My great Grandmother Julia was born in 1868, in the then colony of Victoria. Thanks to Ancestry.com.au, I found other family trees with Julia on them. Eventually I was in contact with 2 of these families. One of these people, shared G grandmother Julia with me. And best of all, this cousin had a photo of Julia...I had never seen a photo before and neither had any of our family...
My mother had told me that her grandmother had died young...I bought Julia's death certificate and found that she died in 1905 of Pneumonia and Heart Failure...the family story told by my mother was that Julia had died of 'galloping consumption' so it was good to set the records straight...as I think consumption is a euphemism for TB?
Sadly my g grandmother's death left my g grandfather John, with 5 little girls, aged 10, 7, ( my new found cousin's grandma), 6, ( my grandma), 3 and 11 months. My 'new' cousin Terese also sent me a photo of John and Julia's children...the family (my siblings and my aunt's children) were amazed to see this photo
Now I mentioned earlier that there were other family trees on Ancestry.com.au who 'shared' Julia with me. One of these families was able to send me a photo of one of Julia's brother, known as Leo. Julia had 10 siblings! Leo was the g grandfather of this family.
Now back to St Patrick's Day...
I wore this today...a tiny brooch in the shape of a shamrock.
My cousin Terese really got into the spirit of the day...love this!