The parish registers from two hundred years or more ago can be rather basic in terms of the useful genealogical information we can glean. However, some of the quirks and comments of the old free form entries are fascinating, perhaps for baptisms in particular.
Now it was time to find great great grandmother Harriet Smith’s siblings and their immediate offspring. The practice of using the mother’s (or grandmother’s) surname as a middle name was very helpful – Bacchus for two of the girls, Harper (the grandmother’s name) for one of the boys. » Continue reading “Hanging by a threadDiscovering the Smith family”
At the time, a key baptism record which had been spotted on familysearch.org by someone else, for Harriet Cutlock born 1837/38 to Elizabeth and Thomas, could not be located on that site. But I was prompted to re-check the other day – after all the site had updated Norfolk and other parish records this year. » Continue reading “Stacking the Deck with more Cutlocks”
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.
Newly discovered as a great great uncle: Thomas Cook Watts. Born in 1857 Worstead (Norfolk), discovered in the freshly Googled baptism records for St Mary’s. Unfortunately he died in about a year, hence not appearing on the census records.
I guess he was named after Captain Cook, rather than a desire for a package holiday.
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