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My Heritage Pie ~ SNGF

Every Saturday night Randy Seaver sends out a Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge at Genea-Musings.  Usually I miss out because of the time difference, but this week I thought I’d just post a day late! Our mission was to list our 16 great great grandparents, along with their birth, marriage and death dates. Then, determine…

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The Nunns from Yorkshire

Sam Nunns and Alice Cockerham, my great great grandparents, were from the West Riding of Yorkshire. Sam was born on February 8th, 1874 in Rothwell, to Henry Nunns and Tamar Dickinson.1 Sam became a stone mason. Alice was born on March 9th, 1878 in Oulton, to Alfred Cockerham and Sarah Ann Kemp.2 She worked as…

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Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig!

I always knew I had Irish ancestors, but was never quite sure who they were and exactly where they were from. In the 1990s I spent several years living in Ireland. Oh, when I think of all the research I could have done! But, I was busy studying and working and having fun. Back then,…

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Peter Gaffaney & Margaret O’Rourke ~ Wedding Wednesday

I just adore this photograph!  Isn’t it marvellous?  The gloves!  Those hats!  My great grandfather Peter looks quite the dapper lad, and my great grandmother Margaret so much the lady. Margaret is the daughter of Bartholomew O’Rourke, yer man from Ballymacdonnell, and Bridget Power.  She was born Margaret Mary/Monica O’Rourke on 7 September, 1885 in Napier,…

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NZ Research plan – review

Auckland Archives office Customs Inwards letter – The High Commissioner for New Zealand, London – Alexander Wright – passenger to Auckland per “Rimutaka” leaving London 12 June 1908 (possibly great grandfather) I decided not to visit the Auckland Archives in the end. I wasn’t sure the item would be connected to my family at all….

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Postcard from… Christchurch, New Zealand

Prime Minister John Key has requested a two-minute silence around New Zealand to show respect for those fallen and affected by the Christchurch earthquake. This may be New Zealand’s single most tragic event. I am calling on New Zealanders to stop and remember those who have lost their lives, those who are missing and the…

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Back in the UK

We landed back in the UK on Friday evening, but while my body may be here, my body clock seems to still be in South Korea.  Which is why I’m up at 4am writing a blog post. The trip to New Zealand was amazing, and overwhelming.  Seeing all my family again was wonderful, though tempered…

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Postcard from… Wellington, New Zealand

This postcard is one of many in an album that belonged to my paternal grandparents. I’m not sure of the date of this, perhaps 1950s or 60s? Hopefully I’ll be able to find out a bit more when I talk to my father, who has the album now. We arrived in Auckland yesterday, after 26…

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NZ Research plan

Auckland Archives office Customs Inwards letter – The High Commissioner for New Zealand, London – Alexander Wright – passenger to Auckland per “Rimutaka” leaving London 12 June 1908 (possibly great grandfather) Wellington Archives office Probate file for Patrick James O’Rourke – 1908 (great great uncle) Probate file for George Tunnecliff – 1912 (great great great…

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From the Emerald Isle to the Land of the Long White Cloud

Bartholomew O’Rourke’s obituary contains lots of valuable information about his life – so now it’s a matter of verifying it.  According to the “correspondent”, Bartholomew was 23 went he left Ireland, and arrived in Lyttleton in 1866 aboard the Blue Jacket. The Blue Jacket sailed from London on 15 July 1866 under the command of Captain…

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