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Hello fellow Genealogists & Rootswebians,
About 3 weeks ago I wrote 8 letters to people all over the country who
bare the same name as one of the names that I'm researching - with me so
far? <g> Anyway, I've had replies to all but one, so I consider I've
been very lucky.
If we then take the other 7, I find that I'm related to all but one -
and I've received some very valuable family names and chit-chat; even
been able to scan a selection of photos and names entered on a page in
a bible. <wow>
The one person I can't, AS YET connect with, says that he was suspicious
of me writing to him, out of the blue like - as you would. He went on
to say that some time ago he was contacted by someone in America who was
also researching our surname. By the way, it's HENNESS (& variants).
He wrote that this guy from America had told him that one Miles HENNESS
sold himself as a servant, in return for a passage from Ireland to
America. Apparently, I'm told, all the HENNESS's in America - and there
are lots of them over there - are all from this one man. Didn't he do
What I ask of you, dear friends, is - Was this sort of thing
commonplace? How often did it happen? Who would do it, what sort of
person (obviously a poor one), but I mean what trade would they have?
Would he have been single, or a married man? If married, would he sell
his own children? ETC, ETC. The mind boggles. <g>
It's a bit like slavery in reverse. What do you think?
I've sent this to the Hampshire & Wessex list, as this is where I've
found the HENNESS family, and in any case, I need as much input as I can
Anyone that is doing research on the MEE surname now has a forum to post their enquiries.
I am posting this here as it seems that the MEE family is highly concentrated in Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
Anyone interested in this surname, please contact me at my e-mail address below.
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Kathleen B. Woodward
Western Canada,British Columbia
Surnames being researched in my family tree are:
ALLAN, CUMMINGS, FORBES, GORDON, JACK, ROBBIE, ROSS, WILLIAMSON
all of Aberdeen, Scotland
GABY & WATSON of Wiltshire
GREY & WARD of Yorkshire (ERY)
HAYES, HOWE, HOWET, LE MEY/MEE, & OLIVER of Leicestershire
MOORE of Nottinghamshire
ROBINSON of Warwick
WOODWARD of Staffordshire
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I don't know about the town in Australia being named after Bendigo, but he was
famous enough to have a beer named after him. I'm not sure whether it is
still brewed, but it was available comparatively recently.
Hi Fellow Researchers,
My main research names within the Nottinghamshire are:
CHAMBERS - Any dates - Normanton on the Wolds, Aslockton, Whatton,
Kinoulton, Langar - all in the UK but I do believe that some emigrated
to other parts and I'd love to hear from anyone who could tell me where.
ROUSE - Any dates - Aslockton, Kinoulton areas of Notts and Eaton +
Gunby areas of Leicestershire.
BONSER - Any dates - Kinoulton and any other areas of Notts.
BOOTH - Any dates - Carrington and any other areas of Notts.
FANCOURT - Any dates - Any area of Notts.
Thanks for being there so that I can ask.
On the 22 or 23/JUL I received a message regarding a Samuel BAKER and
mentioning a Charles. My computer crased on the 23rd and lost all e-mail. I
checked thru all my data base and do not find a Samuel. My gg grandfather
Charles was born 1801 at Basford,Notts and my g grand father Thomas Charles
was (b) in Nottingham 1830. I am looking for any living relatives. Good
I have, in the last month, bought a large collection (1000+) of
1890-1940 photographs of Nottingham.
The photo's, going by the back stamps, were once part of the
now defunct Nottingham Historical Film Unit, the ones that produced
the Victorian and Edwardian series of illustrated books.
While going through them I came across a photo of Southwell
Road showing a row of shops, and the last one in the row has "G H DAFT"
over it & the image also shows (two doors down) the Fox & Grapes
public house, better known locally as "Pretty Windows".
I am sure that I remember that someone on the list was interested
in the Daft family & another interested in "Pretty Windows".
The Photo is dated 1934, anyone still interested in these?
As I slowly dig my way through these photo's I may find other
names that ring bells......
I will keep you posted.
All for now Paul.
Check out the "Nottingham Local History Index" URL's below
Nottingham Local History, Man-Made Caves and Robin Hood sites.
I am researching my g.grandfather, William George WOOLFORD, who was b. 7 March
1867, Shaw, Lydiard Millicent.
He married (?) Blanche BECKETT Austin and lived in Clapham, London in 1895
and was living in Nottingham in 1917, where Blanch d. 5 October. By 1938,
William George was back in Chelsea area, where he d. 24 December, 1938 at St.
I am new to the game and haven't gotten too far yet. I know some names
but not much in the way of details. Does anyone know of or have interest
in any of the following:
Wood - GGP Unknown
GF James born 1885 in Notts
other James siblings - Sam, Harry, Emma, Mariah, Jenny, Annie
Davies - GGF John Davies born in Chester
GGM Elizabeth Taylor born in Notts
GM Lizzie born 1886 in Notts
other Lizzie siblings - Arthur, Ben, Jack
Huckins - Married Emma Wood
Jowett - Married Mariah Wood
Benner - Was my fathers cousin but don't know the relationship. Probably
a marriage of either Jenny or Annie Wood
Any connections out there ???????
