Friday’s Faces From the Past

**Thought I’d give this weekday theme a try! Thanks to GeneaBloggersTRIBE for this one! The content for this particular post was originally posted on my photography website. Since being posted there, I have identified one woman and have had a descendant of hers get in contact. The others however remain unidentified. I have updated the…

Winifred Sarah Hann

I think one of the best parts of genealogy is discovering shared traits and abilities with your ancestors. It can be a bit surreal! I had one of those moments with a 1st cousin 4x removed on my Dad’s side, Winifred Sarah Hann. Born in Grafton NSW in 1886, Winifred was one of SEVENTY NINE¬†grandchildren…

Weekend Visit to Kempsey

I visited Kempsey this past weekend for my cousin’s 18th (Happy 18th K!) and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to explore an area that is rather prominent in one part of my family history. My Nana Bate’s family, seemingly both the maternal and paternal sides resided for some time in the Kempsey area and surrounds!…

Edward Bate

My great grandfather Edward Bate was born in 1905, in Cannock, Staffordshire England. He was the youngest and only son of Edward Bate and Elizabeth Bate (nee Hughes), with his elder sister Elsie being born in 1902.   Sadly Edward lost both his parents in a short space of time, losing his father just before…

We Need to Talk About Samuel West

Ah, Samuel West. Evasive, enigmatic and by all counts interesting. He is also the cause of many sleepless nights and sheer frustration. Who else has an ancestor like that? Samuel West is my Nana’s maternal grandfather, and by extension my second great grandfather. First off, the facts. Samuel West, from what I can tell, was born…

“Alfie”

    This photo is among my favourites in my Great Great Uncle Norman’s wallet that he kept during his service in World War One. On the back of it, there is a fair amount of writing: This postcard was particularly difficult to transcribe, as you can see! (If anyone can make out any of…

For Those Searching For Answers

“Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Who Am I Doing This For?

This past week has got me thinking about why I’m doing genealogy…who am I doing this for? Is it simply for my own personal purposes, or is it for both personal and wider familial purposes? To be honest, I didn’t have to ponder too hard on that particular front, for me it’s the latter. Genealogy for…

124 Years Ago

On this day, 124 years ago, my third great grandmother Sarah Hughes, nee Hickey, passed away. I received a tonne of information on this side of the family only two days ago, and whilst verifying this info I noticed how close the date was. Born in Queens County (known today as Laois County) in Ireland…

Emily Blanch or Emmeline Stevens?

There are puzzles in every genealogy journey…my journey is no exception. This particular puzzle comes from Mum’s biological maternal side. Question is, which lady is my third¬†great grandmother? I thought it was an easy answer originally, with Emily Blanch marrying Richard Taplin in 1877… my second great grandfather George Richard Taplin was born 1882. Emily…

Happy Mothers Day

Happy Mothers Day to my beautiful Mum, Nanas and Auntys! I’m so lucky to have such an amazing group of role models to look up to!  

Great Pop’s Coins

Great Pop died when I was really young. I would have been around 3 when he passed. He lived with Nana and Pop Peace (Dad’s parents) in the last years of his life and I recall being terrified of him. As someone who is so interested in family history, I regret that now but, as…