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Here are the results of our 9th Unlock the Past poll. 114 people voted, casting a total of 857 votes. A number of new guide books are well advanced and should start appearing from March this year onwards.

Brick Wall Solutions - The Search for Helen Carnegie Continues

In my Brick Walls blog on 28 November 2009, I first wrote about my search for my gg grandmother Helen Carnegie. We left the story with my believing that Helen was an alcoholic prostitute who had probably died in an asylum. I had finally found a reference to her death under the name of Helen Chick and I was eagerly waiting to receive the death certificate.

Events of interest

Here are the results of our 8th Unlock the Past poll. 142 people voted casting a total of 684 votes. It seems there is interest in events of all types. Most events will be seminars, fairs and conferences by societies and others, most of which Unlock the Past will support. However Unlock the Past will conduct some regional roadshows. In addition we have provisionally commited to 4 major events – expos in Adelaide and Sydney, a national roadshow and a history-genealogy cruise in early early 2011.

Brick Wall Solutions – Who was Charlotte Kopittke?

When I started researching my family history seriously in the mid 1980s, I knew that what was recorded on birth, death and marriage certificates was correct.

My grandfather Gustav Kopittke arrived in Brisbane in 1876 from Germany via England accompanied by his parents, Daniel and Charlotte Kopittke, and his younger sister, Auguste. I knew from my father’s birth certificate that his father was born in Schwartow, Hinterpommern.

Brick Wall Solutions – The Aase Gunderson Story

Regular readers of this blog will have noted that yesterday (21 Dec 2009) there was a Brick Wall blog by Rosemary Kopittke, another Unlock The Past (UTP) team member. A decision was made to include Brick Wall stories from other speakers so you will be seeing a wider range of solutions in 2010. Don’t forget to let us know any comments or your own stories and solutions.

Brick Wall Solutions – John Francis Beeston

John Francis Beeston was born in Stockport, Cheshire in 1859, the son of Robert Beeston and Elizabeth Hudson, but I knew none of that when I started my research.

Presenting your research poll results

Here are the results of our 7th Unlock the Past poll.

Queensland – 150 years on

This has been a special year in Queensland’s history.

As the Q150 website explains: “Proclamation Day, Thursday 10 December 2009, [marked] 150 years since the historic reading in Brisbane of the Letters Patent … proclaiming Queensland a separate colony to New South Wales.

Queensland’s first Governor, Sir George Ferguson Bowen, accompanied by his wife Lady Diamantina Bowen, witnessed the reading of the Letters Patent from the balcony of Adelaide House, now the Deanery of St John’s Cathedral in Ann Street, Brisbane.”

Brick Wall Solutions – John Carnegie, John Stanley, John Carnegie (again) – Lost and Found

This is the second installment of a theme-based blog on brick walls in family history research and how to break them down. Initially I will be using my own examples but I also welcome input from others who have solved their brick walls using out of the ordinary resources or searches.

This blog intersects with Helen Carnegie’s story (Brick Wall Solutions Blog 28 Nov 2009) as John Carnegie was her father. I started researching the Carnegie family in 1977.

Cruise poll results

Here are the results of our 6th Unlock the Past poll. 214 people voted. 35 said they had been on a cruise before and 28 sent comments.  With over 205 indications of strong interest (definite, probably and partner)  it would seem that a block booking for 300 could be filled. Inevitably some may not be able to come at the time selected, but perhaps some of the 67 “maybes” could be persuaded. And of course we have only given very limited notice to date.

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