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The (genetic) force is strong in this one ~ Ann Philp of Fife

Back in March I got to hear several presentations from genetic genealogist Angie Bush, and I loved the way she presented DNA matches in charts using Lucidchart.

So, I thought it might be interesting to try it out on one of my father’s family lines where he has quite a few matches – his Scottish line, the Philps of Fife. His great grandmother Ann was born (according to census records) in Ceres, Fife, though I can find no record of her baptism.

Ann PHILP 1840-1895

Ann Philp, born in Ceres, Fife around 1840, and died in Burnham, Canterbury, NZ on 13 March 1895

Ann migrated to New Zealand in 1863 with her husband Martin Burke and their baby daughter Mary, establishing the New Zealand branch of the family. Ann and Martin had two more children after they settled, daughter Annie and son Thomas.

  • Mary married Patrick Riordan
  • Annie married Francis Burton
  • Thomas married Norah Burton

Yes, Francis and Norah Burton were siblings, so their descendants, including my father, are double cousins. You can see this quite clearly in the amount of centiMorgans these cousins share, compared to their Riordan cousins, descendants of Mary. (View a larger version of the chart.)

Chart showing DNA matches and centimorgans shared of the descendants of the Philp family of Fife

I’m amazed at how many matches my father has on this one line, and there are certainly more, but those matches have no trees visible so I can’t identify where they connect.

It helps that the Scottish records are profuse, so you can take the paper trail quite far back. However the Philps seem to be two a penny in Fife, and I’ve reached a bit of an impasse for now going back, so maybe I’ll concentrate on going forwards instead!

Thanks to Angie Bush for the inspiration, and to Blaine Bettinger for his helpful webinar on LucidChart and Other Tools for Genetic Genealogy.

Genie Party on the Sunshine Coast ~ Family History Down Under 2021

Family History Down Under is taking place on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia, on March 22 – 26 in 2021. If you’ve not been to a large genealogy conference before, this would be an amazing place to start.

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Samuel Lewis Atlas of Ireland, portion of County Kerry

One index is not like the other

I’ve been delving back into my Kerry roots recently, on the hunt for my Callaghans who were leasing land in several townlands during the 19th century, most notably in Kilfelim and Ballymacdonnell in the parish of Killeentierna. 

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Blaine Bettinger at DNA Down Under in Sydney 2019

DNA to the Max ~ Sydney 2019

I’ve just spend three days attending the DNA to the Max event in Sydney, part of Unlock the Past’s DNA Down Under roadshow.  My verdict: phenomenal!

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Auckland Family History Expo ~ 2019

Auckland Libraries and the New Zealand Society of Genealogists (NZSG) Computing Group organise the annual Auckland Family History Expo, as part of the August’s Family History month festivities here in New Zealand. Last time I attended was two years ago, so I was looking forward to this year’s event.

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1857 marriage register entry for George Tunnecliff and Elizabeth Barber, Auckland (NZ Births, Deaths & Marriages 1857/929)

George Tunnecliffe of Taranaki — and Tean?

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series The Tunnecliffes of Taranaki

My 3 x great grandfather George Tunnecliffe (or Tunnecliff/Tunnicliff/Tunnicliffe) arrived in New Zealand aboard the Dinapore, landing in Auckland on 5th of August 1857. Three days later he married a fellow passenger, Elizabeth Barber, and they made their home in the province of Taranaki.

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Family History Month 2019

August is Family History Month in New Zealand and Australia, and there’s quite a bit going on for both hardened researchers and those just starting out. Here are a few events happening in the Wellington region and a couple further afield.

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The Travelling Genie

It’s been over a month since we arrived back from a family trip to the UK, where I managed to squeeze in a few genealogy-related activities.

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Burial site of Martin Burke, Sydenham Cemetery, Christchurch, NZ. [Block 22B, plot 63]

Martin Burke (1840 – 1918) ~ Sydenham Cemetery, Christchurch

While I was in Christchurch last June for the NZSG conference, I was determined to finally discover the resting place of my 2 x great grandfather, Martin Burke.  (There’s a picture of Martin in an earlier blog post.)  My first attempt with my aunt back in 2012 was not successful.  From Christchurch City Council’s cemetery database…

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Ann Philp and Martin Burke, with their daughter Annie Burke

Martin Burke & Ann Philp ~ Canterbury settlers

This is a copy of a photograph that was shared with me by my third cousin, Margaret. The couple are our great great grandparents, Ann Philp and Martin Burke. But who is the girl with them? Ann and Martin had three children: Mary (born 1863), Anne (born 1865) and Thomas (born around 1866), so presumably…

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