Family Tree Of Humanity

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The concept of volunteers is working very well due to the nature of the coordination. Volunteers are organised into syndicates operating under the guidance of a supervisor - this ensures that the entries are not duplicated. It also ensures that the coverage goes forward smoothly without too much concentration on any particular region or period. Furthermore, it means that the data entries are representative of the whole register and thus are functional from the outset. It provides a consistent...

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One of the main problems with using the 1841 Census is its legibility. Whether you are working with images online, on CD-ROM, or from filmed records, they all suffer from the same problem - the state of preservation of the original records. The paper in the enumeration books has aged, deteriorating and darkening to something more the colour of a brown paper bag than WWW.ORIGINSNETWORK.COM SEARCH INTERFACE FORENAME It isn't necessary to use a forename, but it will cut down the number of hits....

Gravestones

A cemetery of 10,000 graves on a wet afternoon in the blind hope of making a discovery, which is why it's vital to approach any burial search methodically. Use information that already exists such as statutory certificates, parish records, wills and transcriptions. Plus, other avenues of research, such as obituaries, rolls of honour, burial books and plot maps. The most common way to locate a family grave is to look it up in one of the many Monumental Inscription (MI) booklets published by...

His Name Is John Johnson

I searched in vain for the birth of my great-grandfather, John Johnson born circa 1866, who appeared on the 1881 Census with his parents, Mary and John Johnson. I then found his father, also John Johnson, on the 1871 Census living with his housekeeper, a widow named Mary Coshman, and her son, John, whose age fits with my great-grandfather. Does this mean that John Johnson senior married his housekeeper and adopted her son Where would an official record of the adoption be found Anthony...

Nuncupative Wills

Wills were usually written in the presence of witnesses. However, on rare occasions, the verbal requests of someone near death were noted by witnesses and then registered in the normal way. They are termed nuncupative wills. In such cases when someone died intestate, that is without having made a will, the next of kin or heir at law would seek letters of administration from the relevant ecclesiastical court. This meant that they could distribute the possessions of the deceased as they saw fit....

Princess

The last remaining direct descendant of Owain Gwynedd was the princess Gwenllian (12831337). She was imprisoned in Sempringham Priory, Lincs, by England's Edward I, who later bestowed the title Prince of Wales on his son (who became Edward II). The title has remained in the English royal family ever since. FAMILY Dewi's grandparents, with his father David in the foreground (right) RAILWAY RECORD Dewi's father's service record as a railwayman Connecting himself to the Tanycastell line brought...

Investigating A Change Of Name

I often use 1837online.com, but recently I had to go elsewhere to try to solve a mystery when a relative asked me to help find her ancestors. She had only her father's birth certificate William James Beetles, born 1922 in Edinburgh. Using www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, I could trace a couple of generations beyond that, but couldn't find anything prior to an 1891 Census entry, or after 1895, for her ancestor John George Hitchcock (known as George Beetles) and his wife Georgina Lousia (nee Beetles)....

Family Letters

According to family legend, James had been brought up in a children's home in Port Madoc. The area had been ravaged by the Spanish 'flu outbreak in the early 1920s, and it was thought that James's parents might have perished. The only other clue to his origins lies in a letter written from Garn Dolbenmaen in 1935 from Will, who signs himself as 'your brother' and refers to other relatives including 'my sister Alice'. There was time to trawl the civil registration birth indexes in the hope of...

Locating Registers

Before purchasing the NBI, it's a good idea to check that any specific parishes of interest are included on the CDs by clicking the NBI icon at www.ffhs.org. uk and then clicking on the relevant county. The breakdown of entries is very comprehensive, giving the name of the church or cemetery and the span of years for the entries. The easiest way to find out if burial registers have survived in any given parish is to look at a copy of Phillimore's Atlas and Index of Parish Registers ( 45)...

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Membership fee 10 individual 12 family 12 overseas airmail (runs from 1 August - 31 July Chairman - Laurence Perry Secretary - Alan Kaye Treasurer - Norma Maxwell Membership Secretary - David Foster Research centre at the above address, open Tuesday 2pm-4.30pm Wednesday 10am-12.30pm & 2pm-4.30pm Thursday 2pm-4.30pm & 7.30pm-10pm. Please telephone the research centre on 01484 852420, call 24 hours in advance to book ALAN STARKEY The man behind the website Most family history groups have...

