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….

Week 40: Ten/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

Robert Hann and Mary Ann “Matilda” Thompson were my fourth great grandparents on my paternal Nan’s side of the family. A convict couple, the two married in Parramatta on the 18th of February, 1835 and went on to have ten children, most of which appear to have been born in the Grafton and surrounding areas of NSW:…

Week 39: On the Farm/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

My great great grandfather, Solomon John Weller was a dairy farmer in Dyers Crossing. He farmed his property, known as “Glenwood” before moving into Taree, to a smaller property known as “Wellerleigh” to family members and the wider community. There is a bit of confusion as to the location of the initial property I think….

Week 38: Unusual Source/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

*So I got to Week 38 before having my momentum interrupted with this challenge. I think I did pretty well considering! Back to it though in the coming weeks.* The Taplin suitcase I came into possession of earlier in the year is a whole collection’s worth of unusual sources. Ranging from photos, letters, newspaper clippings,…

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…

So Who Is He? Part IV

We’re almost there! So as some of you may be aware, once I’d worked out who Bio Granddad was, I spent my uni break (two months) pushing through tonnes of research. I wanted to find living relatives, close ones to Bio Granddad, to see if they’d ever taken a DNA test, or would be willing…

So Who Is He? Part III

A 3rd cousin Nugent match. Surnames of matches can’t always be taken as a “hint” as to how you connect to them. The only way to work this out is to contact that person, if a tree isn’t connected to the DNA profile in question. There was no tree, so I contacted the Nugent match….

So Who Is He? Part II

So where was I? Ah yes. W.  W popped up as a match about this time last year. Categorised as a third cousin by Ancestry, she matched Mum with 93cM shared over 6 DNA segments. She didn’t match any of the known biological maternal side, nor did she match the Purcill/Cowell/Kable/Wells paternal surnames/matches that had been…

So Who Is He? Part I

I have had immense trouble writing this. Knowing how much to divulge and how much to keep to myself has been a point of contention for over a month now. But, given the amount of support I’ve received from so many of you over the past year and a bit, it’s time some specifics were…

Week 37: Closest to Your Birthday/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

My great great Aunt, Leila Clarice Ainsworth got married on June 27th, 1923 in West Kempsey NSW. I was born on that day, 68 years later. I don’t know much about Leila, and in fact I think the above notice is going to be a surprise to my Nan, who earlier in the year told…

Week 36: Work/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

My paternal 3rd great grandfather, William Tooth (born around 1847 in Staffordshire, UK) was a shoemaker. I found a census record from 1881, listing his occupation: I don’t know much about shoemaking, but I do recall the trade being considered very lower class initially, but by the time my guy was working, it would have…