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…

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…

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 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…

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…

So Who Is He? Part II

So where was I? Ah yes. W.  W popped up as a match about this time last year. Categorised as a third cousin by Ancestry, she matched Mum with 93cM shared over 6 DNA segments. She didn’t match any of the known biological maternal side, nor did she match the Purcill/Cowell/Kable/Wells paternal surnames/matches that had been…

So Who Is He? Part I

I have had immense trouble writing this. Knowing how much to divulge and how much to keep to myself has been a point of contention for over a month now. But, given the amount of support I’ve received from so many of you over the past year and a bit, it’s time some specifics were…

DNA Match Influx

Mum has been getting an unusual amount of highish matches on the biological paternal side lately. Three matches in the third cousin range, two on on Potential Bio Granddad’s mother’s side of the family, one on his father’s side in the last week! Plus, a handful of matches in the fourth cousin range as well….

Week 24: Fathers Day/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

It actually isn’t Fathers Day here in Australia (ours is in September)…so instead of that, I’ll give an update on the search, which has been the focus these past two weeks. I’ve done a complete 360 as to my theory of who Mum’s father is, in a matter of this past fortnight. And, as it…

Invite to Dinner/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

Upon seeing the topic for Week 4 of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge, the first person to pop into my head was the one person I believe I should have met. But fate and circumstance prevented my family from getting the chance, the person being my Mum’s biological mother, Vicki. She is, for…