Ancestry Adventures

Surname Study Objectives

Hello there,

While the main objective is to research, record and share information on the family histories and historical contexts etc of people with the surname & its variants.

How do you go about doing that? It really needs breaking down into smaller more manageable chunks.

So these are my current Aims/Goals (covering both Surnames (Merriman & Whitnall)

Short term to Medium
– Collect & cross-reference GRO BMD Indexes & Census data (England only to start with).

– Identify and reconstruct family trees, so establishing family groups.

– Collect & cross-reference BMD & Census data in other areas of the UK

– Create a Facebook group for the study (one for each surname)

Medium to Long term
– Collect & preserve documents & any paper material I obtain or is donated to me
(This also includes material in digital/electronic format)

– Compile a catalogue of artifacts & items etc I obtain or are donated to me.

– Consider creating a website (Goon) to share and preserve the research, so providing a central resource to share & exchange info with others interested in the surname

– Publicise the study through my Blog, Social Media, Guild of One-Name Studies & other websites (then over time Family History magazines & journals)

– Respond to enquiries as & when received (keeping a record of enquirers)

As always, the Surname Studies are constant work in progress, but feel free to get in touch & I’ll do my best to help you.

That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Surname Study Adventures!


GRO – General Register Office
BMD – Birth, Marriage Death


Surname Study Profiles

Hello there,

Has been awhile I know, have been trying to decide what I what my Surname Studies to be. {Hat tip to Julie of Anglers Rest) One of Julie’s blog posts is called ‘What do you want your One-Name Study to be?’

One of her blog categories I’ve been looking thought is on the topic of One-Name Studies (There’s many other interesting categories on Julie’s blog)

I’ve also been checking out quite a few other Goon Surname Studies to generally see what other Members had for their Surname Profile, as well as any websites linked on the surname Profile. Which gave me some good ideas for Aims, Goals, Objectives (whatever you want to call them)

This was so I could put more content on my own Surname Studies (Merriman & Whitnall) as at the time of writing this blog post the ‘About the study’ section on the surname profiles are looking rather empty & bare. (All the currently visible sections are a bit empty & bare mind you! lol).

But I think I now know what I want to add into the ‘About the study’ section (on both Surname profiles).

That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!


Goon – Guild of One Name Studies

My 1st Bishopstoke Snow

Hello there,

Here re a few picture of the Snow in my ‘new’ flat, even though I have been living here for about 5 years now! …. hahaha

I took these yesterday late morning early afternoon

Then these are from today

“My poor Foxgloves & Poppies, as well as plants in the front garden”

That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!

A Paternal “brickwall” (Tognoli)

Hello there,

Last week (23rd Feb 2018) I had a descendant of my Tognoli line contact me with little snippet further (but awesome) information so many thanks to him.

So that was really cool, will be following that up & in time hopefully we can help each other discover more regard our Ancestor.

So now I/we have an exact place of birth.

Place of Birth is in fact Villanterio, Pavia, Italy & not Milan like it says in the 1901 census

Birth – Giuseppe Pietro Tognoli (aka Joseph Peter Tognoli)
Birth Index (Pavia, Italy) Joseph P Tognoli

1901 Census – Giuseppe Pietro Tognoli (aka Joseph Peter Tognoli)
1901 England Census (Tognoli)

Pavia, Lombardy, Italy, Civil Registration Records, 1866-1937

This is where my book ‘Family Tree, Italian Guide’ comes in VERY handy

Family Tree, Italian Guide

That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!

Local Museum Exhibition

Hello there,

This was an exhibition which was on at the Local Museum a few weeks ago (13th Jan 2018 t 24 Feb 2018)

The exhibition was called – The Borough of Eastleigh, Parish by Parish

That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!

Quick blog update

Hello there,

It has been quite busy the last few weeks so haven’t really had a chance to blog.

Sis come over for a week (16th to 23rd of Feb 2018), due to Mum & her Birthday (mum’s on 18th & sis was 21st)

17th we all went to a pottery workshop at a place call D.@rt Centre in Hedge End, Where we made pots (Pinch/Thumb pots, whatever you call them).

I managed to make 3 pots & a tile sort of thing, one of the pots I made was a “sausage/coil” one (Sis helped a bit making the sausages/coils). It was great fun. Mum has since booked us (just me & her) in again for May I think. Totally forgot to take any before pot “firing” photos ……. sorry.

Sunday we went to our local Indian restaurant, (Mums birthday)

Wednesday we went in to town, did a bit of shopping. Mum & sis went to do what they needed to do & I got a batch of printing done then went to library. Met back up & went to mum’s for dinner (sis’s birthday)

Meanwhile (in between doing stuff with Mum & sis) I am trying to do as much as I can on a branch of the family tree, (hunting out documents, printing them, ordering & photocopying GRO BMD certificates etc) in preparation in visiting a relative (who was coming over from Canada for a week at end of the month & a few days of March).

We had planned to go visit said relative & her family today (Friday 2nd March 2018), but a slight problem called “snow” come up, but this has been changed to tomorrow (Sat 3rd march 2018) …. Was starting to worry about if we’d still be able to go visit the relatives”, but Mum called me last night to let me know she was able to change the date, so that was cool. So I was able to enjoy the snow!

