Tuesday’s Tip – Unsuccessfully Organising Myself Part I

I realised recently that although I have been adding new information to my tree, I had completely forgotten to keep the spreadsheet I had spent hours on a couple of years ago updated – arrggh!

The spreadsheet exercise has proved very useful in the past¬†so I’m fairly annoyed with myself at not keeping it up. I’ll need to sit down with it at some point soon and go back through it to check everything, but in the meantime it reminded me that I am still missing a handful of BMD certificates for some of my direct ancestors. So I’ve treated myself to three, the first being the birth certificate for my Great-Grandfather George Wallis. He was born in Appleby in 1879 to James and Sarah (nee Mortimer).


The only new information it gave me was his actual birthdate, I had already found his baptism at St. Michael’s church, Appleby, in Leicestershire Archives. It did remind me though, that I haven’t got any further back with the Wallis line than James, George’s father. The census entries I’ve found for James in 1861 and 1871 reveal him living with his grandparents, George and Mary, who had six or seven children, so he could be the illegitmate offspring of any of those. James doesn’t give a father’s name on his marriage certificate – something else to add to the “to-do” list!

So, Tuesday’s tip; if you’re going to make an effort organising your research – keep it updated! Otherwise you could be making yourself a few hours of extra work. ūüė¶

Tuesday Tip – Looking again… and again…..

Visiting Nottingham Archives for the first time in a while over the summer, I realised they’d moved the shelves around. ¬†The microfiche indexes, which I had gone in to look at, had moved round the corner to a different shelf; in their place I came across a transcript of memorial inscriptions for Basford cemetery, completed by the Nottinghamshire Family History Society in 2005. ¬†I’d not spotted this before & as I have family in that area of Nottingham I had a quick look through it.

I was delighted to find my 3x great grandparents Edmund & Sarah Jowett ( nee Morton) mentioned in it, as I’d not found a record of their burial before. ¬†The grave stone also records the sad and very early deaths of three Jowett children; Doris Elsie who died aged just 12 months in 1897, Doris Winifred Jowett aged 17 months in 1907. and Winifred Jowett Robinson in 1920 aged 13 months. ¬†I have no record of these three children and I’m not sure how they fit in to the family – I would guess that they are the grandchildren of Edmund and Sarah – but I have yet to find out who their parents were.

It also revealed which side of her family my grandmother had to thank for her middle name of  Winifred Рwhich she hated!

I’d also spent time in the past looking for a remarriage of Sarah Jowett, as I’d previously been told that she had remarried after the death of Edmund – “she wasn’t a Jowett when she died.” ¬†But from the inscription it seems she didn’t remarry & was buried with her husband & two of her children in October 1896.

So it’s always worth a quick recheck of the shelves ¬†in your local archives even if you think you’ve exhausted what they have to offer – you never know!

Tuesday’s Tip – a follow up

This is just a follow up from my previous Tuesday Tip¬†in which I’d overcome a brick wall by checking a previous failed search more carefully.

Today I’ve received a copy of my 3x great-grandparent’s marriage certificate:

Information on this marriage certificate means I now know for definite that Sarah’s father was Samuel, who was employed as a maltster. ¬† I also have a name – Benjamin – and occupation – collier – for Joseph Baker, which will also help me in a census search.

It has given me another variation of Sarah’s surname – it could be either Simlett or Simnett so this will need more careful checking but will help me when I search the census returns for her parents. ¬†It shows that it is always worth checking all available sources for each person – variations in spelling can lead to a brick wall.