As always, greetings to all readers of "Daltons in History"!!

I start with an apology. The reason this edition of "Daltons in History" is appearing later than usual is entirely down to me and other pressures on my time. As everyone knows we try to adhere to our timetable and put the latest edition up on the website as soon after the beginning of the month as possible. Sometimes, for one reason or another, this does not happen and I trust we are forgiven. The officers and committee of the DGS are all volunteers who give of their time freely and generously and we try to maintain high standards of content and presentation. Do please let us know if you have any suggestions for how we might improve "Daltons in History".

Again, I have to reiterate the plea from our Editor, Dairne Irwin, for more material for publication in "Daltons in History". You will have noticed that in recent months the number of articles in each issue has diminished considerably, and we urgently need your help. Almost everything that has appeared recently has been written by one of a very small number of regular contributors, mostly officers and committee members. We are of course most grateful to this regular band, but they are beginning to feel very lonely without support from you, our DGS members and readers. Please do let Dairne have any Dalton related articles, notes or snippets of information which will be of general interest to our wide audience. "Daltons in History" is your newsletter and, without your contributions and your support, it cannot survive! This is a matter of great concern to us al and we look forward to your response.

As usual, you will find below all the latest news about DGS events and activities, together with other updates to keep you fully informed about what we are doing.

Future DGS events

For the 2013 Gathering and AGM we are returning to Ireland. We will be based in Dublin, as we were in 2005, and the event takes place over the weekend of Fri/Sat/Sun 26th/27th/28th July 2013. We are staying at the Ashling Hotel, where we were accommodated in 2005. Since then the hotel has been considerably refurbished and I know that we will be very well looked after. You can see more about the Ashling Hotel on their website at The programme will concentrate on Dalton families with Irish ancestry. Full details about the Gathering have now been published and will be found in the "Forthcoming Gatherings" section of this website – just click here or follow the link on the left of this page or consult the article following these notes. The details have also been distributed to all members of the Society with Volume 57 of the DGS Journal for December 2012, which was sent out at the end of January.

Registration forms and deposits have been received from a number of you and others have been making enquiries and putting together plans to be in Dublin at the end of July. To date we have about 30 registrations. It will be most helpful if those of you still to register can do so as soon as possible in order that we have a clear view of the likely numbers attending. We then have the best opportunity to ensure that the more detailed arrangements that we are making for the weekend can accommodate you all.

Please register your interest as soon as you can and, to guarantee your reservation, by no later than the end of April . We will look forward to seeing many DGS members and their families in Dublin, and particularly those with Irish Dalton ancestry.

As announced at the last Annual General Meeting, plans are now being made for 2014 and 2015. It had been suggested that the Burgundy area of France might be a possibility for 2014 but further investigation has presented difficulties in making suitable arrangements. We have therefore decided to base the 2014 Gathering in East Anglia, UK and we will announce further details soon. We still hope to return to the United States and visit Virginia in 2015. It has also been proposed that we return to South Wales, UK in 2016. The DGS committee is actively taking these plans forward and we will be making further more detailed announcements in the coming months about locations and dates. So watch this space!

And, as we like to plan ahead and explore other options for our annual gathering events, if you have any particular thoughts about where you might like to meet, or a particular Dalton theme you think we should incorporate, we would really like to hear from you with your ideas.

The Dalton International DNA Project (DIDP)

Our DNA project continues to attract considerable interest with a regular stream of enquiries about joining being received by myself and Karen Dalton Preston as administrators of the project. Last September we published a DIDP Update and this can be found in the "Dalton DNA Project" section of this website. Click here. This includes an up to date list of genetic family coordinators and details of the new reports that we now plan to publish during the first half of 2013. I have recently been in contact with Chris Pomery about the more detailed structure and content of these, and we are working together on their preparation.

We are indebted to Chris for all his assistance with the project over the past seven years, which includes the preparation of three issues of the very comprehensive project progress report, and most recently a series of six reports covering individual genetic families. He has also given informative presentations at our annual Gatherings on several occasions. We now have some 180 participants in the project, including three new recruits at last year’s Yorkshire Gathering, and well over 80% are members of one of the 15 identified genetic families.

