Just under 2 years ago I decided to start researching my family history.At the time I naively thought Iíd spend a couple of weeks surfing the net to see what I could find.I soon learnt that as Iíd find an answer and fill a gap in my tree, the answer usually led to 10 more questions and that any clue, no matter how small, is very exciting.With many of my family treeís branches, Iíve been lucky to come across folks already researching a family line. Many have generously shared their information with me or guided me in the right direction.I hope the information contained on this website will help fill in some gaps in otherís family trees.

A Little about the Families

The families on this site are my motherís family line.Her maternal line starts with the Kennedy family. From there it branches out to include the Short, Pycroft, Cottrell, Gorell, Waldie, Logier and Stanton families.Her paternal line has been a little tougher to crack. It starts with the Sheehan family, then the Tanner and Gill families.It also has links to Cabrey and Donaghue.


Originally I thought my motherís ancestors all came from Ireland but Iíve since discovered that although the Kennedy and Sheehan families did, a large number of her ancestors hailed from Norfolk, Chester, Wesmoreland & Hampshire in England as well as one from Scotland and another were Huguenots who lived in Germany and immigrated to Ireland.

Branches of My Maternal Family Tree


COTTRELL†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Chester, Cheshire, England to Victoria, Australia


GILL†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Iddesleigh & Winleigh, Devon, UK., & South Australia


GORELL†††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††† Kirkby Lonsdale, Wesmoreland, England to Victoria, Australia


HANKINSON†††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† Runcorn, Cheshire, England to Victoria, Australia


KENNEDY†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Tipperary, Ireland to South Australia & Victoria, Australia


LOGIER††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Dublin, Ireland to Victoria, Australia


PYCROFT/PYCRAFT†††††††††††††††† Norfolk, England


SHEEHAN†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Tullogh, County Clare Ireland to Victoria, Australia


SHORT†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Norfolk, England to Kapunda, South Australia & Victoria, Australia


STANTON†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Fleet, Dorest U.K. [see Logier]


TANNER†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Boldre, Beaulieu, Milford of Hampshire, England to South Australia & Victoria


TOMLINSON†††† †††††††††††††††††††††† Ingleton, Yorkshire to Geelong, Victoria, Australia


WALDIE†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Scotland to Victoria, Australia



Carter Ė Madeira



I have been dabbling into my fatherís family history on and off over the years but could never get further back than my great grandparents. It is only in the last year of so that I have finally made some progress.It was only when I stumbled on some information Jennifer Thomas had submitted to the website that I made some headway. Jenniferís information supplied me a base from which I could start searching for more clues about these very interesting families.


Several of my fatherís ancestors were involved in the 1857 Indian Mutiny. They also had strong links with the great railways of India. After four generations of Indian born British the family dispersed in the 1940ís and settled in England, Canada and Australia. This website covers members of the following families over the last two centuries.


Branches of My Paternal Family Tree


Hilton††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Lucknow, India

SUTTON†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† under construction


††††††††††††††††††††††† MADEIRA†††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† under construction


††††††††††††††††††††††† CARTER†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† under construction



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