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.     Advertisements

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…

The Sinking of SS Wimmera

It’s hard to imagine the fear one would feel being aboard a ship that was about to sink…for themselves, for their family and friends also aboard the ship…those fears were realised for my great great grandparents Robert Clement Richardson and Bridget Richardson (nee Hughes). They were aboard the SS Wimmera en route to Sydney from…

Recording Oral Histories Workshop

I’ve been to Penrith City Library more this week than I have in YEARS. (That must change!). This morning saw me attending a workshop run by two of the research coordinators in the library, on the recording of oral histories. I have been thinking about doing this for some time now and saw the advertisement…

A Visit to Nepean Family History Society

Being still rather new to genealogy, I hadn’t checked out my local family history society…until today. I had been checking out the website of Nepean Family History Society regularly since January and today it just hit me that I should go and have a look. I am so glad that I did. I felt welcome…

Linda Emery: Behind the Scenes of “Who Do You Think You Are?”

I attended Linda Emery’s talk on her experiences behind the scenes of the SBS TV show Who Do You Think You Are today at Penrith City Library. I devoured this series (the Australian version) almost in it’s entirety over January and February of this year (Series 2-8!)…pretty clear to be seen that I love this show! Penrith…

The Cupboard…

Mum turned 50 last Friday. This weekend is her party, which has sparked a flurry of cleaning, which has me including my room in that equation. And it dawned on me that I have a section in my cupboard that is chock full of about ten years of cards, letters, diaries, you name it. I…

William and John Shoveller

The Shoveller (according to some in the family, the pronounciation is “shove-ELL-a”) branch of my family tree comes from my paternal grandmother’s side: William Shoveller is my fifth great grandfather and was born around 1768 in England. He married Mary Bignell, my fifth great grandmother in 1789 and John, my fourth great grandfather was born…