52 Ancestors #25 – Same Name – James Ryan Caddy

Ancestors with the same name can sometimes cause a lot of confusion when doing your family tree. Then the one that has an unusual middle name which turns out to be the same surname as a mother or another ancestor, helps to prove you are on the right track.

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52 Ancestors #24 – Father’s Day – Edward Caddy

It’s not Father’s Day here in Australia, so this weeks blog prompt isn’t going to be about my father, but instead, another father, i.e., Father Christmas, Santa Claus, St Nic, call him what you will, is my theme ancestor for this week. I know it’s been blogged about before, but way back in 2013, so it’s time he saw the light of day again.¬†Edward Caddy is my 3rd great-granduncle. Yes, that’s a long way back in the family tree and does he have an exciting story to tell. Continue reading

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52 Ancestors #23 – Going to the Chapel – Sarah Darling

The blog prompt for week 23 in the 52 Ancestors in 52 weeks “Going to the Chapel” could really be written about any of our ancestors who married in a church or chapel. However, Sarah Darling whom I’ve chosen for this blog, married in the Office of the District Registrar at Champion Bay (Geraldton, Western Australia), more than likely because her husband, Samuel Mansell was a convict and still a ticket-of-leave man. He didn’t receive a Condition of Pardon until 2 years after their marriage. Sadly, Samuel was given a Condition of Freedom 4th February 1975 just 16 days before Sarah died. Continue reading

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52 Ancestors #22 – So Far Away – Donald MacKay

Week 22’s prompt for the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks is So Far Away. It didn’t take me long to come up with the idea to write up a story about my husband Bob’s paternal family. The MacKay’s from Rogart in Sutherlandshire, Scotland. His father, Donald and uncle Jock (Jannetas) set sail in 1922 per Largs Bay, leaving behind 8 brothers and sisters to start a new life in the Midwest region of Western Australia.

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52 Ancestors #21- A Convict Story – Samuel Mansell

I dropped the ball last week when life got a busy. So here I am with another resurrected blog post and this time for the blog prompt “military”. I’ve chosen my husband’s Great Grandfather, Samuel Mansell to be the 21st Ancestor. Also, it is a timely blog post as we launch the Convict Tracks of the Victoria District. A community-driven project that involves the museums and convict sites in this district. Read more about that here.

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52 Ancestors #20 – Another Language – Matthew Lymburner

In 2002, Bob and I had the privilege of visiting our Canadian relatives who up until then, I’d only met on the internet! God forbid that they weren’t axe murderers!!! My new found relatives were so accommodating and made us feel part of the family, except for the language barrier. They spoke a whole different language to us, French! Thankfully they could converse with us in English as well.¬† Continue reading

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