John Cutting: Publican of New Inn My choice of the family group to research in 2022 is my maternal Cutting Line. In my family tree for the Cuttings, I have been focussing on my great, great, grandparents who lived in … Continue reading #52Ancestors: Week 2: Favourite Finds
Foundations of my Cutting Line This is a great topic to begin my series of stories of my ancestors this year. Many other genealogists are writing about ‘foundations’ in their blogs. I will link to a couple of my favourites … Continue reading #52 Ancestors: Week 1: Foundations
Which ancestor(s) are at the top of your research list, and why? I saw this question recently in several places and thought that it would be a good post to finish up with this year. Things have been neglected here … Continue reading Planning for 2022 Ancestors
The story of Maria Lord is one of courage in the face of betrayal. Her ability to survive and thrive, despite her transportation to Van Diemen’s Land and what Edward Lord did to her, is a story that should be told. Continue reading Convict to Entrepreneur: Maria Lord
#52 Ancestors Suddenly, more than 30 years ago Our Dad left this plane for another Memories of him flooding in today From his last two children, me and my brother! Known for his eccentric behaviour He was a character, much … Continue reading Dear Cecil
#52Ancestors #I’ve lost count Hello Samuel, I am your great granddaughter (x 5) and we have something in common; we are both the last born in our large families. You had 8 siblings and I had 5. I am writing … Continue reading Dear Grandpa Sam
#52 Ancestors Week 27: Free Census I am way behind in my project for #52 ancestors in 52 weeks, however, I figure that I can spread them out and pick and choose which topics fit my theme for when I … Continue reading Census through the Ages
#52 Ancestors: Week 23 – Bridge. It is delightful to have Genealogist friends and collaborators, who cannot resist the challenge of a search and discover mission; collaborative research works well as a bridge between the known and the unknown. Yesterday’s … Continue reading Post Script: the marriage certificates revealed
#52 Ancestors: Week 20 – Cousin Bait Each time I peel back the layers of mystery surrounding the life of an ancestor, mine or others, I see a story emerging; a chance to bring that ancestor into the limelight for a moment in time. Treasures abound in the Aladdin’s cave that is family history – they beckon and call and demand my attention. A lost diary here; a forgotten memoir there; an old tattered photo; or uncovered documentary evidence of people, place and time. These are the story starters for me; the facts and the evidence from my ancestors’ lives. … Continue reading History shrouded in mystery!
#52 Ancestors ‘At the Cemetery’ Harriet buried 3 children and a husband. Now she is at rest. They employed Harriet as a machinist in the Allery Tailoring business during the 1890s. Work as a machinist did not pay well then. Many unmarried young women had a little choice of occupation in Edwardian times (domestic service, prostitution, shop work, the stage or dressmaking). Harriet continued to live at home bringing into the household her meagre income of a few shillings; making shirts at 7 pence a dozen. She worked from seven in the morning to eleven at night. My father, Walter, … Continue reading Requiem for Harriet
Able Seaman and Opera Singer #52 Ancestors 52 Weeks: Brick Wall All I knew about Andrew Ralph Cutting was his name and a family story of his prowess as an opera singer. I realised that there would be a time … Continue reading Great Uncle Andy
Week #7: #52Ancestors52Weeks : Unusual Source(s) Revealing my true Ancestors! The branches of my family tree had become tangled and needed pruning. Ancestors from the Cutting Line (my maternal ancestors) were clamouring for my attention. Some had remained hidden from … Continue reading Ancestors in Hiding!
Week 6: #52 Ancestors 52 Weeks: Valentine Many years have gone by and I have not heard from you. I am disappointed and dismayed that the most important record for you (your marriage certificate) has not showed up in any … Continue reading Where are you Valentine?
Week #5 52 Ancestors 52 Weeks : In the Kitchen When you have many facts about an ancestor and you are wondering how to collect them all to make an interesting story, you could create an Ancestral Card using Trello. … Continue reading Kitchen Sink
Week #4: Favourite Photo – 52Ancestors52Weeks Challenge Life in post war Australia in the suburbs of Melbourne was idyllic! Our family had made a new start by sailing across the world in 1949 to build a new life in Moonee … Continue reading Immigrants to Australian Citizens!
Week 3: #52Ancestors52Weeks – Namesake It was during the years after the end of the World War 2 that Winnie was feeling most unhappy and saddened by the impact of war on her family. Rationing and scarcity had tested her … Continue reading Winnie’s Journey to Australia!
Week 2: #52Ancestors52Weeks – Family Legend I am researching deeper into the life of Charles Harry Cutting, my maternal great grandfather, as part of the 52 ancestors in 52 weeks project, guided by Amy Johnson Crow. My great grandfather Charles Harry Cutting … Continue reading A History Lesson: Family Legend
Week #1: Beginnings – 52Ancestors52Weeks Challenge I am researching deeper into the life of Charles Harry Newland Cutting, my maternal grandfather, as part of the 52 ancestors in 52 weeks project, guided by Amy Johnson Crow. Charles Harry Newland Cutting! What a grand … Continue reading What’s in a Name?
Ancestral Challenge 2021 – focus on 52 ancestors in 52 weeks! Continue reading 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks
Memories of Dad, Cecil Henry Allery 1900 in London, UK The turn of the century was an interesting time in the United Kingdom, when huge changes were taking place. The parish of Richmond in Surrey had a population of about 20,000 people, had excellent transport links to London (trains, trams and omnibuses) and was emerging as a sought after residential and commercial location. Residents were kept informed by no less than four local newspapers:- the Thames Valley Times was published each Wednesday and the Chiswick Times on Fridays. The Richmond & Twickenham Times and the Richmond Herald appeared on Saturdays. Richmond … Continue reading Cecil Allery: 1900-1985