The research website was updtaed this evening - this one includes new information on some of the Australian Halsteads and in particular a family that I had stumbled across a couple of years ago who appeared in the newpaper in Hobart, Tasmania and said
Nov. 15.—Arrived the brig- Brilliant, captain .G. Hopton, from London the 28th May, and the Cape of Good Hope the 24th Sept., with a general cargo.— Passengers in the cabin, Mr. Jennings, Mr. Babbington, and Mr. Robinson ; in the steerage,Mr. Halstead, Mrs. Halstead, Miss Halstead. Harriet Halstead, Mary Halstead, Sarnl Halstead, Robert Halstead, and an infant one day old ; Mr. Blossom, Mr. Morley, and Mr. John Carr. "
It was so frustrating at the time not being able to ascertain exactly who they were. A research enquiry answered the question in a round about way - but meant that I was able to find that Mr Halstead was John HALSTEAD born 1795 in Heptonstall - now just need to find out who his parents were.
HALSTEAD DNA Project
We have also taken the opportunity added a page to the website about the Halsted Trust and our aim to see if there is a link between the three major spellings of the name HALSTED, HALSTEAD and HOLSTEAD. to this end we have identified the largest tree within each and we are interested in talking to any direct male ancestor in any of them who would be prepared to take a DNA test.
If you have already taken a DNA test, we would very much like to hear from you. Its result will help to inform us about your Halste(a)d or Holstead ancestry even if you and your relatives do not currently appear on one of our family trees.