Who Am I Doing This For?

This past week has got me thinking about why I’m doing genealogy…who am I doing this for? Is it simply for my own personal purposes, or is it for both personal and wider familial purposes? To be honest, I didn’t have to ponder too hard on that particular front, for me it’s the latter. Genealogy for…

124 Years Ago

On this day, 124 years ago, my third great grandmother Sarah Hughes, nee Hickey, passed away. I received a tonne of information on this side of the family only two days ago, and whilst verifying this info I noticed how close the date was. Born in Queens County (known today as Laois County) in Ireland…

Emily Blanch or Emmeline Stevens?

There are puzzles in every genealogy journey…my journey is no exception. This particular puzzle comes from Mum’s biological maternal side. Question is, which lady is my third great grandmother? I thought it was an easy answer originally, with Emily Blanch marrying Richard Taplin in 1877… my second great grandfather George Richard Taplin was born 1882. Emily…

Happy Mothers Day

Happy Mothers Day to my beautiful Mum, Nanas and Auntys! I’m so lucky to have such an amazing group of role models to look up to!  

Great Pop’s Coins

Great Pop died when I was really young. I would have been around 3 when he passed. He lived with Nana and Pop Peace (Dad’s parents) in the last years of his life and I recall being terrified of him. As someone who is so interested in family history, I regret that now but, as…

An Update

I haven’t provided much further information regarding my search for my Mum’s biological father, simply because it’s one of those things that I feel I need to keep under wraps until I know more. But, I thought I’d give you a quick update as to what has been happening since I posted that first blog…

Second Guesses

So there always comes a time (hell, multiple times!) during one’s genealogy journey where one realises that perhaps the ancestors they *thought* were theirs were in fact NOT. And hey, I think it’s super important that as soon as it’s realised, the mistakes are rectified, because we want our family story to be complete and correct….

The McLeods’ and Their Arrival In Australia

My Pa Bate (Mum’s Dad) has Scottish heritage, particularly from within the Clan McLeod. His mother was a McLeod, and it’s from her line that this heritage originates. The McLeod Clan are an interesting lot, with documented history dating back as far as the 14th Century. There will be more to come on the history…

AncestryDNA Helper

I’ve decided to give the Google Chrome Extension AncestryDNA Helper a try in an attempt to organise my DNA matches, particularly where Mum’s matches are concerned. I am running a scan on her matches as we speak, it’s been going for about an hour now. Wonder how much longer it will be! Has anyone else given this…

Charles Homer Martin & Ann Forrester

Tonight has been one of those nights…”I’ll just do a tiny bit of research, perhaps tidy up my tree some…” …that was about five hours ago. Here I am, neck deep in discoveries and no where near finished for the night. I got working on my Nana Peace’s side of the family (Dad’s Mum) and…

Difficult Irish Ancestors

I don’t know about you, but I find researching my Irish ancestors extremely difficult! But they are also so interesting to learn about that I keep trying my hand at it. At this stage the only Irish ancestry I’m aware of comes from my Dad’s side (although I’m fairly certain Mum’s bio paternal side also…

The Arrival of Arthur Peace

I’ve been researching my Great Great grandfather Arthur Peace’s arrival in Australia. I found him in the Unassisted Immigrant Passenger Lists, with his arrival date being the 10th of September 1912, aboard the ship Rangatira. I sussed out the Rangatira on Trove and found the following articles on this September 1912 arrival: The article reads: “Messrs Dalgety and Company,…