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Cousins and don’t know it.

I’ve often speculated just how many people we know are actually our blood relatives and we will never know.

My second husband turned out to my 6th cousin, our mutual ancestors being Francis Hunt and Rose Anne McGuiness. The two HUNT brothers and families arrived in New South Wales in 1839 and then got on another boat to Melbourne. I recently made a post about Edward GRIFFITHS and Julia HUNT, grand-daughter of Francis and Rose.  They first lived at Allendale before moving to the Glenorchy area (Victoria).

I have messed about tracing their children, as  a couple of sons have missing details in my data base.  I noted how I had recently found John Edward in Balranald. I have followed that line down to the present day and one of the daughters married in 1931, had children and moved to Bendigo.

So, today, I discover a new 3rd cousin, once removed, who lives locally with his lovely wife.  For years, at most Christmas times, we clean their windows. This always includes cake, sandwiches, cold drinks, tea and coffee and laughter as we have an annual wrap up the year conversation. We do not indulge in this sort of behaviour with anyone else, won’t even sit down for a cuppa, just keep working and get out of there.

And, of course, my husband is also a blood relative, but that one will be harder to work out.  Oh, and the discovery explains why this new cousin reminds me so much of my dear late Uncle Keith!

It’s a small world. [cliché alert!]

(106 F degrees, in the old language, outside in the shade)


I started blogging in an effort to keep the old brain cells alive. I'm writing a fantasy series, I take more MOOCs than I can handle, and am trying to get my Nikon D3000 off auto. I live in Victoria, Australia, with my husband and our dog, Vika.

2 thoughts on “Cousins and don’t know it.

  1. It can be a wonderful surprise when we find out we’re related to someone we like 🙂 It’s in the 20’s here – on that old scale. I’m not complaining though as I’ll take the cold over the heat – you can’t dress for the heat!


  2. It was a wonderful surprise, my husband and I were married for about 10 years before we found out we were couisns. He is fond of saying, if we ever have a fight and I leave him, he will always be my cousin, so there…
    I agree completely – you can always get warm — though it would take a lot of firewood at below zero (celsius) My mind cannot comprehend those sort of temps as everday winter stuff, though I understand you are having an extended cold snap. I think we are hard done by with -5C (22F) and a frost.


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