Sunday, 19 July 2009
Wednesday, 8 July 2009
Sunday, 24 May 2009
- I've been trying to do some more research into my Northern Ireland ancestors, trying to trace back my HICKINSON line. The main problem is that the surname seems to be incorrectly transcribed a lot of the time so I have to check for HICKSON, HICKISON, HICKENSON as well as HICKINSON. It makes it a bit tricky to know if you've found the person you're looking for. I've sent off for the birth certificate of James HICKINSON to see if that will confirm who his parents are.
- My parents are going over to Ireland in a couple of weeks so I'm trying to get my information together so that they can use it to show any relatives they meet up with and maybe find out more. I'm hoping that they will get time to go to the churches at Kilraughts and Derrykeighan to have a look in the graveyards for any graves of interest.
- I've received some photos from my husband's aunt following a recent trip to St Nicholas church in Wickham. She had taken the pictures of the war memorial there with Alfred ADAMS on it. I'll scan them in and add a post soon.
- I actually got round to replying to the messages that had been sent to me via Ancestry. Hopefully this will lead to some further information coming to light on one of our ancestors.
- Tried out a couple of new websites that were recommended for social networking in my Family Tree magazine - geni.com, famiva.com were among them. Not sure about them yet but will wait and see.
Monday, 18 May 2009
If anyone knows how I can buy this book then please let me know.
Sunday, 17 May 2009
Dan Lynch has written a book called Google Your Family Tree and from the 10 minute interview I learnt at least 2 things I didn't know about how to do searches on Google. If you want to exclude something from a search just put a minus sign in front of it and if you want to definitely include something in a search just put a plus sign in front of it. How simple is that???
So I then had a look at the website related to the book and that has useful things on it too. Did you know that if you put an asterisk in a search that it acts like a wildcard? So searching for "daniel * guthrie" will give back results such as Daniel James Guthrie or Daniel J. Guthrie.
I'd love to order the book but it doesn't look like it's on sale in the uk so I'm thinking about whether or not to order it from the States.
Friday, 15 May 2009
It's great to know that I'm not the only one making a start with their Genea Blog.
I'm going to have a bit of a think about who to forward the award on to and then add them in a separate post.
Tuesday, 12 May 2009
I chose a very small file (only 5/6 people with 15 events max) and uploaded it. Once I received the email to tell me the file was uploaded I went to the site but couldn't see anything!!! When I clicked on Events, Places etc all I could see was a green box.
I dug around for a while and spotted that one of the preferred browsers for the site is actually Firefox not the Internet Explorer which I had been using. When I used Firefox to enter the site I could now see the data that I had uploaded.
I thought that this would mean that I could now see my locations marked on the map but I was wrong. What I have actually uploaded is just the events. I now need to go through each event, find the place on the map then edit the event to pick up the place. Each even that I uploaded is marked with "*** This event is currently not attached to a location! ***" even though there is a location in the gedcom.
This is quite a lot of work (especially if you were uploading a reasonable size gedcom) when all the information is actually held in the gedcom file itself so I'm quite disappointed. I think I will hold back and wait until the location information in the gedcom can be used to at least guess at the location of the event. If Ancestral Atlas guessed the location you could then go through and verify which would be quicker.
If anyone else has any thoughts about this please let me know as I think this site could be useful in the future once the upload of data is made easier.
Monday, 11 May 2009
I've decided to nominate some blogs that I enjoy reading or have recently discovered
Alex at Winging It - this blog is about a one place study of Wing which is about 30 minutes away from where I live so I often recognise places mentioned. It also highlights the many different sources that can provide information.
John at The Wandering Genealogist - a new blog to me but is proving interesting for 2 reasons - we both use the same Family Historian software and again the places mentioned are familiar to me as my husband's family come from that area.
Margaret at the Cork Genealogist - I've picked up a few tips on genealogy and Irish research from Margaret's blog even though my research isn't focused on this part of Ireland.
I read many more blogs and I'm always on the look out for new ones - either because they're interesting or because they have some sort of connection to me or my family. If you have any suggestions let me know.
Wednesday, 6 May 2009
I'm not sure exactly what I was expecting but I was slightly underwhelmed at first.
The first most obvious change is the use of Projects. As an upgrading user I'm not sure that projects are of use to me. They are a way of organising your data, source, multimedia etc so that you keep everything together. I have my media organised already and don't want a duplicate copy of everything so I think for now I won't be using the Project feature. However, if I was just starting out then I think the Project feature would be invaluable as everything would be properly organised from the beginning.
The next obvious change is the Focus window. I like this new feature as it makes it easy to see information about a particular person and their family.
You can also see the properties of the person you are "focused" on. The properties can also be customised. As well as having the usual tabs of information you can add your own.
