June 2020 ( GSV Members can access this journal when they login as a member. Then click on the "Members Area" link)
Many of us are reading our June magazine in a different format from usual. You may have already noticed that the sections ‘Around the Groups’, ‘Around the Circles’ and ‘What’s On’ are not included. This is because of the uncertainty of planning for when we will be able to attend activities at the GSV again.
On a more positive note, the additional space created has enabled us to include more readers’ stories than usual. Julie Conroy’s story tells of the life of her great uncle Walter Hon, the son of a Chinese immigrant drawn to Victoria by the lure of gold. Emma Hegarty’s amusing article ‘Learning from my Mistakes’ takes us on some of the mistaken paths that she followed, before finding the right information. I’m sure most of us can relate to that! Geoff Brown thought he had found out all he could about his seaman ancestor Henry Woodroffe, but following up a lead revealed that Henry had given evidence about shipwrecks and seamen’s working conditions at two House of Commons Select Committee enquiries. ‘Cissie, Who Are You?’ by Brian Reid is a fascinating detective story of how Brian eventually found proof of his grandmother’s real identity. The article demonstrates in abundance the value of persistent research over the decades, and some fortuitous lateral thinking. Justin Corfield draws interesting parallels and connections between the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 and the recent ‘Brexit’. Thelma Ragas gives us a brief outline of the history of white settlement of the Wannon valley area, and relates her family connection to it. In our series of ‘How to’ articles, Margaret Vines takes us through the resources available to those tracing their Irish ancestors, from beginners to the more experienced. Maureen Trotter In ‘DNA News and Notes’ explains the use of clustering to make sense of DNA matches. This will be of great interest for readers who are wondering how to interpret the results of a DNA test.
I hope you are taking advantage of the period of lockdown to write up your family stories. The editorial team is looking forward to receiving them!
Ancestor Editorial Team