But what is interesting to me is where she was born. It is a place called Advance, which is little more than a meeting of two major roads, in the county of Shawano in Wisconsin, USA. There is a church and a sprinkling of neat enough houses. It just twenty five minutes to the western shore of Lake Michigan in the north of the US. Isn't that exciting. Now I will have to concentrate to see if she is a blood relative or not.
When I was looking around Advance using the electric street camera website, this house rather appealed to me. It must have been halloween.
I just entered Dicksons of Advance into search and there seems to be quite a lot of them still in the area and they have their own cemetery. Can someone from the US tell me what it means to have your own cemetery in the American context? It sounds to me like they were not poor people. There are around 42 people in the cemetery and those not named Dickson I assume were married to or children of Dicksons.
I couldn't resist checking a bit more. I have it right. Grandmother and mother of my relative are buried in the cemetery and her father is buried there too. I have forgotten how the Dicksons fit into my family. I am looking at my less than accurate family tree, and of course, it was Mother's maternal grandmother's maiden name. From what I can see, she was the niece of my mother's grandmother. The Australian Dickson's have been in Australia back to the early 1800s but it looks like some of them were of US origin...........enough. Or maybe the family split when leaving England. One lot went to the US, which of course wasn't the US back then, and another lot went to Australia. All speculation. Anyway, I don't see why I should have to family research when I fairly sure it has been done by other people already. It is hard to share though with these genealogy companies.
Later: Mother knows nothing about any American connection. I opened the conversation with Mother, did you grandmother Rose speak with an American accent. She did give me two female names her grandmother Rose talked about as relatives, but neither have the name of or even close to the relative from the US. If professional genealogists charge by the hour, it would be a very expensive process. And, I just know the work has already been done by other people, but who?