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Site Updates - Fryer, Jones, Hopkins

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Family Tree section
  • Added additional information and footnotes for Hannah Fryer, wife of Robert Jones, snr.
  • Also added the couple's children, including detailed information about their son, Robert Jones V.C., and added the name of his wife, Elizabeth Hopkins.
Gallery section
  • As the Medals and Militaria Album is expanding, I've taken it out of the Potpourri section of the gallery and placed it under it's own Medals and Militaria heading.
  • Also added photographs of Robert Jones' medals to the above section, as well as a photo of the Imperial War Museum where Robert's medals are on display.
Relevant place names: Tidenham in Gloucestershire, Penhros, Clytha, Llantilio Crossenny, Monmouth and Newport in Monmouthshire, and Dorstone and Peterchurch in Herefordshire.

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Site Updates - Gallery photos: Medals & Militaria

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Gallery section
  • Renamed the War Memorabilia photo album (under Potpourri) to Medals and Militaria.
  • Also added a few more photos to the above section, including the reverse of Henry James Weaver's and William Hellyer Geake's medals as well as the original envelope and box which Henry Weaver's medals were sent in. This is the first time I've noticed the ribbons on Henry's medals are mixed up. I can't swap them as the medals are in the possession of one of my brothers who doesn't live locally to me.
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Too many distractions in family history

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Regular followers will notice I haven't posted to my blog for a few weeks. This is partly because I've been busy with other things. However, I've still been engaged in certain family history pursuits.

Many of you will recognise the different facets that our hobby can consist of; researching online, visiting archives, visiting ancestral places and graveyards, scanning and archiving documents and photographs, etc.

I've recently been engaged in rummaging around in four old boxes which contain personal effects of my husband's grandfather, Air Cdre Cyril Norman Ellen D.F.C. Two boxes contain photographs and the others contain a variety of papers and objects. It's quite a distraction and there's lots there that I need to index and scan a major project in itself!

I will, however, try to get back on track with progressing my own family tree and hopefully you'll hear from me again shortly.

Site Updates - Surname: Oliver

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Family Tree section

  • Having discovered my 2 x great-grandgrandmother, Sarah Louisa Dando (nee Oliver), in the London Electoral Registers, which have recently been released by Ancestry, I've added a few additional notes to reflect this.
Between 1923 and 1930, Sarah lived at Plympton Avenue in the Willesden district of North London. By a strange coincidence, I used to live in an area of Plymouth which happened to be called Plympton too.

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Site updates - Surnames: Bragg, Lake, Shapton, Burnbury

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Family Tree section

Relevant place names: Thornbury and Great Torrington - both in North Devon.

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Site updates - Surnames: Martin, Bragg, Brock, Courtis, Dennis, Bate, Squire, Skinner, Short

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Family Tree section

Relevant place names: Bradford, Thornbury, Milton Damerel, Langtree, Shebbear, Black Torrington, Sutcombe - all in North Devon.

At this point, I'd like to thank Judy Adams, the OPC (Online Parish Clerk) for Bradford, Thornbury & Black Torrington, for her invaluable assistance in helping me further my research into my North Devon ancestors.

I was pleasantly surprised to discover how far back the name, Grace Martin, goes. My great-great-grandmother was Grace Martin, daughter of Philip Martin & Mary Bragg. It seems Grace had an aunt and a great-aunt of the same name. My gran's middle name was Grace, presumably after her grandmother, my great-great-grandmother mentioned above, who looked after her for a few years after my gran was orphaned. I was going to give a daughter of mine Grace for a middle name but I had a son instead.

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Site updates - Surnames: Arnold, Orton, Jeffery, Martin, Bragg, Brock, Rice

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Family Tree section

Relevant place names: Nuneaton in Warwickshire, Thornbury, Shebbear & Bradford - all in North Devon, and Slimbridge & Coaley in Gloucestershire.

Resources > Biographies section

  • Having finally transcribed the will of James Rice, I added a biography page for him which includes the full transcript.
Resources > Family Tree Reports section

  • Updated all the family tree reports. This is a work in progress and further additions are made as and when time permits.
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Site updates - Surnames: Arnold, Raynor/Rayner, Wagstaff, Orton, Avins, Alcock, Bacon, Garlick

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Family Tree section

Relevant place names: Nuneaton, Ansley and Chilvers Coton, all in Warwickshire.

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Thanksgiving Thursday: Greetings from Plymouth, England. The Pilgrims belong to us too.

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The Mayflower MemorialHappy Thanksgiving from across the Pond!

Did you know the Pilgrim Fathers are not just remembered in the US but in Plymouth, England, too? Amongst the many references to the Mayflower and the Pilgrims here in Plymouth, the Mayflower Steps Memorial is located in the area known as the Barbican in one of the oldest parts of this city in the South West of England.

The actual steps from where the Pilgrims departed no longer exist. A granite block set in the pavement was the original memorial, although this was previously set in the roadway. A plaque commemorating the historic journey in 1620 was erected alongside in 1891 and the Doric portico was added in 1934. This in turn is flanked by the American and British flags.

Some of the Pilgrim Fathers spent their last night at the 16th century Island House where there is a plaque on the wall listing all the names of the passengers who sailed on the voyage.

Photographs of the Mayflower Memorial and Island House are available for immediate download in my online shop for 0.60, less than $1. Is your ancestor one of those named on the Island House Plaque? If so, I'd love to hear from you.

You can read more about Plymouth's Pilgrim heritage in my earlier post.

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

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Site Updates - Gallery photos: WWII Medals plus Newland & Clearwell, Glos.

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Gallery > Potpourri > War Memorabilia section

  • As this is Remembrance Day, I've decided to add my grandfather's WWII medals to the gallery. William Hellyer Geake enlisted in the Royal Marines on 1st January 1941 and won the 1939-45 Star, the Burma Star, the Africa Star, the France and Germany Star, the Defence Medal and the War Medal. You can view his medals here.
Gallery > Places section
  • A couple of years ago, I briefly visited the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire as various branches of my family came from there. I've recently confirmed my Pitcher ancestors were connected to the villages of Newland and Clearwell and so I've added some photographs to the gallery, which I took when I was there.
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