2015 Family Tree Thank you Facebook!

Last week one of my cousins add me and I have been chatting with her getting to know her. So today I was checking out family members on one side of the family that I have added on facebook to see how many more relatives I could find and see what they look like now.  To my surprise I have located nearly all but one Aunt and her children and one cousin not on facebook.

I started with had 2 aunts and 1 uncle and 4 cousins added, and 1 aunt and 2 uncles pending.  Now I have 2 aunts 1 uncle and 9 cousins added with 1 aunt, 2 uncles and 5 cousins pending. This happened in a day.

It doesn’t matter if they don’t all add me it is just amazing having the ability to find them and send them a message and or see what they look like. There are many I have never met so to see a photo was great. They all live all over the country so I would have no idea where to start to find them.  Using facebook was a great tool to find them other than relying on relatives to pass on a message.

Using facebook for good instead of evil lol.

So thank you facebook.


2015 Family Tree

Hi all, I am tracing our family heritage which is a work in progress.

We have a tree on my heritage website which you can get access to if I accept your request.

We are always looking for new family members but more importantly we are interested in any information re health, achievements, stories of you direct family or relatives as we are hoping to publish our trees in a book which my software has the ability to do. So please share as much as possible with us via email(see contact us) or phone as we are trying to also capture who we were(like a mini profile) and signs of the times as a historical record to leave for future family generations. I would like this to be something that each generation shares even if it is you crazy great great aunt Julie did the family tree and it kept blah or blah blah has a copy because you never know how this could help future generation with either medical history or any other tid bits we share.

I personally wish this was done for me to have access to(although am enjoying researching it too), it is a very interesting topic and seeing where families blend together to make a new branch is always interesting to merge their trees. For example bit of trivia Caitlin our daughter shares the same birthday her direct ancestors great grandfather Colin Rainbird on her mother Julie’s side and her Great x 2 Grandfather John Albert Kirkness on her father Matthew’s side. This date was also significant as it is the anniversary when her father Matthew joined the RAAF in 1990. If we didn’t start doing our tree we would never have realized this information. There are many other bits of trivia you can discover, for eg I not only found out my Great x 5 Grand father was a convict but through researching I found the ship he traveled here on, the ships log, the medical log when he was sick on his trip and the crime he was convicted of, how he left a wife and 2 children in England never to see again and I am a descendant of his new family after his time was served.

Although it not for everyone to research it, it is interesting to find out about some of the skeletons etc in our past. It has all played a part in molding who we are today by way of experiences in each generation and in how we parented and tweaked each generation to become who we are.

As i said its not for everyone but I find it fascinating. PS also need photo’s not only of people but houses, ships traveled on, Castles owned etc….

2014 Where did Struthers come from?

Tonight Caitlin asked me where did Struthers come from.  I didn’t know any more than following the family tree so we Googled it and found this.  We thought it was quite interesting so I have shared it with you all here.

Last name: Struthers

This interesting surname has two possible sources the first being that it is a topographical name for a person who lived by marshy ground overgrown with brushwood and is derived from the Olde English ‘strod’, the Middle English ‘strother’, meaning damp land. However it is also a locational name from any of the various places named with this element, for example ‘Strother’ in Northumberland, ‘Struther’ in Lanarkshire or Struthers in Fife, Scotland. Although this name is popular in Scotland, references point to an origin further south, perhaps from the place in Northumberland where the ancient family of Strothers were lords of the manor of Kirk-Newton in the barony of Wark-on-the-Tweed. Amongst the early recordings was that of Alexander Struthers who married Janet Strang on 12th August 1697 at Last Kilbride, Lanarkshire.A Coat of Arms was granted to a family at Calderbank, County Lanark in 1808 and has the blazon of a silver shield, three blue piles issuing from the base, in chief an eagles head erased proper between two black fleur-de-lis, denoting victory over the French. The Crest being a black martlet. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John Strwtheris, witness, which was dated 1555, Glasgow, during the reign of Queen Mary of Scotland, 1542 – 1567. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to “develop” often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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I found this here.