Category Archives: Australia

Discovering a new Italian family mystery… down under!

Lately my family research has mainly focused on my Italian ancestors, and I’ve been extremely busy adding every single birth, marriage and death recorded in my great-grandmother’s village under the civil registry collection on FamilySearch, which covers the period 1866 … Continue reading

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Tragedy, the Lancastria and my Firkins cousins

Susan Tippins was my great-great-great-grandmother’s youngest sister. As the paper trail went cold, until very recently I’d suspected she had died young, or fallen into obscurity. It wasn’t until a few weeks ago that a distant cousin of mine in … Continue reading

Posted in 1911 Census, Australia, Death, Genealogy, Herefordshire, Liverpool, Ships, Wales, World War I, World War II | Leave a comment

The story of Charles Henry Vickress

During the summer of 1870, my great-great-great-great-grandparents Frederick and Ann Vickress welcomed their tenth (and last) child, a son whom they had baptised on 21 August in the local church of Lyonshall (Herefordshire), where Frederick worked as a humble carpenter … Continue reading

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Researching Colwall’s WWI heroes

Some months ago, with every single genealogical site and publication talking about the upcoming centenary of the breakout of the First World War, I came up with the idea of researching the life of the men from my grandmother’s home … Continue reading

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Blooming Brides

Next year will be the 100th anniversary of my great-grandparents’ wedding. I hope I will be able to arrange a big family gathering with my mother’s extended family, my great-grandparent’s 40-odd grandchildren. To freshen up my memory, I asked my … Continue reading

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Henry W. Sherry: the lover and killer of Mrs Waldock

This is for my friend Belinda, whose interesting ancestor I have been very happy to research. Henry Walter Sherry was born in the first half of the year 1839 in the parish of Stourmouth, near Dover, in the English county … Continue reading

Posted in 1841 Census, 1851 Census, Australia, Death, Emigration, England, Genealogy, Marriage, Murder, Property, Ships | 13 Comments