Not an advertisement but I thought other Aussies might be interested in the free family
history unit online through the University of Tasmania. It includes free access to a well
known family history site.
I found out through a friend and I'm giving it a go this semester. Enrolments have
just opened. No HECS, no fees, free.
I need to get organised now I'm retired. I've been playing around for a time
after being a bit disappointed that others had done the job before me (My cousin did a
fabulous job on my CALDWELL lineage). And my husbands BYRNE ancestors were researched as
part of Australia's Bicentennial. So I'm hoping the course will help inspire me to
blast away those brick walls in my Ingram lineage.
INGRAM, BAIRD, MAGUIRE/McGUIRE, ARMSTRONG (Ederny, Drumkeeran, Kesh?). Catholics and CofI
On 27 Jan 2016, at 5:53 PM, John Niemann via
Finally I have a bit of time to reply to you.
My great grandfather was Robert ARMSTRONG, born Enniskillen 1847 (COI I believe - he was
Protestant in Australia) - this is according to his marriage and death certificates in
Australia. According to history and research carried out by other members of the Armstrong
family in Australia Robert arrived in Australia in 1868 on the ship 'Wennington'
and settled on the Bellarine Peninsula near Geelong in Victoria. His siblings Mary J. (b.
about 1842 in Ireland) and Thomas (b about 1849 in Ireland) came with him. He was living
in the Parish of Paywit in Victoria when he married in 1872.
According to his marriage certificate his parents were William ARMSTRONG, a carpenter,
and Ellen or Eleanor COLLUM. My research has never found a confirmed record of marriage
for William and Ellen, a birth record of Robert or any siblings, or death records for
William and Ellen. Ellen was thought to be from a large Dublin family. There is a Collum
family or two in Enniskillen, who were lawyers with offices in Dublin as well, and there
was also a William Armstrong who was a lawyer in Enniskillen so maybe that is the link,
but that doesn't fit well with other information we have about the Armstrongs being
farmers, millers and carpenters.
On Robert's death certificate in 1898 his father is listed as Robert, a farmer, but
this could have been misinformation and we treat the marriage certificate as more accurate
and assume that we are looking for William Armstrong.
William ARMSTRONG was born in about 1820 (source of this date is uncertain) and his
father was Robin or Robert ARMSTRONG who was born about 1877 and died in 1883 in Ireland.