Born and raised in Gisborne, New Zealand, from wide-ranging genes, collected as various early New Zealand settlers married the descendants of other settlers. Having lived in many regions of New Zealand, I know the country well.
I was about 9 years old when, I started collecting family history. Those numerous notes, when read as an adult, hold limited meaning, however there are times when memories flood back (often embarrassingly) and there sitting amongst those words I see valuable information.
During the 1960's two special trips were made from Gisborne to Maungatoroto, Northland, New Zealand to visit grandmother Florence Smith (nee Fletcher). She held generations of facts and tales and spent many long hours giving detailed information about each family branch and notes were taken. No money or emotions were exchanged - that's a huge life lesson. If she didn't know something then she sent you to someone who did know. Her information has been verified as correct.
Other sources for Information were Cemeteries, Churches and Court houses. This was done before computer technology and family history groups had formed.
I'm a family historian for the KILGOUR family who settled in Te Huia, West Auckland, New Zealand in 1842.
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In 2002, Mary DUES & William KILGOUR had OVER ten thousand descendants.
I am using Wikitree to preserve over 300 years of this family tree. Be proud of OUR family tree! (please copy it)
Thanks to Wikitree and FamilySearch other researchers of the DUES - DUESS - DEAS families have been meet. This is extremely exciting... how far will this lead back! PLUS, we have three or more, eight/nine generation branches all researching the same lineages!!!
Some people feel uneasy seeing an ancestor shared by someone you don't know. Please remember your ancestor has left thousands of descendants, who all think it's their special grandparent.
For every "birth" or "death" a relative shares the information and leaves a trail of data. One of those sources has been given it to me.
If you see a mistake... please let me know or edit the mistake... some information may have been given with a mistake... proud grannies do that!
Notes for KILGOUR descendants... Our gt-gt-gt-grandmother Mary Kilgour (nee Dues) asked the family and descendants to leave flowers on her grave.
We cannot leave flowers for Mary, as her grave is now the soil on a farm and part of a housing development. You can sit in the Huia Domain, West Auckland, New Zealand, look out across the water, then turn round (180 degrees) and look at the man-made cave across the road - William and Mary are are buried on top of this knoll. When you sit anywhere on the Huia Domain, you're sitting on their original farm. Many/most in the family get an "overwhelming feeling" as they sit there. It is a special place.
Have fun... Kathryn Mooney
2018 - Now retired; in my spare time filing over fifty years of notes onto Wikitree. I am about half way through and think I'll compete the skeleton over the next five years! Then... I'll start to add tales to the bones, photos, etc. 2021 - Growing older and slower...
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