About Me.

A Family Tree researcher for over 30 years and a blogger since 2010, I love to share what I find. This blog has opened up a new way to contact and keep in-touch with both family and friends. It mightn't always be genealogy related and you might not agree with my point of view but I want you to comment, ask questions and look upon this blog as 'friends having a chat'.

Friday, 29 July 2016

Family Friday, Frederick Vaughan


Congratulations, Frederick, you are the first child of Henry and Charlotte to be born, (1860), AFTER they have married (at last). You are their ninth child and fifth son.

You, too like several of your siblings, seem to have lead an uneventful life. You marry on 2nd March 1887 to a Flora Wimhurst (Wymhurst) and in 1889 become you become parents to a daughter, Irene Chasmar Vaughan. Thank you for giving Irene the middle name of Chasmar, it makes tracing her much easier, well sort of.

I look for other children and find none. I search for your or Floras’ deaths, nothing. Here I go again, this family is making my research very interesting.  I do find a second marriage in 1915, to Elizabeth J Purves. Did Flora die or did you divorce?

A NSW Archives search for a divorce, leads to a dead end. So I again look for Flora’s death, nothing.

TROVE is my next search and I look for a Frederick Vaughan. Do you know how many Frederericks there are? I start narrowing my search down and then BINGO!

“Sydney Morning Herald, Thursday 12 September 1907, p4.


Flora Vaughan formerly Wynhurst petitioned for a divorce from Frederick John Vaughan, music teacher, on the ground of misconduct. The parties were married at Darlington on March 2, 1887, according to Congregational rites. …

His Honor granted a decree nisi for dissolution of the marriage, returnable in six months.”

Another search leads to me finding your Decree Absolute, on Wednesday 10 June 1908.

Just what was your ‘misconduct’?

And you are a music teacher. An interesting occupation for this family.

More searching on TROVE and I find this article. Your occupation is given as a printer and a musician as, two jobs, very commendable. Wait, you haven’t worked since the marriage and Flora is a dressmaker. Frederick, Frederick, Frederick this is dreadful!

The last thing I find is your death on, 3 September 1943. Your father is given as Harry and your mother is Charlotte, so it is you. You and Elizabeth are still together, that is good.

So great-uncle Fred, it seems you are a bit of a rogue. Were you faithful to Elizabeth? I hope so.

Bye, Your great-niece, Lilian
(P.S. Elizabeth's story is interesting, so TROVE Tuesday, 2nd August will have her story.)

Friday, 22 July 2016

Family Friday, Catherine Vaughan

                      CATHERINE CHARLOTTE VAUGHAN.

Catherine Charlotte, you are Henry and Charlotte’s eight child and third living daughter. Born 1856, some sources say 22 May, but as I don’t have any documents about you, I can’t be sure. Sorry but you aren’t my direct line and I’d rather save my money for other documents.

Catherine, I thought that it would have been easy to find you married but who would have guessed that three Catherine Vaughans would marry between 1874 and 1878! The two others are causing confusion on Ancestry, with you being ‘given’ James Hoy as your husband, up on the Macleay River or one Thomas Willis, in Goulburn. Then having you die as Catherine Hoy, in Kempsey and being buried in Rookwood! And not showing who you married! Annoying as these trees are being copied and not checked.  One lady, Kerry Johnson, seems to have all the correct details. Wonderful!

From her tree, I double and triple check what I have also found and concur that I have found the right Catherine.

So, Dear Catherine, you married one William Reid in 1874, aged 18, did Charlotte give permission?  The records show that Redfern is the place of registration. I didn’t think that the other two were you; your family didn’t go very far, from where they were born.

Searching for William and your children I find, William Robert 1875, Elizabeth 1877 and Annie 1879. Only three, small for your family.  But you also know the sorrow of having a children die, with Elizabeth dying in 1877 and Annie dies, aged 42, on 19 September 1922.

I then ‘loose’ you, nothing until your death on 2 June 1930, at 8 Catherine Street, Forest Lodge. Your death notices cause me some confusion, with there being no mention of William, your husband, interesting. This has me searching, (of on a tangent) for William’s death. I find many but haven’t gone down that line. Did he ‘disappear’?  One mention Mr and Mrs R Thompson and Family… beloved Mother and Grandmother. Who is this Mrs Thompson? Another daughter? Yes, you had a daughter Agnes Emily Vaughan in 1873, is she William’s as you registered the birth under Vaughan? Another mystery.

