Being new to the family research game it's fair to say that I'm rather virginal to the highs and lows of Genealogy.
So on a wing and a prayer I set forth with precious little information passed down from my mother - whom in turn recieved the same information from a long deceased family member.
My family tree is very comprehensive and complete right up to present day from the time we arrived at the great land down under.
Now unlike alot of Australians I'm rather pleased to find that my direct family line arrived at this country as free settlers. And that is where the line ends. My Great Great Grand Father; Edward Douglas arrived in Australia around 1851 and the scent runs cold.
As an indicator of the trials of searching your ancestry before it even really begins can be best summed up in my notes section on my profile page which I shall share here:
Tonight, my darling assistant aka my girlfriend suggested I google my Great Grandfather and the name of the ship he sailed to Australia in the mid 19th century.
Well it turns out this tale has more twists than a Shakespearian tragedy and it appears my GGF sailed with one of his brothers... a completely new revelation to me. However I will need to clarify and confirm details with sources but by all intents and purposes it appears I have scored a major breakthrough!
This is the site we have unfolded with remarkable if at times contradictory information. The saga will continue.......
Well the info I uncovered yesterday has today been dashed in the form of an email from John Douglas's Great Grand Daughter. This lead I found has proven to be false.
Unfortunately the information I have with me passed down from my mother has proven to be unreliable. And with the limited information I have left which is sketchy to say the least it is rapidly becoming apparent that this is definately no easy task!
With the work I've done thus far I've drawn an absolute blank with Edward and even his father James. But then, I am only relying on information from ancestry.co which in itself seems good but is it good enough?
The search continues.......
So as you can see, it's no mean feat tracing your family line. I'm sure - in fact positive that the same story can be told again and again a million times over by the ever growing numbers of people tracing their roots. In fact there is probably nods and smiles of understanding from a few readers here.
But, with a clear mind, undeterred the search shall continue. As murky and unclear the past may be, my pride in my heritage, my culture and my thirst for knowlegde drives me on.
A Douglas! A Douglas!