I’m a stalker. Strictly for genealogical purposes though…

I don’t know if this partially a confession or merely a research method but I have a tendency to stalk people with my surname and on occasion other names in my family tree.

There is something I guess to the fact you write your surname so many times over in your life it’s a bit like a magnet. It becomes so easily recognised to brain.

At the moment I am cooking up a plan to meet some more Dietrichs. More planning and plotting to bring together people who share some DNA.

Am I a First Fleeter?

I don’t think I am. But I’m just double checking. I think I would remember that. But to be honest I haven’t been too fussed to find out. Too many interesting people to research born here, and with people still alive that knew them. Thinking about immigration has been the last thing on my list of interesting facts to find out. Until now…

When you are wandering the streets near your office to find that ‘new’ restaurant the  Boss thinks has just opened and you find a little shop that has your name all over it.

Fellowship of First Fleeters, Cathedral St, Wooloomooloo


Trove treasures..

Obituary Albert Dietrich title trove treasures ongirlsfamilyhistory.blog

 Mr. Albert Dietrich

A grand old pioneer of the Peak Hill district, Mr. Albert Dietrich, passed away at the age of 81 in his home,”Rosehill,” Bushman Street, on Wednesday morning. Mr. Dietrich had enjoyed excellent health until a month ago, when his age began to
tell and affected his heart, which was
the cause of his death.
Deceased, who was the son of the  late Frank Carl Dietrich and Elizabeth Dorothy Dietrich, was born in the Picton district, where he resided for 35 years. He then moved to the Peak Hill district, where he took up a property and became a successful farmer and grazier, so that he was
able to retire about five years ago and live in Sydney for 12 months. He then came to Parkes, where he has resided since.
The late Mr. Dietrich married at an early age and was devoted to his wife and his large family, which numbered 14. His widow and eleven of his family survive him. They are: Miss Hannah Dietrich, of Parkes; Mrs.S. J. Goodall (Mary), of Sydney; Mrs.P..T. Scarr (Ada), of Peak Hill; Mrs. R. Leahmann (Amy), of Junee; Mrs.G. C. Bayliss (Lily), of Glen Innes; Mrs. C. Kopp (Ivy), of Peak Hill; and Mrs. F. Connelly (Edna), of Dubbo.
The boys are: James (Canowindra), Henry (Peak Hill), Herbert (Parkes)and Kenneth (Peak Hill). A sister, Miss Mary Dietrich, also survives.
The funeral took place in the Church of England portion of the Peak Hill cemetery at 3 o’clock on
Thursday, the Rev. Pearce, of Peak Hill, taking the service. Mr. J. T.Cock had charge of the funeral arrangements.

OBITUARY (1934, February 9). Western Champion (Parkes, NSW : 1898 – 1934), p. 11. Retrieved December 21, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article113515039

You really couldn’t ask for a better place to start when looking at Australian family history. Trove is a candy store for names, places and locations.

Here is the obituary for Albert Dietrich, my 2xGGrandfather. It lists a lot of information about the funeral as well as juicy detail on his family.

Albert and Hannah had a very successful life producing 14 children. 10 of the 11 children that made it to adulthood had children. Damn, that’s a lot of your descendants running around out there to track down. Luckily someone thought to put all their names and where they live in the newspaper so that it would make my life easier many, many decades later.

Thrown into this article at no extra cost is the name of my GGrandfather James (of Canowindra).

Could you get more excited about an article like this? Well no to be quite frank.

In the interest of not losing those who may not be related and are reading this blog post in support, I have posted a picture of Albert below. Albert, your facial hair is outstanding but gotta say, thank god I didn’t get that nose.

Albert Dietrich  1934 My G Grandfather

Franz, thanks for coming

To start this blog I thought no better place than with the first of my surname to arrive in Australia. Thanks for a great decision. Your ancestors are plentiful and run many generations deep. You made it and you did well.

Franz Carl (Karl) DIETRICH and Dorothea Elisabetha DIETRICH (nee POTHS) were assisted immigrants from German arriving on the ship ‘San Francisco’ in 1853.


This is from a book at the SAG library. If I was a better genealogist I would cite my source right here. BUT it is the first blog post and this ain’t a thesis.

What the above shows is what I have always known to be my first ancestor to bring my surname to this almighty brilliant country called ‘Straya’.

Whatever the reason that brought you here Franz, thanks for coming.


  • Postscript – the above information was taken from Index of assisted German immigrants to NSW 1849 – 1856 by Jenny Paterson, July 2006. SAG library ref A3/20/100