Wednesday, 7 January 2015

DNA: Gedmatch Family Groups

Gedmatch Family Groups

The following is a current list of confirmed connections using DNA and the groups the break down to.  If you connect with any of us we would love to hear from you!

Created 7 Jan 2015

Cummins (Hamilton, Fritchley, Burke, Ward, possibly Lappard/Leppard/Clappard)
  • Lucas/Cummins:          M045648 | Self
  • Cummins/Miller:          M224633 | mother
  • Ellison/Cummins:         F353616 | 1C
  • McMinn/Cummins:      F369086 | 1C1R

Miller (Jones, Sullivan, Davis)
  • Lucas/Cummins:    M045648 | Self
  • Cummins/Miller:    M224633 | mother
  • Ellison/Cummins:   F353616 | 1C
  • Shelly Brophy:        M033616 | 3C1R

Melrose/Schofield  (Irvine, Wilkinson, Young)
  • Lucas/Cummins:      M045648 | Self
  • Cummins/Miller:      M224633 | mother
  • Ellison/Cummins:     F353616 | 1C
  • Carter/Murray:          M470150 | 2C2R
  • Shelly Brophy:          M033616 | 3C1R
  • Karynne Melrose:     M842747 | 4C

Melrose via Thomas Graham Melrose (Young, possibly Ansley or Graham)
  • Lucas/Cummins:      M045648 | Self
  • Cummins/Miller:      M224633 | mother
  • Ellison/Cummins:     F353616 | 1C
  • Carter/Murray:          M470150 | 2C2R
  • Shelly Brophy:          M033616 | 3C1R
  • Karynne Melrose:     M842747 | 4C
  • Tom Melrose:           23andme only

Davis/Mundy (Jones, Prisk, Trenniman/Trenneman or Andrews, Johns)
  • Lucas/Cummins:          M045648 | Self
  • Cummins/Miller:          M224633 | mother
  • Ellison/Cummins:         F353616 | 1C
  • Amanda  Bortolussi:     M240200 | 3C

  • Lucas/Cummins:   M045648 | Self
  • Lucas/Hodges:      F259403  | Uncle
  • Jan Muir:               F352465  | 1C
  • Jc1948:                 M601728 | 3C1R 
  • Peter Bolton:         F363003  | 4C2R only matches jc1948

  • Lucas/Cummins:   M045648 | Self
  • Lucas/Hodges:       F259403  | Uncle
  • Jan Muir:               F352465  | 1C
  • Jc1948:                  M601728 | 3C1R 
  • Leonie Malins:      23andme only

Pinkerton (Pollock, Brown, Cleary, Moroney)
  • Lucas/Cummins:   M045648 | Self
  • Lucas/Hodges:      F259403  | Uncle
  • Jan Muir:               F352465  | 1C

Hodges (Unknown father, Leahy, Bray, Rowe, Manley)
  • Lucas/Cummins:   M045648 | Self
  • Lucas/Hodges:      F259403  | Uncle
  • Jan Muir:               F352465  | 1C

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Joining the Genealogy Do-Over Challenge

If you have followed me here and over at Facebook you'll know that I have had some database issues and disasters over the years, this past year I have spent the time attempting to 'fix' the problems and I feel as though I am getting nowhere fast.

However, 2015 is a whole new year and I am tired of wasting my time trying to 'fix' it, so I am going to join Thomas McEntee and throw it all out and start fresh, oh boy this is going to be a HUGE and wondrous journey.  Completely re-sourcing every single item, along with new ones, one person at a time.

If you are game and would like to join me, see here

I am happy with my existing digital filing system which I set up a few years ago, it works for me, so that will remain, could certainly be tidied up further though!

Here is a sample of my 'filing'.  I discovered last night that I don't have everything in my hard copy collection scanned when I went searching for my mothers baptism certificates, so that will be a priority, one person at a time, get it scanned and documented.
Person filing system

I also have an easy reference Index which pulls all documents with a certain prefix, ie D-Death, CEN-Census etc so I can easily find them.  You can see there are multiple copies of items here because of the duplication into the FamilyTreeMaker Media system, this will all be removed as I go along, exciting!
Indexes for easy viewing of "pre-fixed" documents
I think, only 'think' at this stage, that I am going to dump all mainstream programs and move to open source Gramps, if I can get the hang of it.  I currently have FTMM3, Reunion 10 and Legacy 7, I decided to completely switch to Mac because I can never get Parallels and Windows to play nicely, the program I will miss the most is something that I only started using in the past year, Clooz, which sadly is only Windows based so won't be coming with me.  Bonus,his Genealogy Do-Over will save me a tonne of money in that I won't have to pay for "updates" and "upgrades" to so many programs.

