1. When did you first start working on your family history?

I started working on my family history in 1998.

2. What was your most surprising discovery?

My most surprising discovery was the death of my 2x great-grandmother, Sarah Ann (Stainfield) Crawford, who died of tuberculosis at the age of 32. Sarah’s death greatly impacted her daughter, Fanny (Crawford) Lake who was 12 years old at the time. Fanny was my great-grandmother. Because of her mother’s death, Fanny made some poor choices later in life. I think had Sarah lived, Fanny’s life would have been different.

3. Have you done a DNA test? Were there any surprises about countries of origins?

Yes, I have taken DNA tests. No surprises: these showed British and European ancestry, as expected.

4. What is the brick wall you would most like to break down in your family history?

My brick wall is the origin of my 3rd-great grandfather, Edward Irwin in Ireland. I have not yet found evidence indicating which county he was from.

5. What is your favourite part of researching your family history?

My favourite part of researching family history is that I’m always learning something new, whether that be a new ancestor or relative, a new town or city, or even researching old occupations, or even diseases!

Speaker Spotlight: Kathryn Lake Hogan