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Suffolk Lookup Requests / Re: Washbrook baptisms pre-1754 DAY
« on: Monday 24 September 18 15:15 BST (UK)  »
Should anyone be interested - I ended up buying fiche for both Washbrook and Belstead and have been transcribing them.

You can find them on and also on my website,

I did indeed find an Elizabeth, daughter of Abraham Day, baptised in Washbrook in 1751! Now to find out more about Abraham and his wife Mary Rafe...

Oooh that button sounds handy - I've often wanted to be able to search by location rather than by name.

Thank you!

That might explain it then...!

I've tested with FTDNA (autosomal, mt) and Ancestry autosomal). I've had my parents test with FTDNA as well (autosomal, my dad's Y-chromosome). I've uploaded all the autosomal results to Gedmatch.

I'm rather confused as someone who has tested with Igenea has got in touch, saying we're 4th cousins. I haven't tested with Igenea and as far as I'm aware, you can't upload Igenea results to Gedmatch.

How have they found the match? Unless they've paid to upload their results to FTDNA or Ancestry - is that possible? (I know you can with some companies, but I know vanishingly little about Igenea!). Or do FTDNA or Ancestry supply results to other companies for matches? (I can't see them doing that as they'd presumably need permission).

I'm just... somewhat confused!

I think the lack of trees can be down to reasons for people testing.

As someone's said, it might be because they *have* to open an account on Ancestry and haven't got a tree themselves as they're testing to help a relative.

I think also there's people who just want to find out their ethnicity, and really aren't bothered about who their 3 x gt-grandparents were!

I originally tested with FTDNA, then did a test with Ancestry when it was on special offer. I have been frustrated by the lack of trees myself, but also by people sending me emails where they blast a load of their relatives names at me and demand to know how we're related. I don't know! Look at the tree - I've supplied it for a reason.

It's especially annoying when they've looked at my tree, then try to bend the facts presented in it to fit some random theory they have. "You've got the surname [blah] in your tree, but you're wrong, it should be [blah] which is the name of my [insert distant ancestor here], because we match at [insert genetic distance here] and that's the only way it fits into my tree." Because they don't get that the genetic distance presented by the test might not actually be correct, and they don't seem to appreciate that I might have spent years researching that family in detail, through multiple kinds of document. It gets in the way of looking for matches in a sensible manner. Arrghhh!


I recall looking at that one before, but couldn't find anything. There is a Captain Thomas Taylor listed but it's too early to be Alfred's dad. The other Thomas Taylors who appear in it around the time he was apparently sailing were lower down the pecking order than captain.

So the mystery lingers on!

Essex Lookup Requests / Re: Dovercourt, Essex
« on: Sunday 23 July 17 19:56 BST (UK)  »
It's such a shame, isn't it!

Essex Lookup Requests / Re: Dovercourt, Essex
« on: Sunday 23 July 17 18:02 BST (UK)  »
It is most annoying! It's the first half of the alphabet that I find problematic, as if they scanned them first, then someone went "Hang about, I can barely read these!" so they changed the way they scanned them for the parishes later in the alphabet.

Great Clacton is quite a challenge!

Essex Lookup Requests / Re: Dovercourt, Essex
« on: Sunday 23 July 17 14:33 BST (UK)  »
There's some Dovercourt transcriptions on

28 Oct 1746. Thomas Warren

27 May 1776
Amos Warren, bachelor, of Dovercourt
Hannah Licence, spinster, of same
Witnesses: James Squier, John Cole.
By banns

There are Dovercourt transcriptions on my website although a bit too late for yours, I think:

If you are very curious about Dovercourt, it's worth getting a short subscription for Essex Ancestors so you can look through the parish register online. I will warn you though - the scans haven't been done very large so the writing is tiny and awkward to read!

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