THE PROVERBIAL BRICK WALL
For many of us when undertaking genealogical research, we occasionally come across an illegitimate child. Sometimes we are lucky to find the father in certain records, however, most times we are not.
This is the case with my four times great grandfather, Peter Holm Brown, who was born in Copenhagen in 1778. His mother was Marie Holm, a chambermaid in the household of John Brown.
John Brown was a Scot who came to Denmark in 1746, immediately after the Battle of Culloden. He and his two brothers went into exile in Denmark and France after their father was killed on the battlefield. These Browns are said to have belonged to the Scottish clan, Broun of Colstoun, hence the variation of the name being passed through the generations.
WHO TO BELIEVE
Some time ago I came across Patrick Linnane in one of my genealogical searches and found his circumstances worth the while investigating.
Patrick Linnane was a former convict from Galway, Ireland. He was tried in 1849 for stealing sheep and transported on the Lord Auckland in September 1852, arriving in Tasmania in January 1853. He received his Conditional Pardon in 1855.
Patrick eventually made his way to the Table Cape district where he established himself as a farmer in Flowerdale. He had a brood of children before he finally married his de facto wife, Jemmima Sophia Davis on 2 October 1879. The minister presiding over the marriage ceremony was none other than Reverend Isaac Hardcastle Palfreyman.
The two were destined to meet again on a collision course that would inevitably lead to a tragic outcome.
Raised in Australia with family roots across Scandinavia and a wider European heritage, I've always had an affinity with history, particularly relating to the social conditions of the ordinary people. For most of us, our ancestors were indeed just ordinary people, with no ties whatsoever to the nobility whose lives are deeply etched into our history books.
Rather than the mere gathering of names and dates and the usual trivia, it is far more enriching to delve into the lives of ancestors and disinter the past. As Alex Haley once said, "In all of us there is a hunger, marrow deep, to know our heritage—to know who we are and where we came from.”
It is hoped that after decades of research and countless documents accumulated in boxes in the garage, I can consolidate all the research I've done, both for myself and for others, and share them online with a modicum of digital storytelling.
Although I have no ties to Tasmania apart from my better half being Tasmanian, researching Tasmanian genealogy just seemed to tick all the boxes. After all, we do have Fred and Mary bridging both cultures, so there is definitely a connection.
The aim of this website is to share information specific to the Tasmanian Northwest with the occasional detour to explore my Scandinavian ancestry and the influx of Danes to Tasmania in the latter part of the nineteenth century. It is hoped that I can impart my affinity with Tasmanians of Danish heritage, particularly for those who are not familiar with that culture and language.
We've come a long way these past 30 years with perusing historical records in musty archives to an avalanche of information with the advent of technology and the Internet. Thirty years ago it was a painstaking task to manually sift through records, page by page, book by book, and to then have a sudden chance encounter of a date or name would be a cause for jubilation. Now the floodgates have opened. The question is, what do we do with it.
In my view, Tasmania's digitisation of records is up there among the best, more so with its ease of use and its availability, and that it is free, for the moment. The mere fact that Tasmanian online genealogical records aren't exclusive to Ancestry, FindMyPast or MyHeritage is an added bonus.
I've created a list of resources that might be useful. If you can think of any other useful free tools, please feel free to drop me a line.
It is hoped that visitors to the website will make new discoveries about their own Tasmanian ancestors and enjoy the material presented. All contributions and corrections are welcome and will be greatly appreciated, so please don't hesitate to make contact.
And by the way, this is my first attempt to blog, so please be patient as I learn the ropes.
Thanks for checking in and welcome to my adventure
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