Newspaper Resources

Old newspapers are another resource for the grave hunter, with information in both the announcements and obituaries sections. Announcements of births, marriages and deaths have always SOCIETY OF GENEALOGISTS Britain's foremost NGO dedicated to history, holds thousands of monumental inscription indices, plot maps and parish record transcriptions for every county in the UK been written up in local and national newspapers and usually include place of residence and age at the time of death. This...

Bradley

The surname Bradley is a locative one, denoting someone who came from a place called Bradley. This was quite a common name, for it means simply a broad wood or clearing, from the Old English words brad and leah. Such place names are found, for example, in Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Wiltshire and the West Riding of Yorkshire, the former having been rendered 'Braidelei' in Domesday Book (1086). Bradley-in-the-Moors, Staffordshire, however, had a slightly different meaning - the first element here...

The Looe Island Story

Polperro Heritage Press w www.polperropress.co.uk t 01886 812304 ISBN 0954913728 PRICE 7.95 Continuing the Cornish theme, this little book, illustrated in colour and black and white, provides a fascinating biography of Looe Island. Also known as St George's Island, Looe Island has seen the Spanish Armada sail past, had smugglers take up residence and reputedly witnessed a visit from Joseph of Arimathea. The book explores this heritage from prehistory through to monastic life, tales of smuggling...

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the heavy engineering that dominated south Leeds, was a blessing especially during the national slump of the 1920s. Montague Burton's clothing factory in east Leeds provided employment for thousands. And in 1884, a young Jewish man by the name of Michael Marks opened a penny bazaar in Leeds Market and finally went into partnership with Thomas Spencer. In 1893 Leeds became a city and in 1904 the Yorkshire College of Science, which had been founded in 1874, became the University of Leeds. In...

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1 O PUBLISHER Individual Software Inc w www.individualsoftware.com Q PRICE 39.99 p 0208 452 7393 Encore Europe Following a thorough upgrade, Heritage Family Tree Deluxe has been re-launched in the UK, and is available from the likes of PC World and Amazon. To the comprehensive set of features have been added a family book generator, a world place finder, and the ability to collaborate directly with other researchers. Installation comprises three separate programs HFT Charting Companion and...

Marriage Certificate

Thomas Gillison

Meanwhile, Jeanette had taken on the job of searching for the marriage of Thomas and Elizabeth, and found a match in 1851. We ordered the certificate, and then moved onto the next task having spent a little time checking on the fate of the other children of this marriage and compiling a list of their possible births and deaths. Jeanette has since received the marriage certificate, and it strongly suggests that the 1851 Census entry is correct. Thomas Gillison married Elizabeth Higginson on 6...

Welsh Resources

Dewi recommends two particularly useful books The Dictionary of Welsh Biography -an online version is now available, though not complete, at http yba.llgc.org.uk and Pedigrees of Anglesey and Caernarvonshire Families by John Edwards Griffith and published by Morton amp Sons, 1914. Also visit Dewi's own site at www. carwgenealogy.com There can't be many of us who don't hope to find blue blood running in our veins - but fewer still who actually find it. Retired mechanical engineer Dewi Thomas,...

Military History

Railway companies produced a great number of records relating to their staff. In 1972 a great deal of this material was handed over to the National Archives. To discover how to access this information, visit www.nationalarchives.gov.uk. The record office also publishes a useful leaflet Railway Staff Records -Records Information 82, which contains helpful information and references to records of many regional railway companies. Many railway records can also be found in local record offices. The...

Holdich Family History Society

19 Park Crescent, Elstree, Hertfordshire, WD6 3PT e deborahc.taylor btopen world.com t 020 8953 7195 Membership UK 7 12 overseas Overview This small one-name study group was founded in 1990 and has around 70 members. They meet annually and receive a newsletter twice a year. The group is interested in several name variants, including Holdich, Holditch and Houlditch, and also Holdridge, Houldridge and even Hardage. Members have researched their genealogies in Canada and South Africa, as well as...

