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My genealogy to-do list for the week ahead (week 5)

31 Jan

Last week was again spent sorting through more digital files, it seems to be taking a lot longer than I had originally anticipated.

All the information from my last visit to the West Sussex Record Office is now on spreadsheets, and most of it is entered onto my database, I just have the Framfield burials to enter into Family Historian, but that is going to be a major job so I haven’t started on that.

Working through my hard drive is taking a long time, mainly because I keep getting side-tracked into other areas I wasn’t planning to. I have been working on this for several weeks know and am still only on the As and Bs in my surname list.

I have started digging a bit deeper on the BATEMAN surname, hopefully in preparation for a visit to Gloucestershire Record Office to fill in some gaps, I will probably spend some more time on the BATEMANs this week

So this week will be much the same as last week, no substantial new research, just working with what I already have.

  • Continue working through my digital files updating Family Historian and sorting out folders and standardising my filenames.
  • Create a research plan for Mercy TROWER. Consisting of a summary of what I already know, decide what I want to find out and what steps I need to take to achieve it.
  • As it is a new month tomorrow I shall probably order another set of birth, marriage and death certificates, so I need to decide which individuals I want to find out more about.
  • Continue work on the BATEMAN family, trying to identify what happened to the siblings of Henry BATEMAN my 2x great-grandfather, from Winchcombe, Gloucestershire.

Another birth certificate and more questions than answers

8 Dec

The birth certificate for Rebecca BATEMAN arrived yesterday, and it wasn’t quite what I expected, in fact it has given me more questions than answers.

It should have been quite simple, Rebecca BATEMAN was the daughter of my 4x great-grandparents Thomas and Rebecca BATEMAN, born in Ford in the parish of Temple Guiting, Gloucestershire on the 10th December 1839. The reason for ordering this particular certificate was to find out the maiden name of Rebecca.

I had suspected it was TOWNSEND, based on the most likely marriage entry I could find on the International Genealogical Index (IGI). The birth certificate however gives her maiden name as TOWNLEY. Quite close, but not really close enough to be explained away as a transcription error or a mis-spelling.

As there is a baptism in Temple Guiting (also on the IGI) for a Rebecca TOWNLY at about the right date, coupled with the fact that the marriage I was looking at wasn’t in Temple Guiting, but about ten miles away, makes me think that the registrar was correct. I am clearly going to have to do some more work in this.

The other anomaly is the birth date (or baptism date). The certificate says that she was born on the 10th December 1839, yet there is a baptism record for Rebecca BATEMAN in Temple Guiting on the IGI, with a date of the 4th December. Either there is a transcription error on the IGI (most likely) or Thomas and Rebecca lied about (or couldn’t remember) their daughter’s exact birth date. Again more work needed on this family in the original parish registers.

So I think I have the maiden name of my 4x great-grandmother, which leaves only one 4x great-grandparent with no maiden name and three missing completely. Hopefully next year I can pay a visit to the Gloucestershire Record Office and do a bit more research on these branches of my tree. I have enough of a start to make it worthwhile visiting now.

Genealogy Saturday was a success

29 Nov

Genealogy Saturday was a success.

First I spent some time on the FamilySearch Record Search site, looking at the Diocese of Durham Bishops’ Transcripts. I had searched here before (in the parish of Staindrop, Durham) for the siblings of Isabella GRAHAM, my 3x great-grandmother, but I had never finished it off.

Some of the baptism entries were quite detailed so I was able to establish that Isabella’s father Joseph was from Hexham, Northumberland. So now I have added another new county to my list of places.

After Durham and Northumberland I headed back down south, to Gloucestershire and the BATEMAN and JACKSON families. I wasn’t so lucky here, despite some records on the IGI the dates and places I was after weren’t available.

Next I moved back closer to home and the area around Singleton, Sussex. I have more ancestor from these parts than I first believed. Here I added many events for the BOXALL, RICHARDS, PITT, TARGETT and CHANDLER families.

I have identified a potential problem with Thomas PITT, my 4x great-grandfather. I know he married Ann BONE in Stoughton, Sussex in 1798, and he appears to have died before the 1841 census.

Fortunately it is not that common a name, so I should, with a little bit of searching, be able to find a burial record and hopefully an age at burial. This should enable me to work out a birth year, and I can carry on backwards from there.

All in all I added forty new individuals to my database, several of them 5x great-grandparents, and many new events. Also I finished off sorting the George Thomas GASSON stuff in my stuff to sort folder, which was really pleasing.

Ulterior motives for researching the BATEMAN family

20 Jul

Last night I spent a couple of hours exploring my BATEMAN ancestors (I posted a photo of Henry BATEMAN last week), and I hadn’t really gone much further back than his parents William BATEMAN and Caroline JACKSON (my 3x great grandparents).

I did have an ulterior motive for investigating this ancestral line. I was looking at somewhere for a genealogy holiday next year! The BATEMANs were from Gloucestershire, William and Caroline lived in a place called Winchcombe (it was originally spelt without the ‘e’ on the end).

When I started Googling Winchcombe I soon realised that this was the ideal place for me to visit. Wikipedia told me that it sat on no less than six long distance footpaths, and that there was a heritage railway running through Winchcombe as well (I could ride around behind steam engines all week given half a chance). This sounded the perfect place for me already, but add on top of that a visit to the parish church to search for gravestones and visiting some ancestral homes, and I would be in my element.

What’s more my BATEMAN ancestors seem to have been playing ball last night, almost everything seemed to be working in my favour, they were pretty easy to find on the census (only one transcription error, BATAMAN not BATEMAN), they were easy to find in the GRO BMD Indexes and William and his siblings had their baptisms in the IGI.

Things went so well that I have not only added details for William and his siblings, but I also made a start on his parents (Thomas and Rebecca) from nearby Temple Guiting as well.

I need to check some other aspects, such as public transport and accommodation in the area, but expect to hear more about the BATEMANs in the next twelve months as I try and find out as much as possible in preparation for a holiday.

The North-South divide in my family tree

1 Jun

If you have read many of my previous posts you will know that the majority of my ancestors are from the southern counties of England, that is Sussex, Hampshire, Kent and Surrey.

More recently however I have found myself researching the lives of some of my more northern ancestors, so those from Cumberland, Durham and London (probably stretching it a bit far to say London is northern, but it is north of Sussex!). There is also one line that I haven’t really touched on and that is the BATEMANs from Gloucestershire.

It occurred to me a couple of days ago that all of these “northern” ancestors come from just one branch of my ancestry. They are all ancestors of my great grandmother Dorothy May BATEMAN (1889-1916).

From Dorothy’s father (Henry BATEMAN) I get the Gloucestershire connection and from her mother (Dorothy Isabella KINGHORN) comes the Cumberland and Durham ancestry. Dorothy herself was born in Sussex (probably Preston near Brighton).

I am sure I will probably find other “outsiders” when I go further back on other lines, but I find it rather strange that all my non-southern ancestors come from one particular branch of my family tree and not scattered across all the branches of my tree.

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