I am proud of the fact that my ancestral roots run deep in Sussex, but just how much of my ancestry stems from Sussex. Just to satisfy my own curiosity I decided I would try and analyse where my roots come from.
Using the place of birth or baptism for my 4x great-grandparents, I summarised the English counties that they came from (to the best of my knowledge none of them were born outside of England). Then using Microsoft Excel I came up with a simple pie chart that would illustrate the figures, the resulting chart shows quite clearly where my roots lie.
It is only a very simple chart, I could probably have spent ages tweaking it, but it is only meant to give a basic idea, and I think it does that quite well with it’s huge great chunk of Sussex ancestors. Approximately two-thirds of my 4x great-grandparents were from Sussex. If I took this further and grouped together the southern counties of Hampshire, Sussex, Surrey and Kent you would find almost 80% of my 4x great-grandparents.
So what does this prove, not a lot really, it doesn’t necessarily mean that I have inherited any of the traits of my Sussex ancestors, any more than those of my Gloucestershire ancestors. I does show that I haven’t strayed far from the homes of most of my ancestors, and they themselves didn’t stray far either. Of course there is still the annoying ‘unknown’ segment, there is possibly one Scottish ancestor within there, and I am sure as I go further back I will eventually find some foreign blood.
All these statistics are based on the best information currently available. If I wanted to be more sophisticated I could probably further refine it by using an earlier generation where known (so one 5x great-grandparent would equal 1/128 of my roots) and eliminate the unknowns by using a more recent generation. However, I think I probably have better things to do with my time than playing with numbers and pie charts.
Findmypast.co.uk have changed the conditions for free access to their website during the next England World Cup match on the 18th June 2010. Hopefully this will enable more flexibility for overseas visitors and ensure that everyone gets a shot at free access.
Free access will now be available for 90 minutes (no extra time), but the 90 minutes starts at any time you want between 9am (UK time) on England match day and 9am (UK time) the following day. Full details are available on their website.
Also you need to make sure you are registered with the site before midnight on the 17th June to qualify for free access.
Hopefully this should spread the load on their servers this time around, so that everyone will be able to take advantage of this fantastic offer.
At long last Google Street View images of Sussex along with most of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have finally arrived on Google Maps.
I saw the Google car several times last year in the town of Horsham, Sussex (where I was working at the time) and read reports that it had been in Brighton as well.
What I didn’t expect was that Google have covered most of rural Sussex (and the rest of the country) as well, including the small village where I live and of course many of the villages where my ancestors lived.
I’ve had a quick look around the county, visiting Henfield, Brighton, Horsham and Sayers Common. I could easily spend hours on there looking at my ancestors homes, retracing some of my walks, or just looking for people doing stupid things!
So get out there (or rather stay in) and start exploring the highways and byways of Sussex.
Last night saw heavy snow fall across most of the South of England. I know some people will say that four inches of snow is not that much, but for us here in Sussex it is quite unusual to see that much snow in one day.
What has been most surprising is that although it has continued snowing all day, the main roads in our area are quite clear (the photo above is a country lane nearby). That will all change tonight when the temperature drops below zero and everything turns to ice.