A warm welcome to our new subscribers, as an introduction to you all my
name is Don Johnston and I'm in Melbourne AU. The newest members [All
six of you] came and subscribed due to Sharyn Hay's courtesy in allowing
my message to be conveyed through the Johnston Rootsweb List, I am
grateful to her for giving permission for my post on her List, Sharyn
thankfully understands that resources [specifically Genealogical ones]
are ideally shared.
The purpose of creating this Group is to enable those researching our
elusive forbearers, however specifically in AU/NZ to share their
knowledge, research and hopefully their family names might have a mix
into others and voila!! A hit [I wish].
I also would like "All" of the Johnston names to be represented, those
with a "T", those without and those with an "E" and others because one
of our new subscribers [G'day Lynn - Lovely to see a distant US Cousin
join before I could even tell her !!] found our US based rellies by
locating a shipping record which listed them as Johnson's and not
Johnston - Thank God for Soundex!!.
You can proudly call yourselves "Foundation Members" of the Group as
indeed you are, I've yet to spend more sleepless nights marketing this
Group and would relish the thought that some of you may like to tell
others who have the same kin interests, that being as it may it may take
some time for the Group to move forward with many more people yet to
know of it's existence and to join and share so please hang in cause it
I have added a substantial list of links which may be of interest to you
all, unfortunately, as this List is sponsored by Yahoo it means that you
have to register with Yahoo to access this Group Home Page, and any
other Yahoo Group too, take the time out to do that and if you have any
problems just give me a yell.
My Co-Partner in Genie-Crime is my lovely Cousin Gillian who lives in
Adelaide, South Australia, both Gill and I have had the privilege in
writing articles for the Clan Johnston/e Association in Australia and I
will touch base with them shortly to ask permission for a news release
of this Group, I and we may see more join, the Clan Johnston/e also has
a New Zealand entity and I will contact them also.
Initially all messages will be moderated, not for any other purposes
than to ensure you don't receive spam or other stuff although I have
been moderating another Group [In my other life] specifically for
Dangerous Goods [Hazmat for our US members] for 5 years with over 650
members and don't appear to have too many problems.
Lastly a bit more info, I'm a Grandfather with four Grand Females and 2
sons and daughters [and their respective spouses], I [Like Gill] have
been researching our family for over 25 years, our Johnston research has
been into Co Antrim, Northern Ireland however we believe that they
formed part of the Ulster-Scottish people, both Gill and my research has
enabled us to learn and understand much about Co Antrim so if you need
some guidance in this area we'll try and help.
Again, thanks for coming "On Board" and we both hope your belonging will
Don & Gill
C-Admin: Northern Ireland Genweb-County Antrim
Co-Moderator: Campbells in Australia
Co-Moderator: Irish Ancestors Group
Administrator: AU-GenWeb Mailing List
Ours: Johnston of Derrykeighan & Dervock
Co-Moderator: Johnston's in Australia