Hi there. I’m Caitie & I reside in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. I’m 23, so if I’m not mistaken, that makes me the youngest author on Worldwide Genealogy. I’ve lived in Brisbane my whole life (minus a year), and in my line of ancestors I was the first person born in Queensland. You might have been able to tell by the title of this post, that I’m half Australian (G’day) and half American (Y’all). My Dad grew up in Sydney, while my Mum is from Texas. I have lived in America before – Virginia, for a year when I was a baby. I remember nothing.
I caught the genealogy bug – that’s what we call it in our family – on the 8th of July, 2009, when I was 18. Needless to say, I’ve been obsessed with genealogy ever since. I’m not the first person to research our family history. My paternal Grandfather, Poppa, was first generation Australian born. His parents were from Scotland and arrived in Sydney in the 1880’s. My Poppa was an only child, but he connected with many cousins that we have around the world including in Canada & New Zealand.
|My Poppa (middle) with his cousins in Scotland.|
On my mother’s side, my Grandma loved genealogy. If you’re from Texas, you’re considered to be a Southerner, and there’s generally one thing that a Southerner always knows – the family tree. My Grandma was adopted and researched her adoptive and biological ancestors. My Mum, Aunt and Uncle always tell the story of while they were growing up; their friends would be at the beach during summer vacation. Not them. They would be at court houses, churches and civil war battlegrounds with my Grandparents. My Grandma drilled the family tree into them. My Aunt & Uncle caught the genealogy bug, but it completely skipped my Mum and came to me. My Grandma died in 1980, ten years before I was born, so I never knew her. However, I feel like I am getting to know her through my genealogy. I also know that she would have loved this concept of Worldwide Genealogy.
|My Grandma, Nancy Robinson.|
1932 - 1980
Anyway, where else can you find me?
I live over at Genealogically Speaking. I co-run the blog Young and Savvy Genealogists. I’m actually yet to do my first post over there – that’s something for tonight after work. Last year in August, coinciding with National Family History Month in Australia, I took the plunge and started a YouTube Channel. I love writing and blogging about my family history, but I wanted to TALK about it. I love love love talking to people about it. I’m definitely going to mention Worldwide Genealogy in my next video.
When I’m not doing genealogy, I’m a full time University student studying Criminology. I graduate this year. That’s a scary thought. The second half of the semester is usually when I begin to drown in assignments and exams, so I’m hoping I can keep up with one post a month here. :) I'm very excited to a part of Worldwide Genealogy. Thank you Julie!
Until next time genea-friends...