Orlando, FL USA
You begin with yourself, then your parents, then their parents and so
forth on backwards.
Write or go to courthouses, churches, history centers, whereever they
keep the records in the area you are looking. Go with the information
you know and have on paper and start working back. Look through census
records of a certain area if you aren't exactly sure where they lived.
Death certificates usually give the information of where they were born,
their parents names, spouse name.
You did right by joining the mailing list. If there are mailing
lists for the areas you are researching, join them also. On the
Internet, you want to list queries through mailing lists, forums,
anywhere you can leave one. Someday, somewhere, someone will see your
query and have the answer you are looking for. Better yet, you'll find
a "real live cousin"!
You will find that many people out there are willing to
help...sometimes even if they don't have any connection to your family
name...just because they are there and have access to the records and
This can be a very frustrating and a very rewarding task. Lately,
for me, it's been on the rewarding side. However, I have hit walls that
have lasted for years...so don't give up. Just keep digging away.....
Good Luck :-)
Linda Whittaker Knott
England (Lincs, Notts, Dorset)
> As a relative newcomer to Genealogy I would like any advice, Help or
> information on tracing my Family Tree the Names I am looking for are
> FAULCONBRIDGE, BREFFITT, BURGISS, MERRITT, HORGAN (of Irish origin),
> ==== NOTTSGEN Mailing List ====
> If there are any questions or queries about the list,
> please email
Thank you to all the kind people who responded to my query.
After looking at all the information I think I can safely say it is a photo
of my g/grandmother Hannah Margaret Willey b. in Sutton in Ashfield in 1842.
The photo would have been taken before her marriage to William James Kirk in
St. Marys Church Sutton in 1867, so I would date the photograph between 1860
Hannah was the daughter of William and Ellen Willey who are listed as living
on the cnr of High Pavement and Quarry Yard Sutton in Ashfield in the 1881
census. William was a grocer but I don't know if he was still in business
As a relative newcomer to Genealogy I would like any advice, Help or
information on tracing my Family Tree the Names I am looking for are
FAULCONBRIDGE, BREFFITT, BURGISS, MERRITT, HORGAN (of Irish origin),
Hi - a few people have asked me about Shipping lists and the Log of Logs.
I''m sorry I don't have the bibliographical details of same at hand, but
I'll check and provide later.:
The Log of Logs are two volumes, carefully compiled that list an enormous
number of referecnes for an equally enormous number of ships coming to
Australia - it lists the Captains' logs, known diaries, known pictures, and
their repositories. Not all ships are there, ofcourse, but I've found leads
that I would never have found otherwise.
The migrant ships that came to Australia carrying Bonded Immigrants had very
useful info in them:
Names, ages, DOB, place of birth, parents, including wife's maiden names,
religion, whether the person could read and write, whether they had any
complaints about the voyage and whether they had any relatives in the
Colony, and if so, who they were.
As well as this, there are Ship's Returns that go with each ship and were
returned to the British Govenrment to indicate where the passngers went.
These give the names of passengers from 14 up - working age, and sometimes
for chln 11+ because they went into apprenticeships. These tell who they
went to work for, how much they were paid, where and how long their contract
These lists both are well organised inSydney - except for a brief period
fromtt he end of 1848 through 1849 when the originals got lost, and were
sent to England later, filed when they arrived not when they applied to, and
have forever after been hard to find!
Adelaide has a broken series - many of their lists are missing for this
period - she was only a baby colony and just getting things together -
Victoria's are pretty intact and easily accessible onmicro fiche - WA, I
just don't know about, I'm sorry - but it is well worth an ask!
Looking for info on the following:
SLANEY, TURNER, NORTH, HOGGARD, MOORE, SIMS, SIMMS
in Mansfield area (Sutton-in-Ashfield, Rainworth nr Mansfield)
SLANEY and HOGGARD: Rainworth nr Mansfield area.
Samual SLANEY, b. 1888-1892? worked as gamekeeper and gardener on an estate,
then possible coal miner, enlisted in 9th lancers 1914. married Louise nee
children: Alan, Eric, Rita, Jeffery
TURNER, NORTH and SIMMS
Beatrice SIMMS, married William NORTH, 1900 (?), separated, 1901-02,
reunited 1910? children: Edward (b.1911), Helen (b. 1916), Kate (b. 1914?).
