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 Clan Gathering in Enniskillen, Fermanagh, Northern Ireland I was appointed as the DNA officer for the Cassidy Clan. Work is slowly progressing. 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. Please join our Facebook Group if you have tested your DNA and have an interest in the Cassidy's.
In 2020, I joined the FTDNA County Wexford Ireland Project as a co-administrator.
I embarked on my DNA journey in late 2010. Since then I have been lucky enough to have had my mother and three 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 May 2020, of the 89 ancestors listed as being DNA confirmed, 43 are individual ancestors, with the remaining 46 being confirmed back to 'ancestral couples'. If you wish to go directly to my DNA Autosomal Confirmations category page, please click here.
If you wish to view my summary of my chromosome maps for my DNA you can see them at DNA Painter, by clicking here.
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 14! You can see a list of our convicts here.
In the event of my death, or should I become unable through physical or mental illness to continue my work here, I place the profiles I manage into the caring hands of the Wikitree Admin. If any member(s) of my family have the desire to continue what I have started, I ask that they be allowed to manage those profiles and have the guidance to continue in an appropriate manner. Any locked profiles that I manage I believe to contain only information that can be found in the public domain, so they may be dealt with as privacy would allow.
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