Finding Family

One woman's obsession with family history.

I am constantly carrying out research on all the different lines of my family tree though, at times, I do tend to focus on some ancestral surnames more than others. Providing a list of all these surnames would be useful to the reader but also cumbersome (there are heaps!).

Plus, there are some ancestors whom I’ve never written about while there are others whom I’ve written about several times. To make it simple, if you’ve searched for something online and in the course of doing so, have stumbled across my blog, I invite you to contact me. Perhaps you don’t particularly want to leave a comment publicly but would still like to make a connection. If this is the case, please feel free to email me:

I look forward to hearing from you and making new family history connections.

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15 thoughts on “Contact Me

  1. John Beattie says:

    Can you please help me find my long lost cousin.
    Her name is Mary Stephen born 8 may 1949 to Percival and don’t know the aunties name.
    They resided in Bentley WA.

    1. Jess says:

      Hi John, I had a quick search for you and though I found a Percival living in Bentley (in old electoral roll records) I couldn’t find Mary after about 1977. If she married it gets difficult to try and trace women once they change their surname. I’m sorry I can’t be of more help but this blog is mainly about history and ancestors and isn’t really about finding living people. Perhaps you could search through the papers at the State Library of WA to hopefully obtain her surname that way. Best of luck.

  2. Maxine Eason says:

    My Dad worked all his life with the railways and a lot of hid younger days he was at Midland. He was a driver of both steam and passenger trains. His father also worked in the railways. Dads name is Charles (Charlie) Hollett Bastow. Would love to know the number of the different trains he drove and any history you have of him. He was also a player of Swan Districts Football Club and played 93 League Games. You can contact me on my email page

    Regards Maxine Eason

    1. Jess says:

      Hi Maxine,
      This is actually a blog relating to various historical information but predominantly family history and my ancestors. I’m afraid I don’t have any information about your Dad but you may like to contact the State Records Office of WA ( or the State Library of WA ( who may be able to help you. Trove is also a fantastic resource ( I did a quick search and Charlie Bastow shows up in a lot of football related articles. Best of luck searching.

  3. Maxine Eason says:

    Should of added my daughter and her ex are the licencee of the Commercial Hotel in Midland

  4. mary scrivener says:

    Hi Jess
    Very much enjoy your articles and passion for history.
    I am filling in the gaps in our family history/story and want to find out information about Walter Thomas Scrivener who died in 1951 in the Claremont Mental Hospital. He was only 30 years old. I don’t know if there are any surviving records.
    He was born in 1920 in Jarrahdale WA.
    His father was Joseph Henry Scrivener
    Mother was Clara Evelyn Scrivener (nee Smith)
    I have quite a bit of information on WA pioneer families and am happy to share or help others.
    The families are Scrivener, King, Day, and many others generally originating around the Jarrahdale area.
    The story of timber-milling families is a history in itself. Tough, decent working folk.
    Thanks for your work and interest and dedication.
    Yours sincerely Mary Scrivener

    1. Jess says:

      Hi Mary,

      I’m glad you enjoy reading my blog posts and that my love of history shines through in my writing. There should be records about Walter in either the State Records Office of WA or Graylands Hospital itself. You may wish to visit this page and perhaps contact Dr Philippa Martyr ( The only problem is that it may not be considered an ‘older’ record which could mean there’s a date restriction to when you can access the information.

      I too have a timber milling family (Nicholson) on my family tree. They were mainly around Hoffmans Mill and Mornington Mill though.

      Good luck with your research and I hope you find some information about Walter and have the opportunity to learn about his story.

  5. Nicole Crawford. says:

    Hi Jess,
    Thank you for what you wrote about MacPherson Robertson. He was my great grandfather (his son Norman was my grandfather).
    You are right, after selling MacRobertson Chocolates to Cadbury, MacPherson’s fame and notoriety diminished somewhat during the 1970’s and 80’s.
    It might interest you to know if you are in Melbourne, that there is an exhibition about him at the Royal Historical Society of Victoria.
    It launches this coming Tuesday the 14th July, and runs through until December.
    Nikki Crawford.

    1. Jess says:

      Hi Nicole,
      It’s lovely to hear from a descendant of MacPherson Robertson. It is a pity that everyone seems to have forgotten where our favourite chocolates originally came from but hopefully my blog post (and the exhibition) helps to give a little more recognition towards him. I live in WA so unfortunately won’t be able to see the exhibit but thanks for letting me know. 🙂

  6. Julie says:

    Joseph crick from englehart,ontario,Canada was sentence to life in prison for the murder of his nephew ,we are looking for where he his last prison he was in Kingston ,Ontario,Canada,he should be around 60 years old now if u can help trace where he is thanks

    1. Jess says:

      Hi Julie,
      I’m located in Western Australia and really specialise in family history research in WA, Australia and England. Unfortunately I won’t be able to help you find a living person in Canada. Perhaps you could try contacting the prison system in Canada directly.

  7. maia says:

    Hey I was wondering if you could help me find my half brother same fathers different mothers,
    I’ve so far found out his name is Jacob voice he’s around the age of 28-30 from new Zealand our dads name is darrell Edward James Dunn his mothers name is Jane voice and he use to live in shannon.

    1. Jess says:

      Hi Maia,

      Unfortunately I don’t actually have a lot of experience finding living people. I specialise in family history and finding ancestors. Though it’s likely you’ve tried them already, have you searched Facebook or any other type of social media?

      I hope you are successful finding him.
      Best of luck.

  8. samantha Harvey says:

    Hi Jess,

    Is it possible to find out about a family who disappeared from a house in Eaton near the Collie River. There are no street names only dirt tracks that lead to the house. I’m told there were letters implying the family name could be Hoff but I’m not certain and the time frame could be between 1930/40 to 1960. The house is still semi standing, it has crumble significantly. no one seems to be able to find anything on this family who disappeared. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    1. Jess says:

      Hi Samantha,

      I’m sure some information could be found but I’m afraid I wouldn’t be able to do it for free. Researching takes a significant amount of time and money. I am however in the early stages of establishing a small research business. If you would like me to research on your behalf, please send me an email ( and we can discuss cost and what sort of specific information you’re after.

      Kind regards,

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