Saturday, November 10, 2012

Hi all

I just came across this blog by Debbie Hodge at "Get It Scrapped" and thought I would share it with you:

It has some lovely heritage layouts to give you inspiration for your family history scrapbook.

And don't forget my website: for all you need to know about creating a family heirloom.

Happy Scrapping!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Hi again

Just thought I would drop by and explain more about what led me to be so passionate about genealogy.

It alll started when I was travelling overseas. While I was travelling through Scotland, I visited the place where my grandmother grew up. It was the other side of the world to Australia (where I was born and still live), so I wished that I knew more about what house she lived in and what it was like back in the early part of the 1900s.

Then when I went to the Isle of Skye,I went to museum about crofting and learnt about how many of the people who lived there emigrated to Australia. I thought "wow, some of my family could have come from here". I did know about my family history and had attended a huge family reunion of all the descendants of my great-great-great grandfather, Charles Kingham that had come from the UK to Australia in the 1850s. Plus my grandfather tried to get me interested in family history when I was quite young, about 8 years old, but it didn't really interest me then.

Then while I was driving through the Isle of Skye, I came across a sign that had my maiden name on it. It was pointing to a small hamlet (group of houses). I had to pull over and have my photo taken with the sign. This lead me to think "maybe some of my ancestors did live here and named the town after them". I was so excited thinking about that.

It wasn't until a couple of years later when I return from my world travels and had two children that I finally sat down to start researching my family history. My grandfather passed away many years before but I was able to get a hold of all his information that my grandmother had kept. It was like winning the lottery getting all that information. It was, however, done before the advent of the internet, so my grandfather had spent may years researching the "old-fashioned" way by writing to people, going to libraries, going to the UK to research information.

I was also interested in trying to find out what happened to my mum's father who "disappeared" from the family in the 1950s. I have found no trace of him as yet. But now I am a single mother working full-time so I don't have the time or money to continue looking for him. I will explain more about him in another post one day.

Through my family history research I have come across lots of amazing information and stories.

I have traced ancestors back to the late 1700s, have traced ancestors to England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany and New Zealand and have met quite a few long-distant relatives along the way.

Thanks for reading!!!