Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - My Randall Family

The photograph above, taken c1870 in South Australia I believe, shows my great great great grandparents, Edward Randall (b. 1801 Margaret Roding, Essex, England, d. 1890 Ballarat, Victoria, Australia) and his wife Mary Ann Randall (formerly Bailey, nee Brown, b. 1816 South Weald, Essex, England, d. 1886 Jalluker, Victoria, Australia). They are photographed with their daughter, Margaret (b. 1855 Hahndorf, South Australia), my great great grandmother.

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Madness Monday - Finding my Irish Fullertons

I have decided to take on some of Geneabloggers daily blogging themes!

The ancestors who 'drive me mad' trying to find them are my Irish Fullerton ancestors.

In Victoria, Australia, death certificates usually give quite a lot of detailed information about the persons marriage, children, birth place, parents names etc.

When I ordered a copy of my great great great grandmother's (Mary Fullerton nee Dunn/e) 1858 death certificate, the details had been filled in by the local coroner and he had simply written 'no information' for Mary's parents names, birthplace, marriage date and marriage place and children's names!!!

The 1869 death certificate for Mary's husband, William, was not very helpful either. The informant, a 'friend', had simply stated that William was born in Ireland and that he was aged about 50. The certificate contained no information about his marriage, children or parents.

I know I have the correct death certificates for both William and Mary because I have verified this through other sources (Probate Administration Papers and Inquest Files from the Public Record Office of Victoria).

Because these death certificates were not very informative, I had to look elsewhere to find out where in Ireland William and Mary had originated.

From the passenger list of the ship 'Himalaya', which arrived in Melbourne on 30 September 1840, I know that William and Mary both came from County Kildare, Ireland. Both were Catholics.

By investigating the lives of other passengers on the same ship who came from County Kildare, I was able to discover that one couple, Oliver and Mary Welsh, had been married in Clane, County Kildare. This information came from an 1855 Victorian civil birth certificate for their daughter, Elizabeth Welsh. None of William and Mary Fullerton's children had Victorian civil birth certificates.

When the Irish Family History Foundation released their Church record databases online in 2007, I was able to verify that Oliver and Mary Welsh had indeed married in the Catholic parish of Clane, Kildare. And who else did I find marrying there? William 'Fullard' and Mary Dunn in 1839!

In 2008, I ordered in a microfilm copy of the Clane Catholic parish registers to my local LDS Family History Library. The film was quite difficult to read in places, but I managed to find the marriage of William Fullard and Mary Dunn on 10 November 1839. The marriage witnesses were James Carroll and Patt Cain. There were other Fullards and Fullers among the Clane records, as well as many Dunn/Dunnes.

Now I am trying to work out if my Fullerton ancestors were actually Fullertons. Fullerton appears to be a very uncommon name in that part of Ireland. Could they really be Fullards, Fullers or even Folliards?

Happy Researching everyone!

God bless :-)

© Copyright (2010) A. O'Brien. 

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Hello World!!

Hello World!
This is my first post on my Australian Genealogy Journeys blog! I am fairly new to blogging so please bear with me as I learn how it works!

Let me introduce myself, I am a 25-year-old hobby genealogist and family historian from Australia. I have been researching my family history for about seven years now and I enjoy it tremendously!
I am predominantly of Irish heritage, with some English and a little Welsh. Somewhere back there I know I have Scottish as well!! And there is a family story of some Spanish ancestry too...oh if only I could solve that mystery!

On this blog, I hope to share all my ideas, tips, news, links, reviews, discoveries, successes and failures, brick walls and other bits and pieces related to my family history research!

I have a particular interest in the use of computers and technology in family history research and enjoy using the Internet, databases and various software to track down my ancestors. However, I also like to research using primary documents in archives and family collections. There is nothing like reading the original document and knowing that your ancestor once held that piece of paper and signed their name!

I also have an interest in local and Australian history and have completed a graduate diploma in local, family and applied history at University.  I hope someday I may be able to pursue my interests as part of my day job!

I hope that I can use this blog not only to further my own research, but to help others in their research also!!

God bless :-)
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