About

Hi, I’m Kathleen Fanning and this is my family history blog.

This is me at Cahir Castle Co Tipperary

I now live on the north coast of NSW Australia but I was  born and brought up in Melbourne Victoria. I am an English and History teacher and have always loved researching.

I started  my family history about three years ago.  I decided to focus on my paternal side, the Fannings. They originated from Thurles, Co Tipperary, Ireland. I didn’t realise at the time how lucky I was to know where they came from.

My great great grandfather, William Patrick Fanning, emigrated to the colony of Victoria, Australia in 1841, on board the Enmore. He and his new wife, Catherine Hayes, eventually settled at Bulla in Victoria.

The earliest Fanning ancestors I have been able to trace are William Fannin and Sarah Ryan. William was born in 1731 and lived at Lissaroon Co Tipperary. He was my gggrandfather’s grandfather.

William Patrick Fanning’s many descendants in Australia have also been included.

On my father’s side,  these surnames are included:

Fanning, Burns, Mackey, Skehan, Ryan, Kelleher, Dillon, Gormley, Collins, Gribben, Dell, Gilmore, Carlon, Treacy, Canavan, McNamara, Maroney, McCann, Hayes, Darmody, Sheehan, Fitzpatrick and  Glass.

These families came from the Irish counties of Tipperary, Limerick, Down and Galway.

I have since decided to include my maternal ancestry.  Most of what I have relates to the Fannings but I will be adding Knighton ancestry.

On my maternal side are included these surnames:

Knighton, Torpey, Trask,  McSweeney, Cook (Eason Cook), Miller, Ledwich or Ledwidge, Collier, Condon, O’Regan, Rider, Kilkerry or Kilkeary, Shiel, Hodges, Driscol, Meehan, Dobbins, Eason, Walsh and Wilson.

The countries of origin for my mother’s ancestors are Ireland, England and Scotland.

My family trees are on Rootsweb and also on Ancestry.com. Links to them are under Family Trees menu.

I hope you find lots to interest you on this site.

I can be contacted at kathleenmfanning AT hotmail DOT com.