Mirror Trees (For the Genealogically Challenged)

I’m finally getting around to explaining the whole concept of mirror trees…I am aiming to explain it in a way that will be understood by those who aren’t necessarily into genealogy, as I have mentioned it so many times to family members and friends when they ask how I’m going with the search for Mum’s…

New Findings

It’s been a little while since my last progress post on “the big search part two”, aka the search for Mum’s biological father. I closed the last post stating that I was waiting on C’s DNA results, which would help us to determine what side of K’s family we were related on (C is K’s…

The Suitcase

Woke up from a nap this afternoon (I’ve been rather unwell today, it’s finally easing up!) to find an message waiting for me on Ancestry. A distant Taplin (biological maternal side) relative had forwarded an email she’d received from someone who had found a suitcase of letters, documents and photos at the op shop she…

Making Connections

I just got off the phone to a lady whose grandsons matched my grandfather (Dad’s Dad) as third cousins. Turns out the connection was an easy one to work out, the lady I was talking to and her grandsons are related to us on the Peace line. Her father was my great great grandfather Arthur…

Review: “Reunited” by Pamela Slaton

I found myself up until 1 or 2am every night for nearly a week reading this book. When I was not reading it, I was thinking about it. Pamela, an investigative genealogist based in New Jersey, specialises in varied adoption searches, for birth mothers, birth fathers adoptees and birth siblings. This she began doing after…

Congress 2018

Happy to say that I’ve registered for the Family History Congress being held next year in Darling Harbour! This will be the first genealogy event that I’ve attended, so I am very excited! I’ve been reading Geniaus‘  101 Reasons to Attend Congress 2018 blog posts and well, receiving those in my inbox made it near impossible…

“The Death of Captain Taplin”

I recently came across an obituary of my third great grandfather, Richard Taplin. Richard was born in 1848 in Ambleside, Westmorland England and died suddenly of a heart attack on the 19th of December, 1903. The Sydney Morning Herald published his death notice on the following Monday: His funeral was written about on the 22nd…

Family Keepsakes: Mum & Dad’s Engagement Guest Book

Last night I found myself looking through the bookshelf in our family room, as you do at 10pm at night! In it I found some rather random things, a copy of a tax return, my Year 3 homework book (I wish I was kidding) and most interestingly, my parents engagement guest book. Bound by my…

Friday’s Faces From the Past

**Thought I’d give this weekday theme a try! Thanks to GeneaBloggersTRIBE for this one! The content for this particular post was originally posted on my photography website. Since being posted there, I have identified one woman and have had a descendant of hers get in contact. The others however remain unidentified. I have updated the…

Winifred Sarah Hann

I think one of the best parts of genealogy is discovering shared traits and abilities with your ancestors. It can be a bit surreal! I had one of those moments with a 1st cousin 4x removed on my Dad’s side, Winifred Sarah Hann. Born in Grafton NSW in 1886, Winifred was one of SEVENTY NINE grandchildren…

Weekend Visit to Kempsey

I visited Kempsey this past weekend for my cousin’s 18th (Happy 18th K!) and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to explore an area that is rather prominent in one part of my family history. My Nana Bate’s family, seemingly both the maternal and paternal sides resided for some time in the Kempsey area and surrounds!…

Edward Bate

My great grandfather Edward Bate was born in 1905, in Cannock, Staffordshire England. He was the youngest and only son of Edward Bate and Elizabeth Bate (nee Hughes), with his elder sister Elsie being born in 1902.   Sadly Edward lost both his parents in a short space of time, losing his father just before…