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Windermere - home of Tomw Winder and Ellen Johnson

The Winder Johnson DNA Project – the background

Two of the most enduring genealogical mysteries in the Winder and Hungerford families are the parentage and ancestry of Tom White Melville Winder (c1788-1853) and his wife Ellen Johnson (c1803-1887). They had one surviving son, Thomas Jr, while three of their daughters married three of the sons of Captain Emanuel Hungerford. Family legend handed down […]

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AncestryDNA changes in August – act now

AncestryDNA is making several during  August 2020 to improve accuracy and validity of matches. From late August (no specific date) they will remove matches which only share 6-7.9 centimorgans because there are many matches in this range that are not valid 5-8th cousins. They could be as distant as 20th cousins.  These false matches tempt […]

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John Knight

John Knight DNA breakthrough

John Knight The family of John Knight (1812-1912) grew up with the story that he was the illegitimate son of Emanuel Hungerford [E]. Now, two hundred years later, we have proof. Who was John Knight? John Knight was born in County Cork, Ireland, in 1812. He came to Australia in 1828 on the Alexander Henry […]

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Summer with SAG

This summer I joined the Society of Australian Genealogists (SAG) and attended four of their lectures and workshops – A Deep Dive into FindMyPast, AncestryDNA, and meetings of the Intermediate DNA group and Advanced DNA group. All sessions were held at their historic sandstone building Richmond Villa at Millers Point, which is a experience in […]

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The finer points of ‘FindMyPast’

Professional genealogist Michelle Patient recently took a group of Society of Australian Geneologists (SAG) members for a deep dive into FindMyPast (, a service which you might already know. I have to confess, I have only used my subscription occasionally over the last few years, because I can find so much on Ancestry and Trove, […]

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DNA2Tree – A Discovery Tool

How do you deal with all that data in your AncestryDNA results when your matches don’t provide family trees or when the names in their trees don’t look familiar? In past posts, we’ve advised you to start with your closest matches and look at their shared matches. We’ve also talked about colour coding them using […]

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About AncestryDNA Tests

If you have been pondering doing a DNA test, then now might be the time. We have two special offers for HAFS members only – 10 Ancestry DNA kits at special prices, and FamilyTreeDNA Y-DNA and mt-DNA kits for people who can help us solve a puzzle. Why not join HAFS now if you want […]

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Phillipa Shelly Jones

A New Role for Phillipa Shelly Jones

Philippa Shelly Jones [E.2.3a.6b.5c.2d.1e] was recently elected to the Board of the Society of Australian Genealogists. She is also the Editor of the publication ASSOCIATIONS at Associations Forum and has previously worked as a solicitor. She has a Bachelor of Arts/Law, Grad Dip in Education and Certificate in Genealogical Research. Philippa brings with her a […]

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Esdaile Burkitt tree

AncestryDNA – finding family with ThruLines™

ThruLines is a powerful feature of AncestryDNA that automatically shows how you are related to your DNA matches. This is especially useful for those matches that are more remote and don’t share recognisable surnames.  ThruLines™ combines the data in your DNA matches with the data in the family trees that you and your DNA matches […]

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The Saga of Heritage

by Dr Thomas Hungerford OBE (former Patron of HAFS) (Originally published in HAFS Journal Vol 1 No 1 – May 1991) Sir Walter Scott said: Breathes there a man with soul so dead, Who never to himself hath said This is my own, my native land? Land or heritage or something passed down from preceding […]

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