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"Pay It Forward"

Genealogy is an amazing thing. The passion to find your roots is one known to many of us, and thanks to the marvels of the internet, more research from the comfort of your own home is possible than ever before.

One of the best things about internet research is the fact you can be connected with people all over the world in seconds. These people may have resources you don't; and vice versa. Many of them are waiting to help others, you just need to ask for it!

So much of my own research has been helped along by these genealogical 'Good Samaritans'. Sometimes, I like to think I may have done the same for others.

I strongly recommend, that if you have the resources, and the time, that you do a simple lookup for someone who needs it; and if someone does it for you, that you keep "paying it forward" and help someone else.

You may help someone advance their research by generations from typing in a few simple words and/or dates. Think how much it would mean to you!

AULD Scotland-> Sussex, Eng -> VIC Australia

Hugh Auld was born to parents Archibold (sp) & Amelia (Emily) Auld in Hastings, Sussex, England, in Abt. 1838.

Archibold/Archibald and Amelia/Emily/Emelia were both born in Scotland; and their first child, Cristiana was also, in abt 1832. It is hard to read, but I believe Amelia's maiden name may be Dunbar, or similar.

A very kind researcher on another message board site found a likely entry for them; Archibald Auld & Emelia Dunbar married 22 Dec 1829 on Isle of Cumbrae, Buteshire, Scotland.

One of their sons, Hugh, migrated to Australia (Victoria) and married Mary Walsh, daughter of Maurice Walsh and Hannah Moore, in Emerald Hill, VIC, on 4 April 1864.

Hugh was listed as being a Mariner & Ship's Carpenter on various certificates.

Their children include Amelia Agnes (b 3 June 1865), Mary, Christine, Archibold, Maurice, Hugh & William.

Looking for more info on Archibald & Amelia; Mary & Hugh and for other descendants.

1 comment(s), latest 10 years, 3 months ago

BILTOFT - Denmark to Australia

9 comment(s), latest 6 years ago

BLAKEY - Sunderland, Durham, England

Sarah Ellen BLAKEY was born 05 Feb 1878 in 4 Woodbine Street East, Sunderland, Durham, England.

Her parents were William Blakey (b 15 Jul 1844 - 24 Market Place, Durham) & Isabella Jewitt / Jewett (b 10 Sep 1844 - 6 Silver Street, Durham). William was a Joiner. Most of the family is born (and died) in Durham.

Known siblings included Robert, Charles, Emily Maud, Ann and Hellena.

Sarah Ellen's Blakey line goes from

William Blakey m Jane Grieve
John Blakey m Elizabeth Westwick
Anthony Blakey m Dorothy Hall
William Blakey m Isabella Jewitt
Sarah Ellen Blakey

William Blakey & family were found in 1891 census at Bishop Wearmouth.

She married George Oliver 23 October 1897, Registry Office, Sunderland, England. Their children included Matthew (10 January 1898?), Isabel (Cis/Sis), George W (Bill), Elizabeth (1 July 1903), Nora, Harold, Winnifred (Wynne), Charles (Fred?)& Ann (Nancy).

In 1921, the Oliver family, except for Matthew, whom was already married and settled with Maggie, migrated en masse to Australia aboard the Themistocles. They settled in Sydney, NSW.

Looking for other Blakey and/or Oliver descendants in UK and Australia to share research and photos.

BOWCOCK - England, Ireland & Australia

James Bowcock was born in 1805 in Haworth (York), England. He was in the military as "Seaman & Soldier" before he deserted.

His trial took place in Cork, Ireland in 1829. Later that year he was transported as a convict to Australia, arriving on Larkins (2) on 12 Dec.

Upon arrival in Sydney, he was assigned to John Grono of Pitt Town. He was granted his Ticket of Leave in 1834; and later earnt his Certificate of Freedom, granted on 11 Apr 1836.

He married Catherine Crowley on 2 June 1835 in Pitt Town, NSW. Their children included Timothy (b 4 April 1836), Mary, Susannah (b 25 December 1838) & William.

Mary & William's spouses unknown; but Timothy married Mary Houlahan (daughter of another convict) in Maitland West in 1855. Their children: Johanna, Daniel Joseph, Timothy, James, William, Mary, Edward, John, Ellen, Patrick, Celia & Margaret.

Susannah married Richard Harris in Oakville, Whittingham, Wollombi, NSW on 17 May 1854. Their children: John Thomas, Maria, Catherine, Charlotte, William James, Richard, Benjamin George, Mary Jane, Susannah & Emily Harriet.

