Seven years of genealogy blogging

birthday cake with seven candlesA Rebel Hand is seven years old!

This blog is, anyway. The book A Rebel Hand has been around much longer.

Seven’s a powerful number. Seven days of the week, seven stars in the sky, seven seas, not to mention Seven Sisters, Sevenoaks and Seven Dials. It’s lucky.

And it’s lucky that my seventh blogiversary has brought me back to writing after a long (too long, sorry) break while I’ve been researching a novel set in the early 18th century. More about that on my new blog, Writing the Past.

So here’s what my plan is: it’s coming up to the 300th anniversary of Sarah Marshall and John Simpson arriving in New South Wales. I’ve already written about them, my 3x great grandmother and great grandfather (you can search for them in the bar on the right).

But now it’s time to look at how they came to be transported to Australia in 1817. There are gaps in my research, of course, but I’ll write about what I’ve found out so far. There’s more interesting stuff about Sarah, including her voyage on a notorious convict ship, the Friendship II. That means I may be concentrating more on her. Who knows? Let me know what you’d like to read.

And, for what it’s worth, I don’t think Sarah is a famous ghost, and I know for sure that she wasn’t murdered. But each to their own, eh?

(I will come back to Celestina Christmas and the Islington Murder, I promise!)

Picture credit:
Birthday cake by cbaquiran, Creative Commons CC0

About rebelhand

A Rebel Hand is: about Nicholas Delaney, Irish rebel of 1798, transported as a convict to New South Wales, roadbuilder, innkeeper and farmer. My great-great-great grandfather. Other ancestors transported to Australia, like Sarah Marshall, John Simpson and James Thomas Richards, pop up as well. This blog's also about the historical background to their lives, in England, Ireland, and Australia. My respectable Welsh ancestors sometimes get a look in.
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2 Responses to Seven years of genealogy blogging

  1. Sue Dowd says:

    Am I able to buy the book, “A Rebel Hand”?


    • rebelhand says:

      Hi Sue, yes you are. Just send me an email at francesowen [at] hotmail [dot] com and let me know how many copies you’d like. They’re still £ sterling 7.99 each, plus postage and packing. I’ll get back to you when I’ve checked postage costs. Or if you’re on Twitter you can DM me – I’m @ARebelHand.
      Thanks! And sorry to be late getting back to you.


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