Monthly Archives: August 2013


A skill that I had to develop as a result of getting further back in time with my genealogy research was to learn how to read the documents of the seventeenth and early eighteenth century.  Obtaining Wills of my ancestors … Continue reading

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How it all began

I came across an article that I wrote a couple of years ago about how my interest in the research of my family all began and here is a bit of that article. ” My first taste of family tree … Continue reading

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Pitman and McDougall

My great-grandmother’s sisters were Bridget Ellen McDougall nee Wiseman and Catherine Pitman nee Wiseman. Bridget Ellen Wiseman married Duncan McDougall in 1891 and they lived in a number of places including Kirkstall, Nirranda, Laang near Warrnambool and later at Byaduk … Continue reading

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Dogs and Bessiebelle memories

The following story is an extract from the book, “Old Melbourne Memories” by Rolf Boldrewood.  Rolf Boldrewood was the author’s pseudonym, his real name was Thomas Alexander Browne.  In his book, Browne refers to his stockman as Joe Burge, however … Continue reading

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Smallpox and Alice Sargent

When I ordered the death certificate for Alice Sargent I had thought it possible that Alice had died as a result of childbirth as since she died two years after the birth of her sixth child at only twenty eight … Continue reading

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