Taken from an article in the Yarram Genealogy Society brochure.

There’s been a change in Grandmai, we’ve noticed her of late. She always reading history or jotting down some date. She’s tracking back the family, we’ll all have pedigrees. Oh, Grandma’s got a gobby – she’s climbing FAMILY TREES.

Poor Grandpa does the cooking, and now, or so he states. That worst of all, he has to wash the cups and dinner plates. Gradma can’t be bothered, she’s busy as a bee. Compiling genealogy for the FAMILY TREE.

She has no time to babysit, the curtains are a fright. No buttons left on Grandpa’s shirt, the flower bed’s a sight. She’s given up her club work and the soaps on TV, The only thing she does nowadays is.climb the FAMILY TREE.

She goes down to the courthouse and studies ancient lore. We know more about our forebears than we ever knew before. The books are old and dusty, they make poor Grandma sneeze. A minor irritation when you’re climbing the FAMILY TREE.

Now some folks came from Scotland, some from Galway Bay, Some were French as pastry, some German all the way. Some went West to stake their claims, some stayed there by the sea. Grandma hopes to find them all, as she climbs the FAMILY TREE.

She wanders through the graveyard in search of date and name, The rich, the poor, the in-between, all sleeping there the same. She pauses now and then to rest, fanned by a gentle breeze. That b lows above the Fathers of all our FAMILY TREE.

There are pioneers and patriots, mixed in our kith and kin, Who blazed the paths of wilderness and fought through thick and thin. But none more staunch than Grandma, whose eyes light up with glee. Each time she finds a missing branch for the FAMILY TREE.

Their skills were wide and varied, from carpenter to cook. And one, alas, the records show, was hopelessly a crook. Blacksmith, weaver, farmer, judge – some tutored for a fee. Once lost in time, now all recorded on the FAMILY TREE.

To some it’s just a hobby, to Grandma it’s much more. She learns the joys and heartaches of those that went before.

They loved, they lost, they laughed, they wept – and now, for you and me, they live again in spirit, around the FAMILY TREE.

At last she’s nearly finished and we are each exposed, Life will be the same again, this we all supposed. Grandma will cook and sew, serve cookies with our tea. We’ll all be fat, just as before the wretched FAMILY TREE.

Sad to relate, the preacher called and visited for a spell. We talked about the Gospel, and other things as well. The heathen folk, the poor and then – twas fate, it had to be, Somehow the conversations turned to Grandma and the FAMILY TREE.

He never knew his Grandpa, his mother’s name was ….Clark? He and Grandma talked and talked, while outside its grew dark. We’d hoped our fears were groundless, but just like some disease.

Grandma’s become an addict – she’s hooked on FAMILY TREES.

Our ears could scarce believe the odds we heard our Grandma say. “It sure is a lucky thing that you have come to me. I know exactly how it’s done. I`l. climb your FAMILY TREE.


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Researching Abroad: Finding European & British Isles Ancestors

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On 26 August, I attended my first Unlock the Past Roadshow, with Lyn Diepeveen and Liz Kelly at the State Library of Western Australia. Perth was the final destination in this roadshow for the key note speakers, Chris Paton (Scotland) and Dirk Weissleder (Germany) and ran dual streams. This meant our key note speakers were giving talks in parallel so Lyn & I attended the British Isles Stream to hear Chris and Liz Kelly attended the German/European Stream to hear Dirk.

After being welcomed warmly to the seminar by Alan Phillips in the State Library Theatre, attendees for the German/European Stream relocated to the Geographe Room with Dirk. Chris kicked off with his first power talk on Discovering Scottish Land Records.  It was packed full of information as to why land ownership was so different in Scotland compared to the rest of the UK, resources, records and web links.  As much as what I tried my pen simply could not keep up with the very funny Irish born Scottish based professional family historian, author and tutor. Thank goodness for Chris’ online handout to help get your head around the complicated records concerning land and property based research in Scotland. He also gave reference to his book, Discover Scottish Land Records” for further information.

Chris did three other talks throughout the day: Scottish research resources before 1800, Discover Irish Land Records and Scottish burgh and trade incorporation records. These talks were also jammed packed full of information and resources so I was bursting by the end of the day to put some of this new knowledge into practice.

WAGS President, Ian Simon also gave a talk on the British resources available at Western Australian Genealogical Society, followed by Leonie Hayes on British Resources at SLWA and Rosemary Kopittke did a presentation on using the MyHeritage website which was very informative. The unexpected surprise/bonus of the day was that I won a subscription to MyHeritage delivered in person by the funny man himself.

Thank you to all the speakers, the State Library of Western Australia, the Western Australian Genealogical Society, Unlock the Past Roadshows and the sponsors for a very wonderful day.

Nicole Edwards

November 7, 2017 at 7:12 pm 2 comments

Useful Websites & Resources for Western Australian Research

Resources for WA Research




WA Births Deaths and Marriages

“Reverse” Western Australia Marriage lookup

State Records Office of Western Australia –

State Library of Western Australia

Dead Reckoning: how to find your way through the Genealogical Jungle of Western Australia –

The Western Australian Genealogical Society Inc

The Western Australian Post Office Directories 1893 -1949

WA Police Gazettes

Western Australian Newspapers

The Bicentennial Dictionary of Western Australians pre 1829 – 1888 Volumes I – IV

Perth Dead Persons’ Society –

Metropolitan Cemeteries Board’s Cemetery Records –

East Perth Cemeteries

200 Voices from the Oral History Records Rescue Group Project

Convict Records of Western Australia –

Fremantle Prison Convict Database

The Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs

Oz Burials Western Australia

Online index of early motor vehicle registrations throughout Western Australia

Databases $$$

Fremantle, Western Australia, Passenger Lists, 1897-1963 –

Western Australia, Australia, Crew and Passenger Lists, 1852-1930

Perth, Western Australia, Australia, Rate Books, 1880-1946

Rockingham, Western Australia, Australia, School Indexes, 1830-1970

Western Australia, Australia, Convict Records, 1846-1930

Western Australia, Railway Records, 1879-1986

Western Australia, Australia, Land Leases, Licences, Applications and Selected Images, 1821-1938

The Cyclopedia of Western Australia Vol. 1 –

The Cyclopedia of Western Australia, Vol. 2

Western Australia, Public Service Lists, 1871-1905

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