Friday, September 28, 2012

U is for Unknown - Family History Through the Alphabet - Week 21

Image from Gould Genealogy & History News
This is my contribution to Week 21 of Gould Genealogy's Family History Through the Alphabet challenge. The letter this time is U.

U is for...Unknown Names

As demonstrated by my recent post, Ancestors Known and Unknown, there are a lot of ancestors whom I cannot yet name. I have identified approximately 132 of a possible 1023 ancestors from the past 10 generations. In addition, I only know the given name of some of female ancestors among those 132.  

U is for...Unknown Facts
  • Unknown dates and places of birth, death and marriage - There are always more vital facts about my ancestors to discover through research. When and where did Thomas Smith and Mary Anne (Davey) Smith die? Where and when did John Atkinson and Eleanor Crisp marry? 
  • Unknown parents names - Who were the parents of William Fullerton? Who were the parents of Mary Dunne?
  • Unknown immigration - I still have to find the names of sailing ships on which several of my ancestors immigrated to Australia. For example, when and how did Eliza Carew arrive in Australia? Did she immigrate with any other family or friends?
  • Unknown occupations - I know very little about the occupations of my ancestors and I need to learn more. Some of the known occupations in my family tree are: mothers and homemakers, farmers, labourers, drovers, storekeepers, innkeepers and publicans, domestic servants, college servants, mariners, soldiers, policemen, builders, carpenters, coopers, blacksmiths, sawyers, road contractors, timber merchants, tailors, dressmakers, upholsterers and parish clerks. Then there are all the ancestors whose occupations are unknown. 
  • Unknown history - To better understand my ancestors lives I need to place my ancestors into their historical context by studying histories of the places where they lived. 
U is for...Unknown Photographs
We all have unlabelled photographs showing unknown people in our family collections. For examples, see my Someone's Ancestor Sunday posts, particularly my series of posts featuring photographs from my Great Great Grandmother's photo album - Susan Ellis (nee Hehir) Photo Album

Searching for the Unknowns is what make family history research so enthralling. 
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  1. I guess we'll always have the 'unknown' on our trees. And I agree, those females ancestors are so tricky to trace. Great post, Aillin.

  2. Enjoyed your post. it is the unknown that we strive to find but which so often alludes us in our bid to find ancestors.

  3. Oh, those pesky "unknowns" Aillin, I know them well. However, I so love it when the unknown becomes the known, often in the most unexpected of ways. Pure Joy!!! Thanks... great post. Cheers,Catherine

  4. Great post Aillin...we all have no shortage of those unknowns. I sometimes think it's the unknowns that keep us on our toes and motivated! My "favourite" is the unknown migration records. Sounds like you know a lot about occupations and what a diverse lot they were.

  5. It is the unknowns that cause us the greatest frustration, yet they are also what keeps us going.


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