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Proformat News
No: 99
May 2014
May Seminars
There are no seminars in May.

June Seminars
1: Port Adelaide Heritage walk WEA Centre Adelaide 2:00–4:00pm
10: Bound for South Australia WEA Centre Adelaide 7:00–9:00pm
13: Researching your Scottish ancestors WEA Centre Adelaide 6:30–9:30pm
15: North Adelaide Heritage walk WEA Centre Adelaide 2:00–4:00pm
16: Finding families in newspapers WEA Centre Adelaide 8:00–10:00pm

See the seminar program for more details and bookings.

Tithe Records
TheGenealogist has launched ‘The National Collection of Tithe Records’ in an exclusive partnership with The National Archives (London). For the first time you are able to search over 11 million records and view the original documents online.
The Tithe Records provide a unique view into our ancestral heritage by providing details of ownership and occupancy of land throughout England and Wales, revealing a wealth of information about people, places and landmarks in the Victorian era.
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The importance of cousins
It is very important to connect with your remote ancestors, that is, your second cousins and beyond. You share common ancestors—for example your fourth cousins and you share 3x great grandparents. (Its easy to work out—just count the number of greats and grands in your ancestor and their other descendants will be that number removed cousins. Therefore in the above example you and your fourth cousins share your 3x great grand parents. It is important to connect with these remote ancestors simply because they may know something about your ancestors that you do not. Some information and/or records may have been passed down their line to the exclusion of your line.

In this issue:
May Seminars
June Seminars
Tithe Records

Feature article
The importance of cousins


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The adjacent photograph of a painting dated to about 1820 came via a previously unknown fourth cousin who descended from both daughters of François Jaunay, Ann and Louisa, in the painting while I descend from the son and youngest child, Louis Brunet Jaunay. Ann (the elder) and Louisa Jaunay's great great grandson, Bertrand Schlumberger, had the painting in his possession until it was destroyed in France in World War 2, Fortunately the above, albeit, poor photograph of the painting survived.

Consider that if your ancestors emigrated to Australia in the 1840s - where are most of your cousins likely to be living now? Most people may conclude that, because their ancestors left so long ago, most of their living distant cousins must be in Australia. That would certainly true if you only consider first cousins (who share the same grandparents), second cousins (who share the same great-grandparents), or third cousins (who share the same great-great grandparents), but what about the fourth cousins?

Some research has suggested that we may have as many fourth cousins as we do first, second, and third cousins combined, and five times as many fifth cousins as we have fourth cousins. This means that of your living relatives who are fourth cousins or closer, 96% of this group are your fourth cousins, and only a mere four per cent are first, second, and third cousins!

Statistically this means that if your great-great grandparents emigrated then your near cousins are probably in that new country, but your fourth cousins and beyond are very likely to be in their ancestors' country of origin and family history researchers should be making use of this as demonstrated above.

This means that to find your remote ancestry requires finding your remote cousins (following your collateral lines) and the best way to do this is to widely advertise your interests in as many forms of media as possible. It also means you should pursue the descendents of your distant ancestors' siblings. One of the best ways to start this project for those with UK origins is to follow up the censuses in the UK. Other strategies were outlined in Proformat News #59.

To the list of resources mentioned in this earlier newsletter one needs to consider using social media in your quest:
  • create a Facebook account purely for your family history
  • use social media like Twitter and tag your messages #genealogy
By the way, some of you may be asking how can Bertrand Schlumberger be the great-great grandson of two sisters. This chart may clarify:
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