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Monthly Archives: January 2012

Social Media – Tweeting Genealogists

As the number of records digitised and made available online grows family historians are looking for new ways to share information and collaborate with others. While there are sites like Ancestry, Find My Past and Genes Reunited, social media is becoming a main stream avenue to get yourself out there.   Social Media includes blogs, Facebook, twitter and the like.  One question always asked is “how can it benefit me?”   Introducing Tweeting Genealogists……   I first joined Twitter almost […]

Useful Websites part one.

There are many resources available to research your family history; I have discovered many websites over the last 5 years that have enabled me to trace some of my family lines further than the beginning of Civil Registration. This will be an ongoing project over the coming weeks.  Here are the first four:   FreeREG  FreeREG is a free resource from the people behind FreeBMD and FreeCEN. Parish records are continuously being added to the database including baptisms, marriages and […]

Surname Saturday – Hughes

This week the focus of Surname Saturday is the patronymic surname ‘Hughes’. While the origin of the name is apparently in Wales my Hughes history has taken me out of Wales into the Black Country. Follow my ancestor’s journeys from Shropshire to Worcestershire and Staffordshire then on to Monmouthshire. My earliest Hughes (so far) is John Hughes.  John married Sarah around the turn of the 19th century, possibly in Shropshire. They had several children including Thomas (1809), James (1811), Joseph […]

More than a name

When one ventures into the murky waters of family history, one never knows what skeletons may jump out of the closet or what treasures may be uncovered. When I started my research I knew very little of my family history, I even knew little about my own grandparents.  Throughout my journey I’ve discovered more about my living relatives as well as discovering their forefathers. While I have census returns, BMD certificates and parish records, the stories of my ancestors lives […]

Surname Saturday : Bruce

This week, the name that is the focus of my Saturday post is the one that I’ve (rather ashamedly) given the most time, the most thought.  Part of my reason is down to the story of Robert the Bruce…. Braveheart!!!  What a family story that would be!  However, the realist in me says that is never going to happen.  I’m not THAT deranged.  The earliest Bruce in my tree is William Bruce.  William’s place of birth is still eluding me, […]

What is wrong with this family? Why you shouldn’t believe everything you read.

I’ve been researching my Family History for almost 5 years (wow, I’ve never had a hobby that’s been this consistent) and in that time I’ve seen some funny/strange/frustrating “facts” that are simply not true, not possible or simply just downright wrong.  The following has to be my crown (family) jewel.. William Bruce (son of James Bruce and Elizabeth Henderson) was born 23 Dec 1796 in Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland, and died 28 Jul 1871 in Newburn St, West Hartlepool, Durham, England. […]

1861 Census Transcription – Chepstow Union Workhouse

RG09/3976/16/1 Name Rel. C. Sex Age Occ. Place of birth Disability WHITE, William Head M M 44 Master Dursley, Gls   WHITE, Caroline Wife M F 30 Matron Axbridge, Som   TAYLOR, May Schoo U F 60 School mistress Chepstow, Mon   PRICE, Jane Nurse U F 38 Nurse Chepstow, Mon   FLOWER, Henry Porter M M 42 Porter West Harptree, Som   FLOWER, Hannah P.wife M F 44 Porter wife Abercarn, Mon   MILLS, George Patient U M 82 […]

Surname Saturday : Weeks

Weeks, an English surname that is topographical and/or occupational, has been one I’ve enjoyed researching.  Interestingly, my Weeks I have (thanks to FreeREG) managed to follow the line back to Stowey, Somerset.  However, this is based on parish records already transcribed, there could still be more and the information is only as reliable as the information that has been uploaded. Thomas (the Younger) Weeks was buried in Stowey, Somerset on 21st February 1781.  His wife, Sarah, died 13 months earlier […]

What happened to Kate?

One big mystery concerning The Man’s family tree is that of his great grandmother’s “disappearance”. Catherine Eliza Pagett Bown, Kate, was born in Leicester around 1861 to Henry Pagett Bown and Ann Blakesley.  Henry and Ann had at least four other children, John William (1848 -1923), Samuel Henry (1851-1889), Thomas Pagett (1853-1916), Arthur Garrad (1855-1875) and Annie (1866). She appeared to have a normal life with her family until her marriage, aged 24, to James Davidson.  They married on 25th […]

1851 Census Transcription – Chepstow Union Workhouse

HO107/2443/275/13 Name Rel. C. Sex Age Occ. Place of birth LEWIS, Joseph Head W M 50 Master Union Workhouse Tidenham, Gls HODGSON, Elizabeth   U F 33 Matron Union Workhouse Chepstow, Mon TAYLOR, Mary Ann   U F 30 Schoolmistress U.Workhouse Chepstow, Mon BUTTERY, Jane   U F 28 Nurse Union Workhouse Halifax, N. Amer TAYLOR, Elizabeth Pauper W F 89 Formerly Shopkeeper Aylburton, Gls COX, William Pauper U M 48 Formerly Farm Lab Portskewett, Mon LEWIS, John Pauper U […]