So That's Where I Get It From

July 1, 2010

Wordless Wednesday follow-up: The answer!!

Filed under: DAILY BLOGGING THEMES, General, Wordless Wednesday — Tags: , , , — rootsresearcher @ 5:35 pm

For those of you that saw my Wordless Wednesday post yesterday posing the question I Wonder What They Are Looking At???  with the following photo:

original photograph taken by me Summer 2009 - copyright 2010

Did you have a guess?  Did you guess right?  Here’s a little clue:

original photograph taken by me Summer 2009 - copyright 2010

Yep, it’s someone in a Bee-Keeper’s outfit!!   I had to face my greatest fear – I am allergic to things like bee and wasp stings and know that such stings can kill.  So, when we were visited by a huge swarm of millions (well maybe not millions but thousands) of bees which proceeded to go down one of our chimney pots and into our bedroom!    Shriek!!    Aaaaaaaagh!!  How awful is that? 

My brave partner Paul ventured into the bedroom to open the windows to let them out.  But the silly things went out the window and back up to the chimney pot and back down into our bedroom!  Which is what the family are looking at in the photo I used for Wordless Wednesday yesterday. 

Our friend arrived in her Bee-Keeping outfit and was hoping to gather the swarm and take it back to her small farm to add to the beehives she already had.  So she came armed with a smoke gun (to make them sleepy – well it’s supposed to) and her net to gather them somehow in their huge round swarm.   But …

They would not get sleepy!  They had lots and lots of smoke aimed at them in our bedroom, but they would not shift or sleep.  We tried on and off for hours to make them sleepy so our friend could come back and get them.  This went on for a couple of days or so and of course meant that we could not sleep in our bedroom and our clothes and bits and bobs were in there and the bees were happily going everywhere in there!!!

Unfortunately we ended up having to kill them, they just would not shift or get sleepy.  Some got out back up the chimney but most stayed and were not intending on going anywhere else!!

original photograph taken by my partner Paul - Summer 2009 - copyright 2010

This photo shows a tiny, tiny sample of some of them, there really were thousands.  It took a couple of weeks sleeping on the chairs in our living room before we sorted everything out and made sure there were no angry bees laying in wait for us in the bedroom!

June 30, 2010

List of Wills added & copy of Cozens Read’s Will

Filed under: General — Tags: , — rootsresearcher @ 5:22 pm

On the Wills (Paternal Side) Page I have added a copy of my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read’s Will and underneath that a transcript of it.

I have also added two Pages in this section – called List of Wills  –  READ (A – M) and List of Wills – READ (P – W).  There’s a long story as to why I split the list, maybe I will tell you another time!!  ;-)

If anyone wants a copy of Cozens Read’s Will just either right click, save to your computer etc., or I can send a copy via attachment in an email.  For any copies of the other Wills listed I can send those via attachment in an email also.  Just let me know what you would like!

In the next day or two I hope to also add to this same section a List of Wills of other surnames of those who married into the Read family or Read females who married into other families.

I’ve got a large number of Wills so it has taken a bit of time to sort them all out!

I’m waiting for 13 more Read Wills to come from the Buckinghamshire Record Office but so far they are well over the 10 working days for delivery.  I sent a query but got an autoresponse that they hope to reply to that within 5 working days!  So if I still haven’t received my Wills (which are all paid for) by the time they answer my email about the non-delivery so far, it will be much much later than they state for delivery time!!  I expect our postman has been wondering why I have eagerly and avidly been awaiting his arrival every morning for days!!!!!

June 25, 2010

I just want to say thank you!

Filed under: General — Tags: — rootsresearcher @ 3:38 pm

I have received a lot of emails and some comments regarding my last Sentimental Sunday that I posted here about my dear late Dad. 

I just wanted to say thanks for the lovely things you have all said about it, and hope that as it has brought thoughts about your own late Fathers that I haven’t made you feel too sad.

