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A story in a tattoo ~ Military Monday

It’s funny the things you overlook when you first read a document. Or even on the second or third time. I was in the middle of assignment work for my course with the IHGS, focusing on military records, and so had been going over what records and notes I had for my great grandfather, Alexander…

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Who is the Bellevue Baby? ~ Wordless Wednesday

Wishing You A very Happy & Prosperous New Year With love & best wishes from all at “Bellevue” This was taken when Baby was 6 months old. Dec 27th 1906 Wordless Wednesday is an ongoing series at GeneaBloggers.

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Revisiting the Brosnahans (plus two year blogiversary!) ~ Thankful Thursday

This entry is part 14 of 18 in the series The Brosnahans of Temuka

Early last year I began a series of posts on the Brosnahan family. Well, “one” of the Brosnahan families, as there were a few that settled in South Canterbury, New Zealand, around the same time. My great great grandmother, Margaret Brosnahan, emigrated to New Zealand with her older brother John in 1862, travelling aboard the…

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Mystery women revealed?

Following on from yesterday’s post, I decided to have a look through some family photos, to see if I could find any likenesses to the three women in the photo. I feel fairly sure that the woman on the left, Mystery Woman number 1, is my great grandmother, Margaret O’Rourke.  Here’s a comparison between yesterday’s…

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The Three Sisters ~ Mystery Monday

This is one of the photographs I had dated at WDYTYA? Live by Maureen Taylor, so now I have a date of around the early 1910s.  However, that’s about all I know – I’m not even sure if these three are, in fact, sisters.  I’m wondering if the woman on the left could be my…

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Who the heck are these folks?

I’d love to know who these people are.  I think that the boy sitting on the running board is my grandfather, Michael Dominic Gaffaney (known as Dom, born 19101).   And if so, his mother Margaret (O’Rourke)  is probably the one sitting at the back of the back seat of the car.  So, is this taken…

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Alexander Wright ~ Sunday’s Obituary (and a mystery)

How apt that today I am posting my great grandfather’s obituary – on the 55th anniversary of his death.1 OBITUARY MR. A. WRIGHT A prominent figure in musical and friendly-society circles for many years, Mr Alexander Wright died yesterday at Gisborne and is to be interred at the Taruheru cemetery tomorrow, following a service to…

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The Mystery Baby and the Man in Uniform ~ (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

Last week I posted this photograph of my great grandparents, Elsie Nunns and Alexander Wright.  Except when I sent the photo to my mother to see if she knew who the baby was, she replied saying “that’s definitely not Elsie in the photo”.  (Umm, Mum, I’ve just posted it on my blog and said it’s…

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Lost and found (and lost again)

You may remember my disappearing Florey family from earlier posts, and my attempt to track them down.  The Floreys were last seen living in Wateringbury at the time of the 1841 census, but I hadn’t been able to find any of them until Henry Richard Florey, my great great grandfather, turns up in 1871 living…

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On the hunt for Jane

As mentioned in an earlier post, I lost track of my Florey household from the 1841 census until Henry Richard Florey turns up with wife and kid in 1871. Where did the others go? And where was Henry during those 30 years? Since I’ve found what I think is Jane Florey’s baptism, I’m starting with…

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