Our Family Genealogy Pages

Discovering our European Ancestors

3 masted barque

Barques were the workhorses of the Golden Age of Sail in the mid-19th century as they attained passages that nearly matched full rigged ships but could operate with smaller crews. The Abbotts were the first of our family to arrive in Australia on the Mandarin on it's voyage from Belfast, docking at Sydney in October 1838.


The basic history contained here is primarily the family background of two people: Margaret Brady whose family arrived from Ulster and the Scottish plantations into Northvern Ireland; and John Moorby whose family arrived in Melbourne from London entirely due to a sailors strike over reduced pay.

The information shown on this site is not guaranteed to be 100% correct or completely free of mistakes and inconsistencies, but much effort has been made to cross check wherever possible from whatever sources are available. It is at least a reasonable consensus view and any information not convincing enough has not been included, to be resolved at a later time.

It's inevitable that family histories usually aggregate to the higher echelons of society - barons, earls, dukes and so on simply because those people often have detailed records kept while those with lower social stature have very little or nothing recorded of their lives. This history is no different - worth keeping in mind is that 30 generations of ancestors will mathematically translate to about a billion people, of which less than 20,000 are shown here. There are countless ancestors simply unknown, Irish records are especially difficult to find.

This website enables significantly improved functionality compared with Ancestry so this will now be the main repository going forward - there will be updates but not as frequently as before, certainly not daily. New features here are improved search options, vastly improved reports, and the ability to show location heat maps for countries of birth or by family name. Because of this last capability a lot of work has been put into resolving and standardising recorded place names. There is still much to do...

A clarification: anyone shown with ^ in their description is not a direct ancestor of ours, but they are related - they are just included because they're interesting or famous, or they're a link to someone interesting or famous, eg. Mary Queen of Scots (great aunt) or Henry VIII (great uncle) or Elizabeth I (1st cousin).

Emperor Charlemagne

King Charles I of France (Charlemagne) is a grandfather to many persons in our family tree. As a result we have many kings, queens, dukes, duchesses, etc. as grandparents and cousins.