Monday, 21 May 2012

Davidson page...slow progress!!

This week I have been working on the Davidson page of my blog, I keep adding bits when I get a few free minutes but I think it could take me a long while before I manage to get the full story of the family on here....

Do keep visiting and seeing what new things have been added.

Monday, 14 May 2012

Scanning old documents and photos

My great, great uncle Ted
My uncle Andrew
A very important part of researching the family tree is finding old photos, documents and birth, death, marriage certificates our relatives have tucked away for safe keeping.

I am fortunate enough to have many of these documents, that I have been passed down from other family members and then other birth, marriage and death certificates which I have purchased to aid my research.

Today, I have managed to scan a huge proportion onto my computer and linked them with the family tree. It has taken a full afternoon to do about two thirds of all the documents I have but its been worth it.

Now, I have all those documents at my fingertips digitally I can store the old documents away safely, so as not to damage them. In doing this I can start adding more to my family stories on the other pages of this blog.

My dad and uncle Andrew

A school class photo, my great grandfather is on the left of the front row

My great great grandmother with her 2 sons 
My great grandfather's certificate of demobilisation after  WW1
My great grandfather

Copyright © 2012 Ruth Hogan

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Surname Distribution

I find the meanings of names very interesting. Especially, my own names and surnames in my family tree.

Today, I have been looking at meanings of some of the surnames in my family tree. In the process of this I  discovered an exciting webpage where you can search the distributions of surnames in England from the 1891 census.

Check it

I was fascinated to find only 72 families with the surname Presswood (my maternal grandmother's maiden name) in the whole of England and Wales in 1891!!  For more information about my Presswood family, take a look at my Presswood family page.

Copyright © 2012 Ruth Hogan

Monday, 7 May 2012

Pre-1837 Parish Records

This weekend I have discovered the website below....

An amazing site, easy to search on and well transcribed.

Copyright © 2012 Ruth Hogan

I just thought I'd explain my intentions for this blog....

I have been researching my family history for over 10 years now and have built up a wealth of knowledge about my family. This research is not in an easy format for me to share with my friends and family so I wanted to set up a blog where you could follow my research.

I am going to write a little bit about each of my great, great grandparents family trees on the separate pages and then blog about my daily/weekly/monthly research as and when it happens. I suspect it might take me a while to get each page set up with my current research so it will be matter of watching this space....