I’ve also got quite a bit of catching up to do with my pharos course work, but I’ll get there in the end.

On top of all this I had a Tognoli descendant contact me [ see Paternal “brickwall” (Tognoli) ]

D.@rt Centre –

GRO – General Register Office)

BMD – Birth, Marriage & Death

Pharos –

That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!

Irish Adventure – Day 5

Hello there,

Date – 30 Dec 2017

I wake, look am my phone to see what time it was, it was 2 in the morning. As I’m looking at my phone, I notice the alarm wasn’t set (which I though I set a just a few hours ago, not sure what happened)

Re-did setting the alarm & went back to sleep, though kept waking about every half an hour. Then it’s 5am, time to get up, me & mum pack the last few bits, being as quiet as we can, so not to wake Darren.

Darren gets up for a bit to say bye to us, then with a few final waves, we off the airport.

At the airport now, mum & sis go off to get the boarding passes, while I wait in the line.

One of the airport staff comes over to pull me out the line saying about a ‘fast track’ lane (quite useful for disabled or people with young kids), I start to ‘protest’ “No, I can’t, need to wait for my mum & sis to come back.

Anyway the woman directs to the ‘fast track’ lane, so I go down to were mum & sis are. Start to explain why I had come out the line, sis gets a bit cross at me

Sis “No, we need to get in the line”

I start to repeat what I said, adding “go ask her” while pointing out the woman. Sis goes to speak to the woman comes back & we head to way the woman told us.

As me & mum start to put our stuff in the trays, a woman starts to sway a little & nearly falls. The paper she had in her hand falls to the floor, I pick it up & put it back in her handbag for her.

As I go though the airport scanner the alarm goes off, so I have to get a ‘pat down’, not so ‘fun’ (while it is a bit intrusive, the process is pretty quick)

Now just waiting on our fight & watching what gate we need. After a few minutes the details comes up on flights board.

We start to head down to the gate, I stupidly decline the offer of being helped to the gate. (I guess it’s an automatic thing, a “No, it’s ok, I’m fine thanks)

We gradually get to the gate (me stopping quite a few times), then we get on the plane. I have a brief struggle while getting my suitcase under the seat (you don’t really have a lot of space to move).

We’re all buckled up, the flight crew prep for take off & do the flight instruction process, & before you know it we’re in the air.

During the flight back to England, I have my breakfast of turkey rolls, dozing intermittently & looking out the window. Mum fussing at me abit (cos my shoes happen to be touching my suitcase)

Some pictures of out the plane window

The plane coming in to land

The flight was a little turbulent at times, but it seen to go by really quickly. I decide to wait & be the last person to get off, so can get my suitcase out more easily.

We go to see when the next bus is, we see it would mean waiting 2-3 hours. We look at train times & go with getting the train.

Within a few minutes we’re getting off the train and going to the bus station. Bus we want is due in about 5 minutes, bus comes & we get on.

It as this point we start getting grumpy at each other, our grumpiness increases abit as we get closer to my home. Mum arguing with me that I can just get bits out the freezer, I get quite irritated & snap at her “Mum, just shut up, I’m too tired to keep arguing with you, I’ll do what I decide ok!

We get off and are very nearly home, I grab some bread & milk at the shop. Then the last tiny bit to go, now I’m back at my front door & opening the door. I put my bags in the stack of box trays & my suitcase at the side of them.

Mum then heads off & does what she needs to do. Within about 5-10 minutes of being home I am in bed totally wiped out.

And so my Irish Adventures have come to an end & the time is 10am

That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!

Irish Adventure – Day 4

Hello there,

Date – 29 Dec 2017

Shortly after I after I get up, my sister suggests that just me & her nip out to T K Max & look at the suitcases again. While at T K Max, sis gives Matalan a phone to see if they had the suitcases in store, which they did. After talking it over with Sis, I go with the Matalan cases.

So we return to the house & have breakfast, which Darren made for us.

Breakfast was
– Poached egg & toast
– Bacon & more toast

We talk about egg poaching stuff for a few minutes.

Then we go for a quick drive about. Went for a pretty chilly walk at Crowfordsdown Country Park (I was just gonna wait in the car for mum, sis & Darren to get back, but I braved it).

Saw what we reckon was a seal, did try take pics of it, but none of them come out very well.


Wonder if my sister has a pot of gold at her feet? …. hahaha (Mum in green jacket, I’m in the middle)

Stopped at Stricklands Glen briefly, before dropping Darren back at the house.

Then back to Matalan, looked at the suitcases, Mum & sis helped me picking the colour, (was a choice of two, black or green) went with the green one in the end

We had a quickish look round Matalan, was some great photo frames, there was an awesome heart shaped shelf thing.

Then as we go back to the car, I ask if we could go somewhere & have something to eat (was about 3pm ish, by this time & I was starting to feel hungry) but this was rejected.

So back in the car to continue driving round County Down seeing the scenery etc.

One of the things that caught my eye was this, don’t really know where about’s in County Down this was.

