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Ballygawley to Stawell: The Hamilton 'Homestead'

2x great grandfather Samuel Hamilton

2x great grandmother Margaret Hamilton (McCallion)

When Samuel Hamilton (1832-1901) married Margaret McCallion (1839-1899) in the Aughnacloy Meeting House (Presbyterian) on April 11 1860, his occupation was listed as a Flax and Muslin Agent. 1,299 more words


52 Ancestors: Week 15 'Taxes'

I have found the ‘Victoria, Australia, Rate Books 1855-1963′ a very useful aid in tracking land and dwellings of many of our ancestors…..both as occupiers and owners. 790 more words


52 Ancestors: Week 14 'Maiden Aunt'

I had two beautiful maiden great aunts, Elsie May Heal and Esther May Jones. I have decided to write a little about each of them combining my own memories, family stories and the research I have done on each. 1,518 more words


52 Ancestors: Week 13 'The Old Homestead'

Part of my family research is being able to, whenever possible, return to ancestral places.  I always have my camera at hand ready to record items of interest and how things look today. 884 more words


52 Ancestors: Week 12 'Misfortune'

Throughout the generations few families are fortunate to remain unscathed  by misfortune of some kind. Our ancestors have many such stories to be told.

The following fictional narrative is based on genealogical records and provides a little insight into our ancestor George Rolley and the misfortune he and his family experienced in the early days of their arrival in Victoria. 1,541 more words