New pages and links you may wish to peruse …

Just popping in the let you know I’ve updated the page for my Jackson ancestors,  and also added a page for one of the families they married in to, the Bancrofts.

I’ve also added a couple of new links to the sidebar (which desperately needs updating because I’m sure some of the links no longer work). However, the new ones do!

The first is a blog compiled by a regular contributor here, Mick Gilbey where he kindly shares vast knowledge of the Gilby/Gilbey families. I do have a page devoted to my own branch of the family, but really, if you want to know more about the extended family and related branches Mick is the go-to guy.

The second is a lovely little site all about the village of Great Shelford in Cambridgeshire. If you have family from that area it’s a great place to find out more about the historical and societal changes they lived through.

That’s all for now:)

Anyone Speak Latin?

This might prove to be a bit of a longshot, but if anyone can read the following I’ll be extremely grateful. I’ve tried the translation sites but the results made very little sense:

Ad pedem Parietis huic lapidi vicini jacet, Rebecca Lovering, mater Thomœ Lovering, Quæ cum annos Octoginta & unum implessit, morti cessit,
Sic gravidis onerata seges, subit horrea Culmis
Sic Matura suo tempore poma cadunt.

Obijt autem Junij 26, A. D. 1644.

Huic à Latere accumbit Blancia Lovering Uxor ejusdem Thomœ prima, quæ cum Sexaginta plus minus annos numerâsset tunc ablata: Sub hoc Lapide jacet Margeria ejusdem Thomœ Uxor secunda, de quâ, ut de Priore, dum vixerunt meritò affirmetur.

Utraque grata uni, vicinis grata et egenis, At nunc Cœlesti est Utraque juncta choro.

Obijt harum Prior Maij 12, 1658.

Posterior Aprilis 26, 1663.

I can see that the first paragraph refers to a Rebecca Lovering who is the mother of Thomas and died around the age of eighty, and also that further down it refers to two wives of Thomas, Blancia and Margeria, one of whom was about sixty, but the rest is a mystery so if you can fill in the gaps please share in the comments!

Quick Update and Some New Lines

Well, moving elsewhere wasn’t a great success; people continued to use this blog instead, and I kept forgetting to update the new one, so it looks like I’ll just have to move back here lol

It’s lovely to see how much use the blog has had even during it’s hiatus, especially the GILBY thread which is turning into a really useful resource with a number of people posting details of their Gilby family and meeting up with others who are researching the same lines, plus the useful input of Michael who is something of a Gilby family historian.

I haven’t done a huge amount of genealogy over the last year or so – hit a lot of brickwalls which was frustrating – but I’ve been dipping my toe in the waters again on the last few months, and made a few break-throughs! With the help of the great people at I’ve made quite a lot of headway with my PUGH line, I’ll post more about that in the future when I’ve compiled everything.

I’ve also had a breakthrough in my COLLEDGE line (I haven’t added their details yet), discovering a link to Wendover in Buckinghamshire. William COLLEDGE, my great, great, great, great grandfather, was a boatman who carried cargo from Stratford on Avon to London. En route he would stop at Wendover, and there he met Edith MEAD, the daughter of the harbour master. They married in 1837 and their son, my direct ancestor, Thomas was born in Stratford in 1843.

I’ve also discovered a bit about Edith’s ancestry which includes the names LIPTRAP, GOWER/GOWEN, CAUDERY and DURRANT. The DURRANTs are particularly interesting: I’ve gone back as far as an Allim DURRANT – I’m very, very curious about how he came to have such an unusual forename. More digging needed!

Eek! Has it really been that long?

It’s eons since I updated this blog, sorry about that😦 I’ve also noticed a teensy pile of comments, so if you’re waiting for a response, I’ll be with you asap.

I’ll try to update more often …

Who’s my 1000th?

I saw this game over at Jasia’s Creative Gene blog, and thought I’d play along. The idea is you open up your database, find the 1000th person you entered and tell us more about them.

My 1000th was Bridget Basket who was the wife of my 11th great-uncle, Colonel Thomas Phelips. Bridget and Thomas married on 2nd November, 1657. Unfortunately, it was a short marriage because Bridget died less than 4 years later and was buried in Corfe Mullen, Somerset on 8th September, 1661. I’m afraid that is all I know about poor Bridget.

Over to you, who’s your 1000th?

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Changing things a bit

I’ve been publishing this blog for a while now, and although, I really like the set up here at WordPress, there are a couple of things that make life a bit difficult. One, the lack of javascript support – I know there is a good reason why we can’t use it here, but it’s frustrating none the less. The other problem I have is with uploading videos. It’s supposed to be easy, but I’m not finding it so. Both problems are quite minor, but I do feel that this blog lacks something because I can’t easily use the same tools as other bloggers. So, I’ve decided to split it into two blogs.

I’ll still update this one with information pertaining to my family – a lot of cousins have found me here, so it’s definitely worth keeping that going. However, I’ll be posting general genealogy advice at a new blog I’ve set up at Blogger, where I’ll be able to use the same bells and whistles all the other bloggers use. I hope you’ll join me there:-)

Carnival of Irish Heritage and Culture, 10th Edition

Fingers crossed, there should be a video above.

This post is my entry into the Carnival of Irish Heritage and Culture which this time invites participants to share what they most love about Irish culture. My contribution (assuming the video appears) is Parisienne Walkways by Phil Lynott and Gary Moore for no other reasons than that they are Irish and it’s a great song. Saying that, they did make an enormous contribution to Irish popular music and certainly enhanced it’s reputation around the world, destroying the misconception that it was all middle-of-the-road pop, and bearded men trilling away in hairy jumpers.

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