Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – Ancestor Life Sketch Tweets

Each week on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings blog he has a post for Saturday night Genealogy fun. Because of the time difference, I have called my series Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun. This week’s mission was:

1)  Gail Dever in a blog post suggested writing a life sketch tweet with no more than 280 characters for a specific ancestor.  

2)  For this Saturday Night Genealogy Fun, write two or more life sketch tweets with no more than 280 characters for your ancestors.


3)  Share them with us in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or on Facebook.  Please link to your post in a comment to this post

  1. My 3x great grandfather, William Whimpey, born in 1789 and died in 1870, fought at the Battle of Waterloo. He went on to have 9 children
  2. My 4x great grandfather, Nathaniel Mills, born in 1784 and died in 1843, was a silversmith from Birmingham. His firm specialized in snuff boxes.
  3. My 2x great grandfather, Thomas Henry “Henry” Russell, born in 1844 and died in 1892, started his working life as a teacher, and was later a journalist working for the Ballarat Star.
  4. My great grandfather, Alexander Alexander Harley, born in 1866 and died in 1939, was a dairy farmer and also served on the local council.
  5. My grandfather, John Ernest Whimpey (1884-1960), met my grandmother Ivy May Harley (1890-1959), when he was working on the railway being built to connect Melbourne to the coal mine at Wonthaggi.
  6. My dad, Ivon Walter Whimpey, born 1923 and died 2009, worked as a boiler maker. His firm, Jahco Welding in Bayswater, worked on the boilers for Puffing Billy.