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Wish list for 2017

Hello there,

I thought I would join in with Little Bytes of Life‘s December Genealogy Blog Party.

Lets have a look back at my 2014 Wish list

My wish list was
– Another Bookcase, my current one is more than a bit full!
– Bigger filing cabinet, the one I have at them moment is quite small
– I want to gradually fill gaps in my Family History magazines
– Is good number of books on my list, such as ‘Tracing Your …… Ancestors’ of the Pen & Sword Series

Did I manage to tick any of my wish list off? …. I would say mostly yes!

I got a couple of little bookcases for the majority of my books I had all over the floor.

I got another filing cabinet, (which is mostly all my political & activist stuff, which I had in boxes)

I have filled a few gaps in my Family History magazines, but there are still quite a few gaps.

I’ve added a good number of books to my library, including books from Pen & Sword.

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So now lets have a look at my 2017 Wish List.

I wish to
– Make several trips/visits to the British Library, for my India line
– Get yet another bookcase or 2, (for my ever growing library).
– Add to my collection of Birth, Marriage & Death Certificates.
– Identify useful Record Offices & go visit if I can. (Though ALL Record Offices are useful).

– Search for Ancestor Grave Sites & go visit if I can.
– Connect with even more cousins & distant cousins.
– Find & DNA test more family members
– Really go though my tree, transcribing documents into it more. (Birth, Marriage & Death Certificates, Censuses, Military, Wills & Probate etc).

Do YOU the reader have any suggestions for me to add to my wish list?

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

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Carboot Goodies

Hello there,

Car-boot sales are superb places to find awesome books and stuff. I went to my local boot sale twice this week, went on sun (5th June 2016) and again today (8th June 2016). Both times it was really hot and I totally forgot to take WATER with me.

Today I got some really cool books, a shoe box stuffed full of postcards, also a big carrier bag full of old slides (Is at least a few hundred slides I think)

I also got a few plants for my garden (till I get going in planting seeds), I got some Verbenas, Foxgloves, Marigolds and a Sweet William plant.

The postcards & old slides will be interesting to look through. A lot of the postcards have written on & the handful of slides I’ve looked at are a mixture of Boats, Flowers, Buildings & People.

Once I get my slide viewer gadget, I’ll be able to look at the slides much better.

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

Edit – Here’s My Pinterest where you’ll find my “Books Galore” & “Goodies & Cool stuff” boards, as well as other interesting boards

Ancestry Birth Places

Hello there,

This is going round in various forms – Birth, Marriage & Death places, Cause of Death etc.

Though I would do a birth place chart for my Maternal Grandpa.

Birth Places - Grandpa John

I didn’t bother to do one for my other Grandpa for a few reasons
– His would be a little ‘boring’ mostly London/Middlesex
– Also is still quite a few gaps on his side of my tree

Nor have I done one for either of my grandmothers, due to their lines having so many holes.

Decided to do a 2nd ancestry birth place chart, starting with myself

Ania

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

Edit – A few more suggestions people could do
– Longevity (Age at death)
– Naming patterns?
– Occupation/s
– Religion

– Common Characteristics & Experiences – See the link for more info
http://oldtrunkintheattic.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/my-common-characteristics-experiences.html

– DNA Ethnicity (This might be a lot more tricky mind you)

Friday Fun – 14 Aug 2015

Hello there,

I don’t really know why, but I just though I’d mess about on google (great fun), & look up a couple of my Great Grand Uncles (brothers of my Dad’s Grandmother) Arthur Merriman & William Rowland Merriman (both dying in the 1st WW)

I discovered that one of the brothers (Arthur Merriman) had a wife & 2 children before he died in 1916 at only 23 year old.

Private Arthur Merriman – http://www.everymanremembered.org/profiles/soldier/266108

It just blows my mind at the things you can find doing Ancestry/Family History.

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

SNGF – Top 10 Genealogy Sites

Hello there,

Here’s another SNGF challenge by Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings. This one is from May 2009 Top 10 Genealogy Sites

Here are mine

1. General Register Office (GRO) http://www.gro.gov.uk
2. Ancestry http://www.ancestry.co.uk
3. FreeBMD http://www.freebmd.org.uk
4. Family Search http://www.familysearch.org
5. Find a will https://probatesearch.service.gov.uk

6. Find My Past http://search.findmypast.co.uk
7. Find A Grave http://www.findagrave.com
8. Rootsweb http://www.rootsweb.com
9. Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com
10. Cyndi’s List http://www.cyndislist.com

And a few Blogs
1. http://www.geneamusings.com
2. http://www.geneabloggers.com
3. http://www.nostorytoosmall.com
4. http://thegenealogue.com

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

SNGF – How Many Surnames?

Hello there,

I thought I would join in with the SNGF challenges posted by Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings. This one is from March 2011 SNGF – How Many Surnames?

This is mine

I used Family Tree Maker 2014. the below image is some of my tree stats. (To get the grey stats box, you need to click on the ‘more’ button)

I’ve hidden some of the stats info due to them being living people

Tree Stats

Then I went to the ‘Surname Report’ (In Publish tab, under Person Reports)

Surname report

This image is the top 20 Surnames, which gives a breakdown between males and females and the earliest and most recent dates for each surname.

Of the top 20 Surnames (Within the red box) half are

“Direct lines’
My Dad’s side – Waterman, Worland, Snell, Riggs, Merriman, Harwood
My Mum’s side – Clark, Brown, Baldwin, Terry

My ‘Collateral’ lines are, Hole, Wake & Bossom

I have more people without a surname than the top surname (like most people I expect).

Was interesting to see ‘Terry’ in the top 20, since this name is one of my ‘foreign’ lines. (Tognoli is the other) But then again I’ve not exactly done much on the lower surnames, so heaps to do!

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

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SNGF – Saturday Night Genealogy Fun
GMP – Genealogy Management Program

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