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Why a website?

For many there is a time in our lives when we develop an interest in our heritage. For some this is fleeting, for others it becomes a passion. A natural point of focus for our family is our founding father in Tasmania, Dr. James Murdoch, and as we begin to ask questions and seek information we are asking the same questions that many others have asked before us, and many others will ask after us.

A family history and family tree is a huge jigsaw puzzle where the pieces of the puzzle are not only records, artifacts and photos, but more importantly memories and items of information. Some of these puzzle pieces can be gleaned from painstaking research of the public information trail that we all leave behind us. However, descendant family members scattered far and wide also hold many of these pieces. These scattered pieces of information exist in isolation, often with other family members being unaware of their existence, so the picture remains incomplete and many questions asked can not easily be answered.

This website aims to provide a central repository for the collected family history/family tree so that it can be accessed and enjoyed by all. It's my hope that the people who are drawn to this site seeking information will in turn provide the pieces they know, so that over time the picture can be made as complete as we can collaboratively make it.

A website too will allow those of the family who are fortunate to have treasured artifacts, to share them through images and words, without relinquishing them.

This site will be most successful if you freely share its existence with other family members - I hope you will promote the site.

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