About me

Welcome to my blog!

My interests are family history, emigration history and travel.

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Although I’m a dyed-in-the-wool Queenslander, I now live in Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia, commonly called the Top End. Our climate is tropical with all that entails -hot, humid weather; cyclones or the potential for them; storms, lightning and thunder then clear skies with no rain throughout the Dry. From time to time I’ll talk about what’s happening here & sights and sounds of the Tropics.

I started my family history in 1986, in the pre-computer, pre-digitisation era. The changes in the ways we can research family history have been enormous but those early skills can prove invaluable when brick walls come up, or to  build up a broader picture of the family and their lives. I am an avowed family historian (rather than a genealogist) with a determination to learn firstly who my ancestors were, then to learn more about their lives and the places they lived. I have Irish, Scottish, German and English ancestry with one line sitting on the English-Welsh border so I think there’s probably a Welsh connection there. The religious affiliations are as diverse with Catholics, Anglicans, Presbyterians, Methodists and Baptists being represented. In Australia the families are true Queenslanders and many lines go back to the mid-1850s when Moreton Bay was still a colony of New South Wales.  As such they played a role in the development of the new colony of Queensland after Separation from NSW in 1859. Railway lines run in the blood stream with many branches having generations of affiliation with Queensland Rail, or indeed even with Irish railways. Like most Australian immigrants, the immigrants were poor working classes but all showed a strong work ethic successfully establishing large families in the state.

I have published the family history of one set of my ancestors: George Kunkel and Mary O’Brien. It is called Grassroots Queenslanders: the Kunkel family and to my great pleasure it won a couple of prizes when it was published.

My broader research interests include emigrants from Dorfprozelten, Bavaria to  Australia especially those who came under the vinedresser schemes of the 1850s; emigrants from Broadford and east County Clare, Ireland to eastern Australia 1848-1872; and anything to do with Murphy’s Creek at the foot of the Toowoomba range, but especially its early history and people.

All my posts on this blog are copyrighted to me. While I am happy for people to reference something in them, I would appreciate that the reference lists this website. Many thanks!

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      • Hi I too am relative of the Zollers who arrived on the Commodore Perry from Bravaria. Have just started on my family tree bit it appears thwe Zollers came to Newcastle [ Maitland] and did a name change to Seller[s]. Not sure why but will post anything that comes to hand

      • hi Gary
        Thanks for getting in touch. There are other people who are researching this branch of the Zollers/Sellers as well. Let me know if you’d like me to pass on your email to them. It seems like only young Oswald went to Newcastle or that’s the indications. His parents and siblings appear to have stayed in Sydney -either that or they went to Sydney as soon as their employment contract was completed. Happy researching! Pauleen

  1. Many thanks for giving me access to your earlier research.

    I am a descendant of Joseph Nebaur, the father of Eugene Nebaur. I am related to Eugene’s sister Anna Rosina who travelled to Australia sometime after Eugene along with their mother Elizabeth (nee Platz). Their father, Joseph, had already died at the time of Eugene’s migration. The family went initially to Lochinvar (near Maitland) and then on to Jerry’s Plains which to this day is still a wine-growing area although the horse industry and open-cut coal mines are taking over.

    Elizabeth is buried at Jerry’s Plains.

    You have inspired me to visit Dorfprozelten next year.

    I regret this doesn’t add anything for your own research.

    All the very best and thanks again.


    • hi Trevor

      Thanks for your post. I’m pleased that this has helped inspire you to visit Dorfprozelten. While you are there try to get hold of a copy of Dorfprozelten teil II, a book by the local historian Georg Veh, which is very informative on Dorfprozelten people c1844. If you had a look at my Flick link you’ll see some photos of Dorfp. as well.

      I did know about Anna Rosina but just now can’t retrieve the full details -I felt sure I had her immigration but I didn’t know about Elizabeth coming out. I visited the Hunter Valley a few years ago and did some searching for the Dorfprozelten families locations but didn’t get to Jerry’s plains. I’ll email you if I locate the details I feel I had.


  2. Hi,

    What an interesting website.

