Saturday, December 8, 2018

WHY YOU SHOULD NOT MISS ROOTSTECH 2019

Rootstech will be even bigger and better in 2019!

Rootstech 2018 MC Jason Hewlett will be back to entertain! 

As an Australian Rootstech Ambassador and a passionate genealogist, I for one will not be missing Rootstech 2019 (February 27 to March 2). This huge conference in Salt Lake City is lining up to be an even bigger and better event than ever before.

There are SO MANY REASONS to make it a 'MUST DO' to attend this genealogy plus technology conference, one of the largest of its kind in the world. 

There is so much to DISCOVER at Rootstech
You can read some of the compelling reasons to attend Rootstech, just so you understand how  great an experience this conference which blends genealogy with technology is. There is always SO MUCH TO DO AND SO MUCH TO LEARN at Rootstech. 

Rootstech is truly a place where every family historian whether they have beginner or advanced skills feels they BELONG. Every year there are so many AMAZING CLASSES TO CHOOSE FROM. I love CONNECTING WITH NEW PEOPLE and CATCHING UP WITH GENEALOGY FRIENDS FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD. 

Now, if that alone wasn't enough to encourage me to attend Rootestech 2019, the spectacular line up of guest speakers and performers makes this particular Rootstech one I cannot miss.

Dinner with friends from the US, UK, Germany, Australia

Entertainer and comedian Jason Hewlett was a fabulous MC for Rootstech 2018 and I am thrilled that he is returning to host the 2019 conference. I am certain he will wow the crowds again with his humor, wisdom and captivating personality. 

I was privileged to interview Jason at Rootstech last year along with fellow Australian ambassador Jill Ball aka Geniaus. 

Jason Hewlett speaking to Jill Ball and myself at Rootstech 2018

There have been TWO ANNOUNCEMENTS IN PARTICULAR regarding keynote speakers, which have me anticipating Rootstech 2019 with even greater enthusiasm (if that's possible).

The first exciting news was that Saroo Brierley is to be a guest keynote speaker at Rootstech on Friday March 1 2019.  

Saroo's incredible story of courage and resilience was told in the 2016 movie Lion. His story began when he was five years old and became separated from his brother at a railway station. You can read more about Saroo Brierley's story here. 

Image belongs to Rootstech Organisers

I  cannot wait to hear Saroo speak at Rootstech 2019!

Being a guitar and ukelele player, my excitement level soared through the roof when it was announced that world renowned ukelele player, Jake Shimabukuro will be both appearing as a keynote speaker and performing at Rootstech 2019. NOTHING... I MEAN NOTHING WILL KEEP ME FROM ATTENDING THIS CONFERENCE!

Jake Shimabukuro Image Wikimedia Commons
Jake shot to fame when a video of him playing George Harrison's song While my Guitar Gently Weeps went viral on Youtube in 2005.

Why don't you take some time to listen and be astounded as Jake Shimabukuro plays this very song in Central Park, New York City. 




Jake Shimabukuro playing Bohemian Rhapsody is probably my favourite of his performances and I will definitely be in awe watching him perform live at Rootstech 2019. 

Perhaps you get the picture. I will be one starstruck attendee at Rootstech 2019! 

But I know that there is SO MUCH MORE TO ROOTSTECH THAN CELEBRITIES. And there is a always a reason behind the appearance of a celebrity at Rootstech. They all have inspiring stories to share and it is always a privilege to hear these stories. 

Brandon Stanton was a moving speaker at Rootstech 2018. Image Sharn White
I can't wait to listen to the inspiring and informative speakers in classes as well. There's always a HUGE range of topics to choose from. My personal favorites are DNA topics. Anything to do with DNA and genealogy fascinates me. I always come back to Australia with excellent tips on subjects such as deciphering German Script and understanding English parish records and ways to share stories and much, much more.

I am looking forward to meeting my Rootstech Pass winner Paula, who by an amazing twist of good fortune will be attending Rootstech with her daughter Kari, who also won another Ambassador's Pass to the conference! 


I HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL AT ROOTSTECH 2019! So put the dates in your calendar - 27 February to March 2, 2019. 

I will leave you with another incredible video of Jake Shimabukuro playing Hallelujah on ukelele.
Happy listening....




