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WWI – Olaf Milford Johanson – The Enlistment

One hundred years and ten days ago, my great, great uncle Olaf Milford Johanson enlisted for service abroad with the Australian Imperial Force.He enlisted at Claremont in the state of…
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DNA – learning to expect the unexpected

This is the first part in a multi-part blog series about DNA testing and genealogy.After 20+ years of genealogical research, I like to think I know my family history pretty…
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Organisation, shmorganisation

One thing that people who know me well will say about me is that I come across as organised, determined and singular in how I work. I know what I…
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A Family Secret Resolved

(This post is a follow-on from this one)The prospect of phoning someone you are potentially related to and announcing that their grandfather had an illegitimate child is, to say the…
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A Family Secret (or, How I Learned To Tread Carefully When Doing Certain Research)

I have a big family.If I count my parents, step-parents, half-brother and sister, my step-brothers and sister, their partners (and their children) plus my grandparents then we're up to twenty-two people.…
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Concerning Convicts

A much-loved go-to pseudo insult of Australians by the English is "convict" or, if they're feeling particularly nasty, "crim". I am here to declare once and for all - calling…
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Genea-what-ogy?

Oh look another genealogy blog. What's different about this one? For the moment, not much, it's quite empty. Unlike my family tree. A couple of thousand people (including extended family)…
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