Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – Ellen’s Questions Part 2

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)  Ellen Thompson-Jennings posted 20 questions on her blog last week – see Even More Questions About Your Ancestors and Maybe A Few About You (posted 27 June). 

2)  We will do these five at a time – Questions 6 to 10 tonight (we did 1 through 5 last week)

3)  Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment on this post, or in a Facebook post.

 6)  How many DNA companies have you tested with or transferred to? Have you tested at all the 5 major companies? 

I haven’t tested my DNA yet.

7)  Do you have an ancestor that had a successful business? Is it still in business?  


My grandfather, John Ernest Whimpey, was a grocer.  His father, Joseph, first bought the Criterion Store in Tarnagulla for him to run around 1914.  The business was sold when John enlisted in the army towards the end of the First World War.

After the war, John moved to Melbourne, and ran a grocery business in Heidelberg, and then later at Albert Park.  He sold the business in Albert Park after my dad’s first wife died, leaving dad with two young children to raise, so my grandparents moved back to Heidelberg to help dad.

8)  How long ago was your last “genealogy/DNA happy dance?”

It was probably when I discovered who my 3rd great aunt Jane Gill married. I wrote about this discovery in my post https://loiswillis.blog/2019/05/26/latest-research-jane-gill/

9)  Did you ever discover that a friend was also a distant cousin?

No, not that I can think of.

10)  Do you have a genealogy brick wall? Do you think you will be able to use DNA to work past it? 

I have many genealogy brick walls.  There is one that I might be able to use DNA to work past, and that is to find the parents of my 2x great grandmother, Margaret Price.  I have the name of her father, John, from her marriage certificate to my 2x great grandfather Joseph Whimpey, and I have her date of birth, 14 Feb 1815, from a Birthday book held by another descendant, and her birthplace Merthyr Kinnock, Brecknockshire, Wales from her youngest son’s birth certificate, but I still haven’t been able to find a baptism record for her, so I don’t know her mother’s name. There was a William Price who was a witness at her wedding, and there was a William Price listed in the same household, so he may have been a brother. The problem is the name Price is such a common name in Wales that I haven’t been able to trace William after the 1841 census.