I've added a tab to show what flags are associated with each person and I'm in the process of creating one to show all census events. This allows me to see the information very quickly and change it where necessary.
I'll leave it there for now while I carry on playing with FH4 but will review the updated multimedia functionality soon.
We have a family site and I'm adding my family tree information to this using TNG. So far I've had to upgrade our hosting and now I'm starting to learn a bit about php coding.
Once the site is live then I'll add a link here and hopefully be able to link up with others.
Saturday, 2 May 2009
Thanks to Elyse for reminding me - I've now copied all my files to our lovely new hard drive so I can feel happy that everything is backed up for another month!!
Wednesday, 22 April 2009
Peter GUTHRIE was my gtx2 grandfather. He died on 14 May 1888 at the age of 91in the townland of Pharis in the parish of Loughguile in Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland. He was a farmer and I think that the farm he had was probably the same one that my mother was brought up on.
He was a widower but so far I've had no joy in finding out who he was married to. His son, Daniel, married Jane LOUGHRIDGE. I have no idea if Daniel had any siblings. Peter appears on Griffith's Valuation in 1851 but that doesn't give me anymore information about the family.
I am slowly piecing together bits of information about Peter but the most interesting bit can be found here. According to this book one of Peter's fields was called "the graveyard field" because they found human remains and coffins!
It's for the marriage of my husband's gtx3 grandfather and gtx3 grandmother.
Their names were James EAGLES and Sarah JAMES. James and Sarah got married in Croydon, Surrey on 30th August 1854. Strangely enough my husband actually lived in Croydon for a few years without knowing that he had a family history there.
James' occupation is given as coachman - this tallies up with the census entries I have for him. According to wikipedia, a coachman was the servant who preceded the chauffeur in domestic service before cars.
The certificate also gives me the names of James and Sarah's fathers. William EAGLES was a carpenter and Edward JAMES was a gamekeeper.
One of the witnesses was Mary Ann JAMES, I'm wondering if James and Sarah named their first child after this person - Mary Ann EAGLES is my husband's gtx2 grandmother. Perhaps this witness was a sister of James?? Something else to investigate
Sunday, 12 April 2009
The first step is to pick a place from my research that I don't know much about. I've picked Gibraltar. My husband's great grandmother comes from there and I'm intrigued to see if I can find out more about her and her family and how they ended up with a family in England.
Step two is to go to Google and put in the place name, the state name, and the words "genealogy" and "society." I decided to search on [gibraltar genealogy society].
For step 3 I pick the web site that looks the most interesting or promising, and search for data about your ancestor(s) that lived there. The first result that came up was the Gibraltar Genealogy website.
So let's see what I can find out.
The first stop was the message board to see if there was anyone looking for the same family as me - ROBBINS/FAIRCHILD/HERNANDEZ. Unfortunately I didn't find anything but I may leave a message.
I then followed the links on the website. Many ended up at sites that were no longer updated (some didn't even exist!) but there were a few that might give me potential leads. I will update the blog if any of these come to anything.
Thanks to Randy for highlighting a new and fun way forward though!!!
Friday, 10 April 2009
Life has been busy - I've been away on a girlie weekend, then had a christening to organise and just got back from a wedding.
Hopefully things will get back to normal now and I'll be able to update on my genealogy. I've managed to get at least 1 certificate in the last month or so, continued organising and managed to do my first of the month back up onto our new hard drive.
Friday, 6 March 2009
I've found FreeBMD very useful in the past - especially for finding other halves of marriages and for births where the maiden name of the mother is part of the index.
I've downloaded all the relevant software and just uploaded my first page. Already I'm starting to get quicker while remaining accurate - hopefully!!
So far so good - I'll update on any interesting names that I find along the way.
I looked up my name at Behind the Name and found out that it was a variant of Joan. So I looked up Joan and found out the following:
"Medieval English form of Johanne, an Old French feminine form of Iohannes (see JOHN). This was the usual English feminine form of John in the Middle Ages, but it was surpassed in popularity by Jane in the 17th century.
This name (in various spellings) has been common among European royalty, being borne by ruling queens of Naples, Navarre and Castile. Another famous bearer was Joan of Arc, a patron saint of France (where she is known as Jeanne d'Arc). She was a 15th-century peasant girl who, after claiming she heard messages from God, was given leadership of the French army. She defeated the English in the battle of Orléans but was eventually captured and burned at the stake."
So, taking my lead from Sheri at the Educated Genealogist, I found out the hidden meaning in my name.
"Extremely intelligent in thought and deed you are gifted at communication and finding practical applications for your ideas. You are strong willed and ambitious and need to have passion, freedom and adventure in your life. Always willing to help others your warm, honest and loyal nature ensures that you are loved by all. It is likely that you will achieve a great deal of success and recognition in life."
