How to Brake the records

Here is a good illustration of how being open to inquiries on family history can pay dividends. A comment on The Tonypandy that Mum knew article gave some information on a family in that town, living just round the corner from our crew in the early 1900s. A long shot, but could Cutlock and Co come up with any pointers? No harm in seeing if the focus of attention (Florence M Reed) was easy to find in the 1911 census and yes a match came up on an Ancestry search straight away. » Continue reading “How to Brake the records”

See your ancestors get the vote

NB. Key to abbreviations at the end of this article, followed by some info on entitlement to vote.

The latest collection of records available from is the ‘London Electoral Registers 1835-1965’ which “includes over 150 million names from right across the old counties of London and Middlesex”. Of course many of these names are repeated over the years, and the information contained is largely just name and address, but you could find fuller names (e.g. » Continue reading “See your ancestors get the vote”

The wider Osborne family in Tonypandy

It’s about time to collate the branches of the Osborne family, stemming from Robert and Mary Ann in Merriott/Crewkerne/Misterton in the mid-19th century. In particular to show how many ended up in the Rhondda, and especially for Rhian and Gaynor, the newest living cousins to be located, from the Letherby/Osborne line.

Note: (buried Trealaw) denotes that the person is listed in burial records for Trealaw Cemetery.

Children of Robert Osborne and Mary Ann Dawe

Mary Ann b 1845 Somerset. » Continue reading “The wider Osborne family in Tonypandy”

In praise of .. Ancestry’s Member Connect Activity feature

The Ancestry website has a flexible (personalised) front page, where you can arrange or hide various modules showing particular information. I have chosen to have ‘Recent Member Connect Activity’ as the the top left box, which I find a bit addictive. It highlights activity by other Ancestry members connected with records which are on your own tree Ancestry member connect activity(or the ‘shoebox’ save-for-later area). There’s something new every week, often most days, usually just showing you who else has some vague interest in a particular person in the tree, saving a census or birth record say, as its easy to do. » Continue reading “In praise of .. Ancestry’s Member Connect Activity feature”

Following four brothers from Somerset - Merriott to Australia, and NZ

Back to filling out the foreign connections ‘down under’.

The trip to Tonypandy in April resulted in acquiring a copy of ‘Descendants of Joseph Osborne’, compiled by Sue Osborne in Brisbane, Australia. This is referred to as JOT (Joseph Osborne Tree) in my notes. Sue has traced her husband’s line back to Joseph, born around 1803 in Merriott, Somerset, who was my 4 x great grandfather.

Much of the information is available on the Merriott Families Genealogy website, also created by Sue. » Continue reading Following four brothers from Somerset - Merriott to Australia, and NZ

Open Daw(e) in Dorset

And the headings just get worse.

I’m delighted that has just released a whole range of Dorset parish records available to search and view, with the help of Dorset History Centre. The Osborne side of the family comes from the Somerset/Dorset border, and although most records are likely to be on the Somerset side, the connected Daw (or Dawe) family was definitely in Dorset, around Beaminster.

Only thing is I really could do with getting out and enjoying the sunshine more, rather than sitting in front of the computer locating the baptism records of my great great great grandmother Mary Ann Dawe. » Continue reading “Open Daw(e) in Dorset”