Double trouble

The Jeary family in America, descended from great great aunt Jane Watts and husband Robert who settled in Seward county, Nebraska, is quite extensive (see Going Abroad – America and global for some starters). Partly as a consequence, Robert Jeary’s siblings, who also emigrated to Nebraska from Norfolk, have been less researched by me to date.

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Historical news and records update

Historical news online

The big news this week on historical records newly appearing online is that of the British Newspaper Archives site going fully live. Thousands of publications dating back as far as 1750 have been scanned and turned into text using OCR software (not manual transcription). It starts with about 4 million pages, with thousands more to be added every day during 2012. The partnership between the British Library and brightsolid online publishing is set to digitise up to 40 million newspaper pages from the library’s collection over the next ten years.

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Two weeks of freebies from Ancestry

I promise that Cutlock & Co isn’t going to turn into a plugging site, but here’s another item about offerings from Ancestry worth noting.

For a couple of weeks from today, 1st October, they are giving free access to some of their most popular collections from around the world, alongside a series of quick tutorials to help you make the most of them. (At 1st October, I can’t see where these tutorials might be, but they are usually quite good for beginners.)  Ancestry is releasing a different collection every day, which is then freely available until 15th October.

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Uncle William comes into focus No longer in a pickle with the Cullums

It has been rather a long summer break for this blog – time to get back down to the writing.

The only possible subject for this week is making contact with a genuine descendant of my great great grandmother Harriet Cutlock and her husband William Bishop Cullum (see Cutlock/Cullum page). Muriel’s daughter happened to stumble on this website as she was checking out the Cullum name and noticed that Muriel was mentioned. We have been exchanging emails since Sunday 11th, and got as far as a Skype conversation by the Tuesday. This completes the wish list for the year three months early {1}!

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