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A few skeletons in my tree

Journal by allycat

I started researching my family tree when I was just a kid after my grandpa died in the 80s. I began by asking my grandparents who their brothers and sisters were, their parents' names and from whence they came. Then they started giving me their old photos.

Using what information I was starting to obtain as a child, the family tree was written out on pieces of A3 paper stuck together with lots of stickytape. Unfortunately I had a lot of blank spots where names should have been, luckily that is not the case now.

I consider myself quite fortunate indeed to have a photograph of all my eight great grandparents and seven of my 16 great great grandparents. That in itself is quite an achievement. TIP: I notice that it is usually the eldest child in the big families and their descendants that have all the photographs!!!!!

It was only the beginning of 2006 that I computerised everything because I was starting to become slightly overwhelmed by all the information that I had. PAF or Personal Ancestral File is the best software I've come across so far, and free too, available from FamilySearch.

I've found the usual and not so usual in my tree:-

Gold Miners
Coal Miners
Soldiers in the First World War and Second World War
Farmers / Ag Labs
Convicts (illegally swearing oaths, Ireland; and stealing wheat, England)
One known bigamist..oops (not my relation though...and he went to prison)
Yeomen/Bailiffs of Knights
Military men in the Kings Own 4th Regiment of Foot
Paid mercenary/soldiers for Napoleon
Australian LightHorse
Sugar workers
Brewery Workers
Newspaper men
Lithographic Printers
Electric Light Wire Men

and much more besides.


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by allycat Profile | Research | Contact | Subscribe | Block this user
on 2006-05-10 19:58:47

allycat , from sunny Queensland, Australia, has been a Family Tree Circles member since Mar 2006. is researching the following names: VOSS, DENNER, DINNER and 610 other(s).

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by grnstan on 2006-07-12 21:24:09

Hi Alleycat!

I'm the youngest of three siblings (even though I'm a grandmother) and I was the one who ended up with the photos. I took pictures that I had of grandparents and great-grandparents to a reputable photo studio and had copies made. I, then, gave those copies to my nieces and nephews who now know what their multiple great-grandparents look like. Plus, there are extra copies in case something happens to the photos that I have.

I'm fairly new on Family Tree Circles and I love the tips that I'm getting on it. Hope I can pass a few tips along periodically to help someone else.

Fay @ grnstan

by allycat on 2006-07-12 21:38:56

Good on ya, Fay. Someone's got to be the family historian I reckon. And photos are so precious of the ones that have gone before.

Very glad that you love the tips from familytreecircle members. Hope you've read journals/seen the website links for Texas.

Cheers, Al downunder.

by vickieoz on 2006-08-27 22:41:23

What a boon it is to have scanners and cd burners also. I have done this with lots of mine and posted them off.
Vickie Oz

by leemary on 2006-10-23 08:03:32

I have been scrapbooking family history photos & information and decided to scan the photos on to a disc to give my older brothers & other family members for Christmas as a treat. I know they will love it.

by MeVal48 on 2007-01-10 07:54:59

I also was able to obtain scores of very old family photos (copies) from my cousin that were in my Grandfather's album. Unfortunately, none have names on them. Very few have a photographers mark. Even so, I have scrapbooked them with love and treasure each and every one. I first, scanned them onto my computer and have them posted in several sites for identifying purposes.

by OSU_BULLET on 2007-02-19 20:09:31

Dear AllyCat,

You're not the only one with skeletons in their family. The more research I do, I find the more things that I never knew. It is quite interesting. However, some of the people in my family should just "simply duck." Skeletons are just flying out of peoples behinds. Good luck.

by Darren7160 on 2007-03-29 18:01:15

I too am really enjoying it. I have distant family members that rode with the Quatrill's Raiders on one side and served proudly in the Union army on the other. I have a more closely related member I found in the hospital for the insane in 1880 (eventually released and living with her family for quite a few more years) while another family member lived with a religous cult called "The Kingdom" at the start of the 20th century.

It is all fascinating and each time I look at their name, or research a bit or their life, I feel connected and that I am helping them live on through their legacy.

by allycat on 2007-03-30 00:44:38

Wow. Terrific stuff Darren7160.

And I'm still laughing over the ...skeletons are just flying out of people's behinds...' by Osu_Bullet. :)

by johnanthonycooner on 2007-12-30 23:36:33

I had a person in my family that received the Navy Cross and had a Detroyer named after him in WWII...he was @Pearl Harbor...idk if he is directly related to me as of yet cause ive just started identifying my father's side of family!! Bunyon Randolph Cooner was his name...born about same time as my grandfather also in Navy during the war...yet he died last year sorrowfully and i never got to ask he or my grandmother about our family history...yet i am looking for everything possible!! i had a Yoho related distantly who was shot to death over work fight w/co-worker in 20's i believe lol!! he wanted 1st shift back then and dude wouldnt give so my 'relative' shot him; missed and that man shot my 'relative' dead ..lol!! self-defense of course!! i can't wait to find more interesting things!!!!!

by kerry4305 on 2008-01-17 00:34:39

While doing some research on my mother's side I came across a distant cousin when I was reading postings in a Genforum, Genealogy.com who lives in England.The greatest thing about that is she put me in contact with a first cousin. Our mothers are sisters which had'nt seen each other for over 30 years. They have since been in contact and had a very happy tearful reunion.

