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Thirkill Family Brickwall

I have been researching my partner Neil’s paternal grandmother’s family – the Thirkills – for a couple of years now, and would really love some fresh eyes to look at it and see if they can find any new clues to help me break down my research brick walls.

Neil’s 3 x great grandmother, Mary Worby (nee Thirkill) and her husband George appear in the records for 1865 when they got married, however I can find no other record of their existence until they turn up again in the 1901 Census. Continue reading

Unidentified photos from Pugh family of Queensland

The three photos below were part of a collection from the Pugh family of Ravenswood in North Queensland.

Several of the Pugh daughters worked as nurses at different places throughout Queensland.

Pam Cooper has shared these lovely photographs in the hope that someone may recognise the people involved. Continue reading

DNA test raffle encourages new testers

Far North Queensland must be one of the DNA testing hotspots of Australia, but here at Cairns & District Family History Society we still work hard at encouraging even more of our members (and their families and friends) and visitors to try DNA testing as a part of their family history research. Continue reading

Found in the attic – Part 2

“Now my boy, since Nellie went what you need to help you look after that little granddaughter of mine is a house-keeper.  And I’ve got just the person for you.  My Lois has a niece, just back from London to be with her widowed mother and older sister.  She’s not in work at the moment.  Doing a bit of cooking in the village but living at home.  She’s had plenty of experience as a domestic over the years so she’d make you a good house-keeper.” Continue reading

Found in the Attic – Part 1

After my mother-in-law was admitted into residential care, my husband, Chris, and I had the less than pleasant task of going through her belongings.  We had not been in the house, especially the attic, for many years because she lived in England and we in Australia.  After all, you don’t tend to rummage about in the attic when visiting family you haven’t seen for a long time.  This time, though, exploring the attic was a must. Continue reading