Week 24: Fathers Day/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

It actually isn’t Fathers Day here in Australia (ours is in September)…so instead of that, I’ll give an update on the search, which has been the focus these past two weeks. I’ve done a complete 360 as to my theory of who Mum’s father is, in a matter of this past fortnight. And, as it…

Week 23: Going to The Chapel/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

I have spoken before about my great grandfather, Edward (Ted) Bate.  A Methodist church minister, he came out from Cannock, Staffordshire, England to answer this calling. Earlier in the year I sat down with all my grandparents, and looked at each of their photo collections from their sides of the family…I listened to their stories and…

Week 22: So Far Away/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

Tucked away, out in the middle of no where, there’s this tiny little cemetery in Blayney. Newbridge Cemetery, it’s called. Hidden away in there are two biological ancestors of mine and Mum’s. Paternal biological relatives. I visited the area in October last year, after work took me to Orange for a weekend. I know I’ve…

T.S.

Things have been at a bit of a stalemate re: Mum’s ‘Who’s The Daddy’ mystery. It’s been a busy seven months for us, from having family members leaving for overseas for extended periods, my adoptive grandfather’s health scare, to me beginning postgrad study and juggling that with my jobs (yes, plural!). And I know that’s…

Week 21: Military/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

I have been learning more about Mum’s biological maternal side, where military involvement appears to have been fairly common.  My fourth great grandfather, James Moorhouse served in the British army. He enlisted on the 13th of August 1856 and was in the Royal Engineers. I found his discharge papers from the 15th of August, 1877…

Week 20: Another Language/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

I have a German line in my family…researching it so far has scared me. Not only are records in German (obviously) but there are complexities regarding the geography of the country during the time in which my ancestors were living there. Who doesn’t love a challenge though? Funnily enough, I studied German for two years…

Week 19: Mothers Day/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

A more recent post for this week’s challenge! I am reminded more and more of how lucky I am to be surrounded by an amazing network of ladies, all of which have played a part in my growing up. Particularly my Mum, who has always been a source of never ending support (and amusement, her…

Week 18: Close Up/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

Those who have Aussie individuals in their family trees, particularly up until the 1960s are pretty lucky. You know why? We have some truly amazing online genealogy resources available, such as Trove, which allows us a peek into these ancestors lives beyond that of names, locations and dates. We’re granted close ups on these people’s…

Understanding Today, By Remembering Yesterday [Part II]

At 12:30am, hundreds of our guns started booming away, orders ran along the lines of men, fix bayonets, prepare to move, etc. The first wave went over in good order + we followed about 50 yards behind. The fire lifted + the first wave were in on top of the few Fritzes that were left….

Understanding Today, By Remembering Yesterday [Part I]

  Dear Little Mary, Just a short letter to thank you for the nice Christmas cards which you and your mother sent me, I was quite pleased with them, especially the one you sent with the flower in, it reminds me of the happy days that I have spent where they grow. Well Mary I…

Week 17: Cemetery/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

Prior to beginning genealogy, cemeteries were not exactly landmarks of interest to me. At all. If you had said to me three years ago that I’d be happily walking through places such as these, in fact making purposeful trips all over the countryside just to visit them, I’d have laughed at you. These days they…

Rebecca Kelly: Where Did You Spring From?

Continuing on from my post about old mate Samuel West  (or Sammy, as I call him when I’m feeling particularly frustrated at the dead ends he and his parents present whilst I’m researching them), it is apparent that the identity and heritage of his Mum is something of a common theme in the extended family. In…