Skip to main content

Tracing Family Branches

This has been a milestone month for my blog as it has reached over 50000 page views!  I was not sure which would happen first for me this year, my turning fifty or reaching the 50000 page view mark (by the way I hit the half a century mark first πŸ˜‰) but I am grateful and delighted that both goals have been achieved. I thank everyone who reads my blog for doing so and hope that it has been and continues to be informative and entertaining for extended family members and others!  Upon reaching this milestone I took a good look at my blog and realised that the name didn’t really fit properly, as I have pushed past most of our families branches roots in Australia and ventured overseas to various parts of the globe and so I have renamed it ‘Tracing Family Branches’.  The new title is a bit of a play on my first name and I believe it better reflects the content and direction of my blog.
My passion for genealogy continues to grow and I am so glad that I decided to pursue this interest back in 1996!  To the unknown distant relative who came to my Nan and Grandy’s home one weekend when I was primary school age seeking family history information, thank you for igniting my initial spark of interest all those years ago and my deepest apologies that my Nan refused to share her knowledge.  She was the most wonderful Grandmother anyone could ask for, but unfortunately for you she was fiercely protective of her family and its secrets!  Her parents did not marry until the year she turned three in a time when being illegitimate still carried with it a major stigma.  I found out years after her death that she had used a birth extract certificate during her lifetime rather than her full birth certificate when she could, as the extract didn’t reveal the full circumstances of her birth and thus less people would know.  My hearts breaks for her thinking that she suffered at such an early age from the judgement and prejudice of others and that it had such a long term adverse affect on her.   She was an amazing woman who lived for her family, she was loving, loyal, fiercely protective and like all of us human.  If I am half the grandmother to my grandchildren that she was to me I will be very happy!

My Nan (Glennie 'MariΔ—' Stevens nee Battye) and I in the 1970's


  1. Congratulations, Tracy, a milestone indeed... and a belated Happy Birthday!
    I think secrets were often well hidden... I'm still try to find out why my Dad wasn't too keen on me digging into the family stories... He kept telling me I should let sleeping dogs lie... my answer was always the same... the dogs are safe, the people are who I'm interested in.

    1. Thank you! The people interest me too 😊

    2. I have included your blog in INTERESTING BLOGS in FRIDAY FOSSICKING at
      Thank you, Chris


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Wednesday's Wedding: Beer/Twemlow and three more

Today's wedding involves my 1st cousin four times removed Olive Marion Twemlow.  Olive was the daughter of Francis (Frank) Twemlow and his wife Tamar nee Guymer (see here for more information on this family).  While Arthur was the son of Benjamin and his wife Rhoda nee Jones.  Olive was Arthur's third wife; his first wife who he married in 1892, Emeline Elizabeth Beer nee Blackshaw died in 1903 and his second wife who he married in 1907, Martha Jane Beer nee Burgess died in 1923.  He was to marry one more time after Olive's death in 1943 when he married Marjory J Sutton.  Arthur Benjamin Beer died in 1945 at Goulburn.

Source: WEDDING (1925, January 6). Goulburn Evening Penny Post (NSW : 1881 - 1940), p. 3 (EVENING). Retrieved from

A quiet wedding was solemnised at 'Almea,' Parramatta, the residence of the bride's sister, on December 29, when Olive Marion, youngest daughter of the late Mr. …

Trove Tuesday - The Murder of Patrick McCooey

These articles involve my 5th Great Grandmother Ann Puckeridge (nee Maund) and her son William Puckeridge (my half 4th Great grand Uncle).  Ann was born in England and married her first husband Joseph Puckeridge around 1796.  There are records of two children being baptised in St Marylebone, Middlesex,England for this couple Sarah (1799-?) and James (1800-?).  Their lives took a turn in 1800, when Joseph was sentenced to death for stealing scotch ticking, this sentence was later remitted to transportation for Life.  In 1801 Joseph, the convict and Ann his free wife arrived in Australia on board the ship 'Earl Cornwallis', their English born children's fate is unknown.  They went on to have the following children in Australia: William (1802-1877), John (1804-1885), Ann Sawyer nee Puckeridge (1806-1882), Mary Ann (1809-1818), Richard (1812-1881), Joseph (1814-1857) and Henry (1817-1819).   Joseph worked as a brickmaker in Australia and died in Sydney in 1818.  In 1820 Ann ma…

Barking up the wrong tree!

I have been dealing with an interesting issue lately involving my husbands grandfathers family tree. Working with details I had been given about his life I was happily researching what I believed to be his family.  I had his birth certificate so I was working from a primary source and was steadily adding facts, dates, people and places and quite happy with the results for a while.
I had been told that he spent a good part of his childhood in Glasgow and that he had served in the First World War and had been a Prisoner of War.  Then in the 1920's he took up a job as a Prison Warder in Malaya.  He became engaged and in 1928 married Violet Helen Marguerite Murray in Singapore.  The stories were that the marriage was greatly affected by the death of their oldest son and broke down although they didn't divorce.  When Singapore fell in 1942 he was working as a Prison Officer at Changi and while he got his wife and son Ronald on a boat to England he remained behind.  He became a Pri…