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….

Toowong Cemetery Rolling Hills

Toowong Cemetery, Brisbane

I don’t know about you but I really enjoy walking around historical cemeteries.  I would think many genealogists do.  I am fortunate that my daughter loves to do this as well but hers more for the creepy aspect of it and the intricacies of the designs on some of the headstones.  My son is not…

Book Reviews

Book Review: How to Get More Family Tree Time

How to Get More Family Tree Time AUTHOR:  Megan Gibson PUBLISHER: Words for You ISBN: 9780980835205 GENRE:  Genealogy, Family History FORMAT: Paperback NUMBER OF PAGES:  115 pages PUBLICATION DATE:  September 2010 The Author Megan Gibson is a freelance researcher who undertook research for the Australian ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ Series.  She is also…

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…

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…

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…

2018 101 Berwick Street, Victoria Park, Western Australia

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 15: Taxes

Well to say that this weeks 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge has been “taxing” would be an understatement.  I struggled to come up with anything that could fit this.  I have never looked for tax records – do they even exist for Australian or UK records?  Must look into this.  Then I had a…