I've been interested in the meaning of names for a while - mainly due to the fact that I've had to name 2 children in the last couple of years. I found it quite a responsibility but both of them really suit the names that we eventually chose.
Sunday, 1 March 2009
I'm going to back up this blog at the end of this post.
For next month I'm going to have a look at some of the online backup/storage solutions and see which one might work for me.
We had a really good day. We arrived at 9.45 am and headed straight to the 10am workshop presentation on Irish Records at the National Archives. There was a lot of information but I picked up a few tips that I want to follow up in the future. I made lots of notes so hopefully they will still make sense when I come back to them. I might even take a day to travel to Kew and visit the Archives in the future.
Here are a couple of photos showing the view from the gallery at about 11am. As you can see there are quite a lot of people around.
We then headed for the stands in the Irish section and had a chat with a very helpful girl on the PRONI (Public Records Office for Northern Ireland) stand. She helped us with possible lines of investigation such as the Wills on their website. She confirmed that I need to try and get hold of some of the certificates for my Northern Irish ancestors to help firm up dates and locations. Since chatting to her I'm hoping to go over to Belfast for the day to have a proper look at their records and will take on board her tips for preparing beforehand.
After wandering through the stands for a bit longer we stopped for lunch. The queues for the food outlets were long and there was always a mad dash for seats as soon as any were vacated.
The next stop was to investigate the offerings of the different genealogical societies. We chatted to people on the Berkshire and the Ulster tables. Everyone we spoke to was very knowledgeable about their area and we picked up tips along the way. I hadn't realised how much work the family history societies do - many had cd's of transcribed information that had taken years of work to put together.
We managed to not spend too much money - I picked up a couple of books including the latest version of the Genealogist's Internet which is very useful.
By this point in the day I had brain ache!!! There was so much information that it was difficult to take it all in so we headed home about 2pm but we could have stayed longer.
I'm sure I've forgotten lots of details already so I may do a second post later on after I've had a bit more time to think about it.
Wednesday, 25 February 2009
I now know what I've got, what I haven't got, printed copies of documents I only had on the pc and added another list of things to find to my to do list. I've also created a mini folder with summary info to take with me to Who Do You Think You Are Live at the weekend.
But there is definitely something satisfying looking at a nice clean folder with everything filed away.
All I need now is someone to ask me a question so that I can go to my newly arranged files and swiftly provide the answer!
Monday, 23 February 2009
My Greatx2 Grandfather, Peter GUTHRIE, appears on the list in Pharis. His landlord is George Macartney who I believe is from Lissanoure Castle. I've just found their website here. I've actually been to Lissanoure about 4 years ago for my aunt's birthday party. According to the Valuation he rented house, offices and land. There is then a valuation, in this case the total rateable value is £10 15s.
Another interesting thing on this page of the valuation is that some of the other family names in Pharis were still around 100 or so years later when my mother lived in Pharis as a girl. She recognises some of them and it shows how some families just didn't move much.
I've never been to an exhibition like this and I'm not sure what to expect.
I'm going to attend 2 workshops - one on Irish Records at the National Archives in Kew, London and one with the Berkshire Family History Group.
Does anyone have any ideas what would be good to take with me? Obviously I'll take a pad and a pen but not sure how much of my own information I should take so that I can make the most of any opportunities for further research.
Dan Eastman from Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter has attended in the past and posted a video on his blog which can be seen here. It looks like there is a really good atmosphere and plenty to see.
1. Look up relatives on Ireland Civil Registration Indexes 1845 - 1958 at FamilySearch.
2. Work out how to get certificates for Irish Births, Marriages and Deaths.
3. Get Family Historian v4 as soon as it comes out in March then use it to make sure all the information is sourced properly.
4. Add the direct line families to my binder for both lines.
5. Go through the box of bits from my mum and scan in anything interesting.
6. Look into the common places for each surname.
7. Find out about the jobs that people did.
8. Investigate any military connections.
9. Start proper lists of certificates to apply for, documents to find, questions to ask, places to visit
10. Find out what resources are available at the local library
11. Volunteer for some sort of transcribing programme or local society.
These are in no particular order but should serve as a bit of a reminder when I'm coming back to it. Time is always the thing I run out of first as it's tricky to do much research when you're looking after 2 children under 3!!
Saturday, 21 February 2009
The only problem is that for most of them all I know is that they were on a census at some point or that my mum remembers a distant cousin. The majority are actually not direct line ancestors but collateral ancestors.
Luckily I've already been through once and made sure that I have a source for each fact but I feel like I need to add more focus to my research.
So, I'm getting organised and using folders (I think they are called notebooks in the States?) for surnames, then filing each family and associated documentation in their own section. This should mean that if someone says "What do you know about the family of Daniel Guthrie and Jane Loughridge?" I'll be able to go to a file and show them all the information in one place. This is based on the postings in DearMYRTLE.
