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…

Week 16: Storms/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

I found this article on Trove, from the 23rd of January, 1896, that briefly details a severe storm that hit Kempsey: “SEVERE STORM AT KEMPSEY. THE POST-OFFICE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING. KEMPSEY, Wednesday.  Last evening a terrific storm broke suddenly over the town from the south. The thunder was the loudest and the lightning the most…

Week 15: Taxes/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

I’ve spent some time delving into the UK, Register of Duties Paid for Apprentices’ Indentures 1710-1811 (courtesy of Ancestry) where I found my 5th great grandfather, William Shoveller (1768-1832) who was an apprentice to a surgeon, John Millard in Southampton, in 1789: I was confused to see this, as William had been listed as a bondsman on…

Week 14: Maiden Aunt/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

Maiden Aunts are somewhat of a rare find in my family…on virtually all the lines! The problem with the ones that I do have, is the fact that information beyond that of a birth and death date is hard to find. The curious part of me wishes to go beyond those simple dates. Why did…

Week 13: The Old Homestead/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

The Old Homestead has been a topic of conversation on my adoptive maternal Pa’s side of the family for a while now, as there are two properties on the North Coast of NSW that are important on this line the first, home to members of the Weller family, known as Wellerleigh, the second, belonging to…

Week 12: Misfortune/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

One becomes familiar with certain World War One battles fought within particular places. The Western Front. Gallipoli. This is particularly so when there are relatives of yours who actually fought in those wars. The AIF (for those who aren’t Aussies, Australian Imperial Force) were fairly detailed with their soldiers’ service records and we are so…