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I am a professional genealogist and photographer and love researching mine and other people's history. I also love to cook and play golf.

Are you attending the Scottish and German Roadshow this August?

Whilst reading a recent family history magazine from the United Kingdom I came across an article by Chris Paton a Scottish historian, ‘From Donegal to the Peninsular War’.  He was talking about his Scots/Irish family from Raphoe in County Donegal, Ireland.  This caught my interest as I have a number of families from the same area.  The McKnights, Dunlops, Greggs, Wilsons, Thompsons, Nesbitt and others. None of these names featured in his article but his ancestor, John Holmes was a shoemaker in Raphoe in the 1840s and my ancestors must have known him.

Cooladerry, near Raphoe

Chris Paton is one of two presenters who will be in Melbourne for a two day roadshow, ‘Researching Abroad, Finding European and British Isles Ancestors’ on 18 and 19 August. They are also going to Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth and Sydney.  I’ll be hoping to meet Chris and discuss our Raphoe connections.

The program is split evenly over the two days with Chris presenting on the first day in Melbourne.  The second day will have presentations by Dirk Weissleder whom I haven’t heard speak before.  Unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend Rootstech earlier this year where he did attend.  With my German connections, the Erhardts, Mergenthalers, Doblers, Frohlichs and other names from the Waiblingen in the Wurttemberg region I’m looking forward to hearing firsthand about some new sources.

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Linen factory, Myslakowice (Erdamannsdorf)

I also have the Fiedlers and Siefferts from what was Erdmannsdorf in Silesia, Prussia and although this is now in Poland hope he will talk about records that encompass the Germans in Poland.  I have visited this area but only briefly to have a look at the countryside and need to go back again.

There is also a talk on DNA which I am very interested in having been on a huge learning curve over recent months.  I’ve tested my parents, myself, my sister and a cousin and looking forward to sharing research with my new found cousins.

Let me know if you’re going to the event in Melbourne so that we can catch up.  Further information can be found at Researching Abroad.

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As usual if you recognise any of these surnames and places I’d love to hear from you.


ANZAC day 2017 – Additional family military personnel

It’s ANZAC day again and time to catch up on the all the extended family members who served their country that I’ve found in the past year. Previous ANZAC days posts can be found here, here and here. Some of these men and women I have quite a bit of information on and others very little. If you know more about them, have photos or anything else I’d love to hear from you.

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MacIvor’s and McGillivray’s of Sleat on the Isle of Skye

Whilst re-checking some research to share with someone I delved more into my McGillivray / MacIvor line. My 4 x great grandmother Ann MacIvor married Archibald McGillivray.  He was the son of Charles McGillivray and Marion McLean. Archibald died in the late 1830s but Ann living until 1857 at Teangue, Sleat on the Isle of Skye.  Her son Angus (my 3 x great grandfather) was the informant on her death certificate.  He gave her age as 94 and her parents as Kenneth MacIvor and Marion MacInnes.

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James Boyd from Inchyra Village, Perthshire

James Boyd was born in Inchyra village on the River Tay on December 27, 1827.  His parents were James Boyd, a weaver and fisherman and Mary Brown.  James had six full siblings, Mary, John, Janet, Ann, Catherine and Alexander and one older half-brother David.  Tragically his father and two older sisters, Mary and Janet died in a six week period.  Mary was buried on 25 December 1840, aged 22, Janet was buried on 1 January 1841 and his father James on 7 February 1841.  They were all buried in Kinfauns cemetery which overlooks their village of Inchyra and the Tay.

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More collaboration – this time with the Baldwins & the Roberts!

Joseph John Baldwin and his wife Maria Roberts migrated toAustralia in 1852 with their seven week old son, Henry and Maria’s daughter from her first marriage Lottie (Charlotte).  I’ve had contact with a member of Maria’s sister Martha’s family who shared some photos that Maria had sent back to London to her sister Martha.  They had been handed down through Martha’s family and have now been given to me.  Martha Elizabeth Roberts married James Dartnall.  There was also a photo of their brother William John Roberts who was an actor and comedian.  My contact remembered seeing a playbill that one of his uncles had.  I haven’t been able to source any information about William John Roberts yet, beyond the normal census records etc.  Perhaps someone out there knows more?

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John George Dunlop – what collaboration can achieve

Since writing my earlier posts on John George Dunlop I’ve had descendants of members of the Dunlop family contact me.  George (as I believe he was known) must have been a prolific writer.  Letters have turned up from Australia and Ireland that he wrote to family members, along with more poems that he wrote and additional photos of him.

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Visiting Lower Grange, Co Armagh on the trail of the McFaddens

On my trip to Ireland in August I drove via county Armagh to Raphoe, county Donegal from Belfast airport.  I wanted to see the countryside that the McFaddens came from.  Peter Patrick McFadden (son of Thomas) was born in Lower Grange, Oneilland West co Armagh around 1831.  He married Mary Reid (daughter of Septimar Watson and James Reid) in Armagh at the registry office on July 17, 1852.

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