In a previous blog post I’d discovered that my Great-great Grandfather Mark Wood was in the Coldstream Guards at the time of his marriage in 1877. It was a bit of a surprise to find this as none of his family members had any military connections as far as I can see. A check on Ancestry’s Fold site revealed Mark as a deserter in 1878 … Continue reading Military Monday – You’re In the Army Now…
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
In my previous post I had found my 3x Great Grandmother Elizabeth Wood (nee Cope) languishing in prison, with her young daughter, in 1851. I was pretty keen to find out how she’d ended up in prison. I turned to the British Library newspaper collection at Find My Past to see if I could find any court appearances for Elizabeth. I found not one, but two, both of … Continue reading Black Sheep Sunday… Larceny
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…
In my previous blog post I’d found that my 2x Great-Grandfather Mark Wood (1855-1901) had been with the Coldstream Guards in London and I was keen to find out more about his time there. I used a free trial from Ancestry’s Fold collection and downloaded several pages from the Police Gazette where Mark was listed as a deserter. Unfortunately, on revisiting the downloaded documents I … Continue reading Even Further Back With The Wood Family
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.
I’m trying hard not to get distracted by the side branches in my family tree at the moment and am concentrating on my direct Freeman ancestors. I have lots of gaps in my tree and haven’t as yet got very far back in time with them. They hail mostly from south Derbyshire, around Overseal and Burton-on-Trent and were mostly Methodists. I started by ordering three … Continue reading Three New Death Certificates……..
Filling in my large family tree chart has revealed the branches of my tree that I haven’t yet researched in any depth, so I’ve decided to concentrate on one of these branches for a while to see what I can discover. I have begun this with my great grandfather William Frederick Freeman (1878-1951). From his marriage certificate I know he married Elizabeth Ann Wood (c1882-1935) … Continue reading Climbing Another Branch…