In March I spoke about DIDP at a Guild of One Name Studies regional meeting held at Wonersh, near Guildford in Surrey. A large audience heard from Maurice Gleeson, Brian Swann and myself about the benefits of DNA in running a one name study. The contrasts between our DNA projects were quite remarkable and I learnt some very interesting points from the other two presenters. Judging by the question and answer session at the end, I think the audience found the meeting informative and useful. There is no doubt that the interest in genetic genealogy is growing all the time – already this year the Guild has run a national one day seminar and DNA was a major topic at the Who Do You Think You Are Live show held at Olympia in London in February.

The DGS Journal

Volume 57 of the DGS Journal for December 2012 was printed and distributed to members in January. All members, both in the UK and overseas, should have received their copies. If you have not received your copy please contact your local DGS secretary.

As always this latest volume of our award winning Journal will contain much of interest and you will find details of the contents in a separate section below. If you are not a DGS member, please think about joining the Society. This will entitle you to receive the Journal regularly, and much more. Full details are in the "Join the DGS" section of this website, or just click here.

John always welcomes articles and other items for publication in the Journal, and material for publication should be sent to him as early as possible. This will enable him to plan the content of the next and future issues. The deadline for contributions for Volume 58 of the DGS Journal, due for publication by the end of June 2013, will be 15 May 2013. John is happy to advise and assist contributors and, if you have any questions or need help, please contact him by email at

Back issues of the DGS Journal continue to be available. On this website you can access the "DGS Journal Index" from the homepage or by clicking here. Here you will find a full synopsis of the contents of the Journal of the Dalton Genealogical Society commencing with Volume 1 published back in 1970 through to Volume 41 published in December 2004. Lists of contents are given for Volumes 42 to 57 and the full synopses will be uploaded in due course. Copies of all back numbers are available for purchase and these can be obtained through your local secretary using the order form that you will find on the link above. Details of prices, including postage and packing, will be found there as well.

We are most grateful to DGS member Mrs Pat Robinson, who holds stocks of back numbers for the Society and arranges for their distribution in response to requests from the local secretaries (address: Mallards, 3 High Street, The Green, Barrington, Cambridge CB2 5QX, UK email:


Enjoy this month’s issue of "Daltons in History", your regular monthly update on everything that is happening in the world of Dalton family history. We will be back again in May 2013.

Thank you for your attention and once again, please do send your articles, notes and snippets of information for publication in “Daltons in History" to our Editor, Dairne Irwin (email:

Yours very sincerely

Michael Neale Dalton
Chairman and Honorary Life President of the Dalton Genealogical Society

For 2013, the DGS Annual Gathering is being held in Ireland and will be based at the Ashling Hotel in Dublin, conveniently situated near the city centre. This event will take place from Friday 26th to Monday 29th July 2013.

The Dalton Genealogical Society extends an invitation to all DGS members and their families to attend the 2013 Gathering of the Society in Dublin, Ireland from Friday 26th to Monday 29th July. All will be welcome, and the theme of the weekend will be the origins and the history of Irish Dalton families. Coupled with this we will review some of the projects that the Society is working on and look ahead to the future.

The weekend will include the opportunity to visit a number of interesting places both inside and outside Dublin, including some with direct Dalton connections, together with talks about Dalton family history and, of course, the opportunity to meet and chat with fellow members. The DGS Annual Dinner will take place on the Saturday evening.

Full details of the programme for the weekend, costs and booking arrangements will be found below. If you require any further information or have any queries, please contact Michael Neale Dalton (DGS Chairman & 2013 Gathering Organiser - email: who will be pleased to assist.

A note about travel arrangements:

It is anticipated that many delegates will want to combine their stay in Dublin with visits to other parts of Ireland. There are a number of travel options. You can fly to Dublin which offers good international connections. The Irish airlines are Aer Lingus ( and Ryanair ( Many other airlines also fly into Dublin.