by patzy_c70 on 2008-03-09 14:11:56

Hi Allycat, Im another who has found a few skeletons ...
some good and some bad ... and we cant change our history can we.
I was recently contacted by a second cousin who doesnt have the internet but while at work she decided to google her surname and county of origin. Theres numerous posts I had placed on almost every Irish & English genealogy site possible, after reading several posts she emailed me & now I have a partner in crime(as to speak). We have joined forces and hope to get some good results.
I wanted to ask you - as my cousin doesnt use the internet apart from at work (tut tut lol!)how & if possible can I send her my tree?
I have trees on both Ancesrty & Genesreunited. My cousin is dying to see this tree but I dont know how to send it ??? Any suggestions please.
Thanks Patzy C

by allycat on 2008-03-09 18:07:11

Dear Patsy, Hi. Welcome. As you have already done so much work on your family tree, and have trees at both Ancestry.com - Genealogy, Family Trees and Family History Records Online and GenesReunited on your hard drive you would already have a file with a *.ged extension which is called a GEDCOM file. See What is a GEDCOM and how do I use it?.

I think you could send this GEDCOM file to your cousin at her work email address. There is the capacity with the click of a button to 'hide details of living people' in case you are worried about privacy and who else may read this file.

Tell your cousin that she could access the internet at her local library and/or possibly even the local LDS family history group depending on the location.

TribalPages A free genealogy site which can host your tree online. You can upload your GEDCOM file.

Good luck,

by patzy_c70 on 2008-03-14 21:37:00

Thank you Alison. I am now the proud owner of a tree on tribalpages. I found this site very easy to work with.
Cheers Pat.
P.S. Happy St Patricks to everyone.

by Bassplayer85 on 2008-05-05 21:50:27

Hey Greetings! I am right there with you finding everything from war heroes to a mass murderer in my tree. One of my dear friends turned me into a "family historian"... I suppose there could be a lot of other things I could do with my so called "spare" time, but THIS is so much FUN! It is nerve racking and exciting all at once. Together we have traced my family back MANY MANY generations, and it ends up I come from some pretty fine stock. (They seemed to have left their mark ALL OVER the place! Ha ha. I JUST sent the Family History off to my mother for Mother's day, and she is excited to see it. She had NO IDEA what her Grandmother's Last name was, "she was '"Grandmother to me, we were never told our grandparents' names!" and the contributions to America her family was tied into, from the Revolutionary War to her 22 year old Grandson in Iraq as I write this.
We are now helping friends research their own families, and it is turnign out to be quite entertaining...
Good luck to all of you and I hope you are having as much fun as we are!

by janilye on 2008-09-08 19:23:55

My great great grandfather was a banker in India with a wife back home in England His surname was Stamp (around 1850). There was a scandal of some sort involving an Indian woman and some missing money and he was drummed out of the service. It must have been serious because rather than go back to England and face the wife and her family he came here to Australia and changed his name to McKee and married (again). My grandmother remembers being told "You should be a Stamp not a McKee". As far as anything else, children back in those days weren't allowed to be around when adults were talking. SO I'VE HIT THE BIGAMY/FALSE NAME BRICK WALL. There are other stories about it but I fear a lot of them are unsubstantiated gossip.

by Hunter2 on 2009-06-08 02:20:16

Lol you think that brick wall was only then? my mother didn't know her own birth name,never met her real father(He Died before she knew who she was)and she had 3 legal birth certificates naming 3 different fathers,along with 2 Social Security numbers.Until we started doing research from bits and pieces she had over heard as a child.She was kept out of the family loop totally and even in her days Children weren't allowed in Adult Conversation.
We still don't know the why of it.but it messed up her life and made this research even harder.

by dide on 2009-07-22 04:51:46

Your not kidding, what a cobweb. I'll never complain about my invisible rellies again. Keep snapping at the twigs and a branch my fall for you. cheers and good luck .

by PatriciaSuzyQ on 2009-08-13 05:26:23

by PatriciaSuzyQ on 2009-08-13 05:56:08

My family has turned out to be unusual and famous with
Jesse Woodson James
Franklin Alexander James
"The Outlaws"
Martin Van Buren Bates "The Kentucky River Giant"
My Great Uncle John Blevins fought on San Juan Hill with Teddy Roosevelt
Revolutionary War Family Members Here Also
Many surnames connect to the Melungeons
My Great Grandma had three sons out of wedlock
Intermarriage in the Blevins family
Coal Miners
Monshine Stills
Prison for some
Mental Hospital
Founder of Knott, KY.
State Government Employees Politcs
Long Hunters
World War I
World War II
Vietnam War
Rev. War
Railroad Workers
Old Regular Baptist Church Members
School Teachers
Grist Mill Workers
Ship Yards in Washington State
Graphic Artists
Cherokee American Indians
Floral Designers

Blevins hunted with Daniel Boone in Ky. and Va.
Blevins married American Indian women
I want to know everything I can locate on my family. We would not be here if not for them so judge not any of them.
So, I continue putting flesh on the bones of my ancestors.
We are whar we are.
Sue Blevins Kovack
[email protected]

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