Hey, hey, hey to our 6th degree of separation (Twilight Zone music tinkling in background).. or is it less????
My family tree obsession begun as a bit of a whim really.. my Cousin and I decided for Xmas 2006 we would pull together a family tree to give as gifts to our family... egaddssss!! We actually thought we could put this all together in a couple of weekends... snort, how green were we?? From that moment on, I was enthralled, after roaming about in all sorts of research, I arrived here at Wikitree mid 2013, at first I was really overwhelmed by the learning curve, however I was very delighted with the amazing bunch of people that really wanted to help here and now I am being irrevocably sucked into the vortex of sourcing, profile creating and development of this neverending story of celebrating a person's life which is Wikitree.
Definitely this is a formal warning to you of the pure addictiveness of researching one's family!! You would never expect the pure delight in the simplicity of finally finding an ancestors proven year of birth, or seeing in print a physical description, and although I expected to find in my line some fabulous convicts, none were to be found at all within my direct line.... with a strange coincidence both of my brother's partners did come from convicts (so at least I got some fun researching this area for my nephews) It's been an amazing journey so far, to find sad stories such as my GG aunt having new anaesthetic trialled on her when she died at age 20 and 'Ut Oh's via court case readings and finding out that my x3 Grandfather and son were accused of sheep stealing, my x 3 great grandmother striking her daughter's wretched fiance with her umberella, a x2 great grand uncle with a headline 1898 THE WICKED WORLD. RIVER BATHING, it seems he was caught swimming NAKED in the Yarra... rock throwing at noisy neighbours on christmas day... fantastic fun reading and discovery. I've had the pleasure of a brush with our famous Aussie Ned Kelly, with my x 4 Great Grandfather's son's as the creators THE most iconic piece of metal work in Australia - Ned Kelly's armour! I wasn't even looking for this incredible history, it found me via a newspaper clipping - In fact this single Newspaper clipping also sent me reeling onto new completely unknown European ancestry research - Gotta just LOVE Trove! Another very proud find in my family was a Robert Tannahill, who is a famous Scottish poet and song writer, and with a strange journey through time ended up as our own Australian much loved tune to Waltzing Matilda! Last but not least Lilias Drummond our own ghost story Wow!!.
I wish all the best of luck...you never know what you will find.. so brace yourself... enjoy and a good Red when you finally remove your butt from the PC!! Cheers!!
|Photo of the Week - July 2013 |
my Great Great Grandmother Marie EAGLES
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