This website has been created by Grant Keymer primarily as a repository for genealogical
data concerning our family in New Zealand. Further information on that topic is
contained in the box at right.
My wife Inger and I own a farm near Russell in New Zealand’s Far North, where we
breed Dexter Cattle, Wiltshire Sheep and Gotland Sheep, as well as Pilgrim Geese,
Silver Appleyard Ducks, New Hampshire Red Chickens and Dorking Chickens.
In 1883, my ancestors left the familiar surroundings of England, and came half-way
around the world to start a new life in New Zealand. They travelled in an iron-hulled
steamer, which had been converted to a sailing ship by removing the engines, so as
it would carry more people.
Their accommodation was designated as Steerage Class which basically meant dormitory-style
accommodation in what used to be the ship’s cargo hold, or engine room. With 3 small
children, and another on the way, for 99 days this was their home. To add to their
difficulties, child number 4 was born about a month after they left England. Out
of 82 passengers in steerage class, 6 died en-route.
In recent years, I have become interested in tracing my family roots; to understand
how and where my ancestors lived in the old country; what were their occupations,
and why did they choose to leave.
To answer those questions, my wife Inger and I have made two trips to England, each
time visiting people, places and institutions that could help with my research. Now
I have compiled a family tree going back as far as 1762, and the time is right to
share it with others. Details of the living have been concealed to protect their
privacy, but are available to bona fide family members on request.
We have a Davis Instruments Vantage Pro 2+ weather station at our farm which has
been recording weather data since August 2008. It is teamed up with Weather Display
10.37S software running on a PC, which uploads data to this website every minute.
Our webserver is running the 'SteelSeries' gauges which give a near real-time display
of current weather conditions at our farm.