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The Lighter Side / The Commandments of Genealogy
« on: Tuesday 31 August 21 12:00 BST (UK)  »
Ready for another airing?
1. Thou shalt name thy male children Alexander, James, John, and William.
2. Thou shalt name thy female children Ann(e), Elizabeth, Iso/abel(la), Jane/Jean, Margaret and Mary.
3. Thou shalt leave no trace of your female children.
4. Thou shalt ensure that thy wife's name is omitted from thy children's baptism records.
5. Thou shalt, after naming your children from the above lists, call them by strange nicknames such as Dod, Bunty, Mek and Cissie.
6. Thou shalt not use any middle names on any legal documents or census reports.
7. Thou shalt learn to sign all documents illegibly so that thy surname can be spelled, or misspelled, in as many different ways as possible.
8. Thou shalt, after no more than three generations, make sure that all family records are lost, misplaced, burned in a court house fire, or buried so that NO future trace of them can be found.
9. Thou shalt propagate misleading legends, rumours, vague innuendo regarding your place of origination: England, Scotland, Wales or Ireland.
10. Thou shalt leave no cemetery records or headstones with legible names.
11. Thou shalt leave no family Bible with records of births, marriages or deaths.
12. Thou shalt ALWAYS flip thy name around. If born "James Albert" thou shalt make all the rest of thy records in the names of Albert, AJ, JA, AL, Bert, Bart, or Alfred.
13. Thou shalt also flip thy parents' names when making reference to them, although 'UNKNOWN" or a blank is an acceptable alternative.
14. Thou shalt name at least five Generations of males, and dozens of their cousins, with identical names.
15. Thou shalt not leave a will but if thou canst not avoid doing so ....
16. Thou shalt not name thy children in thy will, or say how many have survived.

Australia / Narrowing a search on Trove
« on: Sunday 29 August 21 21:09 BST (UK)  »
I've been looking in Trove for information about Owen Parker, who married Ada Craig Guthrie in Sydney in 1951.

Unfortunately I can't seem to narrow the search to exclude mentions of addresses with Park in them, or mentions of the Parks Department, or references to people named Park, Parks or Parkes, which means that I am getting thousands of 'hits' (far too many to wade through) that are not what I want.

Listing these words/names in the 'without these words' field results in just one result containing 'Owen' but not, as far as I can see, Parker, Park, Parkes or Parks. So it looks as if the search cannot distinguish between these four words.

However I know there are at least half a dozen mentions of an Owen Parker, in the 1960s. What I can't make out is whether or not they are the Owen Parker I am interested in.

His wife was born in Wales in 1902, emigrated to Australia in 1948, married in 1951 and died in 1964.

The Owen Parker in trouble with the law in 1966 is said to be 41, so he is about a quarter of a century younger than Ada, so looks an unlikely candidate to be her husband.

Any suggestions for targeting the search more precisely?

Europe / Helen Ruth Hamilton
« on: Friday 11 June 21 17:26 BST (UK)  »
I've been looking to see what became of Helen Ruth Hamilton, born in Glasgow in 1880, and I came across which suggests that she may have been Matron of the 'Principessa Jolanda' convent school in Milan.

I've looked online for digitised Italian newspapers that might mention her, so far without success. Does anyone have any ideas how else I might investigate this lady?

I can read Italian well enough so I don't need English-language newspapers or translations.

Canada / George Aitken(head), son of John
« on: Friday 28 May 21 16:56 BST (UK)  »
In the 1881 census of Scotland, there is a George Aitken, nephew, 23, born Canada, in the household of Alexander Aitkenhead at New Farm, East Kilbride, Lanarkshire.

Alexander died in 1890 and left bequests including one to John Aitkenhead, otherwise Aitken, farmer, Orangeville, Toronto, Canada, whom I assume to be his brother and father of George. I gather that Orangeville is in Dufferin County. John was aged 15 in the 1841 census, so he was born between 1821 and 1826.

However all my efforts to find John and his family, including George, in any census in Canada, have come to naught so far.

Can anyone point me at any information about John and his descendants please?

Canada / John Charles Anderson
« on: Monday 26 April 21 17:04 BST (UK)  »
I'm scratching my head over John Charles Anderson. Not even sure how to set out clearly the information I already have.

I was sent a tree many years ago, and have now learned that it is a branch of my tree, so I am trying to verify the information it it before adding it to mine. The person who researched it died 12 years ago.

