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No 4 November, 2004

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history room news

No 4                                                                               by Dawn Juers

Well our ‘Family History Get-Together’ was a success and I think everyone enjoyed the opening speech by the Mayor, Kym McHugh, when he gave us an insight into the life of  Frank Potts, a pioneer of Langhorne Creek.  Pam Chismon and Rhonda Traeger spoke of their trials and tribulations of producing a Family History Book. Then it was genealogical queries around the room. Thanks to all who attended and I’m sure we all learned something of interest.


 State Records have now opened their city office in Leigh Street, and the hours for both Gepps Cross and Leigh Street are  – Tues to Fri 9.30am – 3.30pm. Monday and Saturday – closed. Gepps Cross only will be open on the 1st Sunday of each month 11.00am – 5.00pm.


Interpreting the Evidence – Last month we had a photo of  ? Newman. (still not claimed! ) The photographer was ‘Stump & Co, Adelaide’. With a little research I was able to date the picture between 1888-1900 (the years that Stump & Co were in business). This meant his army uniform is most probably from the Boer War. [ Early SA Photographers are listed in ‘Sources for South Australian History’ by Andrew G. Peake.]



(Kindly supplied by Rosemary West)

In rural England, it was often the norm for the fertility of women to be tested before the final commitment, just as any good farmer would want the same evidence regarding a new mare.

Many young women went to the altar with child. Then along came the morals of the late Victorian era and all this was swept under the carpet by adjusting dates and the like!  This neatly leads into the propensity to falsify one’s age. Many beginners get totally locked into expecting that a particular person’s vital records giving ages should match! How many times have you heard statements such as :

(= She was born in 1801 because she says she’s 40 in the 1841 Census.

(= He was 80 when he died so he was born in –

(= They both said they were 21 on their marriage certificate so both were born in –

Many older women would drop their age below that of their husband’s on the marriage certificate. ++

Boys joining the army would often put up their ages on enlistment.

The 1841 Census rounds down ages of adults but maintains ages of children as stated.  If a woman who is already putting her age down four or five years due to marrying a younger husband, rounding down again by the census enumerator could mean a very large variation of the age recorded.

Death certificates are notoriously wrong, as the one who does know the answer cannot tell!

++(That belies the theory that marriage certificates will be more reliable.)

[From the article “The Effective Researcher” by Graham Jaunay printed in the Fleurieu Peninsula Family History Group Newsletter ‘Relative Thoughts’ Vol 6 No 2 April 2002. Reprinted with kind permission from Graham Jaunay and FPFHG].


New Books

How To Do Everything With Your Genealogy’ by Geo. G. Morgan.

(Easy to read and follow – mostly centred on American & Great Britain research.)

How To Trace Your Family Tree in ENGLAND, IRELAND, SCOTLAND, & WALES.’ by Kathy Chater.

(Lots of illustrations. Interesting to read even if not researching). This book is included in the $2000 donation by ‘Friends of the Library’.

New Microfiche – Donated by Faye Guthrie.

McComb Index to Landholders in the Parish of Scoresby.

Index to New Zealanders who served in other Forces in World War 1.

Unrelated Certificates Index – Series 3.

Index to Unclaimed Letters at the Melbourne GPO Pt.1-1851

Index to Unclaimed Letters at the Melbourne GPO Jan-Jun 1852

Index to Unclaimed Letters at the Melbourne GPO Jul-Dec 1852

German Immigrants to Port Philip 1849-1850

SA Records Prior to 1841.

[Faye Guthrie is the Director of the Blackburn LDS Family History Centre, VIC; who saw a friend’s copy of the History Room News and has been receiving it ever since. We are extremely grateful for her donation.]

New Websites –

www.genesconnected.co.uk   (hosts a genealogical programme Genes Reunited for members with English forebears.)

http://www.soldiersdied.co.uk   (site for book of remembrance of casualties of World War 1 &11.) (not alphabetical!)

http://members.ozemail.com.au/~hdharris/deserters.htm  Wife & Child Deserters in Aus.

(I found this an excellent site. Mostly VIC & SA entries. Besides deserters there is also ‘Missing People’; ‘Criminal & Other Case Files’. There is a fee to copy the files but not exorbitant when you consider the work.)

http://www.1837online.com   England & Wales B.D. & M. indexes (1837-2001). This is a pay-per-view  website.( Seems a reasonable price though!)


Genealogy help is available by appointment on Thursdays, to guide you through your research. Please phone the Library on 8555-7000 to make an appointment.

For comments, suggestions or to receive this newsletter – email

historyroom2004@yahoo.com.au or phone me, Dawn Juers on 8555-2885.

Happy researching, Dawn,                                             November 2004





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