The best way to get around Ireland is by car, and it is easy to arrange a hire car for pick up at the airport. Visit, which is one of many options available to obtain a competitive quote.

Alternatively, there are good car and passenger ferry services from mainland UK to Ireland, with Holyhead to Dublin or to Dun Laoghaire, and Fishguard to Rosslare probably being the best options. Visit for further information. Dublin is about one and a half hours drive from Rosslare.

If you do not want to drive a car, Ireland offers extensive railway and bus services. Details can be found at and respectively.

If you need advice, guidance or assistance with your travel plans, please contact Michael who will do his best to help.

A note about the Ashling Hotel:

The venue for the Gathering is the Ashling Hotel. This is where we were accommodated for the 2005 Gathering and since then the hotel has been very considerably refurbished. We anticipate that we will be well looked after at the Ashling and further details can be found on their website here.

Annual Gathering for 2013
Friday 26th to Monday 29th July 2013
Dublin, Republic of Ireland


Friday 26th July 2013

from 12 noon

Check in at the Ashling Hotel in the usual way and register at the DGS desk in reception. Light lunches can be taken at the Hotel.


The afternoon will be free for you to visit places of interest in Dublin. Subject to demand we will arrange visits to specific libraries and research centres – Bernie Walsh will be on hand to assist with this.


Dinner will be available in the Hotel restaurant, or you may wish to explore what Dublin has to offer with its wide array of restaurants and bars. We will make suggestions for those not familiar with Dublin and ensure that all delegates are included in a DGS group.

Saturday 27th July 2013


The programme will commence with the DGS Annual General Meeting. This will be followed by talks about Dalton family history and the work of the Society. It will take place in the Liffey Suite at the Hotel.

Buffet lunch served in the Liffey Suite.


Another opportunity to visit places of interest in the city of Dublin. Again we will make suggestions.


The DGS Annual Dinner will take place in the Liffey Suite at the Hotel and it will be followed by entertainment.

Sunday 28th July 2013


We are arranging a full day tour to include visits to Kildalton College, formerly a home of Irish Daltons, and Kilkenny Castle. We are planning to provide transport for all by coach.


We have booked a private room for dinner at Ryan’s, a traditional Irish pub, noted for its excellent steaks. Ryan’s is just a few steps from the hotel and some may remember it from 2005!

Monday 29th July 2013


The conclusion of the DGS Gathering. Check out from your accommodation. Arrangements can be made for those who wish to stay over.


The form is given below and may be downloaded as an Adobe Acrobat (registrationform.pdf) or Word (registrationform.doc) document for printing, completion and return as per the accompanying notes.


The Registration Form follows. Please note the points below:

You are asked to make your own reservation at the Ashling Hotel, secured by credit card. The easiest way to do this will by telephone (+353 (0)1 677 2324) or email ( When you book, be sure to mention that you are attending the Dalton Genealogical Society Gathering in order to obtain your room at the specially negotiated rate for our block booking.

The Society has already made certain commitments in order to be able to offer the programme for the weekend. We need to know numbers attending as early as we can in order to finalise the arrangements for the various events and visits during the weekend. If you wish to attend, it would therefore be extremely helpful if you are able to return your registration form and deposit before 28th February 2013.

We will endeavour to maintain availability of hotel accommodation for as long as we can, but it is unlikely that we will be able to take any more bookings after the end of April 2013.

We will keep you informed about take up and booking options on the DGS website at Just follow the link to Forthcoming Gatherings and click on the 2013 DGS Gathering. Month by month the website will also carry further information about Ireland, about the speakers who will address us and about the places we will be visiting during the weekend. We will also feature articles about Irish Daltons and their family history.

You are asked to pay, in advance, a deposit payment of £75 sterling per person towards the cost of the Saturday morning conference and buffet lunch, the Saturday evening dinner, the Sunday tour and the Sunday evening dinner.

As soon as final costings are available for the various elements of the programme, you will be advised of these and asked to confirm the elements in which you wish to participate. The balance due will be payable in euros when you are in Dublin.

The Society will return deposits to delegates who subsequently are unable to attend, subject to the deduction of any unrecoverable costs incurred.

