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

A family history year around the globe

It is time once again for a review of the year just gone, and clearly the top highlights are all from overseas.

The Griffiths branch in Wilkes-Barre

By no means the only result from visiting cousin Islwyn in July, but almost certainly the largest impact, was finding enough details on the family of great great grandmother Phoebe Griffiths to trace where they went – 3 sisters to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, 1 sister to New Zealand. » Continue reading “A family history year around the globe”

Neals in Canada – photos

A selection of old photos from family albums. First ten photos are of Robert (Bob) Neal and family at or near Oak River, Manitoba, Canada.

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Apologies for the crude auto-cropping of the thumbnails. » Continue reading “Neals in Canada – photos”

Oak River sledge ride to school A little snow in Manitoba

Posted earlier on Ancestry message board for Manitoba, and now updated with scans of photos:

An old family photo album came out for the first time (for me anyway) this Christmas, with a few snaps from our Neal relatives who had emigrated to Manitoba.

One photo was labelled ‘School-van Oak River’ – a sledge cart with high sides pulled by 2 horses, with Oak River (and some less legible writing) written on the side. » Continue reading Oak River sledge ride to school A little snow in Manitoba

North America and elsewhere Settling around the globe

The number of relatives emigrating abroad seems quite small given the large families and hardships around lives based on agricultural work, mining and other heavy duty manual jobs. Even so, the number of overseas connections within the family tree, especially in America, has grown to be a significant proportion.

The only immigration into the UK (excluding a couple of Irish in-laws), at least in 19th/20th centuries, is the “Brookstone” family, Jews leaving Russian controlled Poland mid-19th century (earlier than most), originally settling in Leeds. » Continue reading North America and elsewhere Settling around the globe