Thankful Thursday: Digitizing Grandpa's Old Slides

Category: Grandpa's Old Slides

My parents recently produced two boxes of colour slides, which had been stored away in their house for a number of years. The slides consisted of photos taken by my paternal grandparents, ranging from the 1930's to the early 1970's, including family pictures and places they visited. My grandpa enjoyed photography and from time to time he'd convert the bathroom into a temporary dark room.


Eager to view these images I set about scanning them with my Epson Perfection V200 Photo scanner, which has a slide scanning facility, and I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the results. The software allows for colour restoration and backlight correction as well as other fine-tuning features. Even the darkest of slides rendered a viewable picture......Read more »

Amanuensis Monday: When Stephen Dando met Thomas Paine

Category: Famous Connections

Stephen Dando was my 5x great-uncle, the son of John Dando & Ann (nee Brothers), my 5 x great-grandparents. Born in Rodborough, Gloucestershire, in about 1770, he came from a Non-conformist family who were in the hat manufacturing business.

In 1785, Stephen moved to New York, where he lived until his death in 1851. His hat store was situated near Broadway. He also became an agent for a publication known as The Christian Advocate and Journal. Stephen was a religious man who had often heard John and Charles Wesley preach and he also held anti-slavery views.

Stephen Dando evidently met the famous radical propagandist and pamphleteer, Thomas Paine, who died in 1809. What follows is a letter to the editor of The Liberator (Boston, MA) from one EJ Webb, dated 1st July 1848 and published on Friday 9th May 1851.


The writer appears to have known Stephen Dando for a long time and thought of him as a decent and honest but misguided man who, in his opinion, had been used by a number of clergymen to deride the memory of Thomas Paine, whom the writer much admired......Read more »

Site Updates - Surnames: Dando / Congdon

Category: What's New at Hibbitt.org.uk

  • Added more information to the section for Stephen Dando (abt. 1770-1851), hatter of New York, on his family sheet page and also to his biography page.
  • Discovered the maiden name of my 2 x great-grandmother, Mary Ann Congdon, the wife of John Hellyer/Hellier. Having not managed to find a marriage for this couple, I ordered the full birth certificate for their daughter, Sarah May Hellyer, which revealed her mother's maiden name.

FindMyPast.co.uk latest additions

Category: General

You can now search 9,122,481 new records from the Society of Genealogists on findmypast.co.uk...

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Ancestor Approved Award

Category: General

Ancestor Approved AwardI was recently nominated for an Ancestor Approved Award by Mike at 'You Don't Choose Your Family'. Many thanks to you, Mike.

This award was created by Leslie Ann Ballou of the Ancestors Live Here blog. Recipients are asked to list ten surprising, humbling or enlightening aspects of their research and to pass it along to ten other bloggers who they feel are doing their ancestors proud.

So here's my starter for ten, with a slight twist...
  1. It's official! I'm a genealogy anorak. And to think I was going to trace my family inside 14 days with Ancestry's free trial!
  2. My 4 x great-grandfather left over £24,000 in 1860 (getting on for a double millionaire today). Now I need to know, what became of the money?
  3. Since taking up blogging, there's been no time for actual research. Duh!!
  4. Victorians weren't so straight-laced as they'd like to have made out they were.
  5. What did happen to all the money?
  6. I simply adore stomping about in wet graveyards with soggy socks and the wrong shoes.
  7. And what joy there is waiting for Mr. Postie to deliver that certificate with all the answers, only to leave you with a load more questions.
  8. No really, where did the money go? Just kidding! Lol
  9. I don't know about enlightening moments, I think I've had my share of senior moments.
  10. Now was she my third cousin, three times removed or my second cousin, four times removed? Scrub that, we're related by marriage!
And I'm presenting this award to...
  1. Audrey at The Family Recorder
  2. Caroline at Caro's Family Chronicles
  3. Rosemary at London Roots Research
  4. Brian at One Pilot's War
  5. Jennifer at Climbing My Family Tree > One Branch at at Time
  6. CeCe at Your Genetic Genealogist
  7. Lorlee at Dear Annie...
  8. Emily at Writing Your Memories
  9. Miles at Miles' Genealogy Tips
  10. Lidian at The Virtual Dime Museum

Those Places Thursday - Down on the Edwardian Farm

Category: Ancestors Corner

Today I'm writing about the recent BBC series, 'Edwardian Farm', which was set in the beautiful Tamar Valley, on the borders of Devon and Cornwall. In case you didn't see it, the program was about two archaeologists and a domestic historian, who took up residence for a calendar year at Morwellham Quay, living, working and dressing as they would have done in the Edwardian period at the beginning of the 20th century......Read more »

More records at FamilySearch and FindMyPast

Category: General

FamilySearch have recently added 90 million records and 18 million digital images from 13 countries. There are over 3 million new digital images of U.S. naturalization records included in the update. Findmypast.com's index to the 1881 and 1891 England and Wales censuses and Ancestry.com's indexes for U.S. border crossings from Canada to U.S. and Mexico to U.S. can now be searched free of charge at FamilySearch.org. Full details can be viewed here.

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Find your convict ancestors for free until 31st January

Category: General

To celebrate Australia Day you can enjoy free, unlimited access to Australia's most comprehensive online collection of Convict records with Ancestry.com.au until 31st January. With free access to over 2.3 million Convict and related records, including passenger lists from the First Fleet and original documents dating back to 1788, Ancestry.com.au can help you discover if there is a convict relative in your family history.

In order to view a free record image, you need to register (which is also free) or to log in.

Click here to find your convict ancestors.

Follow Friday - Search for Non-Conformist burials

Category: Handy Family History Links

From the mid 19th century, Abney Park Cemetery became the principal place of memorial for prominent London dissenters (Congregationalists, Baptists and other Non-Conformists). Before this, the burial ground at Bunhill Fields had served a similar purpose.

National Burial IndexIf you have any Non-Conformist ancestors, it's worth performing a free search of the Abney Park Cemetery online database .

Furthermore, the 3rd Edition of the National Burial Index (available on CD for approximately £30) includes 47,682 entries for Bunhill Fields between 1788 and 1853.

[Why Follow Friday? This phrase has been included in the title in order to take part in Daily Blogging Prompts at Geneabloggers]

Thrifty Thursday: Search & view Northern Ireland Wills online

Category: Handy Family History Links

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) have recently launched a new application which provides a fully searchable index to the will calendar entries for the three District Probate Registries of Armagh, Belfast and Londonderry, with the facility to view the entire will calendar entry for each successful search. The database covers the period 1858-1919 and 1922-1943. Part of 1921 has been added, with remaining entries for 1920-1921 to follow in the near future.

In addition, 93,388 digitised images of entries from the copy will books covering the period 1858-1900 have now been linked to the corresponding will calendar entries and are now available online, allowing users to view the full content of a will.

I'd been waiting for some time for access to a downloadable version of the will of my 3 x great-grandfather, Joseph Dando (1802-1870). Not only was I pleased to see this facility had finally arrived but imagine my surprise when I also discovered that it's FREE.

Search the PRONI Will Calendars here - who and what will you find?

[Why Thrifty Thursday? This phrase has been included in the title in order to take part in Daily Blogging Prompts at Geneabloggers]
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