Follow Friday: GED-GEN Review - GEDCOM to Web Pages

Category: General

One of the advantages of having your own independent family tree website is that others will often discover it when inputting a simple name search into search engines such as Google – and we all know how rewarding it is when a distant cousin gets in touch or can offer some further information. Having a tree on a commercial site alone (such as Ancestry, Genes Reunited, etc.) will often limit your audience to other users of those particular websites.

This is where GED-GEN comes into its own. What’s GED-GEN I hear you say?

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Those Places Thursday: A life-long ambition fulfilled

Category: Sharing Memories

It was a bright October day in 1999 when I travelled to France, with 5 family members, including my late gran who was 83 at the time. The journey was special because we were visiting my great-grandfather’s grave where he’d been buried in 1916.

Accidentally killed during WWI, more than eighty years had passed before Henry James Weaver (1882-1916) finally had a relative visit his graveside. It had been my gran’s life-long ambition to see where her father was buried, a father she’d never known and who had died 10 days before she was born.

Henry is buried in grave I.A.10. at Merville Communal Cemetery Extension and pictures from the visit can be seen in my website gallery.

The note attached to the poppy wreath which my gran laid at the graveside

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

Re-activate your expired credits at ScotlandsPeople

Category: General

ScotlandsPeople are offering all customers who have existing credits in their account the opportunity to re-activate and use the credits at no cost through the use of a voucher code. They are doing this to allow customers who have expired credits to take the opportunity to use them without making a purchase.

All customers who have existing credits can now use the free voucher code festive which will re-set the credit expiry to 90 days in their account. Customers may use this voucher any time until 1.00 pm. on Wednesday 5th January 2011. The voucher may only be used once in each account.

For information on how to use the voucher, click here.

Henry Ridley from Birmingham. How do I tell I have the correct man?

Category: Brick Walls

My great-grandmother's (Alice Ridley) birth certificate states that her father was Henry Ridley, a blacksmith, and her mother, Ann Ridley formerly Cotterill. Henry was 'Harry' on Alice's marriage certificate.

I see her family in Birmingham on the 1871 census before Alice was born. Living there are Alice's three elder siblings:

Henry's age is difficult to read but it looks like 30 (b. abt 1841), born in Birmingham, Warwickshire. He is a blacksmith on the census too.
Ann (actually Hannah Maria Cotterill) was born in Dudley Worcestershire in abt 1842.
1) Joseph (who is Joseph Henry), b. abt 1864 in Wednesbury, Staffs.
2) Mary A, b. abt 1868 in Moxley, Staffs
3) Alfred, b. abt 1870 in Derby, Staffs

I've traced Alice's mother in later censuses and she was no longer with Henry. She married a George Oakes in 1874 as Cotterill, her maiden name. As I hadn't been able to find a marriage between Alice's parents, this fits.

My problem is all I have for Henry Ridley is one definite census where his age is uncertain. I believe he might be the same Henry that I see in later censuses living with 'Elizabeth' in various parts of Lancashire.

Firstly, how might I gather further evidence to support the supposition that my Henry is definitely the one with Elizabeth - there's no marriage again as far as I can see.

Secondly, and even more pertinent is how can I find out who Henry's parents were? FreeBMD doesn't offer any clues as to his birth. The censuses show a possible family where the father is William and the mother is Lydia. FamilySearch reveals the same family with a baptism in 1839 in St Thomas, Birmingham. However, there may be other possibilities and I don't feel there's enough to go on so far to be certain that I'm tracing the correct ancestry. Even if I do manage to find a birth certificate for Henry, what information might it reveal to help me ascertain that he's definitely mine?

Treasure Chest Thursday: Florence's Tea Set

Category: Ancestors Corner

One of my most treasured possessions is the tea set given to me by my grandmother, Phyllis Grace Geake (nee Weaver). It had belonged to her mother, Florence Smale, and it is thought to have been a wedding present. Therefore this lovely Crown Staffordshire 12 place china set probably dates before 1915, almost an antique!

The set comprises 12 cups and saucers, 12 tea plates, 2 large cake plates, a sugar bowl, milk jug, tea pot and hot water jug with metal lid (my favourite item)......Read more »

Site updates - the Weaver families of Curry Rivel, Somerset

Category: What's New at

Family Tree Section

Gallery SectionResources > Reports Section launches the 1911 census summary books

Category: General

A while ago reached an agreement with The National Archives to acquire and publish online the 1911 England and Wales Census. Because it's such a large collection they're putting it up in stages, starting with the Summary Books which have just been launched.

The complete set of 1911 Census record images will launch online in early 2011, followed by the indexes, which will be made available in sections throughout the remainder of 2011.

Thrifty Thursday: PCC and other wills at

Category: General

Did you know include several databases of wills in their subscriptions? These are partial indexes offering online access to images of the original pages. Included are...
  • Bristol Wills Index 1572 - 1792.
  • Edinburgh Wills Index 1601 - 1700.
  • Irish Wills Index 1536 - 1810.
  • Leicestershire Wills Index 1495 - 1750.
  • Northampton Wills Index 1510 - 1652.
  • Yorkshire Wills Index 1389 - 1652.
  • Prerogative Court of Canterbury and related Probate Jurisdictions: Will Registers Covering dates 1384-1858. Contains over 776,000 records.
When I contacted about 4 months ago they advised me that their main coverage for the PCC wills so far was 1616, 1647-1650 and 1706-1857.

If you want to look up a lot of wills then a 6 month subscription to might prove cheaper than individually downloading them from the National Archives at £3.50 per will.

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

New parish records for Dorset now added to

Category: General

22,989 new Dorset parish records have been published on consisting of 1,533 baptisms, 8,084 marriages and 13,372 burials:

Number of Records: 1,533
Years covered: 1538-1839
Parishes covered:
Okeford Fitzpaine

Number of Records: 8,084
Years covered: 1546-1839
Parishes covered:
Melcombe Regis
Gussage All Saints
Glanvilles Wootton
Lytchet Matravers
Okeford Fitzpaine
Fontmell Magna
Shipton Gorge
Bishops Caundle
Frome St Quintin

Number of Records: 13,372
Years covered: 1573-1749
Parishes covered:
Dorchester All Saints
Dorchester Holy Trinity
Dorchester St Peter
Gussage All Saints
Melbury Abbas
Okeford Fitzpaine
Wyke Regis

Site updates - Family tree reports

Category: What's New at

Resources > Reports Section
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