… a collection or store of valuable or delightful things
No better words could be used to describe the National Library of Australia’s Trove website. If you have read a few of my posts, you would know I’m a big Trove fan. A recent post by Jill Ball at her blog Geniaus, mentioned an initiative by Amy Houston which interested me. Amy on her blog Branches, Leaves, and Pollen, told how she too is a fan of Trove and invited Australian bloggers to join her on Tuesdays each week to blog about the treasures we have found at Trove.
I have many Trove treasures and a lot of my blog posts are about those. At first, I thought I would not take part merely because I didn’t think I could choose just one a week. Where would I start? That is much like asking me to name my favourite book or film of all time. I just can’t do it. But, as Amy suggests the treasure doesn’t always have to be about a family member it could be anything of interest.
I can do that. How often have you found a newspaper article about a family member, only to find the article, above, below, or beside just as interesting? I’m into advertisements too and I always read them. There are some absolute gems, so expect to see some of those on Tuesdays.
Due to time constraints this week, I thought I would begin with a recap of some of my posts that highlight the benefits of Trove to family historians, particularly the digitised newspapers. Without the newspapers, there is much that I wouldn’t know about my ancestors. Even hours of record searching couldn’t unearth what I have found.
In fact, the papers lead me to the records. Whether it is records from courts or cemeteries, sporting clubs or churches, Trove has led me there. Not only is it a time-saver, many of the leads I have found come from places I would never have thought of searching.
These are some of my treasures to date:
Witness for the Prosecution – The story of three of my relatives who were witnesses in murder trials. I believe two of those stories, that of my ggg grandmother Margaret Diwell and my grandfather Percy Riddiford, would have remained hidden if it wasn’t for Trove.
Alfred Winslow Harman – Stepping out of the Shadows – I knew little about Alfred Harman before I starting an intensive search for him in the Trove digitized newspapers. Now I know so much more.
Nina’s Royal Inspiration – The story of Nina Harman and her carpet really is delightful. As Nina is not a close family member, I possibly would not have known this story without finding her direct descendants. Instead, I found it in a Women’s Weekly at Trove!
To Catch a Thief – Ordinarily, to find Jim Bishop’s brush with the law, I would have had to search the Branxholme Court Registers held at PROV‘s Ballarat Archives Centre. Not too hard, but with so many people to research and so many towns on the Victorian court circuit, it may have been a long time before I found it. Thanks to an article in the Border Watch, that time in Jim’s life is now known to me.
All Quiet By the Wannon – The Mortimer family of Cavendish kept to themselves. Articles I found at Trove finally gave my ggg James Mortimer a voice.
Mr Mortimer’s Daughters – Another Mortimer puzzle solved thanks to Trove. From Henry Mortimer’s death notice in the Portland Guardian, I was able to establish the married name of one daughter and the second marriage of another daughter.
There is a list of Western Victorian newspapers available at Trove on my Links page.
Don’t forget there are other great treasures that can be found while searching at Trove. Look beyond the newspaper matches as you never know what might come up in the other categories. I have found photos of family members and some great early photos of Western Victorian towns while searching. Trove is also great for tracking down books.
I will try to post something each Tuesday. Thank you to Amy for the idea and I hope other Australian geneabloggers get involved too.
Show us your treasure and celebrate Trove!