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Over the seas and far away: my relatives to Australia 1838-9

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Below is a list of the relatives I’ve discovered who emigrated to Australia in the space of just 2 years from a small area on the Kent / Sussex border. I’ve also included details of some of their extended families to try and build up a more rounded picture of the pattern of emigration. I’ve compiled the list as an aide memoire for myself and it’s …

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Resources for research in Kent

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Links to various resources to help researches with Kentish ancestors.   Below is an excellent and very useful blog by genealogyjude drawing together links to many resources: Ancestors in Kent Freereg – free transcriptions of births, marriages and deaths not just in Kent but covering many other counties  Biddenden burials and grave locator    Boughton under Blean Registers Baptisms 1558-1624 Marriages 1558-1626 Burials 1558-1625 Index at …

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DNA & My Bellingham Family

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Family research wasn’t as easy back in the 1990s as it is today, although I didn’t have too much trouble going back to 1799 and to my g.g.g.grandfather, Henry Bellingham, with the help of certificates and the IGI, but that is as far as I got for many, many  years.  Henry Bellingham was born on 22nd December 1799 in Kent, England, and christened on the 12th …

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The danger of FindAGrave: an example from Kent

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Find A Grave website can be a useful tool for family research as it provides photos and inscriptions of gravestones which can fill in the gaps or corroborate research. The downside is anyone can upload information to the site and add any additional biographical information they think relevant which may be totally wrong. Example: The photo below shows what has been entered as the gravestone inscription …

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Barnabas Egans: a tale of horse stealing, gaol breaking, execution and resurrection men

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For no reason I can explain a random name caught my attention whilst searching the Woodchurch Parish Registers and led via the newspaper archives to the following story. Barnabas Egans was baptised in All Saints, Woodchurch on 9 July 1768 the son of  Christopher and Ann Egans, travellers. [1]  In the spring of 1796 he and James Savage from Yalding were convicted at Maidstone Assizes of stealing …

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