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…

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…

Fletcher Alderwin Brand Anzac Day

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…

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…

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…