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The larger a family tree becomes the less personal it will be. While you are unlikely to relate to myself or anyone else at the pointy end of this tree, there are thousands of individuals from many countries and all walks of life on these pages, and I hope that some of the information here will assist you in your own research. Sources are not shown but have been checked as far as possible, with the emphasis being more on direct lne ancestors, and less so for those further afield where I have relied upon the research of others in many instances. Please contact me should you find any errors or omissions, or if we are able to assist each other in any way.

The family in a nutshell

I am a fifth generation Australian. The first of my family to arrive on our shores was English convict John Embury at Van Dieman's Land in 1834, followed by his future wife, Irish convict Catherine Kelly in 1841. Their daughter Sophia Embury married Scottish born blacksmith and coach builder John Gardiner at Gisborne, Victoria in 1874, and they were the parents of my grandmother Clara Coral Gardiner. Clara married Duncan Baillie Munro in Melbourne in 1907. Duncan was born in London in 1864; his father James Edward Munro was Scottish, and his mother Susannah Matilda Sadler was from Essex. Duncan and Clara were the parents of my father Baillie Munro, at Bunbury, Western Australia in 1914. Baillie married Evelyn May Wilkins at Hurstville, Sydney in 1940. May was the daughter of Sussex born Augustus Wilkins, an officer's steward on H.M.S. Powerful who jumped ship in Sydney in 1910, sending for his future wife Caroline Beeden, who arrived from Sussex in 1911.

The Highland family

The Kilmuir Easter parish on the shores of Cromarty Firth in Ross and Cromarty, Scotland, is where my Munro, McKenzie, Chisholm, and Davidson direct line families alll came together. Not all marriages were conducted in the established churches with many being as simple as a verbal exchange of vows in the presence of witnesses, and marriages performed by church service often recorded little more than names, the end result being an almost irretrievable loss of history and identity. The socially and financially disadvantaged families lacking land, money, titles, prestige, or religious affiliations generally lived and died with only the records of their children remaining to mark their places in time. I have managed to piece together some of these families using the remaining parish records to establish relationships through baptism winesses, shared events, locations within the parish, and vocations. Fortunately the apples never fell far from the genealogical tree, with most males learning their trades from their fathers and grandfathers, and families living out their lives right where they had been born.

Navigating the tree

Here you will find my known blood relations with their siblings and partners, as well as the parents of partners where known, and lines linking blood relations together through marriages. Individuals can best be found using the surname list and index of names tabs. Medieval and titled individuals recognisable only by their first names are the exceptions, and are more easily located using the Google search engine provided. The search engine is also useful for any terms or locations that happen to be included in the birth, baptism, marriage, death, or burial addresses, such as "East Meon", "battle of Flodden", "crusade", or "murdered". The search can also be used for titles and occupations included in the prefix and suffix boxes, such as "Lady", "blacksmith", "Laird", "of Normandy", "the younger", etc. For the medieval families I have been highly reliant upon  Leo's Genealogics, set up by the late Leo van de Pas who put a lifetime of work into developing his definitive site. By consistently using Leo's names and descriptions it should be easy for you to locate the same individuals on his site, where in many cases he has histories attached.

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