Society of Australian Genealogists

When they send me an email I always want to click it open right away. In what seems to be a continuing series on what emails excite me, I can honestly say these are my kind of people.

Today I missed a webinar as I wasn’t available when it was on, so they sent it to me. Packaged up, ready to go and waiting for me in my inbox when I got home. Now I get to watch it.

So this blog post is a shout out to the fine organisation that is, in short known as SAG. If you are ever serious about tracing your family but are on a tight budget, then it’s the best money you will spend for value.

A fabulous library, access to all the major family history programs, records on CD, journals and a magnificent education program. I also must mention they also have oodles of donated material on well, you guessed it, family history. I live in hope to find a photo there of one of my ancestors, but I will take anything really.

Visit their site here.  I urge you to just click.

SAG website 2


You have a DNA match..

I always get a little excited about emails telling me I have a DNA match. But never high hopes it’s going to be a good match, or you will even know how.

But once in a while you do get one. And it’s exciting. You match in DNA and on your tree. It’s always a good feeling.. you are on the right track.

My latest one is on a 2xGGrandfather. Someone I know a little bit about. Your heart starts racing wondering what else you will find out. Makes you want to dig out what you have on them and read it all over again.

I’ve sent this person a message, I will see if they respond. It’s a bit of a dating game really. See what they do. Hope they swipe right, come on, I am family.

To remember is to rescue the sacred from the vacuum of oblivion.

The above quote can be accredited to Terryl Lynn Givens, professor of literature and religion at the University of Richmond.

I saw this recently on a video online. Yes, a genealogy website one at that.

The video was on journaling, it was really good actually. Watch it here

Steve Reed gives us a compelling story to write often. Even if it is boring or monotonous. A reminder to write something.





Am I a First Fleeter?

I don’t think I am. But I’m just double checking. I think I would remember that. But to be honest I haven’t been too fussed to find out. Too many interesting people to research born here, and with people still alive that knew them. Thinking about immigration has been the last thing on my list of interesting facts to find out. Until now…

When you are wandering the streets near your office to find that ‘new’ restaurant the  Boss thinks has just opened and you find a little shop that has your name all over it.

Fellowship of First Fleeters, Cathedral St, Wooloomooloo


Trove treasures..

Obituary Albert Dietrich title trove treasures

 Mr. Albert Dietrich

A grand old pioneer of the Peak Hill district, Mr. Albert Dietrich, passed away at the age of 81 in his home,”Rosehill,” Bushman Street, on Wednesday morning. Mr. Dietrich had enjoyed excellent health until a month ago, when his age began to
tell and affected his heart, which was
the cause of his death.
Deceased, who was the son of the  late Frank Carl Dietrich and Elizabeth Dorothy Dietrich, was born in the Picton district, where he resided for 35 years. He then moved to the Peak Hill district, where he took up a property and became a successful farmer and grazier, so that he was
able to retire about five years ago and live in Sydney for 12 months. He then came to Parkes, where he has resided since.
The late Mr. Dietrich married at an early age and was devoted to his wife and his large family, which numbered 14. His widow and eleven of his family survive him. They are: Miss Hannah Dietrich, of Parkes; Mrs.S. J. Goodall (Mary), of Sydney; Mrs.P..T. Scarr (Ada), of Peak Hill; Mrs. R. Leahmann (Amy), of Junee; Mrs.G. C. Bayliss (Lily), of Glen Innes; Mrs. C. Kopp (Ivy), of Peak Hill; and Mrs. F. Connelly (Edna), of Dubbo.
The boys are: James (Canowindra), Henry (Peak Hill), Herbert (Parkes)and Kenneth (Peak Hill). A sister, Miss Mary Dietrich, also survives.
The funeral took place in the Church of England portion of the Peak Hill cemetery at 3 o’clock on
Thursday, the Rev. Pearce, of Peak Hill, taking the service. Mr. J. T.Cock had charge of the funeral arrangements.

OBITUARY (1934, February 9). Western Champion (Parkes, NSW : 1898 – 1934), p. 11. Retrieved December 21, 2016, from

You really couldn’t ask for a better place to start when looking at Australian family history. Trove is a candy store for names, places and locations.

Here is the obituary for Albert Dietrich, my 2xGGrandfather. It lists a lot of information about the funeral as well as juicy detail on his family.

Albert and Hannah had a very successful life producing 14 children. 10 of the 11 children that made it to adulthood had children. Damn, that’s a lot of your descendants running around out there to track down. Luckily someone thought to put all their names and where they live in the newspaper so that it would make my life easier many, many decades later.

Thrown into this article at no extra cost is the name of my GGrandfather James (of Canowindra).

Could you get more excited about an article like this? Well no to be quite frank.

In the interest of not losing those who may not be related and are reading this blog post in support, I have posted a picture of Albert below. Albert, your facial hair is outstanding but gotta say, thank god I didn’t get that nose.

Albert Dietrich  1934 My G Grandfather

Franz, thanks for coming

To start this blog I thought no better place than with the first of my surname to arrive in Australia. Thanks for a great decision. Your ancestors are plentiful and run many generations deep. You made it and you did well.

Franz Carl (Karl) DIETRICH and Dorothea Elisabetha DIETRICH (nee POTHS) were assisted immigrants from German arriving on the ship ‘San Francisco’ in 1853.


This is from a book at the SAG library. If I was a better genealogist I would cite my source right here. BUT it is the first blog post and this ain’t a thesis.

What the above shows is what I have always known to be my first ancestor to bring my surname to this almighty brilliant country called ‘Straya’.

Whatever the reason that brought you here Franz, thanks for coming.


  • Postscript – the above information was taken from Index of assisted German immigrants to NSW 1849 – 1856 by Jenny Paterson, July 2006. SAG library ref A3/20/100