Monday, 30 December 2013

Person: Lily May Lucas nee Hodges (01 Jun 1915 - 30 Dec 1976)

Today is the 37th anniversary of the passing of my paternal grandmother Lily aka Dixie (you guessed it this blog was named after her).  When family pass I am a firm believer of keeping their essence alive and a part of our lives, without them we wouldn't be who we are, so in honouring her memory today I am sharing a snippet of her tree.

It is believed her father is a gent named Harry Jamieson as told to me by my grandfather when I expressed an interest in our family heritage all those years ago.  I am hopeful that one day DNA will be able to shed some light on this or point us in the right direction to fill in this branch for her, I'm hopeful she won't shoot me down for doing this, it's done with love in the heart <3

embeddable family tree updated live from WikiTree

Surname: Melrose DNA Study

As a family group we are interested in tracing our Melrose (and Schofield) origins especially as we have pretty much come to the end of the paper trail from the Australian end.

We are particularly interested to connect with descendants of Thomas Graham Melrose and Anna Horrigan/Harrigan located in Michigan and Canada who would be willing to take a DNA test to compare results.  With the objective to prove or disprove whether the two Thomas Graham Melrose's are indeed one and the same.

There are 5 descendants covering 3 separate lines of descent from the Australian branch of Melrose's via George Melrose & Jane Schofield that have taken autosomal/family finder DNA tests through 23andme to compare with.  We also have our results at

If you would like to join us, please contact me on dna [at] dixie9 dot com or here.

We would also be interested in connecting with the Melrose's of South Australia to see if they are related as well.  We believe they are, we just haven't confirmed how or where ;)

George's DNA Inheritance Chart

embeddable family tree updated live from WikiTree

Friday, 27 December 2013

Genealogy's Star: Flash Drive Disaster -- Genealogists Beware!!!

About two years ago I had spent the day scanning all my folders of certificates and documents, it was an ambitious task, but one that I really wanted to do, at the end of the session I started the eject procedure for the flash drive, but it would not complete, it hung forever to the point I pulled the flash drive out beginning my own demise.. when I popped the flash drive in my home computer it wouldn't register, absolutely nothing could resurrect that little sucker, hours and hours of lost work and a very valuable lesson learned... Some really sound advice here so you don't repeat my mistake,  have a read and learn for your own sanity - Genealogy's Star: Flash Drive Disaster -- Genealogists Beware!!!