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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.

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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Five year blogiversary

What a cracking year it has been for me, but perhaps not for this sadly neglected blog!  I have been busy finding ancestors, writing IHGS assignments, as well as attending genealogy events and a family reunion. I think my absolute favourite discovery was the gravestone of my  3 x great grandparents, Michael Burke and Bridget…

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The Arrival of my Ancestors ~ Waitangi Day

Today is Waitangi Day in New Zealand. It commemorates the date the Treaty of Waitangi was formally agreed between the Māori tribes of Aotearoa/New Zealand and the Queen of England way back in 1840. For all the Treaty’s faults, it helped pave the way for my ancestors to emigrate and settle in New Zealand. So,…

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My Genealogy Year 2013 ~ Accentuate the Positive!

February already and I’m only just getting round to my first post of the new year. Too late to join in GeniAUS’s Accentuate the Positive geneameme?? I hope not! Last year Jill came up with this great way to celebrate the genealogical highs of the previous twelve months, rather than dwell on any lows. Here’s…

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My Genealogy Year 2012 : Accentuate the Positive!

Jill from Geniaus came up with a wonderful idea to celebrate the high points of 2012:  Accentuate the Positive 2012 Geneameme, rather than concentrate on what we didn’t achieve during the year. So instead of feeling a bit depressed over all the things I didn’t quite manage to do this year, I get to feel…

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What, June already? ~ (Very Un) Sorting Saturday

I don’t seem to be doing very well on blog posting lately!  I’d love to say that it’s because I’ve been concentrating on my IHGS assignment work, but that’d be a big fat lie.  There has been some family history research going on though, however not much filing and recording. Most of the research I’ve…

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Arohanui, Christchurch

On February 22nd 2011 at 12.51pm (NZDT), an earthquake of 6.3 magnitude hit Christchurch, New Zealand, causing the deaths of 185 people. These postcards are from the album of my grandmother, Agnes Majella (Burke) Gaffaney, who was born, raised and buried in Christchurch.  

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Genealogy Resolutions 2012

It’s that time of year for resolutions, and I’ve been inspired by other Geneabloggers – this is my list for 2012: Organisation Complete updating my records in Reunion Plan a scanning schedule for my certificates Writing Post on this blog at least twice a week Begin writing my maternal grandmother’s biography Education Complete assignments for…

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