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Kilkenny / Help with Place Name in Kilkenny???
« on: Sunday 18 October 15 03:11 BST (UK)  »
Hello, this is a birth record taken from my 3x Great Grandfather born in Brisbane,Australia 1892. mother listed as Mary Collins, born in Wedloe,Kilkenny,Ireland. I am needing help with is or was there such a place as Wedloe in Kilkenny? Or is it meant to be Wicklow?? And this has just been lost in translation? From my searching I believe Mary Collins to be born in Mullinavat,Kilkenny, but not sure where this Wedloe comes into it. thanks in advance

Occupation Interests / 1st/2nd Engineer on the waterways
« on: Friday 14 June 13 02:36 BST (UK)  »
Hi, My 3xGreat Grandfather Arthur Nicholls arrived in Australia around 1886 aged 30 and was an Engineer on steamships that used to travel up and down the east coast of Australia. I have no idea as to his arrival here in Australia as I just cant find it. My question is would he have had to have done an apprenticeship in the UK? and if so where would one find such records? His parents are listed on his marriage and death certificates as being Joseph Nicholls - boiler maker and Elizabeth Tonkin. He was born in London,Middlesex around 1861 if I go by his death/marriage certificates. The only family I have located at the time of his birth is in the 1861 census and they are living on the East India Docks, so I am assuming that is where his father worked as a boiler maker.. This is the only Joseph Nicholls i have found as a boiler maker aswell, but I cant be sure this is the family.I cant find anything in 1871 1881 census either and then he arrives in Australia.. Family rumour was that the family spent time in India..but have not found any travel records to suggest this is true..Any help much appreciated on this one..its doing my head in.. Sonya

Kilkenny / Collins Family - Kilbeacon,Kilkenny
« on: Monday 06 June 11 04:24 BST (UK)  »

My gg grandmother Mary Collins born in Kilbeacon,Co Kilkenny,Ireland. Her parents are Patrick Collins and Ellen Walsh, I believe she has 8 siblings all born between 1862-1878, names are Thomas,John,Patrick,Catherine,Margaret,John,Ellen & another John all born in the Mullinavat parish, some born Ballynoony East and West, and few born in Kilmakevoge. Her sponsors/informants when born are James MacDonald & Johanna Walsh - possibly a sister or Aunt?

There are no Collins in the 1901 census living in those areas, it looks like that have left Kilkenny and moved elsewhere, so this is where I have come to a dead end.

Any help would be appreciated on finding out where the rest of the Collins Family went to this would help to continue my search. Mary came to Australia in 1888 by herself,



Europe / Schleswig Holstein
« on: Monday 29 June 09 06:45 BST (UK)  »
Hello, I am finding it very difficult to locate my ancestors that are from Schleswig-Holstein. My ancestor is Johann Wilhelm Carl Rohweder (a carpenter)..born 9 September 1864 is Schleswig-Holstein,Germany he left Germany to come to Australia in 1883 and married a Catharina Maria Zinn...and they settled in Esk,Queensland. I have found his father as Heinrich Marius(or Marcus) Reinhold Rohweder (a tailor by trade) and Marie Caroline Christina Lueth(or Luth), which is from Johann's death record in Queensland, but to go beyond the time of 1864 in S-H is causing me some brickwall. I did email somebody with help on this matter (and their last name was Rohweder) and they sent me back a list of fees...which i thought..thanks a bunch ??? but i still dont have an answer to my question. I do realise that at the time of his birth this part of Germany was in fact Denmark, but again to no avail...nothing! I have been on most of the websites and nothing again. I do not know of any siblings except for one of Johanns which went to America...but as they did not speak of their families back then we dont know if he was older or younger or even what his name was.  I have emailed another lady from Schleswig Holstein with the details and she has still come back saying i need more than a birthdate and place...not sure how to go forward from here...any suggestions,lookups,websites etc are welcomed.

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