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…

Week 51: Nice/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

I had another instance of kindness shown by someone who stumbled across my blog recently. I wrote about my fourth great grandfather, James Moorhouse¬†earlier in the year, who had been a soldier in England in the mid 1800s. Luckily his time in the British Forces had been well documented. This particular post was read by…

Week 50: Naughty/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

Michael Purcell (or Purcill), my biological third great grandfather, was an Irish convict sent from County Clare to New South Wales in 1836 for stealing money. According to the Convict Indents, Michael was only 16 years old when he was sent aboard the Captain Cook (3) after being convicted and sentenced to seven years transportation….

Week 49: Winter/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

Winter is a long way off for us here in Australia…but in keeping with the theme this week, I had a deeper look into my Frost ancestral line. Margaret Frost is my sixth great grandmother on my Mum’s maternal biological side of the family. Born on the 6th of June, 1794 in England to Robert…

Week 48: Next to Last/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

John Hughes and Sarah Hickey’s (my paternal third great grandparents) second youngest child, Thomas Patrick Hughes seems to have been quite a handful. Born in 1881 in Greymouth, New Zealand, Thomas shows up a couple of times in the Police Gazettes over there between 1930 and 1933. Here we have a gaol discharge chart from…

Week 46: Random Fact/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

I’ve mentioned on plenty of occasions over the last year that the North Coast of NSW is one big tangle of interrelationships. So it comes as no surprise that one of my adoptive maternal grandmother’s 2nd cousins 3x removed, Cecil John Martin, married one of Mum’s biological paternal 1st cousins 3x removed, Ethel Irene Saxby….

Week 45: Bearded/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

The McLeod ancestors had some pretty awesome beards going on…but I have written about them previously and have done no further research on them just yet. I have, however been doing some research on other McLeod descendants who seemed to have sported rather neat, 19th century/early 20th century standard moustaches. These portraits are from my…

Week 44: Frightening/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

I couldn’t go past an anecdote I came across regarding my biological fourth great uncle, Edward Saxby for this theme. Edward, known as Ned to his friends and family, was born in 1833 and died in 1917 in Barrington, New South Wales. …though it seems the dying part didn’t exactly take the first time around….

Week 43: Cause of Death/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

Mary Anna/Hannah Valentine and Stephen Sylvester Stevens (yep, that is his actual name) my biological fourth great grandparents must have found the year 1861 very difficult. That year saw them lose three of their children, aged five years, three years and twelve months old. The death of the five year old, my fourth great uncle…

Week 42: Conflict/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

My biological fourth great uncle, Benjamin Boorer (one of Mum’s biological paternal third great uncles) was a participant in the gold diggings at Hanging Rock in the 1850s. in 1852, he was killed by a fellow digger during a physical altercation in their camp. The papers (The Maitland Mercury/Hunter River General Advisor, 13th November 1852)…