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…

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…

Congress 2018

Happy to say that I’ve registered for the Family History Congress being held next year in Darling Harbour! This will be the first genealogy event that I’ve attended, so I am very excited! I’ve been reading Geniaus‘  101 Reasons to Attend Congress 2018 blog posts and well, receiving those in my inbox made it near impossible…

Friday’s Faces From the Past

**Thought I’d give this weekday theme a try! Thanks to GeneaBloggersTRIBE for this one! The content for this particular post was originally posted on my photography website. Since being posted there, I have identified one woman and have had a descendant of hers get in contact. The others however remain unidentified. I have updated the…

Edward Bate

My great grandfather Edward Bate was born in 1905, in Cannock, Staffordshire England. He was the youngest and only son of Edward Bate and Elizabeth Bate (nee Hughes), with his elder sister Elsie being born in 1902.   Sadly Edward lost both his parents in a short space of time, losing his father just before…

We Need to Talk About Samuel West

Ah, Samuel West. Evasive, enigmatic and by all counts interesting. He is also the cause of many sleepless nights and sheer frustration. Who else has an ancestor like that? Samuel West is my Nana’s maternal grandfather, and by extension my second great grandfather. First off, the facts. Samuel West, from what I can tell, was born…

124 Years Ago

On this day, 124 years ago, my third great grandmother Sarah Hughes, nee Hickey, passed away. I received a tonne of information on this side of the family only two days ago, and whilst verifying this info I noticed how close the date was. Born in Queens County (known today as Laois County) in Ireland…

Emily Blanch or Emmeline Stevens?

There are puzzles in every genealogy journey…my journey is no exception. This particular puzzle comes from Mum’s biological maternal side. Question is, which lady is my third great grandmother? I thought it was an easy answer originally, with Emily Blanch marrying Richard Taplin in 1877… my second great grandfather George Richard Taplin was born 1882. Emily…

Great Pop’s Coins

Great Pop died when I was really young. I would have been around 3 when he passed. He lived with Nana and Pop Peace (Dad’s parents) in the last years of his life and I recall being terrified of him. As someone who is so interested in family history, I regret that now but, as…

An Update

I haven’t provided much further information regarding my search for my Mum’s biological father, simply because it’s one of those things that I feel I need to keep under wraps until I know more. But, I thought I’d give you a quick update as to what has been happening since I posted that first blog…