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….

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…

Week 35: Back to School/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

Funny that last week’s topic was “Back to School” considering I’ve been buried under uni work for the past three weeks. Today is the first day that I’ve had off, deadline free in that time! Time to catch up on these posts. I’ve spoken a fair bit about teachers in the family lately, so I…

Week 34: Non-Population/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

Sydneysiders, particularly those who frequent the CBD night scene may have heard of the Royal Sovereign Hotel…or, as it’s more popularly known, Darlo Bar. Turns out the name of the hotel has remained the same for over a hundred years. My third great grandmother, Emmeline Matilda Stevens was the manager of it from 1904 to…

DNA Match Influx

Mum has been getting an unusual amount of highish matches on the biological paternal side lately. Three matches in the third cousin range, two on on Potential Bio Granddad’s mother’s side of the family, one on his father’s side in the last week! Plus, a handful of matches in the fourth cousin range as well….

Week 33: Family Legend/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

I have enough family legends and mysteries to contend with right now. So how about someone who was considered a ‘legend’ in their line of work instead? I have briefly written about him previously, but since the suitcase of Taplin family documents found it’s way to me, I have been thinking about it a bit….

Week 32: Youngest/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

Irene Beatrice Way was my great grandmother, my adoptive Nana’s Mum. Born in on the 1st of February 1903 in Beechwood to Sarah Richardson and George Cameron Way, she was the youngest of twelve children, among them being Cecil Way,   Ernest Victor Way and Norman Douglas Way who I’ve posted about many times previously. The eldest…