My great granduncle, Newton Henderson, died in Long Beach, California on 13 June 1959. Uncle Newt was born in Amble in Northumberland in 1874. He and his sons emigrated to USA after the death of his wife, Mary Phyllis Thornton. Although his grave is in California there is a memorial to him on his wife’s grave at Amble West Cemetery. When I was a child my granny used to take me with her regularly when she went to place flowers on this grave on behalf of her American cousins.
I have recently started using iannounce, a useful site for obituaries and other announcements which help my genealogy research. It picks up announcements from about 500 newspapers and is updated daily. I still follow announcements in local Northumbrian papers too, but this site gives a much broader view of UK announcements.
I was planning to figure out where my Cullercoats ancestors might be buried before my next trip to Northumberland so I could plan a photo shoot. However, a chance conversation with a friend who mentioned that there was a cemetery near Billy Mill roundabout that he passes on his way to his allotment triggered my curiosity and answered my question. It turns out, after he has investigated further, that a section of Preston Cemetery has been set aside for headstones moved from Cullercoats. Does not sound very promising with respect to legibility, but there could be some little research gems hidden under the ivy. Among the names I will be looking for there are Henderson, Newton and Miller.
A late addition to this post: Forgot to mention before I hit the publish button that the post title not only reflects the topic, but was chosen because the friend who checked this out for me likes Joe Cocker.
I have added another 5 local books that have helped my genealogy research to my Publications used page. The pictures of old Northumberland help to develop a better understanding of the world my ancestors lived in. Topics include Amble, RAF Acklington, Tynemouth, Cullercoats and Alnwick.
My 4x great grandparents, Joseph Hall of Elsdon and Eleanor Thompson of Rothbury parish, were married at Elsdon in Northumberland on 9 June 1793. You can read more about Joseph and Eleanor and their 9 children on my Hall page.
Discovery channel have a programme on today entitled “Greatest tank battles”. It has started with the very first use of tanks at the battle of Flers-Courcelette on 15 September 1916. Fascinating to watch as that was the day my great uncle Edmund Webb was killed on the Somme.
It took me far too long to learn the importance of evidence and of documenting my sources as I find them. This was partly because I found the formal documentation of sources in my tree software rather daunting. I now realise that even though I hopped over the formal documentation to start with that I could have saved myself a lot of extra work if I had at least used the notes section to jot down where I had found my information. The benefits of hindsight. Hopefully some day I will catch up with myself.
E is for Evans
E is also for Evans. Not a pedigree line for me, but nevertheless an important branch on my tree. My grandmother’s sister Jane Ann Turner (Auntie Jean) married a Welshman, William Daniel Evans in 1924. They lived in Swansea and had two boys born in the 1930s. Although I knew Auntie Jean from her regular visits to Northumberland I never met any of her family and have no idea whether her sons are still living or whether they had children. Too many Evanses in Glamorganshire for that line of research to be easy. Would love to hear from any of her family, so if you are one of her descendants reading this please drop me a comment and I will get back to you.
If you would like to know more about this alphabet challenge take a look at Family history through the alphabet.
William Spears died on 7 June 1954. William was the husband of my grandmother’s big sister Mary Henderson. William and Mary had 8 children and since these cousins were quite close to my granny I can remember quite a few of them and their families from my childhood.
This is the first blog post I have written in Norwegian as my audience so far is predominantly UK, USA and Australia, so I hope the rest of you will bear with me and come back tomorrow :) I will try not to make a habit of it.
Nå er jeg ganske nysgjerrig. Hittil har de fleste av treffene på bloggen som viser Norge som land på statistikkene vært på grunn av at jeg selv har leste den uten å bruke admin brukeren. I dag for første gang har 25% av treffene kommet fra lesere i Norge. Jeg kan ikke la være å lure på hvem her i landet leser noe sånt :) Tar gjerne i mot kommentarer fra mine norske lesere også.
Hmmm – that little paragraph really baffled WordPress spelling and grammar checks.