This is a Message Board Post that is gatewayed to this mailing list. Author: Murph_ Surnames: Murphy, O'Hara, Carlon, Brett, Hughes, Classification: queries Message Board URL: http://boards.rootsweb.com/surnames.carlon/36.2/mb.ashx Message Board Post: Jessica, sorry for the long delay in responding. I have so many posts online it is caused me to use a spreadsheet to keep track of them ! If your in the UK in Oct. I might be there too !! The Origin of the CARLON surname seems to be from Co. Mayo Ireland, and something exists to do with the Apparition. As for any in Australia, I would beat and start my search in the convict (as I do hate that term, but it is what is used) records in the 1700-1800 time frame, first. If that fails to find your ancestors, Father's Father, Father, ect...I would widen the search to later times -- it would seem you need to know the earliest ancestor there, and then you know better where to look. Lacking that, I think databases exist for the records making it easy. And, a GREAT file about those times is the Aust. Movie, AGAINST THE WIND, it is about Irish who were shipped there, one couple, for stealing their own cow back -- great series from Australia !! If I find anything to the surname will post it.. Murph_ Important Note: The author of this message may not be subscribed to this list. If you would like to reply to them, please click on the Message Board URL link above and respond on the board.