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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 12 years, 11 months ago

BILTOFT - Denmark to Australia

We have much more information on the BILTOFT family, please contact me if we have a link and I can provide you with a family tree dating back to 1700s, more info (including sibling groups and descendants, not just direct line) and some pictures.

The tree starts with CHRISTEN MADSEN was born 1745 in Biltoft, Ribe Amt, Denmark, and died 1810 in Biltoft, Ribe Amt, Denmark. He married ELSE MARIE CHRISTENSDATTER February 23, 1776 in Naesbjerg, Ribe Amt, Denmark. She was born Abt. 1737 in Denmark.

MADS CHRISTENSEN, WITH THE BYNAME TYNDING, THOMES CHRISTENSEN, b. January 06, 1779, Naesbjerg, Ribe Amt, Denmark; NIELS CHRISTENSEN, b. September 10, 1780, Naesbjerg, Ribe Amt, Denmark.

Here is my line:

Christen Madsen & Else Christensdatter
Mads Christensen & Ane Jensdatter
Christen Madsen Biltoft & Bodil Kirstine Vedsted
Peder Vedsted Biltoft & Kirstin Marie Jensdatter
Christen Madsen Biltoft & Dorothea Christina Hansen
Matilda Maria Biltoft & Frederick Francis Morrisson

...and so on...

Peder & his family emigrated to Australia (SHIP Eugenie: Rockhampton), as did his sons Christen Madsen Biltoft and Jens (they came through NZ). They lived in a town known as Freestone Creek, near Warwick, QLD, Australia. A few of my ancestor Christen's relatives became photographers, in regional QLD (Rockhampton, Warwick, etc). The family was mainly concentrated in the Warwick/Toowoomba areas in those days.

Christen Madsen Biltoft was born on 22 April 1850 in Grindsted, Varde, Ribe Amt, Denmark.

Christen and his brother Jens moved to South Jutland to earn more money. When Christen was 22 years old, they decided to migrate (assumedly for the same reason) and departed on the Friedeburg, which left on the 18th May 1872. The brothers arrived in New Zealand on 31 August 1872. The boys? mother, Kirstine had died in Denmark only two years previously.

According to family legend, they were very impressed with the country at first. They even wrote home and tried to convince their father Peder Vedsted Biltoft to join them. However, life in New Zealand soon became tiresome and the boys wrote again to their father. Peder never received their letter, as he and the family were already en route to Australia.

Eventually, Christen and Jens joined their family in Queensland, Australia. Christian Biltoft and Jens Pedersen Biltoft married the same day (9 March 1883) to sisters. Christen married Dorothea Christina Hansen, and Jens married Anne/Annie Hansen. They were two of four known daughters of Jens and Marie Bolethi (Peterson) Hansen.

Even though their father Peder always wanted to return to Denmark in his old age, this never eventuated, as he worried that the cold weather would be too much for him. After his father?s death in 1897, Christian inherited his father?s rather substantial property at Freestone Creek.

According to our records, Christen and Dorothea?s children were as follows:

1. Peter Vedsted Biltoft
2. Maria Mathilde Biltoft
3. Peter Vedsted Biltoft
4. James Martin Biltoft
5. Christopher Adolphus Biltoft
6. Elsie Christine Biltoft
7. Hilda Dorothy Biltoft
8. Henry Herbert Biltoft

Christen and Dorothea both died and were buried in Toowoomba, QLD.

Christen died on the 11 June 1923 and Dorothea died more than 20 years later on the16th March 1945.

Thanks to our cousin 'network', I was even able to meet our Danish cousins Bent, Lone, Trine and Mathilde for the first time on 6th March, 2005 - Brisbane, Australia. Bent is my 4th cousin twice removed.

We are connected through my 4th great grandfather Peder Biltoft and his 2nd great grandmother, Ane Rosine, who were brother & sister.

This biography was prepared by myself, but would never had been possible without having most of the information passed on to me by my ?cousins? (AUS) and (USA), also Biltoft descendants.

9 comment(s), latest 8 years, 8 months 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 7 years 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.

COTTIER - Isle of Man > Australia > USA

I am researching a branch of the COTTIER/SMITH family that moved to the US in the 1860s/1870s.

Emily Margaret Smith married William Talbot Cottier in 09 Jan 1864 in Queensland, Australia.

They sailed for the USA abt 1867 (daughter Mary b at sea).

By the 1880s, they arrived in California and settled in Oakland.

The family name is Cottier, I have found a few references online in some newspaper accounts. William Snr and Emily (nee Smith) divorced in 1894. I imagine this was not hugely common in those days? Do records exist? I have seen a record in the Oakland Tribune, dated May 03, 1897.

Children of William Talbot Cottier & Emily Margaret nee Smith

Emily B 18 Dec 1854 in Australia D 06 May 1865 in Australia
William Talbot Cottier Jnr B 08 Feb 1866 Australia D Unknown
M Unknown Issue not known

Mary B Abt. 1867 At Sea/Australia-USA D 1920, Albany, Alameda, Ca, USA M Robert Lee Davis ? Issue not known

Maud(e) B 11 Aug 1873 Utah, USA D 02 Dec 1941 Santa Clara, Ca, USA Never married, dies as Cottier Issue not known

Harriet (Hattie)B 06 Nov 1876 Nebraska, USA D 21 Jul 1942 Santa Clara, Ca, USA
M1 James E Brenner/Breuner 1904
M James E Naldrett ?
Issue not known

Kathryene 08 Jan 1874 Utah, USA D 18 Jul 1951 Albany, Alameda, Ca, USA
M1 RJ Miller (son of Frank G Miller) 1898 ?
M2 Patrick Michael Eisenhart 1910
Issue not known

Kathryene was one of the ?3 Kates? police women in San Francisco in the early 1900s.