Following contact with Preben I have been able to add ancestors of Inga Maria LARSDATTER to the family tree on RootsWeb, dating back to the 16th century. Inga Maria POULSEN‘s name was corrected to Inga Maria LARSDATTER in the update. Birth and christening information for her children born in Denmark was also added to RootsWeb.
Thanks Preben for sharing your information which I am sure family in New Zealand will find interesting.
New page added to site with photograph of nurse Alice Jones (1894-1981).
An 1894 letter from Elizabeth McLaren (nee Duxfield) to her children, in case she died, added to her biographical notes. A photograph of Elizabeth’s notebook that contains the letter is shown below.
New photo of St Mary’s Matawai Anglican Church added to Matawai page, replacing a previous photo from Google.
New page added to site with historical photographs of the Gisborne to Motuhora (Moutohora) railway.
Menus and Site map page updated to include links to new pages.
People photographs were obtained during a recent visit to New Zealand. In a visit to Tairawhiti Museum in Gisborne, Dudley Meadows was very patient in looking for photos about Matawai I could use – a couple have been used for the page of photos from the Gisborne to Motuhora (Moutohora) railway.
Today updates were posted to my family tree on RootsWeb WorldConnect and to my New Zealand Genealogy Project website. Previous updates were in June 2013. Recovery from recent surgery delayed these changes being completed and posted.
Family Tree Changes
Changes to the family tree file that is on RootsWeb WorldConnect on Tuesday 29 October 2013 include:
New GEDCOM uploaded to RootsWeb (15,702 people, 5,157 families).
Over 200 missing New Zealand birth dates added for the period 1875 to 1913 – source NZ BDM site. NZ BDM site was searched to add day and month of birth to year or approximate year of birth.
Tracing James Wallace has been a mystery for me and other researchers for some time. Sue Penrose put me onto some information that I believe solves the question.
A query was posted by lynbee on Rootschat.com – James Wallace-I have lost this line of the family! She posted what was known about James Wallace: his birth in Ireland in 1826, his enlistment in the 65th Regiment, guarding convicts on a voyage to Tasmania, posting to New Zealand, and discharge from the army in Wanganui in 1849. Lyn’s question – did anyone know what happened to James?
Descendants of James Wallace and Maria Brophy from Tasmania replied to the query because they thought they might be related. Their James was also from Ireland, had been to Australia before being posted to New Zealand “and fought in the war there which we believe was in Wanganui. In the 1850’s he moved to Tasmania and married.” However marriage and death registration did not have details of James’s parents.
The Rootschat.com exchange does not provide a definitive and documented link between the James Wallace in my tree and the James Wallace who died in Tasmania. There is considerable overlap of the facts though.
Discharged in New Zealand, by Hugh and Lyn Hughes, lists soldiers of the Imperial Foot Regiments who took their discharge in New Zealand between 1840 and 1870. A search of the book shows that there was only one James Wallace discharged in New Zealand. This was the brother of Arthur Wallace and John Alexander McKane Wallace who were also discharged in Wanganui.
The headstone for James Wallace in Westbury Cemetery gives his age at death as 72 years (see image below). This matches with his birth in 1826.
I believe that the story passed down to the children of James and Maria from Tasmania matches sufficiently with what was known from army records and New Zealand to conclude that this James Wallace is the the brother of Arthur Wallace and John Alexander McKane Wallace. I will be updating my tree accordingly.
Please let me know if this is an error and you have an alternative James Wallace who fits better.
NOTE – Discharged in New Zealand, by Hugh and Lyn Hughes, was published by the NZ Society of Genealogists in 1988. A pdf version is now available on CD from the Society’s website.
UPDATE (6 June) – I have now updated the tree on Rootsweb with descendants of James Wallace I have found to date.
Enabling – and encouraging – your visitors to contribute to your website through comments is a great way to develop an interactive and engaging website, and build a regular audience. And a powerful way to gain invaluable feedback so you can adjust your website to meet the needs and expectations of your audience.
Although I had a Guestbook on my website, Chris Korte’s New Zealand Genealogy Project, it was not really adding to the website, with comments being viewed on Rootsweb. It was obtaining some comments, but relatively few. Also, because I did not have an email link, I did not review visitor comments frequently enough.
The comments are stored and the scripts processed on htmlCommentBox, not Rootsweb. Rootsweb limits the processing of some code needed for adding visitor comments to a web page.
The same code script can be inserted on the pages where you want to get and display visitor comments. Only comments for that page are displayed.
You are emailed when visitors leave a comment, providing an alert.
Moderation of comments is easy; that is approval of comments so visitors can view.
The code can be modified to meet different requirements. I have a new Guestbook, and can now accept visitor comments on Family notes pages (e.g. see comments on biographical notes for Korte family). In addition, I am able to show recent comments from the whole site on the home page.
Visitors can be emailed automatically when a person replies to their comment.
If visitors provide comments to the pages I have set up, it will be easy to add additional code so comments can be added to other pages. I am waiting to see how useful it is for visitors.