    I’ve been studying German for a couple of years and although my wider family are very interested in family history, I haven’t been. I’m not sure why I wanted to learn German but didn’t think it had anything to do with our German heritage.

    But lately they keep talking about it and so I did some googling about Dorfprozelten, the village they originally came from, and there was your website. Like I said, very interesting!

    My grandfather (Arthur William Nebauer) was a grandson of the original Eugene and Caroline and grew up at Gungal (near Merriwa) in the Hunter Valley. I think Eugene is buried at Merriwa.

    My parents (Ron and Shirley Nebauer) have photocopies of letters written by Eugene to his relatives back in Bavaria. You are probably aware of them as I think the originals are in a museum at Dorfprotzelten. I haven’t seen them yet, but like I said, I’m just getting interested. I’m looking forward to seeing if I can translate any of it. :-)

    I grew up in the Hunter Valley, not far from the place where they first settled, but haven’t thought much about it till now.

    Is your paper They weren’t all Lutherans… available to read? I’d be interested.

    Kind regards
    Janelle (Nebauer) Hardy

    • hi Janelle

      Thanks for your interests. I hadn’t seen the letters but would love to do so. If you want to see photos of Dorfprozelten I have a few on my Flickr page http://www.flickr.com/photos/cassmob/sets/72157600185994835/

      Another good source of info on the Geman immigrants of this era who were brought in for wine-growing (well that was the theory!) is AncesTree, the magazine of the Burwood and District Family History Group which has fantastic articles by Jenny Paterson on some of the German immigrant ships.

      My paper on the Dorfprozelten Germans was published in the proceedings of the 11th Australasian Congress on Genealogy and Family History (Darwin 2006). It should be available in any family history society library.

      I will be in touch via your email. Thanks for your comments.


  3. Dear all, My mother was Kathleen Nebauer who was the daughter of Francis & Elizabeth (Dennewald) Nebauer. Francis was son of Eugen & Caroline (Umscheid) Nebauer. Eugen’s sister came to Australia and I have contact with some of her descendants. I have had copies of Eugen’s letters for many years and the translations. I have much information on the Nebauers and Dennewalds which I would be happy to send to anyone.
    Monica O’Brien. happy for my email to be posted

    • Thanks Monica for this offer which will be of interest to anyone with those families. I’ve also replied directly to your email. Monica has indicated that her email can be published so here it is monica.21 @ bigpond .com (without the breaks of course -spam control). It’s intriguing how much more evident these German Catholics have become in recent years. Pauleen

  4. Thanks for sharing! I especially enjoy how you add meaning with the stories and context. I like the way you describe yourself as an avowed family historian (rather than an genealogist).

    • Thanks for visiting Sheryl. I’m a dyed in the wool family historian….I need the stories and context to our ancestor’s lives…which is what your doing with your diary reports.

  5. Greetings Ms. Pauleen Cass!
    My Name is Bob Miltner.
    I am an American living in Dorfprozelten Germany. I was given your “Session IC: Pauleen Cass: They weren’t all Lutherans” Document by a Mr. Hubert Brand with hopes that I could translate the document for him. My story is long… and my German is not so good. I will ask for help from my 12 year old son to help me translate the document unless the you have already translated it? There is also an english teacher here that might be able to help out with the translation. Has the document been translated yet?
    I am also not sure of how much contact you have presently with the village? Might be interesting for you to have a local contact by email. I have travelled around the world and spent much time in Australia. My son was what brought me to Dorfprozelten. One of my favorite hobbies is photography so you might be interested in some of my photo’s from Dorfprozelten and surrounding area’s.
    My email address is:
    Let me know if you welcome the contact!
    all the best!

    Bob Miltner

  6. Hi Bob, Definitely pleased to have the contact! No, the article hasn’t been translated into German -my German is no longer up to scratch. Happy to help though if you want to send me the draft -I can read German better than writing or speaking it. I’ll email you directly too. Thanks Pauleen

  7. Hi, Pauleen, I hope this reaches you as I seemed to have trouble finding out how to reply to your comments to me (I am not very technically minded) . Thank you for writing to me on our shared family history in linking Leith in Scotland and North and South Shields in Northumberland. .Thank you, too,. for an earlier query to my posting on Childhood Fashions – “What is a liberty bodice?” It was a children’s winter underwear garment,of the 1940′s and 50′s, a bit like a thick woolly vest but with rubber buttons down the front and often rubber inserts. It could be itchy, hot and sweaty to wear as the weather got warmer. Not to be recommended!

