Had to smile at this rather pretentious certificate. This is what you get after a half hour e-learning course if you take the little 20 question quiz at the end. The course had the silly title “Learn About Your Ancestors Using the Latest from Ancestry“. The actual content is a run through the main features of the new format, including the Lifestory functionality. I wish they would not call it lifestory, as until you go through and edit each lifestory it can include a number of time related historical events that are totally irrelevant for the ancestor concerned. My objective in taking the course was to see whether to wait or jump in and go over to the new format now. If you are wondering about the result of this decision making process, here is a snippet of my paternal line in the new format:
Oops, missed the day. Should have posted this yesterday. My great grandparents, George Murray Turner of Amble and Sarah Ann Carr of Radcliffe, were married 8 July 1882. The ceremony took place in the Wesleyan Chapel at Alnwick in Northumberland by certificate. The certificate shows them both as age 21 which is in accordance with the information I have on their birth dates. Sarah was born in October 1860 and George in May 1861. Their fathers are recorded as William Robinson Turner, shoemaker, and Thomas Carr, miner. However, I now know George to be the illegitimate son of Barbara Murray who married William Robinson Turner in 1864. The witnesses to George and Sarah’s marriage were Sarah Elizabeth Rogers and Leonard Watson. I currently have no idea whether these were friends or relatives.
Watching Wimbledon and rooting for Andy Murray. Probably too much to hope that he may have any connection to the many Murrays in my tree, but you never know.
On my Easter break I flew into Edinburgh as Ryanair have now stopped their Oslo-Newcastle route. I used the opportunity for a leisurely genealogy research afternoon, driving down the A68 and A697 so I could stop off at Coldstream on the Scotland/England border to hunt for my Murray ancestors. I found 3x great grandfather George Murray, his son William and his 2nd wife Agnes Dickson in Lennel graveyard just outside Coldstream. The headstone leaning over close to the ground is theirs and old George attacked me with a nettle sting as I tried to get underneath to photograph the inscription. He died on 15 May 1896 at Amble in Northumberland, so I was a little surprised to find his name in Lennel graveyard. I plan to publish more photos of the headstone and tell a litte more about his story at the weekend.
Most of my genealogy research so far has been structured according what grabs my interest on a particular day and what mood I am in. The Easter break was the first time I tried to set myself some more structured plans. Although I did not manage everything on the list it did help me to not wander too far off track, so I am going to do the same for May. Focus areas this month (unless of course I get sidetracked onto something much more fun to follow up) are:
- Register all of the Murray, Winning and Lemcke information that I have been working on with my Aberdeenshire cousin and follow up other interesting leads he feeds to me. Will probably take the whole month doing a few each day to get up to date.
- 1st week: Tie together in my tree on Ancestry the families of my 2x great grandfather William Cracket and his siblings Adam, David, Margaret, Mark and Jane
- 2nd week: Sift through the Oliver and Thornton notes I made at Woodhorn at Easter
- 3rd week: Bang my head against that Webb brick wall again. Maybe some day it might crumble when I look at it from a different angle
- 4th week: Feel I am on a roll with my Halls of Elsdon so I might see where Gabriel & Hannah take me next
- 5th week: See what is behind Ancestry’s shaking leaves on my Carr line
I found a plot list for Amble East Cemetery during my visit to the Northumberland Archives this week. So far I have tied in 13 of the names on the list to my tree and expect to tie in a lot more. Surnames are Crackett, Henderson, Smith, Stavers,Turner and Webb, but Murray and Robinson are also represented in the middle names. I already knew about 9 of the 13 from my trip there a couple of years ago to photograph headstones. The other 4 have given me new information. I have published a list of family members on my Amble East Cemetery page.
(This is my catch-up post for Wednesday 4th April when I missed my postaday)
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)