Hello my name is Mark Ratcliffe. I'm trying to track the origins of my G.G.Grandfather Raynert Ratcliffe

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Hello my name is Mark Ratcliffe. Our family has been facing a brickwall for some 50 years+ & am wondering if anyone has ANY ideas? My late Father, Great Aunt & myself have spent approx 1000+ hours trying solve this mystery?  Although not trying to track the Ratcliffe name, I am trying to locate my G.G.Greatfather Raynert Ratcliffe, believed to have originated in Norway/Sweden in b.1841. He mysteriously turned up in Australia in Maryborough, Victoria, Australia, in the gold rush of the 1850-60's. We have no confirmation of him entering Australia under this name. He states on his Marriage Certificate that he was a farmer from Norway. He states his father, Raynert, was also a farmer from Norway. His Mother was Alice Andersen. We suspect he may have changed his name to Raynert Ratcliffe, after entering Australia, to hide his origins.

His name could've been Rennard P Peterson; as we have found this name on shipping records arriving in Australia in 1863 (3 times) as a midshipman on a ship called the Telegraph. Raynert & Ratcliffe are not Norweign names. We have travelled & searched in the UK but to no avail. I have performed the DNA Test & have the FTDNA & GEDMatch Test. I am hoping to bypass my G.G.Grandfather, & find other living descendants living in Norway/Sweden? that can be confirm using my DNA. This would ultimately confirm his true origin.
WikiTree profile: Mark Ratcliffe
in The Tree House by Mark Ratcliffe G2G Rookie (250 points)

3 Answers

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Raynert Ratcliffe, BillionGraves, Index  Burial at Maryborough, Victoria, Australia @ Old Maryborough Cemetery. Latitude: -37.06015 and Longitude: 143.75856

Death Date: 03 Jan 1895
by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.3m points)
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Raynert Ratcliffe, Australia, Victoria, Index to Probate Registers, 1841-1989

Event Date: 15 Feb 1895 Event place Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Residence Place: Maryborough, ,

Occupation Sharebroker. Death Date: 03 Jan 1895

by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.3m points)
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Hi Mark and welcome to WikiTree. Thank you for introducing yourself in our g2g forum.  As you already know, this is the spot you come to to also ask questions about your ancestors and/or any other questions you come up with about WikiTree. We have a host of wonderful genealogists who are always available to help you if you get stuck doing something.

My suggestion on your next move would be to upgrade to a family membership (this is 100% free). You would then be able to add a tag - (Tags connect with other genealogists who share the same interests) These would be surnames of your ancestors and/or locations where they might have lived. You could immediately be connected with other members who are researching the same names you are. What an awesome idea - Right?

Anyway, welcome to WikiTree, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

by Cheryl Hess G2G Astronaut (1.7m points)

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