Finding my first ancestor from overseas
I started about 10 years ago researching my family. Usually there is excitement when you find a new lead or find a person you have been looking for a long time. My exciting moment was when I found my ggrandfather, John Bawden, in the immigration records. John had been a miner in Cornwall and when the mines started to die out he came to Australia to work for Peak Downs Mine in north Queensland. I found him only after a short while researching but early this year I found some more info about him. I found some newspaper clippings about him. One was when he retired from the NSW Railways and the article told all what he did after arriving here and some of it I did not know. Then I found his death notice so I had come full circle with him, what great joy to understand what this relative had been through in his life.