Thursday, 28 February 2013


Please take a look at the following post and help us to save headstones that are being removed from Western Australia cemeteries. Tell your friends!


This is dear to my heart as some of Mum's birth family are located in Karrakatta and Fremantle Cemeteries, it would be devastating to lose the only physical connection we have to them!

The Metropolitan Cemeteries Board have updated the cover photograph for their website stating that there has been '30 years of respectful implimentation of the renewal program'.

Please visit the facebook page to read newspaper articles and look at photographs that reflect what is taking place.

Please consider voicing your opinion by signing the petition.

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Saturday, 16 February 2013

Lucas from Scotland Y-DNA Results

Further to my earlier post "Journeying into genetic genealogy", results are starting to come in on my paternal "Lucas" Y-DNA test with Family Tree DNA.

The Results are:

Y-DNA = R1b1a2 with the shorthand code of R-M269.  

The 37 marker test hasn't revealed any close matches which is disappointing.  There were a couple of hopefuls, but there is no way to contact the people listed as they have their profile set to private, frustrating!

I have the joined two projects in the hope of finding matches:
Lucas Project:
Scottish Project:

The mtDNA is due in next.

Since my previous post, 23andme has reduced the price of there genetic test to $99 USD, delivery to Australia is $74.95 USD.  I had no intention of getting my own DNA done, but I have decided to do so.  So last Monday (4 Feb 2013) I ordered a test kit, it turned up today!  Considering the kit from  Family Tree DNA took over 4 weeks to arrive, the delivery time on this one was OUTSTANDING!  I know of one Melrose cousin who has her test with 23andme so it will be interesting to compare notes when the result is in.

If you are connected to the family in anyway, and are interested in getting your DNA done to prove connections, I would love to hear from you.

The results have been entered on our tree at (16-Feb-2013), we'll see if it finds any matches.

Ancestry say this about our y-DNA haplogroup;

Cornelius Leahy & Margaret Manly


From what I have established so far the Leahy's and Manl(e)y's appear to have immigrated to South Australia from Ireland.

Cornelius and Margaret were married 3 Oct 1858 at Mt Barker, South Australia, his father was Denis Leahy and her father was Edward Manely.  At some stage following their marriage they travelled through Victoria to the Wilcannia area in NSW were Cornelius worked as a horse breaker and teamster, I believe for the Cobb & Co Coach Company.

Hodges-Bray-Rowe mtDNA Haplogroup U4

Further to my previous posts on our Genetic Genealogy we are now starting to see results on Ronald Sidney Lucas's (Aussie Rhonda's father) maternal line, which were ordered 29-Oct-2012 from FamilyTree DNA.  For those who aren't sure how the tracing of DNA works, the y-DNA follows the father, grandfather, great-grandfather etc, whilst the mtDNA follows the mother, grandmother, great grandmother and onwards.