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Family Tree Adventures part 2

Hello there,

Its been quite an exciting (& very hot) 4-5 days

Not really sure when it was now, (think maybe Friday 29th) I happened to come across some info in a couple of other Ancestry family trees. I made conact with the tree owners, asking where they got the info from. To which one of the tree owners replied saying from FIBIS

So doing a few searches on FIBIS, some just a surname, others with first name or initial & surname (“de Souza”, “Vida”, “Parrott”, “Phililp de Souza”, “John de Souza”, “N Vida” etc)

I had a few totally AWESOME & “MAJOR” finds (aaahhhh squweeeeeee lol). I had other awesome finds too, but mainly just confirming what I had in the tree anyway.

One of my major finds was finding the link between Rose (aka Rosalie Matilda) & her father Philip. I only had an obituary of Philip’s wife from a cousin, who got it from another cousin. (The obituary come with some family tree sheets, much of which I had already, but some I didn’t.)

John & Rose Terry had a son born at her father’s home, her father being (wait for it) ………………………… Philip de Souza. This in turn tied in perfectly with the obituary. (MAJOR HAPPY DANCE)

Found John & Rose’s Marriage just today. AGH soo hard to stop when you’re on a roll, but I must. Need to get stuff sorted (before it gets too hot again) for some offline family adventures I’m doing this week.

Another was finding the surname of William Fitzallan Parrott’s mother Mary Ann Elizabeth. The marriage of William’s parents, Robert Parrott & Mary Ann Elizabeth Mason, so with this new information I at last was able to fill in a few blanks in the family tree.

A little tidbit here, discovering Mary’s surname, made me groan a bit “aghhhhh, doh!” as William’s brother was called Robert James Mason Parrott

Dorothe Verna Terry's tree

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


FIBIS – Families in British India Society


Family Tree Adventures part 1

Hello there,

Its been quite an exciting (& very hot) 4-5 days

I finally got round to doing some “Tognoli” digging.

Using the link I had bookmarked about 3-4 months ago Pavia, Lombardy, Italy, Civil Registration Records, 1866-1937 I whittled down to the records I wanted (they’re a browse only set of records)

Province – Pavia
Locality – Villanterio
Record Type – Indice Annuale Nascite

I looked though the images year by year (1867 to 1885), downloading any records with the “Tognoli” name on. Found eight others with the name & who could be siblings to Giuseppe Pietro Tognoli (aka Joseph Peter Tognoli).

Then today with the help of one of my Facebook Genealogy groups, Italian Genealogy I managed to hunt out the Familysearch records I wanted, (even if it did take practically all day) Was really hard, I just couldn’t understand why I managed to find two of the possible siblings for Joseph in one of the record sets but not the other.

Was on the verge of “ripping my hair out” & giving up, but I didn’t, I HAD to find them (determined face), By the time I managed to find them, it was 6:30pm, so was a very successful day.

Here’s Joseph Peter’s (or should say Giuseppe Pietro) birth record

1877 - Giuseppe Pietro (Registro No 42)

(Its in Italian, have asked a facebook buddy in one of my Genealogy groups Guild of One-Name Studies to translate it for me)

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

Surname Archive – Merriman

Hello there,

Here’s what I have relating to the “Merriman/Merryman” name


About 1830s, American Coin Silver Shell Salt Spoon, marked B&M (Bradley & Merriman?)

Sterling Silver Salt/Mustard Spoon, marked PJM (Philippa Jane Merriman)

Various Coin Silver Cups, J.E. Merriman, Memphis, TN, 1841-1860.
The ridged/grooved cup also has markers mark “Tifft & Whitting” on the base.


1 – Nan Merriman (3 other pictures & an Advert, dates between 1955 and 1963)

2 – Theron W Meriman (dated 9th Jan 1948)

3 – Robert Merriman (dated 18th Apr 1950)

1 – Rev Willis Merriman (dated 10th Apr 1872)

2 – Beach House at Pirate’s Beach, Galveston Island, Texas
(designed by Bill Merriman of Bill Baily firm, dated 31st Oct 1979)

3 – James Merriman, Australian Ship Owner. A chromolithographic plate taken from Australian Men of Mark. Published in 1888 by Charles F Maxwell, Victoria Chambers, Elizabeth St, Sydney


Various Prints in and around Glasgow by Peter St Clair Merriman



1 – Silver Fox Lodge, Fairbanks, Alaska. Merriman

2 – Merriman Collage, East Northfield, MA.

3 – John X Merriman, South African Tug, built 1938


Horace Merriman and Lucius Sanderson, 1866 Indenture, Waushara, Wisconsin.



