I am now a week behind myself on my postaday plans. My excuse is that I have been on holiday and it has been too hectic to find time to order my thoughts and write. The upside of the hectic holiday and pause in posting is that I have had a couple of days at Woodhorn Archives and fitted in a couple of cemetery photo shoots so I have a lot to write about as I catch up. During the coming week I will be writing more to make up for the missing period. (This is catch-up post for Sunday 1 April).
This Easter is the second anniversary of my genealogy activities. It is two years since my first trip to Woodhorn and I think I may have broken through a brick wall yesterday. I believe I may have found my Cracket 3x great grandparents. Still have a couple of things to check before I can confirm the theory.
These are a few additions to the list of items to follow up on my next trip to the UK:
- Take a look at the Coldstream tollbooth where some of my relatives married to avoid using the established church
- Check Coldstream churchyard for any of my Murray kin
- Take a trip to Ulgham churchyard to see if it helps with the Watson line
- Confirm the correct father for Margery Hall born 1803 in Elsdon, Northumberland, since we have found conflicting information in various transcripts
- Try to confirm which Isabella Cracket married Garnet Caisley
- Integrity check on the various Adam Cracket and David Cracket births and marriages in the early 1800s. I think I may have some errors in my data.
- Take a closer look at the Olivers of Netherton and Hauxley
- Try to find a marriage record for Thomas Oliver born 1800 in Hepscott and his wife Alice
- Try to find parents for Robert Parkinson born 1792, probably somewhere around the Walker area.
- Look for a marriage record for William Reay born 1776, possibly somewhere around the Walker area
- Look for a marriage record for Thomas Carr born 1815 in Willington and Ellen Reed (Reid or Read) born 1822 and try to find her parents
Ambitious plans, and if previous experience is anything to go by, I will no doubt get sidetracked onto something completely different but equally useful.
When I picked up blog writing again in February after a year of writer’s block I decided to be ambitious and aim for a new post every day. Today is the one month anniversary of the new kick-off and so far I have achieved the postaday goal. In the past month my main readers have been from Norway, UK, USA, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada and the Netherlands.
Lazing on a Sunday afternoon. I took advantage of the spring sunshine to sit out on the balcony with a cuppa and do some blog tidying in preparation for writing some of the more interesting stories that will flesh out the names and dates and give a better picture of my ancestors’ lives. Among the changes made today are:
- Surnames– added several new names to the list and set up a marking system for names added in the current month.
- Places– developed the introduction further and added a few more towns and villages to the list of those I intend to write about.
- Wrongdoings– tidied up the introduction and the list of events I plan to write about
- Gruesome ends – added to the introduction and to the list of unpleasant and untimely deaths that I plan to write about.
After a couple of years of wondering how to produce a table in my blog I have finally realized that the solution is to link up Windows Live Writer to WordPress. If this proves successful then I will be able to improve the readability of several pages. Testing out the table functionality with some statistics about my research database: Continue reading
This evening I am going to be rash and apply a different “theme” (layout) to my blog. If everything winds up higgledy-piggledy I hope that readers will bear with me until I disentangle it again.
I have now structured the page list in the right hand column of the blog, so it should be easier to use as a navigation tool. The page hierarchy is similar to the menu structure.
A combination of a house move and changing roles at work in 2011 resulted in lower activity on my genealogy research and blogging. Back in action now and planning more regular updates.