Getting excited by an obituary

As is quite often the case, a quick tidying up exercise of my Family Tree Maker records this weekend led to some interesting discoveries and a longer research session than planned. Plus the first helpful online British obituary.

The extension to the probate calendar on Ancestry (now to 1966, rather than 1941) meant that it was worth checking through all fairly close cousins of about the right birth year. This threw up that one Cullum cousin hadn’t even been put through the process to check for offspring. » Continue reading “Getting excited by an obituary”

Stretching a connection to the grave

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission website, for some reason, has never made it to my bookmarks before today. On reading the Death Records feature in the current issue of Who Do You Think You Are? magazine (out in the shops today) I realised it was time for a look.

The site has a very useful “Debt of Honour register” {2}, which has a reasonable search facility and connections to further details of the war cemeteries listed. » Continue reading “Stretching a connection to the grave”

The Beasor connection

A fascinating start to 2012 and the addition of a Beasor family page to Cutlock & Co. A cousin to my nephews uploaded some old Beasor photos to Ancestry.co.uk following a Christmas visit to his (and their) gran. Almost as soon as I created a link to these on my Ancestry tree, my dad’s second cousin Muriel spotted them and realised she knew this Beasor family.

The church photo in Muriel’s possession helps to tell the story, taken at Deptford Church of Christ (old scout hut). » Continue reading “The Beasor connection”

The Cutlock wrap for 2011

The traditional year-end review – developments in family history research on Cutlock & Co and the HowesWatkinsNealScott tree {Note 1}.

What I wished for

At the start of 2011, I wrote Looking ahead to look behind on this site, anticipating what progress might be made over the year. I gave an update half way through the year, when there was already only one significant outstanding item – making a connection with relations from the Cullum family, who shared great great grandmother Harriet Cutlock as an ancestor. » Continue reading “The Cutlock wrap for 2011”

Connecting with the neighbours

Researching the family tree comes up with plenty of “is this why” and “what if” moments. Here’s one I did recently.

The Neve family is one of the lines coming under closer examination after making contact with the Cullum cousins. With a few more dates and details to work from, it was possible to work backwards from 2 x great uncle William Cullum’s wife Sarah Ann Margaret Neve, find her parents Robert and Elizabeth in the census records in Norwich, and their likely marriage entry. » Continue reading “Connecting with the neighbours”