G,day everyone out there.
Being from Australia, inevitably your ancestors roots trace back to UK and sometimes other parts of the world. In my case, my maternal grandmother, was a Simmons from Surrey and my maternal Grandfather was a Fraser from Scotland. I also have Irish and German roots which are another story.
I have been researching on and off for twenty years or so, but have spent a lot more time at it since retiring a couple of years ago.
I think my interest sparked up when my mother showed me an old funeral card from my great grandfather's funeral in 1897. He was Harry Simmons and died at the age of 33. I think it started with ........I wonder why he died so young? Then I wonder how many children they had...etc, etc. You all know how addictions start.
Then of course we get the seemingly insurmountable brickwalls, which we get more and more determined to burst through.
I have a couple at the moment which I will post at a later date, but in the meantime, does anyone have any information on the Orphanage called St Joseph and St Annes that was in Orpington Farnborough in 1901?
My grandmother Nellie (Ellen) Simmons and siblings were in there at the time of the census. I don't know what happened to her mother Ellen nee Welsh after husband Harry died.
Cheers everyone, nice to be aboard.