- Category: Opinion
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Family History research
It is one of the imperatives of good family history research that data resources such as newspapers and magazines are mined for material about the people of interest.
It is equally important that the social and economic history of the period in question is taken into account.
Here in Australia we are fortunate that our National Library undertook to scan and make available online as many past newspapers and magazines that they could get their hands on, subject to budgetary constraints of course.
We the people understand the need for budgets, and being able to do things within our means, as well as the escalating cost of doing the things that need doing.
Hence the need to do things smarter and use the technology available in a much more productive way, which brings me back to Trove.
- Category: Mystery
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WAGS member Susan has this photo in her possession, which presumably includes an image of her great uncle Robert MacBeth, but she doesn't know for sure.
So, the challenge for you, dear genealogists and family historians, is to identify all of the 33 men in the photo.
- Category: Julie Martin
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There’s no doubt, photos are fascinating!
We can be drawn to an image because of its technical excellence or the way it’s been composed. There may be a fascination with the subject or an intrigue as to the context or identity of the photographer. Then too, the provenance of a particular copy of a photograph may be the primary interest because of the story it reveals.
Some fourteen years ago, I found myself drawn to a particular photograph in the pictorial collection of the Battye Library. Recently though, my interest in it has widened considerably. Let me explain….
- Category: Marcia Watson
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Mystery surrounds the identity of Donald Smith
My grandmother’s brother, Donald Arthur Biglin, wrote a brief life story for his children. It began:
I was born at Upper Swan WA on the 17.6.1906. My father William Biglin worked for a Mr Barrett Lennard, who had a farm and vineyard. While my family were at Upper Swan, a very old man was also working on the same farm. Being summer, the heat and long days, work was too hard for him, so he Donald Smith came to live with us, and when I was born I was called Donald. I can just remember him, before he died at Narrogin hospital.
I was 2½ years old when we moved to Cuballing, on to a bush block to develop a farm. ……….
- Category: Genealogy Curmudgeon
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The silly season is once again upon us and we will no doubt experience some Grumps and Curmudgeons in full flight.
For the simple explanation of what constitutes a grump see the definitions under Grumpy page for the 'normal' expectation of what a grump (or curmudgeon) is supposed to be.
So what is a Curmudgeon?
Curmudgeons however live in a much higher plane than that of the run of the mill grump.
- Category: News Items
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Whilst the rest of us are preparing for Christmas, some dedicated WAGS members were hard at work to improve the experience of being in the WAGS Library Non-book area. Thanks Ian and Ian and all those assembled for getting this important project underway !
The Server Room
In order to provide a quieter area for research in unit six, WAGS is building an enclosed air conditioned room to house the server machines that share and store data around our organisation.
The project, designed by Simon and Simon, commenced last Saturday 12th December, when members of the Computer SIG assisted in shifting the long computer table away from the rear wall.