Unexpected.

I found myself in a rather strange situation about a month ago…shortly after posting about Mabel Shoveller, I received a phone call from Martyn Killion, who works in Public Access at the State Archives. He mentioned that he’d read that I’d made a bit of a discovery…here I was freaking out, thinking I’d done something…

The Sinking of SS Wimmera

It’s hard to imagine the fear one would feel being aboard a ship that was about to sink…for themselves, for their family and friends also aboard the ship…those fears were realised for my great great grandparents Robert Clement Richardson and Bridget Richardson (nee Hughes). They were aboard the SS Wimmera en route to Sydney from…

Linda Emery: Behind the Scenes of “Who Do You Think You Are?”

I attended Linda Emery’s talk on her experiences behind the scenes of the SBS TV show Who Do You Think You Are today at Penrith City Library. I devoured this series (the Australian version) almost in it’s entirety over January and February of this year (Series 2-8!)…pretty clear to be seen that I love this show! Penrith…

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…