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….

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,…

When A Record Leaves You Hanging…

I was casually browsing through the paternal portion of my family tree tonight when I came across a new hint on one of my third great grandmothers, Mary Louisa Stevenson (married surname being Peace). The record in question? Lunacy Patients Admissions Registers (UK) 1846-1912. Interesting. I sussed it out and it appears that my third great…

Small Wins

After the road trip uncovered some unfortunate realities with respect to gaining access to basic information about Douglas, I spent early February trying to work out an alternative way of learning his date of birth. Knowing this small piece of information would allow me to enquire with Corrective Services and other departments and agencies. At…

Still Here!

Okay, so the last few months have been INSANE. I am still around, just having to focus on my health and am undergoing my first prac, which I am loving! I am looking forward to getting back to research and blogging, but that won’t be for another few weeks yet. Bear with me!

Week 51: Nice/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

I had another instance of kindness shown by someone who stumbled across my blog recently. I wrote about my fourth great grandfather, James Moorhouse earlier in the year, who had been a soldier in England in the mid 1800s. Luckily his time in the British Forces had been well documented. This particular post was read by…

Week 50: Naughty/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

Michael Purcell (or Purcill), my biological third great grandfather, was an Irish convict sent from County Clare to New South Wales in 1836 for stealing money. According to the Convict Indents, Michael was only 16 years old when he was sent aboard the Captain Cook (3) after being convicted and sentenced to seven years transportation….

Week 49: Winter/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

Winter is a long way off for us here in Australia…but in keeping with the theme this week, I had a deeper look into my Frost ancestral line. Margaret Frost is my sixth great grandmother on my Mum’s maternal biological side of the family. Born on the 6th of June, 1794 in England to Robert…

Week 48: Next to Last/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

John Hughes and Sarah Hickey’s (my paternal third great grandparents) second youngest child, Thomas Patrick Hughes seems to have been quite a handful. Born in 1881 in Greymouth, New Zealand, Thomas shows up a couple of times in the Police Gazettes over there between 1930 and 1933. Here we have a gaol discharge chart from…

Week 47: Thankful/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

Without the introduction and development of autosomal DNA testing, we would have had to simply accept that we’d never know half of Mum’s biological family. I wouldn’t have had the chance to connect with a wide array of relatives, each of whom have helped piece together various lines of my family (adoptive maternal, biological maternal…