Just for fun, I thought I would search the term “genealogy” at Trove. There were 7, 897 matches, so I narrowed the search down to papers that serviced the Western District. What I found was a mix of humorous pieces, hints, and more.
One of the earliest references I found was from the Camperdown Chronicle of June 20, 1899. I wonder where Mr. Meek’s genealogical charts got to?
This piece did the rounds of the papers in 1908:
From the Border Watch of October 7, 1911, some tips on tracing your family tree:
This is an excerpt of an interesting article from the Horsham Times of December 29, 1914 about London’s Public Record Office:
Were these genealogical pedigrees really a bargain or just a scam?
The article from the Border Watch of March 15, 1928 does go on with a disclaimer from Mr Anjou , described as a reclusive “pedigree king”.
If the earlier advice on tracing a family tree was not successful, one could always employ the services of G.P.Townend.
The next article appeared on what could be best described as the “funnies” page of The Portland Guardian of February 24, 1927. I wonder if G.P, Townend charged in the same way?
If you are related to the Wells family of Portland and Mt Gambia (sic), you best be quick and contact Bruce Cartwright of Honolulu!
If you have ever gone searching for Ballarat Supreme Court records prior to 1920, stop looking, they were pulped.
I’m glad this stereotype of a genealogist, from 1928, has changed. It has, hasn’t it??
That is just a small selection of what could be found about genealogy in the early papers of the Western District. Try it for yourself and see what you find from the localities you research. I also searched “genealogist” and had 863 matches, so I will leave you with one of the results from that search from the Western Argus of Kalgoorlie:
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One of the most original posts I have read in a long time, thanks, Merron.
I’ll take up your challenge for sure.
Thank you Jill, that means a lot. It really was interesting reading the articles from 100+ years ago about the subject.
Great post Merron!
This was an intriguing post Merron! It was interesting that people were interested in doing their ancestry even 100 years ago. The “instructions” were interesting too: a mix of what we know to be true -follow back from our parents. But their warning that people at the grassroots level wouldn’t be in the records was pessimistic. Some of the heraldry etc reminded me of the “tree slurpers” of today’s internet genealogy.
This is simply fabulous! So amusing and ummm, highly instructive!
Utterly fascinating Merron! I love this post and am going to try it out now. 🙂
Fantastic post Merron! Perhaps I should try the pub 😉