If you wish to extend your stay either before or after the three nights (Fri/Sat/Sun), please make your requirements clear to the Ashling Hotel and they will reserve the extra nights for you, subject to availability of rooms.

Prices for accommodation are as follows:

The Ashling Hotel – 3 night package (Fri/Sat/Sun)

381 euros for bed & breakfast for 2 people in a double/twin room
322 euros for bed & breakfast for 1 person in a single room
One additional night (Thu or Mon) 99 euros double/twin, 92 euros single
Stays of less than 3 nights and further additional nights – prices on application.

If you prefer to take alternative accommodation there are a number of other possible options locally. Please indicate this on the registration form and we will assist if we can. It is also possible for those who live locally to join the weekend as a day delegate.

Indicative prices for events and visits are as follows:

Dinner on Friday Evening

Own arrangements

Conference and Buffet Lunch on Saturday

40 euros per person

DGS Annual Dinner on Saturday (3 courses excl. drinks)

35 euros per person

Sunday visit to Kildalton and Kilkenny (excluding lunch)

35 euros per person

Dinner on Sunday evening

35 euros per person

Subject to demand, we plan to arrange transport by coach on Sunday. The indicative prices include an allowance for this. As soon as final details and costings are known, they will be advised to all those who have made reservations, and they will be published on the DGS website.

Notes for overseas members:

Members in the United States and Canada may remit to the Society’s North American Secretary in US dollars. A deposit of $130 per person made payable to "Dalton Genealogical Society" should be sent together with a copy of the registration form to: Karen Dalton Preston, DGS North American Secretary, 2777 Turtle Head Peak Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada 89135, USA.

All deposits paid will be converted into euros at the prevailing rate and balances due will be payable in euros when you are in Dublin.

Members in Australia and New Zealand should contact the Australian Secretary, Maureen Collins by email ( for guidance.

Please remember that even if your remittance is being sent to either Karen Preston or Maureen Collins, you must also send your registration form with all the details to Michael N Dalton at the UK address on the form.



Name .....................................................................................................................................

Address .................................................................................................................................


Tel No ................................................... Email ......................................................................

I/we will attend the Gathering from Friday 26th to Monday 29th July 2013.

Please give the names of additional members of your party and indicate clearly the hotel rooms that you wish to book (double, twin or single), together with the nights that you wish to stay at the Ashling Hotel. Alternatively please indicate that you plan to stay elsewhere or to attend as a day delegate.




Please remember it is your responsibility to reserve your accommodation at the Ashling Hotel – see note above for details of this. Deposits for your accommodation are not required. Your reservation should be secured by credit card.

Please indicate any special room requirements and any special needs:-



**** please now turn over and fill in form overleaf and sign declaration ****

Additional elements of the weekend programme:

Please fill in to indicate your expected participation in the following events and the numbers in your party:



Estimated Cost per head in euros

Tick to indicate participation

No in party

Friday 26th July

Dinner - in a DGS Group




Saturday 27th July

Conference including coffee and biscuits and buffet lunch




Saturday 27th July

DGS Annual Dinner




Sunday 28th July

Visit to Kildalton and Kilkenny




Sunday 28th July

Dinner at Ryan's








I have read the enclosed details and ticked the boxes as requested, and enclose my cheque for the total indicated above and made payable to ‘Dalton Genealogical Society’. Alternatively, I have made arrangements for the payment to be sent to one of the DGS Overseas Secretaries.

I understand the terms outlined above relating to the return of deposit monies paid to the Society.

In the event of any changes to my booking or cancellation, I undertake to notify the DGS Chairman and 2013 Gathering Coordinator, Michael N Dalton, at the earliest opportunity.


Signed:  ............................................................................ Date:     ............................................................................

Please return this registration form, completed and signed, to:

Michael N Dalton, 2 Harewood Close, Reigate, Surrey RH2 0HE, UK

From Maureen Collins Secretary for Australia and New Zealand:

The following article was published in the Journal in December 2010 and I thought it might be worthwhile publishing in "Daltons in History" as it is so interesting. I have asked DGS member Jeff Dalton for permission which he has given me. See the full article in DGS Journal 53 of December 2010, Pages 11 - 16.

