The Sinking of SS Wimmera

It’s hard to imagine the fear one would feel being aboard a ship that was about to sink…for themselves, for their family and friends also aboard the ship…those fears were realised for my great great grandparents Robert Clement Richardson and Bridget Richardson (nee Hughes). They were aboard the SS Wimmera en route to Sydney from…

Recording Oral Histories Workshop

I’ve been to Penrith City Library more this week than I have in YEARS. (That must change!). This morning saw me attending a workshop run by two of the research coordinators in the library, on the recording of oral histories. I have been thinking about doing this for some time now and saw the advertisement…

A Visit to Nepean Family History Society

Being still rather new to genealogy, I hadn’t checked out my local family history society…until today. I had been checking out the website of Nepean Family History Society regularly since January and today it just hit me that I should go and have a look. I am so glad that I did. I felt welcome…

Linda Emery: Behind the Scenes of “Who Do You Think You Are?”

I attended Linda Emery’s talk on her experiences behind the scenes of the SBS TV show Who Do You Think You Are today at Penrith City Library. I devoured this series (the Australian version) almost in it’s entirety over January and February of this year (Series 2-8!)…pretty clear to be seen that I love this show! Penrith…

The Cupboard…

Mum turned 50 last Friday. This weekend is her party, which has sparked a flurry of cleaning, which has me including my room in that equation. And it dawned on me that I have a section in my cupboard that is chock full of about ten years of cards, letters, diaries, you name it. I…

William and John Shoveller

The Shoveller (according to some in the family, the pronounciation is “shove-ELL-a”) branch of my family tree comes from my paternal grandmother’s side: William Shoveller is my fifth great grandfather and was born around 1768 in England. He married Mary Bignell, my fifth great grandmother in 1789 and John, my fourth great grandfather was born…

Sisters Day

The first Sunday of August is Sisters Day…and as it happens, I have one of those. After seeing this holiday listed on GeneabloggersTRIBE, I thought this was a great opportunity to reflect on some recent history! Bec, like most sisters we’ve had our ups and downs, but at the end of the day I’ve always…

Mirror Trees (For the Genealogically Challenged)

I’m finally getting around to explaining the whole concept of mirror trees…I am aiming to explain it in a way that will be understood by those who aren’t necessarily into genealogy, as I have mentioned it so many times to family members and friends when they ask how I’m going with the search for Mum’s…

New Findings

It’s been a little while since my last progress post on “the big search part two”, aka the search for Mum’s biological father. I closed the last post stating that I was waiting on C’s DNA results, which would help us to determine what side of K’s family we were related on (C is K’s…

The Suitcase

Woke up from a nap this afternoon (I’ve been rather unwell today, it’s finally easing up!) to find an message waiting for me on Ancestry. A distant Taplin (biological maternal side) relative had forwarded an email she’d received from someone who had found a suitcase of letters, documents and photos at the op shop she…

Making Connections

I just got off the phone to a lady whose grandsons matched my grandfather (Dad’s Dad) as third cousins. Turns out the connection was an easy one to work out, the lady I was talking to and her grandsons are related to us on the Peace line. Her father was my great great grandfather Arthur…

Review: “Reunited” by Pamela Slaton

I found myself up until 1 or 2am every night for nearly a week reading this book. When I was not reading it, I was thinking about it. Pamela, an investigative genealogist based in New Jersey, specialises in varied adoption searches, for birth mothers, birth fathers adoptees and birth siblings. This she began doing after…