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Submitted: Friday, Apr 25, 2008 at 21:04
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I've never known who my old man was, and my Mother is not in a condition to recall anything now.

One side of the family has a bit of military and bush history, but their being a pack of dogs in not helping my sister in her attempt to establish a family tree.

Biggest problem she's finding is that most of us have been born out of wedlock in the bush and only the mother's name appears on the birth certificate.

That's the way it is I guess, but if anyone can help my sister in Queensland with suggestions on how we go about this, it would be very much appreciated by the family.


Regards

Kim
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Reply By: Willem - Friday, Apr 25, 2008 at 21:17

Friday, Apr 25, 2008 at 21:17
Kim

The way to start a family tree is to start with yourself and work back from there.

Having done extensive genealogy research over the past 10 years there is no easy way of finding out what you want to know.

There are many varying factors. The only way to get close to the information you require is to find out where your mother was at the time of your birth and maybe go to the place where she had spent the most time before and talk to the locals to see if anyone remembers that era.

Even if anyone has a suggestion, only modern day DNA techniques would get closer to the truth if possible participants are willing.

You or your sister can contact me via email and I may be able to steer you in the right direction.

Cheers

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Reply By: blue one - Friday, Apr 25, 2008 at 21:23

Friday, Apr 25, 2008 at 21:23
Kim,
The local parish records are a good place to start.

Goodluck

Cheers
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Reply By: DIO - Friday, Apr 25, 2008 at 21:59

Friday, Apr 25, 2008 at 21:59
Having undertaken extensive Genealogical Research for more than 30 yrs there are two ways to go about it. the hard, tried and tested or the easy, fast and inaccurate. In your case have you considered approaching a family member, aunt, uncle, grandparent etc. What about a cousin or family friend. There must be someone who can provide you with something that you can use as the means to progressing your research. You could also consider contacting/joining a Genealogy Society. They can be found in all states. Some towns and regions also have their own groups. As far as uncooperative family you just have to persist and appeal to their 'better side' in the hope than you can wear them down.
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Follow Up By: wheeleybin - Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 07:41

Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 07:41
I cant match 30 years yet but Im close and with all the years of doing it I still cannot find some bush family connections.

The biggest problem we have when growing up is talking to the older generation and that is sad because the wealth of knowledge they have is gone with them when they pass on.

I still do continual research and have a private data base of over 84000 individuals but there is many blank spaces when it comes to outback areas due to the transient nature of a lot of outback people.

Get out now and talk to whoever you can while they are still here.

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Reply By: Cape York Connections - Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 07:45

Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 07:45
I know of people that have started there family tree and its taken over there life.

good luke

All the best
Eric
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Follow Up By: Cape York Connections - Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 07:47

Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 07:47
Thats supposed to read good luck no luke

All the best
Eric
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Follow Up By: Hairy (NT) - Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 09:13

Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 09:13
And the no should be not??

HaHaHa

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Follow Up By: Cape York Connections - Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 09:55

Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 09:55
WEre tyub poiu trey opouyt.

All the bset
Eirc
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Reply By: Hairy (NT) - Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 10:12

Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 10:12
Gday Kim,

Ive been trying to think of something nice to say....
And keeping in mind, my Grandma always said " If you cant say something nice, dont say anything at all"

So... Here we go........

Dear Kim,










Na...Cant do it.

Cheers
LOL
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Follow Up By: Member - Kim M (VIC) - Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 18:16

Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 18:16
Hairy

Sometimes a horrible thought comes to a man, which turns him to drink.

I going to tell my sister to give up this foolish idea on the slightest chance that you and I are related.

LOL

Regards

Kim
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Follow Up By: Hairy (NT) - Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 12:30

Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 12:30
ROFLMAO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Reply By: Member - Footloose - Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 11:08

Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 11:08
Kim, with all the help offered here, she should have a good start.
Family trees have a habit of being like real trees. They start off tiny and before you know it they're a menace.
When I married my wife she had no known living rellies. Within a few years we found that she was related to every man, dog and tree in the country. Her family are first fleet. Just recently I found that she's related to a bloke's missus that we have known for some time.
So be careful what you wish for :))
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Reply By: Member - Big Al. Gold Coast - Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 14:09

Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 14:09
http://www.ww2roll.gov.au/

This may be a good place to try if you have any military history in the family

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Reply By: Member - Kim M (VIC) - Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 17:59

Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 17:59
Thanks for your help fellas

I was talking to my sister again this morning, and remember that my Great Aunt worked for Daryl Lindsay at Mulberry Hill back in the 50's. Her name was May Westbrook.

Daryl gave them a 10 acre plot in Baxter for services rendered. I seem to recall she had relatives at Chelsea. Maybe that's a start.

I'll pass your advice on to my sister.

Regards

Kim
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Follow Up By: Member - Dick (Int) - Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 19:56

Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 19:56
Kim, have a look at http://nla.gov.au/nla.ms-ms8891

Cheers
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Reply By: Pajman Pete (SA) - Tuesday, Apr 29, 2008 at 09:35

Tuesday, Apr 29, 2008 at 09:35
I'm another genealogy tragic.

Another good website is the National Australian Archives:

www.naa.gov.au

You can search their website by name and they will scan and post documents that you identify (free 5 times a year last time I looked). There is all sorts of stuff on there and lots of good help.

Cheers

Pete
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