A Dose of Local History and Surprises!...

There’s no doubt that when you get into family history, you need to learn about the social history, as well as the local history of the area your family came from as well. You simply can’t do one without the others. My research which has previously seen me focus on my Finnish and New Jersey lines, has now brought me back to my South Australian roots to some of my emigrating families and their descendants. And as such, I’ve been learning a whole heap about my Randell family who founded Gumeracha, my Kelly family who founded Cudlee Creek,  as well as my Hannaford family who were early pioneers at Cudlee Creek. So to help with my education of the local history of the area I found two books listed on secondhand bookseller, Pioneer Books website, and ordered them: – Gumeracha 1839-1939 by J.E. Monfries, 1939 (yes the original 1939 edition, not the later reprint) – Gumeracha Soldiers Memorial Hospital Diamond Jubilee 1922-1982 by John Norsworthy, 1982 When Monica from Pioneer Books phoned me verify that these books were indeed in stock, and quoted me the freight, she said she was going to put in another book, which is a diary from the 1860s of someone who lived in Gumeracha at the time. She said the diary came as part of a lot that they won in a auction. It was all handwritten, and she and her husband took time to transcribe it all and have republished it. And she wanted to give me a copy. Well as you can imagine I was “is it here yet? is it here yet?”, and that was only half an hour after confirming the order ;-). Anyway fortunately for me (and everyone else) my books...