There is a notice from Mr and Mrs W R Reid, your son and Mr and Mrs McIntosh, a grandchild. Annie’s husband is also mentioned. Mrs Byrne and Mrs Keogh are you sisters-in-law.

You are buried at Rookwood, with Annie.

Catherine, you also seem to have lead a quiet life but if you can just tell me what happened to William, I’d be very happy. Think I might invest in some transcripts.

Bye, you loving great-niece, Lilian xxx.

P.S. Don’t be surprised if I ‘pop-in’ and visit, next time I’m at Rookwood.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

TROVE Tuesday, Panania

Two interesting pieces, about a robbery at my local station, in 1936. One has more details than the other.

Inverell Times (NSW  1899 - 1954), Friday 6 March 1936, page 1_files

Sydney Morning Herald (NSW  1842 - 1954), Friday 6 March 1936, page 11_files

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Saturday at SAG

Under overcast skies I walked to the station to catch the 8.21am train to the city.
As I got to the top of the ramp, the sun was trying to break-through.

My destination was Richmond Villa, home to the Society of Australian Genealogists.

The topic that Michelle Patient was presenting, was Breaking Down Brick walls. No, not construction one but the ones we discover, when tracing our ancestors.

Michelle's presentation was full of interesting, helpful ways to try and breakdown our wall.
One useful hint was to do a timeline. Something I had thought about but hadn't followed though with. Michelle advised us not to have to narrow a focus but to look at the bigger picture as to what was happening, in the timeframe of our brick wall.

If you ever have the chance to hear Michelle present this talk, go and absorb it. While I have been researching, for over 30 years, I learnt new things.

A day well spent.

Now to apply what I've learnt.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Family Friday; John Albert Vaughan

                                                      John Albert Vaughan.

John, John, John, like your siblings you are a mystery, one I don't think I can solve.

John, I can find your birth in 1854, the seventh child and fourth son of Henry and Charlotte, 235/1854, V1854253 40) and after this nothing.

Searching the NSW BDM's, for a death, of John Vaughan, gives  me plenty but none with your parents.  The Ryerson Index is next and again plenty but none stand out. TROVE is next on my list and there are plenty here too!

You are starting to annoy me, Great-Uncle John.

Back to the BDM's, looking for a marriage. This one, 1899 John Vaughan to Minnie A Whiteway, looks(ed) promising and then I worked out that you would have been 55 years old. Possible but it didn't ring true. ( I followed them, not you and ruled it out.)

Looked at the Rookwood CD, for a burial, better luck here as there isn't that many. I eliminate the ones in the Catholic section and then start cross-referencing with the BDM's, Ryerson and TROVE. No luck, either the age was too young or I can give them to another family.

Desperation has me looking at family trees, on Ancestry. I find several that have you on them and all have a death date of 1855. Did Charlotte loose another child?

I go to Find My Past and can't find you. Family Search is next and there you are. John Albert, 13 May 1855. Another small life, taken to soon.

Just a question, are you buried at St Stephen's, Newtown, too? (More on that later.)

Your Great-Niece,

(I hope your little sister  Catherine Charlotte is easier to follow and I know Frederick is going to cause me a few headaches!)

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Cemetery Wandering

Last week I had several hours to fill in, while Paul was in RPA, having a big test done. He is fine.

BUT what was I going to do?

Lucky for me my mother's side were from Newtown, Camperdown and Erskineville and Holy Trinity, Erskineville and St Stephen's, Newtown where their churches. Armed with the details I knew of the two burials, at St Stephen's I went grave searching. It is such a beautiful place to walk around and just look at the different adornments of the graves, read headstones of small children and ache for their parent's loss and try and find the grave you want.  I knew that the chances of finding Henry and Charlotte Vaughan's graves was remote, after all part of the cemetery was turned into a park, but it was worth the time.

After about an hour and no luck I got talking to the gardener and he asked if I had been onto the church website and looked to see if the grave was in the area left. NO, I didn't know that there was a website and therefore hadn't looked. Going back to our hotel room, I opened the iPad and went to the website; www.neac.com.au   After having a look around the site I went to Facilities & Grounds, Cemetery Headstones and entered Vaughan in the search box. BINGO! There was Henry, Charlotte, Rachel Wyatt and Charlotte Alice. I knew of the first three but who was Charlotte Alice? A quick search of the NSW BDM's and there she was, daughter of Henry Edward and Mary Ann, thus making her Henry and Charlotte's granddaughter.

