The Jearys in sundry Seward stories More Nebraskan nitty gritty

This piece delves wider and deeper into local news items not-so-newly available online for Seward, Nebraska, as described in the Cutlock & Co piece Local papers for local people (March 2017). That looked at a family reunion, one listing of local family visits and an obituary.

Differing aspects of Jeary pioneers

In a simple search for Jeary in Nebraska, press cuttings for brother Edwin, a state senator and prominent person, tend to drown out Robert Jeary. » Continue reading The Jearys in sundry Seward stories More Nebraskan nitty gritty

Local papers for local people Surprising details in press archives, but also errors

A new resource of searchable back editions for various newspapers published in and around Seward county, Nebraska, has appeared online, at the Seward Memorial Library Digital Archives {1}. As mentioned on the Going Abroad section of Cutlock & Co, this is where a number of Watts relatives emigrated to. It didn’t take a great deal of searching to find interesting material.

These rural American newspapers certainly go to town on their personal angles. » Continue reading Local papers for local people Surprising details in press archives, but also errors

Happy cousin anniversaries The big 60

I’m informed by a Facebook post that it is third cousin Rose Marie Austin’s 60th wedding anniversary today, 22nd December 2016 {1}. Congratulations to you and Bruce, may you have a happy day and many more.

Dad’s second cousin Muriel Shephard also celebrated her 60th anniversary this year, back in August (yes, reader, I did send a direct message then!).

Muriel, Roy and offspring just a few years ago:

Note

  1. The general Cutlock & Co rule is not to give out personal info on living individuals, but perhaps this can be stretched a little here.
 » Continue reading Happy cousin anniversaries The big 60

A right Frosdick family for the Barnard bunch Some quite interesting Ancestry hints

Since August I have been slowly clearing a backlog of ‘hints’ generated by the Ancestry site for the HowesWatkinsNealScott tree. These can be useful in pointing up records previously overlooked in researching an individual, but there are also plenty of duff leads and repeats of info already collected. New hints tend to appear in batches and it can be hard to keep up – with an accumulated total of just shy of 16,000 it was getting out of hand! » Continue reading A right Frosdick family for the Barnard bunch Some quite interesting Ancestry hints

Cycling in, and out of, the family story Changing transport, and work, options

As a cyclist, and sometime cycle campaigner and rides organiser,  I was delighted to be contacted out of the blue (via this site) about family bike shop connections. Second cousin (once removed) Ronnie Myhill used to have such a shop in Carlisle, before switching to grocery – I’d already spotted his dad Sidney was a cycle agent at one point.

Ronnie was definitely involved with bicycles in 1953, and the grocery store existed by 1969, per phone directories on Ancestry. » Continue reading Cycling in, and out of, the family story Changing transport, and work, options

Notable names Prominent family connections

I think it has been said here before, but Cutlock and Co and associated family research isn’t about trying to find famous connections, and every person has their role to play. However, it is still interesting to come across individuals with a bit more prominence, if only because there is more likely to have been stuff written about them, which may just be available somewhere.

A certain William Jones Pate fits the bill, and gains a mention on Cutlock and Co he wouldn’t otherwise get, seeing as he’s the brother-in-law to a brother of Rev Spencer May, who married a great aunt. » Continue reading Notable names Prominent family connections