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Stories Untold

When I started this blog four years ago today, I wanted to share stories of my research, of ancestors discovered and places visited. So I did.

It was great to look back over the past year to remember the discoveries and highlights, and like the year before, I hope to spend the next few months telling the stories of those finds. Except, I didn’t do that last year!

Blank postcard

I have left so many stories untold. I’m not sure if I am waiting for “more time” to do a “better job”. That day will never come! Sometimes “good enough” is better than not at all.

So if you haven’t started a blog, or a family history, or writing your autobiography, just get writing. There will never be enough time, and you will never write as well as you would like. So, jump right in, the water’s warm and inviting.

And don’t forget to join the Geneabloggers community for lots of support and inspiration!

Mill Road, Waimate

Margaret, Dominic and Peter Gaffaney, Mill Road, Waimate

Margaret, Dominic and Peter Gaffaney, Mill Road, Waimate

My great grandparents Peter Dominic and Margaret (O’Rourke) Gaffaney, along with their son Michael Dominic, moved to Waimate in 1919, where they lived at this house they named “Clonmel”  in Mill Road.

Gaffaney home, Mill Road, Waimate

Gaffaney home, Mill Road, Waimate

I didn’t know which number in Mill Road the house was, and couldn’t find it using Google Maps, so when my parents and I visited Waimate last month, it was a matter of cruising (very slowly) up and down the road.

Mill Road house, Waimate ~ January 2012

Mill Road house, Waimate ~ January 2012

We found it!  It was difficult to spot initially because of all the trees in front of the house, but the distinctive woodwork over the verandah gave it away.