Back to the cemetery, (I still had another three hours before I could go to the hospital), to try and find the grave. I found the section but to my dismay the headstone was facedown in the dirt, a result of vandals. Talking to the gardener, again, he said that photos had been taken and if I contacted Jenna, there might be one.  I did an below is the photo, taken by Jenna. One very happy descendant, with a puzzling question. Rachel Waytt died in 1865, Henry was next in 1871. Didn't Rachel have a head stone or is she buried else where and just mentioned here? Something for my research in at SAG on Thursday.

So Henry and Charlotte, you do have a headstone and are in the remains of the cemetery, sorry I should have checked, before and not assumed, that you didn't. I should realise that with this family, nothing is impossible!

Now I have to work out if the William Vaughan, also there is related.

Your great-great-granddaughter.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

TROVE Tuesday; Damage at Cronulla

                                       Damage at Cronulla.
Searching TROVE, for a family death notice I came across this small piece about a storm at Cronulla, in 1930. It seems that this is a frequent occurrence, given the bad storm, in June 2016.
Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), Tuesday 3 June 1930, page 12

Friday, 8 July 2016

Family Friday, George Wellington Vaughan

                                                     George Wellington VAUGHAN.

George, like the song from CSI, I ask "Who are you?"

You are the sixth child and third son of Henry and Charlotte, born 18 June 1852 and baptised 15 August 1852*, at St Philips Church, Sydney. I wonder if your middle name, Wellington, is in honour of the 1st Duke of Wellington, the hero of the Battle of Waterloo. He died in 1852, so this seems likely.

Then George you disappear, vanish! No death. No marriage. Nothing in any newspaper. Nothing, very frustrating.

BUT searching the New South Wales (NSW), Birth, Death and Marriage records, I find this;

Ref No  1876/1213*
Groom VAUGHAN, Edward Wellington
Bride STANSALL, Esther Maria.
Place Sydney.

Could this be you? Certificate ordered and I wait. While waiting I look for any possible children, your death, anything that might be helpful.

The transcript arrives and bingo, it is you but you are called Edward. Why?  You and Esther marry on 30 December 1876 and you give your parent's names as Henry Vaughan and Charlotte. You give your occupation as a painter and both you and Esther are born in Sydney. No ages are given and the witnesses don't appear to be family.

I do another search of the NSW BDM's, just in case I missed you being a twin, no. I do another death search, nothing. Okay, you are now Edward.  Why did you change your name? On Ancestry, there is a tree with you named as George Edward Wellington Vaughan. I'm not sure about that, Edward isn't on your baptism record, George isn't on your marriage, confusing.

I have found two children to you and Esther, May born 1880 and Albert Edward born 1889.

I then find your death on 24th June 1900 and your death certificate* is full of information. Your full name, occupation, parents, age at marriage, spouse, children, etc. and the big one Informant, Louisa Rogers, sister. So it looks like Louisa is still close to her family.  I find your death notice in TROVE but there is no new information to be found.

BUT there are three notices in the Sydney Morning Herald, in 1937, all from the Public Trustee.

The first one on 12 February 1937, page 2 is a notice " By order of the Public Trustee, Estate of Edward Wellington Vaughan, Deceased...convey and distribute the property and assets of said deceased."

The second is on 26th May 1937, for the auction of 216 Rose Street, Darlington, by Henry E Vaughan & Son. WAIT! That is the house you died in, you must have owned it. And the auctioneers are family.  The third notice, on 2nd June 1937, is again for the house. The auction was on Thursday 3rd June 1937 at 11am.

What has me  puzzled is why has it taken 37 years to settle you estate? I look for Esther's death and find that she has died in 1936. Did you leave the house to her, until her death? I start a search for your will and so far haven't found one but I will keep looking.

Well Uncle Edward, from what I have found you seem to be a good man and a good provider. I still want to know why you changed your name? 

Your great-niece,

* denotes I have the document.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

TROVE Tuesday; Colliery Disaster

Last Thursday, 30 June, I was at Rookwood Cemetery, hunting ancestors graves, as one does. Trying to find a marker, I came across this;

The grave is large and very over grown.