It is difficult to leave behind some of the interesting stories I've started to uncover on distant relations but I can always come back to them in the future.
Each image shows the actual census document rather than a transcript so I've actually seen my great grandfather's handwriting!
The other good thing about this website is that it's free (unlike the 1911 census in England) so you can have a really good trawl around it.
The census return took all names, relation to the head of the family, religious preference, education, age, sex, profession, length of marriage, number of children born alive, number of children living, county of birth, whether they speak Irish or not and if they are deaf, dumb, blind or an imbecile.
As well as the individual returns you can also see the enumarator's abstract, details of the houses and buildings at each address and further information on the outbuildings
This photo shows the return for my great grandfather, Daniel GUTHRIE. On Sunday, 2nd April 1911 the family was in the townland of Pharis in the parish of Loughguile in County Antrim. This Census entry has confirmed information that I'd obtained from an old family bible that my mother has. It has also given me middle names that I didn't have.This is the buildings information for the townland of Pharis. It shows what types of buildings and who rented from whom.
I believe I've also found the return for another great-grandfather, James HICKINSON, when he was 18 and living with this parents (my greatx2 grandparents) in Carncullogh Upper in the parish of Derrykeighan in County Antrim. I haven't yet corroborated this with other evidence but I'm working on it!
I've also found the returns for some of my collateral lines but as I'm trying to focus on my direct line ancestors I won't include them here.
I'll cover the details of the census when I describe what I've learnt about the individual families.
So, the rules are:
- Copy the award to your site.
- Link to the person from whom you received the award.
- Nominate 7 other bloggers.
- Link to those sites on your blog.
- Leave a message on the blogs you nominate.
Ok, well as I'm new to the world of blogs I'm sure most of the blogs I nominate will have already received this award but here goes. (I'm not sure I'll manage 7 though....)
Elyse's Genealogy Blog - this was the first blog I found and I realised how interesting geneablogging could be
DearMyrtle - she has given me some great tips on the organisation of my research
Jennifer's Genealogy Blog - a fellow accountant interested in family history which means we have so much in common already
Facebook® Bootcamp for Genea-Bloggers - I've learnt so much just from one evening of reading the posts
Small-leaved Shamrock - an irish family history blog which I'm sure will have lots of tips for me
Right, off to leave a comment on those blogs so that I've completed my first set of blogging tasks!
Friday, 20 February 2009
It shows how surnames are distributed across the world.
Don't know how accurate it is but it does make for interesting reading.
I've checked out TILLIN and HICKINSON and they seem to match up with what I already know.
Thanks to Facebook® Bootcamp for Genea-Bloggers for highlighting this website
This software is easy to use and has many interesting charting features. I'm now starting to use its query tool more but this is not very straightforward. It's been great to have a way of linking my source photos and documents to individuals.
There will be a new version coming out soon and I'm hoping that it has some improvements in the reporting and web section.
I've found the Family Historian User Group very useful when trying to pick up tips and ideas.
Since then I've collected various pieces of information on hundreds of ancestors - both direct line and collateral. The problem is that this is all very interesting but not very accessible to anyone else so I've decided to take a step back, concentrate initially on our direct line ancestors and try to put the information into a format that is easier to look at.
The names I'm going to focus on at first are
- ADAMS - Somerset, England and Hampshire, England
- BIRCH - Kent, England
- FAIRCHILD - Gibraltar
- GUTHRIE - Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland
- HERMON - Berkshire, England
- HERON - Surrey, England
- HICKINSON - Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland
- LOUGHRIDGE - Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland
- MOLLOY - Derbyshire, England
- REDMOND - Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland
- ROBBINS - Kent, England, Gloucestershire, England and Gibraltar
- SAIT - Hampshire, England
- TILLIN - Berkshire, England and Surrey, England
The locations are where I believe the majority of our ancestors resided. This is based on Census information as well as anecdotes.
I thought I'd pop down a few thoughts on why I've decided to do a blog when I don't really know what I'm doing!
- I've been looking at a few of the other genealogy blogs on the web and found them really interesting. Also, I've picked up a few hints and tips - especially about how to organise your research.
- I've not found many blogs relating to UK and Ireland history so that I'm hoping to find a few along the way.
- A blog seems like a good place to try and organise your thoughts (or "wibbles") on a particular subject and that's what this blog is all about.
- It seems like a good place to share what I've found with other members of my family without having to work out how to set up a whole website. I'm not sure how this will work out but worth a try.
- I might be able to get in touch with other people who can help me with my "brick walls" (currently in Northern Ireland where it's difficult to get too far back but more about that on another day).
So, off to work out what to add next.
If you've got any hints, tips, links, ideas then leave a comment and let me know.