Robert's Genealogy Page


MY RESEARCH

Eight migrations over a 66 year period (1843-1909) brought my ancestors to Australia, with arrivals in Adelaide and Melbourne. Eventually all except one family (Phillips) arrived in Adelaide, South Australia. Later, sometimes only in the next generation, some started moving out again and now descendants of the following are scattered throughout Australia, New Zealand, the USA, UK and South Africa.

The following table lists these migrations. 

Year

Ship

Family Name

Last Place of Residence

Port of Arrival

1843

Francis Spaight

Shepherd

Appleton-le-Moors (North Yorkshire)

Adelaide

1850

Brightman

Best

London

Adelaide

1865

Cornwallis

Lanyon

Camborne (Cornwall)

Adelaide

1882

Garonne

Waugh

Jedburgh (Roxburgh, Scotland)

Melbourne

1884

Fleur de Maurice

Jewaskiewitz

Uitenhage (South Africa)

Adelaide

1885

Ligura/Tarawera

Blair

Luss (Scotland)

Melbourne

1885

 

Phillips

Luss (Scotland)

Melbourne

1909

SS Afric

Baird

Jedburgh (Roxburgh, Scotland)

Melbourne

A maternal great grandmothers (mother's mother's mother) was my first Australian born ancestor, being born at Myponga, South Australia in 1862 and my maternal grandfather was the most recent ancestor born overseas. 

My research outside of Australia extends to England, Scotland, South Africa, United States of America, Canada and New Zealand.

FAMILY TREES

My genealogical database currently totals 19,392 persons. One family, SHEPHERD, accounts for about 4,700 persons. The database includes my own family tree as well as those of numerous cousins. Listed below and linked to this page are numerous small trees for individual families which include over 1,000 persons. There is also a page with my direct line back as far as I know.

The trees are cross linked where applicable, so some people will appear on more than one page. I have not included persons known to be still living in my internet trees, so the last generation shown will generally be born around 1900-1910.

Where a time period is not stated in the following tables I am researching it into the 1900's, which in most cases is well after the time when an ancestor of that surname lived.

As well as the family trees I have written a number of pages on the history of some of the families which may also be accessed through the tables below.

I would be pleased to hear from anybody who finds a connection to one of their families on these pages. Please send an email to rdblair.

PATERNAL ANCESTOR LINES

To connect to the family trees click on the surname. Click on the 'YES' in the History column to access the family history.

SURNAME

COUNTRY
OF
ORIGIN

COUNTY

LOCATION

TIME PERIOD

COUNTRIES
FOR RESEARCH

ADAM

SCT

RFW

Paisley

pre 1842

SCT

BLAIR

SCT

RFW
LKS

Erskine/Paisley
Glasgow

 

SCT/AUS/NZ/USA

BOLTON

ENG

SRY

Bramley/Dunsfold

 

ENG

BRANCH

ENG

CON

Gwinear

 

ENG/AUS/USA/NZ

DODDS

SCT

BEW

 

 

SCT/SAF

GILBERT

ENG

DEV

Marytavy/
Buckland Monachorum

pre 1836

ENG

JEWASKIEWITZ

SAF

Cape

Uitenhage

1818+

SAF/AUS

JOHNSON

ENG
SAF

KEN
Cape

Chatham
George

1820's
1820's+

ENG/SAF

LANYON

ENG

CON

Penzance

 

ENG/AUS/NZ

MANFIELD

ENG

SRY

Bramley/Hascombe

 

ENG

PHILLIPS

ENG
SCT

SRY/SSX
ARL

Fernhurst & ?
Crinan

pre 1851
c 1852-1885

ENG/SCT/AUS

PRYOR

ENG

CON/DEV

 

 

ENG/AUS/USA

RENFREW

SCT

RFW

Paisley

pre 1808

SCT

ROBERTSON

SCT
SAF
CAN

BEW
Cape
ONT/QUE

Duns ?
George
Montreal

pre c 1830
c1839+
? 1880's

SCT/SAF/CAN/AUS

SCOTT

SCT

RFW

Kilmacolm

pre 1808

SCT

SMITH

ENG

SRY
SSX

Godalming
Fernhurst

pre 1785 ?
1785+

ENG

TAYLOR

SCT

RFW

Kilmacolm

pre 1800

SCT

WILLS

ENG

CON

Penzance

 

ENG

 

MATERNAL ANCESTOR LINES

To connect to the family trees click on the surname. Click on the 'YES' in the History column to access the family history.