Back home and I knew I had to find out what happened, so I searched TROVE and the article, below is very detailed. Amazingly one man survived the accident.

 'Australasian (Melbourne, Vic: 1864-1946), Saturday 24 March 1900, page 41.'

Monday, 4 July 2016

This and that.

I have several hours to fill in and I'm about to go and take photos of a very old church, St Stephen's, Newtown. My grandparents were married there, 106 years ago. My great-great grandparents are buried there. I won't be able to find their graves as 3/4 of the cemetery was turned into a park.

I'm going to do a blog series on the churches my ancestors attended, so watch this space!

The cemetery awaits,

Friday, 1 July 2016

Family Friday; Louisa Vaughan.

Louisa Vaughan.

Louisa, Louisa, Louisa, you prove to be as elusive as your big brother, Henry Edward. Why?

I don’t have your birth certificate but I do know that you are the fifth child and second living daughter of Henry and Charlotte, born in 1850. You are included as one of the three females, living, on Henry’s death certificate but not mentioned, at all on your mothers. Why?

What I have about you has been gleaned from the marriage certificates of Isabella in 1866 and William in 1867, where you stand as a witness, for both. Then you seem to disappear.

I searched for your marriage, in both New South Wales and Victoria, nothing. Searched for your death, in both New South Wales and Victoria, nothing. I spent time searching through TROVE and found three death notices that lead me to discover more about you.

“Sydney Morning Herald, Monday 23 January 1922, page 7.”


"ROGERS. The Relatives and Friends of Mr and Mrs ARCHIBALD CRUM and FAMILY are kindly invited to attend the Funeral of their dearly-loved MOTHER and GRANDMOTHER, Louisa Vaughan Rogers; to leave their residence, 195 Trafalgar street, Annandale, THIS AFTERNOON, at 1 o’clock for the Presbyterian Cemetery, Rookwood, via Mortuary Station.”

The second notice mentions a Mr and Mrs W J TURNER, loving mother and grandmother.

You have two daughters?? This starts a search for their marriages and I find that your daughters are named Charlotte and Alice. Mrs Crum and Mrs Turner, respectively.

I next look for your marriage, while waiting for your death certificate to arrive. No marriage is found. Okay, there could be several reasons for that, but not the one I found.

Your death certificate* (22 January 1922), arrives and the plot thickens. Your parents are correct, so it is you. Charlotte and Alice are mentioned and their ages, good. Archibald is mentioned, so it is the correct certificate. BUT your Name and Place Married open up an interesting problem.

NAME; Louisa Vaughan, KNOWN AS Rogers.

Place Married; NOT MARRIED.

Louisa, why are you doing this to me?

From your death certificate I know that Charlotte is 45 and Alice is 41, in 1922, so I should be able to find their births.

Rogers births for Charlotte and Alice, nothing.

Vaughan births for Charlotte and Alice, bingo! There they are Charlotte in 1876 and Alice in 1881. No father is listed. It is interesting to note that a father’s name, John, is given on their death certificates.

Searching the New South Wales, births, deaths and marriages, plus TROVE, I find that your family inserted In Memoriam notices, on the anniversary of your death. Your daughter’s marry and have at least eight children, that I can find between them. I also find their deaths and those of their husbands.

Why didn’t you marry? Was there really a John Rogers? Was he married? Didn’t your family approve?  Questions and more questions.

From the third funeral notice, I can see that you are still in touch with some family but exactly who, I haven’t looked at.

The illegitimacy, of your daughters, should not have bothered your family. Your own parents had most of their children, before they married.

I thought that I would search TROVE, to see if I could find Charlotte’s marriage. While I didn’t find that, I did find John Roger’s funeral notice and probate notice. There were seven funeral notices, all saying loving father, with the last two being from Charlotte and Alice.  So John did have another family.

Searching both Ancestry and Find My Past, located a marriage, children, in England and then his wife’s death, in 1870, in Australia. The biggest discovery was his will. He was living at 195 Trafalgar Street, Annandale, with Charlotte and Archibald Crum. Were you there too, Louisa?  I think so.

I still have unanswered questions but I feel that I know you well enough. Your brother George is going to cause me problems, next week. How I love this family of mine.

Your loving great-niece,


I found your grave, yesterday and discovered that Charlotte and Archibald are with you. Is James your grandson? I have a grandson James.