1st World War Medal of William Leslie Merryman (Regiment No. 1596, Cambridge)

Honourable Discharge Certificate, TA-212523 Sgt Frederick Merryman,
Royal Army Service Corps, dated 20th June 1919

To Lt. Merryman USN. in appreciation from his friends of the Brazilian Navy
C. Barroso Philadelphia 1951


– Aunt Bessie Merryman (7 other pictures, dates between 1935 and 1940)
(World’s famous chaperon, & Aunt of Wallis Simpson)

– Jack Merryman, Red Cats baseball player (dated 4 Jun 1968)

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

Surname Archive – Whitnall

Hello there,

I don’t have many items relating to the “Whitnall” name yet, but this is what I do have.


1st World War Medals of Alfred Whitnall (Regiment No. 30045, Lancashire Fusiliers)

Photos & Prints

1st pic, Charles B. Whitnall, an original press photo (dated 21 Jan 1939, on the back). Here’s a couple of links Find a Grave and Wikipedia giving a little more info on Charles.

2nd & 3rd pics Bishop Edward Wetenhall and a blurb. A Westminster Abbey. link giving more info on Edward.


A Wikipedia link giving a little more info on Samuel.

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

Arthur Duncan Merriman

Hello there,

I had been pretty quiet about this, but now the auction has past I can now “spill the beans” …. lol

About 4-5 weeks ago, I saw this Lot 18, Arthur Duncan Merriman which was up for sale 9th May 2018, on one of the auction sites I regularly check Dix Noonan Webb

It initially the Lot only had a picture of the Medals, the documentation picture was added a while later, after I asked what documents where included in the lot.

As the auction day drew closer & closer I pondered in bidding on it & giving it a go, till I couldn’t ponder any more & yesterday morning I gave it a go.

Then today 9th May 2018 was auction day, the auction started at 10am. (Was interesting watching the other lots, each lot was up for maybe only a minute or two.)

Then it was Lot 18, Arthur Duncan Merriman’s turn, it attracted a few bidders & went for £6000 (way out of my price range …. I rather knew I wouldn’t manage to get it, but I just had to try)

Am hoping the currant owner maybe sees this blog & perhaps gets in contact.

Here’s a link to the Merriman Profile Merriman Surname Study

Contact me at

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


Goon – Guild of One Name Studies

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!

Tognoli Burial place

Hello there,

I now have a burial place (well kind of!)

Record set – England & Scotland, Select Cemetery Registers, 1800-2014

Name: Joseph Peter Tognoli
Death Age: 86
Burial Place: Ealing, Middlesex, England
Cemetery: Abney Park Cemetery and Greenford Park Cemetery
Interment Number: 37797 in 18640 S/13

Anyone out there maybe know how to find out where Joseph is buried?

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

Marriage Certificates

Hello there,

I wasn’t initially going to blog about Marriage Certificates, but in having more of a look at one of the Marriage Certificates I recently ordered (via the GRO).  Then having look at the other Marriage Certificates I have (for my maternal grandfathers side), I’ve decided I WILL do a blog.

So far I have 8 Marriage Certificates

– 1 Marriage was in Delhi India (John Burdett Clark & Dorothe Verna Terry)
My Grandparents married in the Sacred Heart Cathedral according to the the Roman Catholic Faith.

– 3 in Yeovil, Somerset
One of the marriages took place at the Primitive Methodist Chapel and according to the Primitive Methodist faith

Two marriages took place at the South Street Chapel, one being of the Bapists faith the 2nd was Protestant? something.  (James Hitchcock & Louisa Bishop)

One of the South Street Chapel Marriages is most interesting indeed!
This is due to the Marriage Certificate having FOUR witnesses.

Witnesses being – Sister to the groom, the fathers of the couple marrying
and the 4th looks like Robert Neal/Noel Woodley?

James Hitchcock & Louisa Bishop - Marriage 1865

Here is the interesting marriage certificate (William John Clark & Eliza Brown)

William John Clark & Eliza Brown Marriage 1920

– 1 Kent, some details for this Marriage is hard to read, such as the Chapel name and what the faith is. (George Clark & Sarah Ann Whitnall)

George Clark & Sarah Ann Whitnall Marriage 1861

– 3 marriages took place in the Church of England, 2 in Southampton & 1 in Northampton

** Getting massively distracted looking at other stuff when I should really be doing this blog …. hahaha **

Anyway here are some links of interest about Yeovil, Somerset.

This is a great site I found while writing this blog post The A-to-Z of Yeovil’s History by Bob Osborn

A few links from the above site Baptist Chapel // Back Street / South Street

This has a collection of photos of Yeovil – then & now

This is a other website that looks quite interesting Yeovil Baptist Church

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

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