Sarah Richardson: 52 Ancestors/Week 3

Longevity: Long life/long existence or service. Sarah Richardson is my great great grandmother, on my mother’s adoptive side. She lived until the age of 82. She had a long life, but she didn’t live the longest out of my ancestors; (her daughter Elsie lived into her nineties!) I just feel like it’s Sarah’s turn to…

Favourite Photo – 52 Ancestors/Week 2

Okay so, Week 2’s topic is difficult. Being a wedding and portrait photographer, I find picking a single favourite photo to be INSANELY difficult. Given my aforementioned job, I have a particular love for wedding photos involving my family. It’s from poring over photos of family weddings; my parents, Aunts/Uncles and grandparents  that really made…

Annie Peace (52 Ancestors/Week 1)

I’ve decided to join Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors challenge, which encourages a weekly focus on one ancestor for the next year. We’re given a prompt each week, with Week 1’s being “Start“. I’ve been focusing my research for the last week on my Dad’s paternal side of the family and have selected my Great Great Aunt…

Doing What I Said I Wouldn’t: Promethease

…I blame the ‘get your report for free throughout the month of December!’ promotion that the company had going. I set out a year ago, promising myself that I wouldn’t run my DNA through any type of medical report program, as I do suffer from anxiety. My parents vehemently supported that decision, knowing what I…

Getting Back Into the Swing of Things

I’ve been on a couple of months hiatus, with my uni commitments picking up until just before Christmas. Finally, I have completed my Bachelor of Music and will begin my Masters of Teaching (Secondary) in February. It’s only taken me seven years to obtain that first bit of paper, but hey, who’s timing? (Let’s be…

We Will Remember Them

“I do wish the war would end, we had some hope of the peace talk coming to something but I don’t think it will for a while & by the look of things the British are going to liven things up the next Spring. I have every confidence of coming through as I still believe the Hand…

One Year

Ancestry emailed me the other day to remind me that my World subscription would be renewing on the 28th of this month…which means that it’s been a year since I began my genealogy journey. What a year of discoveries it has been, one that has affected the way I see things within everyday life as…

The 200th Anniversary of Castlereagh Wesleyan Chapel

As a teenager, I attended various church camps, the occasional church service and other church social events, such as the Sunday School Picnics out at Castlereagh Church. So many wonderful memories! I even recall being a little spooked about the fact that we were so close to a graveyard whilst at camp (you can walk…

Catherine Christina (Jen) Weller’s Wedding Announcement

This week has been spent (between uni and work!) researching the Weller line of my family. My maternal grandfather’s Mum was a Weller  and after a search on Trove, I found a wedding announcement for my Pa’s maternal Aunt, Catherine Christina Weller, who married Malcolm William Miles in 1943. The article was featured in the Northern…

DNA Confirmations

I’ve spent tonight working with a DNA match on my Mum’s biological paternal side, madly working on confirming where our connection is. Whilst this match doesn’t narrow down or confirm exactly who Mum’s father is, it’s still exciting to confirm the known lines of this side of the family! I love the true sense of…

Unexpected.

I found myself in a rather strange situation about a month ago…shortly after posting about Mabel Shoveller, I received a phone call from Martyn Killion, who works in Public Access at the State Archives. He mentioned that he’d read that I’d made a bit of a discovery…here I was freaking out, thinking I’d done something…

A Quick Visit to Rookwood

In celebration of it’s 150 years in operation, Rookwood Cemetery held an Open Day today. It being only my second time visiting ever, (my first being three weeks ago) I was rather overwhelmed with the sheer size of this place…but found my visit to be nothing short of fascinating. I ended up in the War…