According to this tree, the Reverend John Charles Anderson was born in Fort Erie, Ontario, on 6 January 1844, the son of William Anderson and Ellen Maria Smith. However the notes include a transcription of the baptism on 12 March 1837 of John, born 19 November 1836, son of the Reverend John Anderson, rector of Waterloo, Fort Erie, and his wife Helen.

John Charles Anderson married my relative Mary Aikenhead on 10 October 1877 in Stanley Township, Huron County, Ontario. I have seen this certificate. It says that John Charles Anderson, carpenter, was a widower, aged 33, born Fort Erie, parents William and Ann Anderson.

According to the tree Mary died on 26 September 1892 in Calvert County, Maryland, and in 1895 John remarried. His second wife was Julia Ann Cass. I have found John and Julia and their two sons together in Kansas in 1900 and 1910. (The 1910 says that it was John's second marriage, but if he was a widower in 1877 it muct have been his third marriage.) However I have failed so far to find John and Mary in the 1880 census in the USA or the 1881 census in Canada.

The tree also says that John was ordained a deacon in 1883 in the Episcopalian Church and as a Priest in 1885 by the Right Rev Samuel Smith Harris, Bishop of the Diocese of Michigan. He served in numerous episcopalian churches in Michigan, Maryland, Kansas and Illinois, and died in 1916 in Detroit. The tree refers to an obituary that says that he and Mary had three children, William A, Charles Bowen and another whose name is not known, but I have yet to find and read the full obituary.

I am not really interested in Julia or her sons Donald or Douglas because they are not related to me. However I would like to be able to sort out the facts about John Charles Anderson and the three children he is supposed to have had with Mary Aikenhead.

It looks to me as if there is a possibility of confusion between the Reverend John Anderson of Waterloo, Lincoln County, Ontario and 'my' Reverend John Charles Anderson.

Does anyone have any ideas please?

United States of America / Wondering where Helen Simpson died
« on: Wednesday 03 March 21 22:18 GMT (UK)  »
Helen Huntingdon Day, daughter of Thomas Charles Day and his wife Katherine Huntingdon, was born in Indianapolis in March 1883. I don't know the exact date.

On 22 April 1908, in Indianapolis, she married James Young Simpson, who was born on 3 August 1872 in Edinburgh and died in Edinburgh on 20 May 1834.

He is buried in the family lair in Grange Cemetery, Edinburgh. The stone (listed in FindaGrave) also mentions his wife as Helen Day Simpson, giving her death date as 1967, but I cannot find any record of her death in Scotland. Nor is there a likely-looking death in England and Wales.

She travelled to and from the USA several times in the 1930s after the death of her husband. Could it be that she finally returned to the USA and died there?

I've never before attempted to search in Spain, so if anyone has any advice, please, I'd be very grateful.

William Fairweather Adamson married Magdalene Kerr in Arbroath in 1848. They are in the 1851 census in Arbroath, with no family. I cannot find them in 1861 at all.

William died on 7 October 1868 in the harbour at Gateshead when he fell off the gangplank of the steamer 'Scotia' on which he was chief engineer. Reports from the papers in Newcastle say that he left three children, reports from Arbroath papers say he left two. Magdalene died in Arbroath in 1878.

Now, if there were just two children, they are Helen, born 1855/1856 in Spain, and Jemima. born 1862 in Arbroath, both of whom were with Magdalene in 1871. Helen married and died in Arbroath, and every census gives her place of birth as Spain.So I'd like to find Helen's birth/baptism record. Jemima never married and died in Dundee.

The other children are all accounted for except the birth/baptism of Mary Jane, who died in Arbroath in March 1863 aged three, and the death of William Fairweather Adamson jr, who was born in Arbroath in 1857. So did he die overseas too, or was he the third child, and was Mary Jane also born in Spain?

Europe / Fantastic service!
« on: Monday 08 February 21 11:37 GMT (UK)  »
Yesterday (Sunday) I e-mailed the Archives of the Town of Nice in France enquiring whether they had any information about Margaret Duncan or Scott, who died there in 1893, and her granddaughter's husband Count Alessandro Baffigi, who died there in 1895.

I was amazed, delighted and impressed to find a very full reply, with links to death registrations, burials, census and other records, waiting for me when I got up this morning. I think service like that deserves the highest of praise.

Banffshire / Broken Link
« on: Wednesday 27 January 21 17:25 GMT (UK)  »
The MIs of the old kirkyard of Banff used to be online, but the link in the 'Banffshire Resources' topic above is broken.

Does anyone know if they are still available online, and if so where?

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