This has all been prompted because I signed up for the 'Introduction to Family History' module at the University of Tasmania which a cousin put me on to, thanks Jan! At first I thought nah, but decided to do it and see what I could learn, well, I can tell you it has been an eye opener so far.  Oral History?  I never thought of that having any structure, research plans?  I'm pretty organised, but wow, now I have a whole fresh outlook, which is what my genealogy needs.   

Sunday, 28 December 2014

William Johnston 1888-1926, Inquest

Sometimes when researching your family you'll find something that pulls at your heartstrings, this is one such case.

William Johnston is my 1st cousin, 3 times removed, our common ancestors are George Brown and Mary Cleary.  I found his death a while ago but tonight was searching through Trove for any snippets and I found a Coroner's account of his tragic death.

PRIMITIVE HOPPERSCORONER'S SEVERE COMMENT  SYDNEY, Thursday.Some caustic comments were made to-day at an inquest concerning the death of William Johnston, who fell into the water while opening the doors of the hopper Kestrel. Evidence was given that when the large doors at the bottom of the hopper jammed it was customary to strike the ram with a hammer to release them. Johnston   had been doing this for about 10 minutes, standing on a pile of ashes, before the doors opened and he and the ashes slid into the water. 
William Tait, who was also employed on the hopper, endeavoured to save Johnston's life, and had managed to grasp his hand when another load of ashes crashed on to his shoulders, and he lost his grip. 
The coroner, in returning a verdict of accidental death, said he had inspected the hopper and it appeared to him that the method of opening the doors was most primitive; in fact, it seemed to, be an invention of the early eighties when human life was not of much value. He could not imagine that a better method of opening the doors could not be provided. A man might escape 100 times and then lose his life through no fault of his own. "It occurred to me," he added, "that a man has not anything to stand on except the ashes. Men become so accustomed to this sort of thing that they lose their sense of danger." 
The owners of the hopper informed the coroner that they had taken steps to prevent such accidents in future.
PRIMITIVE HOPPERS. (1926, August 20). Northern Star(Lismore, NSW : 1876 - 1954), p. 5. Retrieved December 29, 2014, from 
Further, his death appears to have left his surviving parents, William Johnston and Alice Mina Lola Brown in hardship.
DEATH OF A WORKER.PARENTS AWARDED COMPENSATION. Sydney, November 30.The Workers' Compensation Commission to-day awarded the parents of WilliamJohnston, who drowned at the Heads on July 22, by being precipitated through the hatches of an ash hopper, £400. Both were partly dependent on their son.
DEATH OF A WORKER. (1926, December 1). The Advertiser(Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), p. 13. Retrieved December 29, 2014, from 

Saturday, 25 October 2014

DNA confirms there is ONE Thomas Graham Melrose (1806, Scotland - 1888, Michigan)

Excitement is immense here. This week we have a MAJOR DNA confirmation on the Melrose line.

Thomas Graham Melrose, my 4th great grandfather, who married Mary Anne Irvine is the very same
Thomas Graham Melrose that married Anna O'Neil in 1848, Motréal, Québec. Research shows that Anna is also known as Horrigan, Harrigan, Wilson and Willston.

This is confirmed with a triangulated match of a great grandson of Thomas Graham Melrose and Anna O'Neil to a great great grandson and great great great granddaughter of Thomas Graham Melrose and Mary Ann Irvine.

I am so grateful to this wonderful cousin for taking this test, to you Tom I send my eternal thanks. Thanks to him we also now have an estimated Melrose yDNA of I2b1* at 23andme.  For Anna's descendant's her mtDNA is H7.

To make it easier, we have:

Thomas Graham Melrose
+ Anna O'Neil (I am sticking to the name on the marriage for this exercise)
 |-James Stuart Melrose
  +Anna Elizabeth Bastow
   |-James Stewart Melrose
    +Gladys (unknown)
     |-Tom Melrose matches Tim Carter and Peggy Lucas

Thomas Graham Melrose
+ Mary Ann Irvine
 |-George Melrose
  +Jane Schofield
   |-Elizabeth Melrose
    +William Carter
     |-Aubrey Carter
      +Isabella Murray
       |-Tim Carter (G G Grandson) matches Tom and Peggy
   |-Mary Jane Melrose
    +Charles Miller
     |-Charlie Miller
      +Emily May Davis
       |-Cecilia Miller
        +Patrick John Cummins
         |-Peggy Lucas (G G G Granddaughter) matches Tom and Tim

Thank goodness we have these 3 to test otherwise we would have had a harder time doing this as Tom is not matching myself, Karynne or Shelly, although Tim matches the 3 of us as well; you just can't predict how the DNA will travel down the line!

Have fun joining the tree's together cousins!

