Chris Korte’s New Zealand Genealogy Project web site has not been available since December 2017. The site was hosted for free on Ancestry.com. In December 2017 Ancestry.com removed all the free websites and family trees on RootsWeb from the internet. Content is being reviewed by Ancestry.com before restoring.
My project family tree on RootsWeb‘s WorldConnect was restored for viewing in January 2018, but cannot be updated at present. The version available on RootsWeb was uploaded to the site in June 2017. Pictures and some notes (that are stored with the Project web site) are not presently available on the family tree.
Hopefully the project website is restored soon! You can see the latest status here.
Following contact with Preben I have been able to add ancestors of Inga Maria LARSDATTER to the family tree on RootsWeb, dating back to the 16th century. Inga Maria POULSEN‘s name was corrected to Inga Maria LARSDATTER in the update. Birth and christening information for her children born in Denmark was also added to RootsWeb.
Thanks Preben for sharing your information which I am sure family in New Zealand will find interesting.
New page added to site with photograph of nurse Alice Jones (1894-1981).
An 1894 letter from Elizabeth McLaren (nee Duxfield) to her children, in case she died, added to her biographical notes. A photograph of Elizabeth’s notebook that contains the letter is shown below.
New photo of St Mary’s Matawai Anglican Church added to Matawai page, replacing a previous photo from Google.
New page added to site with historical photographs of the Gisborne to Motuhora (Moutohora) railway.
Menus and Site map page updated to include links to new pages.
People photographs were obtained during a recent visit to New Zealand. In a visit to Tairawhiti Museum in Gisborne, Dudley Meadows was very patient in looking for photos about Matawai I could use – a couple have been used for the page of photos from the Gisborne to Motuhora (Moutohora) railway.
Today updates were posted to my family tree on RootsWeb WorldConnect and to my New Zealand Genealogy Project website. Previous updates were in June 2013. Recovery from recent surgery delayed these changes being completed and posted.
Family Tree Changes
Changes to the family tree file that is on RootsWeb WorldConnect on Tuesday 29 October 2013 include:
New GEDCOM uploaded to RootsWeb (15,702 people, 5,157 families).
Over 200 missing New Zealand birth dates added for the period 1875 to 1913 – source NZ BDM site. NZ BDM site was searched to add day and month of birth to year or approximate year of birth.
Tracing James Wallace has been a mystery for me and other researchers for some time. Sue Penrose put me onto some information that I believe solves the question.
A query was posted by lynbee on Rootschat.com – James Wallace-I have lost this line of the family! She posted what was known about James Wallace: his birth in Ireland in 1826, his enlistment in the 65th Regiment, guarding convicts on a voyage to Tasmania, posting to New Zealand, and discharge from the army in Wanganui in 1849. Lyn’s question – did anyone know what happened to James?
Descendants of James Wallace and Maria Brophy from Tasmania replied to the query because they thought they might be related. Their James was also from Ireland, had been to Australia before being posted to New Zealand “and fought in the war there which we believe was in Wanganui. In the 1850’s he moved to Tasmania and married.” However marriage and death registration did not have details of James’s parents.
The Rootschat.com exchange does not provide a definitive and documented link between the James Wallace in my tree and the James Wallace who died in Tasmania. There is considerable overlap of the facts though.
Discharged in New Zealand, by Hugh and Lyn Hughes, lists soldiers of the Imperial Foot Regiments who took their discharge in New Zealand between 1840 and 1870. A search of the book shows that there was only one James Wallace discharged in New Zealand. This was the brother of Arthur Wallace and John Alexander McKane Wallace who were also discharged in Wanganui.
The headstone for James Wallace in Westbury Cemetery gives his age at death as 72 years (see image below). This matches with his birth in 1826.
I believe that the story passed down to the children of James and Maria from Tasmania matches sufficiently with what was known from army records and New Zealand to conclude that this James Wallace is the the brother of Arthur Wallace and John Alexander McKane Wallace. I will be updating my tree accordingly.
Please let me know if this is an error and you have an alternative James Wallace who fits better.
NOTE – Discharged in New Zealand, by Hugh and Lyn Hughes, was published by the NZ Society of Genealogists in 1988. A pdf version is now available on CD from the Society’s website.
UPDATE (6 June) – I have now updated the tree on Rootsweb with descendants of James Wallace I have found to date.