Where my readers live

Top countries reading my blog in March and April 2012

Since WordPress started publishing country statistics at the end of February I have readers from 23 countries. Some just with one view, who have dropped in and moved on. The picture shows those countries with more than 5 hits. I have to confess that Norway is top of the list because of some of my own views when I have been looking up something and was not logged in as admin. It is nevertheless encouraging to see that somebody else out there in the big wide world is reading. Even more encouraging that some of these readers have established contact and we are now collaborating on common lines of research.

April achievements

As April enters its last weekend I took time out from digging to reflect on what fruit this month’s activities have born. Thanks to the Easter break this has been a good month for my genealogy research. Among my April achievements are:

  • Birth record for 2x great grandfather William Cracket after 2 years of searching
  • 3x great grandparents William Cracket and Isabel (Isabella) possibly Gowans
  • Possible 4x great grandparents William Gowans and Isabella Thompson
  • 4x great grandparents Gabriel Hall and Hannah Hunter (and a lead on a possible earlier wife for Gabriel)
  • New contacts established with researchers that are now collaborating with me on Cracket, Hall and Webb

All in all an acceptable April accomplishment. I wonder if May with its bank holidays will prove as successful.

Blossoming blog

Just realised that with my last post I hit a total of 75 posts and 45 pages. Not bad going for a novice blogger, even if I say so myself. Next blogging challenge that I am going to set myself is to become more proficient in spicing up the content with photos to make it a bit more interesting for my readers. Yes, I do have readers. Not a great number yet, as I have not widely publicised the link, but there are a faithful few and the number is growing steadily. My thanks to those of you who have given me encouragement along the way.

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Status on plans from March 31

On March 31 I posted a short list of holiday research activities that did not include sitting in the archives. Status is now:

  • Coldstream tollbooth – Done. I also managed to fit in a trip to the Coldstream museum and found Gas Lane where my Murray ancestors used to live. The site of the gas works now seems to be sheltered housing.
  • Coldstream churchyard – Done. I was a bit confused to start with as I arrived at the church in Coldstream to find it had no churchyard. After enquiring in the museum I made a trip out to the neighbouring village of Lennel where I made some interesting Murray finds in the churchyard. Unfortunately a significant part of it has been shut off as unsafe since the land is sliding towards the river.
  • Ulgham churchyard – Done. I found some Watsons, but not the ones I was hoping to find.

(This is my catch-up post for Monday 2nd April when I missed my postaday)

Status on plans from March 20

In planning my Easter holiday I listed up 8 items to follow up at the Northumberland Archives or NDFHS. After three trips to Woodhorn I can now report that I have worked on 5 of the listed items, but only one of them can now be crossed off as complete. On the plus side I have eliminated some options from my other enquiries and I discovered that some of the records I was reviewing to answer the questions had additional information that was useful, so I spent more time on those records rather than hopping over to the next question.

The one item I have successfully cleared from the list is checking that I had documented the correct father for 3x great grandmother Margery Hall born 1803 in Elsdon, Northumberland. I had conflicting information from two different transcription sources giving her father as Joseph and John. I have now reviewed the microfilm of the church records and confirmed that her parents were Joseph Hall of Elsdon and Eleanor Thompson of Rothbury parish.

Catch-up after missing a week of postaday

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).