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Genealogy Has Me In A Spin June 20, 2018

Filed under: Ancestors,Ancestry,Genealogy — Janet @ 6:07 pm

I’ve went away for a week and now it has taken a week to get caught up to where I was before I went away.  I have been particularly slow in figuring out what I was doing in my genealogy research.  In fact in an unexpected lightening bulb moment last night I suddenly remembered that I was slowly and methodically adding to my annotated list of my ancestors who emigrated from the British Isles to North America.  And the core document for that exercise is a blog entry originally compiled in July 2016.

To add to my confusion I bought a new laptop and am having trouble getting set up.  That old eircom email address is snarling  things up.  Anything eircom is no longer validd or operational.

 

Descended From A King June 5, 2018

Filed under: Ancestors,Ancestry,Genealogy — Janet @ 8:53 pm

ancestry.com tells me that King Edward IV was my 13th Great Grandfather.  Could this be possible?  Will investigate further.

81d28efba0e5f313ee55507177d5b6d0  King Edward IV, from Google images

 

 

Ancestor Troll June 4, 2018

Filed under: Ancestor Count,Ancestors,Ancestry,Genealogy,War of the Roses — Janet @ 6:42 pm

I’ve completed my search through the ancestors I found on ancestry.com.  And I added a lot of ancestors I never knew I had – do I hear Henry Gates speaking?  Now to go back and sort/sieve the accumulated information.

The first snippet to share with my readers is that I thought I found that one of my ancestors had been beheaded on Tower Green at the Tower of London.  On further examination I found I was following a false trail.  The particular person that lost his head in that way did not belong to me.  A comforting thought.

p.s. Correction- my ancestor was the one who was beheaded.  In fact he was the first to be beheaded in the Tower of London by Richard of Gloucester.  He was 52 years old, father of 7 children.   He served on the Yorkist side in the Battle of Mortimer’s Cross in the War of the Roses.

 

It’s All Coming Together May 12, 2018

9781558499614_p0_v1_s550x406   this book is a mine of information re the settlement of my hometown area.  Combine this with all the information regarding my ancestors – who came when and from where – I’ve got a lot of mixing and matching to do.  Bonanza!

 

Genealogy Research Expanded May 3, 2018

Filed under: Ancestor Count,Ancestors,Ancestry,Genealogy,Immigrants — Janet @ 10:06 pm

I’ve been working hard at finding more ancestors to add to my family tree and also to identify those who immigrated to North America.

The ancestor count is now nearing 11,000.

And I have a list of over 100 possible immigrants I didn’t identify the first time around.

This work has been rather tedious but I have felt compulsive about it.

Now filling in the missing details will be more interesting.

immigrant-ship-lyon-12

Work continues.

 

 

 

Searching For Ancestors April 23, 2018

Filed under: Ancestor Count,Ancestors,Ancestry,Family Tree,Genealogy — Janet @ 5:54 pm

Ancestry.com has introduced a new feature whereby they find all your ancestors.  All I have to do is click a few highlighted boxes and presto, each generation unfolds.  So instead of tediously jotting down names and dates and fathers and mothers etc., I can now hit keys on my keyboard in the right sequence and a new ancestor appears.  This is a beta version of a new program.  I’m not sure I like it or that it’s good for me.  It certainly saves paper and notebooks but it is so impersonal and mechanical.  By handwriting names and dates etc. I felt I was getting to know each ancestor a little bit, and I had to do a bit of thinking and digging to connect the dots.

My ancestor count has soared as a result of this new program.  I was close to 8000 ancestors on my tree – now in just a few days of using the new program the count has soared to close to 9000.  And I have to follow up on new names that have appeared in my sublist of immigrant ancestors.  And the additional coats of arms – well I’m overwhelmed.

On the plus side, this feature – beta search for a glowing green symbol and tap the key – should in theory give me more time to search for the information I’m really interested in.  The names and dates of birth and death are just the start.  I want to know where when and how they lived, etc.

 

Where One Of My Ancestors Lived April 11, 2018

Filed under: Ancestors,Ancestry,Burial Grounds,Castles,Genealogy — Janet @ 7:26 pm

93ff57d9-ce2f-4b93-9dc8-e5fbe4fabf8c  Etherstone Castle County Northumberland   Home to Sir Thomas Grey Knight of Etherstone Forster      1452-1526     my 13th Great Grandfather