My name is Rachel Armstrong and I am a Librarian and Archivist living in Canberra. I began this blog while completing my university studies and although it is quite neglected these days, I hope to continue to update the blog semi-regularly with family history information that will hopefully be useful to others.
I have a real passion for genealogy and have been researching my own family since 2006. There have been many interesting discoveries and also many dead-ends and setbacks but the journey has always been fascinating. My family in Australia can be traced back to the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788 and includes many convicts. Many of my ancestors who arrived here of their own free will settled in Australia from the 1850s both in Sydney and the Newcastle / Hunter Valley areas. Before this, we were British through and through, with my ancestors arriving from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. My research interests include the Goddard, Timmins, Sneddon, Bulfin, Mobbs, Woodhouse, Gray, Bradley and Davies families among many others.
As my interests have grown, I have begun researching my husband’s family which includes the Armstrong, McDonald, Dorman, Power and Lindwall families who primarily settled in Sydney and the NSW South Coast from England, Ireland and Sweden.
I hope you enjoy the blog!