Saturday, October 15, 2011
Things I have already done or found will be typed in Bold.
Things I would like to do or find will be italicized in red.
Things I have not done or found will be in plain type.
1 .I can name my 16 great great grandparents
2. I can name over 50 direct ancestors
3. I have photographs of 7 of my 8 great grandparents so would like to find a photograph of one more.
4. I have an ancestor who was married more than three times (4)
5. I have not found an ancestor who was a bigamist yet...
6. I have met three of my grandparents.
7. I have met one great grandparent and one great great grandparent
8. I have given four children middle names after ancestors
9. I bear an ancestors given name as my middle name
10. I have many ancestors from Great Britain and Ireland
11. I have no ancestor as yet from Asia
12. I have ancestors from Continental Europe
13. I have no ancestor from Africa
14. I have many ancestors who were agricultural labourers (Ag Labs)
15. I have ancestors who had large land holdings
16. I have ancestors who were a holy men (Sexton of St Mary's Islington and Methodist Minister Lincolnshire)
17. I have not found an ancestor who was a midwife
18. I have 2 ancestors who were authors
19. I have an ancestor with the surname Smith
20. I have not found an ancestor with the surname Wong, Kim, Suzuki or Ng
21. I have no ancestor with a surname beginning with X
22. I have no ancestor with a forename beginning with z
23. I have more than one ancestor born on 25th December
24. I have several ancestors born on New Years Day
25. I have blue blood in my veins
26. I have no parent born in a country different to my birth country
27. I have two grandparents born in Countries other than my birth country
28. I can trace more than one direct line back to the 18th century
29. I can trace several family lines back to the seventeenth century and earlier
30. I have seen copies of signatures of several of my great grandparents
31. I have ancestors who signed their marriage certificates with an x (the ag labs and convicts)
32. I have several great grandparents and earlier who went to university
33. I have 7 ancestors who were convicted of a criminal offence (dare I admit this?)
34. I have an ancestor who was a victim of crime
35. I have shared ancestors' stories online (in Blogs)
36. I have published a family history online (ancestry.com, blogs)
37. I have visited the homes of ancestors from the 19th century and earlier
38. I still have an ancestors home from the 19th century in the family (farm and original home)
39. I have a family bible from the 19th century
40. I have a family bible from the 17th century.
Friday, August 26, 2011
Thursday, June 9, 2011
A few years ago, I telephoned my friend Anne to ask if I could borrow a CD to use in a concert. Her son Paul answered the phone, saying, 'Paul here' and I told him it was Sharn speaking. He said hello, and after a quick chat about how he was going at school, he put his mother on the line. Anne and I had a good chat about life in general and I arranged to collect the CD the next day. After hanging up the telephone, I felt uneasy. Anne's voice has sounded different. Perhaps she had a cold? I had dialed the phone number from memory, so was it possible that I had phoned the wrong number. After checking my personal telephone book I rang the number I had written down for my friend Anne, who answered immediately.
My friend's surname is McDonald. He ordered a new bed from a department store which he arranged to be delivered to Unit 10, 53 Hannah * Street. When the bed did not arrive, my friend telephoned the delivery company who claimed that they had indeed delivered the bed. And they had. To Unit 10, 58, Hannah Street, where lived a couple, also with the surname of McDonald. When the delivery men had struggled up three floors to unit 10, and announced a delivery for McDonald, the lady who opened the door was overwhelmed by surprise. She decided at once that her husband must have bought the new bed to surprise her for their wedding anniversary which was that very day. When her unsuspecting husband returned home from his office to find his wife deliriously happy and jumping on the bed for joy, he did not have the heart to tell her that he had not purchased the bed. The mistake was corrected and my McDonald friend received a brand new bed. Now, if I could just get my Elizabeth Jane Turner out of bed with the wrong William Shelver....
* Hannah is not the real name of the street.
Monday, April 25, 2011
William White enlisted in the 45th Battalion on the 21st of February, 1916, in Sydney. His service number was 2248. His profession was given as a french polisher and his next of kin, was his father, William White Snr in Canterbury, New Zealand.
'The 45th Battalion was formed in Egypt on March 2, 1916, as part of the doubling of the AIF.'  About half of this new Battalion were made up of members of the 13th Battalion who had seen action at Gallipoli and the other half, which included William White, were new recruits sent from Australia.
William White arrived in France with the 45th battalion (as part of the 12th Brigade of the 4th Division) on June 8th, 1916. William White was quickly to find himself in action in the trenches on the Western Front.
The small town of Pozieres in the Somme Valley, in German hands, was first attacked on July 23rd by the 1st Division in the battle of Pozieres Ridge on the Albert-Bauhaume road.William White arrived in Pozieres on August 8th, 1916 to join the fierce battle for Pozieres. The 45th battalion suffered many casualties and fatalities.
After the battle of Pozieres, the 45th battalion was sent to Ypres in Belgium where they were engaged in active duty in the trenches alternating with rest and training until March in 1917. William and his battalion spent time in the Somme Valley before becoming a reserve for the 4th Division at Bullencourt and the battle of Messines in Junes 1917. During this battle the 45th suffered many casualties.
The 45th Battalion was then moved to Ypres, once again, where they were involved in a major battle near Passchendale on October,12 1917. During 1917 and 1918, the duties of the 45th battalion alternated between the front line and rest. On August 8, 1918, the Allies attacked the Germans in what is known as the Battle of Amiens. On the very first day of this battle, the 45th Battalion captured 400 German prisoners, as well as German artillery and machine guns. The 45th battalion played a crucial part in the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line. The 45th Battalion was involved in its last major action in September 1918 at Le Verguier.
During his active service with the 45th Battalion, William White was injured and lost two fingers on his right hand. This injury meant the end of his career as a french polisher when the war ended. William White married Mary Jane McDonald a little over a month after the end of the war, on December 21, 1918.