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Certificate of Irish Heritage

I have been reading about the Certificate of Irish Heritage that is available for purchase to anyone with Irish ancestry and can provide their Irish line of descent. On the certificate you can name two Irish ancestors.

Of course, for me and I assume many people the problem is which two of my Irish ancestors would I give pride of place to on the certificate.

I have 16 direct line Irish ancestors who arrived in Australia between 1822 and 1883. I have 10 on my mother's side and 6 on my fathers. I suppose I would have to choose one from each side. I have 11 Catholics, 1 Church of Ireland and 3 Presbyterians. There were 8 men and 8 women. There were 3 female children and 1 male child. There were 3 convicts. There was one doctor. Two share my maiden name of Moore.

Who would you choose?

My mother's side

1. Patrick Flynn was my first Irish ancestor to arrive in Australia. Patrick was a whiteboy from Cork and was sentenced to life. He arrived in 1822.

2 and 3. Patrick's wife Hanora …

Geneameme - Beyond the Internet

Pauline at Family history across the seas has come up with another Geneameme – Beyond the Internet.
My responses are below.
Things you have already done or found: bold face type Things you would like to do or find: italicize (colour optional) Things you haven’t done or found and don’t care to: plain type You are encouraged to add extra comments in brackets after each item

1.Looked at microfiche for BDM indexes which go beyond the online search dates. (I can remember 27 years ago being in Brisbane visiting my mother and going to the State Library and sitting, standing and keeling at indexes for hours over a three week period- very pregnant at the time and no access to indexes where I lived) 2.Talked to elderly relatives about your family history. 3.Obtained old family photos from relatives. 4.Have at least one certificate (birth/death/marr) for each great-grandparent. 5.Have at least one certificate (birth/death/marr) for each great-great-grandparent. (Missing Malcolm McColm – have the index nu…

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Where do You Fit?

This weeks challenge from Randy at Genea-Musings.


It'sSaturday Night again-- and time for moreGenealogy Fun!!!

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1)  Use the Population Counter on theBBC News websiteto determine your place in the current world population, and your place in all of history (of course, these are estimates...see the website for how they calculated this).  Enter your birth date into the fields and click on "Go."

2)  Tell us about your results in your own blog post, as a Comment on this blog post, or as a status line in Facebook or a Stream post on Google Plus.  For extra credit, show us the image from the website with your information on it.


I entered my date and discovered this.


Currently Australia's estimated population is 22 398 014. Every hour there are 33 births, 16 deaths and 26 immigrants arrive. An annual growth of 1.7%.

The site also told me that I would believing longer but that working people like me will be supporting increasing n…

What have I been doing in October?

Today is the second last day of October and I see that I have only blogged twice. So what have I done that has been keeping me away from blogging? Paid work, work, work! I have not had time to look at my TNG website which I had hoped to have live by now. (Perhaps a job for the Christmas break!)

However, I have been able to grab some time to scan documents - something that I really needed to do. I kept putting it off because I wasn't happy with my electronic filing system. Originally I had my files prefixed with the ID number from Reunion for each individual. However, earlier this year I decided to combine some of my Reunion files. I had one family file for my husband but three for my side. I have now combined my three and have spent many hours merging the identical people. I'm now happy with this part of my research. Of course, after merging the files the ID numbers changed so my filing system was useless.

I asked Geniaus earlier in the year to describe her filing system. I al…

The Ancestor's Geneameme - Part 2

I'll complete the Geneameme for my husband's side of the family.

The list should be annotated in the following manner:
Things you have already done or found: bold face type
Things you would like to do or find: italicize (colour optional)
Things you haven’t done or found and don’t care to: plain type
You are encouraged to add extra comments in brackets after each item 


Which of these apply to you?



Can name my 16 great-great-grandparents - (Thomas Brennan, Margaret Tobin, James Ryan, Catherine Cleary. Alfred Kerr, May Ann Spatch, Thomas Squires, Mary Ann Lydamore, Christoph Scheef, Margaretha Munk, Georg Glock, Barbara Waegerle, Andrew Waters, Margaret Doherty, Elis Dawson and Mary Richardson)Can name over 50 direct ancestors - 83 Have photographs or portraits of my 8 great-grandparents - Not sure if we have one of Alexander Kerr and his wife Edith SquiresHave an ancestor who was married more than three timesHave an ancestor who was a bigamistMet all four of my grandparents(Albert Sche…

The Ancestor's Geneameme

My friend Geniaus has made another meme for us to complete.
The list should be annotated in the following manner:
Things you have already done or found: bold face type
Things you would like to do or find: italicize (colour optional)
Things you haven’t done or found and don’t care to: plain type
You are encouraged to add extra comments in brackets after each item 
Which of these apply to you?
Can name my 16 great-great-grandparents (John Moore, Margaret Henry, Malcolm McColm, Jane Fleming, Thomas Merchant, Sarah Hooton, William Allsop, Mary McInerney, William Dawson, Emma Seabrook, John Lylan, Matilda Agnew,, John Ryan, Mary O'Halloran, Peter Ogden and Elizabeth Harrison)Can name over 50 direct ancestors - 125 - However, some of them are female christian namesHave photographs or portraits of my 8 great-grandparents - Only have 7, Michael Patrick Ryan is missing.Have an ancestor who was married three timesHave an ancestor who was a bigamist. .Not a direct ancestor.(Family stories suggest t…