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Brick walls

Journal by nellb

So I was born in New Zealand , my parents were born in New Zealand, and my grandparents before them.
My mother has always been interested and researching her family so she had charts, photographs, certificates, letters etc that I could look through on her side, but what about my fathers family, I started researching his family which got him, my grandparents, and other aunts and uncles interested to and it was great how much information and stories they had to tell. I just had to find out which stories had truth to them and which were told to cover any skeletons.
One that could be considered a brick wall was my Granny (Margary Evelyn Boucher) born 1897 in Methven, Canterbury, New Zealand. Her mother was Maria Boucher (known to us as Aunty Rye) and her father was unknown and never revealed to her, she asked me one day if I could find out. Granny was bought up in the Boucher family sort of as the youngest sister to her aunts and uncles. Seems she was close to her uncle Frank Boucher who wasn't much older than her however he was in World War 1 and killed in action (October 12th 1917) in the field, Belguim, buried at Pashendail. Maria Bouchers parents were John Wakefield Boucher and Jane East. I still have no idea how to find out or if I ever will who my Granny's father was.

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on 2014-09-11 04:40:34

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by Eaglejulesk on 2015-04-30 18:05:45

Hi there -

I'm afraid I can't be of any help with your Granny's father, but thought I would say hi as we are related. My mother would be your Granny's cousin - her father was William Boucher, Aunt Rye's younger brother. I can remember Aunt Rye visiting when I was a kid in Methven, and your Granny's brother Ted Blacker was my godfather. Ted was a big part of our family and spent Christmases and birthdays with us. I've only just joined this site, and haven't got started yet, but I found your post and decided to let you know I am here.


by RogerWNZ on 2015-05-01 03:08:29

Hi, if you do a search on you will find your Granny's birth record as number 1897/3019. Boucher, Margaret (not Margary) mother: Maria father: NR (not recorded).
You can order a birth certificate from the site ($26.50)

Is the Maria Boucher born in 1877 your Granny's mother, do you think? 1877/11289:Boucher
Maria. Mother: Jane Father: John

Good luck,

by nellb on 2015-05-10 06:50:03

Hi Roger
Thank you for your response and ideas.
I sent for and recieved my Granny's birth certificate many years ago before it was computerised as my Granny wanted to know who her father was, the cert said Margary Boucher (not margaret)and she told me she added the Evelyn herself. I have been researching on and off for a long time and the question of who he was has never been answered, sadly she died without knowing. I have her mothers side but there might always be a gap in the family tree.


by Huw on 2023-02-07 09:57:01

Hi did you get my message about my wife's quest for relatives last night regards Huw Alderman and Lorraine nee boucher

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