About this site

This site was originally a blog created in 2014, intended to be a vehicle to publish stories about my ancestors and to contribute to the #52Ancestors challenge, hence my old subtitle, ‘Starting small in the 52 ancestors challenge’.  I’m a bit behind, but that’s life!  In 2016 I decided to focus on the challenges of my genetic research.  I hope to do 52 ancestors in time, not necessarily per annum!

In 2022, the site was reorganised to be able to be a one stop shop for all my research, including access to my three blogs.

  1. My Ancestors and DNA Questions. The original blog relating to my own family history research and DNA questions;
  2. Genemonkey Explains. Created in May 2021 to support the DNA chromosome analysis series I presented for the Society of Australian Genealogists;
  3. Finding George Courtney c1841. My greatest nemesis is my 2nd maternal great grandfather Arthur George Courtney. This research blog seeks to document my genealogical and genetic research in the hope that someone out there may be able to help.

The homepage is organised by key research projects, clicking on each image takes you to an overview page. The overview page highlights other key pages or blogposts relating to the project plus links to other relevant resources.

For an overview of the site, click the menu icon button – the three parallel lines – at the top left hand corner of the screen. Make sure you click on each of the ‘down arrows’ to view all the sub items in the menu. Below the menu you will find a contact form and a search facility by keyword or category, including selected locations, surnames or DNA type.

Most of the people referenced in this blog will have a profile set up at Wikitree, a free family website. Sourcing and citations for all my research can be found on the respective Wikitree profiles. Each of their names will be hyperlinked to their profile on Wikitree when first mentioned in the blogpost.

For an explanation about the DNA terms relating to genetic genealogy used in this blog please refer to the International Society of Genetic Genealogy Wiki (ISOGG).