James Bowcock died in 30 November 1882, in West Maitland, NSW. My information says he was buried in the Catholic Cemetery, West Maitland, NSW; this conflicts with info on convict records that says he was Protestant. Could be misinformation, an assumption or maybe he later converted...who knows.

The family is mentioned in the book Mines, Wines & People, which I believe is available for purchase from the Cessnock Library. You might find it in your local borrowing library as well. Also mentioned are associated families: Houlahan, Smith, Cagney, Harris.

BROUGHTON - Croydon, Surrey, UK -> NSW, Australia

Arthur Albert Broughton (b 1872) m Elizabeth Emily Wilmer (b Abt. 1878).

Their son Victor Gordon French Broughton (b 14 August 1915, Croydon, Surrey, UK) married Emily Elizabeth Goss (1 August 1916 [known as Jill?]) at Church of St Peter, Croydon, Surrey, UK in 1939.

Victor was a constable with the Metropolitan Police Force in London. He also served in WW2.

He and Jill had the following children we know of: Terrence Keith, Valerie Rose, Victoria Jillian & Michael Gordon.

Victor & family migrated to Australia.

Looking especially for info pre Australia and for other Broughtons researching tree.

Location: Thornton Heath, Surrey, Croydon

Broughtons of Croydon, Surrey and NSW, Australia

Arthur Albert Broughton (b abt 1872)and Elizabeth Emily Wilmer (b Abt. 1878). Unsure about their other children but we know Victor Gordon French Broughton was born on the 14th August 1915 in Croydon, Surrey, England.

Victor married Emily Elizabeth Alice Goss (Jill), who was the daughter of Clarence Archibald Goss (mother unknown), in 1939 at the Church of St Peter in Croydon. Their children were Michael Gordon (Abt 1940), Terence Keith (1941), Valerie Rose (1944) and Victoria Jillian (1946) Broughton.

Victor worked as a police officer for the Metropolitan Police Force and also served in WW2. The family migrated to Australia in 1960.

Any connections? Love to hear more info post Australia or before Arthur Albert/ELizabeth Wilmer.


Thomas Cagney was born Abt. 1780. He married Margaret Brown. Curiously, his family were from the same town (Newmarket, Cork) as his daughter Mary's future husband, in the Colony, James Houlahan.

Their children: James, Michael, Mary, Thomas & Dennis

Thomas was transported to Australia on the Eliza II as a convict. His crime? Burgalry. His ship departed from Cork 19 Jul, Arrived 8 Nov 1827.

His wife Margaret and daughter Mary applied to join him in Australia and were granted free passage on the Roslin/Roslyn Castle. His sons Michael and Thomas also did this, arriving on the convict ship Surrey in 1836.

This information can be found on the National Archives of Ireland website.

He had a Ticket of Leave issued (36/1033). Thomas recieved a Pardon on 1 Feb 1845 [4/4446] 781 - 085. You can find details of these on the NSW Records website.

Thomas died December 1850 at Patrick's Plain, NSW.

The family is mentioned in the book Mines, Wines & People, which I believe is available for purchase from the Cessnock Library. You might find it in your local borrowing library as well. Also mentioned are associated families: Houlahan, Smith, Bowcock, Harris.

Please note "Thomas Cagney" in the book who is supposed to be a convict is in fact the son of the convict, Thomas, who came free on the Surrey.

1 comment(s), latest 4 years, 4 months ago

COCHRANE -> Co Cavan, IRE -> Australia

Robert Cochrane, b Abt. 1829, was the son of James & Mary Cochrane. On 22 April 1848, he married Frances Pattie/Patty, daughter of Edward & Mary Patty, at the Church of Ireland in Bailiesborough, Co. Cavan, Ireland.

They emigrated to Australia on the ship Digby, in 1849 (reel 2135, 2459 State Records NSW). Their son Edward James/James Edward was born 16 October 1849 in Mulgoa, Cumberland, NSW (NSW Birth Cert Reg No V18491127 34A/1849).

James Edward/Edward James Cochrane was baptised 25th November 1849 at Parish of Mulgoa, County of Cumberland. His Father Robert's 'Profession or Calling' was listed as a Labourer on baptismal records and their usual place of abode was Mulgoa. He married Hannah Pittman, and I am descended from their daughter, Annie Jane in 1875 at Tamworth, NSW.

Robert & Fanny also had a son, John, born 8th April 1854 and baptised 25th July 1854 - Presbyterian, District of Bathurst. Their usual abode was listed as O'Connell Plains & Robert's occupation as Farmer on baptismal records.