Piecing together the anti-war evidence New WW1 'conchy' records

A new record set covering conscientious objectors has been added to the ‘Lives of the First World War‘ website, run by Imperial War Museum and FindMyPast. Added to mark International Conscientious Objector Day on 15th May, the Pearce Register of British World War One Conscientious Objectors collates fragmentary evidence to produce over 16,500 records – see Cyril Pearce’s own background article on the site blog.

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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.

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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. Pleasingly this got ticked off a few weeks later, as related on Uncle William comes into focus. The email exchanges with Muriel have continued since, building up her husband’s family tree as well as filling in huge amounts of information and photographs of the Cullums. (Related links: A fruitful life for a Norfolk accountant, Cullum photo gallery, Great photo shame about the documentation, Connecting with the neighbours).

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