The 200th Anniversary of Castlereagh Wesleyan Chapel

As a teenager, I attended various church camps, the occasional church service and other church social events, such as the Sunday School Picnics out at Castlereagh Church. So many wonderful memories! I even recall being a little spooked about the fact that we were so close to a graveyard whilst at camp (you can walk…

Catherine Christina (Jen) Weller’s Wedding Announcement

This week has been spent (between uni and work!) researching the Weller line of my family. My maternal grandfather’s Mum was a Weller  and after a search on Trove, I found a wedding announcement for my Pa’s maternal Aunt, Catherine Christina Weller, who married Malcolm William Miles in 1943. The article was featured in the Northern…

DNA Confirmations

I’ve spent tonight working with a DNA match on my Mum’s biological paternal side, madly working on confirming where our connection is. Whilst this match doesn’t narrow down or confirm exactly who Mum’s father is, it’s still exciting to confirm the known lines of this side of the family! I love the true sense of…

Unexpected.

I found myself in a rather strange situation about a month ago…shortly after posting about Mabel Shoveller, I received a phone call from Martyn Killion, who works in Public Access at the State Archives. He mentioned that he’d read that I’d made a bit of a discovery…here I was freaking out, thinking I’d done something…

A Quick Visit to Rookwood

In celebration of it’s 150 years in operation, Rookwood Cemetery held an Open Day today. It being only my second time visiting ever, (my first being three weeks ago) I was rather overwhelmed with the sheer size of this place…but found my visit to be nothing short of fascinating. I ended up in the War…

“Reunion” By Ryan Littrell (A Review)

Always on the lookout for a good genealogical read, I was made aware of Ryan Littrell’s book Reunion whilst watching Crista Cowan’s YouTube interview with Ryan himself. I went and bought the book immediately. Ryan writes about his search for his Scottish ancestors, particularly through DNA testing, with graveyard excursions and library visits in various locations thrown…

Morning Routines

Make breakfast. Check emails. Check AncestryDNA/GedMatch/Family Tree DNA…occasionally MyHeritage too. Realise that I should probably eat my breakfast. I live in hope that a new, close paternal match will appear for Mum, further cementing my theory.    

Brief Train Encounters

I love quiet carriages on trains. I wouldn’t say I’m militant with my expectations of others in these sections of the train, (who has been told to shush by other passengers in these carriages for so much as a sneeze?!) but it’s my chance to tune out for 45 minutes or so on the way…

You Win this Time, Google.

Does anyone else tend to run their ancestors names through Google? I often do, adding a location and birth date sometimes for good measure (my poor Peace relatives have a horrid time where Googling, or even searching on Trove is concerned, as it’s almost never recognised as a surname!!) I’m always curious to see if…

Ancestry DNA Results Part II

Earlier in the year, I administered DNA tests on both sets of my grandparents. I had completed my immediate family’s tests, so why the hell not? Mum’s mystery isn’t the only one we have in the family! It was again a much longer wait for these four tests than it was for my results and…

Happy Fathers’ Day

Happy Fathers Day to my wonderful Dad, grandfathers and uncles! Thank you for all that you do for us, I look up to you all! I am so incredibly lucky to have such hard working and caring men in my life.

I See You, Mabel Shoveller…

I’ve developed a habit of getting lost in Trove, casually entering ancestors names and varying those search terms to see if anything new pops up…this can keep me going for hours. I was doing this last weekend with my Shoveller relatives, namely those closer to me generationally, like Mabel Shoveller, one of my paternal great great…