Perhaps I should have written more about my Dad, but I am sure I will be mentioning him a few more times on this blog, just as I often mention my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read!

Thanks again everyone for your lovely messages to me, I really do appreciate it.

Help!!! Hope the person this is for sees it!!!! – re: an Olliffe burial?

Filed under: General — Tags: — rootsresearcher @ 3:30 pm

I have been driving myself mad the last couple of days because one of my “new” cousins mentioned in an email or message (on Genes Reunited maybe?) that they were looking for a burial for their ancestor with the surname Olliffe and I know that this is also connected to the Cox family and Rose family.

I have searched and searched and can’t find the message this cousin wrote to me anywhere and I now have some information that may well be of great help to them, and because I have such a jumble of things on my mind I really cannot remember which of my cousins mentioned this burial to me.

I don’t throw away any of the emails/messages I get from cousins and friends, so know the original message is where it was sent to.  But I have been through everything and just cannot find it.  I think it was fairly recent (in the last month or so), but then again it might have been a bit longer ago than that – I lose track of time when engrossed in my genealogy research!!!

I am really hoping that the person this applies to visits my blog occasionally and will see this and if so, please put a comment here or send me another email/message please.

I am soooooooo sorry about this and now I have some hopefully very useful information, I want to get it to that particular cousin.

June 16, 2010

Find-a-Grave: I’ve now joined and added my first memorial

Filed under: COZENS READ, General — Tags: , , — rootsresearcher @ 5:52 pm

Having done the Find-a-Grave Challenge a couple of weeks or so ago, I had decided that I would join so that I could add the graves of many of my ancestors.

I joined today and for the first added ancestor it had to be for the grave of my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read!!  I only had time to add his, but over the next few days I intend to add a lot more ancestors.  The link to his memorial if anyone wants to visit is:   http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi page=gr&GSmid=47304706&GRid=53752951&

June 14, 2010

Follow-Up on my cousin getting back to her 25 x great grandfather!!

Filed under: General, SOMETHING OF INTEREST — Tags: — rootsresearcher @ 4:57 pm

It’s just about a week since I posted here with a lot of excitement about my cousin Maureen discovering her 25 x great grandfather and that she was now in the realms of the Crusades and whatever else was going on waaaaaaaaay back then!  I’m really envious too, as it would be so good to research your ancestors back in those times, and I think I will start having some difficulty getting back to even the 1400s with my ancestors.

Well, yesterday cousin Maureen emailed me again.  This time it was to tell me of her Eureka moment!!  And my goodness, what a Eureka!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! moment it must have been for her!!  She had told me last week that she was obtaining a particular book through the Inter-Library loan service which detailed this particular family line she was tracing on her maternal side.  The line is that of Corfield.  I thought it was wonderful that there was a book Maureen could obtain that would enlighten her more on this particular branch of her family, and I know myself when I have started to delve into older books, the information is usually fairly spot on as people had been able to access records that were extant then but now are no longer in existance or if they are, probably completely unreadable.

Well, about cousin Maureen’s Eureka moment!  She managed to see the book at the library last Friday – I think it has taken her almost the whole weekend to come back down to earth!! ;-)   She has now gone back to her 28 x great grandfather and believe it or not, according to this book, that gentleman is King William I.

But her 22 x great grandfather is King Edward I and it is through his wife (cousin Maureen’s 22 x great grandmother) that this Corfield line goes back even further.  In Maureen’s own words:  “… it was mind blowing …”  and her 22 x great grandmother’s family go back such a long way, taking in El Cid.  (I never realised he was a real person – showing my ignorance here – but I know this is the time of chariots and such) and Maureen’s family also go back to the Kings of Portugal and more and go on back to 827 BC.  Cousin Maureen said “Surely something must not be right.  I just can’t take it all in”.

