How great has the info and chit chat been?
Thanks re the info, but some will know I have been around for a long long time. I was
online when the 1881 Census was released by LDS, not that I have been around for that long
(LOL). I have had 40 years of working on my tree and I have to say my STACKHOUSE tree
stops at Richard (1) as far back......1783, no further advanced.
What I found from this site, it is not that there was a connection of my tree, but
friendships. I was lucky, someone called Bibby, contacted me, similar tree, and advised he
knew who my branch was connected to, alas she was deaf, had no phone and I had to wait for
snail mail. That was agonizing. We are so used to the now and instant contact that we
forget, some only contact via post. From UK to Australia was exasperating.
However, in 2000, I took an envelope that had been sent from England, with me and I
travelled to UK. I called in on the two elderly couple.....Held the envelope out to show
it was theirs and mine and we took off to Lancashire and Cheshire from Wiltshire, two
elder folk and myself, a stranger virtually off to look at cemeteries, exchange
certificates etc. I was glad I did. She was more into the Stackhouse name and had
certificates, but I was able to give her additional info she had wrong and didn't
know. We based it on certificates, original source material, but as I said even that can
I have posted part of my story before, MEN posted my story about lost ashes, I took back
with me, ran the story and then I scattered them. There was a photo in the paper, and the
two elderly folk, laughed their heads off. We had a great time.
What I didn't know and what Mr Stackhouse did not tell me, was that they had a niece
in Cheshire, and his sister also a Stackhouse he visited while I did the grave hunting in
Manchester Southern Cemetery and Reddish and a sort of posh-ish one, well kept = not far
away. I could have met his sister but they just didn't do that....where is the
Lancashire hospitality? LOL I have names like Willow Grove and others, but mostly my
graves were not found, none to be seen.....
That neice was on a site, who responded to me searching the name, and trying for the
Puritan/Boston connection, only to be told by one chap, our trees were not his. A bit
snooty after all, its Pensylvania, Boston or where ever, well hey buddy, I thought, they
came from England!!! The only unpleasant connection I had was his.
As a result the two of us, Mary and I got sharing the tree, when she mentioned where her
line met mine, low and behold this was the neice, and we had never known each other, but
the common link was the elderly couple, who died not long after I met them. So glad I made
Mary and hubby came to OZ on a tour and met me and I drove them around, we had a good
time. I went to UK in 2013 again and they drove me around. Then I met others and so on. So
my tree has expanded and I feel like I have know her all my life.
So you see these lists are not just information, they are connections, friends, relatives
and some good common interests. While I would like things to be correct, I get it wrong
too. Its not a big deal, we learn, we adapt, we grow.
My tree is on Ancestry, I have sync'd it with FTM. I have several FTM, the last was
2012. I have several trees and my relatives have access so they can add their line. I have
my FTM on my comp which is mine too.
SO, my relatives add to the tree, I can over ride it if I want. But as far as trees go
mine does get complicated at times (don't they all) my OZ (not UK) cousin, is more
than one cousin....her grandmother and my great grandmother were sisters, my grandmother
and her mother were half sisters and their husbands were cousins......now lets see who can
unravel my tree LOL. So when she searches Carleton, she says its not your line and I say,
yep it is, one is my great gran, one my great great aunt.....do you consider step
families? well she's that too! Just don't count anything out, that's all I am
Ancestry is a bit like a spiders web.....you get caught in it, you get tangled and it
have a good one!
Lynn Cheshire Cat in Oz