New O’Brien connection gets my vote

A really helpful result from the new London Electoral Registers on Ancestry. I have found the correct name and birth for the sister of my aunt’s husband.

It works like this: the extra name Mary Louise O’Brien first appears alongside his parents living at Compton Crescent, Tottenham in 1932, and she is unlikely to be the grandmother as the forenames derive from the mother. So, as women could now vote age 21, she must have been born in 1911, after the census was taken on 2nd April (she doesn’t appear with her parents) but before mothers maiden names start appearing on the birth register listing in July (as there aren’t any matches). Gives only one possible entry (although Ancestry somehow have it recorded as 1915 – FreeBMD saves the day again).

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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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Theophilus Farrall shipping agent and electrical inventor

One family connection I hadn’t previously pursued very far was that of my cousin Geoffrey and aunt Irene (Watkins). Their father/husband was Charles O’Brien, revealed to have a middle name of Theophilus on his wife’s death certificate – I have a feeling he hated this name.

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