My last post called, “Life Tragedies William James Harrison Part 1”. I found some articles about the wife desertion case of my Great Grandfather. This is the second part to the previous post.
After looking through the information I thought where can I go to find out more. Since it’s a court case I thought try court records? Nah, I’ll try the police records first. I got my articles together and went along to the State Library of Queensland (which has some really helpful staff). We went through the Queensland Police Gazettes and on the third search, bingo. I found him. The staff were as shocked as I, to find him so quickly. There were two entries (both are pictured below).
Police Gazette 1920s page 741
Police Gazette 1920s page 699
Then there was a page with photos and I looked through the names and numbers. There on the page was a picture of my Great Grandfather. William James Harrison. I was so surprised as I never expected a photograph. I’ve never seen a photo of William and have been looking for years. I thought finally I’ve found a picture of him. I know so much about his time in the first world war and I was bursting with happiness that I found a photo.
I’ve seen a lot of people participating in Thomas MacEntee’s, “Genealogy Do-Over”. When I was looking online I found that there are one’s with what to accomplish month to month but with my job and other commitments this would be tooo much. So, I thought that I would combine organising my digital records, paper records with creating a better way to find and store what I’ve done. Luckily, for me I have many records but being at the beginning of my research it’s not bad yet. Here are a few goals that I have for the next three months.
- Update all records into my research log and number all paper records.
- Buy an acid-free folder to start storing paper records.
- Create research logs for my Grandparents and immediate family.
- Put all records into a cloud based software.
- Learn more about the legacy software I have.
Well, there you go, these are my ideas. What are your research goals? Feel free to share yours in the comments below. I’ll post again in a few weeks hopefully with a few things ticketed off. I should get started with my list.
Source: The Truth (Brisbane, QLD, 1900-1954) Sunday 26th December 1920 page 5
Life tragedies. Sensational Sequel to Maintenance Matter. Wow! What a title this article has from the Truth newspaper, Brisbane in the 1920s. This article started an interesting chain of events about a man (my Great Grandfather William James Harrison) who survived the first World War and then went back to wife and four children after the war. I have always wondered what life would have been like for him upon returning to Australian in 1919. This article seems to shed some light on what happened to him and his family in the 1920s.
When I first saw this article I wondered if this was the right Harrison but as I continued to read, I thought this might be him. A few clues pointed me in the right direction his age and the area that he lived in seemed right. (Well according to information I had from my Grandmother). It was written like some sensationalized story with the words in capital letters and the direct speech. It felt like I was reading a bit of a gossip column. To be honest I liked the details that were put into the article but I was also deeply saddened at the same time the two incidents. So I did a bit more digging on Trove as I wanted more facts (well as much as you could get from a newspaper) Two more short articles out of the Telegraph gave me some similar information (see below).
Telegraph (Brisbane, QLD, 1875-1947Tuesday 28 December 1920, page 5
Telegraph (Brisbane, QLD, 1872- 1947), Tuesday 21 December 1920, page 4
This is the funeral notice of my Great Grandfather William James Harrison which took me years to find. I remember (probably 15 years ago now) starting to look for more information about his life and I started with his funeral. (as genealogist always suggest to do). This was my first bit of research outside of finding his army records. I tried the newspapers in Brisbane but no luck and I put the idea of finding it on hold for a while. I concentrated on what I could learn from his army records. Then when I heard about Trove I tried again, with help of other researchers at a family history centre but still no luck. Feeling very disgruntled, I thought maybe there isn’t one. Perhaps their family couldn’t afford a notice. Then, after seeing that an old newspaper from Brisbane called “The Telegraph” that was recently added, I gave it another try. The results came up and there it was first on the search list. I had waited years to find this and even though it was a sad event for him to pass away at such a young age, I was delighted that his war service and battalion were acknowledged
William James Harrison Funeral Notice
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Its been a very busy couple of weeks with family related events as well as work. But now I have a bit more time, I thought I’d get back into blogging again. I’ve discovered a wonderful family album. Which has given me more wonderful information on the Harrison side and answered a few questions I had. But as always added more interesting stories about some relatives. So, I hope to share some of these discoveries with you in the near future.
Along with looking at this photo album that has been found, I’ll be going my own genealogy clean up. Which involves scanning any documents I don’t have digital copies of and putting them into a cloud software. Then I’ll have multiple copies in other places, too. I find that dropbox seems pretty good but also open to any suggestions about other great cloud software.
Much of my family history research has so far been around military ancestry and records. Here’s a few resources I’ve used that were useful when researching WW1 soldiers in Australia.
1. To find a WW1 soldiers records search the Australian Archives. Many of their World War One records have been digitalised and can be viewed online for free. http://naa.gov.au
2. You can’t go past the Australian War Memorial for further information on our involvement in war and conflicts. Copies of battalion diaries can also be found here. http://www.awm.gov.au
3. Recommended books include: Digging for Diggers A guide to researching an Australian soldier of the Great War, 1914-1918 by Graeme Hoskins. It’s a valuable source. – Battalion history books can give you an insight to the role of a particular battalion.
4. Discovering Anzacs is free to join and anyone can add information about a soldier to build a story. https://www.discoveringanzacs.naa.gov.au/
5. Trove newspapers: http://trove.nla.gov.au I found it useful for articles about ships returning to Australia, soldiers photographs and other miscellaneous information. I hope someone finds one of these resources useful for their research. If anyone has further questions about these websites feel free to ask in the comments section.