Time Travelling


My answer

I would head to Enfield in London in the early 1850’s to chat with my great great grandfather William Chandler. I would ask him about his parents and where they lived, any siblings he had and why he decided to become a gardener.

I would also ask him whether he already knew his future wife Caroline Bryant before he came to Van Diemen’s Land in 1855.

Readers: Where and when would you go?

Genealogy bug

My answer:

Like many genealogists or family historians, I first got the genealogy bug back in primary school when we had to create a family tree as part of the social sciences curriculum. The bug continued by asking questions about family photos shared by mum and dad as well as looking at photo albums around the house.

But it developed more once I started visiting the local archives and library where records were kept for convicts I had found in my family. At this time I also started connecting with others through internet forums. Nothing was digitized at this stage and we were looking at original records in the actual books. Some though were on microfilm.

I am so glad the invention of the computer and ways of saving information have made it much easier for the newer generations of genealogists as they get the genealogy bug.

Largest family in your tree

My answer

My Davey family seem to be having the largest number of children in my family tree.

3x great grandparents:

John Davey and Mary Anne Jennings married 1828 – 12 children, but 3 died under the age of 10

2x great grandparents:

John Davey and Anne Dixon married 1859 – 12 children, youngest one died aged 17 in childbirth

great grandaunt and uncle:

Mary Elizabeth Davey and Adam Brown married 1879 – 17 children, 6 died under the age of 5

great grandparents:

George Davey and Martha Colgrave married 1890 – 12 children, 2 girls died at 11 and 8

Readers: Is there a surname in your family tree that are having large families?