Pay close attention to the meaning of those Latin-written records about your ancestors in Catholic church records in Ireland or you’ll lost traction on invaluable clues to your family history lines. I have puzzled for decades whether my ancestor Patrick Sheedy truly was (as according to family legend) a man who descended from ‘Royalty’ – … More Sheedy – a Royal Proverbial Pain
When you go looking for a sea captain and end up with a famous ghost … More Whole new meaning to Slow Research: & ghostly encounters with kinfolk
AJCP now ditigised and available on Trove/NLA/Au.
… More Research Heaven! Australian Joint Copying Project now digitized @ Trove.
Who is the mystery James ‘Settler’ Sheedy of Hunter’s River in New South Wales (Australia), and why was his name changed in much later years to ‘William’ Sheedy in probate lists published in Sydney newspapers? Why is his death not registered in New South Wales. And is he a Sheedy, a Sheedy-Macnamara, or a Silk? … More Mystery James Sheedy of Tipperary and Hunters River NSW
Have created a Facebook page titled SheedySpeake for all those interested in the history of the Sheedy and Sheedy Macnamara families.
How can it be that a well-connected Irish bookbinder with a wife and seven daughters, and who worked for decades in the Victorian city of Cork just disappears in every historical record that could tell you who he is.No birth, death or burial records denotes the start and end of James Journeaux’s life: if it … More Ancestors with Secrets
Sheedy Macnamara family of Glenomeara, Clare, Ireland … More Sheedy Macnamara of Glenomera, Clare
It’s a startling experience when you discover some five generations of your family have successively worked in occupations centered around one industry. It is one of those ! full-stop moments where you just have to pause and wonder particularly about family commonalities beyond genetics. The surprise is that irrespective of era or gender or even … More White-Williams’: Ivybridge Migrants
Grandmother Jean Lovel Booley and grandfather Bob Williams taken in Ballarat in the late 1920’s. picture courtesy of Leigh Williams of Ballarat For nearly two decades I have wondered how a girl from Ouyen in Victoria’s Mallee district married a boy from some 350 kms away in Ballarat, but the answer is so simple I should probably … More A Home Affair: how grandparents meet
My search among Ancient Catholic Families of Ireland for the kith-and-kin of my mystery Captain Armstrong resulted in a naive attempt to link him to a possible uncle named Edmund Lawless, but instead has me up to my armpits in 18th-century Dublin ‘Esquires’ all of the same name. I’ve been attempting to answer if the ‘Gentleman’ Edmund Lawless of Clanbrassil-street Dublin was the same man married Margaret Armstrong in 1784 … More A Lawless Mob of Dubliners