William NORTH fought in Boer War
During separation from William North: Beatrice SIMMS and Joseph TURNER,
Huthwaite, common-law, Sutton-in-Ashfield: Children: Wilfred James b. 1913,
Edith b. 1902, George b. 1909, Timothy b. 1910
Joseph TURNER killed in WWI
Beatrice SIMMS, (William NORTH--died or separated again?), lived common-law
Jim Smith, Children: Carrie, b. 1923
Wilfred James (nee TURNER) NORTH married July 25, 1932: Doris MOORE b. 1913,
Sutton-in-Ashfield, daughter of Harold Stephen MOORE and Mary SIMS.
children of Wilfred James and Doris:
William James, b. 1933, Janet Alison, b. 1936, Josephine Anne, b. 1941,
Beatrice Carol, b. 1942, Micheal John, b. 1944, Jeffrey Alan, b. 1949,
Elizabeth, b. 1953, d. 1986?
MOORE and SIMS
Harold Stephen MOORE--son of Stephen MOORE, and Charlotte unknown
Mary SIMS, daughter of George SIMS and Harriet unknown
NORTH and SLANEY
Janet Alison NORTH married Alan SLANEY, March 23, 1957, St. Micheals,
Sutton. Emmigrated to Ontario, Canada. Children: Steven Alan, b. 1958,
Angela, b. 1960, Stewart Lee, b. 1962
If anyone has any info on above families, please contact me. Thanks.
(ex-wife of Steven Alan--but still friends with the family :o) Great
people!, I'm looking for as much family tree as I can on this side for our 3
I tried the hyperlink you included here and couldn't come up with
anything. Are you sure you typed it in right? I would like to check
out this Gedcom to spreadsheet thing.
Linda Whittaker Knott
England (Lincs, Notts, Dorset)
jan hargreaves wrote:
> This is really a computer problem but as it is related to Family History I
> hope you will excuse me from asking for help:
> I've just received the August copy of Family Tree Magazine and in the
> Computer Section on page 30 there is an article by Gareth Owens.
> He says that he exports his entire family file from Family Tree Maker in
> GEDCOM format and then turns the data into an Excel 5 spreadsheet. To do
> this he uses the above program which he says is downloadable free at
> I have downloaded this file and can't get it to work. After unzipping it I
> end up with two files one of which has .mac as file type. Does this mean it
> is a Macintosh program?
> I have Excel 97 (version 8, I think) would this affect the performance, is
> it compatable with Excel 5.
> I hope that someone can help, I was just about to start the mammoth task of
> transferring all my data into a spreadsheet by typing it all in. This could
> save me months of work if only I could get it to work.
> Jan Hargreaves
> in sunny Sherwood Forest - the Home of Robin Hood
> ==== NOTTSGEN Mailing List ====
> For pictures and info about Nottingham, go to
I have an Ann Matthews b. 1823 in England. Married to a John
Williamson b. 1821 in England. They moved to the United States
shortly after their marriage (possible date of 4 Apr 1842) Does
anyone have any information on any of these families.
This is really a computer problem but as it is related to Family History I
hope you will excuse me from asking for help:
I've just received the August copy of Family Tree Magazine and in the
Computer Section on page 30 there is an article by Gareth Owens.
He says that he exports his entire family file from Family Tree Maker in
GEDCOM format and then turns the data into an Excel 5 spreadsheet. To do
this he uses the above program which he says is downloadable free at
I have downloaded this file and can't get it to work. After unzipping it I
end up with two files one of which has .mac as file type. Does this mean it
is a Macintosh program?
I have Excel 97 (version 8, I think) would this affect the performance, is
it compatable with Excel 5.
I hope that someone can help, I was just about to start the mammoth task of
transferring all my data into a spreadsheet by typing it all in. This could
save me months of work if only I could get it to work.
in sunny Sherwood Forest - the Home of Robin Hood
To all Nottingham digest participants.
I recently subscribed and am enjoying not only the conversations but the history
and information all are providing.
I am tracing the Turner and Johnson line...impossible you say (they are like
Smiths in the USA...)
I have specific information about my ancestors from Nottingham England, and hope
someone may be able to provide additional info on the family.
I am looking to find the "English side of my Turner and Johnson Family.
My gr, gr, gr grandfather, Joseph Turner and wife Sarah (Johnson) Turner
were married in Nottingham in August 1805 in St. Nicholas Church, and
lived on Front Street. It appears from birth/baptism records that they
had 8 children, one, John (b Feb/1813) who immigrated to
Texas in the mid 1800's...he is my gr, gr, grandfather. We know nothing
about John's 2 brothers, Joseph (jr) ( b Feb/1800); and John Garner (b
nor about the sisters, Mary (b Mar/1798); Sarah (b 3/1802); Mary Ann (b
Jun/1804); Elizabeth (b Apr/1807); and Maria (b Apr/1810)
(First thing I noticed was the marriage date was 6 years after first child ????)
Maybe these siblings are mixed up with another set of parents with same
names...??? (I got the info from Microfiched records stored at the LDS archive in
Salt Lake Utah.
Was it common to have children prior to being married at that time period in
England? (I didn't think so...)
I have all the Turner line from John (1813) to today.
Anyway, If I could contact any Turners or Johnsons, that may be related,that may
still be there that have any ideas about their ancestory, we might make a
Thank you for any help anyone can provide.
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