Tracing Family History

Tracing one's family history is a challenging job when in a lot of cases, without records of any sort to guide you, you need to summise and that is the case with me tracing my own heritage here in Australia.

Through the help of internet user's I have so far been able to piece together a lot of the history but as is nearly always the case, there are a lot of blanks to be filled in and this is where one has to summise what life's journey had for members of their family.

I know the journey of my Great Grandfather (John William Angell) began in Unley in SA where he was born just days after his arrival in Australia. I also know that he left SA possibly intending to head to the Goldfields of Victoria. Instead, from Wentworth he headed up the Darling River and the first mention of him, using records, was in the township of Menindee NSW. I have since been able to trace his movements fairly accurately to Tibooburra NSW.

What I have put together so far on this website is as close to factual that I can ascertain, so I hope it helps you in your own search, if you are conducting one. If you are just visiting, then I hope you find the entire site of interest and enjoy your stop over here.

One interesting aspect of searching the family history with Australia being a Penal Colony in the early days, is, that it is a lot easier to find information of people who were deported for crimes in the UK. The entire line that our family comes from were free settlers and that made searching a lot harder because detailed records were not kept of free settlers.

The only Angell who I can find that arrived as a prisoner is a James Angell, prisoner #8481 who was deported for the crime of "firing a haystack" and sentenced to 8 years. James arrived in Western Australia aboard the Vimeira in 1865 aged 33 years. Being of the same lineage as the Angell family that we are descendants of and being from Wiltshire, this would make James the son of Robert, William or Jonathon.

Since writing the above I have joined http://www.ancestry.com.au/ and have discovered that quite a few Angells/Angels arrived in the colony either as prisoners or crew members aboard the convict ships.

Frances Angell (1821) - John Angell (1808 and 1809) - William Angell (1823) - Friday Angel (1821) - John Angel (1825) and Walter Angel (1825)

These Angells travelled to Australia via New Zealand and either disembarked in Tasmania or NSW and it is my guess that the Angells who abound throughout the East Coast of NSW and Qld are descendants of these families.

Many Angells also landed in Western Australia as free settlers and the lines that live there today are no doubt related to them.

How far removed these lines are from my own family tree I am not sure but I can tell you this much, there are just too many of them for me to research in this lifetime.

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