Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – Ellen’s Questions Part 3

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 Hound on the Hunt blog two weeks ago – 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 11 to 15 tonight (we did 1 through 5 two weeks ago and questions 6 tthrough 10 last week)

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


Here’s mine:

11)  If money wasn’t an issue; where would you go to do genealogy research? 

Money isn’t really the issue related to where I would go to do genealogy research, it’s the fact that I am the primary carer for my daughter who has autism.

I would like to get back to Melbourne more often, so that I can access the records at the Public Record Office and State Library that I know aren’t available online.

If I had the money, and the time, I would like to get to Cambridgeshire in England, to access the original parish registers, since only transcriptions are currently available online.

I’m not sure where else I’d like to go, as I don’t yet know enough about what sorts of records are available in the UK that aren’t available online.

12)  Do you ever feel like you’re the only person researching your family?

No, not really.  I have a couple of branches of the family where siblings of my immigrant ancestors were members of the LDS and migrated to Utah, so there have been a lot of people researching those branches.  For other branches, I find Public Member Trees on ancestry, showing that other people are also researching those branches.

13)  Why do you think you’re interested in your family history and other family members might not be? 

I think it might be because my daughter has autism. Family history was a hobby I could do in my spare time, and later from home using the internet, that was a distraction from my difficulties in coping with my daughter.

14)  Do you intend to write about your genealogy/family history findings? 


I have a blog where I write about my genealogy and family history findings, and I also have my own website for my family tree, as well as a Public Member Tree on ancestry.  I did prepare a family history book for dad years ago, but none of my immediate family have shown much interest in the family history, except earlier this year, when I did a bit of research, and produced a report, on my half-sister’s mother’s family.

15) Did you ever make a genealogy mistake that caused you to have to prune your family tree? 

I have made various mistakes over the years, and have had to prune a small amount of information in my tree each time, but nothing major. I also have done research on some of the main surnames in my tree, Docwra, Meiklejohn, Whimpey, Leete etc. where I don’t need to prune so much, as needing to do more research to work out exactly how the families fit in.