Letter H challenge

Despite having researched my family tree for over 40 years, there are always times when I need

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Because I am doing the Genealogy do over, I am needing help with my new software programme Legacy. After having used The Master Genealogist since it began, and making a mess of the sources in my database, I am determined to not enter any data in Legacy unless I have one or more sources for the information (and not from public trees on Ancestry). So I have joined a couple of Facebook groups to get help for this: Legacy User Group, Genealogy Do Over and Genealogy Cite your Sources. NB: I still haven’t installed Legacy despite having it for a week – I am going slowly with this do over.

With regard to sources, I am still undecided what style I will use. Most US genealogists follow the Chicago style used by Elizabeth Shown Mills in her book Evidence Explained. But when looking at Trove, I notice this is not one of the options so I think I might use the Harvard/Australian style – there is plenty of information about Harvard version on the net. I might send an email to the Society of Australian Genealogists (SAG) to find out what they expect for professional genealogy courses in Australia.

As I now have a desktop computer, a heavy laptop which needs renewing and an iPad, I need a programme that will sync across all three for when I go researching on the net, at libraries or archives. As a teacher I got used to OneNote from Microsoft but have noticed Evernote is also used a lot with genealogists. So at the moment I am checking it out and making comparisons to OneNote. Again I have joined the Evernote Genealogists Facebook group.

Once I start researching in England and Ireland I am going to need help there as well, even though I would love to go there again on holidays. So I will be doing a lot of emailing for county records, but also using rootsweb email groups. Often I can get help from someone actually living in the area where my ancestors lived. Or they might know some other resources I could use.

 Readers: Please leave a comment about my post or something beginning with H that relates to your family history or your research.

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12 thoughts on “Letter H challenge

  1. Hotels and hoteliers feature in the life of my g.grandfather and his two brothers. My g.grandfather had two hotels in Kalgoorlie(the Perseverence (which burned down and the Tower Hotel) between the early 1890’s and 1909 when he passed away. The Tower Hotel stayed in the family until the 1950’s when it was sold to the Swan Brewery. A renovated version of the original hotel is still operating in Kalgoorlie today. Prior to living in Kalgoorlie, my g.grandfather owned hotels in various towns in Victoria. I’m planning to visit both Bendigo and Ballarat in February to try and locate a couple of the hotels and see whether I can find any further information on my g.grandfather and his two brothers.

  2. Hi ho, Hi ho a hunting we will go, like hounds on the scent.
    Our family history slowly comes together, offering us insight; into the lives of our forebears, their challenges, hardships and achievements.

  3. HILLS

    My Great Great Grandfather, Samuel Eales was transported to Van Diemen’s Land in 1847. He married Jane Medlicott (nee Hutchins) in 1854 and they had five children.

    Around the year 1872, Samuel and his family appeared to adopt the surname Hills. On the marriage certificate of his eldest daughter, Mary Ann, the surname Hills is given. This was in 1872. From that time onwards, any official documentation for the family gave the name HILLS, not Eales.

    I can only assume that they wanted to erase all stigma of being a convict.

  4. H- Harriet and Hannah.
    many of my female ancestors have this as their first name, especially from mid 1880’s-1900. Very popular.

  5. H is also for hotels for me. Great great Granddad James NOLAN had at least 4 hotels in the Palmer River Goldfields in North Queensland in the last 2 decades of the 1800’s. His eldest don, Thomas, had the Imperial in Longreach and Bushman’s Arms in Richmond, NW Queensland. H is for horses as Thomas owned race horses, was involved in races as a starter or committee member and he was a driver then District Manager for Cobb and Co in Central Queensland. H is also for the hell that some of the ancestors went through – death of several family members on the Dorunda from cholera near the end of their journey from Denmark, my grandmother losing 2 daughters 8 days apart, her own grandmother losing one child to drowning then a couple of years later 2 more children close together from diphtheria. Humungous amounts of files, paperwork, certificates, photos etc that we accumulate while researching our ancestors including the hours we spend doing it.

  6. H = HUNT

    My paternal family tree, is HUNT… and a hunting I will go. As my father is an only child to older parents, there has been no one to talk to that knew any other HUNT family members. Of course I wasn’t interested in FH when he was alive and he died in 1971. Hannah and Harriet are my g grandmothers as well.

  7. There is further “H” connection in my family research. Both my grandmother and g.grandmother worked as milliners which means they made and sold hats. According to newspapers reports some of the hats they made were exquisite.

  8. I have been spending many Hours at night visiting with the Hick and Harper families of Mt Morgan and Rockhampton surrounds during the 1800-1900’s. it has been quite interesting to Hear their stories through Trove and the evidence of their personal trials and triumphs in the BDM records. Now I understand Nans strength when faced with problems, she had crossed quite a few dry gullies in her time. Well must away for now. Thanks Sue as always an interesting blog.

    PS Interesting book via local library request: How to trace family tree in England, Scotland and Wales. Kathy Chater. ISBN 9781843099741 Lots of info about times things happened in History eg Actual days for when census collected. Army dates, will dates and some map change dates etc. Free to borrow. Copy 2003 but might be useful??

  9. H for Heroines – for all the women of the 18th -19th and early 20th centuries who managed to survive multiple childbirths, sickness, wars, travel and make new homes in distant places.

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