The New Zealand HARLINS
I started my family research back in 2000 (or perhaps even earlier) and now as I reach my twilight years I need to get serious about it if I want to pass on all the knowledge and interesting stories I am coming across. I am only fourth generation of the HARLIN family in New Zealand of which we are the only ones.
It all began with my great Grandfather WILLIAM HARLIN who arrived here on the "Java" as an enlisted soldier in the 65th Regiment (2516) at Auckland on
27th November 1846, and herein lies my problem. According to (1, NZ Registrar General 2, Muster rolls ) he was born in Edenderry - Kings County Ireland, and enlisted in the army on 28th December 1845 in Manchester aged 18 years. Beyond this I have nothing about his parents or ancestors.
I do have most of his life story here in NZ which being a fun-loving Irishman makes for interesting reading, and who would have thought I would find out that I had an extended family.