Charles Dalton – my Great Great Grandfather

Charles Dalton was born in the parish of St. Luke's, Chelsea London on the 24th of November. The year of his birth has not precisely been determined as research has revealed some confusion as to the exact year he was born – 1832 or 1834.

According to his grave stone he was born in 1832. Other records such as his military enlistment indicate 1832 while his NSW Police enlistment indicates 1834. I and other family researchers are inclined to believe that it is 1832. A birth certificate from London is still yet to be tracked down to confirm the exact year of his birth.

Little is known of Charles’s parents other than his father Charles Senior was a London Jeweller. His Mother Sarah Dalton (nee Lewis) died on the 12th of June 1887 aged 83 years and was interred in East End Finchley Cemetery in grave number R.17,132.

It is not known how many siblings Charles had nor of their family extensions. All that is known is that it appears they did not stay in London. According to one of Charles’s daughters, Adelaide "The English Daltons. Of this family, some went to America, some to France and others to Ireland but all came from English stock".

Charles Arrives in Australia

Until recently it was believed that Charles arrived in Australia on the 22nd of March 1861 aboard the P&O mail steamer the SS Northam. It was believed that he was part of the Vice Regal party of the incoming NSW Governor Sir John Young. In the NSW register book of ships’ arrivals, Charles and his wife-to-be, Jessie, are noted immediately below the entry for Sir John and Lady Young – but without their names being stated. It is highly likely that they were the: "man and maid servant". The handwritten, shipping arrival entry is set out so in the register; and reads:

Sir John & Lady Young

Mifs Dalton

Man & Maid Servant

Throughout their marriage, Charles and Jessie produced 11 Children. (It is believed that 2 died at or near birth. Death records are not absolute when it comes to the death of infants from this era).

Charles Dalton: born 4th March, 1866 (believed to have died near birth)

James Burrows Dalton: born 16th February, 1866

Jessie Sarah Dalton: born 22nd January, 1868 (believed to have died near birth)

Ernestine Dalton: birth date not yet clear.

Charles Albin Dalton: born 21st July, 1869 (my great Grandfather)

Jessie Maria Dalton: born 1st August, 1873

Antionette Mary Dalton: born 1st April, 1873

George Conrad Dalton: born 13th June, 1875

Adelaide Dalton: born 17th June, 1877

Roberta Alexandria Dalton: born 1st July, 1879

Emily Emma Sarah Dalton: born 21st October, 1882

Much of the story of the life of Charles Dalton has been pieced together by Great Grandson Dalton Neville. (Grandson of Antionette Mary Dalton).

The next steps for research between is to go in two directions, the first is to continue the search for the descendants of Charles and Jessie Dalton. The second is to try and locate the birth certificate for Charles Dalton and to determine the number of his siblings and any other information pertaining to his parents Charles Dalton Senior and Sarah (Lewis) Dalton.

We do know that a previous article on Charles Dalton was published in the DGS in Sep 1991 and if anyone has a copy of that article, both I and Dalton Neville would appreciate a copy. Also if anyone is a descendant of Charles and Jessie or for that matter a descendant of Charles Dalton Senior and Sarah (Lewis) Dalton we would like to hear from you.

Our contact details are as follows.

Jeff Dalton: Telephone: +61407890225 or +61400338857

Dalton Neville: Telephone: +61262310857 or +61429797590

Charles in his Uniform in charge of the NSW Governor’s Escort Circa 1876

"This is the article as it appears in DGS Journal Volume 19, Number 1:

19.5 Charles Holland Dalton married 13th August, 1868

Does anyone have a Charles Holland among their ancestors? He was born about 1832, probably in Marylebone, London and his father was described on Charles's marriage certificate as a gentleman. The marriage took place on 13th August, 1868 at the Parish Church of St Sepulchre's in Northampton. The bride was Amelia Jones, daughterof Thomas Jones, a merchant of Sheep Street which is the main street of Northampton. At that time Charles was an insurance superintendent, living in Buchanan Street, Glasgow.

