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- April 2009.
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1. Our welcome
Article – Not just names, dates and places please
by David McLeod
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1. Our welcome
I'm just getting over a bad cold. This
is no ordinary cold, it's a man cold! And as you all know us men always
But the good news is that I've got a
week off work and am able to see more of my family, which is great. My
grand-daughter has just started crawling and waving too. She's so cute.
I've also got a list of chores to
We have a great newsletter this month
with a nice feature article by David McLeod.
Ancestry are late with their offering
this month but there's a message from
Genes Reunited instead which you will find very
interesting. Genes seems to get better by the month!
So sit back and enjoy your newsletter.
Not just names, dates and places please by David McLeod
Don’t let the results of your family history searches become just a list
of ‘facts’. Remember the first word is ‘family’, and this means people.
It’s the little anecdotes that bring them to life as well as interesting
others in what you’re doing. This is a sample of some of the snippets
Drummed from the force:
He was a member of the early police force and befriended a number of
aboriginals. Supposedly he refused to participate in a "hunting party"
where the prey was human, and was left in the bush, stripped to his
underwear as punishment. Needless to say he left the force.
Not such a good idea:
He worked really hard at converting his third wife to Christianity. He
finally succeeded, only to have her newly developed conscience prompt her
to admit that she was still married to someone else.
He was supposed to have jumped ship, but when his shipping record was
eventually located, he had obviously arrived in some comfort with a large
supply of provisions. But he did arrive with a name quite different to the
one he changed to some years after his marriage. So did he jump ship from
the Navy at an earlier date?
"Did he or his adoptive parents ever know who his real parents were?"
Answer: "Oh he was one of Richard's little indiscretions". Really? One
Poor sad little John:
Their second child was called John, after his father. He died early so
they called their next son John. He died as an infant also. It wasn't
until child eight that they decided to call another son John. He died as a
baby also, on the same day as his mother. Father remarried and the new
couple had a son whom they called John. He lived for four years. Child
number three of the second marriage was also called John. He lived less
than a year. FINALLY, child number five was born, he was christened John,
and he lived to a ripe old age.
Silence is golden:
He kept a diary of his eventful voyage to Australia. The trip took five
months, considerably longer than usual. They faced near disaster in
storms, a drunken surgeon who had to be replaced, the deaths of a number
of passengers from cholera, and a mutiny by the crew. In all of this diary
there is not a single mention of the fact that he had a wife and two
children on board with him.
A cigarette and a cuddle:
"Dad used to take his younger sister into town to the dance every
Saturday". "I'm sure he didn't", my mother declared, "he hated dancing".
"But I only said he took her to the dance; he would leave her there and
pick her up afterwards". Grandma and Grandpa thought she was being
chaperoned. They were quite unaware that the young ones would sneak out
the back of the church hall to sit on the gravestones, have a smoke and a
'bit of a cuddle'.
The wedding dress:
Her wedding photos were beautiful. Look at the flowers, and the detail on
the dress. But wait a moment - that's not the same wedding dress! It's
definitely the same person, but a different wedding dress! It turns out
that there was another husband.
David McLeod and his wife have had bursts of enthusiasm over many years
chasing genealogical information. You can see more of their work on their
3. Latest News From:
Hi Family History 4 All,
Genes Reunited has introduced an exciting new feature into our census
search function! Now when members are searching for ancestors they will
see results which include variations on all the first and middle names
entered to help them with their search.
This can really help members find their ancestors as it was common for
people in the census records to change the way in which their name was
recorded. Names often varied from year to year with people sometimes
recording themselves under their middle name instead of their forename.
As well as introducing this into our name search we’ve added in some
more, behind the scenes, functionality for the year of birth criteria. So
if members aren’t sure of the exact year that they would like to search,
our new functionality means that if no results are found initially, the
database will search a few years either side of the entered date to see if
we can find any matches that way.
Members are now 6 times more likely to get results for their search
helping them discover more about their family history than ever before.
With improvements like this there has never been a better time to join the
Genes Reunited programme!
With millions of family history records online, Find My Past makes it
easy to research your UK
ancestry and create your family tree. Search census records and trace
births, marriages and deaths to bring your family history to life.
Latest News: 30 March 09 - new 1901 census
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