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I’ve been researching my family history for about ten years, since a friend asked me to help with organising a family reunion for her family. Sneakily she gave me an old copy of Family Tree Maker and suggested I start with entering myself and work backwards. My father was an orphan at age 5, and I’m ashamed to say that  I had never questioned why, or how his parents died. When I found that they had died within just a few weeks of each other and left 10 children behind, I was hooked and wanted to know more about this branch of the family. I’ve since, extended my research to all branches of my surprisingly large family.

As well as the family history, I really love history in general, this often has me going off on all sorts of tangents, looking for some small fact that I must find, sometimes crucial to building my family history, but sometimes, just because I want to know. I have also, surprisingly, discovered a love of writing. This blog was originally started to keep me accountable to my promise to myself to keep writing. But I’ve found that writing about my family history and genealogy in general is not a chore. My only problem is constraint of time for the moment.

I’m also deeply passionate about  cycling, bushwalking and fitness in general. You can find my, slightly haphazard fitness blog here

I recently moved to a beautiful, tiny township called Axedale. It is in the centre of Victoria, just outside the historical goldfields city of Bendigo. You can find my One Place Study of Axedale here 

All of this leads to the extremely busy life I live, that I love.

13 Comments
  1. Anne Morrison permalink

    I’m trying to find gt grandfather, Alex Morrison, blacksmith, who came to Australia for a short period possibly in the 1890’s. A mr A Morrison purchased a blacksmith business in Heathcote in 1897. I would like to find out if it’s him, or one of your Morrisons! Alex came from Aberdeenshire, so not sure if he was related to the Heathcote Clan. Do you have any knowledge, or suggestions?
    Cheers, Anne

    • Anne I’m not sure how your Alexander Morrison is related to mine, but suspect he probably is. I don’t have an Alexander yet, but research on this line is incomplete. However the name Alexander appears very often amongst my ancestors as a second name.
      My Morrisons are from Glenshiel Ross-Shire, Scotland. I will post more about the early Morrisons in the next few weeks, and maybe you will pick up some clues.
      Is your Alexander Morrison buried at Heathcote. I live nearby and could check out the cemetary if he is. Perhaps there would be some clues there. Please keep in touch.

  2. Hi Jennifer, congratulations on your blog! I have nominated you for a Liebster Blog Award. You can visit my blog page for the details. http://branchesofourfamily.wordpress.com/
    Cheers Susan

    • Thank you so much for your nomination Susan. I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to accept. Life has been throwing up some time challenges for me lately. But I will accept and nominate shortly. Thanks again for your support

  3. Neil Brookes permalink

    Hi Jennifer,

    I’ve done a fair bit of research into the Waters family of Newton Bury, being a descendant myself. Quite an interesting story – would be happy to share research.

    Neil.

    • Hi Neil, Thanks for getting in touch. I would love to compare information. Which line of Waters do you belong to?

  4. Hi Jennifer, I have started a Facebook page for local or family history web writers. It is meant as a support and ideas network for bloggers and Wiki owners and we’d love you to join. Please share this link with any other of your contacts with blogs that you would like to invite: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1070035523030558/

  5. Graham Sleeth permalink

    Jennifer. My mother was your grandfather’s sister. Maybe we should share some Morrison history.

  6. Jacqui permalink

    Are you the same Jennifer Jones that I just messaged on Ancestry?

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