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Newsletter No. 20 - July 2008.
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1. Our welcome message.
2. Featured Article – Several Ways to Search Ship Manifests for your Family's History By: Paul Duxbury and Kevin Cook
3. Latest news from www.Ancestry.co.uk
4. Next month’s article. The Hoccoms of Wolverhampton By: Jay Brookes
A very interesting story...Don't miss it!
1. Hi all,
WELL what a month! We're still plagued by builders and kitchen fitters etc. and we just had to get away for a couple of weeks. We spent the first week visiting our daughter and family at their old apartment in Felixstowe (they have now moved to Doncaster) and the second week was spent on a break to Blackpool and some researching in Lancashire and West Yorkshire.
Hence there was no newsletter for June 08! However it has given me time to catch up on a few things and also helped me to get the July newsletter out before the end of the month.
I have found a brilliant article for this month...I hope you enjoy it...
2. Featured Article:
Several Ways to Search Ship Manifests for your Family's History
Before the days of airplane travel, emigrants typically
left their countries of origin on ships and braved long and difficult
journeys across the ocean. Finding evidence of an ancestor's journey to a
new world through passenger lists and ship manifests can be a thrilling
experience for anyone who is interested in their family history. Such
valuable documents, kept by most shipping companies across the world, can
be incredibly difficult to search, however, leading genealogists to spend
countless hours in fruitless inquiry. Many of the lists, for instance,
have not been put into indexes and lay mouldering in some obscure or
unreachable archive. At other times, even when genealogists do find their
ancestors on a ship manifest, only their name and country of departure are
listed; no other exciting information, such as birth date, country of
origin, or occupation, is included. Such warnings aside, however, there
are ways genealogists can increase their chance of success in finding
their ancestors on passenger lists.
Article Source: http://www.familyhistoryarticles.com
About the Authors Paul Duxbury and Kevin Cook own www.amateur-genealogist.com and www.our-family-trees.co.uk two of the leading Genealogy Websites. In addition Paul owns a wide range of exciting websites which can be viewed at www.our-family-trees.co.uk
3. Latest news from www.Ancestry.co.uk
We have today released the Royal Aero Club Certificates, 1910 - 1950 on Ancestry.co.uk.
About the records.
What are they?
The Royal Aero Club members’ index cards, 1910-1950, and associated photographs are original documents that are stored on behalf of the Royal Aero Club Trust at the Royal Air Force Museum Archive at Hendon.
This collection is unique and represents the pioneer aviators of the early 20th Century, many of whom were instrumental in the founding of the Royal Flying Corps and its successor the Royal Air Force which was founded in April 1918.
The collection is in good order although album no. 4 is missing. The Royal Aero Club Trust is hoping to fill this gap from the index cards when all are digitised.
What do they contain? How many records are there in the collection?
The collection contains an estimated 28,000 index cards with information on the front of each card. There is information for one pilot per card and roughly 40% have an associated photograph on the back of the card. There are also 34 albums organised by certificate number containing 13,000 photographs of pilots. These photographs are arranged four to a page. The collection therefore comprises of approximately 61,000 images, counting the front and back of the index cards separately.
How can the records be searched?
They can be searched by forename, surname, date or place of birth or by the certificate number.
How can I find them?
Subscribers to UKI, UK Deluxe and World Deluxe can access the database in the UK Directories and membership.
Which areas do the records cover?
The majority of the people in the records are British but there are many different nationalities from all over the world including Poland, Russia, United States, Egypt and France.
Are there any famous or notorious people in the records?
There are many famous pioneer aviators, both men and women, as well as many different nationalities listed in the collection. For example;
John Theodore Cuthbert Moore-Brabazon, pioneer aviator and motorist who contributed to the development of aerial photography while serving with the Royal Flying Corps during WW1. In 1909 Brabazon made the first authenticated powered flight by a Briton in Britain. He also made the first live cargo flight at Muswell Manor, tying a bucket under his aeroplane and putting a live pig inside it. Subsequently he was given pilot’s licence No. 1.
Charles Rolls, co-founder of Rolls Royce and The Royal Aero Club. He was the second person to be licensed by the club. In 1903 he received the Gordon Bennett Gold Medal for the longest single flight time and in 1910 he made the fastest non-stop double crossing of the English Channel in 95 minutes. Later that year he became the first Briton to be killed in an air crash when the tail broke off his Wright Flyer at Bournemouth.
Sir Thomas Octave Murdoch Sopwith, pioneering aviator and celebrated yachtsman. In 1910 Sopwith won a £4,000 prize for making the longest flight from England to the Continent in a British-built aircraft, achieving 169 miles in 3 hours and 40 minutes. In June 1912 he set up The Sopwith Aviation Company which was responsible for key WW1 aircraft such as the Sopwith Camel. Knighted in 1953, his 100th birthday was marked by a fly-pass of military aircraft over his home. Sopwith died January 27 1989 aged 101.
Ancestry.com. Royal Aero Club Certificates, 1910 – 1950 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2008. Original data: The Royal Aero Club Trust, in the care of the Royal Air Force Museum Archive, Hendon, England.
Date range of the records: 1910 - 1950
Geography of records: Worldwide but predominantly UK.
Total number of images: 61,000
Total number of records: 28,504
Search them now!
David Whitmarsh discovered an amazing family story featuring floods, epic journeys and a world war - this is his story.
In 1862, David's Great, Great Grandfather, Thomas Reay left County Durham and ended up in Nebraska, USA.
David's Grandfather Charlie was born in 1896 and then in 1912 his father decided to move to Bashaw in Canada. The journey took 96 days and covered 1,490 miles. On the way, in Montana, they had to cross the Powder River in full flood. Charlie and his sister Jane (pictured on the right) helped to tie logs to the wagons and lead them across the swirling waters whilst their family members looked on speechless with fear.
Charlie joined the Canadian army during WW1 and was wounded at Passchendaele. He was then sent to England where he met and married David's Grandmother, starting a new British family - but that's another story.
4. Next month's article:
The Hoccoms of Wolverhampton By: Jay Brookes
A very interesting story...Don't miss it!
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