We all have them, I’m sure; records, clippings, and snippets of information put aside that seem to belong to our family history, that seem to fit nicely into our family trees. The details add up, our gut instincts kick in, we have a good feeling about it etc, etc – but just not quite all … Continue reading The strongly-maybe pile
There are many examples of the things our ancestors said through history’s pages that were actually pretty reasonable at the time, but would no doubt seem a bit strange or out of place today. While quite often amusing, they help to tell the stories, highlight some of the challenges faced, and show just how much … Continue reading Things our ancestors said (#2)
In 1876 as Peter Oluff Carlsen sat down to write a letter to the Royal War Ministry in Denmark, he had no idea of the excitement it would generate 140 years later. Filled with snippets of his former life back in his native country, Peter also included details of his Danish military service, how it … Continue reading The Princess and the Drejer
When I sent off my Ancestry DNA sample a few months ago, my main hope was to break through a few stumps. Well…just one would have been lovely, actually. After years of researching my elusive convict ancestors, I was ready to give anything a try. I knew that the process would involve connecting with distant … Continue reading Well hello there, cousins!
As Denis McCarthy, his wife and seven children prepared for bed one summer’s evening in 1846, little did they know that within hours they would be awoken by the police. Their house in Mountshannon, Limerick was on fire, soon to be burned to ashes. In the early hours of the morning on 15 June - … Continue reading Ann Mahony’s escape from Ireland
These were the actual words spoken by a man I had just met. Within minutes of our conversation, I had been described as looking like their elderly relative. And far from being offended, it was probably the best thing I’d heard all day. But let’s back up a bit… In the early 1850s two different … Continue reading “You look like my Aunt…she’s in her 90s”
James was in big trouble. He knew it, the Army officials knew it. Impersonating an Anzac was a serious offence, and in 1918, one that could result in serious consequences. To the officials, it all seemed quite cut-and-dried. This ‘imposter’ had certainly been out and about in military uniform – Anzac rosette on display, and … Continue reading The fallen Anzac