Putting names to faces

How I wish that my ancestors had been more diligent about identifying people and dates on photographs. Looking at my four grandparents and how they tackled naming of the photos they left behind of their parents and siblings I have the following results:

  • Crackett – my granda never gave a thought to this sort of thing so what information I do have is gleaned from others, mainly from my father’s cousin who helped to identify a huge heap of photos and gave me some amazing insights.
  • Turner – my granny had no time for naming photos either, but fortunately there were a few in her pile that were received from other family members and had been annotated. We have about 50 Turner photos that are now the subject of guesswork.
  • Webb – no photos of my granda’s family exist to name. I strongly suspect that my granny consigned what he did have (if any) to the bin at some stage. I wonder if anyone anywhere will ever be able to fill the gap.
  • Henderson – even here there are big gaps in putting names to ancestral pictures, but my granny did send photos of her children and grandchildren to relatives around the world with captions on them so subsequent generations are well documented.

A good example of the challenges that all this causes is the photo at the top of my blog. I have all 12 names, but not all of them can be tied in to the right individual. More about that another day.

Razed rows in Radcliffe

Next on my list of Places is the pit village of Radcliffe in Northumberland. The rows of colliery housing were razed to the ground in 1971 when the opencast moved in. What was once a tight knit community of about 700 souls is now just a handful of houses. My Webb line lived in Radcliffe for many years and it has also been home to relatives named Crackett, Tweddle, Smith, Gair and Smailes.

Research database statistics

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

Pedigree lines

Under My Family on the menu I have set up individual pages for the various lines in my pedigree. The first piece of content on each page will define the start of the line and indicate how many generations I have traced back. In future updates I will add more factual information about the individuals in the pedigree lines and other branches. I made a start today on Carr, Webb, Henderson and Tait.

What is on my home page?

I have used my home page to tell you why I decided to blog about my past and introduce you to my great grandparents’ large family which gave me some interesting leads when I first started my research. I also include some navigational tips.

In the side panel you will find an RSS feed, a link to international genealogy blogs (Geneabloggers), monthly archives and a list of pages.

Top rated posts and most used tags which are shown at the bottom of the page are a bit thin at the moment as I only have two readers, but should become more useful as interst grows.

Approaching Christmas

Christmas 2010

Since creating this blog late October I have had very little time either to pursue my research or write blog articles. Yesterday I released the blog link to my brother and cousin to see if the structure makes sense before I add more content. Will try to add more in the Christmas hols and make a New Year resolution to make regular short updates. The family gathering at Christmas will give me an opportunity to dig further into the Webb and Henderson lines and tell my aunt more about her Thornton, Davis, Stavers and Corbett ancestors.

Creating my blog

Had a relaxing Sunday afternoon figuring out how to configure a blog with WordPress. Still have a lot to learn about how to make it easy to navigate. Decided on some basic elements and experimented with publishing text and photos and building a menu. Having realised that just giving access to the tree does not generate interest, I have given some thought to what my readers (if I should be so lucky as to have any) might want to know. Not going to spread the link to my family until I have added in some concrete info to key pages. My first attempt at posting a photo was the wedding photo for my parents George Crackett and Peggy Webb.