  8. Dear Pauleen, a big thank you for all the comments you have taken the time to make on my recent postings. I really do appreciate them and we seem to have a lot in common. It is amazing to think that I made the last posting around 4.30pm and it winged its way to Australia and back again by 7.30pm. The wonders of technology! .

    • hi Susan, you’re very welcome. I enjoy reading your posts even when I don’t comment. Technology is indeed amazing…helped by the fact I was awake in the middle of the night and reading blogs;-)

      • Dear Pauleen – thank you again for your comments to my postings . I do like the way you come up with such thoughtful contributions. Re my brick wall of my grandmother, it had occured to me was she illegitimate, but then in that case her father’s name might not have been on her birth certificate.. Amazingly, considering my love of old newspapers, I have only just thought of seeing if there was a death announcment/obituary in the local newspaper whcih might give some clues – a long shot, but worth trying. I lot of the baptismal records for Bolton, where she was born, have been transcribed and are available online, but no joy there so far. .

  9. Hi Cassmob,

    It’s nice to find another Australian family history blogger, it’s just a shame we don’t seem to share any family! I’ve found blogging my family history research so beneficial – I’ve been contacted by many distant family members who have been searching for information on people I’ve blogged about and they often have family photos that I’ve not seen before. Good luck with your research – I hope you can knock down some of your brick walls!

  10. Hi

    I am also reseraching the mccorkidales. can give you more info if you can give me a wee email.

    It may be that there is a link up with a patrick mccorkindale who was killed in sydney australia during the war and all have glasgwo origins etc

  11. Hi
    My name is Barbara and I am trying to trace my ggrandparents John James Horan and Judith Mullaley they were married in Mt Gambier South Australia in 1868. Children from their marriage Honora Mary, Margaret,Johanna (Annie) Bridget,Thomas, William, Edward,John,Catherine( my grandmother, a lot of them died very young. I know that his father was Thomas Horan and that they came from County Clare, I havent been able to find when or where Thomas and John migrated in Australia before settling in South Australia, or where in Clare they came from.I do know that Judith(Johanna) Some of the names in Australia connected with both families are Ryan, Schleter,Ashby,Burn, English, Pudney, Egan, Kavanagh,Dwyer and more. i also remember my mother mentioning Bridget O’Brien but I havent been able as yet to connect her to my family, I have not been able to find anyone in Australia related to my family.

    Kind regards

    • hi Barbara, I don’t know if you’ve tried Pastkeys’ Immigration Deposit Journals on CD or Richard Reid’s index to immigration to Eastern Australia 1848-1870. These are two fantastic resources that I’d have a look at. You can find some more about this by putting “Farewell my Children” in the search bar at the top of my blog. Also strongly recommend looking at the fabulous Clare Library website http://www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/coclare/genealogy/genealog.htm. Have you tried buying certificates for any of the connected family -sometimes that can be helpful. Another source I use a lot is the Unassisted Passengers to Victoria. If you are in SA you might want to consider the 2012 Congress http://www.congress2012.org.au/docs/Registration3.pdf. Other than that, I’ve no immediate ideas. John James Horan does not appear in my East Clare database or the Broadford (Kilseily) parish records. Do you have their certificates of marriage or death? Obits? Any clues on the gravestone?

  12. Hi, Pauleen – many thanks for your concerns about our stormy weather here in Scotland. We had a dreadful night with wind and rain battering on our bedroom bay window. Just when we thought it was easing, it came back with renewed force. So we are feeling rather weary today. The good thing is that there does not seem to be any stuctural damage apart from losing some roof slates.. There are lots of loose branches and twigs in the garden and I mean to have a gatherng session for my daughter who has a log burnng stove. Ironically after so many grey, grey days, the sun has come out and we went on the hill behind our house tor a walk to blow the cobwebs away.

