Tuesday 28 July 2020

Trove Tuesday - The Pick of the Lake

On a recent morning I decided to don my Voluntrove hat and do a few text corrections in the newspapers on Trove.  I decided to search for newspaper articles in  The Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954), the regional newspaper for our area.

Today's search
I chose to search for "Limeburner's Point" a location close to my home. Most of the articles I located were for sales of land in the area which is near Toronto, NSW on Lake Macquarie. I had corrected around eight articles when I came to this one.

1924 'Advertising', Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954), 20 December, p. 3. , viewed 07 Apr 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article137778275

As I now live in one of the blocks neighbouring these sites I can attest that nearly 100 years later it is, The Pick of the Lake, an area with unsurpassed views that is great for boating and fishing. I'm not sure about the swimming as there are said to be sharks lurking in Lake Macquarie

How about making your local area come alive on Trove by doing some newspaper text corrections for your area?

Posted with permission from the GeniAus Blog

Tuesday 21 July 2020

Trove Tuesday - Lake Macquarie People, 1915

For this week's Trove Tuesday post we took a look at the Images, Maps and Artefacts  category on Trove and set our search to find images of Lake Macquarie People that are free to share. When looking at the results we found that there was a collection of three images from Museums Victoria Collections that we can share freely.

Negative - Fishermen Netting From the Beach, Lake Macquarie, New South Wales, 1915
Creator: C M Chisholm
Museums Victoria

Negative - Man & Boys Swimming, Lake Macquarie, New South Wales, 1915

Creator: C M Chisholm
Museums Victoria

Negative - Women & Fishermen inspecting a Catch of Fish, Lake Macquarie, New South Wales, Dec 1915

Creator: C M Chisholm
Museums Victoria

Sunday 19 July 2020

July Meeting Report

Two dozen of our members met via Zoom yesterday for our monthly July meeting as our Group has not yet reinstated our face to face meeting schedule. It was gratifying to see some members who had not previously zoomed with us join in our two hour session.

Our Group is most grateful to an anonymous member who has donated the funds for us to purchase a 12 month subscription to Zoom to enable us to connect, collaborate and chat with fellow members. Already in the calendar are regular Wednesday Q&A help sessions with our Treasurer, Karen, fortnightly Saturday discussion sessions with our President, Jill, and some one on help sessions with individual members. Members are invited to seek help via Zoom. 

For those members who were not able to join us yesterday following is a list of some items we covered.

* The LMFHG CovidSafe Plan and our return to Marmong Point Hall.

* The Group's response to the proposed move of  local and family history resources from Speers Point to Swansea Library.

* Treasurer, Karen, reported on the Group's finances.

* The deferral of our Annual General Meeting and Election of Officers. Thanks to Public Officer, Arthur, for following this up.

* The vacant position of Newsletter Editor. 

* Members were invited to a Zoom Session with Jess Dowdell from Lake Macquarie Council to discuss Local and Family History services. 

* The next edition of The Chronicle - Subject Books - Submissions due - 26th July. Several ideas for this next issue were discussed.

* A live demonstration of the Lake Macquarie Family History Group blog - submissions from members are invited and most welcome. If you have an ancestor story from our region please consider sharing it via our blog which can act as cousin bait for you. 

*  Member Lyn shared her screen to discuss the latest news from Ancestry DNA. Thanks Lyn for demonstrating both your content and how to use Zoom to show your screen.

* There was an active discussion on the various software and platforms members use to manage their data eg Legacy, Family Tree Maker, Brothers Keeper, Reunion, Family Historian. Your Committee will investigate ways for members using the same products to support each other. 

* Our webmaster, Robert, indicated that he is also available to give research assistance to members via telephone.

* Several members practised sharing their screens via Zoom thus demonstrating how the platform can be used as a learning tool.

* During a discussion on the new Trove website a member reminded us of the forthcoming online help sessions planned by Trove. See : https://trove.nla.gov.au/event/webinar-discover-troves-newspapers and

* Member, Jan, told how she uses Zoom to collaborate each month with a DNA contact in Denmark.

* Member Kerrie shared her latest op shop find - a book about Bushrangers. Found at The Salvos in Warners Bay.

* Vice-President, Jenny, gave an overview of the regular Scottish Indexes Conferences.

* A number of members spoke about books they had recently read or were reading. The titles included:

    Esther - Jessica North
    Denny Day - Terry Smyth 
    The Convict Valley - Mark Dunn
    The Love that Remains - Susan Francis

As well as the opportunity to learn from each other the value of the social interaction afforded by our meeting yesterday was priceless. Being able to chat and share with fellow members is an important element in a Group's activities. Thanks to all who joined our July meeting, your contributions are  appreciated.

Jill Ball
Lake Macquarie Family History Group

Tuesday 14 July 2020

Trove Tuesday - Triplets

 Where are they now?

1934 'KING'S BOUNTY TRIPLETS', Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954), 20 March, p. 3. , viewed 11 Jul 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article139895196

1940 'DORA CREEK TRIPLETS', Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954), 22 March, p. 10. , viewed 11 Jul 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article140520179

1954 'WOMAN'S REALM', Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954), 13 July, p. 5. , viewed 11 Jul 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article134652917

If YOU can add to the triplets' story please leave a comment on this post. 

Tuesday 7 July 2020

Trove Tuesday - Souvenired

A fascinating local story.

Unknown n.d., Informal portrait of Yvon Calmus, a young French war refugee 'souvenired' by members of the 2nd Field Artillery Brigade and brought back to Australia to live. He is wearing the AIF uniform given to... https://trove.nla.gov.au/work/229148393 | access-date=7 July 2020

1919 'DIGGERS' MASCOT', The Newcastle Sun (NSW : 1918 - 1954), 6 December, p. 1. , viewed 07 Jul 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article162592486 

Read the above article in full here: 

1919 'BOOLAROO.', Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954), 12 December, p. 5. , viewed 07 Jul 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article140065476

1924 'Social Circle', The Newcastle Sun (NSW : 1918 - 1954), 22 May, p. 7. , viewed 07 Jul 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article165277413

Thursday 2 July 2020

Zooming along at Lake Macquarie

Due to Covid-19 restrictions the members of The Lake Macquarie Family History Group have not been able to meet in person. Since February we have kept in contact via email, our Facebook Page and Members' Discussion Group on Facebook. 

In May we followed the lead of other genealogy groups like The Society of Australian Genealogists and The Botany Bay Family History Society to host some online meetings via Zoom for our members. Our first few meetings were of a social nature, these gave members an opportunity to become familiar with the Zoom interface and catch up on personal news. We suggested that, if they were uncomfortable, members ask a young person to help them conquer Zoom so it was delightful to see a member's grandson online and give advice not just to his gran but to others online. LMFHG now has a core of confident "Zoom Genies." 

LMFHG - First Zoom Meeting 16 May 2020 (Attendee names obscured)

In June our Committee met for the first time via Zoom and found it to be a reasonable substitute for a face to face meeting.  Members had a most successful collaborative educational Zoom session on "Google Tools for Genealogy" on the day of our cancelled June meeting.  The members found this most useful and requested more practical demonstrations. Currently scheduled are sessions on "The New Trove" and "Legacy Family Tree" software.