October 2018 Monthly update
October – the start of the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness!
Let’s hope that our research will bear fruit and not get too lost in the mists of time!
Pat is now in the throes of chemotherapy, and I hear that she has had a bad reaction to her latest session. We wish her all the best.
October 1st: Annual autumn lunch Worlebury Golf Club 12 for 1230
October 6th: Oxfordshire FHS Family History Fair: Marlborough School, Woodstock 10-4
October 6th: Devon FHS Conference and AGM: Torquay Academy 930-5
October 13th: Glamorgan FHS Family History Fair, Merthyr Tydfil: 10-3.30
At our next meeting we welcome Shirley Hodgson, the author of the book “Bristol’s Pauper Children”. She will be talking about “Have we forgotten the basics?”
I have been reading a book by Lois Elsdon (our speaker of February) called Radwinter. It tells of a newcomer to family history research. He was looking at the 1841 census and wondering why there were triplets in one family all aged 25. I am sure we know why that is, but this is getting back to basics.
News from the websites
FindmyPast have added more electoral registers to their package, and there are now over 53 million people in their registers online.
The City of London Cemetery and Crematorium have released 440000 historic records dated from 24 June 1856 to 7 October 1955. They are digitally imaged and are free to look at at www.col-burialregisters.uk. They aren’t indexed but if you know roughly when someone dies they could be useful/
Family Search (run by the Mormons), www.familysearch.org, have put online all the Ellis Island records from the US. These list the emigrants to the USA, the ships they sailed on. This has been available through paid sites, but it is now free.
Finally, a few unusual names from the records.
Although Autumn is now a girl’s name, and has been quite popular, there are a few in the 19th century, and then none until 1948. It was originally a boy’s name.
The one I like is Master Autumn WINTER who was born and died in Oldham in 1876.
There is a marriage in 1913 of William BLACK to Alice BERRY in Sunderland. Pie anyone?
Of course the leaves turn to brown, as Florence LEAVES turned to Frederick BROWN in Paddington in 1915.
In the 1911 census in Surrey we have a person who is called Charles Darke KNIGHT!
Then in Middlesex we have Hazel NUTT!
That’s all for now.