Saturday, December 1, 2018

LINKS TO HOUSE HISTORY PRESENTATION


HOUSE HISTORY PRESENTATION

Image 1943 Aerial Photography Sixmaps, NSW Lands Registry Services

PLAN OF ACTION
1.     DETERMINE what it is you want to find out.
2.     BE ORGANISED FROM THE START – Folders and Files and List of Resources
3.     BEGIN WITH WHAT YOU KNOW. List and write a Timeline of everything you already know about the house, its owners and occupants and its locality. Examine the house and talk to long time neighbours.
4.     LOCATE THE PROPERTY ON MAPS –Google maps, Historical maps, Parish maps, Google Earth, Sixmaps, Cadastral, Survey, Parish, Topographic, Estate, Water Board and Sewerage diagrams, Electoral and Census maps, historical photographs, aerial Photographs, published local histories
5.     DETERMINE THE STYLE OF HOUSE – online research, real estate advertisements, tender notices in newspapers, local history
6.     FAMILIARISE YOURSELF WITH THE LOCALITY -Local History
7.     TITLE SEARCHES AND LAND HISTORY– FINDING THE OWNERS OF THE LAND AND HOUSE - Certificate of Title, showing Ownership, Primary Application, Dealings, Transfers, Inheritances, Mortgages, primary application, Crown Land Grant
8.     DATING THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE HOUSE – Historical Council Rate Books, Building Applications and Registers, Tender Notices in Newspapers
9.     FIND THE OCCUPANTS – ONLINE RESOURCES – Trove, Electoral Rolls, Post Office and Sands Directories, Almanacs – MAKE A TIMELINE, LOCATING COUNCIL RECORDS – House plans, Building Applications, Rate Ledgers and other records held by councils. This tells you WHEN the house was built. 
10.  CONTACT people who might have memories or photographs of the house

COMPILE A LIST OF THINGS YOU WANT TO KNOW
1.     WHEN was the land first purchased? WHEN was the house built? WHEN was it altered?
2.     WHAT was the name of your house if it had a name? Has it had more than one name? WHAT changes have been made to the house? WHAT did it originally look like? WHAT uses has the house had over the years?
3.     WHY was your house built?  WHY was it built in the location where it is or was? You can research the history of a house that has been demolished.
4.     WHO built your house?  WHO has owned the house? WHO lived in your house?  WHO first owned the land on which the house is located?
        WHERE the house is makes it an important piece of its local history and part of the timeline of how a city, town or rural area grew.
SUGGESTED LABELS FOR FILES
-          THE HOUSE
-          THE PLACE
-          THE PEOPLE
-          EVENTS
-          DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION
-          SURVEYS
-           MAPS
-           TITLE SEARCHES
-          TOWN PLANNING
-           LAND RESEARCH
-          LAND HISTORY
-          WATER BOARD RECORDS
-          HISTORICAL CONTEXT
-          OWNERSHIP
-          OCCUPANCY
-          HOUSE STYLES
-          HOUSING SCHEMES
-          NEWSPAPER ARTICLES
-          BOOKS AND JOURNAL ARTICLES
     WEBSITES
-          PERSONAL CONTACTS


MAKE A LIST OF RECORDS OR INFORMATION YOU ALREADY HAVE:
Address and Location
Subdivision or Estate Name – this is not always the name of the suburb. It’s likely there has been more than one subdivision in your suburb.
A Certificate of Title (perhaps a search was done when you purchased the property)
Documents relating to water or sewerage easements and property dimensions
a DP (DEPOSITED PLAN number) a record or plan of a subdivision or legal boundaries.
Lot Number
Photographs
House Plans
Name of Previous Owner
Changes you have made to the house
RECORD DETAILS ABOUT THE HOUSE
Chimneys
Roof shape
windows
fireplaces
original doors
ceilings
floorboards
balustrades
fences
street
neighbouring houses
Find ORIGINAL FEATURES of the house that might help you to identify what style of architecture it is. This also helps to date the house’s construction. 

DATING YOUR HOUSE

COLONIAL GEORGIAN – 1788 -1840
when it comes to Colonial Georgian or Early Colonial houses, Little remains from this period because most houses were built of non- permanent materials such as slab, timber thatch, wattle and daub (timber or stick thatch plugged with something that would stick ie clay) , and pise (PISAY)  (hand made bricks)
There are a few more substantially built houses, usually constructed from Sydney’s sandstone that have survived such such as Vaucluse House which was completed in around 1839 or Lindesay, a harbourside mansion at Darling Point, which was completed in around 1836. 