    Re PHAROS, I have heard back and think I may go ahead with the course . I would have preferred it .to include assessments to get an objective view of my work, but given writing my own history plus my blog is my key interest, I may well learn fromi it.

  13. Hi Pauleen,
    My family is from Dorfprozelten. What Family that has left, came to USA, to New York.
    The family names are Hohmann, Schnellbach, Kotter and Koller.
    My father born 1901 came to USA in 1927. Hope to hear from you.

  14. Dear Pauline, I have written a book on this 1896 ‘Pearl’ event and solved most of the problems you raise. I even have a photo of Archibald McCorindale, in masonic regalia. The 1922 death registration is for his son, and is a WW1 event (it took them until 1922 to sort it all out. ‘F’ means Foreign, as in ‘fallen in foreign fields.’ We are organising the first memorial for the ‘Pearl’ on Sunday 12th February 2012, at 3.00pm at the Queensland Maritime Museum, Sidon st, South Brisbane. Hope you might be able to come. Kind regards, Paul Seto

    • hi Paul, Thank you for getting in touch with me about this…the power of the internet. I’d have loved to have come to the memorial but unfortunately I’m in Darwin and won’t be in Brisbane at the time. Thanks also for clarifying the death notice -I should have noticed that myself. What is your book called? I’d be interested to read it and can probably get it from the National Library -won’t do your book sales any good but it helps me keep my bookshelves under control ;-)

  15. Hi Pauline. I just saw your great article on Dorfprozelten immigrant descendants in WW1. John Zeller was my great grandfather, and I found your article while doing some genealogy (and family history) research. Your article nicely puts together various family anecdotes I had heard previously.

      • Love this sight. Came across by chance looking for mcquillan. My great grandmother is kate,sister of john zeller. They were born to franz zoeller and Catherine (Nee beutel) after arriving peru 1855. Are u able to forward my email to John Lamb. Going to Europe 2014 so now you have inspired me to visit dorfprozelten. thank you. Katherine Zarins

  16. Hi Pauleen,
    Have just discovered your blog and realised you wrote to me concerning my Zoeller family from Dorfprozelten. Great great grandparents were Francis and Catherine Zoeller who came out on the Peru. My husband and I are going on a tour to Bavaria and was wondering where exactly Dorfprozelten was in relation to Munich. Look forward to hearing from you Judy. Yarrow

    • hi Judy, Munich is not really close enough to Dorfprozelten to visit while touring but perhaps somewhere else you’re going is. I’ll email you directly. Pauleen

  17. Hi Pauleen
    My great grandmother was Isabelle Hutchinson, her sister was Katherine Lea Hutchinson who married Charles Edmund Cass – parents of Walter Edmund Hutchinson Cass, mentioned in your artle on the Battle of Fomelles. Do you have any other information on the Cass family in Albury area – what relation are you to WEH Cass?
    Bernie Smith – Wodonga, Vic

    • hi Bernie, good to hear from you. It’s my husband who’s descended from Katherine Lee Hutchinson so I’ve asked him to reply to you via email.

      • Hi cassmob,
        My name is Peter Edmund Cass and My father was Walter Edmund Hutchinson Cass. He was born in 1916 and named after his uncle, who served in WW1 in Gallipoli and France (Fromelles). He had told me about having family connections in the Albury area, but I’ve never met anyone on his side of the family apart from distant memories of his father, and then a few years back I made contact with the granddaughter of my dad’s great uncle. Her name is Diana Cousens. I just happened to find your site whilst trawling the net and I’m looking forward to investigating it further. I also have a family tree that goes back to Arthur Cass marrying Jemima Pine on the 15th of March 1840 at Reading, that was passed on to me by my Dad. I’ll be very happy to hear back from anybody out there who may be related.

