Fletcher Alderwin Brand, WWI Portrait, Western Australia

ANZAC Day – Fletcher Alderwin Brand

Fletcher Alderwin Brand Today being ANZAC Day, I have decided to honour my great-grandfather, Fletcher Alderwin Brand, who served in World War I.  Today Australia commemorates all the people who have served to allow our country to remain free. Early Years Fletcher was born on 16 December 1881 in Dongara, Western Australia, the seventh of…

Houses After Tracy Cyclone Tracy 1974

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 16: Storms

The week 16 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge is Storms. I chose to write about Cyclone Tracy that hit Darwin in 1974. There is a small connection to my family from this storm. Week 16 – Storms Cyclone Tracy Australia is not unaccustomed to cyclones.  Northern Australia – Queensland, Darwin, and Western Australia are…

2018 101 Berwick Street, Victoria Park, Western Australia

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 15: Taxes

Well to say that this weeks 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge has been “taxing” would be an understatement.  I struggled to come up with anything that could fit this.  I have never looked for tax records – do they even exist for Australian or UK records?  Must look into this.  Then I had a…

Gladys Gwendoline Matheson and Margaret Emily Matheson

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 14: The Maiden Aunt

I think it is wonderful that Week 14 of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge is The Maiden Aunt.  So often these women get forgotten in history as they have no ancestors to research them.  It is lovely to ensure the memory of these women lives on.  The maiden aunt I have chosen to write…

Paul Newman, American Actor

Family Surname History – Newman

The next surname I am writing about in my family surname history is Newman.  I am going through the surnames in my tree by generation to find out the origins of the surnames.  It is a really interesting topic – understanding family surname history – as it can assist you with where your ancestors originated…

Donald Raymond Brand, Western Australia

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 12: Misfortune

The 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge this week is Misfortune.  There are many stories of tragedy in any family, however, the story that has always made me sad is the events that unfolded in my grandma’s family in 1944. . Week 12 – Misfortune . The year was 1944 and World War II had…

Phone Call Lady on Phone

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 11: Lucky

For this week’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge, Lucky, I decided to take a bit of a different route.  Instead of finding a lucky ancestor, I decided to talk about my luck in finding relatives. Week 11 – Lucky A number of years ago I received a phone call out of the blue from a…

Victorian Man and Lady

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 10: Strong Woman

Probably the strongest woman I have ever known was my grandmother.  However, due to people still alive who may be impacted if I told her full story I have opted to find another woman in my tree. Someone I never knew and who just from the records I have looks like they did it tough….

Swan River Colony, Western Australia 1831

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 9: Where There’s a Will

Coming up with something for the Week 9 – Where There’s a Will, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge was hard.  Do I do a will left by the deceased, someone with will and determination, or someone named Will?  I finally decided on the latter, although he certainly had will and determination as well. Week…