Saturday, June 28, 2014

On the trail of Eunice Sweyne Cramer

I’m on the trail! One of the documents I obtained from the PROV was a probate record for my great-grandmother’s spinster sister, Ethel Black. I could place all of the beneficiaries named in the will, but one.

Eunice Sweyne McPherson
(who I have since learned was born Eunice Sweyne Cramer)

I’m particularly interested to work out how Eunice fits in as her middle name is my maternal line 3 x great grandmother’s surname. Considering all I have on her is the name Kate Sweyne, a possible location in Ireland – and of course my MtDNA! – I’m keen to know if Eunice is perhaps a cousin descended from this line.

Do you know Eunice?

Quicker than you can say “Trove binge”, I’ve put together the beginnings of a pedigree for her. This is very much a work in progress. Please contact me if you would like to see the latest version.


Sources available on request.

The Cramer family lived at 59 Hodgkinson street, Clifton Hill, Victoria. Ethel Black lived at number 50 of the same street. Did they live nearby because they knew each other, or did they know each other because they lived nearby?

So many leads to follow!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Hooked on DNA

It hasn’t helped me break down any brick walls, it hasn’t given me amazing insights...yet… I’m still fascinated by DNA for genealogy.

I’ve tested myself. I’ve tested my Dad. Two of my French family cousins have tested themselves. DNA has led me to two previously unknown distant Bennett family cousins, providing nice support for our paper trails, but that’s pretty much it. So far.

Now FTDNA has a sale on, with the lowest price for autosomal testing that I’ve seen yet. Just $79 for the family finder test! The sale ends tonight.

I succumbed. I bought more tests.

Now for the hard part, trying to find someone to take them!

If you are related to me and you are interested in doing one of the tests would you please let me know? Yes, I mean you! Close or distant, reading now or at some point in the future. All that is involved is a painless cheek swab. I don’t promise that I’ll send you one of the tests but I’m much more likely to do so if I know you’re interested in doing the test.

If you’re thinking about it, or wondering why you would do such a thing, you might like to see some of my previous posts on the subject.

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