Reconciled my surname list against my tree this evening and made some updates. Getting close to the 400 mark now with nearly 40 in the direct line.
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)
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.
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.