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Whilst I had dabbled in drawing family trees as a child, I became very interested in genealogy shortly after my Uncle Laurie died and I was given some old family research papers by my Uncle Johnny in about 2006. Laurie had begun researching the family back in the early 50's and had gathered a lot of data about the family in Australia and extended family members. My Uncle Lionel was also a great early influence. I can recall many experiences in my early childhood, tramping around grave sites looking for headstones of interest or significance, receiving great accolades for any discovery from Lionel.
I initially focussed on trying to find our overseas roots and my paternal line. I had some great discoveries including finding three brothers on my CASSIDY line all transported as convicts to Australia in 1830, including one escapee!! How exciting and how sad not to be able to share it with Laurie.
It was a long hard slog back then when we had to wade through microfilm and travel great distances to find material. How wonderful it is today that so much information is so readily available on the internet. You will see me in other places with the username genemonkey! How funny that I picked that name, I must have known that down the track I was going to develop an intense interest in DNA research. I find it a fascinating area and a fabulous tool to use to validate your paper research.
In 2011, I completed a Certificate in Genealogical Research with the Society of Australian Genealogists whilst I was living with my husband in remote parts of Australia: Katherine, Alice Springs and Darwin. My aim had been to start doing research for other people when my own tree was finished. How naive! Does it ever finish...it's a lifelong journey... and a great excuse for overseas travel!!
In 2015, as a member of the Society of Australian Genealogists, I started co-ordinating a DNA Research Group based in Sydney, to help increase my knowledge of the fascinating field of genetic genealogy.
In 2016, I was appointed as the co-administrator for the FTDNA Coats Surname Project, co-ordinating the Family Finder (autosomal) results for the project.
In 2017, at the recent clan gathering in Enniskillen, Fermanagh I was appointed as the DNA officer for the Cassidy Clan. Work is yet to commence. During this trip to Ireland we had the privilege to go to the top of Belmore Mountain, the 'alleged' scene of the crime of our convict ancestors, which led to their transportation to Australia in 1830. The event was covered by the BBC, much to my surprise! You can see the video here.
I embarked on my DNA journey in late 2010. Since then I have been lucky enough to have had my mother and two of her siblings tested which has enabled me to utilise the Visual Phasing technique to be able to start to map my maternal segments back to my 4 maternal great grandparents. As far as my paternal side goes, I have limited testers to help me. I am an only child and have to go back to distant cousins on both my fathers maternal and paternal sides. Thank you to those who have helped me with this.
As this page was becoming too cluttered I removed the ancestor table previously found here and have set up a summary page for all my DNA research. Please refer to my DNA Research Summary. You will find links to my DNA confirmations and the table outlining my progress. Please note that as at 17 Oct 2016, Of the 56 ancestors listed as being DNA confirmed, 29 are individual ancestors, with the remaining 27 being confirmed back to 'ancestral couples'. If you wish to go directly to my DNA Autosomal Confirmations category page, please click here.
Maternal line is confirmed.
Paternal line is confirmed to the following ancestral couples:
You may or not know that in Australia, having a convict in your ancestry is often referred to as 'Australian Royalty'! As part of the Australia project I have researched the convicts in our combined families and we are now up to 13! You can see a list of our convicts here.
Have you taken a DNA test for genealogy? If so, login to add it. If not, see our friends at Family Tree DNA.
On 15 Nov 2017 at 09:18 GMT Steve Thomas wrote:
Bridget McGee arrived in 1851 and wasn't part of the Earl Grey scheme. I then found Bridget O'Connor who was.
Thanks for your assistance, Regards, Steve.
On 13 Nov 2017 at 05:52 GMT Steve Thomas wrote:
I'm doing my best to add names to the Earl_Grey project. Working backwards from a newspaper funeral notice, Bridget McGee arrived in SA as a 19 year old in 1849. I haven't found any other family or names on a passenger list, but will keep you advised. Regards, Steve.
On 5 Nov 2017 at 03:06 GMT Steve Thomas wrote:
I think I've completed enough homework to show that one of my GG-grandmothers was assisted by the Earl Grey scheme. Her name was Elizabeth "Bessy" (Donovan) Crush.
Is it OK to identify her as part of your project?
On 25 Oct 2017 at 08:42 GMT Mary (Bramlett) Owens wrote:
On 16 Oct 2017 at 20:57 GMT Diane Darcy wrote:
Thank you for your message, is there other steps I have to take to become part of the Australia Project? I had already added Anzacs to my followed tags and would like to be a part of this project but aren't sure what are the next steps I need to take. I know how to find the correct sources for Anzacs etc and have added correct information & sources to the profiles I have come across while working on unsourced profiles etc. I have ancestors (free settlers) who arrived in the 1850's, but they were just ordinary hard working people - no one important from a history point of view. I'm not a member of Facebook and don't really want to join. I'm happy to keep working on the Australian section of the Suggestions Report and also the Australian unsourced profiles.
On 11 Oct 2017 at 13:56 GMT Kathryn (Chandler) Hatcher wrote:
On 7 Oct 2017 at 04:59 GMT Donna (Cusack) McAleese wrote:
Looking forward to adding to the Australian Early settlers project and adding DNA to the paper trail shortly. Waiting for my samples to arrive at the testing facility in the US and be processed.
The self-proclaimed first free settler of King George's Sound, Diggory Geake, is one of my line. Diggory had no surviving children however, so I am from his brother Thomas' line through his daughter, Elizabeth who married John James Herbert (arrived 1842).
I also have early settlers for SA in my linage. No convicts transported as such, but my Grays spent time in prison in the UK for poaching.
On 4 Oct 2017 at 06:17 GMT Mary Davis wrote:
On 24 Sep 2017 at 02:34 GMT Nora (Johnson) Jenkins wrote:
On 20 Sep 2017 at 04:31 GMT Diana Johnson wrote:
Kenneth Lee - eldest Ella Lorraine - next Paul Compton- third Carl ?