a piece of information that maybe missing or a name that was transcribed incorrectly that often sends us on an incorrect path to trace our Ancestors.

If you have fallen in love with the thrill of the chase to find out more about your Ancestors and where they came from only to have hit a brick wall please contact me as I get so much pleasure in helping people to complete their family tree.

22 Jan 2012 2012 has arrived

2012 has arrived and this year will see the continuation of my Advanced Diploma in Local, Family & Applied History studies through the University of New England. After having successfully completing my first year of part time studies in 2011, I am now looking forward to developing more structured research skills to assist my clients in tracing their Ancestors.

On the 12 August this year will be the 150th anniversary since my Great Grandfather Henry Southwick Bowden arrived in Maryborough on board the ship, The Young Australian. Henry was single when he left England to commence a new life in Australia. Within a short time of arriving in Australia, he married and settled into a life in Central Queensland. Although I was never privileged to have met my Great Grandfather, I have been able to obtain a great deal of interesting facts that tells the story of his life and I am privileged to tell his story to his descendants.

With searching our family ancestors we have to be prepared to discover amazing facts but sometimes these facts bring a great sadness in the way they settled and established their individual footprints on this nation.

I have recently had the privilege of discovering my husband’s Great Grandmother’s will at the Queensland State Archives, this 100 year old document was able to answer a lot of questions and also provided me with a direct line of research, rather than just going around in circles.

If you are not able to visit the Queensland State Archives in Brisbane to research one of your Ancestors, please send me an email as I am a frequent visitor to the Archives.

24 Apr 2011 Remember your Ancestors who served Australia this ANZAC day

ANZAC day in Australia is a day that has held a special place in my heart since I was a small child, my very Dad served in World War II from 26/08/1940 to 11/04/1946 and although he was involved throughout the year with the 42nd Battalion in Central Queensland I can still recall how proud he was to march with his mates each Anzac day.

Along with my Dad there were many of my loved ones who have served Australia in the Boar War, World War I, World War II and at Vietnam and although not much was spoken of this when I was growing up, it is so important for us to capture this information about our Ancestors before it is lost forever.

The things that are often discovered when an older loved one passes away, a certificate, a photograph or a medal can often open new areas of your love one’s life that you were never aware of.

Family Skeletons have the experience and expertise to provide a professional research of your Ancestors who were involved with serving Australia in the various theatres of war over the years.  It is so important for us all to record this information for generations to come.  I know I am grateful I was able to honour my loved ones.

On this Anzac day in 2011, let us all remember our Ancestors who served their country.

The “Ode of Remembrance” is an ode taken from Laurence Binyon‘s poem “For the Fallen“, which was first published in The Times in September 1914.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.


16 Apr 2011 Tracing your Foreign Ancestors

To all my valued clients thank you for asking me to be involved with the search for your Ancestors.

In recent weeks after a death in our family, I was given some old Certificates of my husband’s Ancestors that were born in Holland. Now tracing a family from an overseas country can at times be quite a challenge, especially when you do not speak the language in question.

With having the correct spelling and place of birth on a certificate lead me to trace my husband’s Ancestors back to his Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Grandfather Michel Bambacht who was born in 1590. Michel married Susanna Kling and their son Jacob was born in 1615. Records from this time are sometimes difficult to locate but from having one certificate can assist in the location of your Ancestors.

With two world wars having been fought throughout Europe and the ensuing destruction of public buildings, along with the documents within being destroyed does make finding records difficult. However many forward thinking town officials of the time “spirited” these records away for their protection. So chances are with a little persistence, records can be found.

Family Skeletons are only too willing to provide you with any assistance to trace your Ancestors who lived in faraway foreign shores.

20 Mar 2011 2011 has started off as quick as a rabbit at a greyhound race

2011 has started off as quick as a rabbit at a greyhound race. Already we have seen so much grief and destruction throughout Australia and overseas, I was not personally affected by the Brisbane floods so have been able to pour my time and energy into my Family Skeletons business.

I had enormous success to an advertisement I placed in a magazine late last year and have been busy tracing Ancestors for my new clients.

This year has seen me return to do some studies, I have enrolled to do an Advanced Diploma in Local, Family and Applied History. It covers some wonderful subjects about Australian history and have already learnt so much that will assist and support my Family Skeletons business.

19 Dec 2010 Merry Christmas to you all
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To my valued customers of 2010 and to all visitors to my website, may your Christmas and 2011 be filled with love and happiness.

Merry Christmas to you all

Christmas Carol

09 Dec 2010 Thank you so much for the wonderful job you did locating my Great uncle and aunties.
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Dear Carol,

Thank you so much for the wonderful job you did locating my Great uncle and aunties.  I’ve been trying to trace them for years and you found them in a few days.  It was very thoughtful of you to polish the plague and place a rose.  The photos are great.

 I will certainly recommend your services and good luck for the future.


Beverly C

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Let Family Skeletons rattle your Ancestor bones this Halloween, check out my website to see how I can put the meat back onto the bones of your Ancestors.

Have recently found information on one of my client’s Great Grandfathers that finally answered questions and allowed the family to find out which country their Ancestors immigrated from.

In recent weeks I have been working on an album for a client that compiles photographs and information on their relatives who served in World War I & World War II, very interesting indeed.

01 Oct 2010 Great Christmas gift idea
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Already October – so now is the time to organise that unique Christmas gift.  For a great Christmas gift why not give a photobook to your loved ones about your Family.   

 I will produce a book created from that old box of photos that you may have and never knew what to do with them.  Let me scan these photographs and combine these with information on your family and produce for you a lifetime keepsake of your family Ancestors.

$200.00 covers the costs of scanning & compiling information for two copies of a 20 page A4 bound book.  Individual quotes can be provided if you require more copies or a book with additional pages or a different size to the A4 book.

 So please contact me to discuss this offer at

01 Sep 2010 Opening Special
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To celebrate the launch of Family Skeletons new website, for the month of September 2010, we are offering an opening special.

An initial research on your family history for $130 (au), that is 4 hours research for the price of 3 hours.  Please contact me by email or phone if you are interested in this offer.