What if they were friends?

One aspect of our lives that rarely appears in our family trees are our friends.  Unless someone marries one, or the child of one, you really don't know much about your family's friends. My gg-grandparents Robert William Black and Emily Kinley Wilson are alleged to be cousins of some sort.  Unfortunately, due to the paucity …

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My Pride and Prejudice Moment

There are always stories about art imitating life and life imitating art.  It's always amusing when doing your family history to find an event that seems to come out of one of your favourite books.  In this case, Pride and Prejudice.  We all remember the delight of Elizabeth Bennet's younger sisters when the army came …

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Upping Sticks: The Black Family on the ‘Fiery Star’

This post is part of 'Upping Sticks: the Black Family'.  If your interest is in the Black family you might want to start there.  If not, keep reading. The Fiery Star The Fiery Star was a 1360 ton clipper owned by the Black Ball Line (part of James Baines & Co). She was a wooden …

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The American Connection

Updated: 19 December 2013 [A less current variation on this story appears in the October 2013 issue of the New Zealand Genealogist.  The theme of the issue was family taonga (Maori for treasure) and it features the bible I have inherited which belonged to Emily.  Scan.  Transcript.] I am 1/16th American.  My great-great grandmother Emily …

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Robert Johnston – World Traveller

Updated: 14 September 2013 Everyone should have a lying toe-rag of a Scottish gg-grandfather.  My husband has one (his is much better).  Mine, Robert Johnston, only told a small lie.  About his age.  Probably to get married. But before Robert Johnston got married, he had travelled further than nearly all of my other gg-grandparents (and …

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