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Ancestry and Family History

Updated on November 30, 2014

Family History

No one in the family gave any thought to it until my eldest daughter rang and asked me about our ancestors. She had gotten onto a site called and had already discovered a fair bit about them. It left me stunned.

Many years ago my mother handed me the Family bible that had been given to my great-grandfather. In it were all the birthdates, marriages and deaths of his family as far as he was able to supply them. It was a feast of information and acting on it Karen discovered some amazing facts that were unknown to us,

It is also Evolution of a Sort

Beyond my grandparents and a few cousins there was little more I could tell her. But there are some certificates in a folder called the 'family archives' where many other important documents and so on are stored.

On Sunday she showed me what she had done with the information so far. It was awesome! My paternal great grandfather had migrated from England during the 1880's accompanied by his wife. The site even had some story about him owning some hotels and being secretary to the Fire Brigade in Goulburn, NSW, and of his contribution to his community. The bible was presented to him by a grateful community whom he must have taught in some way. We believed he was a lay preacher.

In it he recorded his family's names with the words "To all my darling children . . . . and loving wife, Catherine".

The book is about 15 cms thick with a carved wooden cover. Using it's information we discovered our links to England and some exciting names. One of these is a lady with the surname of Peggity which reminded me instantly of Charles Dickens and his book David Copperfield. She was born sometime in the mid 1700's and I wondered if there was a connection with the author

Searching Ancestry

Records are the key to discovering who you are. Take care of certificates, photos, family information and so on. You might not want to know but someone down the track might.

Where did you come from?

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Tracing the Genes
Tracing the Genes

Benefits of Knowing Your Ancestral Line

We all think these days of genetics and what the future may hold as far as our health is concerned. That is one aspect of knowing where you came from and what your family history shows. But there are many other benefits as well.

The history of a family is fascinating and there are some remarkable stories to be found therein. While my grandfather came from great stock as did my grandmother it is her history that proved the most fascinating.

During the early 1880's a young girl was employed as a housemaid in England. She was accused of stealing 10 pounds for which she was transported for 14 years to the colony of New South Wales. Now this was only discovered a few years earlier and to come here on a ship that took over 160 days to arrive would have been horrendous enough. But the record shows that many were not so lucky and that they died along the way, While the facts are brief Sarah was pardoned by the governor and became my 3rd back great grandmother. Now I must find out more about her.

She lived to the age of 82 and in those days that was something spectacular in itself. She had extremely strong genes.

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How Much Can You Learn Through Your Ancestors

Were they special?

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      GramaBarb 5 years ago from Vancouver

      Thank you for featuring my lens How Do I Start My Family Tree?

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      Iudit Gherghiteanu 5 years ago from Ozun

      wow, you did find out about your strong genes of your 3rd back great grandmother, this is fascinating!

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      VspaBotanicals 5 years ago

      Fascinating lens.

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      I encourage folks to learn and share their 'ancestor stories' - ;-)

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I've become fascinated by genealogy and am working hard on gathering tidbits about my great-great grandfather's life. The names and dates are interesting, but I want more about how they lived, what they did and why. Your family information is quite interesting.

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      Vicki Green 5 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Most interesting information about ancestry and family history. I especially found the DNA research fascinating.