Messy paperwork, genealogy do-over

Genealogy Do-Over

I read about Thomas MacEntee’s Genealogy Do-Over earlier this year and have procrastinated for a while about undertaking the process.  I have over 25 years of documents both physical and digital and whilst, for the most part, I have kept them organised, in recent months it has got out of control.  My dad recently died…

Lifou, New Caledonia

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 28: Travel

The Week 28, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge is Travel.  I have so many ancestors I could write about in regards to this topic, and many I have already.  In So Far Away I discussed the journey’s a number of my family took, including my parents, brother and myself.  In Strong Woman I talked about my great-great-grandmother Ellen…

Fanny Richardson

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 27: Independence

I have gotten a bit behind on the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge and updating my blog.  We unfortunately lost dad on the 2 July 2018 and so there have been other more pressing matters to attend to.  I am hoping in the coming weeks to catch up on 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks…

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Black Sheep

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 26: Black Sheep

The 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge for the halfway mark is Black Sheep.  All genealogists at some point will find a black sheep in their family.  Whether it be someone who was quirky and just didn’t quite fit the family to criminals.  I have come across my fair share of black sheep in my…

All Saints Anglican Church Bloxwich

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 25: Same Name

The challenge for this week in 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks is Same Name.  So often in genealogy you will come up with ancestors who have the same name as their father or mother.  Quite often they are then known by another name.  Also to confuse matters you will often find numerous children within the…

Sir David Brand

Family Surname History – Brand

Continuing on in my series of Family Surname History, I am moving onto the Brand surname.  My maternal grandmother was Marjorey Brand and the name has a long history. Family Surname History – Brand Brand is of German, French, and English originating from the pre-6th Century Anglo-Saxon word “brinnan” which means a flash e.g. flash of…

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Ancestral Fathers

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 24: Fathers’ Day

The 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge this week is Fathers’ Day to coincide with Fathers’ Day in the UK and USA.  The Australian Fathers’ Day does not occur until the first Sunday in September each year.   I decided to do something a bit different for this post and have done a representation of…

1974 Megan enjoying Valentines Park

Family History Holiday – Update 3

I realised recently that I hadn’t updated my readers on the progress of our Family History Holiday in a long time.  So with about three months left until we leave I will update you on where we are at in our plans. Itinerary I have booked and paid for all our accommodation – we are…

Fletcher Alderwin Brand and Gladys Gwendoline Matheson Wedding

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 23: Going to the Chapel

I have some wedding photos in my collection, however, the ancestors I know were definitely married in a chapel I don’t have photos for.  So I have decided to talk about one of the wedding photo’s in my collection.  I just realised going through my records I have never ordered their marriage certificate – I…

Richard Matheson I am Legend

Family Surname History – Matheson

This series Family Surname History is really interesting as I learn more about my family surnames.  Today I am introducing the family surname Matheson.  Robert Matheson was my maternal grandmother’s grandfather. Family Surname History – Matheson Matheson has its origins in biblical times with Matthew meaning “Gift of God”.1  It is Hebrew in origin, however,…