Later the family moved to Manchester and then to Hale in Cheshire. The 1881 Census for Altrincham shows that they had three sons, Herbert then aged 11, Reginald aged 10 and Charles John aged 3.

Karin Parton of 19, Waimarie Street, Hamilton, New Zealand has been corresponding with Lucy Slater and would be greatly interested to hear from anyone with any information about this family.

Mel Irwin, DGS Treasurer".

1. From Karen Dalton Preston, North American Secretary, Florida, USA

The following announcement was written by the folks at, and posted to Dick Eastman's Genealogical Newsletter - launches the Anzac Memory Bank

Thousands of new military records added to mark Anzac Day

With Anzac Day fast approaching, Australians and New Zealanders are preparing to reflect on the heroic efforts of their ancestors. To commemorate this important event, leading family history site,, has just launched its inaugural Findmypast Anzac Memory Bank and has also added thousands of new military records to its collection. Plus, to commemorate Anzac Day the entire military collection (including the newly released records below) will be available free of charge in the week leading up to Anzac Day (Monday 22 to Friday 26 April, 2013).

The comprehensive collection includes 3.6 million records from Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Britain and the United States. The updated archives will make it easy for Australians and New Zealanders to investigate their family’s past and learn more about their achievements and efforts during Australia’s and New Zealand’s international conflicts. Some of the new records available on include:

Australasian Imperial Expeditionary Forces Roll of Honour – An index to the roll of honour of the soldiers and sailors of Australian Imperial Expeditionary Forces;

New South Wales Roll of Honour – A comprehensive list of the names of service personnel extracted from honour rolls in schools, public halls, clubs and village war memorials across NSW;

New Zealand War Medal Roll – An index of returns of Officers and Men of the Colonial Forces who made applications for the New Zealand War Medal for services before 1866;

New Zealand Boer War Servicemen – A list of New Zealand servicemen who took part in the Boer Wars.

The updated military records will be another essential tool for anyone currently using the Anzac Memory Bank available exclusively on The Anzac Memory Bank is a commemorative archive, which contains heroic stories, exclusive photos, and expert information about Australian and New Zealand involvement in all wars and conflicts around the world. Users have shared their own personal and family stories, photos and diary entries so that others can learn what it was like to live through these times of turmoil.

Paul Nixon, military expert from, commented: "The updated military records and the online functionality of the Anzac Memory Bank make it easier than ever for Australians and New Zealanders to commemorate the efforts of our bravest men and women. The simplicity and ease of use make a fantastic resource for finding out more about your military ancestors".

Tara McMahon is one of countless Australian and New Zealand descendants who have discovered the phenomenal efforts of their ancestors with She said of her great uncle:

"Private Francis McMahon of the 10th Lighthorse Division was killed in action on the third wave at the Battle of Hill 60. Witnessing his death was one of Australia’s first Victoria Cross recipients, Lieutenant H.V Throssell. Through I found a private letter from Lieutenant H.V Throssell to his commanding officer commending the efforts of my ancestor and three other men who took part in the battle. Lieutenant H.V Throssell spoke about my great uncle for years after the war as he toured Australia recalling the moments resulting in his Victoria Cross award".

“Were it not for I would never have known of the exceptional bravery and passion that my great uncle displayed. It fills me with pride to know that one of Australia’s bravest men commends my ancestor for his bravery!”

In addition to the updated records and Inside History are thrilled to announce a collaboration to produce an exclusive free digital magazine. The digital magazine will showcase new international historical records as well as providing intriguing case studies from around Australia. The free digital magazine is available on iPad by visiting the Anzac Memory Bank on

With even more military records included in the archives and a new digital magazine it’s easier than ever before for Australian and New Zealand descendants to uncover the lost history of their ancestors.