      • hi Peter, it’s kind of weird to be writing to Peter Cass given that’s also my husband’s name. You’ve hit the family history jackpot as WEH Cass #1 was my husband’s grand uncle, ie brother to his grandfather. Haven’t heard of Diana though. My Peter is saving a lot of his family history up until he retires in a couple of years, though we’ve done some. We can also take you back beyond Arthur and Jemima from Reading and later Albury. I’ll get my Peter to reply to you by email. How exciting!! There’s heaps about WEH #1 in various books…I guess you have them?

    • hi-cass mob –have talked to bernie-as a cass family had 2 hotels in albury –arthur cass had george hotel 1878- and sarah ann cass-nee walker had our hotel ralway commercial-or cass family hotel 1899–i,m still researching the exact dates of both —paul waterstreet

      • hi Paul, Great to hear from you. My husband, Peter, has some further info and maybe dates on the pub ownership so I will let him know and ask him to get in touch with you. Thanks for contacting me. Pauleen

  18. Hi my ancestors were KUNKEL from Germany: Saarland, and Rhineland-Palatinate,
    I wonder if your Kunkel family may be related to mine…funnily I never thought of checking Australia for Kunkel family and then I came across your great site and blog.

    • Hi Annie, My Kunkels were Bavarian so at a guess the two families would not be related which is a shame. I do know my ancestor had a brother Philip Joseph who was supposed to have gone to “America”. Pauleen

  19. Hello! I’m the Fat Dormouse who is your swap partner for Faith, Hope & Charity’s Jubilee Swop. Your blog is very interesting…You’ve done lots of research into your family, haven’t you? I’m afraid I only did a little research into my family tree – my brother’s done a little more, but not much.
    Can you tell me a bit more about yourself and your likes/dislikes? I don’t want to send you something you hate!
    I’ve got 2 blogs if you want to join me

    You can contact me through Fat Dormouse, I think!

    • hi Fat Dormouse, good to hear from you. Just the very day I didn’t check with swap site too ;-) I’ve commented on your blog and suggested we chat via email. Meanwhile you might get some sense of what I like over on my Pinterest page https://pinterest.com/cassmob/ though many of the pics are “pie in the sky” dreaming. I like family history (obviously), travel, photography, food/eating, gardens, and the natural world. And I LOVE cats, something we obviously share.
      Given where you live I reckon it would be easy to find some little thing I’d like. Do you do crafts? I notice that on one of your posts it suggests you do.

      A word of caution re posting to Australia. We have strict quarantine rules about food stuffs and plant products so that’s a restriction. This website might be useful http://www.daff.gov.au/aqis/travel/entering-australia/cant-take.

  20. Hi
    Found your site by chance and suspect we know where your branch of the McCorkindale family fits with ours. I am descended from the marriage between Duncan McCorkindale (1842-1906) and Ann Law (1843-1869). As far as I know they had 3 children James (b1864) William (b1866) and Annie (b1868). My great grandmother was Annie McCorkindale, their youngest child and I understand she was brought up by Duncan and his second wife Annie Sim. She had an illegitimate son; my grandfather James McCorkindale (1893-1955) – and according to my late father Duncan she was disowned by her father at that point. This cannot have been a complete break with the family as my father kept in touch with some Australian relatives through the 1930s/40s. I have a copy of a letter he sent in 1941 not long after he returned from Dunkirk. According to my information the parents of Duncan McCorkindale (1842-1906 ) were James born 1808 and Isabella Morrison b 1809 and that’s as far back as I know. Do you have any information that takes things further back? Really interesting to read your blog and replies , Some other Australian relatives found us and sent us these details and we managed to meet during the commonwealth games in 2002.

    • Wow! Great to hear from you James…I know exactly where you fit in the family and I suspect I know which rellies you were in touch with. they had the same stories about your grandmother being disowned. Which is weird as Annie Sim had already had an illegitimate child before they married. I will email you. It’s really exciting to hear from you and to “meet” you.

  21. Hi, my ancestors were Kunkel: from Volklingen, Saarbrucken and other and I’m wondering if any relationship to your Kunkel ancestors-I’d love to find some in Australia.
    Thank you for your great site. Annie.

