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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 6: Favourite Name

The 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge in week 6 is favourite name.  I have some interesting names in my tree – both first and last names.  Interesting first names that you certainly don’t hear today are Dorcas, Fanny, and Hilton.  The surnames that fascinate me the most and I want to find out their origins…

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…

National Archives of Australia image Courtesy of NAA

National Archives of Australia

Sometimes finding information about your ancestors in Australia can be difficult.  As I’ve mentioned in previous posts not all records can be found on the subscription genealogy websites.  Sometimes to find your elusive ancestor you need to find another way to source records.  It is a case of knowing where to look.  One of the…

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…

C1906 Matheson Family Perth Western Australia

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 2: Favourite Photo

Well, I decided to move straight onto the second week of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge to try to catch up the eight weeks I have missed.  When I discovered that Week 2 was favourite photo, I knew immediately which photo I wanted to share. . Week 2 – Favourite Photo Back Row:…

Mum as a young child on a family farm Western Australia

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 1: Start

I have come to the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge a bit later than most.  This challenge, designed by Amy Johnson Crow, encourages genealogists to write a post every week in 2018 based on their research.  The idea is you write a blog post about an ancestor based on the topic of the week….

Walker Surname Distribution courtesy of Forebears

Family Surname History – Walker

Today I am writing about the Walker family surname history.  I want to do some more in-depth research of all the surnames in my tree so have decided to share this as I work my way back through my tree.   There are loads of great websites on the internet about family surname history and…

Robert Hilton Matheson, WWI, France

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Have you ever wondered where your ancestors killed in action are buried?  In war, especially the First World and Second World Wars, the dead remained in the country in which they died. Sometimes there was no record of where they were buried.  In some cases, there were details of the person’s death and their exact…

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Trove – Australian Newspapers

What is Trove? Have you ever wondered where to source old Australian newspapers, journal articles, or maps?  Then Trove is your solution.  Trove is an online service provided by the National Library of Australia and is a real treasure trove of information for genealogists.  It contains many Australian resources from libraries, museums, and archives, for…