Family History Societies

In the sixth instalment of our Family History Societies series find a one-name study group, family history society or genealogical organisation near you beginning with the letter H HAMLEY HAMBLY HAMLYN FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY 59 Eylewood Road, West Norwood, London, SE27 9LZ w www.hhh-fhs.com e hamley one-name.org t 020 8670 0683 Membership 6 UK 7 overseas Overview This one-name or, rather, three-name study group began in its present form back in 1970 and has around 165 members across eight...

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Garlick - I am trying to trace antecedents of James Garlick who was born in 1785 and died in 1850. At the time of his marriage to Elizabeth on 25 August 1805, they lived in Southawram near Halifax, West Yorkshire. His occupation was a warp dresser and he was employed in Halifax. Duncan Garlick 20 Western Fields, Ruddington, Nottingham, NG11 6JE Goodson - I am searching for the marriage of Winifred Nella Goodson, born December 1910, in Hitchin, to Walter Ives, born April 1879, in Hyde. Walter's...

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Wall - I am seeking help in tracing the date and place of birth of Edward Wall. He was born in 1845 or 1846 in Ireland. I know he was a Colour Sergeant in the 36 Foot Regiment when he married Grace Sophia Leer born in Manchester in 1876 in Plymouth, Devon. His father was called Patrick Wall, but he was already deceased at this time. They had 10 children born in various locations around the British Isles as he moved around with the Regiment. He died 1908 in Plymouth, a Retired Sergeant Major....

Nick Barratt

Winning a recent Your Family Tree competition was a surprise early birthday present for Jeanette Scott. With her research lines at a dead end, and her list of questions growing, Jeanette was delighted when she received a telephone call telling her that she would be spending a day at an archive of her choice accompanied by an expert genealogist, Nick Barratt. The quiz comprised three questions on aspects of family history, and Jeanette wrote in with the correct answers that Bennett meant 'son of...

Workhouse Museum

One of the best examples of a surviving workhouse has been turned into a successful and imaginative museum When the National Trust purchased the derelict workhouse at Southwell, near Nottingham, there was some scepticism. After necessary repairs and careful refurbishment, it opened in 2002 and has proved popular, not just with school groups, but with the general public as well. Although the tour takes one through bare rooms, the excellent audio commentary brings the workhouse to life, peopling...

By Daniel Longman

Daniel Longman is a student from Birkenhead with an interest in family and local history. He is currently compiling a book about Victorian criminals of the Wirral. Do you have a skeleton j in tne cupboard pp Send us 650 words telling us about the criminal deeds, bed-hopping 1 naughtiness or embarrassing mistakes your ancestors were behind. With a picture of yourself and 50 words on your research, email your story headed Skeleton in the Cupboard to yfted futurenet.co.uk, or post it to Skeleton...

Jesus Genealogy

400-year-old biblical genealogy rediscovered in Aberystwyth remarkable 17th century manuscript detailing Jesus' genealogy has come to light in Wales. Around 50 years ago, the independent school Llandovery College placed some of its archives in the hands of the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth. The manuscript came to light when the current warden of the college, Peter Hogan, asked to see what was in the collection. The document was compiled in the 17 th century by a William Spenser,...

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Sometime in the summer old Dinah Riddiford and her son Luke broke open Daniel Reed's house and stole several articles thereat they were taken up and the goods discovered upon them, committed to Gloucester, tried, and both found guilty and received sentence of Death. Luke was reprieved but the poor woman was executed and her body brought to Thornbury. Your affectionate mother, Sarah Greenwood This grave revelation cried out to be investigated further. A copy of the original gaol record obtained...

Finding Grandpa George

Finally, there was just enough time to start looking at the history of George Herbert Kerr, Jeanette's paternal grandfather. Born in 1885, he grew up in Liverpool, marrying Emily Stirrup in 1907. From the marriage certificate, and birth certificates of his children, we were able to establish where he lived and what he did rice mill labourer flour mill labourer and tobacconist. Jeanette had also acquired his Army campaign medal index card for WWI, which showed that he was in the Royal Army...

Tydeman

When England was under Anglo-Saxon rule, law and order was maintained on an almost entirely local basis. Our ancient system of law courts and juries has its roots in this period. Another system that worked rather well, but has not survived, was that of frankpledge or tithings. Under this system, all males over 12 were enrolled in a 'tithe' or group of 10. Each tithing member was responsible for the actions of the other nine - or their wives or children -so would do all they could to keep errant...

