A love is paid The humble origins of the Vickery line

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.

Previously the Somerset parish records made available online on various sites have only been transcriptions, of varying quality, so the foibles are missing (and probably some parishes and periods too). » Continue reading A love is paid The humble origins of the Vickery line

The Vickery family from Seavington

It has been quite some time since the last “all that we know about ….” round-up piece on a particular line or individual in the family tree, although there has been plenty of updating of the various ‘People’ pages. {1}

The Vickery branch hasn’t had much of a look-in yet, so this article makes a start.

Mary Ann Vickery, born 1851 Seavington St Michael, Somerset (baptism 10th August 1851), married Walter Scott 30th March 1872 in the same place.  » Continue reading “The Vickery family from Seavington”

Those the “intended” left behind Commemorating the WW1&2 dead

In the remembrance of those killed in the world wars, it is easy to overlook those left behind whose “intended” never returned. Without a marriage record, how do we even know about the impact of such loss?

Family notes indicate that great aunt Edie (Neal, born 1887 Norwich) was one such. She is the one looking towards the camera in the masthead photo – taken about 1916, had the worst happened already or was something still dreaded? » Continue reading Those the “intended” left behind Commemorating the WW1&2 dead

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”