A previous post a few weeks ago was about the discovery that my grandmothers parents were not Frederick and Isabella Simpson as we were led to believe through the electoral rolls but their daughter Jessie Mcintosh Simpson. My grandmothers birth certificate stated that Jessie Simpson was her mother and the father was left blank. Talking to my cousin about our grandmothers middle name of Gardiner, how it is an unusual name and that there is a trend of usually using maiden names as a middle name to keep it a family name. Well Jessie was only 20 years of age when she had my grandmother Mavis and she was unwed. We were left with a blank... That is until my DNA results came in. My first and highest match was with a D.B and there were only 7 people in this tree, yet our Amount of Shared DNA 249 centimorgans shared across 16 DNA segments.
Clicking on the link there is two surnames... Simpson and Thomas.. Coincidence? Yeah that is what I thought. I have traced back a fair bit on all lines and there is no other Gardiner in my ancestors. The DNA tells me we are second cousins. Following on in to the tree, I discover a Henry Gardiner who I think is the father of my grandmother. Henry came to Australia from Gloucestershire England in 1911, he was married with one child, who at the time of his arrival in Australia was 4 months old, The profile has the wife and child come from England 4 months later arriving on the 12th March 1912.
At the time of my grandmothers birth, Jessie was 20 years old, Henry was 36. My grandmother was born 29 July 1914, Henry's wife Maud had a child September the same year... Busy man..
Now I just have to work out what to say to these people before I can contact them so we can ill in the blanks and let them know their ancestor ( my great grandfather) was a big arse cheat ( pertaining that this is indeed the guy, and no other relative of his) Stay Tuned for the continuing saga...
My name is Davina and I have been researching my family history since 2011. I started with almost nothing but ended up with a wealth of information and I needed an outlet to show and display all the information I have found.