About 4pm, I started feeling a bit sick (not good!) tried holding on for as long as I could (having one of my mints, didn’t really help very much)

Then Mum asked if I was ok I reply “No, am not feeling great, might need to stop very soon” Fortunately Mum & sis spot a little Spar shop, so sis stops. Me & sis get out & see what the shop had, getting a packet of little pancakes to share. I feel a lot better after this, & am looking out the window’s again, was quite dark by this time.

We get back to the house about 5.30-6pm.

Have some food

– Samosa
– Pakoria
– Little Sausage rolls
– Left over turkey

Shortly after, I start gathering my stuff together ready for packing.

Let the packing commence! lol

I get as much of my stuff packed as I can, to minimise what I need to do in the morning.

We all set our alarms for when have to get up in the morning (5am … agh!)

I proceed to put my phone in my handbag, followed a few seconds later with me muttering “Agh!, dumb arse” laughing at myself. Need phone for the morning. Got into bed & was sound asleep by about 12.30an.

That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!

Irish Adventure – Day 3

Hello there,

Date – 26th Dec 2017

Breakfast was at about 10.30 am

– Toast & ‘nice pate’ (Salmon Terrine Slices, may only be available at xmas)
– A roll & bacon.
– Pear & Apple fruit juice

(WOW, the juice is really nice, gonna be getting some when I get back home.)

During breakfast I mention to sis about tracking the tablet. Shortly after this, Sis looks on her phone, looks at me, then says “Oh, have tracked your parcel to the living room”

I’m more than a bit confused & puzzled at this.

Me – “Tracked to the living room?”, (then in my head Tracked to the living room?, trying to make sense of what my sister said)

As we move into the living room, Mum comments (a bit unkindly) “Ania (me) doesn’t react”

(Well, course I’m not going to ‘react’ instantly to what sis just said, am still trying to figure out how you can track something to a persons living room.)

Just about as I start coming into the living room, I comment to sis “Oh did it come then?”

Sis – “yea, it came when you were having breakfast”.

Sis passes me the parcel, I open it. The Tablet is realty cool, is a Lenovo, like my laptop.

About 3pm ish me, mum & sis go out to Bloomfield (a shopping centre near sis)

Wanted to try & get a little suitcase for myself.

Have to go to specsavers to see about getting batteries for my hearing aids. (had to pay for them though agh! I forget what the specsavers guy said)

Mum mentions she owed me £12, I ask her what for, Mum replies the taxi fare, I reply back ‘Oh thought we were going to go halfs on it’ Me & Mum hadn’t really mentioned it, so Mum gives me the £12.

As we finish having a quick look round the shopping centre, I realize I needed to get some toiletries so I quickly nip in to Boots & Superdrug’s

Then on to the town centre
– T K Max
– Oxfam
– A shop called B&M

Got a couple of nice xmas bits in B&M (for next year), I also got a really nice photo frame in Oxfam.

We went to another little shopping centre place on the suitcase hunt.

Got back to the house about 5.30pm ish. Had some of the food left over from the boxing day dinner. Later in the evening we had cheese and biscuits.

I also I had another first!, I had half an avocado. (much to my mum’s surprise “Oh I didn’t know you liked avocado”) Well had never really thought about trying avocado before.

Then chilling out in the living room watching some TV, till we feel like going to bed.

That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!

Irish Adventure – Day 2

Hello there,

Date – 27 Dec 2017

Not sure what time I woke up, it just felt good getting to my sisters, felt more refreshed & ready to start the day. Wrote a bit more of my day one adventure, wondering would the others be up yet?, when should I get up?. I think my sis stuck her head round the door, so I knew it was ok to get up.

Here’s a view from the bedroom window.

View from bedroom

If you look fairly closely, the Sea is not too far off in the distance.
About 11am we had breakfast (Croissants & toast). Then came into the living room for a bit, about 12.30pm did Xmas Stuff (stocking & presents).

My Stocking bits were
– Chocolate Orange
– Cheese Savouries (little Savoury biscuits)
– Pringles

Xmas Presents
I got a tablet cover (sis wasn’t sure on giving it to me then or wait till the tablet came) & a couple of books (though they were colouring books, you could just leave the pages as they were)

At about 1pm-ish Food started getting prepped for dinner at 3-4pm ish

Dinner was
– Turkey draped in bacon
– Roasted veg (Carrots, Beetroot, Onion & Parsnip)
– Roast Potatoes
– Pigs in blankets
– Carrots (plain boiled)
– Stuffing Balls
– Sprouts

– Brandy Snap Baskets
– Meringue nests
– Fruit & Cream

In living room now, letting 1st course digest a bit, pudding to come.

I continue trying to finish writing up day one’s events throughout the day, finally get caught up just before dinner.

Just as we finish dinner, my hearing aids batteries started dying, I didn’t think to bring any spare.

Shortly after pudding, mum notices writing indents on ‘her’ table mat, I end up doing the same, looking at ‘my’ mat followed by the other mats (lol)

[ The writing indents (maybe) made by the girls (our Nieces) doing xmas cards, while visiting sis some years ago (when sis lived more local to me & mum) ]

Now ‘chilling out” in the living room watching TV.

That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!

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