Mysterious Mary Ann Pt II

My head has been endlessly swirling with possible explanations regarding how exactly my third great grandmother, Mary Ann Nichols came to be. To recap: Her birth year is estimated to be 1847, based upon her age when she died. No birth record appears to exist. Her father, mentioned in her death certificate and marriage announcement…

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…

So Who Is He? Part IV

We’re almost there! So as some of you may be aware, once I’d worked out who Bio Granddad was, I spent my uni break (two months) pushing through tonnes of research. I wanted to find living relatives, close ones to Bio Granddad, to see if they’d ever taken a DNA test, or would be willing…

So Who Is He? Part III

A 3rd cousin Nugent match. Surnames of matches can’t always be taken as a “hint” as to how you connect to them. The only way to work this out is to contact that person, if a tree isn’t connected to the DNA profile in question. There was no tree, so I contacted the Nugent match….

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….

Fathers Day

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…

DNA Confirmations

I’ve spent tonight working with a DNA match on my Mum’s biological paternal side, madly working on confirming where our connection is. Whilst this match doesn’t narrow down or confirm exactly who Mum’s father is, it’s still exciting to confirm the known lines of this side of the family! I love the true sense of…

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…

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…