I always wanted to believe that James MATHER (1821-1881) was my great great grandfather, but up until a few weeks ago the paternity of my great grandmother was not watertight. James and my great great grandmother, Fanny Cross were not
This post is in response to Jill Ball’s invitation to take part in this activity. As it is one of my goals for 2020 to report on my family history on a more regular basis, I decided to take part.
It is quite easy to use Google Maps to track the lives of our ancestors. I used the this blog post: Google and Maps for Genealogists: Tracking Where You’ve Been to find out how to do it. The map below
I must admit I wasn’t originally convinced that DNA testing could enrich my family history research. As such I didn’t take a DNA test until late 2017. By then there were established testing companies and the price was quite reasonable.
On a recent trip to the UK, I was able to spend a weekend in Fermanagh near the town of Kesh on Lower Loch Erne. My Morrow and Allingham ancestors lived nearby before emigrating to Australia in the 1840’s and
Edwin’s family was typical of the period. Three of his elder siblings did not survive childhood and one of his younger brothers died of “disease of the heart” at just 9 years old. When Edwin married Sarah Mather in 1876
This house had special meaning for my Williams family. It was the family home of my great-grandfather, Edwin Williams, almost from the time he arrived in Australia until his death. My Williams cousins all seem to have a similar photo
John Williams and Susannah Jones were married on 3 October, 1837 in the Parish Church (St Giles) in Wrexham, North Wales. During their entire marriage they lived in Brook Street, Wrexham (I am not sure if they went to live
I have always wondered about Sarah Mather’s birth. Her parents, James MATHER (1821-1881) and Fanny CROSS (1822-1867), were unmarried when she was born and her father wasn’t even listed on her birth certificate. However, both parents were listed on her
Imagine being a teenager in Russia during the 1860’s. Not exactly the normal life for a middle-class girl of the period. But Sarah Mather’s life had not been normal from the start. When Sarah was born on 13th June 1852