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Lauren Bavin
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Thomas Secombe: A Man of the Sea.
Having now confirmed with DNA that my 2x Great Grandfather, William McClellan was in fact William McClelland Secombe, I felt it appropriate to start to do some serious research on his ancestors. His father, My 3xG Grandfather was Thomas Secombe. Much resear...
Having now confirmed with DNA that my 2x Great Grandfather, William McClellan was in fact William McClelland Secombe, I felt it appropriate to start to do some serious research on his ancestors. His father, My 3xG Grandfather...
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DNA Match Update
I thought it was about time I updated my DNA chart showing the ancestors I have confirmed. As you can see Ive confirmed all 4 of my grandparents and 7 out of 8 great grandparents so Im feeling like I am getting somewhere with confirming the paper trail I ha...
I thought it was about time I updated my DNA chart showing the ancestors I have confirmed. As you can see Ive confirmed all 4 of my grandparents and 7 out of 8 great grandparents so Im feeling like I am getting somewhere with...
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George Allington - A Man of the Land and for the Labourers.
George Allington (brother of my 3x G Grandmother Sarah Ann Allington) really was the instigator of the Allington family's emigration to New Zealand. He was, like many others and his father before him, an agricultural labourer. It turns out he was quite an i...
George Allington (brother of my 3x G Grandmother Sarah Ann Allington) really was the instigator of the Allington family's emigration to New Zealand. He was, like many others and his father before him, an agricultural labourer...
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Its all in the Genes. A DNA Connection
A couple of weeks ago I posted about a DNA match that had given me a whole new family branch, as I discovered my mothers DNA link to Thomas Sandall, who was a Mormon pioneer. Initially I could see little way that our family and the Sandalls could be connect...
A couple of weeks ago I posted about a DNA match that had given me a whole new family branch, as I discovered my mothers DNA link to Thomas Sandall, who was a Mormon pioneer. Initially I could see little way that our family a...
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A Possible New Ancestor Discovery by DNA Connection- Thomas Sandall
I originally had my DNA tested at Ancestry.com to try and solve a few of my family tree brick walls and mysteries. Namely who was my 2x G Grandmother Mary Ann Gleeson, and also was my 2x Great Grandfather William McClellan actually William McClelland Secomb...
I originally had my DNA tested at Ancestry.com to try and solve a few of my family tree brick walls and mysteries. Namely who was my 2x G Grandmother Mary Ann Gleeson, and also was my 2x Great Grandfather William McClellan ac...
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A Ngaruawahia Wedding Elinor Moffitt- Charles Bowie
Ive missed a few weeks of my "Ancestor a week" self- challenge however Im back with another Goodwin family layout today after receiving a great photo of a family wedding from another Goodwin cousin a few days ago. Fortunately many names were notated on the ...
Ive missed a few weeks of my "Ancestor a week" self- challenge however Im back with another Goodwin family layout today after receiving a great photo of a family wedding from another Goodwin cousin a few days ago. Fortunately...
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SOLVED: The Mystery of William McClellan aka William McCelland Secombe
Todays post is another DNA success story. William McClellan, my GG Grandfather was a bit of a mystery man.  Family Lore had him arrving in New Zealand by way of a Shipwreck- The “Fairy Queen” which came ashore in a large store in Timaru in 1873. He went on ...
Todays post is another DNA success story. William McClellan, my GG Grandfather was a bit of a mystery man. Family Lore had him arrving in New Zealand by way of a Shipwreck- The “Fairy Queen” which came ashore in a large st...
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Today's post is a non photo post which I created to help the confusion around the children of my 3x Great Grandparents William Henry and Jane Goodwin. There are many issues in trying to trace their children, as William changed his name during the course of ...
Today's post is a non photo post which I created to help the confusion around the children of my 3x Great Grandparents William Henry and Jane Goodwin. There are many issues in trying to trace their children, as William change...
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Charles Allington - Publican
Charles Allington was born in 1862 in Stretton on Dunsmore, Warwickshire. His mother was Charlotte Allington and he was her first child. No father was listed in the baptism records.  He appeared to spend some of his younger years living with his maternal gr...
Charles Allington was born in 1862 in Stretton on Dunsmore, Warwickshire. His mother was Charlotte Allington and he was her first child. No father was listed in the baptism records. He appeared to spend some of his younger y...
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The Fish that saved a Ship - The voyage of the Crusader in 1874 to Lyttleton
In last weeks post I mentioned the ship Crusader which carried quite a few of the Allington family to Lyttleton in 1874. The journey was not an uneventful one and from what it appears it is quite lucky that it got to New Zealand at all. The Crusader bought ...
In last weeks post I mentioned the ship Crusader which carried quite a few of the Allington family to Lyttleton in 1874. The journey was not an uneventful one and from what it appears it is quite lucky that it got to New Zeal...
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The Allington Family - Warwickshire to New Zealand
Ive been doing a bit of research about the Allington branch of my family this week. It turns out a lot more of the family emigrated to New Zealand than I had originally discovered. In particular I found out a lot about George Allington and will be doing sev...
Ive been doing a bit of research about the Allington branch of my family this week. It turns out a lot more of the family emigrated to New Zealand than I had originally discovered. In particular I found out a lot about George...
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Drummer Lowe
Todays layout features my Great Grandfather John Lowe. He was my fathers maternal Grandfather. Id like to thank Geoff Parton for the copies of the  letter from the bandmaster and for the contract from the Grand Derby Theatre that I used in this layout. Geof...
Todays layout features my Great Grandfather John Lowe. He was my fathers maternal Grandfather. Id like to thank Geoff Parton for the copies of the letter from the bandmaster and for the contract from the Grand Derby Theatre ...
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Now a Cooking Technology Tutor with a love of steam cooking, I had been a Digital Scrapbook Designer since 2001.I was with Digital Scrapbook Place from its inception in April 2004. After its demise I reinvented myself and took my current job which ties in perfectly ith my love of cooking and food in general. I still have a passion for photoshop and design and enjoy photography, entertaining, reading and travel when I can fit it in between work and my family of 5 .My latest addiction is genealogy and Im really enjoying uncovering the stories of my ancestors 
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Head Designer for Digital Scrapbook Place Inc.
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    Cooking Technology Tutor, 2013 - present
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