To Do List, Checklist, Overwhelmed

I’m Back

Well it has been a very long time between posts.  I have been so busy with sorting Dad’s estate out, helping mum sort their home, and preparing and then going on our Family History Holiday.  We left for the UK on 6 September and arrived home on 3 October.  I have so much to do…

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Blackboard Back to School History

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 35: Back to School

The Week 35 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge is Back to School.  Many people will find ancestors who are teachers, sometimes women, as this was an acceptable occupation for them to enter.   Today I will talk about two women I know of in my ancestry who were teachers. Week 35 – Back to…

Unofficial Guide to How to Find Your Family History on the No.1 Genealogy Website

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 34: Non-Population

The challenge for Week 34 of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks series is Non-Population.  I really struggled with what to write about this week – how do I take non-population?  What does that even mean?  Apparently in the USA, the Census has two parts – the population schedule and the non-population schedule.  In Australia,…

Convict, Prison, Australian Convicts

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 33: Family Legend

It isn’t unusual for a family to have some sort of legend. Maybe it’s a legend surrounding the family’s arrival in a country or that there’s an ancestral castle waiting to be claimed. Maybe it’s a story about how you’re supposedly related to someone famous. You could explore how you proved or disproved the story….

genealogy brick wall tips, genealogy brick wall solutions

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 32: Youngest

The challenge for 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks for Week 32 is Youngest.  I knew immediately who I wanted to pick, my new nephew, but I do not give details or post pictures of my children or other people’s children on the internet.  So, instead, I had to come up with something else.  The challenge…

6 May 1974 Perth Gweneth, Alywin, and Marjorey Brand

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 31: Oldest

I wondered how I would approach the Week 31 Challenge in 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Oldest.  Do I find the oldest person in my tree?  Do I have enough to write about them? Week 31 – Oldest It is amazing in families that one year you have numerous older relatives, and then, in…

Areas that Marjorey Moved Over the Years

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 30: Colourful

Every family has someone in who is bait different, quirky or just plain lager than life.  The Week 30 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge is Colourful.  Today I am writing about my maternal grandfather, Byro Jim. Week 30 – Colourful Albert James Newman was born on 18 March 1920 at 889 Hamilton Street, Boulder…

C-1960 Eric Walker

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 29: Music

The Week 29 Challenge in 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks is music.  This was an easy one for me to choose as my dad devoted his life to his music both in an amateur and professional capacity.  Sadly we lost my dad a month ago so this is a fitting tribute to him. The below…

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…