During the 19th and early 20th centuries some of my family ancestors decided to leave the home and hearth and strike out for pastures new, emigrating beyond the shores of the UK! Some of it was driven by need - a lack of prospects at home; some of it was pure wanderlust and searching for adventure. Thus, some of the family ended up on the other side of the globe, in Australia and Tasmania, building new lives and continuing the generations to this day. Indeed, having established contact with long-lost cousins in Perth, WA recently, it has been interesting to catch up with different 'versions' of family folklore as expressed by these foreign 'cousins'!
Great Aunts Rhett (Rachel) and Bella, taking the air in suburban Sydney!
My 2xGreat Grandfather, Archibald Meyers is the main 'elusive' I've been chasing for years. I have no birth record - his appearance in the 1841 census only gives his age and place of birth (Scotland - no town, though!). He married in 1835 and although I have a transcript of the parish register, as it's before statutory requirements of 1837 there is no mention of his parents. He fathered 8 children but after appearing with wife and all his family in the 1851 census he disappears from official records.
His wife remarried in 1857, but there's no death record for Archibald and I doubt they would have divorced easily in those days. I'd thought perhaps he'd abandoned the family, or that his wife had remarried bigamously, but a recent discovery by chance from a fellow researcher came across a possible scenario, revealed in historical copies of the local newspaper. There were accounts of 'overseas' news which indicated someone with the same name and age had travelled to Australia to join the gold rush and had been killed in a mining accident. I can't be sure if this was indeed my Archibald, but the age and dates fit the blanks created in my research, plus the fact that he was accompanied by a relative I cannot definitely confirm but whose name recurs in the family.
For now, it's as close as I can manage - but one day I might find another missing link.......one day.....!