    • hi Annie, Good to hear from you. I have my Kunkels in Bavaria back to the 1600s so I don’t think they can be related, which is a shame as I’m still trying to find my George Kunkel’s brother, Philip Joseph Kunkel, who went to “America”. Cheers Pauleen

  22. Hi, my Hogan ancestors came from Ballyquin Beg, County Clare and I have O’Briens on my Tree (who married O’Hallorans). Could there be connections here? I love family history and have had so much success by just asking myself “What might people do in this situation”? People NEVER change over the years – they have children outside of wedlock, they have arguments and estrangements within their own families, they have affairs outside of their marriages – they just never change. I explore every possibility no matter how far-fetched! It is amazing how much I have found by going beyond dates and places etc and exploring behaviour. What do people do with their time who are not interested in Family History? The family story is the greatest gift we can leave to our descendants.

    • I totally agree about how riveting family history is especially when you go beyond the mundane BDM, and yes, nothing much changes in behaviour over time. Your approach to think widely about what they might have done is both wise, and a good way to sneak under those barriers that we find. Sadly I don’t think our O’Briens connect with yours much as it would be great if they did. However I have to say it’s possible as the townlands are not that far apart. I just can’t take mine back beyond Ballykelly, but who knows, they are in the same parish.

  23. I have only just begun on the O’Brien branch so if I come up with anything that looks like it might be a connection, I will get back to you. Serrendipitously, my Hogans who came to NSW married the Dennewalds who get a mention on a previous blog!

    • That would be great -you just never know. One of the O’Brien girls married a Hogan from Clare in Sydney too, so perhaps the connection will be in Oz. Some days I feel like a matchmaker with all these inter-family connections like the Dennewalds.

  24. Hi Cassmob,we are a group of seniors in a Computer Pals Club. We have a small notebook from WW1 with 24 signatures of returned servicemen who called themselves “Boys of the Old Brigade” 2 of whom are:- Kenneth Norman Kunkel and Mathew David John Kunkel. We have researched some of their military records from the National Archives of Australia & The War Museum & have found that Mathew came from Springbluff & Kenneth came from Toowoomba. We are trying to make up a booklet reuniting these men. Ideally we would like photos & details of the battles they were involved in. Your help in this project would be very much appreciated.

    Claire. Blacktown Computer Pals.

    • Hi Claire, Great to hear from you! What exciting information about the Kunkel boys. I’m intrigued just what they were signing. I wonder if there were any Gavins on your list of signatures? MDJ (John) and Ken were my grandfather’s youngest brothers who sailed to war on the same ship with their Gavin cousins. I will email you for further details on the project but happy to help -I’ve published the story of these two men in my Kunkel family history. As to battles I probably have little more than you have as the sources we’ve used are the same. Would it be helpful to you for me to do a post on this blog, listing the names of the 24 men who signed the book? It might draw some other researchers out of the ether. Cheers Pauleen

  25. Hi I am Trying to fined anything on Frances/ Frank Lawrence Mc Kenna Who Lived in County Bourke Thats now called West Brunswick Melbourne he lived at 130 park st . If you have any information Ibe over the moon also His Mothers name was Mary Mckenna thats all I no thankyou

    • hi Jamie, Sorry I can’t help you. As far as I know he’s unrelated to my husband’s family. If you are near Melbourne can I suggest you pay a visit to the state library which has a family history area. They should be able to point you in the direction of their resources for your research. Pauleen

      • Hello Pauleen and maybe Jamie
        I live in Melbourne and have also just looked up your Francis Laurence McKenna in the Australian Electoral Rolls (1903 – 1980). There are entries for him and his family from 1936 to 1980. If you would like to email me I am happy to supply you with the details. I have just come upon this blog by accident (to do with East Clare, Pauleen, as relatives of mine emigrated from there) and I am not sure how blogs and posts work. But if someone can get in touch I will do my best!

