Mary Jane Pepper

I found this obituary for my third great grandmother, Mary Jane Fraser (maiden name Pepper): “Mrs Mary Jane Fraser, to whose death on Tuesday morning last at the residence of her son, Mr Simon Fraser, brief reference was made in our last issue, was 80 years of age. The deceased lady, who was born at…

Eventually, Everything Connects

“Eventually, everything connects.” -Charles Eames I have never really had trouble with remembering dates. I can look back over the last two and a half years that have been spent on the search for my biological grandfather, Mum’s biological father and name points of significance from the very beginning. December 6th, 2016: my AncestryDNA results…

Robert Nugent

Dungog Chronicle: Tuesday 17th August, 1920 OBITUARY – Robert Nugent “In the never ending procession of notable pioneers of the district who pass to their eternal rest the name of Robert Nugent, of Little River, Wangat, is one that has to be numbered. The late Mr Nugent, who was 66 years of age, was born…

Corrections and Moving Forward

I have a correction to make–I referred to the most recent image I have of Douglas in a previous post, stating it was from 1994–it was in fact from March 1980. Oops. I really need to keep my facts straight, hence the correction. HOWEVER. I have another image, dated the 3rd of December 1993. Unfortunately,…

Appin and Picton

It’s been on the To Do list for quite some time now, paying visits to the towns Douglas was last known to be living in the late nineties. Life gets busy though and the reality of this search is that it is rather emotionally taxing. I had to be 100% switched on for this visit…

A Prisoner He Is Not

Today has been spent making phone calls to Corrective Services departments across the country, enquiring as to whether Douglas has/was/is in custody in states and territories other than NSW. Happy to report that no one under his name has been imprisoned anywhere else (except South Australia, who have a law in place that prevents us…

When A Record Leaves You Hanging…

I was casually browsing through the paternal portion of my family tree tonight when I came across a new hint on one of my third great grandmothers, Mary Louisa Stevenson (married surname being Peace). The record in question? Lunacy Patients Admissions Registers (UK) 1846-1912. Interesting. I sussed it out and it appears that my third great…

Simplest Answers

It is said that the simplest answer is often the correct one…with that being said, I have had a realisation. When we met H and her Mum in July 2018, they showed us the last known address they had for Douglas. I looked at this, noted it down and last remember using it for the…

Small Wins

After the road trip uncovered some unfortunate realities with respect to gaining access to basic information about Douglas, I spent early February trying to work out an alternative way of learning his date of birth. Knowing this small piece of information would allow me to enquire with Corrective Services and other departments and agencies. At…

Still Here!

Okay, so the last few months have been INSANE. I am still around, just having to focus on my health and am undergoing my first prac, which I am loving! I am looking forward to getting back to research and blogging, but that won’t be for another few weeks yet. Bear with me!