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  • 01 March 2023 1:57 PM
    Message # 13114554

    This topic is for group members to introduce ourselves to each other. Tell us a little about your family history background and your research interests.

  • 01 March 2023 2:53 PM
    Reply # 13114595 on 13114554

    Hi all

    I haven't been researching my family history for very long but I got serious when I realised I was the sole repository of all my family's memorabilia. My first objective was to find when and why my four families came to Australia. I found convicts, assisted migrants, free settlers and 20th Century johnnies-come-lately.

    The bulk of my predecessors are poor rural folk from NSW and Queensland from 1820s on. This is my research focus, delving into agricultural labourers, squatters, bushrangers, miners and chancers. With a bit of horse stealing thrown in for good measure.

  • 04 March 2023 11:27 AM
    Reply # 13119019 on 13114554

    I love Colonial History of Australia.  Supposedly my first ancestor arrived as a convict in 1793 but I am yet to verify him as the correct James McCarthy.  I have numerous convicts, free settlers and bounty immigrants that arrived up until the mid-late 1800s.

    I particularly enjoy looking through original records and gleaning whatever information I can from them relating to my ancestors.  One of my favourite record sets is the Colonial Secretary Letters at State Archives.

  • 30 April 2023 12:50 PM
    Reply # 13185305 on 13114554

    Greetings all - my ancestral arrivals to Australia include a convict and her daughter in 1790 to NSW then to Norfolk Island.   Later arriving ancestors were convicts and free settlers to Tasmania as well as more free settlers to SA.  I have recently been researching my 1790 ancestor and her daughter's family - by creating a timeline I have been able to sort their movements.   I'm finding that the early (1790 to early 1800) resources are a bit scattered and not all available online but when you find them they can be gold!

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