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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.
I was recently appointed as a co-administrator for the FTDNA Coats Surname Project. I will be co-ordinating the Family Finder (autosomal) results for the project.
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.
Please refer to the table below for a summary of DNA confirmations. Please note that as at 17 Oct 2016, 29 individual ancestors have been confirmed, with the remaining 25 being confirmed back to ancestral couples.
DNA Ancestors of Interest
Some Family Finder results have indicated matches with other testers who have ancestors that may be of interest, but as yet cannot be confirmed. They are listed here.
This wikitable is a table of known ancestors. It shows how much of my ancestry is known and then confirmed by DNA for seven generations. I first read about the idea on Roberta Estes' blog in 2012 and it has also been discussed in WIkitree G2G forums. See the discussion here. It just goes to show how much more work is required to research my genealogical tree in order to discover more about my genetic tree, and validate my research. Hopefully, many new exciting discoveries lay ahead!
|Gen #||Relation to Self||Approx. DOB||Matches||Total # Possible Ancestors||Total # Identified Ancestors||Total % Identified Ancestors||Total # Cumulative Ancestors||Total # Cum DNA Confirmed||Total % DNA Confirmed|
|3||Great Grandparent||1851-1886||2nd Cousins||8||7||87.50%||14||13||92.86%|
|4||2nd Great Grandparent||1800-1853||3rd Cousins||16||14||87.50%||30||24||80.00%|
|5||3rd Great Grandparent||1779-1821||4th Cousins||32||26||81.25%||62||42||67.64%|
|6||4th Great Grandparent||1753-1803||5th Cousins||64||38||59.38%||126||52||41.27%|
|7||5th Great Grandparent||1711-1784||6th Cousins||128||54||42.19%||254||56||22.05%|
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On 17 May 2017 at 14:19 GMT Michael Cassidy wrote:
On 14 May 2017 at 21:30 GMT Mark Dorney wrote:
Thanks for your message. I don't if it's to do with being on a phone right now but none of these links worked for me! In any case my focus at the moment, apart from my own tree, is fixing db errors within Australia. But down the track I might join a project. Cheers Mark
On 4 May 2017 at 18:24 GMT Cas Young wrote:
Thank you. Cas Young
On 23 Apr 2017 at 06:47 GMT Vicky (Freeth) Majewski wrote:
Apparently the WikiTree+ server has been overloaded with all of us fixing errors at once! It's been up and down. Hopefully we can catch up while Europe and North America are still asleep. :D
On 14 Apr 2017 at 22:46 GMT Anthony (Gosper) Childs wrote:
On 17 Mar 2017 at 23:43 GMT Eowyn Langholf wrote:
On 15 Mar 2017 at 05:42 GMT Leisa (Kelly) Buckmaster wrote:
On 16 Feb 2017 at 01:28 GMT Greg Smith wrote:
I haven't worked out to send a private message. However, your research is amazing. The Cassidy connection (while not direct) sounds great. I was also planning a trip to the UK some time this year. I have a son (and granddaughter) who live in Edinburgh. I have a Scottish connection through Munro. Not sure why my tree hasn't yet appeared. Did all the necessaries. My problem is sorting out some early forebears - one (GG grandmother) of whom had two children by an unknown person, after she served time for the manslaughter of her youngest child in Dungog. He husband at the time died before the trial. Hope to touch base again.
On 9 Feb 2017 at 23:27 GMT Laurie Cruthers wrote:
On 18 Jan 2017 at 05:37 GMT Shanna (Clarke) Matthews wrote:
I've a feeling we share a relative - Margaret Ellard :) She's my 3rd great aunt.