2. From Maureen Collins Secretary for Australia and New Zealand:

Mrs Noëlle Andreatta is a new DGS member who lives in Cootamundra, NSW. She would be delighted to hear from anyone who might be connected to her Dalton family which is as follows:

Her second Great Grandfather, Patrick William Dalton came to Australia from Dublin in 1808 and married Jane Greer (b. Glasgow, Scotland 1820). He died in 1865 in Long Swamp, NSW and she died in Burwood, NSW in 1872. Noelle’s father was John Thomas Bourke (b. 1920) and her mother was his second wife, Jennifer Blanche Dalton, who went to Dublin in 1943 due to illness and died there in the year 2000. Noelle remained in Australia with her father. You can contact Noelle on telephone number 0269421741 or care of Maureen Collins in Sydney.

3. From Maureen Collins Secretary for Australia and New Zealand:

News from Australia

• Thanks to NSW Government support, we're fast-tracking our digitisation program. Over the next four years, six million pages of historic NSW newspapers from our collections will be digitised and made available online. NSW newspapers currently online can be accessed via Trove. See new titles coming.

• Our world-renowned photographic archive, the Holtermann collection, will be officially included on the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World register from May 2013. See 100 images from this astonishing collection from 1870-1875 in our popular exhibition, The Greatest Wonder of the World, on show until 12 May, 2013. Discover more about Holtermann by downloading Curio.

4. From Maureen Collins Secretary for Australia and New Zealand:

Deceased: Michael Dalton Died: West Derby, Liverpool - January 1881

Somehow I seem not to have added a note to the abovementioned death certificate in explanation.

I was doing some research for Australian DGS member Virginia Higgins in the Manchester area. I ordered the certificate that was published in March, 2013 "Daltons in History" thinking it might be connected to her family but it is not. I put it on the website in case it tied in with someone else’s Dalton history in the area. It might be good to say in the next edition of "Daltons in History" that by right-clicking the mouse over the certificate and selecting "view image" you get a better view of it. Sorry to all readers for my oversight.

5. From Maureen Collins Secretary for Australia and New Zealand:

This information sent to me by Liz Edwards of the Orange Historical Society regarding their Dalton Exhibition to be held in November this year.

This is of course connected to the Dalton family which was central to the Gathering in Australia in March 2009 although many other Australian Daltons were also involved. "Duntryleague" is the house (now Golf Club) built by James Dalton in 1876 and where we held our meeting.

Subject: RE: Orange Dalton Exhibition

Hi Maureen,

Thank you very much for making contact with me. Yes, there will be an exhibition in November, organised by Orange & District Historical Society, for which I am publicity officer. The opening night has been fixed for Thursday, 7th November at Duntryleague, where we will have the use of the adjoining Alderton and Dedar rooms. The opening event will be early evening drinks and finger-food and we are hoping to attract a high-profile person to do the honours. People attending that will have a preview of the exhibition. Bookings are essential as there is limited space.

We will have the exhibition open daily from 8th to 17th November, 2013 from 10am to 4pm, with an entry fee of $5 for adults; $3 children.

The exhibition will feature items from the society’s collection as well as from the general community.

We are also organising guided tours of some of the houses in Orange built for members of the Dalton family. Details have not yet been finalised. There will be a charge for this.

We will also show sometime during the week the 1927 silent movie about Orange which features footage of Dalton’s Store and also M F Dalton, who was a member of Canobolas Shire Council. There will be a charge for this also.

This series of events will be the society’s major fund-raiser for the year. Any profits will go towards the society’s continuing work in researching and preserving the history of Orange and district.

If anyone would like to find out more, they may contact me at, phone (02) 6362 8647 or our president Phil Stevenson at, phone 0402 412 188.

I really appreciate your interest in this, Maureen, so please use whatever you like to get the message across. I will keep you up to date with developments.

Regards, Liz Edwards.

6. From Margaret and Ron Thompsom, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia:

Dear Maureen and David,

Thank you so much for your prompt and detailed replies. I did watch the video of Robert Bruce relating some of the Dalton Family History and it is certainly a very interesting and fascinating story. It is difficult for us to imagine a 13 year old boy travelling alone from Ireland to Orange in 1847 to meet his father who he has never seen.

