A family believed their grandfather was 49 when he died in 1933.   His death certificate noted he was supposed to have been 49, married at 39 and have been resident in Western Australia for 14 years.  Our research proved he was actually 55, six years older.  He had lied about his age on his marriage certificate claiming to be 39 when he was actually 45 and since he arrived in WA in 1916 he had actually been there 17 years.  His age on the ship that brought him from Ireland was also wrong.

Our proof was based on his parents being identified in church records in Ireland and the baptism records of their children, including him, were clear.  He was born in 1878 not 1884.

 

A family's great, great, great step father fought with Nelson at Trafalgar.   It was a simple thing to disprove that furphy as there are good records of all officers and men who served on all British ships at that historic battle - he was not one of them.  In fact we tracked him down in London - he was a beer seller whose other son later ran a cricket ground.  His wooden leg was NOT from Trafalgar.

 

Another family's grandmother was a great concert pianist performing with her husband in a famous German opera orchestra.   The girl was a musical prodigy who was unfortunately seduced by a tall dark handsome lawyer while she was away from home studying in Europe at an early age.  They married and went to Ceylon (Sri Lanka) where she discovered his mother was a full caste native.  In those days that was enough to make her bolt and she took ship with a German violinist who also seduced her.  On board was an Australian who she seduced and who, smitten, took her back to her family in England.  They then had children and went to South Africa on the way to Australia where she was shot and killed in 'an accident' with a hunting rifle.

 

'Honest John', a family's great grandfather was not so honest.   A noted builder and paragon of virtue in his adopted new land, John arrived with three children of his marriage 'many years before'.  Unfortunately the records disagreed.  We discovered his marriage records in London and the records of the birth of his two children there (the third was born on the ship bringing them to Australia). His first child was born well before he married the young lass who later had a total of 14 children, 11 of whom survived to venerable old age.

 

A family claimed their great grandfather was a free settler in Western Australia - and he was - but there was more to it.

 

  Unfortunately there were no records of his arrival by ship - free or convict - in any of the colonies, nor was he a convict himself.  So where had he come from and how ?  Extensive research among arcane records established he was probably the son of convicts !
A famous engineer established an impeccable record of service in his adopted  colony but there was scandal behind.   Research showed this hero of civil construction had been married at the end of a shotgun 'so to speak'.  In those days, that would have been enough to condemn his family as outcasts to society but a swift change of country and all was well - until the genealogists came by.

 

A family requested we research and write up their ancestry, starting with a single sheet of paper containing the names of some cousins.

 

  We discovered and verified an unbroken succession back to the 1600s across three countries, establishing the generations, their social and economic situation, land holdings and writing up the result in a handsome, full colour, hardback book.
Research our family was the request, pointing to the male line as the objective.   We researched both the males and those indomitable women who came into their family, enriching their gene pool, working alongside them in fair weather and foul, bearing their sons and daughters and ensuring their succession.  These additional lines of research brought out previously unknown stories that enriched their family history.

 

An interest in military history revealed a WWI soldier of great courage   The family came from generations which had lots of children but no-one knew much about them.  While tangential to the current generation's history, a small amount of time unearthed the story of a qualified 30year old 'great cousin' who enlisted as a common soldier, survived Gallipoli, was promoted through the ranks and progressed to the Western Front in France.  He fought with distinction, leading his men through numerous battles with only VD as an injury until 1917 when, in a silly little raid by a few Germans, he was killed by a stray bullet and now lies in an unmarked grave, somewhere near Bullecourt.
   

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