Do you know about TROVE?

Hello again everyone,

It’s been a while since I have posted but I am glad to say that I am back from my 4 weeks holiday back in Jersey, Channel Islands.  I had a fantastic time catching up with so many family and friends every day. I also managed to do quite a bit of family research, visiting of cemeteries and a two day trip to Guernsey with my mum. So I have plenty of new stuff to blog about and share with you. The first thing I would like to share with you is an Australian resource called TROVE. I went to listen to a speaker at the local library this morning, who explained to us how TROVE works and what it provides. I have dabbled with it a few times and found useful and interesting snippets of information. What is it? It is a collection of Australian newspapers that have been digitised for your  use. Not only is it free but you can use it without signing up.

So for those of you that have ancestors that may have been to Australia in the past this may be of some use to you. Here are some quick facts to help you:

  • it includes Australian Newspapers generally up to the end of 1954
  • it includes the first 50 years of The Australian Women’s Weekly
  • it includes photos, books, journals, maps
  • it includes archived websites (Pandora)

I typed in the surname Rabet as I know that my great grandfather travelled to Australia in 1929. This is what I came across:

Monday 3 May 1948Next issue

The Daily News – Perth WA –                          Monday 3 May 1948 Next issue

I don’t know yet if this John Rabet is related but the good thing is that now I know about him and I have another mystery to solve. But I did discover his age, which meant he was born in 1928 and the fact that he was in the R.A.N. The Royal Australian Navy.

The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 – 1929)

This image above is of another example where I have found John Rabet in the old digitised newspapers. (Don’t know yet if it is the same guy). I have taken a screenshot of how the search looks. On the left is the text which you are allowed to correct. The green section is a bit where I corrected the spellings. As the articles are so old and use old font the computer can interpret the words incorrectly.

Ann, the lady who presented the talk explained that she can spend as much as 50 to 60 hours per week on correcting the text. This is as a volunteer. I think this is wonderful and this reminds me of all the family historians I have met that are generous with their time and knowledge.

I hope you find Trove useful too and have fun scrolling thorough the digitised newspapers and more!


Teaching your children about the Family Tree and their ancestors

Even though my two children are still quite young they are gradually becoming aware about  my research into my Family Tree.  It is known as  ‘my hobby’ or ‘mummy’s project’ to them.

As a primary teacher I touched on this topic lightly as the children I taught were young. It came under the topic ‘All about me’ or ‘Me and my Family’ and it was always good fun to do. Little ones are never lost for words when talking about themselves and all the things they know and can do. The main difference between children doing their family tree compared to adults, is that kids include their pets!

Here are some  ways to develop a child’s interest in learning about the Family Tree.


A great book I read at Secondary/High School about pets and family which I highly recommend for older children is My Family and Other Animals written by Gerald Durrell, a man who had a great influence in Jersey.

A great read about a ten year old boy, his family and all his animals!

Recently a school book catalogue came home and in it was a book especially for children wanting to learn about their family tree. I was intrigued to see how they would present it for young ones, so I bought it. It is a lovely book with a great huge pull-out-poster for the child to fill in with pictures of photos of members of his/her family. It is a colourful book called My Family Tree.

A great book full of activities based on learning around the family.

Here is the poster from the book filled in for my children.

The poster was a great source of discussion when my son took this poster to school for ‘Show & tell’.


Scrapbooks are a great to way collect and store information. It is also good fun too!

  • Write a heading or title on each two page spread, eg: My favourite toys (put age or year with the photo) / My pets – photos, paw print in paint / My Homes – photos of house your child has lived in and the dates
  • Collect photos from milestones
  • Keep cinema tickets and stick them in

The list could go on and on. What ever is stuck in will be a great record of times in your child’s life. It will all record a particular time in history


I have also found a few useful websites which give ideas on activities to do with your child based on genealogy and family history.

Family Tree kids

Genealogy for children


Below are a selection of printable worksheets that I have found on the internet of the Family Tree for children to fill in:

Pedigree Chart #2 – from


Handprint Family Tree – from DISNEY family fun website

A great idea and fun activity for the whole family to participate in!

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I am about to embark on an old journey but in a new format of blogging and posting. This I hope will enable me to find out more about my family history in the wonderful Jersey in the Channel Islands in which I was born.  I will endeavor to find out more about my heritage in the Channel Islands and beyond!