The Kilpatrick Family of Dublin and the Cranwill Family of Ballycanew, Wexford, Ireland

The Kilpatricks of Dublin, formerly Armagh, and the Cranwills of Dublin and Ballycanew, Wexford, have without a doubt been the most pleasurable and successful areas of my Irish family research. My paternal Grandmother Mabel Jackson Wise’s mother was named Agnes Amelia Kilpatrick. This information I discovered on Mabel’s birth record. I had never heard of Agnes, the wife of George Edwin Wise, however her oval photographic portrait and that of my Great-Grandfather Wise had hung as a pair above our

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James Kidd of Fifeshire, Scotland and Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

I hope this factual account about finding James Kidd’s grave inspires others to locate their ancestors amongst the historic graves of Camperdown Cemetery. In writing the story about James Kidd’s life, I realised that I needed to delve deeper into his past, find out who his parents were, where he came from and how he came to be transported to Australia. In this quest I have uncovered a proud Australian. James Kidd was my husband’s third great grandfather. He was

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The Robson Family of Wallsend and Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland England and Newcastle and Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

Our Robson family were from Wallsend, Northumberland, a town 10 km east of Newcastle upon Tyne in northern England. This general area is where our family had probably lived for centuries. Border wars between Scotland and England would have occasionally disrupted their otherwise peaceful community. The Robson clan were convenient border hoppers, depending on where the war was being fought, they would make sure they were on the winning side of the wall, thus ensuring their family’s survival from the

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The Fuller Family of Shoreditch, London, England

In my five years of research into the family history I have, in all branches of the family started off with no knowledge beyond my grandparents and no expectations of what I would find. Family history is the ultimate in pyramid building and, like every family researcher before me, I keyed in my own parents to start my family tree. This particular avenue immediately opened up two unrelated areas of research, and by keying in grandparents it doubled into four

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