Tuesday, 3 March 2015

My 52 Ancestors 2015 challenge list

Following is the  list of my posts for the "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" Challenge by Amy from "No Story Too Small"

Week 1 - A Fresh Start - My great-great-grandmother, Margaret Alice KELLY, known as Alice, was one of many other Irish people who made a fresh start in Australia.

Week 2 - Edward "King" HULME - My maternal 3rd great grand uncle was known as Edward "King" HULME.  In about 1891 he wrote a very interesting small book called “A sketch of Life - A Settler's 35 years experience in Victoria, Australia".

Week 3 - Tough Woman - I would call my great-grandmother a tough woman after finding many years of newspaper articles telling of her court battles to get my great-grandfather to pay child maintenance for their two youngest children.  One of those children was my grandmother.

Week 4 - Closest to my birthday - My 3 x great grandmother, Isabella BEATON, is the ancestor whose birthday (day and month) is closest to mine.

Week 5 - Ploughing through - Being an Aussie, my spelling is PLOUGH despite spell check. It is not a plough in the photo, but I'm sure these beautiful animals have pulled plenty of them.

Week 6 - So far away - Mary KELLY nee MOLOUGHNEY - My great great great grandmother, Mary KELLY nee MOLOUGNEY is one I consider so far away both in distance and research results.  So I was incredibly excited to receive this photo of her last week.

Week 7 - Forbidden Love - It is not known how or exactly where Jane and Bernard Riley met, but it seems they eloped which no doubt would have caused quite a stir in her family.

Week 8 - Good deeds Joan OSTER. - My subject for "Good Deeds" is my late Mum Joan OSTER, nee FLEMING. (1937 - 2012)

Week 9 - Close to Home - W. F. Fleming - The ancestor who lived closest to where I live now would be my great great grandparents William Findlay FLEMING and his wife Ann Jane, nee KNIGHT

Week 10 - Brain Storming - Thank you Allan FLEMING! - The optional theme for week 10 is 'stormy weather' but I couldn't come up with anything to fit that theme so I changed it slightly to 'Brainstorming'  to suit a recent article I found on my mum's cousin, Allan FLEMING.

Week 11 - Luck of the Irish - KELLY brothers - The Theme "Luck of the Irish" About my Irish Kelly family from Tipperary and their luck in mining.

Week 12 - Same - surname - ADAMS  - The Theme for week 12 "Same"

Week 13 - My different Morgan ancestors. - Theme for week 13 "Different" I chose to write about both my Maternal Welsh Morgan ancestors and my Paternal Irish Morgan ancestors.

Week 14 - Favourite photo - My favourite photo is of my maternal grandmother, Daisy Marion MORGAN and her sister Clarice May MORGAN.

Week 15 - How do you spell that? - Is it spelt Bartsh or Bartsch?  Probably both.

Week 16 - Live Long - If only she had - 3rd Anniversary of my Mum's passing.
Looks like I missed Week 17.

Week 18 - Where There's a Will - Where there's a Will there is usually a dispute as was the case with the Will of my Paternal 2nd great-grandmother, Alice Morgan nee Kelly.

Week 19 - William Cluff HULME's sticky situation - My 3rd great-grandfather's bankruptcy.

Week 20 - Black Sheep - Only a couple of Black sheep in my lot.

Week 21 - Military - Allan Shannon FARQUHAR - The military service of U.S. Rear Admiral Allan S Farquhar of Ohio who was the nephew of my great-great-grandmother, Janet "Jessie" FORSYTH nee FARQUHAR.   

Week 22 - School commencement - My first school photo at Gowrie Street Primary School, Shepparton in 1964.  

Week 23 - Wedding - Daisy Morgan and Archie Fleming 1932 - My maternal grandparents were married on the 8th of October 1932.

Week 24 - Heirloom - I treasure the "fancy dress" my maternal grandmother made. 

Week 25 - The Old Homestead - I wrote about the Hotel owned by my paternal Irish great-great-grandparents, John MORGAN and Alice nee KELLY of the Cross Keys Hotel, Firebrace Street (now Pascoe Vale Road) North Essendon.

Week 26 - Halfway is Robert FORSYTH - My halfway subject was whoever was born halfway between my earliest confirmed direct ancestor (1748) and myself (1958).  This turned out to be my great-great-grandfather, Robert FORSYTH who was born in 1852 in New Aberdour in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

Week 27 - Independent - The American Declaration of Independence took place on the 4th of July in 1776.  As I have no direct ancestors that I know of in America I wrote about an ancestor who was born in that year. According to the 1841 census my 4th great grandmother, Agnes CUNNINGHAM, was born in 1776 in Largo, Fife, Scotland.  

Week 28 - Road trip - After his arrival in Australia from England in 1855, my 3rd great grand-uncle, Edward HULME, wrote about his epic road trip from Melbourne to the Beechworth goldfields.

Week 29 - Musical interview by Allan FLEMING. - I don't have any musical ancestors but in looking for news articles written by my mum's cousin, journalist Allan FLEMING, I found an amusing interview he had done in 1939 with the famous harmonica player, Larry Adler.

Week 30 - Challenging - some of my more challenging ancestors.

Week 31 - Easy to research? - My maternal great-great-grandfather, William Finlay FLEMING, left us quite a lot of information about himself in his interviews with journalists in the early 1900s.  In that respect, he was easy to research

Week 32 - Mary KELLAM - one of my 32 third great-grandparents.

Week 33 - Alexander FORSYTH - Theme - In 1880, there was a special U.S. census schedule for “Defective, Dependent, and Delinquent Classes” — the blind, deaf, paupers, homeless children, prisoners, insane, and idiotic. Do you have someone in your family tree who would have been classified as such?

Week 34 - Nominal Rolls - As 2015 is the 100th anniversary of WW1 my week 34 post is a tribute to my family's brave soldiers.

Week 35 - School Days - Some family school photos and report cards.

Week 36 - Working for a Living - My farming grandfather.

Week 37 - Large Family - 52 Ancestors - Week 37The largest family in my ancestry would have to be my Mum's FLEMING family.

Week 38 - My favourite place to research - My favourite place to research would have to be what is now known as Moonee Valley which is part of the North-Western suburbs of Melbourne.

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