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Tree correction to GOLDSACK family … never assume!

Last night I found a great site whilst Googling some family ancestors (try it – you never know what you may find – but be prepared for anything!)

In searching for Sarah Elizabeth GOLDSACK, I located the site of Larry Goldsack at and located Sarah in the (very full) details page. It tended to suggest that Sarah’s mother was Mary Ann SHARPE, not HORN as I had believed.

This is entirely down to me assuming (again!) the wrong information. Searching on FreeBMD had found a few candidates for the family, around close registration districts; I had picked the wrong one! I should be able to easily verify this via Sarah’s birth certificate (which I do not yet have).

I have therefore updated the tree (go here) to reflect the change – I am a lot more confident in it’s reliability than my attempt!

I now have another great source to progress my mother’s side of the family!

Published in: Genealogy, Tree snippets | on April 28th, 2009 | No Comments »

Blog move successful!

If you’re reading this, then congratulations! You’ve found my new home!

The relocation to a new host went very well – and was switched very quickly – thanks to plenty of preparation during the week … and I learnt a few things in the process!

I also took the opportunity of tidying some things up, tweaking stuff …. and finally got family tree data online! It’s nothing great, but is everything I have so far and, thanks to Family Historian, is in an easy-to-view format. I do not have a graphical tree up yet, but this is a start, and things will change. I’ve been playing with phpGEDview and GenoPro, but am not completely happy just yet. Who knows, I may stick with the FH format!

I hope that some of you may choose to contribute and “Become A Family Friend” – check out the link on the right. Alternatively, if you have, or require, other info then just email me on; for anything else please use

Enjoy … and thanks for coming back !!

Published in: Website | on April 24th, 2009 | No Comments »

Very belated thanks – and great sources

A very belated thankyou must go to Wendy from New Zealand (apologies, Wendy!). Thanks to Wendy, who provided me with photos of some HATTON ancestors and comprehensive WANSTALL and HATTON trees, I have been able to make great inroads into these families. Her information regarding books written by Professor Barry Reay of Auckland University has proved invaluable, and contact with Barry himself lead me to purchase his book titled “Microhistories: Demography, society and culture in rural England, 1800-1930” (ISBN 0-521-89222-8). This focuses on rural society around the Boughton, Blean and Dunkirk areas near Canterbury, and includes wonderful family trees – which include my FULLER and WANSTALL ancestors!

I have started reading another of his books first, though, namely “Rural Englands: Labouring Lives in the Nineteenth Century” (ISBN 0-333-66919-3), which covers rural life in sections of England (hence “Englands”) as a whole.

I have since spent many days (and still am) tracing WANSTALL families – not helped by there being three generations called Benjamin Wanstall, and other cousins/in-laws using the name too! I am also trying to pick my way through a recently found website:

Go along – and tell them I sent you!

PS. Stats updated

Published in: Genealogy | on April 15th, 2009 | No Comments »