Author Archive: My Family History Research

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #13 It’s all relative – McGuire

In preparation for Anzac Day, I have been doing a little bit extra research on some family that were in WW1. I have two brothers who were both killed in action. George Francis McGuire died in 1916 and James John McGuire died in 1918. I will write a separate post about them over the weekend. …

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #12b Emily Mathews: David Cooper & Bert Talbot

Emily Matthews (born 1892), Married David Henry Cooper in 1910 and Bert Talbot in 1919 Going through my information on the children of George Thomas Mathews and Ellen Shoulders, I noticed that I didn’t have the death details for 3 of their children being Maryann (born 1890), William (born 1887) and Emily (born 1892). Maryann’s …

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #12 John William Wilson and Mary Ann Mathews

John William Wilson and Mary Ann Mathews Going through my information on the children of George Thomas Mathews and Ellen Shoulders, I noticed that I didn’t have the death details for 3 of their children being Maryann (born 1890), William (born 1887) and Emily (born 1892). You ca read about my search for Emily here. …

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #11 James Matthews – accidently shot

Yesterday as I was writing my post on George Thomas Matthews, I was rechecking some of the birth & death certificates of his children. One of them James Matthews died in 1914. His cause of death was accidentally shot and that a verdict was held at Muswellbrook on 31/12/1914. This morning I thought I would …

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks # 10 George Thomas Matthews, where oh when were you born?

As I was driving to my training session with my Personal Trainer this morning, I started to think about my enigma, my biggest brick wall. George Thomas Matthews. I don’t think I will ever be able to knock this one down, but every so often I do come back to him just to see if …

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #9 Arthur Hanratty & Ellen Moran

I am in few weeks behind in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks and hopefully I will be able to catch up next week. This week was St Patrick’s day and I thought I would write about my first two possible Irish Ancestors who arrived in New South Wales as convicts. My 3x Great Grandmother, …

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #8 The Will of Charles Patrick Dilworth

The below is a transcript of the will of Charles Patrick Dilworth, my maternal great grandfather. Charles was born on the 30 Jul 1861 at Newtown, New South Wales and died 2 Mar 1946 at Boggabri, New South Wales. Dillworth Charles Patrick late of Boggabri in the Sate of New South Wales Retired Farmer This …

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52 Ancestors in 52 weeks #7 Quirke Family mass migration – Kilkenny to Sydney

When I was searching the immigration lists for my 2nd Great Grandmother’s arrival to New South Wales in 1853, I discovered from the shipping record that she had an Uncle Peter already living in the colony. From this I was able to establish other connections and arrivals. The family arrived in the following order:  James …

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52 Ancestors in 52 weeks #6 Mary Quirke

Mary Quirke was my 2nd Great Grandmother. She was baptised on the 12 Aug 1832 at Johns Well, St Johns, Kilkenny Ireland to John Quirk and Catherine Slattery. Name: Mary Quirk      Date of Baptism/Birth:          12-Aug-1832 Address:          Johns Well       Parish/District:           ST. JOHN’S County            Co. Kilkenny                Denomination:           Roman Catholic Father:            John Quirk       Mother:          Catherine Slattery Informant 1:   …

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #5 John Baldwin Chelsea Pensioner

John Baldwin is my 3x Great Grandfather. John was born 27th March 1805 and baptised 21 April 1805 (source: Suffolk Baptisms East Sudbury Deanery 1754-1812) John’s parents were Samuel Baldwin and Mary Warren. In 1825, John at the age of 18, enlisted in the 40th Foot Regiment at Colchester on the 15th November 1825 and …

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