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Anc201712 coverWhat's in the coming issue of Ancestor

December  2017

Those of you who were at the recent AGM will already know that the winner of this year’s GSV Writing Prize was Helen Pearce, with her story of her ancestor Thomas Owen, who was transported to Australia for ‘uttering’ – the passing of forged notes. Congratulations to Helen! It’s not too early to start thinking about your entry for next year.

A number of awards were made at the AGM to our hard-working volunteers, which you can read about in the article ‘Annual Awards’.

Two authors write of ancestors in nineteenth century Australia. Lynn Haines’ ancestors Bartlett and Emily Woodbridge emigrated to Melbourne in the early years of its development. After an initially successful business venture, Bartlett came down in the world and died at age 43. Emily went on to live a long life and was a pioneer member of the North Melbourne Church of Christ. Peter McKay’s story is of a man who moved from New Zealand to various parts of this country, covering his tracks by changes of identity, but leaving enough clues for Peter to piece together his extraordinary life. In order to avoid a spoiler, let’s just say he got up to a few tricks.

The memoir of today is the family history of tomorrow. In ‘A Sense of Place’ three writers bring to life their very different experiences of childhood: June Torcasio takes us sheep dipping and shearing on an Australian farm, Jean Dart writes of the beauty and sense of history on an Irish farm, and Barbara Beaumont takes you to a post-World War Two inner suburb of London. These articles were selected from some 20 submissions received by the GSV Writers Circle from members.

In this issue, we introduce a new feature, ‘Blogging with Meg’ which will keep you up to date with relevant family history blogs.

The feature article ‘Genies on the Web’ will no longer be appearing, as Irene Fullarton has retired as its contributor. We thank her for many years of interesting articles.

Another new feature is Martin Playne’s ‘A Guide to Researching Queensland Records’, the first in a planned series of ‘How to’ articles, outlining the essential information for researching in the different Australian States and Territories. These articles are intended as an up-to-date guide to take with you, rather than being a detailed and comprehensive manual.

Recent changes to how the new 'FamilySearch' operates are described in Research Corner. As a GSV member you will have access in our Centre to many more FamilySearch records than previously, and will be able to view on line at the GSV Research & Education Centre actual transcripts. This is an exciting development in our research capability.

Ancestor Editorial Team

Martin Playne
Editorial Team