Unexpected revelations from great gran’s will

You never quite know where new data releases will lead you. Ancestry has recently extended the coverage of the National Probate Calendar up to 1966 – seemingly a dry record of the basic details of wills but occasionally giving a lot more than just an idea of how much someone was ‘worth’ when they died.

Great grandmother Amelia Scott nee Osborne died in 1964, at the age of 85 and some 20 years after husband Charles. » Continue reading “Unexpected revelations from great gran’s will”

The Welsh experience of WW1 to be digitised

Sourced from Wales Higher Education Libraries Forum:

A project led by the National Library of Wales has received funds to digitise primary sources relating to World War One.

The project will make available a unique collection revealing the hidden history of World War One as it affected all aspects of Welsh life, language and culture, taking in printed and manuscript sources as well as moving image, audio and photographic material. It starts work this month and is due to go online in June 2013. » Continue reading “The Welsh experience of WW1 to be digitised”

Record search for Welsh 1911 census now on Ancestry

Finally, movement on getting full Ancestry search facilities on the 1911 census. From today the records for Wales, Isle of Man and Channel Islands can be searched in the usual way, not via a convoluted poke through the summary books, which only show head of household in abbreviated form.

Waiting so long, the hope was that the transcription quality would be better than with Find My Past. I’ve only located one record so far, and was slowed down in finding this by David Aubrey Morgan’s middle name being transcribed as Autrey, but it’s not an unreasonable interpretation of the handwriting. » Continue reading “Record search for Welsh 1911 census now on Ancestry”

Wedding fashions through family photos

There are of course a number of wedding photographs in the family collection, dating back over a hundred years. I thought it might be interesting to look at the differences, from changing fashions and fortunes. The variation is no doubt as much as about what they could afford as personal taste and the conventions of the times.

Summer 1905, Norwich, NorfolkErnest and Eliza 1905

Eric Laddiman and Eliza Neal are fifth and sixth from the left back row. » Continue reading “Wedding fashions through family photos”

Taking the tree further in Brecon and Norwich

This was going to be a very short item about discovering, or re-discovering, useful sources of family history data. But today I took a look at two such, which threw up some immediately relevant material and highlighted an issue on Welsh records.

Welsh wills and Welsh names

Firstly, I try to adopt the practice of reading just about every scrap in the ‘Who Do You think You Are’ magazine, even if it doesn’t look relevant or promising at the outset. » Continue reading “Taking the tree further in Brecon and Norwich”

South Wales

Also see Tonypandy/Rhondda Valley page.


The other main place for the Welsh side of the family outside the Rhondda – Hughes, Rees, Phillips, Hickman and a Watkins or two.


When I was growing up, I always thought Mum’s family came from Llanelli and Swansea, but perhaps it was just the area she knew best as a child herself. I don’t think that we have any real Swansea connection, and the immediate family was only in Llanelli for perhaps 7 years. » Continue reading “South Wales”