EARLY VICTORIAN – 1840 -1880
·       Simple
·       Terraced or freestanding
·       One or two rooms across the front
MID VICTORIAN – 1856 -1875
·       Ornamentation
·       Use of stucco
·       Decorative brickwork
·       Cast iron lacework
·       Patterned floors

LATE VICTORIAN LATE COLONIAL – 1870 -1900
·       Grander and more ornate
·       Gable roofed house
·       Pyramid Roofed house
·       Simple sash windows
·       Short-ridge house with veranda around
·       Minimal roof overhang
·       Hall commonly divided by a decorative arch
FEDERATION, EDWARDIAN OR PRE WAR – 1901-1920 
·       Complex forms and asymmetrical floor plans
·       Stucco chimney topped with terracotta chimney pot
·       Timber framed windows with intricate lead light
·       High ceilings
·       Decorative plaster work
·       Elaborate verandas
Arts and Crafts elements
·       Bungalow Roofed
·       Asymmetrical Roofed Bungalow
·       Queen Anne Style
INTER-WAR – 1918 -1939
·       Multi gable
·       Porch and gable
·       Old English
CALIFORNIAN BUNGALOW -1920’S -1930’S
·       Low pitched roof
·       Veranda held up by large thick columns
·       Lead light windows
·       More simple
·       Single storey
·       Simple plan centred on the hallway
ART DECO, SPANISH MISSION, OCEAN LINER  – 1920’S -1930’S
·       Move towards modernism
·       Asymmetrical designs
·       Whites and creams
POST WAR – 1945-1965
·       Hip Roofed
·       International style
·       Designed for family living
MODERN – 1945-1970
·       Open planning
·       Cream, light or brown bricks
·       Geometric shapes
·       Large floor to ceiling windows
·       Windows extending across the front

·       New materials 

   TITLE SEARCH
The history of your house and land will be found by searching backwards through
·       Current Title
·       Prior Titles
·       Primary Application (this is when application was made to bring land under the Real property Act (Torrens Title)
·       Land Grant
SUGGESTED RESOURCES

HOW TO RESEARCH A HOUSE HISTORY
Society of Australian Genealogists
Trove
Inside History
TROVE (National Library Australia)
NSW State Archives & Records
Findmypast
City of Canada Bay
Hornsby Council
City of Sydney
Australian Homes, The Guardian
Public Buildings NSW Archives and Records
Other States
Linc Tasmania
Landgate WA
Public record Office Victoria
Queensland
Queensland State Archives
ACT Government
National Library Australia
North Sydney Stanton Library
NSW State Archives Further Reading

 LOCATE YOUR PROPERTY ON MAPS
·        Google Maps
·       Google Earth
·       NSW Land Registry, Sixmaps – Topographic maps and data, Aerial imagery, Cadestral data, Spatial data, Surveying publications
·       NSW Land Registry Services (LRS), Historical Land Records Viewer (HLRV), Spatial Services, Mapping and Imagery, Surveyor’s Field Book Index, *Historical Maps, *Plan Lodgement Books, Charting Maps. Old Form Torrens Registers 1863-1961, *Torrens Purchasers Index, Historical Parish Maps, *General Register of Deeds (Old System) 1825-1992, *Old System Records, Old System Grant Index and Register 1792-1862, *Grant and Index Register, * Purchasers Index 1896-1985, Vendors Index
(THOSE MARKED WITH AN ASTERIX ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE VIA THE HISTORICAL LAND RECORDS VIEWER)
·       National Library of Australia Maps
·       State Archives NSW - Parish Maps, Primary Applications, Metroplitan Water Sewerage and Drainage Board maps
·       NSW Electoral Maps
·       Historical Atlas of Sydney
·       Sydney Water - Sydney Metropolitan Detail Series1880-99 - Some plans are online on Trove
·       Oldmaps Online
·       Royal Historical Society NSW
·       State Library NSW
·       Trove, Maps
NSW LANDS REGISTRY SERVICES
SIXMAPS
NSW Lands Registry Services have the following useful maps -  Cadastral (maps with details such as boundaries, property descriptions, land tenure) , Spatial Services, Mapping and Imagery, Surveyor’s Field Book Index, *Historical Maps, *Plan Lodgement Books, Charting Maps. Old Form Torrens Registers 1863-1961, *Torrens Purchasers Index, Historical Parish Maps, *General Register of Deeds (Old System) 1825-1992, *Old System Records, Old System Grant Index and Register 1792-1862, *Grant and Index Register, * Purchasers Index 1896-1985, Vendors Index , *1943 aerial photography

