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Visiting Learmonth Cemetery

It’s been a while since I shared a post about my family research, and although this cemetery visit was a couple of months ago I’ve been meaning to sit down and write about it since March! I went to Daylesford for the Labor Day long weekend this year.  About half an hour from Daylesford is a small town named Learmonth where I believed one of my ancestors, John Rankin, to be buried.  I had already seen two photos of the grave on the Australian Cemeteries website, but as you can see from this photo it wasn’t possible to make out the full text on the headstone.  The information recorded on the Australian Cemeteries listing was only partial, and it seemed very likely this was my John Rankin, but I couldn’t be sure from what was available online.

Being so close it was a great opportunity to stop in and visit the cemetery and visit his grave in person.

John Rankin's grave as seen on the Australian Cemeteries website

John Rankin’s grave as seen on the Australian Cemeteries website

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Returning to Melbourne General Cemetery

Following my visit to the Melbourne General Cemetery just after Christmas, I returned on New Year’s Day when the office was open. When I first visited, I had a copy of the cemetery record for plot 767 which listed four people. When I found the grave, there were five people listed on the tombstone – two people were missing from the record, and two others were missing on the tombstone. I was hoping the staff at the cemetery could help explain the discrepancy. It turned out to be a very worthwhile visit!

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Posted from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Tracking down my ancestors’ graves

Yesterday I went on an adventure to three cemeteries in Melbourne, to track down the graves of my ancestors. I was able to find the three graves I was searching for at the Melbourne General Cemetery, Boroondara Cemetery in Kew, and Box Hill Cemetery. It was a very rewarding experiences, making my ancestors seem more real and adding a new layer of depth to my family tree with the photos I’ve taken.

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Posted from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.


I had a big day today, visiting Ayutthaya to check out the temples and ruins there. Ayutthaya is about an hour and a half north of Bangkok, so a pretty good distance for a day trip. Having explored the city for the last few days I was ready to get out of town and see something different.

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Posted from Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Thailand.

Marriage Certificates To Share

Throughout my family tree research, I’ve purchased a number of Marriage Certificates of my ancestors.  For the older records, I’ve found that multiple records were often documents on a single page, so that along the way I’ve acquired several certificates for people who are not related to me.

Thought I’d share a summary of the records here in the hopes that if someone is researching the history of these people, they’ll stumble across my page. If any of these people are related to you and you’d like details of the full record, don’t hesitate to contact me via the comments!

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Exploring Akihabara

This was my first day in Tokyo by myself. Ron left for work early in the morning, and after an extra sleep-in I made my way outdoors to explore the city.

It had been raining during the night, and combined with the heat made for a very humid day. I didn’t have much of a plan for the day, but I did want to get a SIM card so I could look up maps and train times, and be able to contact Ron to meet up again at the end of the day.

I spent the better part of an hour trying to find breakfast. The day before it had seemed so easy to find food, but I had just been following Ron. Left to myself, it was hard to tell which restaurants had suitable breaky food (it turns out breakfast can be anything!), and whether or not they were open. It felt like there was no-where to eat, the only exception being Maccas. I didn’t want to resort to Western takeaway, so I persevered until I found a restaurant in the Shinjuku shopping centre which had lots of photos on the menu. I think part of the reason it took me so long to find somewhere was that I was nervous about ordering and not being able to speak with the Japanese people. Continue reading