Author Archive: ancestorchaser (Kerryn Taylor)

My first foray into DNA for genealogy

I have recently had an autosomal DNA test done by FTDNA. I was so excited when my results came back the other day. What a huge learning curve! I uploaded the raw DNA data to GEDmatch and waited for those results to come through. Once they had, the third highest match shown in my results …

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Private William John BEATON

William John BEATON was a first cousin of my maternal great-great-grandmother, Mary Ann PIKE (1847-1933). He was born in Euroa, Victoria in 1877, first son, the third of ten children of Peter and Catherine BEATON. William enlisted as a Private, service number 1912, on the 15th of January 1915.   He was 35 years of age, …

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Private William Finlay FLEMING 1561

On his enlistment into the A.I.F on the 4th of August 1915, at Seymour, William Finlay FLEMING was aged 22 years and 1 month. *above photos used with permission from then owner. He was 5 foot 5 and a half inches tall and weighed 150 lbs. His complexion was ruddy and eyes and hair brown. …

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Trooper David Alexander KING (AHKING)

David Alexander AHKING (surname later changed to KING) was born in 1895 at Wirrimbirchip (now known as Birchip) Victoria, Australia. David was a first cousin of my great great grandmother, Margaret HART. He was the tenth child and sixth son of Euphemia Margaret MASON (1859-1942) and Thomas AHKING.  Thomas was born in Canton, China in …

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Private Ernest John (Ah KING) KING

The KING (AH KING) family are a challenge to research, even more so in recording the war service of the three youngest boys of Thomas AH KING and his wife; my great great grand aunt, Euphemia nee MASON. Thomas AH KING who was born about 1843 in China had died in 1900 when Ernest was …

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The Saxon boys from Euroa WW1

Kylie says “There are over 150 soldiers from the Euroa District cited in this book. A list is available below or simply click on the pdf book link on Kylie’s blog and search the document. There is also an index at the rear of the book. Search by Surname as soldiers often are referred to either by …

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Herbert John OXLEY (1919 – 1943)

Herbert John OXLEY and his twin brother William Reid OXLEY were born in New Zealand on the 5th of April 1919 to Australian-born father Hubert OXLEY and New Zealand-born mother Amelia Beatrice nee BENJAMIN. In the New Zealand Ballot list for 1940, Herbert’s occupation was  listed as process engraving and he lived in Richardson Road, …

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Hubert OXLEY (1882-1969)

Hubert OXLEY was born in Kilmore, Victoria, Australia on the 4th of December 1882, the youngest son of John OXLEY and Emma nee MORGAN.  Emma, my great-great-grand-aunt, born in Abergavenny, Wales was the eldest daughter of my maternal 3rd great-parents, John MORGAN and Sarah nee BLOUNT. By 1914, Hubert was living in New Zealand as …

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Parents of Mary HULME nee WOOD (1788-1875)

Mary HULME, nee WOOD, is my maternal 4th great grandmother. She married Daniel HULME at St Pancras Old Church on the 1st of January 1810. Mary died at Fulham on the 13th of March 1875, age 87 years which puts her birth year around 1788. In all the census from 1841 to 1871 Mary HULME …

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Help needed: do you recognise these WWII servicemen?

Originally posted on Shaking the tree:
? Portrait of American serviceman stationed in Warkworth, New Zealand, WWII. Photo: Tudor Collins. Digitized by Auckland Museum. The Auckland Museum has just digitized and released a whole bunch of photographs taken during WWII by a local photographer, Tudor Collins. They all show American servicemen posted to the small…

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