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…

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…

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Week 7 Valentine Rose

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 7: Valentine

Moving right along to catch up on the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge.  The week 7 challenge is Valentine.  I really struggled to come up with a topic for this challenge.  Do I find the longest marriage?  Do I find the tragic early death of a spouse?  I couldn’t find any “love” letters in…

Convicts, Prison

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 5: In the Census

Moving right along in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge, I am moving on to the Week 5 Challenge – In the Census.  Censuses are a great genealogy tool for the family historian.  They provide a snapshot in time of your ancestors – ages, place of birth, occupation, address, relationships between residents at an…

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Week 4 Invite to Dinner

52 Ancestors in 52 weeks – Week 4: Invite to Dinner

The 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks fourth challenge is “Invite to Dinner.”  choosing who to write about for this one was easy.  For years I searched for my great-great grandmother Henney – this is her story. Week 4 – Invite to Dinner Many years ago I found my great-great-grandfather, Jonah Walker, in the Census.  In…

19430605 Marjorey June Brand on her Wedding Day

52 Ancestors in 52 weeks – Week 3: Longevity

As I still have several weeks to catch up on in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge, I am moving straight onto week 3.  I hope you enjoy reading about my grandma. Week 3 – Longevity This has proven to be a harder task than I thought it would be.  I am sure there…

Skeleton in my closet, Charles Newman

The Skeleton In My Closet – Charles Newman

I expect that everyone has a family member that they are not allowed to talk about.  Whether that person was the black sheep and their name was to never be mentioned.  Or a specific characteristic, event, or action of a person that isn’t allowed to be discussed.  Some stories are kept hush hush and you…

Loaf of Bread, Australian Convicts, George Brand, Larbert, Stirlingshire

All For a Loaf of Bread

On the first of March 1852, my third great grandfather George Brand was sentenced by the Court of Justiciary, Edinburgh, Scotland to 14 years transportation for theft. George lived in Larbert, Scotland with his wife Isabella and their four children. Life in rural Scotland would not have been easy, however, the opening of the Glasgow…

Poppy Remembrance Day Lest We Forget WWI

Lest We Forget – Remembrance Day

Today, being Remembrance Day, I felt it fitting to remember my ancestors who served in World War I.  The brave men and women who served in the first world war (and of course all subsequent wars) are to be remembered for their bravery and sacrifice.  The families at home need to be remembered as well….