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  1. I am busy with my family tree and searching all over. Unfortunately I started to late doing this as my parents and grandparents have passed away and don’t have much info. My Grandfather was Thomas Grant Turnbull born 18/12/1890 and I was told ne was born in Scotland (no sure were though). My late father is Brian Ambrose Turnbull born in South Africa. I have really enjoyed looking at your site.
    Take care and if you do have any info I will be ever so grateful.
    Kind Regards – Diane

    • Most of us start too late to ask the older generations Diane.

      Have you tried searching ScotlandsPeople for your grandfather’s birth?
      I note that from 1889 to 1891 there are no Thomas Grant Turnbull birth registrations but several that don’t have a middle name that might be him.
      And if his parents were still in Scotland for the 1891 census, you may be able to pick him up in that.

      Enjoy this fascinating hobby,

  2. Hi Lorna,
    Your cousin Shirley here. I have been becoming more and ore interested in family history. Your site is amazing.
    I have been particularly interested in antecedents of the First Land War in 1860. I found clippings that mentioned Jane Andrews as being somewhat forceably sent off to Nelson in August 1860 when families were in the New Plymouth stockade yet I see her eldest daughter Sarah got married in NP in October 1860. …and at the fmily house “Devonport” when other accounts say the family had to leave their house which was outside the stockade and therefore was probably burnt down. Can you shed light on these matters?

    • Hi Bill,
      Have you tried
      I appear to have a distant DNA connection to a couple of cousins who share COGHILL, and their Caithness COGHILL family is there.

  3. Just poking around looking for Andrew and Amelia bBoyes, I saw their grave a few days ago at South Malvern and just got curious. Seemed vaguely familiar since I am from Oamaru.
    Anyway thanks for the info. You have put a lot of work in here.
    Warm Regards, Kay

  4. Hi,
    I am helping my S i L with her tree & found another generation here on your site John Mitchell #65979 & Mary Walls #65974!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. Fantastic. It is all about sharing.
    My own F/t research has 59 generations , so I am having a breather from Royalty & seeing where this new search goes.

    • Hi Alan,
      Glad to have helped.
      By 1851 Mary shows up in the Dunfermline census at the Halbeath Colliery as:
      MITCHELL: Mary 51 bone setter b Dunfermline, FIF; Dtr Agnes 23 dressmaker b Dunfermline; Visitor: Charlotte MORGAN 7 scholar b Dalgetty, FIF.

      Not related to me, but dtr Catherine and her husband Robert emigrated (1874) to Port Chalmers, Otago, NZ and Robert is related to one of my HENDERSON xth cousins, whom I was happy to help out with the research for.


  5. Part of my tree includes the Dawe(or Daw) family. I found your site searching for a William Dawe who married Betty Scobel. I’ve got all I can from FindMyPast and Family search as well as other sites. I do like to put names into my search engine and see what comes up. On this occasion your site came up. It shows nothing I didn’t know, but it’s still good to see it.

    • Good to know someone else has been researching the family Stafford.
      Several connections to my lot in there.
      I seem to recall that parts of the family led me on a merry dance untangling who connected to whom, particularly the Newfoundland connection.

      Should you ever come across a direct male line DAWE descendant of William and Betty’s send them along to the DAWE Surname DNA project on FamilyTreeDNA 🙂

  6. You contacted me thru 23and Me I cannot figure out how to send my reply since they changed everything. If you will send me an email I will send you the info you asked for in an email

  7. hello Lorna
    I stumbled across your tree in Ancestry
    My paternal great granddad is on there but you have the date of birth a wee bit out 🙂
    James Fairbairn – Mother Mary Fairbairn (nee Turnbull) and Father James Fairbairn
    The full date of birth is 03.04.1887 – I have a copy birth cert if you’d like a scanned copy of the same
    Kind regards
    Alison Crammon (nee Fairbairn)

    • Hi Alison,
      Good to hear from you. Perhaps I typo’d the year when I extracted that from a post of yours on GenForum back in 2002 !
      I’d love a copy of the cert. please.
      Don’t suppose you have a handy direct male line FAIRBAIRN from that family who might be interested in representing them in the FAIRBAIRN Surname DNA Project?

  8. Guess you know I have upgraded from 37 markers to 67.
    I now have 20 Fairbairne’s close to me, plus 3 Farris’s.
    But I still have an Irwin at a genetic distance of 2
    Can you change your blog ?
    I am F-60
    Gil is my brother

    • Hi Gil,
      We’d all like to know the answer to that one!
      Keep an eye on progress via the Fairbairn One Name Study and DNA Project blog/diary.
      This latest post shows our current attempt to throw science at the problem to at least determine when the Fairbairns and Elliots in particular were all on the same branch of the I1 haplogroup tree of mankind.
      Basically, in the last sale round, four BigY tests were thrown at the problem from the Fairbairn side but we also need a representative ELLIOT or two as well – ideally at least one of them also testing BigY and getting their results analyzed at but if that’s beyond the budget, at least one of them to do the I1-Z140 SNP pack, or the individual SNPs for the branch now identified as at least belonging to the Lineage 1e FAIRBAIRNs.
      When all four results are in and finished analysis at we should have a better time estimate for at least some of this.
      Talk to your fellow tested Elliotts and drum up some support for the investigation.