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Events from the past 12 months

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]

Today's anniversaries.

Note that this list includes everyone in the Roy-Royes tree and the Other Roy and Other Royes collections. See Trees and Branches.

Birthdays for 4 Apr 2020
Ellen Murray - 1832 (188 years ago.)
Mary Ann Bailey - 1842 (178 years ago.)

Deaths for 4 Apr 2020
Donald Bain - 1948 (72 years ago.)

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Rosemary Chalmers tree on line
Posted 14 Oct 2019

Rosemary Chalmers (Palmerston, NT) comes from the Myles-Russell side of the Roy-Russell line - She has now posted her tree on the web at
[Robert Henry Gordon Myles (who died in Beenleigh, QLD in 1991) is the 2C1R of Maurie Roy]

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]

Posted 1 May 2019

Thanks to Linda (Robinson) Harper [2C1R of Maurie Roy] we have been able to fill in details of the family of James Robinson (1921-1962), one of five children of Hugh David Robinson and Margaret "Maggie" Wiley [1C1R of Maurie Roy]. Maggie is a daughter of Hugh Wiley and Mary Russell. Mary migrated from Northern Ireland to the Cooktown area of Queensland in 1913 with her two youngest children to join her husband who had gone ahead of them. Maggie and other older siblings did not accompany their mother. Maggie married Hugh David Robinson in Belfast in 1917.

Royes Bell skilful feat
Posted 13 May 2019

Both Royes Bell and Charles Bravo are first cousins twice removed of May Royes
The Bravo case is described in this article: Charles Bravo death and inquest

Australian Bush Fires
Posted 9 Jan 2020

We replace the stories of massive floods in North Queenland twelve months ago with news of massive bush fires throughout Australia. The photo shows the smoke haze in the heart of Sydney - this smoke was a severe health hazard for many. It reached as far as New Zealand! I am not aware of the names of family members affected by the fires but there a number of our families on grazing and farming properties or living in small towns that have been severely affected. Some native wild life have been decimated. The scale of the disaster has taken everyone by surprise and our federal government has been struggling to deal with it. See this Wikipedia entry here: 2019–20_Australian_bushfire_season.

And now (February 2020) record floods drown Australia's east coast!

DNA fills in a family tree
Posted 12 Feb 2020

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 just having 1 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.

One Family with Six Living Generations
Posted 25 Jan 2019

Can anyone match this? Until his death at the age of 103 a few days ago, Donald Cask Kirk of Utah was the patriarch of a family with 6 living generations. He had 7 children (with several of them still living), 37 grandchildren, 99 great-grandchildren, 36 great-great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-great-grandchild.

Donald Cask Kirk’s obituary may be found at:

Thanks to newsletter reader W David Samuelsen for sharing this story.

Published in Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter