Can you read this snippet and not visualise the Keystone Cops jumping onto a steamboat to China? 

This post forms part of Trove Tuesday as initiated by Amy of Branches, Leaves & Pollen.

Isn't it interesting how those funny little questions fascinate so many of us?

With thanks to the prompting of Alex and Shelley, and the use of the wonderful book, Per L'Australia, here's a little story on why so many Italians have concreted their backyard.

"The majority of Australia's Italians came from ancient stone villages and fortress towns where homes backed on to one another in a maze of cobbled streets. Inside and out each house was spotless and the cobbles in front were swept daily.

So, you've traded best wishes with your family and friends.

Was your next thought, "Oh, I wonder if I'll find (insert name of decades-old brick-walled ancestor) in the new records released today"?

Come on...'fess up and let's hope the websites don't crash in the excitement.

I hope all your searches are productive and your ancestors cooperative. All the best for 2014.

If I had to give myself a grade for blogging in 2013, it would have to be a mega fail. To cut a number of very long stories short, life got in the way. When I got to the other side of the mountain and wanted to blog again, I couldn't work out where to start. Lucky for me, Geniaus has a Geneameme for 2013. Not that I can answer everything, which is why I only have 18 points instead of 20.  And please be gentle...I'm very rusty!

1.  An elusive ancestor I found was one the Giuffres.

Just as well he wasn't bitten on the leg.

This post forms part of the Trove Tuesday series, created by Amy of Branches, Leaves & Pollen.

Don't you love all of those Tasmanian records now available on familysearch? I have spent many a productive day hour poking around, then muttering, 'oh,  I did not know that'.

Sometimes I find things that have nothing to do with my research and yet I find the need to share.

Like this snippet of genealogy cruelty.

Honestly, there should be a law against Smiths marrying Joneses. Just sayin'.

I've just read about this video in the local paper and think it is a great idea to help keep those family stories alive. The introduction goes for a couple of minutes, then we hear about the families and see some interesting old photos. I hope this series continues and congratulate Councillor Glenn Tozer for involving the local council in the production.

A little bit of fun and the very reason why we need to put some meat on those bones!

Have you ever wondered what your immigrant ancestors faced when they arrived in their new homeland?

Was the weather hot or cold, the land flooded or on fire? What else was happening at the time?

I decided to select an ancestor and have a look on Trove to see if I could find a newspaper on, or close to, their arrival date. David Pearson and his family arrived in Port Phillip Bay on the 4th of April, 1849, aboard the Mary Shepherd (aka the Love Boat, but that's another story).