This post is about something that is very much a work-in-progress. I’m researching the family of Martha Ann BEAN, who married Ottiwell H S BUTLER in Nottingham in 1914.
Using the information from their marriage certificate (Martha Ann was 26 and her father was the late George William BEAN), it is possible to work backwards through the sources to trace her family.
Researching theatrical ancestors has its pros and cons. On the plus side, they often get a lot of newspaper coverage during their careers, and if you’re lucky, you might find some promotional photographs. On the down side, they tend to move around a lot so can be hard to find, and also use a variety of names, including on official documents. Continue reading
Everyone needs a bit of genealogical research serendipity.
For the past few weeks I’ve been researching a family of London ancestors as a case study for a course I’m doing. Continue reading
I’ve just signed up with JSTOR to get access to some academic articles that might be useful for my research. At the moment I have a free ‘Register and Read’ account, which allows me to store up to three articles on my ‘bookshelf’ to read online. The articles can be kept or removed after 14 days. If I need to access more articles, or want to download them, there are different upgrades available. Continue reading
Today’s nice find is from a website I hadn’t come across before – the HathiTrust digital library. HathiTrust is “a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world”.
I was recently given copies of some old family papers, including references for various of my great-grandparents who had been in service as maids and gardeners in 19th-century Ireland. Continue reading