This site is dedicated to my father Francis (Frank) Warburton born 12th November 1925 in England
and died 23rd February 1992 in Australia.
He gave me my interest in history - never off course expecting me to look into my own personal
"I wish that he could see what I have found about our family.
I am always thinking of you Dad.
Genealogy begins as an interest,Becomes a hobby,Continues as an avocation,Takes over as an
obsession;And in its last stages.....Is an incurable disease....But such a fun disease!!!!
"We are the chosen. In each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put
flesh on their bones and make them live again. To tell the family story and to feel that somehow
they know and approve.
Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have
gone before. We are the story tellers of the tribe. All tribes have one. We have been called, as
it were, by our genes. Those who have gone before cry out to us: "Tell our story". So, we do.
In finding them, we somehow find ourselves. How many graves have I stood before now and cried? I
have lost count. How many times have I told the ancestors, "You have a wonderful family; you would
be proud of us." How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there
for me? I cannot say.
It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who am I and why do I do the things I do. It
goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and indifference and saying I can't
let this happen. The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing
something about it. It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish. How they
contributed to what we are today. It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never
giving in or giving up, their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family. It goes to
deep pride that the fathers fought, and some died, to make and keep us a nation. It goes to a deep
and immense understanding that they were doing it for us.
It is of equal pride and love that our mothers struggled to give us birth, without them we could
not exist, and so we love each one, as far back as we can reach. That we might be born who we are.
That we might remember them. So we do. With love and caring and scribing each fact of their
existence, because we are they and they are the sum of who we are.
So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family. It is up to that one called in the next
generation to answer the call and take my place in the long line of family storytellers. That is
why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those young and old to step up and restore
the memory or greet those who we had never known before."
Genealogy (from Greek: γενεά, genea, "generation"; and λόγος, logos, "knowledge") is the study of
families and the tracing of their lineages and history.
I started my genealogy research back in 2003.
The main name of research for me is of course WARBURTON. This is the name that my father gave