With a little help from my friends

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.

Local books

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.

Family history through the alphabet – E is for Evidence

E is for Evidence

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.

Nysgjerrig

Aside

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.

245 years ago today

My 4x great grandparents, Adam Carr and Jane Nesbitt, were married on 6 June 1767 at Longbenton in Northumberland.

That makes this “xxx years ago today” post among my oldest events. Jane was a Longbenton lass and Adam was from Belford so I cannot help wondering what made him travel 47 miles south and marry a girl from there. Whatever the reason, I am glad he did :)

I wonder what they would have made of how far their descendants are scattered around the world. Doubt if they even knew where Norway is.

Brain dead?

Aside

To those of you who take the time to read my blog and leave real comments I would like to say that I really enjoy the dialogue I have with you. It inspires me to keep up my regular posting knowing that people are reading and appreciating the effort :)

Had to laugh tonight when a comment plucked out by my Akismet spam filter told me that many of the responses to my blog are from brain dead people. If anyone is brain dead it is the spammer who was telling me that I am stupid, that you are stupid and at the same time inviting me to connect with him on twitter, facebook, LinkedIn and more. What an idiot.