SURNAME

COUNTRY
OF ORIGIN

COUNTY

LOCATION

TIME PERIOD

COUNTRIES
FOR
RESEARCH

ALEXANDER

SCT

ROX

Hobkirk

 

SCT/ENG/AUS

BAIRD

SCT

ROX

Jedburgh

pre 1909

SCT/ENG/AUS

BEST

ENG

DUR
NBL
MDX

Kirk Merrington
Newcastle upon Tyne
Marylebone

pre 1787
1787-c1820
1820+

ENG/AUS

DOBSON

ENG

YKS

Lastingham

 

ENG

DOUGLAS

SCT

ROX

Abbotrule/Jedburgh

 

SCT

HALL

ENG

DUR

Houghton-le-Spring

 

ENG

HORSBURGH

SCT

ELN
MLN
ROX

Aberlady
Edinburgh/Liberton
Jedburgh

pre 1750
c 1750-c1800
c1800+

SCT/AUS

HUNTER

SCT

ROX

Jedburgh

 

SCT

JOHNSON

ENG

DUR

Houghton-le-Spring

 

ENG

LOWNSBROUGH

ENG

YKS

Lastingham

 

ENG/USA

RUTHERFORD

SCT

ROX

Jedburgh

Pre1875

 

SCORESBY

ENG

YKS

Cropton

 

ENG/AUS/USA

SHEPHERD

ENG

YKS

Lastingham

 

ENG/AUS/CAN/USA/SAF/NZ

SMAIL

SCT

ROX

Jedburgh/Roxburgh

 

SCT

SWORD

SCT

ROX

Ancrum/Southdean

 

SCT/ENG/AUS/USA/CAN

THORPE

ENG

YKS

Lastingham

 

ENG

TURNER

ENG

NBL

Ovingham

 

ENG

WAUGH

SCT

ROX

Jedburgh

 

SCT/ENG/AUS/CAN/USA

 

DNA

I have had my y-DNA tested as well as other BLAIRs who are on my family tree.This has helped confirm the tree with the most recent common ancestor being well back before 1855.
It has also identified some people who belong to my BLAIR family tree but have so far been unable to be added due to the lack of recording of baptisms and marriages at various times in the 1700ís and early 1800ís.
The DNA results also include the haplogroup for my deep ancestry (which is currently somewhere around 1000BC maybe earlier).The most recent (up to date) definition of my haplogroup is R1b1a2a1a2b1a2a or R-Z35.
Results of SNP tests are: P25+, M269+, P312+, L2+, Z367+, Z34+, Z35

This is at March 2015.

My mitochondrial DNA, which is the female line all the way back through the surnames Baird, Waugh, Best, Shepherd, Shepherd, Scoresby and Harland is J1b1a.

I have also had relations tested to determine the Y-DNA for various other lines that I am descended from.
BAIRD††††††††††††† Haplogroup R1a1††††††††††††††M198+
WAUGH††††††††††† Haplogroup I1†††† †††††††††††††M253+†††††
SHEPHERD ††††Haplogroup R1b1a2a1a1†††† U106+
BRANCH††† †††††Haplogroup R1b1a2a1c2a1U198+

I have also tested a relationship on the family tree using the FTDNA Family Finder test which assisted to identify who a great great grandfather was.

 

LINKS TO OTHER GENEALOGICAL PAGES

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Pioneers Association of South Australia
South Australian Genealogy & Heraldry Society

Family History South Australia

ENGLAND

Cornwall Family History Society
Society of Genealogists

National Archives

SCOTLAND

General Register Office for Scotland
Scotlandspeople
National Archives of Scotland
Borders Family History Society

SOUTH AFRICA

Genealogical Society of South Africa

OTHER COUNTRIES

Blair Society for Genealogical Research

British Columbia (Canada) BDM Indexes

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Ancestry.com††† A subscription website which predominantly covers the USA but also the UK, Europe, Canada and Australia.

††††††††††††††††††††††††† For the USA the censuses up to 1930 are included as well as many BDM records.
†††††††††††††††††††††††† For the UK the England and Wales censuses to 1901, GRO BDM Indexes and many parish records are included.

Rootsweb†††††††† Links to the Rootsweb Surname List (over 1,200,000 entries of surnames being researched) and the FREEBMD
†††††††††††††††††††††††† website for England & Wales civil registration BDM indexes.

Castle Garden†† A database with more than 10 million persons who migrated to the USA in the period 1830-1892.
Ellis Island††††††† Passenger arrivals at Ellis Island, New York 1892-1954. Over 12 million persons have been indexed and the passenger lists
†††††††††††††††††††††††can be viewed online.

Family Tree DNAThe leading company for genealogical DNA testing. Hundreds of surname groups have tested with FTDNA and they have
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† one of the largest databases of test results.


 

 

 

 

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This page was created on 09 June 1997 and last updated on 30 March 2015. © 1997-2015 Robert D Blair.