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Archive for August, 2007

Hughes/Hewes update 2

I ordered the birth certificates for John Hughes born in Reading in March 1853 (ref 2c 351) checking that the mother’s forename was Emma, and June 1855 (ref 2c 326) again checking the mother’s forename. Both drew a blank. Fortunately, checking that the details matched meant that the process was faster, and also cheaper as […]

Hughes/Hewes update

The birth certificates I ordered for the birth of John Hughes registered in Reading in the September quarter of 1856, and the birth of Margaret Hughes registered in the March quarter of 1859 turned up in the mail today. The one for John Hughes showed a birth date of 23 August 1856 to parents Thomas […]

First Van Cootens in Australia?

John Hughes Van Cooten arrived in Australia on 20 Dec 1874 – almost 133 years ago. But it is highly likely that he wasn’t the first of Hendrik Van Cooten’s descendants to arrive in Australia! Three seemingly unconnected pieces of information were the clues that led me put this story together. The first was the […]