My next project is to locate obliging DNA testers from the Melrose Clan of South Australia, the object is to see if they also connect, I've long suspected that they descend from George's Uncle George.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

DNA confirms that Patrick John Cummins is the daddy, now to find William John Cummins b. 1870, Warrnambool, Vic

This post relates to the father (my grandfather) of Peggy Lucas (my mother).

We truly didn't need to do this DNA test because instinctively we knew after seeing a photo of Patrick John Cummins the very first time that he was indeed Peggy's father. The resemblance to one of my nephews was incredible. However, I am a stickler for getting things right and with all the DNA we have on record I wasn't coming up with any matches to the surname "Cummins". It started to make me wonder if he could possibly 'not' be my grandfather. Enter another DNA test, this one was my 1st cousin and Mum's sister's daughter. Test results are in today and she is indeed a full blood niece.

So, give it up for Paddy, DNA can't deny parentage, we don't truly know the reasoning behind why Paddy and Cecilia adopted Mum out, a lot of it has been hearsay, some from adoption records and affidavits, but none of that is important, as we now have the truth of her heritage.

Could you have imagined if she wasn't? I would have had to re-write the family tree and the website! Thanks Universe, I really did not want to do that!

So, now we need Patrick's spirit to come out of hiding and push us along the right path and knock down the proverbial brick wall.

We have Patrick John Cummins born 24 June 1908 at Cowra, father William John Cummins, labourer, aged 37, born Warrnambool, Victoria. His birth certificate states that his parents William John Cummins and Ada May Matthews were married 21st June 1907 at Dubbo, but this is not true as exhaustive searches have not found a marriage. Note that Ada used "Matthews" as her maiden name which was her step-father's name (she was born Ada Mary Hamilton). There is a confirmed marriage of Ada to Alfred Oborn in 1898 which leads me to believe that she was attempting to hide that she was still legally married to Alfred. Essentially all the Cummins children are illegitimate.  Could they have stretched William's place of birth too?

There is a William John Cummins born at Avoca, Victoria in 1870 with the parents William Cummin(g)s and Mary Ann Clappard (aka Leppard and Lappard), I haven't had reason to get this birth certificate yet as I am looking for further confirmation and Avoca is 207 km's north of Warrnambool.
  • 1906 - Son William John Cummins born, location unknown, birth appears to not be registered, confirmation from other sources.
  • 1908 - Son Patrick John Cummins born 1908, Cowra, NSW
  • 24th December 1909 in "The Burrowra News" there is mention of a William John Cummins of Cowra being granted a Hawker's Licence. [HAWKERS' LICENCES. (1909, December 24). The Burrowa News (NSW : 1874 - 1951), p. 2. Retrieved October 11, 2014, from]
  • 1910 - Daughter Dorothy May Cummins born Cootamundra, NSW
  • 1912 - Son Thomas Joseph Cummins born, Fairy Meadow, NSW (Wollongong)
  • 1915 - Son Michael Richard Cummins born, Campbelltown, NSW
  • 22nd September 1917; "The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate", as follows
William John Cummins pleaded guilty at Liverpool Court to stealing a quantity of military goods, including blankets, 15 suits of dungarees, 22 bars soap, a quantity of tea, coffee, etc. Constable Stack- pool said that he went to accused 's camp on the vicinity of Warwick Farm racecourse in company with Sergeant Gibson and a member of the military provost staff. Accused was lying in the camp under the influence of liquor and there was a quantity of military sundries lying about. Arrested accused and brought him to the lockup; where Cummins stated that he was a dealer and that he had been a cook at Liverpool Camp, and had Been discharged on three occasions. He said he was entitled to a lot of the military clothes he had, and that some of the stuff in his possession came from the German concentration camp. He also said that when the Warwick Farm encampment was broken up, he was given a lot of things, and some were given to his wife to wash. Police sergeant Gibson stated that as a result of a fire which had occurred at Cummins' camp, a lot of goods there had been identified as military property. The Bench inflicted a fine; of £5, in default two months' hard labor in Parramatta Gaol.[STOLEN MILITARY STORES. (1917, September 22). The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate (Parramatta, NSW : 1888 - 1950), p. 5. Retrieved October 11, 2014, from]
  • 1914-1918 William John Cummins enlisted in AIF but was rejected or discharged during training, at the time of enlisting he was age 50, born - Warnambool Victoria. (I haven't seen the benefit in ordering this file (yet), maybe down the track.
  •  1919 - Son of Ada born Sydney Alfred Burton registered as Cummins

From the above timeline William appears to disappear between 1915 and 1919.  I can't find any reference in the NSW Police Gazettes to followup on the above conviction.

If any of this rings a bell in your genealogy please make contact, all input welcome.


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