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…

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…

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…

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….

So Who Is He? Part V

This is risky. However, I am running out of ideas. There are challenges inherent in cases of adoption, where dodgy pre-adoption paperwork and the lack of legal recognition where genealogy based DNA research is concerned. It limits one’s options regarding the tracing of a close biological relative. Essentially, because Bio Granddad is not on the…