Archive for ◊ April, 2011 ◊

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.