So Who Is He? Part V

This is risky. However, I am running out of ideas. There are challenges inherent in cases of adoption, where dodgy pre-adoption paperwork and the lack of legal recognition where genealogy based DNA research is concerned. It limits one’s options regarding the tracing of a close biological relative. Essentially, because Bio Granddad is not on the…

We Have A Match

AncestryDNA has been insanely efficient with churning out results of late. I sent away Bio Granddad’s first cousin’s (we will call her H!) DNA sample on the 6th of August and the results came through yesterday (the 24th of August)! I am so glad, as the incessant checking of our DNA homepages was getting distracting….

Mysterious Mary Ann Pt II

My head has been endlessly swirling with possible explanations regarding how exactly my third great grandmother, Mary Ann Nichols came to be. To recap: Her birth year is estimated to be 1847, based upon her age when she died. No birth record appears to exist. Her father, mentioned in her death certificate and marriage announcement…

Mysterious Mary Ann

Fair warning: this post poses more questions than it does answers. I welcome any input on potential scenarios or necessary clarifications.  So, I have a third great grandmother on my paternal Nan’s side of the family who appears to have sprung from no where. Yep, seems to be the standard on this line!   Mary…

Anzac Day 2020

1/7/1917 – Worgret Camp- Wareham, Dorset, England *Great Great Uncle Norman Douglas Way, in a letter to his father, George Cameron Way* Twelve months ago today we first landed in France, I have had a good many experiences during this time, funny when one comes to look back on them, but not funny when one…

Eileen Barrett

I posted a blog entry ages ago about the people featured in my Great Great Uncle Norman’s wallet from his time in World War I,  in the hopes of identifying them. I’ve since begun taking matters into my own hands (yep, typical of me!) and have been doing some searches with the information on the…

Samuel’s Surprise Part II

Despite all of the patchy and contradictory details that continue to present themselves where Samuel is concerned, I was certain of one thing. That he had three children with Mabel Shoveller, that’s it: 1. Reginald 2. Sybil 3. Mabel No Ethel to be seen! I still wasn’t sure if I had found the right Samuel…

Samuel’s Surprise

It’s been a while since I have delved into the mystery that is my paternal great great grandfather. To be honest, one mystery at a time is quite enough! I find myself with a bit more time to investigate further and perhaps talk about my findings regarding Samuel West since I last wrote about him.  I…

What Did You Do, Andrew?

When I met with one of Mum’s close biological paternal relatives at Congress in March 2018, she showed me a pedigree of the Purcill family and provided tidbits of information about some of the more recent generations. I remember her saying that one of her mother’s uncles had done ‘something naughty’ (her words!) in the…

Mary Jane Pepper

I found this obituary for my third great grandmother, Mary Jane Fraser (maiden name Pepper): “Mrs Mary Jane Fraser, to whose death on Tuesday morning last at the residence of her son, Mr Simon Fraser, brief reference was made in our last issue, was 80 years of age. The deceased lady, who was born at…

Robert Nugent

Dungog Chronicle: Tuesday 17th August, 1920 OBITUARY – Robert Nugent “In the never ending procession of notable pioneers of the district who pass to their eternal rest the name of Robert Nugent, of Little River, Wangat, is one that has to be numbered. The late Mr Nugent, who was 66 years of age, was born…

Corrections and Moving Forward

I have a correction to make–I referred to the most recent image I have of Douglas in a previous post, stating it was from 1994–it was in fact from March 1980. Oops. I really need to keep my facts straight, hence the correction. HOWEVER. I have another image, dated the 3rd of December 1993. Unfortunately,…