The maps marked with an Asterix are available online via the LRS’s HISTORICAL LAND RECORDS VIEWER (HLR

Atlas of Suburbs of Sydney

1934 Gregory’s Online
NSW State Archives
NSW Electoral Maps
State Library of NSW
Using Maps for Historical Research
Sydney Metropolitan Detail Series
NSW State Archives and Records – Water Board and Sewerage Maps
Trove ONLINE water Board Maps
Trove Water Board Plans
Parish Maps
Entity - Crown Grants
NSW Land Registry Services  Historical Land Record Viewer (HLRV)
Henry Kable’s Land
Subdivision plans Summer Hill/ Ashfield
 State Library NSW – Plan of Allotments
NSW Land Registry Services SixMaps
Dept of Planning (Water Board Maps)
Water Board maps NSW State Library
My Council DA Tracker
City of Sydney
Sydney Metropolitan Detail Series
Parish and Historical Maps (LPI)
Historical Atlas of Sydney, City Boundaries and Wards 1842-2004
National Library Australia
State Archives County and Parish Maps
LPI Historical and Parish Maps
State Library NSW
Land and Property (LPI)
How to Locate the Right Parish Map
 LPI Historical Land Records Viewer
State Archives and Records NSW
State Library NSW Digital Viewer
Auction and Survey Lithographs State Library NSW
1934 Gregory’s online – Voommaps
NSW Land Registry Services Spatial Services
Ashfield Library Planning and Development/ Legislation Maps
Ashfield

Search for Subdivision Plans
City of Sydney
Collections
Archives Investigator
Building Inspectors Cards
Underwood Estate
Plans of Subdivisions in Summer Hill -State Library NSW
Trove
National Library of Australia
Dobroyd Estate 1885 2nd estate to go to sale
First subdivision of the well known Dobroyd Estate, Ashfield : for sale by auction on the ground on Saturday 4th April 1885 / Batt, Rodd and Purves, Auctioneers
Second subdivision Dobroyd Estate, Ashfield : for sale by public auction on the ground on Saturday Oct. 17th 1885 / Batt, Rodd and Purves, Auctioneers
Determine the Style of your House
      National Trust
Daceyville – the garden suburb
Planned Suburbs of Sydney
Types of Houses
Sydney Georgian Architecture
House of Home Blog
Gardner’s Road
National Archives of Australia War Time Housing
Housing Sydney

Familiarise Yourself with the Locality - Local History
City of Sydney Street Name Guide

NSW heritage Listings
North Sydney House History

Leichhardt Council


NSW heritage Listings
Ashfield and District Historical Society
Ashfield Local Studies Inner West Library

Researching Land Titles - Ownership
Land and Property Information
Queensland
Victoria
South Australia
             NSW Land Registry Online Portal
             NSW Land Registry Services Historical Lands Viewer (HLRV)

Land Registry Services Home

NSW Land Registry Services
             TriSearch
             Land and Property Information Services  LPI
Crown Land
      Old system
LPI Plan Lodgement Books 1863-1995
Torrens Title
Accessing Titling Information
NSW land registry Services Historical Land Records Viewer HLRV

Crown Land Grants
State Library NSW
NSW State Archives and Records
NSW State Archives and Records
Archive Reel: 2910; Series: 1215; Description: Register of Land Grants and Conditional Pardons 1792-95
State Library NSW Plan of Allotments

Finding People associated with your House - Occupiers
Trove (National Library of Australia)

Births Deaths and Marriages NSW

Australian War Memorial Databases
WW 2 Nominal Roll

City of Sydney Sands Directory
             City of Sydney Directories

Australian Electoral Rolls
             NSW Electoral Rolls
Directories and Almanacs
FamilySearch
Ancestry.com
Findmypast
My Heritage
The Society of Australian Genealogists

Historical Photographs
Trove
NSW State Archives and Records
City of Sydney Historical Photos and Maps
National Library of Australia
Sydney Living Museums
Trovit
 Royal Australian Historical Society
Camden Historical Society
Bathurst Historical Society