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…

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…

On the Road…Again

I couldn’t let the school holidays go without going for another drive through the North Coast of NSW. Last week was my last opportunity to do so before work really kicked in, so I seized it. So much has changed since my initial five day trip in January 2018. I know more. Some of you…

Week 52: Resolution/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

It’s crazy to think we are only a day or so away from 2019. What a busy year of discoveries it’s been, with regards to both genealogy and life in general. I am not typically the type for resolutions, but I do have some goals for 2019 with my research. Here goes: Attend a workshop…

So Who Is He? Part VI

It’s a relief, being able to use Douglas’ name now. Since identifying him, there’s been a fair bit of back and forth correspondence with the agency that has been working to locate him. So far, it’s been dead end after dead end. But, our case worker has been brilliant with looking into alternate routes, she…

Week 47: Thankful/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

Without the introduction and development of autosomal DNA testing, we would have had to simply accept that we’d never know half of Mum’s biological family. I wouldn’t have had the chance to connect with a wide array of relatives, each of whom have helped piece together various lines of my family (adoptive maternal, biological maternal…