So, although a completely wonderful Eureka moment for her, cousin Maureen is a bit doubtful about all this.  I have suggested again that she really should start a blog about how she follows all this and what she discovers with her research.  I haven’t heard back from her yet, but won’t this all be so wonderful to research even if some or all turns out to not be true.  But then again, would someone writing such a book make all that up?  And if it is all true, where would cousin Maureen start with all this research?  She has to prove it for herself however long it takes.

I love history so would relish getting stuck into this particular research, so whatever the end result, if cousin Maureen does follow it all through she is in for a very interesting time.  (Should I start practising curtseying do you think)? ;-)

Tidying up!!

Filed under: General — Tags: — rootsresearcher @ 4:14 pm

I’ve just been pottering here tidying things up and think that the Pages menu on the sidebar now looks a lot clearer than it was!  I was thinking that the titles of what the Pages were about sort of blended into the rest of that menu.  I made the titles of each Page bold so that it stands out and think that now looks a lot better, certainly more easy to see what the Pages are about.

I wanted to do the same with the Categories for my blogposts but it just won’t let me do that!!  I thought if I made the Category titles stand out like the Page titles, it would all look much better.  I have even tried some html against the titles but that does not work.  It seems that the titles for my blogpost Categories will remain that way no matter what I want to do!  So, if there is anyone out there familiar with WordPress templates who could let me know if there is any way I can change the titles of the Categories from how they are to bold, I would be extremely grateful!

I’ve also added a little genealogical poem to the sidebar, different to the one I added to the sidebar in my Ancestors at Rest Graveyard Rabbit Blog.

It was like Christmas today, as I received some lovely genealogical storage bits and pieces to help even more with the Challenge I have just done to get all my genealogy paperwork sorted. I’m going to enjoy this soooooo much.

But I must also get going and start adding all the other things that are lined up to be included in this blog!!  I somehow wish we had 48 hours for every day!!!

Catch you later!  ;-)

June 13, 2010

1911 Census for England & Wales: Free for a limited time!!

Filed under: General, SOMETHING OF INTEREST — Tags: — rootsresearcher @ 11:10 am

I found out last night via an email from Peter Calver of Lost Cousins that findmypast.co.uk are giving free access to the 1911 Census at each time that England plays a match in the World Cup.  So last night for three hours we could have free access (I was too late to add a post here to let everyone know about this) and the next time will be at the (UK) time of 7pm – 10pm on Friday 18th June.  Then England has a third match on Wednesday 23rd June and the free access to the 1911 Census will then be from the (UK) time of 2.30pm for three hours.  Whether there will be any more free 1911 Census sessions after that will depend on whether England qualifies for the next rounds in the World Cup.  But if they continue through the World Cup it looks like we will have this free access each time they play!  Of course, all those of you in other countries will have to work out what the UK time equivalent would be for your parts of the world.

You have to register especially for the free sessions first and it’s best to get that done well before you start a three hour free research session when England play.

So, it was with great anticipation that I accessed findmypast.co.uk last night for the free three hour session.  I had already made a quick list of which ancestors I particularly wanted to check and had a secondary list of those I would like to check afterwards.

I suppose that it is wrong to complain when this was free, but …  it took me over half an hour to even get past login!!  Most of the time I kept getting messages such as “The page can’t be displayed” or “Error” messages!  I realised it would be really busy and therefore a bit slower than normal, but time was ticking away in the free research period and so I was eager to get going.  I finally completed the login process and so was ready to search for my first ancestor.

Easy enough, this was my great grandfather and there are very few with the same name as him.  I knew he was in London, so just wanted to check there rather than everywhere in the UK.  I knew his birth year, so that was no problem, but I added the from/to bit for about 3 years just in case he put a different age to what it should have been, as he was an elderly gentleman by this time.

It took a really long time to get from my search query to a list of one name (his) for me to click on to look at the original record.  “Page cannot be displayed”!!  It took a really long time for me to get back to my search query and to do the search again.  I clicked on his name, only to get “Page cannot be displayed”!!  I kept trying and I can say that I finally got my free access to the original record an hour after I managed to login for the 3 hour free session!

