I was fortunate to have two wonderful grandmothers who told me lots of family stories which, as the only grandchild, I accepted without question. Somehow these stories and whether or not they can be verified, will be the topic of this year’s A to Z (2017). As well, I have in my hands the stories from my husband’s family so will include some of those as well. There is still much to be discovered in our family history although we have both been doing bits and pieces for many years.
It is a little unusual, I think, that all my ancestors and those of my husband came to Australia between 1850 and 1870 from England, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Of course this was a time of massive immigration to Australia, but to have every one of them set sail from Great Britain within a twenty year period is rather remarkable.
It must have been easy to make up stories about one’s past when in a new country. My grandmothers may have elaborated on the truth or maybe they simply passed on exaggerated and tall tales from their parents. Hopefully by the end of April the truth will out and future generations of my family will have a clearer idea of where they came from.