Category Archives: Surnames

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 #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 #3 John Robin Harris Wine Merchant & Gentleman of Arms

 John Robin Harris – Wine Merchant & Gentleman of Arms General Information: John Robin Harris was born 18 Sep 1818 St Peter’s Port Guernsey, Channel Islands. John was the brother of my 3x Great Grandfather – Pierre George Harris (also Known as Peter). Their parents were Pierre Honney Harris and Anne Tostevin John married Susan …

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – # 2 -Mary Stow Polstead Suffolk

I have not written on my blog in a while, in fact not since July 2012,  but I have decided to accept the challenge of Amy Johnson Crow over at No Story Too Small blog. Amy challenges us: 52 Ancestors in 52 weeks. The challenge: have one blog post each week devoted to a specific …

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Thomas Showler – Convict – when did he die?

I obtained the death certificate of a Thomas Showler who died in 1860 at Cooma NSW in the hope that maybe it would show if he was the Thomas Showler, who was born in 1797 Aylesbury Buckinghamshire,  who was the cousin of my GG Grandfather John Showler/Shoulders. The Thomas Showler listed on this death certificate …

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The Pelaw Main Sensation – John and Ellen Heber

As noted in my earlier post today, I found some newspaper reports in 1903 in relation to the attempted murder of Ellen Heber by John Heber. Throughout the reports below, it indicates that Ellen was afraid of her husband and that she believed he would kill her one day but refused to take any action …

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John Heber – Hard Labour

As I am not going back to work until the end of May, one of the things I know I need to do is to clean up my back room where my computer and my family history stuff are. I’ve got a couple of piles of paper and research I’ve done over the last year …

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What’s in a name?

I wonder sometimes at people who say I’ve researched my family history. Have they really? A comment I received recently said ‘ my surname’s blah’, so I must be connected to your tree! I don’t think so. How would you know if you aren’t prepared to do the hard work? Other’s find information and think …

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