The Ancestral Places Geneameme

Thanks to Alona from Lone Tester for this geneameme.  Using the alphabet how many letters can you name ancestral places for? A – Adelaide, South Australia (Willison, Scadden, Buring) B – Berlin, Prussia (Buring) C – Cornwall, England (Scadden) D – Draughton, Northamptonshire, England (Heeps) E – Elmore, Victoria, Australia (Heeps, Boyd) F – Flaxley, … [Read more…]

Unlock The Past Roadshow

This is the first time I’ve been an ambassador* for a genealogy event.  I’m excited to be attending the roadshow in Adelaide to hear Chris Paton, Dirk Weissleder and other presenters speak.  I have both Scottish and German heritage so this event is perfect for me. The Adelaide event is on the 23rd and 24th … [Read more…]

Uncle Bill

There are many stories I could tell about my Uncle Bill.  I was reminded of one yesterday when I visited a friend who has backyard chooks (chickens). We had chooks at our house also and Dad and Uncle Bill often gave some to each other.  I had a pet bantam I named Wobbles because it … [Read more…]

A Heartfelt Letter – The Coffey Brothers

Maurice James Coffey, my 1st cousin 3 times removed, wrote to the officer in charge of base records of the AIF in 1932.  I found this letter in his service records held by the National Archives of Australia. A brief transcription is as follows: Dear Sir Please supply me with the Regimental Numbers and units … [Read more…]