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Birthdays for 1 Oct 2020
Henry III - 1206 (814 years ago.)
Dorothy Tyssen - 1701 (319 years ago.)
Ella Elizabeth Cover - 1866 (154 years ago.)
Kenneth George Roy - 1942 (78 years ago.)

Deaths for 1 Oct 2020
Eadwig (Edwy) - 959 (1061 years ago.)
Emily Jane Lewis - 1902 (118 years ago.)
Jane Mary Royes - 1953 (67 years ago.)
Charles Bardwell Slatyer - 1981 (39 years ago.)
Samuel Rainey Espie - 1982 (38 years ago.)
Conway Nicholas Bogiatzis - 2007 (13 years ago.)

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Apr 2020
BOUNDY, STANLEY GORDON "GORDON" Late of Mareeba. Passed away peacefully Tuesday the 21st of April, 2020. Aged 89 Years. Husband of Robyn. Devoted Father & Father In-law of Desley & Bully, Glen & Janine. Loving Grandy of Ben, Tian & Chloe. Loved Brother and Brother In-law & Uncle of Norman, Colin, Hazel (Dec) and their families.
Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions a private family service has taken place. A Memorial service for Gordon will be held at a later date.
"Gone but never forgotten "

Two new Roy grandchildren: Louise (Roy) Lergesner welcomes Jung "Jack" Lergesner, born in Saigon to her son David and wife Thanth on 21 April (her birthday!). Peney (Roy) and Richard Cade welcomed grandson Angus Roy Cade on 9 March.

Posted 12 Feb 2020
DNA fills in a family tree

Robin Young maintains a "sister site" (see About this site and The Hougham/Huffam Family Tree). He writes: "We have never known the identity of [wife] Jan's paternal grandfather. Her father never spoke about his childhood and if he knew who his father was, he never said. Jan's father's birth certificate just had a blank where name of father should have been declared and we were convinced we would never find out.
However just before Christmas encouraged by another family member, Jan took the plunge and submitted her DNA to . The results came back recently and it appears she has 275 relatives 4th cousin or closer including 1 x 1st cousin she knows about and 1 x 2nd cousin she had no knowledge of.
Via the email with this 2nd cousin we have been able to confirm that his grandfather one James Spilman lived in the same village as her grandmother. The only problem was he was married with a number of children. He eventually accumulated 10 legitimate children and buggered off to the US leaving them all.
So with the evidence of location and DNA Jan has gone in the course of about 2 days from having just one sister to goodness knows how many cousins from 10 half siblings from her fathers side.
Also, I too have done the DNA test and am pleased to say that my DNA can be traced back to Norway thus confirming the family legend that we came from Vikings.

I (Bruce Roy and 13C1R of Robin) thought I would add my DNA results:
Ireland and Scotland 53%;
England, Wales & Northern Europe 45%;
Norway 2%

August 2020
Irene (Ericson) Roy is good friends with the local Government Representative and has had lots of dealings with her due to the volunteer work that Irene does with Mareeba Cricket.  She was quite chuffed to be invited by the Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk, Premier of Queensland and Minister for Trade  to attend a Cairns Community Breakfast on Wednesday 26 August 2020. The event offered an opportunity to hear from the Premier and other members of her team.
Oops - the breakfast has been postponed!
[Irene is married to Peter Roy, nephew of Maurie Roy]

November 2019
Rebecca Roy has announced her engagement with Rick Evans.
[great niece of Maurie Roy]

August 2019
Ken Grumley married Myrel Villabrelle in the Philippines in August. A post-wedding celebration took place on 31st August in Santa Rosa, Laguna, Philippines.
[Ken is a nephew of May Royes]

George Royes

Georgie Royes remembered by Bill Moody
Posted 23 Jul 2019

Thanks to Glenda (Weatherburn) Pollard [niece of May Royes] we have a transcript of a tape created by Bill Moody for Paddy Royes in which he remembers his close friendship with her husband and his cousin.
[George is a brother of May Royes].

Helen Royes Bourke

Bourke updates
Posted 15 Jul 2019

Thanks to Lee-Ann (Bourke) Brodrick [niece of May Royes] we have extended our information and added some photos of the Bourke-Royes alliance - where Helen Royes married Leo Bourke.
[Helen is a sister of May Royes]