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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.

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.

31 Aug 2010 Factors influencing the reliability of genealogical information

Information found in historical or genealogical sources can be unreliable and it is good practice to evaluate all sources with a critical eye. Factors influencing the reliability of genealogical information include: the knowledge of the informant (or writer); the bias and mental state of the informant (or writer) think about men joining the armed forces who were under age and put their age up a year or two so that they could be with friends and family on the “great adventure”.

How literate the writer and or the teller of information is (A few generations ago, literacy was not as widespread as it is now, consequently names of people and places were often miss-spelled), plus the passage of time and the potential for copying and compiling errors especially with the fading of inks and how hard it is to read the hand writing often leads to mistakes.