Ancestors A Day In The Life Of

April 17, 2010 · Filed Under Genealogy Fun · 9 Comments 


I know this might seem a bit silly but I thought I would write a post on this, as it could be fun for some and it sounded good at the time.

Last night, the missus, Liz and I started talking about family history and what some of our ancestors might have gone through. Somehow the conversation turned to “If you could go back in time, what 2 or 3 events in your ancestors’ past would you like to go back and see?” (OK it might have been the bourbon).

After much thought, Liz, only having just started researching her own family history, went with:

1. Parents wedding.
2. Grandparents wedding.
3. A day in the life of her great grandmother. Was she as hard a woman as she looked in an old photo.

Myself, I ended up with:

1. Seeing my father (passed 1990) play a game of rugby league back in the 60′s.
2. Being there when one of my convict ancestors was apparently “accidentally shot”.
3. Watching as my great great grandfather T. Laughton of Stockyard Creek (Foster) in September 1878, when he arranged for the schooner Gippslander to bring his hotel to Lakes Entrance. Were the drinkers still inside? Imagine the view!

If you could go back in time to your ancestor’s days, what 2 or 3 days would you choose?

The day one of your ancestors received a award or maybe the day when one of your ancestors “wasn’t in the area” of a certain crime? Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts.


Genealogy Blogs and The Ancestor Approved Award

April 15, 2010 · Filed Under Genealogy · 3 Comments 


ancestor approved I was reading a interesting post recently over at The Armchair Genealogist about the Ancestor Approved Award and thought it was a great idea and would try my own Top 10.

The Ancestor Approved Award asks that the recipient list ten things they have learned about any of their ancestors that has surprised, humbled, or enlightened them and pass the award along to ten other bloggers who they feel are doing their ancestors proud.

As this is a new genealogy blog and in no way deserving of such an award, instead of passing this award on to ten other genealogy bloggers, The Armchair Genealogist is changing things a little. Lynn wants to hear from new genealogy bloggers who feel they have learned something from their ancestors and are eager to share how they have been surprised, humbled or enlightened by their ancestors during their genealogy research.

My Top 10 so far:

1. I am humbled by my ancestors who fought for Australia during WW1 and WW2.

2. I was surprised that you could find out so much about your ancestors for free online.

3. I was surprised my Dad’s ancestors were Irish and I was able to trace it back to 1765 so


4. I was surprised by the amount of children my ancestors had. A lot of the families had between 6 and 11 children in what seemed like tough times.

5. I was surprised that there are many weird links from my ancestors to my own life and hobbies. I was a metal worker and my mother’s grandfather was a boiler maker (similar job only boiler makers use thicker metal). I read a lot of true war stories and military intelligence novels and my mother’s father was a leading coder in the Australian Navy for 20 years including during WW2. I also like reading about escape stories and on my father’s side, my great great grandmother’s father was a Australian convict who apparently liked to escape. Told you it was weird.

6. I am thrilled to know I have Australian convict ancestors. To many Australians, this is Australian royalty.

7. I am enlightened to know that even having been convicts, my great great great grandparents ended up doing all right and passed on a religious background to their daughter.

8. I am humbled by the causes of death of many of my ancestors by diseases that are so commonly
treatable now.

9. I am enlightened by the attitude of my great great grandfather Thomas Laughton. After losing three young children to respiratory failure and even being investigated, they moved from Melbourne to Lakes Entrance, Victoria,  where he open the first hotel in the district.

10. I am humbled by all the help I have received from the genealogy community and genealogy forums when I first started researching my family tree.

Australia and US Who Do You Think You Are?

April 10, 2010 · Filed Under Australia · 1 Comment 

It seems like there is more good news for Australian fans of the genealogy TV show Who Do You Think You Are?

I was visiting a genealogy forum today and found a post saying that the first episode of the USA series of Who Do You Think You Are? in which Sarah Jessica Parker traces her ancestry, will air at 9:30pm Wednesday April 21st on Channel 9.

The post also mentions that the third series of the Australian Who Do You Think You Are? is halfway through production.

When I first heard that a number of countries bought the rights to the US version of Who Do You Think You Are? a few days ago, I just presumed that it would be SBS as they have run both the Australian and English versions of Who Do You Think You Are? in the past.

Don’t forget the new series of the UK Who Do You Think You Are? starts April 11th on SBS at 7.30pm with Rick Stein – Celebrated foodie.

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