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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.

Feeling sorry for myself

22 Jun

I was feeling very sorry for myself last night, I suppose you could call it a case of “Sunday night blues”, tomorrow would see me back at work again and I felt like I hadn’t really achieved anything this weekend.

Now don’t get me wrong, it had been quite a productive weekend, but you couldn’t really call cleaning the fridge and oven and mowing the grass achievements. Sunday was father’s day, so I had also spent some quality time round my parents house, enjoying dinner.

I suppose my problem was that I hadn’t actually found out anything new on my family tree, in fact I had done very little research during the previous week.

There were other factors, like the headache I had been unable to shake off, the aching shoulders (probably from cleaning the oven), the fact that Sunday was the longest day and although summer had just begun the days would soon be getting shorter and of course the feeling that in terms of walking I was probably not going to be able to beat my Sussex Day walk in terms of distance or enjoyment.

All this was conspiring to make me feel quite miserable!

The problem with my family tree is that my main projects all require a visit to the archives to make any more real progress, something which I don’t have the time and money to do. What I really needed was to focus on something I could do at home, between visits to the archives.

With access to ancestry.co.uk and various Sussex resources courtesy of the Sussex Family History Group, virtually any of my Sussex ancestors would be fair game.

Ideally I would like to find a family line with very local roots, preferably in the Horsham district, so I can use the resources of Horsham Library during my lunch break or after work. The added bonus of a local family is that it would be that much easier for me to visit their ancestral homes or search graveyards.

I can think of one or two families that might fit the bill and one in particular (the FAIRS family of West Grinstead) which I know I have quite a bit of research material on already.

I will keep my other projects active, and will fill in what details I can, but I won’t be able to make any major advances until I have visited Winchester, Carlisle or London again.

Preparing for another trip to Winchester, possibly!

21 May

I’ve been preparing for a visit to the Hampshire Record Office in Winchester, just in case I decide to go (still can’t make up my mind!)

In terms of research goals for this visit my main priority is to find the parents of my 3x great grandparents William MITCHELL and Susannah POCOCK, who married in New Alresford, Hampshire on the 16th January 1832. I have pretty consistent census information (ages and places of birth) for them, so it shouldn’t be too much of a problem finding their baptism records.

Next I would like to find out some more details on Henry and Sarah WRIGHT (another pair of 3x great grandparents) who lived in Alton, Hampshire. I would hope to find baptism records for some of their children and maybe some clue as to where they were living before the moved to Alton. I also need to check for burial records and monumental inscriptions for both Henry and Sarah, in preparation for a visit to Alton at some stage in the future.

Hopefully I can also find some school records for the children of both the MITCHELLs and the WRIGHTs and try and get some more details on where they lived exactly in Exton and Alton. Then I need to do the same for William Henry and Harriet MITCHELL (2x great grandparents) which I started last time.

That should give me more than enough to be getting on with, but if I do run out of things to do then I can always start on some of the siblings of my 2x and 3x great grandparents, that is if I decide to go of course…!

Ready for the weekend? Not really!

13 May

It’s Wednesday already, and I should be getting ready for a research trip to the Hampshire Record Office (HRO) in Winchester on Saturday, but I am not.

I have fallen behind with my preparation and I don’t feel I am going to be in a position to make full use of my time at Winchester, and that would simply be a waste of time and money. As much as I would like to spend time at the HRO and I am quite looking forward to another long train ride, I have decided to put it off for at least another week.

Instead I am going to spend Saturday catching up, not just on family history, but some housework and general filing. It also gives me an excuse to spend some time “playing” with Family Historian 4, whilst pretending to be updating it with information and photos from last weekend’s visit to Framfield and Blackboys.

If I feel the need to get out I can always head down to the Brighton History Centre for a quick bit of genealogical research that won’t break the bank (provided I stay away from the postcard shop whilst I am down there).

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