Thursday, 24 February 2011

Direct Ancestors from my Timmins Family Tree

As you will know from my previous posts, blogging is a new weapon in my genealogy armoury.  To help me move forward with this technology I am seeking out tutorials, tricks and tips wherever I can get them.  Last night I listened to Blogging for Beginners with DearMYRTLE from the Legacy Family Tree Webinars page.  I can highly recommend this webinar, even if you already have some experience of blogging you will still find this really interesting.  DearMYRTLE is a great presenter with an easy to follow approach.  Listen to this soon as it will be lifted from the site on 2nd March.

Thanks Myrt - I have registered for your next webinar - More Blogging for Beginners.  Follow the DearMYRTLE Genealogy Blog for “down to earth advice for family historians”.

Well let’s get started with some surnames.   
First off I would like to share those surnames of my direct ancestors, namely my grandparents through to 5th great grandparents, with you.

As you can see from the list below I am only missing one 2nd great grandparent.  This  was my first brick wall and has remained so for the past 12 years!  I will deal with this missing person in a future blog.

To keep it simple the list just states the surname, this is followed by the locations (i.e. towns, parishes and counties) that my ancestors lived in during their lifetime.

TIMMINS - Kingswinford, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, Dudley, Worcestershire.

HAYES - Great Boughton, Chester, Cheshire.
WILLIAMS - Holywell, Flintshire, Hoole, Chester.
BENYON (BENION) - Ruyton XI Towns, Wem, Shropshire, Birmingham, Chester


  Dudley, Worcestershire
SMITH - Great Boughton, Christleton, Chester
THOMAS - Holywell, Flintshire and Durham
FENNAH - Churton, Aldford, Bruera, Hoole, Chester


BROMALL - Willenhall

SMITH - Dudley
LEDSHAM - Great Boughton, Chester
PLATT - Erbistock and Overton
WILLIAMS - Holywell
EVANS - Ellesmere
WELCH - Hoole, Chester

3rd great-grandparents.......

HICKMANS - Kingswinford, Staffordshire
SMITH - Willenhall
PRICE - Baschurch, Myddle, Shropshire
WILKINSON - Farndon, Great Boughton, Waverton, Chester
OWENS - Tattenhall
ELLAMS - Mucklestone
DAVIES - Aldford

4th great-grandparents (many more of these are UNKNOWN) .......

ELLIS - Myddle
HEWITT - Waverton
LEVER - Churton
HARDEN - Plemstall, Hoole
ADSHEAD - Chester
DAVIES - Overton

5th great-grandparents (again many UNKNOWNS) .......

DAVIES - Waverton
PARKS - Ruyton XI Towns

Being a bit of a gadget geek means I love to try anything new, especially if it relates to my main hobby of genealogy.  So thanks to Mark Tucker for highlighting the web site on his cool techy blog site ThinkGenealogy.  Mark shows how to use to embed a zoom-able image into your blog.  See his post Interactive Online Family History Photos.

Marks tutorial explains how to zoom and pan a photograph.  I was looking for a way to display my ancestor chart on this blog, I realised that this application could just as easily be utilised to display a zoom-able family tree.  So here is my direct ancestor family tree for you to explore.  Let me know what you think.

Using the Interface:
The four buttons that appear when you mouse over the image allow you to zoom in/out (you can also use your mouse scroll wheel to do same), goto home view, and toggle full page view.  You can also zoom in by clicking on the image.  Panning the image is achieved by a click and drag action.

The Ancestor Chart was created from my Family Tree Maker 2010 database by Charting Companion.

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Latest LostCousins Newsletter Just Published

The latest edition of Peter Calver's excellent newsletter from LostCousins has just been published. Peter combines genealogy news with personal insights and other non genealogy tips.  If you are researching your british ancestors then is a great read.  Peter says:
All of the newsletters since February 2009 are still online, and because each newsletter links to the one before, it's easy to catch up on any you've missed, or track down an article you'd like to re-read (soon there will be an online index - and then it will be even easier!).
Why not join LostCousins so that you will get a copy regularly, standard membership is free.  I have been using LostCousins for a number of years; its aim is to put you in touch with living cousins.  All you have to do is enter your ancestors census data.  The following census are currently supported - England & Wales 1841; England & Wales 1881; Scotland 1881; United States 1880; Canada 1881; and Ireland 1911.  Once the census info is entered the LostCousins web site does the rest, searching for anyone else who has input the same data, then giving you the opportunity to get in touch with them.

The subjects covered in the latest newsletter are:
Stash in the attic
Wildcards - the key to successful searches
Save 15% on findmypast subscriptions
Choosing between Ancestry and findmypast
I came, I saw, I googled
The poor of London
Essex libraries offer answers
How will cutbacks affect researchers?
Free parking at the National Archives
Have you kept your New Year resolutions?
Who will take over your research?
Remember the living
Are your cousins struggling to find you?
Memories of wartime Britain
Forest fire quenched
A frog in the throat
Using the 'Historical Research' category
Peter's tips
The LostCousins goal states:
LostCousins is about bringing people together, not just people who share an interest in family history, but people with a shared interest in the same families, people who share the same DNA.

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Cheshire Family History Fair

The long established Cheshire Family History Fair takes place this Saturday (19th Feb) at the Northwich Memorial Hall, Northwich. Admission £2. It commences at 10am and concludes at 4pm.  Free parking is available at the hall and in Northwich itself.  To find your way or get direction, key CW9 5QJ into your satnav or google maps. 

The announcement on the Family History Society of Cheshire web site says:
Come and join us at Cheshire’s longest-established family history fair. There will be all the usual demonstrations, displays and help desks, with an opportunity to speak to local experts from the society’s branches throughout Cheshire. Plus a wide variety of commercial stalls offering books, CD's, maps, postcards, and a chance to speak with archivists from the Cheshire Record Office, and the team behind Cheshire BMD. Drop in any time between 10am and 4pm. Admission is £2, with free car parking available at the hall and throughout the town.
I can't attend this year, but from previous experience can highly recommend the fair, especially if you have any interest in Cheshire ancestors.

Monday, 14 February 2011

Welcome to Ancestral Wormhole

Welcome to my new blog!  Thanks for stopping by and taking time to look.

Here on the Ancestral Wormhole blog we will take look at my Timmins history, sharing research along the way.  I hope to discover some new cousins to connect with, also some new ancestors to hatch, match and dispatch!

In my next Blog I will detail the surnames I am researching, where to go to find my family tree and share some photo's.

In addition to my family I am researching my daughters maternal line and that of my second wife, I will hopefully cover these in upcoming blogs.

In future blogs we we look at the programs, genealogy tools and web sites I use.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave a comment at the end of this post.

I hope you'll subscribe so that you can receive each new post as it is published.

My Parents
William George Timmins & Hilda Williams
on their wedding day 21st Dec 1940