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About Bidgood-Watson Family - Australia
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My name is Theresa Ann Bidgood (nee Watson) and this is my family tree, with extensive twigs and branches as well as direct  lines. I first became interested in my roots in 1991 before my father (Frederick Arthur Watson) passed away. During the last  months of his illness we spent many hours talking about family and family events. In particular, that he and his younger  brother Philip Henry had been "put into care" and they had been separated from each other until the end of WW2. The intrigue  of my father's early life spurred me on to uncover facts about his parents, as dad had said to me "it is unlikely you will be able  to trace his father as he had been told by an "old uncle" at the end of the war, that his father's name was not Watson, but Hill,  and that he had died "falling off a train". This uncle also told him that his dad had been in Pentridge Jail in 1919 for 12 months  for Bank Robbery. My dad had said his father lived in Toorak, Victoria and that he had come from England. Dad said his last  contact with his father was in 1919 (when dad was 4), and his dad had said he wanted to go back to England. Dad said he  "did not believe" this old uncle (his mother's youngest brother) as he had distinct memory of his dad taking him up in a flight  over Sydney at the time of the Royal Easter Show in 1919. So these bits of information started me off on my journey of  discovery surrounding the mystery of my dad's family.

Over time I have also taken up the search for my mother's Irish and German ancestors, and I have begun to trace my  husband's roots as well, discovering much information about his English ancestors. As my children have grown, married and  had children I have added the "in-laws' ancestors into the tree as well. So it has grown "like Topsy".

I wish to express my sincere thanks to the many family historians I have met on my journey, and have shared valuable leads  and stories. My biggest thank you goes to my ancestors who braved very tough times both overseas and in Australia. Their  determination and courage to seek a better life for the family is the reason the current generation can live in freedom with the  wonderful life that we have. I hope that we make you proud of our achievements.


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IRISH NAMING TRADITIONS
 This is intended to just be a general guideline. There may be many differences, depending upon  the 
 region. 
 Oldest son named after the Father's father
 2nd son named after the Mother's father
 3rd son named after the Father
 4th son named after the Father's oldest brother
 Oldest daughter named after the Mother's mother
 2nd daughter named after the Father's mother
 3rd daughter named after the Mother
 4th daughter named after the Mother's oldest sister
 2nd wife's oldest daughter named after the first wife, using her full name
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There are several ways to browse the family tree. The Tree View graphically shows the relationship of selected person to their kin. The Family View shows the person you have selected in the center, with his/her photo on the left and notes on the right. Above are the father and mother and below are the children. The Ancestor Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph above and children below. On the right are the parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. The Descendant Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph and parents below. On the right are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Do you know who your second cousins are? Try the Kinship Relationships Tool. Your site can generate various Reports for each name in your family tree. You can select a name from the list on the top-right menu bar.

In addition to the charts and reports you have Photo Albums, the Events list and the Relationships tool. Family photographs are organized in the Photo Index. Each Album's photographs are accompanied by a caption. To enlarge a photograph just click on it. Keep up with the family birthdays and anniversaries in the Events list. Birthdays and Anniversaries of living persons are listed by month. Want to know how you are related to anybody ? Check out the Relationships tool.

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