New format on Ancestry

Course Completion New AncestryHad 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:

Snippet new format GWC

132 years ago today

My great great grandfather William Cracket died on 21 March 1880 at Choppington in Northumberland. Cause of death was registered as old age. He was about 70 at the time, but I have no definite date of birth for him, although I am reasonably certain that he was born in Kyloe. It was tricky finding the correct death record as there were several namesakes of a similar age in the same area. William’s death informant was George Douglas, stepson, which is consistent with the 1871 census showing William living with a Mary Douglass after my great great grandmother Elisabeth Cracket (née Tait) died in 1862. I have no evidence that William and Mary ever married.

New 4th cousin once removed

A question from another researcher about my great grandmother Turner born Sarah Ann Carr resulted in the discovery of a new 4th cousin once removed in Peterhead, and this has lead to a wealth of new information about my Murray line in Aberdeenshire. This new found cousin has helped me to add the following names to my pedigree: Anderson, Dow, Ironside, Gardner/Gairdner, Stonehouse/Stenhouse and another line of Taits.

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.