I spent some time looking at the wider Shakespeare side of my ancestry when I was trying to work out the Stockport and Baptist connections. My 4x Great-Grandparents William Freeman and Elizabeth (née Shakespeare) had been in Stockport, Cheshire with Elizabeth’s older brother Samuel at the time of their marriage so I had a quick look at Samuel’s family. I discovered that he had married a … Continue reading Is This the Best Name in my Family Tree?
When I found my 3x Great Grandfather William Freeman in the 1851 census, I was surprised to see that his eldest son, John, was born in Stockport, Cheshire. The family had no connections there and their ancestry seemed well rooted in the Netherseal/Overseal area of South Derbyshire. I’d not been able to find a marriage for William and his wife Elizabeth around the Derbyshire … Continue reading An Unexpected Family Birthplace Mystery Solved!
I spent a day at the Derbyshire Record Office last week with the intention of searching for the Freeman side of my family tree in the non-conformist registers. From my memories of my Grandparents I knew they were Methodist and had their genealogical roots in Overseal, South Derbyshire. The relevant registers have not been filmed or digitised so I was able to browse through the … Continue reading Interesting Ancestry at the Derbyshire Record Office
I keep a spreadsheet which helps me see at a glance which records I am missing for my direct ancestors. I’ve found it helpful in motivating me to make sure I have as much documentation of my ancestors as possible – this (hopefully!) ensures that I’m on the right track with the right family. As I’m concentrating on my Freeman side from South Derbyshire at … Continue reading Motivation Monday – Filling in the Blanks
I’ve been trying to find some of the resources I’ve been missing for my 3x Great Grandparents, Mark Wood and Elizabeth Cope – one of these is the 1851 census return. After trying some different search techniques and filtering I finally found Mark Wood living on his own, but still noted as married, in Two Gates, Warwickshire. So where were his wife and children? … Continue reading Black Sheep Sunday – An Interesting Discovery…
A professional footballer in the family… Following my 2x Great-Uncle Charles Redfearn Freeman forwards in the census returns I was surprised to find him in 1911, lodging with the Skinner family in Fulham & his occupation noted as footballer. In fact, Charles was one of five footballers lodging with the Skinners at this time, all playing for Chelsea FC. It piqued my curiosity so … Continue reading He’s Football Crazy, He’s Football Mad…..
Continuing from my previous blog post – I ordered the marriage certificate for Mark Wood and Elizabeth Ann Woolford. I got quite a surprise when it arrived – Mark, my 2x great-grandfather – was a private in the Coldstream Guards! I had wondered what he was doing in Kensington and how he came to marry there and now I know. The certificate also gives … Continue reading Further Back With The Wood Family
So the two birth certificates I ordered have arrived, quite quickly I have to say. I’d ordered the PDF versions; they have to be downloaded from the GRO website once they’ve arrived in your account. They cost £6 each as opposed to paper copies which arrive in the post and cost £9.25. The downside is that the PDF versions aren’t certified copies, so they aren’t … Continue reading Freeman & Wood – Two Birth Certificates
Following on from my previous post, I decided to follow my 3x Great-grandfather Mark Wood (1856-1901) backwards through the census returns to see if I could locate him with his wife & before that with his parents. I’d previously found Mark Wood in the 1901 census return, living with his wife, Mary Jane and six of their nine children, in Linton, Derbyshire. The census confirms … Continue reading The Freeman & Wood Family.
The sad death of my 2x Great-uncle, William Carey Freeman following an accident in a coal pit. I’d noticed he had died at a young age from the BMD records and had decided to search for an inquest report in the local papers rather than ordering the death certificate. It sounds like an awful, but avoidable accident, the poor man died six months afterwards at … Continue reading William Carey Freeman (1848-1875)