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A delightful read, author was previously unknown but now has been found.

Julie's Genealogy - The Story Teller

Relatively speaking....

I am my own Grandpa...
By Dwight B. Latham
and Moe Jaffe

"Many many years ago when I was twenty three,
I got married to a widow who was pretty as could be.
This widow had a grown-up daughter
Who had hair of red.
My father fell in love with her,
And soon the two were wed.

This made my dad my son-in-law
And changed my very life.
My daughter was my mother,
For she was my father's wife.

To complicate the matters worse,
Although it brought me joy,
I soon became the father
Of a bouncing baby boy.

My little baby then became
A brother-in-law to dad.
And so became my uncle,
Though it made me very sad.

For if he was my uncle,
Then that also made him brother
To the widow's grown-up daughter
Who, of course, was my step-mother.

Father's wife then had a son,
Who kept them on the run.
And he became my grandson,
For he was my daughter's son.

My wife is now my mother's mother
And it makes me blue.
Because, although she is my wife,
She's my grandmother, too.

If my wife is my grandmother,
Then I am her grandchild.
And every time I think of it,
It simply drives me wild.

For now I have become
The strangest case you ever saw.
As the husband of my grandmother,
I am my own grandpa!"

7 comment(s), latest 7 years, 3 months ago

ENGLAND: The Weald of Kent, Surrey & Sussex (updated)

Dear FamilyTreeCircle Members, Hi there. Hopefully you've all been enjoying my website links...

If your ancestors came from these areas, please do have a look at this beautifully constructed website. It contains clickable data such as: Census; Maps; Documents; Pictures; Genealogy; People of Note; and more importantly has Genealogical Pedigrees of more than 1500 families.

Areas of the Weald: Ashdown Forest, Frant, Sevenoaks, Buxted, Groombridge, Speldhurst, Crowborough, Hartfield, Tonbridge, East Grinstead, Hever, Tunbridge Wells, East Hoathley, Horsted Keynes, Uckfield, Edenbridge, Isfield, Wadhurst, Eridge, Little Horsted, Waldron, Fletching, Maresfield, Westerham, Forest Row, Mayfield, Withyham, Framfield and Rotherfield.

UPDATED ... Link to 'The Weald'

5 comment(s), latest 6 years, 6 months ago

A few skeletons in my tree

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.


19 comment(s), latest 8 years, 9 months ago

GERMANY: Did your ancestors come from the Port of Hamburg?

If in researching your German ancestors, you think they may have come from the Port of Hamburg, this website link is for you.

Although it is user-pay service once you commit can actually do as many searches as you like first up.

Make sure you have as much information at your fingertips on your ancestors as you can. Because any concrete details that you have will decrease your genealogical expenses.

Link to your Roots in Hamburg-Emigration Research in Archives THIS LINKS SEEMS TO HAVE DIED ... try this one:-

Emigration Port Hamburg

Emigrants from Germany to Australia

These sites do a lot to explain about the arrival of the Germans in Australia.

German Australia - German Speakers in Australia
(Click on Issues, Reasons for Emigrating, What effects did WWI have on German speakers in Australia...)

German Settlers in South Australia

Immigration Museum - Immigration to Victoria 1850s Australia

General reading...The Nieder-Weisel Story

And if you want to research how your forbears arrived in Australia,-

National Archives of Australia
(click on 'record search', 'search now as a guest'...)

If you have some joy in finding your ancestors, look at the relevant State Records Offices of the various states in Australia, particularly New South Wales and Victoria. There may be passenger arrival details, etc.

Family Trees in Cyberspace

Caution is generally advised to all who enter their precious family tree data on the internet in general.

I have seen all too many details on the living at the various gene sites such as genesreunited, gencircles, rootsweb world connect family tree projects, just to name a few. These details have included full dates of birth, marriage info etc.

Most family tree sites have a little disclaimer requesting users to ask permission of their living relatives before they enter their data, but I'm sure this is not always the case.

It would be all to easy for one unscrupulous person to use data on the living to another's disadvantage.

A simple rule of thumb is the '100 Year Rule' ... let's say someone was born in 1906 we must assume that in the year 2006 they are/or could be still living. So, it's basically a good idea to either have them as 'LIVING Smith' and an appoximate year of birth if an entry is compulsory ... say, 'abt 1923'.

And everybody please remember to record your sources of data, even if it came from another genealogist. Otherwise you may kick yourself later on as we don't really have memory banks like computers.

7 comment(s), latest 11 years, 9 months ago

Looking for ancestors/descendants of Ernest JAHN & Elizabeth HANSFORD

Ernest (or Ernst) JAHN was my 2g grandfather born 1851 in the Harz Mountains (Kingdom of Hanover), Germany. It is not known when he emigrated to England but he married my 2g grandmother 16 May 1875 St.Lukes Church, St.James, Westminster, England, Elizabeth Mary HANSFORD born 8 Jun 1854 47 Great Peter Street, Westminster, England died aged 71yrs 26 Apr 1923 at 34 Racton Road, Fulham, London, England from acute bronchitis. Elizabeth was the daughter of Alfred HANSFORD 1824-1858 and Ellen MCFARLANE born 1820 Harwich, Essex, England.

Another family member has supplied parents names of Ernest - August JAHN and Emma RUEPING. However I do not have any supporting documentation to back this up.

It is thought by several branches of JAHN descendants in England and also Australia that one of the JAHNs (who were bootmakers) made the shoes for Prince Albert upon his marriage to Queen Victoria.

