Neil’s Family Specials — a reminder

I spent most of May setting up a sequence of posts about the Whitfields and Christisons, my paternal and maternal lineages. If you go to Neil’s Family Specials you will be taken back to 1815 and Ireland and Scotland. Keep scrolling and the posts will take the story from convict days here in NSW through the 19th century, World War 1 and finishing in the late 1920s on the south coast of NSW where my mother and father eventually met.

Do look. I have enjoyed creating the resource, primarily for family connections but family history so often is a good way into history more generally.

Here is a letter from my great-grandmother, Sophia Jane Christison, on the occasion of the death of my grandfather, Thomas Daniel Sweeney Whitfield in 1948. You can read more about both as well as about other ancestors in that family history sequence.

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Family history project finished!

For the past month I have been compiling a series of posts, mainly from 2015 but with quite a few interpolations, tracing aspects of the journeys of my Whitfield ancestors from Ireland and my Christison ancestors from Scotland. You can begin simply by going to Neil’s Family Specials and Memory Hole and scrolling down for as long as you like!

Sydney was a tad different c.1815:

C 359 Joseph Lycett's painting of Natives and the North Shore of Sydney Harbour, courtesy of Mitchell Library.lightbox

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It begins…

Check out re Whitfields and Christisons.

How did the Whitfields get to Australia? As Barry Allan notes in his family story Black Sheep and Gold Diggers, “Bill never mentioned that his own father had been a convict as well. It was socially unacceptable to have criminals in the family, and most families who had one invented all sorts of fanciful stories to explain how their ancestor came to Australia. These stories survived, often being embellished over the years, until the stigma faded and the truth was eventually discovered generations later.”

March 2017 exiting

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Now “Bye-bye Jim” — presses the “Empty Spam” button…

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In March 2017 this blog has averaged 50 hits a day, down on last month but better than last March’s 43.

The most visited posts have been:

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Ian 24
Ian Thorpe, Bullied, USA insight  15
Tom Thumb Lagoon  14
Proud of my old school/workplace 14
Fascinated by Catherine McKinnon’s “Storyland” 13
Yesterdays — 1944 and March 2017  13
What was I up to in March 2002/2007  11
About  11
Two on Trump  11
Coniston  11
Random Friday memory: 1 – John Mystery, my brother, Illawong 10
Mapping disadvantage 10
All my posts 10
Nobel prize winner’s obituary triggers memories 10
Hard to ignore the weather…  10
London 10