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* The John D.Donaldson of Melbourne, Australia, Home Page*

Updated March 15, 2011

I am researching the following names:
DONALDSON: Aberdeen, Scotland to Melbourne, Australia 1853
KENNEDY: Aberdeen, Scotland to Melbourne, Australia 1853
DONALDSON: Aberdeen, Scotland to New York USA 1872
MARRIS: Nottingham, England to Melbourne, Australia 1840
SEYLER: Brasleau, Silesia to Adelaide, Australia 1880
HOLLYWOOD: Kilsyth, Scotland to Brisbane, Australia 1880
BOW: Kilsyth, Scotland to Brisbane, Australia 1880
HELMRICH: Germany, Aberdeen and to Australia 1800s
BUTLER: Dublin, Ireland and to Australia 1860s
CORNELL: Somerset, England to Australia 1850s
BRADLEY: Chesterton, Warwick, England to Australia 1850s

I have extensive research complete with photographs back to 1850 of most of the family.

Currently using Family Tree Maker 2011 and my min home page is nowon an Ancestry site
and FTM 16 for this home page

The DONALDSON line is interesting to me in that only two lines from Scotland survived. The Australian line and the American line. After 143 years,the lines have be "re-discovered" on 7 February 1998 when made contact with the American line. They were not aware of the Australian line. Personal meetings occurred in August 1999 when descendants of the two male lines met in Cape Cod. I visited Cape Cod in June 2001 and again in 2003.

I have added an outline Descendant Report of the DONALDSON line from 1640 in Scotland to this page.

I also run a DONALDSON one name study, ie persons BORN with the surname DONALDSON. This study is available on an MS Access 2003 database with some 1,900 DONALDSONS and some 96 researchers scattered in Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, UK and South Africa.

I am NOT related to Mary Donaldson from Tasmania, Australia who, in 2004, married into the Danish Royal family.

Last updated: 15 March 2011

John Donald Donaldson
97 Abbott Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3191
+613 9598 6767

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  • George Donaldson and family Aberdeen 1871 (312 KB)
    Taken in Summerfield Cottage 75 Park St Aberdeen, Scotland about 1872 The persons from left BR Elspet Donaldson Helmrich, John Donaldson, Mary Helmrich Donaldson, Alexander Donaldson, Margaret Donaldson Adamson, Thomas Donaldson. Seated George Donaldson, Child: Mary Helmrich, daughter of Elspet
  • George Donaldson (4 KB)
    George Donaldson Master Mason
  • George Donaldson of Aberdeen (4 KB)
    A respected master mason in Aberdeen

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