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…

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…

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks So far away distances in Australia

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 22: So Far Away

This weeks 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge is So Far Away.  Many people on forums and Facebook groups have been saying how vague this challenge is but I love it.  Narrowing down who to write about is the difficult one for me.  I think for me, being born in England, raised in Australia, having…

MATHESON Robert Hilton WW1 Memorial Kings Park, Perth, Western Australia

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 21: Military

The week 21 challenge for the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks is Military.  I could not believe it when I saw the dates for this challenge.  I had already intended to write a post for this week to coincide with the 100-year anniversary of the death of my great-great-uncle Hilton in World War I.  What…

1950's-C Mouth of river, Dongara, WA

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 20: Another Language

To say I have struggled to come up with a topic for this week’s challenge is an understatement!  I have procrastinated over it.  The week 20, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge is Another Language and the guide for it was “You could write about an ancestor who spoke a different language than you do….

Stokes Family Staffordshire England

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 19: Mothers’ Day

The week 19 challenge in 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks is Mothers’ Day to fit in with this wonderful day where we celebrate our mothers.  My story today is a bittersweet Mothers’ Day story. Week 19 – Mothers’ Day Dorcas Stokes Dorcas Stokes was born on 19 November 1898 in New Invention, Staffordshire, England to…

C.1920s Rockmount, Annerley, Hugh and Amelia McNeilly

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 18: Close Up

The week 18 challenge in 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks is Close Up.  The suggestions for writing this one were to write about an ancestor who lived closed to where you live now or where you grew up; an ancestor that you have a portrait of; an ancestor who you have more information about and you…

Cyril Washbrook Family Surname History

Family Surname History – Washbrook

I am enjoying this series – Family Surname History.  Today I am introducing the family surname Washbrook.  Alice Elizabeth Washbrook was my paternal grandfather’s mother. Family Surname History – Washbrook Washbrook is of Olde English origin with the first recorded village of this name being in 1198 in Suffolk.1  It often thought to be of…

Cemetery Renewal, Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth, WA

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 17: Cemetery

Well I am finally caught up with the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge.  The week 17 challenge is Cemetery.   This one was a no brainer for me – I had to write again about Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth, Western Australia. Week 17 – Cemetery If you have been following along with my posts over the…

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…