I was born in 1957 at the Crown Street Women’s Hospital. This is in Surry Hills, New South Wales, Australia. Surry Hills is a suburb in the City of Sydney. I am married with 7 children. I have 3 sons, from a previous marriage, and 4 step children. Also we now have 3 grandchildren.
My wife and I were both born in the same year at the same hospital, (I am older by 8wks). This photo of me was taken on our 50th birthday.
I have been doing Family history since my teens, (My father got me into it), and have loved every minute of the time I have been involved in it. There is always something new to be learned about our ancestors. I love the challenge also of working out or solving family riddles or puzzles. And my wife and I both have those in our family lines. We both have convicts in our family histories. Both 1st & 2nd Fleeters. And in the course of my research have found a number of times where our families have intermarried. So indirectly we are related to each other distantly, so to speak. The connections are usually not on any direct lines.
While I don’t have any formal qualifications. University degree or other tertiary qualifications. I do have over 40yrs of experience doing my own family and my wife’s research. As well as conducting a family history business in both tracing other’s family history or helping them getting started and tutoring people in how to trace their ancestors.
I have been a presenter and consultant at a local Family History Expo on a number of occasions over the last few years. I have edited and contributed to a Family History newsletter for our local church congregation. Some articles I will reproduce here in this blog from time to time.