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….

Unusual Endings

For the holidays, I have invested in a month’s subscription to FindMyPast, with the intention of looking through the British and Irish newspapers. For those of us with Australian ancestors, we are rather lucky with the existence of Trove — free and rather wide access to countless newspapers and other documents. I have started by…

“My Poor Boy”

Thomas Michael Purcill was born in 1895 in Tuena, New South Wales to George Purcill and Catherine Green. He enlisted for World War I on the 27th of January, 1916 at 21 years old. He was my 1st cousin 3x removed on Mum’s biological side. Thomas is pictured in the featured image. Sadly, like many…

Solomon Hopson

***Trigger Warning: this post contains references and details of suicide*** I have pondered for years about whether or not to talk about Solomon Hopson, my fourth great grandfather. His story, when I first came across it in 2017 shocked me, one doesn’t tend to expect to find such things hidden in their families. (I was…

Hiding in Plain Sight

In trying to solve my Mary Ann Nichols mystery, I decided to try out a different parent hypothesis for her the other night. It has taken a day or so for ThruLines to regenerate it’s familial connection suggestions, so in the meantime I have been researching the Crittle family and adding to the family tree….

Who Are You, Mary Ann?

Before moving, I had a parent hypothesis for Mary Ann Nichols (third great grandmother) that I had put in to my family tree, the one that is linked to my Nan’s DNA kit. Since then, I haven’t had a chance to follow up on it. I had also bought one James Alexander Nichols’ (Mary Ann’s…

Dr William Bailey, an Unusual Reverend

I’m still working out where the hell my third great grandmother, Mary Ann Nichols sprang from. I’ve taken to exploring every possible aspect of the documents concerning her in the hopes it will shed light on who she was. Whilst examining her 1871 marriage certificate to my third great grandfather, Christopher Reus, I noticed that…

Interesting Acquaintances

Was looking over the lengthy obituary of my third great grandmother, Catherine McLeod (nee Ramsay) from 1932 when I noticed a portrait of another woman included in it. This obituary is split into rather detailed subheadings (love it), and this particular one read: “Miss Isabella Kelly”: “Catherine had a very “close” acquaintance with the celebrated…

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…