Tools Of The Trade

What did your thatcher ancestors use To compact the thatch and remove waste Used as straw scissors to trim thinner ends Cuts and trims hazel rods used in thatching For patting down the thatch into position General cutting tool used also for eaves Fixing pin used to hold thatch in position SOLITARY WORK A sketch on a Court Roll of 1364 shows a leggett similar to those still in use today SOLITARY WORK A sketch on a Court Roll of 1364 shows a leggett similar to those still in use today before this...

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Genealogy Tree

The Seeking pages in Your Family Tree are a place where you can turn when you've hit the proverbial brickwall when researching your ancestors. Write in and see if fellow readers can help you track down more information about that illusive great-greatgrandfather's brother. The subject of your enquiry doesn't have to be a person, though. You can request information about a building, business or barge anything that you're having trouble with in your research. If you have a photograph and you want...

Finding Famous Faces

At just 20 years old, actress Keira Knightley born in London, March 1985 is an ideal candidate for finding in the later computerised post 1983 GRO indexes. As a contrast, we can then find George Cadbury, the Quaker social reformer and chocolate manufacturer, born at Edgbaston in September 1839, in the early records Che k fafWfiW gt i- Mdl tI BHD InJiM MPtr II chilli IVi VFT nidi Includci viewing lb. I'.- raEncted to one xubfCriplior Existing Subscribers ToTh Genealogist

Riddiford Family History

The Clergy List 1897 by Kelly amp Co, supplied by Archive CD Books. An awesome listing covering some 700 pages On sale from Wednesday 6 July at only 4.99 Subscribe and get a free dictionary - page 4 At the Summer Assizes of 1816, 69-year-old Dinah Riddiford was sentenced to hang. What he nous crime had she committed Every family has its embarrassing stories. They might be about embezzlement and theft, dark and dastardly deeds, or sexual impropriety on the side. When I discovered the story of my...

Burnie

It's thought he was a harbour master in Hong Kong Could anyone identify this uniform, please I think it might be a 19th century naval uniform, and if confirmed, the picture is probably of Alfred Edward Burnie who was a marine surveyor and was at one time the Harbour Master of Hong Kong. My information suggests this could have been in the mid to late 1800s. Alfred Edward was married but I have no information about his wife. He had five children Alice Edward Alfred Constance Caroline and Arthur....

Further Reading The Chorley Pals

Chain House Peterhead

J Garwood, Neil Richardson, 1989, ISBN 1852160373 THE ACCRINGTON PALS W Turner, Pen amp Sword Books, 1997, ISBN 0850523605 ACCRINGTON PALS TRAIL W Turner, Pen amp Sword Books, 1998, ISBN 0850526361 East London oral history project aims to document the stories of a bygone era five-year oral history project has been announced in Bexley, east London. The Lost Industries of the Thames Gateway project has been launched by Eastside Community Heritage in partnership with the University of London. The...

Work Backwards

Whatever you do in your research, start with yourself and work backwards generation by generation. This will ensure that you have verified your sources at each stage. You must be systematic and organised, as you'll inevitably collect a lot of information. Start with a simple filing system using A4 binders with loose-leaf pages and subject dividers, and an index card file for each of the family names members and events. Have somewhere to keep certificates and other documents. While your record...

Understand Surnames

Surnames are usually derived from one of four basic roots a place, occupation, a nickname or a patronymic relationship. The less common the name, the easier searches usually are. It's always worth joining a family history society - or more than one. You'll get a good grounding in the essentials of family history research and you may well meet people with a similar interest and drive. Check the full list of family history societies with the FFHS at www.ffhs.org.uk or visit the LDS church.

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Royal Driver

Coventry woman's grandfather chauffeured King retired teacher in Coventry has discovered that her grandfather was a chauffeur for George V on his travels through India. Mrs Pallett became interested in her family history when sorting through a collection of family photographs two years ago. As a result of her subsequent research, she learnt that her paternal grandfather, William Charles Vincent, also from Coventry, had been chief engineer of the Standard Motor Company. In 1911, when Mr Vincent...