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Unkovich from Racisce Croatia.

Researching for friends. This Unkovich family emigrated to New Zealand in the late 19th century from Racisce on the island of Korcula,Dalmatia (now Croatia)in what was then Austro-Hungarian Empire.They were probably fishermen.They settled in Northland where they became gum diggers. (Kauri gum was harvested from the swamps.) Later some were farmers whilst others became wine makers etc.

History uncovered says that it is possible that Unkovich's could be originally from Belarus.

There seems to be just one family of Unkovich living in Racisce now as other families went to U.S.A and Western Australia.

Looking for Valmai Joyce Dixon nee Brown b,29/8/1933.Ipswich,Queensland Australia.M. Raymond Dixon.2 children.Her parents Flora Agnes Ballantine b. 1904 Queensland M. Alexander Brown b.Scotland.Parents of Raymond Dixon,Michael Vincent and Florence Esther

Sometime around 1963/64 Valmai left Raymond.(he was with another woman)She had the children with her at her parents house in Toowoomba until they were not able to look after them anymore. Valmai asked Raymond to take the 2 children.As she was looking for work she was unable to see the children much and also Raymond had his girlfriend living with him.She(the girl friend Joyce )was abusive to the children,especially to the girl child(Zandra )The boy's name is Ian.
Zandra has always kept her maiden name in the hope that her mother would one day try to get in touch.
Apparently sometime after the separation of Valmai and Raymond,Valmai was seen by Raymond in the Valley in Brisbane.Obviously pregnant.About mid 1960's


It would appear(through DNA testing) that my WILSON family originated in Ireland. Sometime and several times during 150 AD to 800 AD during wars between Ireland and Scotland peoples from Ireland settled and intermarried with the local Scots and Picts..Firstly probably around what is now Ayr and spreading out from there.

From research the Wilson name could have been Uilleam (gaelic)then anglicised.

My Wilson's are traced from New Zealand(emigrated 1800's) to Lincolnshire(moved there 1600's) although other family members were already there.
They moved from Scotland to Lincolnshire, probably stopping on the way at Penrith.


My connection to the surname of CRAIK is from Margaret Craik b.1820 marrying Alexander Philip b.1819.Their son William b.1840 married Caroline Lennie.Their daughter Margaret b.1889 married Alfred Ott.My mother was the daughter of Alfred and Margaret.

CLAYTON's from Clavering

To all those CLAYTON's from Clavering researchers.I have just been given information regarding John b.1795.Apparently his mother was unmarried.Name Frances.Daughter of John Clayden b.1727c.and Sarah(Chipperfield).Married 4/5/1729


My HOLLINGS family has recently become connected to the family of CLAYTON with the marriage of my youngest son.
This family of CLAYTON's were from Clavering,Essex,England.The name was originally CLAYDEN.We have back to John Clayden 1795-1852, who married Maria Woodcock 1794-1815.
Some of this family emigrated to Australia in the 1800's.
Through marriage Clayton's are connected to MARGETTS.

My family is not connected by marriage now as my son is divorced.

KING's of W.HAM, England

This family of KING's is connected to the CHALK and LODGE families.
Known is that there is ROMANY blood in the KING family and I think there may be in the CHALK and LODGE.Can anyone give me any information.
I have the family trees for these families.

BERESFORD's from Alvechurch,Worcestershire

The family of BERESFORD's that connect to me are all from Alvechurch.A relation has done the research and the line is back to 1745c.
Thomas Beresford b.1745c M.Sarah Griffin-6 children
William(2nd son) M.Mary Shooter 1795 -9 children
Their 2nd daughter Ann M.Peter Warren b.1800c Sutton,Staffordshire.

WOODCOCK's from Staffordshire

My WOODCOCK's emigrated from England to New Zealand as a family.Father was Alfred,a manufacturing jeweller from Staffordshire,mother was Mary Ann Warren from Aston,Warwickshire.They had eight children.They settled in Hoteo North.Their daughter Mary Ann married Herbert Wilson.They had 12 children.

CRAIK's from Angus,Scotland

My family connects to the CRAIK family through my grandmother Margaret OTT(nee PHILIP).She was born in New Zealand after her parents(William and Caroline(nee LENNIE) and siblings had emigrated from England 1879.(They had previously moved from Monikie.Angus, Scotland to Liverpool, England.)Her grandmother was Margaret Craik married Alexander Philip.