Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Yet another Hello from the Antipodes

We Australians do seem to have dominated the Worldwide Genealogy so far, good thing we are generally a mixed bunch in this country of immigrants.

My brothers & the family pooch on the then very new
Mare & Foal Sculpture 
I am Sharon Muffett and I currently reside on the beautiful Central Coast of New South Wales an hours drive north of Sydney. I grew up further north and inland in a smallish country town  in an area famous for its horses and increasingly, its coal mines. My paternal grandmother's family have resided in the area since the 1860s and my paternal grandfather's family newcomers in the 1920s. My mother, whose immigrant ancestors all arrived in South Australia, is not yet considered a local having spent not quite 40 years in the in town.

I am frequently informed that I am rather young in the genealogy game, being just over 30 but genealogy and history more generally are long held passions. In 1989 a relative of some description published a book of Muffett descendants. Hundreds of hours have been spent perusing that volume and the thrill at seeing my name on page 72 as a sixth generation descendant has not dimmed. My active engagement however stems from 1997 and a school history project.

Each year, the Scone & Upper Hunter Historical Society sponsors an essay prize for local history in which all year 9 students at the various local high schools are required to participate. I wrote about my paternal grandfather and his brothers and fell in love with the family stories and the process of research (and received a highly commended). It was no real surprise to anyone when I completed a degree in History at university instead of opting for a more 'practical' subject, or that I've returned to uni to obtain a Masters in Archives & Records. Genealogy is something that I dived into sporadically but have now fallen in the deep end after someone has removed the ladder ;)

As for my ancestry, it is the typical mix of English, Irish, Scots and German, with a smattering of Norman-French from the Channel Islands on my maternal grandmother's side and the additional post-war French migration of my maternal grandfather. I am taking my first steps offshore now and as such am thrilled to be a part of this Worldwide Genealogy project! I am not a very consistent blogger, but you can find me gathering dust on occasion. I am trying to be more prolific in my posting.

I think I have rambled enough for the day but if you want to lose an hour or so as I did yesterday, you might find your way over to the Archives Office of Tasmania and their digitised convict records. Even if you have no link to "Australian Royalty" they make for a fascinating read.


  1. Hi, Sharon - welcome to this new genealogy network. I look forward to reading more.. With so many different regions represented, it is going to be a stimulating experience. I can't wait for the next month of postings.

  2. Hi Sharon! I enjoyed your first post...Look forward to getting to know you and reading more of your genealogy. Welcome to the Worldwide Genealogy Blog

  3. I enjoyed your post! I'll learn a lot about Australia before the year is out. :)

  4. Welcome to our little international gathering Sharon. Is great that you got into family history so young. Think what you'll learn and how things will change over the decades, and with your Masters you'll be in "pole position". I started in my 30s and have loved the journey.

  5. Hi Sharon, great to meet you. I also agree it is wonderful to see young people who get into family tree when they are young. I like you have been hooked since my early 20s, and have always been known as the family geek who, when her children were young, took them on picnics and excursions to cemetries. You are almost my neighbour, as I live in Hornsby. Looking forward to reading more of your posts.


  6. Love it that the Australians are SHOWING UP! What a Great 1st Post. Glad you are Blogging and doing your Passion! Way to Go Sharon! I look forward to Future POsts! Glad we are all in this TOGETHER!

  7. I started in my 20s too. I've learned more about Australia through fellow bloggers than I ever knew before. Looking forward to keeping up with you.

  8. I too am learning lots about Australia, any day I learn something is a good day. Thanks!

  9. Hi Sharon, Very informative post. I'm learning so much from everyone's post. Thanks for sharing and I look forward to your future posts.


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