Well as you can tell by the title, I was off having another Library adventure. (After a ‘politically forced’ (brexit) break of almost 4 months)
Was great to get back into hunting “British India dead people” hahaha
Initially I had booked just a few days (Sun 28th to Tues 30th Apr) as that’s all the hostel (YHA) appeared to have at the time. Though kept an eye on their website, to see if any rooms became available again. Then the day before I was heading off I was able to book another few days (checking out Thur 2nd May).
I get to the hostel & at some point in the few minutes of getting to the hostel & before checking in, I noticed that the traffic lights (pretty much opposite the hostel), now had little yellow crossing boxes on them, so that was cool. It meant I could cross straight over & to the library, instead of crossing at the lights further down the road.
I get to the library & get a quick “welcome back” from J, I say hi back.
I look up the birth & marriage docs I wanted & email them to myself. (Though in returning home I discover I managed to mess that up! So only have HALF the docs I wanted agh!!!)
Next I look though the Bombay & Madras directories, hunting for Matthew DeSouza & Francis Mason
Found a few mentions of a ‘Matthew DeSouza’ in the Bombay directories that fits with the obituary (See blog for the obituary)
Pausing for a moment & looking at the obituary again myself. …. Agh, I feel really silly … at bottom of first paragraph, it says Matthew was an Assistant Collector. … Agh I’m such a twit!, don’t know why, but I had it in my head that Matthew was a DEPUTY Collector.
Didn’t find anything for Francis Mason in the Madras directories, was only finding his son, also called Francis (Francis George Daniel Mason)
I try records relating the G.I.P Rly, didn’t find anything.
Returning to the hostel from my Wednesday library hunting, I ask about maybe extending my stay again. I struggle to decide whether to extend my stay or not for much of the evening. Thursday morning I decide “oh heck with it, do it” So I now have another 3 days. (So five nights at the hostel & six days of library hunting in all)
Didn’t really do much on Thursday, just browsing the shelves & attempting looking though some of the “Thacker’s” directories. I only half heartedly flick though a couple of the directories. For kind of two reasons really,
1 – The “Thacker” directories are so big & quick complex, its like needle in a haystack. I just keep putting off looking though them. The “East India directories
2 – I’m feeling pretty disheartened in not really finding anything.
Fri & Sat was a lot batter hunting wise. I decide to look though the “Times of India” directories. I find lots for “W Todd”, “N.N DeVida, a couple of “Jenet’s” more DeVida’s also a load of other Todd’s (some related some maybe not be)
Regard “W Todd” it might be two W Todd’s might just be one, need to re-cheek my tree info & perhaps more re-search to do.
While, for most of this trip I was failing really HARD in my hunting efforts. I have to be pleased with my efforts in the last couple of hunting days. Managing to get though about 45 “Times of India” directories in two days.
That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!
G.I.P Rly – Great Indian Peninsula Railway