Ernest and Elizabeth JAHN had 6 children:-

1.Louisa JAHN born 1 Aug 1876 37 Princes St, Westminster, died 4 Feb 1956 married 4 Aug 1895 Charles WOODCOCK born 18 Mar 1873 28 Wilton Street, Westminster, and had 9 children: Louise, Daisy, Macey, Margaret, Gladys, Charles, Isabella, Beatrice and Pauline. Louisa died aged 80yrs 4 Feb 1956 at 24 Pownall Place, Fulham, London, England. Charlie died aged 79yrs 3 Dec 1952 Fulham, London, England.

2.Mary JAHN born 12 Jun 1878 37A Princes Street, Westminster. Birth: GRO Sept 1878 Westminster 1a 482; Occupation: Tailoress. Note: She may be 'Aunt Polly' that is mentioned of by other family tree researchers. Polly is another form of Mary. If this is so, then she married and went to live in Switzerland and is believed to have had three sons.

3.Annie Elizabeth JAHN (my g grandmother) born 5 Oct 1879 59 Wardour Street, Westminster, England married my g grandfather 12 Apr 1903 Parish Church of St. Anne, Soho, Westminster, England Alexander WOODCOCK born 19 Jun 1877 16 Vincent Street, Westminster, England. Annie's occupation: Tailoress. Alexander's occupation: Electric Light Wireman. Annie & Alexander had 8 children: Annie, Bertha, Dorothy, Alexander, Edgar (my grandfather), Stanley, Phyllis and Betty.

4.Emily JAHN born 17 May 1885 chr. 10 Feb 1904 Soho St. Annes

5.Ellen JAHN born 14 Jan 1888 23 Great Windmill Street, Westminster, London, England chr. 10 Feb 1904 Soho St. Annes married Sept Quarter 1913 Fulham, London, England to Edward BANGETER born 1890 Sweden.

6.Ernest Alfred JAHN born 28 Jan 1892 33 Great Windmill Street, Westminster, London, England. Occupation: Bootmaker. According to family members, Ernest changed his name to Ernest JOHNS and became a singer (musical hall?).

My Genealogy Notations:-

*Two JAHN sisters married two WOODCOCK brothers. Louise married Charles WOODCOCK, occupation a lithographic printer; and Annie Elizabeth married Alexander WOODCOCK occupation an electric light wire man. They were the sons of George James WOODCOCK occupation Butcher and Isabella BUCHAN.

I have the WOODCOCK line back to 1777 Winfarthing, and the BUCHAN line back to 1600s Aberdeenshire.

Ernest Jahn - born abt 1849 Harz Mountains, Germany. Family legend has it that he came to England from Germany with his brother to escape conscription. It is said that he came from the Harz Mountains area but, in the 1891 Census for 33 Great Windmill Street, Westminster, London, his place of birth is stated to be Hamburg though this may just have been his point of departure. (Jan 1998 - not yet found in Shipping Lists for Hamburg departures). He is reputed to have made boots and shoes for the British Royal Family. His daughter, Louisa, was apprenticed to him and sewed the buckles and the gemstones on the shoes of Princess Alexandra (wife to Edward VII) and Princess Mary of Teck.

DEATH: Certified Copy of an Entry of Death, given at the GRO, Application No.G00593/B, Registration District Fulham, 1908 Death in the Sub-District of North East Fulham, in the County of London, No.307, When and Where Died: 11 Nov 1908 at 31 Racton Road, Fulham, London; Name and Surname: Ernest Jahn; Sex Male; Age 58yrs; Occupation: Shoemaker; Cause of Death: Found dead, syncope, Pneumonia, natural pm; Signature, description and residence of informant: Certificate received from C.Lusmoore, Drew Coroner for London, Inquest held 13 Nov 1908; When registered: 14 Nov 1908.

OBITUARY/INQUEST: RACTON ROAD MAN'S PEACEABLE END - The sudden decease of Ernest Jahn, aged 58, a bootmaker, of 31 Racton-road, Fulham, was inquired into at the Fulham Coroner's Court on Friday. - Elizabeth Jahn, wife of the deceased, said that her husband was a sober man. He had had a cold a fortnight before. Deceased was worried over losing his work after being constantly employed for thirty years. - The Coroner: Hadn't he a pension? - Witness: Oh, no - Proceeding, she said that on the Wednesday previously, she went to her work at a quarter to seven in the morning and did not return till eleven o'clock in the evening. She was surprised to hear of her husband's death. - Ernest Alfred Jahn, son of the deceased, said that on the Wednesday he got up at eight o'clock and called his father. He heard him stirring in his room. He had his breakfast and read the paper, and about ten o'clock went up to his father's room and found him dead, lying on his back - Mrs Deane, a neighbour, of 22 Racton-road, said she had known Mr Jahn for three years, and always thought him cheerful and healthy. - Dr A C Shaw-Mackenzie, of 2 Racton-road, said he was called to the house and found the man dead. He had made a post-mortem examination, and found that the deceased had acute congestion of the lungs and pneumonia. The cause of death was heart failure, consequent on the congestion of the lungs. - A verdict of "Death from natural causes" was returned. [Source: COPY OF THE FULHAM CHRONICLE dated 20th November 1908]

Photograph below is of Ernest JAHN, my gg grandfather. I'd only just received this portrait from another of his gg granddaughters in England via our mutual trees at Genes Reunited. The photo was in poor condition and I had it professionally restored for free - Photograph Restoration.

I might add that I'm delighted to be able to find out more on my JAHN and HANSFORD ancestors and hope to get in contact with descendants of Mary, Emily, Ellen and Ernest JAHN wherever they may be.

Alison QLD Australia.