I was born and grew up in Sydney, Australia, the eldest of 3 daughters. Looking back, I had a very fortunate childhood, with lots of beach holidays, camping and bushwalking. I loved reading and still do.
After finishing school, I attended Sydney University, and trained as a primary school teacher. I later graduated as a psychologist and spent several years working with troubled adolescents and young people, and
I'm a project leader for the following WikiTree Projects:
There are lots of things I love doing on WikiTree. I mainly focus on Australian profiles, but enjoy taking Australian immigrants back into their country of origins (especially if they came from England or Scotland). I also love working on merging duplicates.
I have been doing family history now for nearly 20 years. All my family lines migrated to Australia (mainly Sydney) from the British Isles (England, Scotland, and Ireland) between 1835 and 1870. I have 1 convict in my tree and an ancestor from Unst in the Shetland Islands. Many of my ancestors came to Australia as "Assisted Immigrants", courageously grasping the opportunity for a better life. One line of my family was in Barbados during the 17th century and early 18th century. They were all adventurers.
Nearly all my family lived close to the sea, and that must be why I love the water. My Thomas family lived in Falmouth and St Mawes in Cornwall, which is almost as beautiful as Sydney with its harbour.
I have travelled over to the UK theee times now to do more research and to visit the places where my family came from. I've spent time researching in the National Archives at Kew, and various County Record Offices.
I still have some intractable dead ends. I love collaborating with others to try to break through my own and others mysteries.
My progress with my own research:
|ANCESTORS BY GENERATION||OVERALL ANCESTORS (CUMULATIVE)|
|Gen. #||Direct Relation to Self||Dates of Birth||Matches||#||# Identified in WikiTree||% Identified in WikiTree||Total #||Total # Identified||Total % Identified|
|2||grandparent||1880s to 1900s||1st Cousins||4||4||100.0%||6||6||100.0%|
|3||great grandparent||1850s to 1880s||2nd Cousins||8||8||100.0%||14||14||100.0%|
|4||2nd great grandparent||1810s to 1850s||3rd Cousins||16||16||100.0%||30||30||100.0%|
|5||3rd great grandparent||1760s to 1820s||4th Cousins||32||31||96.9%||62||61||98.4%|
|6||4th great grandparent||1730s to 1800s||5th Cousins||64||48||75%||126||109||86.5%|
|7||5th great grandparent||1700s to 1760s||6th Cousins||128||58||45%||254||167||66%|
|8||6th great grandparent||1660s to 1740s||7th Cousins||256||45||17.5%||510||212||41.5%|
|9||7th great grandparent||1630s to 1720s||8th Cousins||512||32||6%||1022||244||24%|
|10||8th great grandparent||1570s to 1680s||9th Cousins||1024||30||6%||2046||274||7.5%|
Table formatting accessed at Table of Known Ancestors page. Thanks Karen!
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