"During my recent confinement I have taken the opportunity to review some of my family history. I have been very much assisted by two cousins who have been working away diligently, whilst I have done very little in the way of research.
On my paternal side
Gain - I believe that I have been able to locate my Great, Great, Great, Grandparents, Denis O’Dea and Mary Lyons who were previously a mystery.
Pain – Unfortunately the history prior to these ancestors is still a mystery.
On my maternal side I have found some interesting additional information:
Gain – My Grandmother was one of 16 in the Hornbuckle family. Unfortunately 7 of these were infant deaths. I have also been able to locate further history on the members of her family.
Gain – Delving back into my maternal family, I located ancestors from Prussia and Germany. My maternal Great Grandfather married a lady by the name of Johanna Caroline Augusta Jacobs. Her parents migrated from Germany in 1851. They settled in the wine producing area of South Australia. My GGF is buried at Tanunda.
Pain – The Jacobs family that founded the famous Jacobs Creek wine dynasty, are not directly related. The founders of the wine brand, migrated from England some 20 years prior.
"Unlocking a closed door in your research can sometimes take you by surprise. Re-visiting some details in a marriage certificate and an unexpected result in a google search has helped me to uncover the origin of one of my ancestors. The google search led to an academic article filled with information and a connection to a family member in Scotland. Not only did I find the Stewart Family ancestors lived at High Park Farm on the Kintyre Peninsula - currently owned by Paul McCartney. It has also been confirmed through DNA that my mother is part of the Royal Stewarts of Scotland, descending from King Robert III. What a surprise!
... " I went to Mt Gambier, Robe, & Goolwa. I met up with my second cousin (Karen) in Mt Gambier - I hadn't seen her since the Benalla floods of 2nd October 1993.
I then met my first cousin Des Smith (now 92 with no walking aids) and wife Betty at Goolwa. Des Smith is one of my oldest cousins. Born at Tatong, Des worked for the Commonwealth Railways and became the chief commissioner. His book on “Rail Tracks Across Australia” (120 pages) will be given to the Benalla Family Research Group. Des graduated as a Civil Engineer from Melbourne University in 1952.I now have a complete listing of the 3 children and 8 grandchildren to add to an almost complete Family book for Karen Smith/Carroll.
I was able to give Karen & Des a 30-page draft during the visit. The book is now complete with 96 pages ready to print.
I also met two other second cousins I hadn't seen since 1960, Stephen & Paul Smith ( Karen’s brothers) at Goolwa."
Sue described the gains she has made since joining the class in February
"Recently Bev met with me to see what help she could provide to assist me in my research. She showed me how to upload a Gedcom file to My Heritage so I could produce a family book. She also provided a link to South Australian shipping records. I have sent off my DNA test and awaiting results. I have been able to upload a Gedcom file for my husband and produced a family tree for him with lots more to do. I have still not found any information on my estranged fathers life for the last 50 years but my increase in research skills and more time available I am hoping to find those lost years. I feel inspired and motivated by those who are further along in their research and learning more organisational and tips of the trade. I am still struggling with our iMac computer but persisting slowly. A very worthwhile class!"
Thanks Barry, Deb, Malcolm and Sue for writing up these reports!