Finding Family

One woman's obsession with family history.


I’ve always loved to write and I have found that this love is further intensified when combined with my love of family history. When I started this blog I never realised how much I would enjoy working on it. I never realised how much I would enjoy learning more about the history of Western Australia. And I especially never realised that simply picking an ancestor and beginning their story would result in me researching more and working harder and finding out more information than I ever would’ve done had I resolved to only work on my family tree. Writing, it seems, has helped me to learn more and it has helped me to grow.

It has now been about two years since I first started Finding Family. How time flies! All in all, apart from a recent matter, it has been nothing but pleasant. In spite of such matters, I will continue to write. I will continue to share my learning experiences. And I will continue to share the stories of my family.

Finally, I would like to thank you all for reading and for your kind words. As much as I love writing the stories for my own pleasure, my work is also done with the intention of helping others and of providing photos and information for people who may not have photos or information on their relatives. This sometimes includes people who may not be related to me.

Here’s to another year (or two!). Happy searching!

In case you’re curious, the people in the above photos include my Mum, Uncle, Nan, Pop and Great Grandfather. They were given to my Uncle by my Nan’s sister who then lent them to me for scanning. Thanks go out to both Ailsa and Wayne for providing them and allowing me to scan them for my records.

10 thoughts on “Two Years!

  1. Silvia says:

    Happy 2 years searching! I started about that long ago myself too. And there is still so much to be found in my family tree…I hope to follow your writing from now on. Thanks for the link and happy family hunting!

    1. Jess says:

      Thank you Silvia! It’s been great fun and I can’t wait for many more. I’ll definitely be following your blog too. 🙂

  2. Bill Wyndham says:

    As a dabbler in Geneaology much of the enjoyment from reading your Blog is the people’s history.
    Thank you for many great experiences.

    1. Jess says:

      Thank you Bill and you’re welcome. I’ve been a little behind with writing this last month but there’s lots of stories and ideas forming in my head. Plus, a family history trip down south is sure to inspire me. 🙂

  3. torikar says:

    After I found your blog one day I had a real light bulb moment. I have been researching my family for about 5 years now and have so….o much information both as documents and little snippets in my head. For some time I had been toying with the idea of writing a book so that all my family could benefit from my research, that however was too daunting to know where to start. Then i read your blog and BINGO, that was the answer I needed and having already written a blog for a holiday we had taken I realised that I could chunk it down to a post per person to begin with so that’s what I am doing.
    So, a big thanks to you for turning on that light bulb.
    I look forward to reading more of your blog too.
    all the best, Torikar.

    1. Jess says:

      Hi Torikar,

      I’m glad my blog’s given you the inspiration to start your own blog too. I started Finding Family in much the same way. I wanted to write up my ancestor’s stories but felt a book was too overwhelming. I have my friend to thank (who also has a blog, but about food: who gave me my lightbulb moment and encouraged me to to start blogging. The rest, as they say, is history!

      Thanks for reading and for leaving a comment. Best of luck with your blog too! 🙂

  4. Sandra Barratt says:

    Hi Jessica .
    those pictures are so old i have not seen them.


    1. Jess says:

      Thanks Mum. They’re fantastic photos! You look very cute in your photo and from what I can tell, you have an awesome looking cake! 🙂

      1. Sandra Barratt says:

        That must have been my first birthday

  5. Sandra Barratt says:

    Nearly 60 years in August I would love some of those pictures of mum and dad and granddad

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