Neal relations at Cuckoos Cup, The Wrekin

Category: Norfolk

  • Tracing the wider Howes diaspora via DNA Back to 1600s, forwards by train

    Tracing the wider Howes diaspora via DNA Back to 1600s, forwards by train

    Cutlock’s two DNA articles so far have only mentioned Y-DNA testing in the Notes section. Now it’s time to justify the cost of a 37 marker Y-DNA test with FamilyTreeDNA, shortly followed by an upgrade to 111 markers {1}. The initial test {2}, actioned a little later than the more popular autosomal test from Ancestry,…

  • Besthorpe Howes family roots

    Besthorpe Howes family roots

    [toc] Besthorpe is the ancestral home of the Howes family. The line can be traced to this village/parish south west of Norwich, potentially as far back as the 15th century. See Bottling it in Besthorpe for more about family connections to the area, and specific places such as The Carr, Bottle House, with census descriptions…

  • Bottling it in Besthorpe Giving the Howes line a home

    Bottling it in Besthorpe Giving the Howes line a home

    Of all the ancestral home towns and villages, that of the direct Howes line, namely Besthorpe in Norfolk, has been the most neglected to date. This stands alongside the minimal details held on the last known family member to spend all his life there, 3x great grandfather James Howes. The direct line can be quite…

  • Hanging by a thread Discovering the Smith family

    Discovering more about the Smith part of the family tree has proved remarkably easy, after having put off looking for ages due to the very common surname. See Entirely to the Water from Birth for first stages. Now it was time to find great great grandmother Harriet Smith’s siblings and their immediate offspring. The practice…

  • My type of relation Or: A fine Boddy of a man

    Shortly before Christmas, I decided to check through notes I’d left myself a few weeks earlier, indicating that half cousins the Malletts needed further work {1}. Flora Mallett married Frank Webb 1917 in Norwich. A search on Ancestry’s database came up with three daughters – Muriel,  Margaret and Ileane, all born Norwich. Ileane died young,…

  • Exploring Historical Maps

    It is gradually getting easier to find old maps, or rather current maps with historical details, online. Two areas of interest to me have recently come my way, and are reasonably new. Not forgetting some pointers on using the 1851 England boundary maps available on FamilySearch. Historical Maps of Norfolk Norfolk County Council has a…