No Irish swearing please

A first cousin (twice removed) Mary Ellen Watts married Edward Arthur Feek in 1905. Edward’s parents were Elijah and Harriet (maiden name Meek). Can you guess the most frequent transcription error for the surname, perhaps from the title of this piece? Yes, Feck, although for one particularly badly written census record (1881) it comes out as Teek.

As some family trees on Ancestry have what I believe is a stray child to Elijah and Harriet (the 1911 census clearly says they had 6 children, all still alive at that time), I’ve been making sure I’ve got the Feeks pinned down.  » Continue reading “No Irish swearing please”

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.

Robert became a farmer, as did his sister-in-law Emma Watt’s hubbie William Flowerday. But not all the Jearys took that path. » Continue reading “Double trouble”

Ancestry edges closer on full 1911 census index

This week, Ancestry has made more of the 1911 census for England fully searchable. Since the last item on Cutlock & Co on this (1st Dec 2011), the following have been added:

Complete counties

  • Bedfordshire
  • Berkshire
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Middlesex
  • Shropshire
  • Surrey
  • Lancs and Notts have moved up from “98%”

98% complete

  • Dorset
  • Hampshire
  • Herefordshire
  • Suffolk
  • Wiltshire

Partially searchable

  • Buckinghamshire
  • Hertfordshire
  • Huntingdonshire
  • Kent
  • Military bases

The full list can be found on Ancestry.co.uk – Census Records link. » Continue reading “Ancestry edges closer on full 1911 census index”

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. » Continue reading “Historical news and records update”

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”

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.)  » Continue reading “Two weeks of freebies from Ancestry”