So by now we were half way through the 3 hour free period and I only had one ancestor found.  I continued and despite it being sooooooooo very slooooooooooooow in the total 3 hour free period I managed to see the original Census record for a total of four ancestors and saved them to my computer as well.  I had no difficulty finding any of them, so the delay was just the amount of people that also must have been trying to use this free research period.

As I said, I suppose it is wrong to complain as this was free, but I did rather expect to find quite a few more ancestors than four in three hours and so I must wait now for the 18th June when hopefully I can find a few more “particular” ancestors in the Census.

I will certainly be trying again, and will try to learn to have more patience by the time 18th June comes!  And while I am not really into football, I hope England make it through to the Final, then I might be able to get all the ancestors’ Census details that are on my list!!  (Oh dear, I hope that doesn’t sound too selfish)?  Best of luck to those of you who also try to access the 1911 Census.

June 6, 2010

Getting back to a 25 x great grandfather! Not me, but a cousin.

Filed under: General, SOMETHING OF INTEREST — Tags: , , — rootsresearcher @ 10:56 pm

I heard from my cousin Maureen this evening.  I am absolutely delighted for her as she appears to be going into new realms of family history research.  She has managed to take her maternal side of the family waaaaaaay back to a 25 x great grandfather!  Isn’t that wonderful!  I don’t think I have come across anyone managing to get back that far.

Maureen tells me that that family came from Normandy and that one of them actually fought in the first Crusade.

So, she has some very interesting history to delve into there and I wonder how much further back she will be able to go.  Where do you start delving into Normandy and the Crusades!!  I have suggested to Maureen that maybe she should start a blog into her research on her 25 x great grandfather and let us know what she discovers.  I am thrilled for her, this is so exciting.

June 5, 2010

52 Weeks To Better Genealogy – Challenge #23: Come up with a personal genealogy challenge of your own

For this latest Challenge we are asked to come up with a personal challenge of our own.  My first thought was to set myself the task of finding the parents of Elizabeth Cosens who is the mother of my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read.  But then I thought this would be silly to do for the latest challenge, because I have already been searching for Elizabeth’s parents over several years, so I don’t think it likely I will discover them this coming week!!

In that case, I needed a more realistic goal to reach in a week for this challenge and my thoughts turned to how much time I have been spending going through all the papers, documents, Wills and masses of other things that I have collected over the years, just looking for notes, as in my Madness Monday post a couple of weeks ago, and only this week I have been hunting for a letter that I have put safely somewhere in which my uncle is writing to ask my grandfather’s permission to marry his daughter, my aunt.  It’s so safe I can’t find it!!  And I have also been searching for my parish register transcripts that I made for a particular parish in Oxfordshire to double check something, and can I find that in my piles of paperwork, nooooooo!!!!!  I don’t throw any of these things away so I know it is there somewhere!!

So, for my own personal genealogy challenge this week, I have set myself the goal to get things well and truly properly sorted into proper categories in all my files and folders, so if I want to look for a family treasure, like my uncle’s letter, I can put my hands straight on it.  If I want to find a particular parish register transcript I will find it straight away instead of searching through pile after pile of mixed paperwork.  The same with Wills and Certificates and so on.  And if possible to do more than that, maybe I will also separate these things into maternal and paternal sides of the family piles!!

original photograph taken by me and in my private collection - copyright 2010

The photo only shows a tiny fraction of my piles of paperwork so you can imagine how long it takes me to go through it all when searching for a particular something!!  I have been wanting to get properly organised for quite a while now, but just never seemed to get around to it, and now this challenge has been set!!!

So, by the coming Friday, I hope to show a different photo once I get things properly sorted.  As there is so very much stuff, I don’t think I will have all the sorting done completely, but certainly in a week, if I set to with determination, I might surprise myself.  I will let you know how I get on by Friday!!  Wish me luck!!

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