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About rebelhand

A Rebel Hand is: about Nicholas Delaney, Irish rebel of 1798, transported as a convict to New South Wales, roadbuilder, innkeeper and farmer. My great-great-great grandfather. Other ancestors transported to Australia, like Sarah Marshall, John Simpson and James Thomas Richards, pop up as well. This blog's also about the historical background to their lives, in England, Ireland, and Australia.

FMP UK half-price (be quick!), Google Earth Pro free

It’s the weekend! Time to catch up with blogging. Let’s see what the Shoestring Genealogist has for you… Findmypast UK has a great offer on – a year’s subscription half-price. But be quick – it closes at midnight GMT on … Continue reading

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A Christmas tale pt 4 – what next for Celestina Elizabeth?

Welcome back to the Celestina Christmas story. In the previous episode, we left little Celestina (born 1846) living with my ancestors, Thomas and Julia Harrington and their daughters, Hannah and Rebecca (my 2x great-grandmother). Her mother, Celestina Elizabeth Christmas, was … Continue reading

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A Christmas tale pt 3 – baby Celestina and the Harringtons

In the last episode of the Celestina Christmas story, we left the older Celestina – born in 1827 – pregnant at the age of 17. This was a disaster for an unmarried girl. She was now ‘soiled goods’ and unlikely … Continue reading

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We apologise for the delay…

You’ve probably been wondering “when’s the next instalment of the Celestina Christmas story going to be posted?” Well, it won’t be for a few days yet. And I’m sorry to keep you waiting. Life’s got very busy, with a lot … Continue reading

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Accentuate the positive: 2014

Happy New Year! Once again Jill Ball at GeniAus has inspired us to look back on the positive things that have happened in our genealogy journeys during the year that’s gone. I took part in the previous two and find … Continue reading

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A Christmas tale pt 2: The first Celestina

Welcome back for the second part of our Christmas tale. Last time we met little Celestina Christmas, a ‘visitor’ at the Harringtons’ house in Hackney when the 1851 census was taken. I began to wonder about Celestina. I’ve got quite … Continue reading

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A Christmas tale (part 1)

Welcome, friends and neighbours. Take a seat near the fire. Help yourself to some punch, or tea, and of course a slice of this fine cake. The sun’s set this Christmas Day and, as you know, in the time of … Continue reading

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Festive family freebies

The Shoestring Genealogist has just popped in to make sure you know that Ancestry (UK) has free access to all records until 23.59 GMT on Boxing Day. See here for what you can search. And Boxing Day sees the start … Continue reading

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2104 Christmas genealogy meme

Ah, the Christmas holidays. Time off work and the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols on the radio (a Christmas Eve tradition for many in the UK). What better time to catch up with my geneapals around the world and … Continue reading

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Irish research – online parish registers from NLI for 2015

National Library of Ireland to make its collection of Catholic parish register microfilms available online – and free! Continue reading

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Free FMP records over Remembrance weekend – and a bonus from Ancestry (a Shoestring Genealogist post)

Special Findmypast offer for Remembrance weekend 2014, by the Shoestring Genealogist at A Rebel Hand Continue reading

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Findmypast and British Newspaper Archive offers

The Shoestring Genealogist is back with news about three genealogy offers. But you’ll have to be quick! The British Newspaper Archive (BNA) is repeating its one month for £1 special. The usual price for a month’s subscription is £9.95. Go … Continue reading

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The Shoestring Genealogist: Find My Past offers

The Shoestring Genealogist is delighted to learn about some excellent offers from FindMyPast, available until the end of August. If you’ve got a spare pound, euro or dollar, read on… The UK version of FindMyPast is offering a month’s subscription for … Continue reading

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MyHeritage Family History Month freebie

Wearing my new hat (shoes?) as the Shoestring Genealogist, I’m very pleased to hear from MyHeritage that they have a special free treat for us this National Family History Month. Australian Community Manager Emma Datny says: “In honour of National Family … Continue reading

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National Family History Month

It’s August, so it’s National Family History Month in Australia and New Zealand. I’m looking forward to lots of great genealogy blog posts and social media snippets. (Tip: if you’re a Twitter genie like me, look for the hashtags #NFHM2014 … Continue reading

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