About macfamily30

Retirement has given me the time to really delve into my passion for family history - not just the facts but reading about the times and places where they lived and gaining an understanding of what their lives would have been like.

Writing the family history

I love doing family history (I guess that’s pretty obvious) but sometimes you just want to yell at your ancestors and this post from https://www.reddit.com/r/Genealogy/sort of says it in a nutshell:


It seemed to give other genealogist the chance to vent and I have to agree with them.

Only ancestors could confuse a computer software program by intermarrying to the extent that Ancestry can’t even work out your relationship to me not to mention in some cases it would have been a better idea to expand the gene pool. Did I mention that I am a Shepherd with lots of interesting relationships in the family?

I can make a pretty good guess at why you ran away but did you have to change your name multiple times and then leave no record at all. Did you spend all your time on the long boat trip working out how you would disappear. I will find you yet Nellie!!!

It is great you had such large families, or I might not have been here but could you just stick to two wives maximum and maybe no more than four kids! You know who I am talking about Daniel Chisholm.


I do love naming patterns, especially if you are Scottish, but hey enough! In some townships there are just too many of you all with the same name, married to women with similar names and having kids with the same name. I love a challenge but that is ridiculous. Why did I marry a McGregor?


And of course that drunk census taker that gets everyone’s names wrong not to mention todays record transcribers that just take their best shot at translating it to modern day English.

So I have added my rant but be assured I am not planning on giving up genealogy any time soon.

My Great Uncle, Frederick Biggs

I have finally been able to find a will that definitely confirms that the Frederick Biggs that I had researched is my great uncle. I have added a partial copy of his will that provides the evidence. In it he leaves his estate to his two sisters Emily and Alice. As he died about 12 months before the birth of my Uncle Frederick it is more than likely that he was named for him, so his memory must have been treasured by the family.

Finding Frederick Biggs

I have spent the last few months trying to find my Grand Uncle Frederick. I have written the details I have found so far but it is difficult to definitely confirm if he is my missing Grand Uncle. If anyone is travelling through Colac and has time to visit the cemetery, hopefully there would be an epitaph on his gravestone. If you have a little more time a visit to the historical society in Colac it might also help to shed a little more light on this Frederick Biggs and if he is my missing grand uncle. Any information would be gratefully received with a very big hug from me. Click here to see what I have found so far.

Biggs family in 18th Century

Over the past few weeks I have been completely immersed in all things 18th Century. From rereading some of Austin’s novels, lots of historical records and the most wonderful treasure of a book Mary Bacon’s World: A farmer’s wife in eighteenth century Hampshire , it is written by Ruth Facer and is based on and includes many extracts from her diary. So now I have “receipts” for every thing from curing an argue to pickling walnuts.With the past couple of rainy cold days I have taken a step back in time or climbed another limb on the family tree to put together my 3 x great grandfather, James Biggs’, story who was born in 1764. If you would like to read about him click here.