Maureen, congratulations on the organisation of the Dalton family Gathering. Ron and I have been involved in a huge family gathering at Terara in New South Wales in 2008 and know it can be quite daunting but a wonderful occasion especially when family are travelling from all over the globe.

We have been to Bathurst but not visited Orange so hopefully we can add the district to our next trip.

Thank you both again for your kind assistance. If I find out any further information on the land transfers I will let you know. As mentioned it may involve a trip to the archive dungeons of the New South Wales Lands Department.

With kind regards,

Margaret & Ron Thompson

Brisbane, Queensland

7. From Cathy Negrycz, Florida, USA:

Dalton Genetic Family D Birth/Baptism in Florida, U.S.A.

Seamus Patrick Dalton was baptized on 2 March, 2013, at Blessed Pope John XXIII Church in Fort Myers, Florida. He was born 5 June, 2012 and weighed 7 lbs. 12 oz. and was 20” long. His parents are Kristen and William Dalton. Seamus is the third child in the family. His oldest sibling, also William, called Billy, will be 5 years old in August and his sister, Tina, is 3. William “Bill” is a Dalton DNA testee and belongs to Genetic Family D. His great grandfather, William Dalton, was born in Tankerstown, Co. Tipperary in 1850 and immigrated to the U.S. at about age 18. The event was attended by “Genetic Cousins” Regina and Cathy Negrycz (cousins to testee Robert Dalton in Brigown, Co. Cork), and father/husband Ray Negrycz.

Bill, Kirsten and Seamus
Billy and Tina

I hope that you all enjoyed a Happy Easter with family and friends. Now that David and I are living close to my parents, we enjoyed a wonderful Easter dinner with them.

We are finally settled into our home office. We have added 2 desk/workstations to one of the bedrooms. Now that I have a desk and file drawers, I have my DGS files unpacked and am ready to get back into a normal routine (whatever "normal" is).

We are bracing for the demolition of our kitchen, which begins the first week in April. I know the process will be stressful and inconvenient, but I am focusing on the beautiful outcome!

Web Sites Update:

For the period from 1 January, 2013 to 31 March, 2013

Updates to the Data Bank:

22 March, 2013: Northern Ireland - Corrected County Down Transcription Error - Contributed by Karen McDonald, Vancouver, Canada

18 March, 2013: USA - Added link to US Newspaper Archives 1836 - 1922 - Contributed by Mike Dalton, Oregon

DDB Web Site Usage Statistics:

48,051 visitors came from 141 Countries / Territories

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Dalton Forum:

There are a total of 311 Posts in 196 Topics by 433 Members.

During the reporting period, there were 6 new topics added, 9 new posts and 15 new members added.

DGS Web Site Usage Statistics:

3,499 Visits from 74 Countries / Territories

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Dalton Data Bank Site:

43,723 Visitors reached the Data Bank by clicking on one of the 4,263,053 Google Ads served during the reporting period.

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DGS UK Site:

359 Visitors reached the DGS UK Site by clicking on one of the 48,205 Google Ads served during the reporting period.

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Wishing everyone a beautiful spring-time!

Karen Dalton Preston
North American Secretary

Thank you to those who did contribute to April 2013's "Daltons in History" and thank you to the Chairman for his plea, once again, in his notes this month.

This issue of "Daltons in History" is still short on content so, Please continue to contribute!

Please send me any ideas you may have for future articles or areas of research we could look at. New ideas are definitely needed!! Maybe the DGS Committee could start putting something up about their Dalton family origins!! How about it?

Please consider contributing a short description of any Dalton-related travels you may have undertaken anywhere in the world. Also members who are travelling to do research, visit a Dalton-connected site, or have made a connection to a distant cousin through the DGS. might be interested in letting other members know what they are doing through "Daltons in History". Photos from your travels would be appreciated. Also, it would be a way of helping members get to know each other a little better, and might help members who are widely dispersed geographically to feel a bit more connected.

Contributions for the May 2013 issue need to be with me no later than 25th April, 2013. (e-mail:

PLEASE stick to the set deadlines!! There is no excuse for missing the deadline - PLAN AHEAD!!