      • hi Patsy, Thanks for getting in touch. I will email you separately. You did perfectly well getting your comment up on here so you’re no longer a novice :-) Cheers Pauleen

    • Thanks Jan. Sounds like your trip continues/continued to be full of fun. I’d have thought you’d heard too many of our memories over those few days ;-) Pauleen

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  27. Hi Pauleen,

    I’m really enjoying browsing your blog. Of particular interest to me is your comment and photo regarding James Dryden, who died aged 2 on the Eastern Monarch and was buried on Magnetic Island in 1883. He was the little brother of my great-grandmother Agnes Dryden and, as you say, the son of Andrew Dryden and Elizabeth Lillico. I’ve seen the grave myself.. quite accidentally.. I was taking a daytrip to the island in 2007 and wandered into the graveyard out of curiosity. His grave was the first one through the gate. I already knew about him but got such a surprise to actually see his headstone! I left some flowers for my little great-great-uncle and felt sad for his family having to leave him behind.

    All the best,


    • Thanks for dropping by Rachel. Yes, I thought it was so sad and evocative -it must have been so hard for his family to leave him behind. I’m pleased to have “met” one of his relatives.

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  29. Hello,
    As I search for links to my family tree, I was connected to your page. My Great Great Great Grandfather was Andreas Kunkel b.15 SEP 1809 Bayern, Germany d. 20 JUL 1881 Dubuque County IA. I have pieced together that he came to the US in 1856. I am looking for his Father and the connections to the family in Germany before he came to America. I have found Adam Kunkel 1800-1837 b. in Bayern Germany George and Catharine were his parents. You write that George’s Dad was also named Adam. George and Catharine had 2 children Adam & Nicholas. With the research you have done could you check to see if Andreas Kunkel is listed anywhere. In America he went by Andrew.
    Thank you for your time.
    Lois Herbst
    204 Parklane Drive
    East Dubuque, Illinois 61025

  30. Hi Pauline,
    Your site is fantastic! Thank you so much for doing such wonderful, time consuming and painstaking work for all our benefits.
    I found your site a few years back when googling McSherry and felt great excitement when it was clear we have the same ancestors, Peter and Mary McSherry. Strangely I was sitting in the kitchen of my sister at the time. Her parents-in-law live in Tullamore. I have since visited them and made a special visit to the Tullamore train station. The mother-in-law also said she was at school with a McSharry.
    I have found 16 births for Mary and Peter.
    Bridget 1882
    James Joseph 1883
    Margaret Mary 1886
    Ann 1887
    Mary Ellen 1889
    Twins – Elizabeth & Kate 1891
    David John 1892
    Catherine 1893
    John Joseph Jan 1896
    Twins Unnamed – ? still birth Dec 1896
    Patrick 1898
    Peter Augustine 1899
    Agnes Philomena 1900
    Mildred Patricia 1903

    I’ve also found our common cousin (not really common at all!) Jeanette, who recently came to Melbourne to visit with me and meet some more of her cousins. Being one of 11 children with 25 great nieces and nephews I feel that is almost proof enough that we must definitely be McSherry descendants.
    Annie McSherry is my grandmother. She was added into the 60th wedding anniversary photo, I suspect as she lived in Townsville but more so as her parents did not approve of her non catholic husband, Edward James Jacobson, whose father arrived into Queensland around 1880 from Varsi, Finland, Russia. She had 9 births of which my father Peter Hart Jacobson was the youngest. Sadly, apart from my mother, all of his generation have now passed,
    I have been researching all my immigrant ancestors finding the first to arrive was also our only convict, an Englishman John Buttress, aged 18 years, He arrived into Launceston in 1821. My earliest ancestor into Port Phillip was in 1842, a young Scottish girl, Elizabeth Brison, also aged 18.
    I find I have Irish, Nth Irish, English, Scottish, Finnish (Swedish), Greek, Italian and possibly German ancestry.
    Once again, thank you especially for the information of James and Bridget and Bridget’s family.

    Best regards,

    • Thanks for your kind words Bev. I’m glad you noticed the additional two names -best go & change that post. I felt sure they’d had two twins but I must have been writing from old notes (oops!). I will email you. I’m pretty sure that I met your grandmother as I think she lived in West End, TSV, not far from Mum’s friend Thelma. I was told the woman on the left was Lil but if it’s Annie then that makes sense as my grandfather married a divorced Protestant (still can’t figure that one out myself given his strong Catholic leanings). Will email to discuss in more detail.

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