Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Random musings!!

This afternoon I put a post on the main website about some recent research I had done. Research in the morning, write it up neatly in the afternoon - job done! The only problem was I had been meaning to do it for about a year!!
It was fun. 

My niece had moved into a characterful end terrace house in Eastbourne and it set me wondering about who had lived there previously. My niece didn't seem over-bothered, but it struck a chord with me.

I began with the 1939 register and discovered the names of the current occupants. Luckily, they were living there in 1911, so I could extend the tree backwards to find children at that time. 
By 1939, they had married and moved away, so I could trace them and find out about their lives too. I came to a halt after about 1960 when all the family had died, so my niece will need to look at the title deeds to find out about later residents, but it may have set her off on a research path.

Thursday, 9 April 2020

Any ideas?

I need your ideas and suggestions

As we are still in lockdown for a while yet, do any of our members have any suggestions for content on this site to help others through this isolation?
It may be a different quiz, a chat cataloguing our memories of certain parts of Selby, or maybe you have a 'brick wall' - if you outline it on the website, others could research it and hopefully provide a solution, using our combined resources! It could happen!! 
You can make comments on this page hopefully. If you have trouble, contact me via the old website contact details.
Thanks for taking the time to read this far,
J Riley

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

FHF (Family History Federation) Newsletter

Welcome to another edition of our Newsletter.

The news at the moment is full of the Coronavirus saga and many people are now staying at home. This period could give you an opportunity to tackle all those chores you have been meaning to do when you couldn’t find the time before. And of course, there is much family history research you can undertake online too.  You could also organise your genealogy research or write your memoirs; there are so many activities you can undertake at home!

This Newsletter and others in the coming weeks will offer you some ideas to take your story forward.

Debbie Bradley, Administrator

Encourage your Friends and Neighbours to start their Family Tree

If you do have to stay at home for any length of time - and most of us will - why not use this time to encourage your friends and neighbours to start their family tree?  Many people will have wanted to do this but just never had the time. Well, they do now! Remind them that the family history is good for the brain too!

If you visit the Family History Federation website you can download a booklet to help them get started.  This will encourage them to talk to their relatives.  Consider providing them with a tutorial via an online link such as Skype or Facetime.  If you feel that is too complex, then guide them via email.
** (

There is a handy How to Start you Family Tree Guide from Family Tree Magazine

** (

The Family History Federation also offers free online resources to help get them started.

** (

** ()

Think about a Subscription to your favourite Family History Magazine
Now is also the time to read all the family history magazines and books that you have been meaning to get around to for some time. I know I will.  Maybe give a gift of a magazine subscription to a friend who you know will be at home for some time. They have an offer running for a limited time that if you now subscribe you can receive your first 3 issues for just £3.

Or if there was a magazine you meant to buy but never did, now is the time to do so. Order these online at
** (

Who Do You Think You Are magazine currently has an offer via its iOS app whereby people can download every single digital issue, as far back as April 2012, for just £47.99. Twho do you think you are magazine he great thing about the iOS app is that it is fully searchable across all of the issues. So if you fancy reading something on police ancestors, just search on 'police' and it will list every magazine that has covered that topic in the past eight years. Go the App Store and download the free app and then you should be able to select a 'Complete your Collection'
This offer is available for a limited time only.

** (
Family History Books Online

You can order books from Family History Books Online.  This is continuing to operate so if there is a book you have been meaning to read for some time and wish to order, now is the time to view the website and take the opportunity to place an order.

Look out for our new special offers launching on Wednesday 1st April and we can assure you this is not a joke.

** (
** .uk (

News of a Competition from Devon Family History Society

I have received details of a competition for children and teenagers run by Devon Family History Society to coincide with the Mayflower Conference in Plymouth on Saturday 29^th August 2020.  This really is something for the children to think about now they are not going to school.

Mayflower 400

A competition for all students aged 5-16 - Reception to KS4.

All entering will receive a certificate by post. Prizes will be awarded at the Mayflower International Genealogical Conference in Plymouth Guildhall on 29 August 2020.

For more information about sending group or school entries, contact Devon Family History Society
** (

Choose one or two from the list below. Entries can be handwritten, computerised or dictated. Entries must be no more than 500 words.

1. Tell the story of one of the Mayflower passengers or one of your seventeenth century ancestors or someone who lived in your town in the 1600s.

2.  Design your own Lego model that reflects the Mayflower story. Send photographs and a short, written description of your model.

3. It is 1621 in New England. Write to your cousin in Plymouth, Devon, describing your first winter.

4. Make a seventeenth century outfit for a doll or toy, send photographs of your creation.

5. It is 1670. What have the Mayflower passengers “missed” in England since 1620?

6. Draw a May flower and use it to create a design (this can be a drawing, painting, collage or computer design) Please do not send in collages, take photographs.

7. Write and illustrate a poem about one of the Mayflower passengers.

8. Design a Wampum belt (this can be a drawing, painting, collage or computer design). Please do not send in collages, take photographs.

9. Design and illustrate a page from your C17th ‘recipe’ book, giving ‘cures’ for the plague.

10. Use the list of the Mayflower passengers’ first names or family names and discuss using charts and research.

Post or email your entries to arrive by 31 July 2020.  Include your name, birth date, address and signed by your parent, guardian or teacher to say that the entry is your own work.

Email with the subject line Mayflower Competition to: ** (

Not able to go out? Then why not go for a virtual walk?  You can use the 1939 Register or the census enumerators’ books (all online).  Find your forebears and their addresses on each document; then using online maps such as the Ordnance Survey ones which are freely available at the National Library of Scotland website

Now take “a walk” around the area where your ancestors lived using the addresses and relevant maps you found. It is interesting to compare maps of different periods to see how an area has changed.
Cambridge & Huntingdonshire Family History Society
CD and Download Offer
Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire Family History Society has reinstated their offer of 20% off all CDs and Downloads for a limited time.

For more information and to place an order please visit ** (

General Knowledge Quiz

General Knowledge Quiz answers

Test your general knowledge against ... yourself! Here are 20 questions for you to try. If you submit your entries to I will let you know your score, but I will post the answers here in due course. GOOD LUCK!

1. Which country has so far had 27 different national flags? The differences have sometimes been quite tiny. The USA

2. Which long-serving actress called her memoirs End of an Earring? It was published in 2015, three years after she had left the show. Pam St Clement

3. The pupils of which school wear tails, often said to show they are in mourning for George III? Eton

4.Jane Eyre, Oliver Twist, David Copperfield and Tom Sawyer, as well as being the title characters of novels, are all what? Orphans

5. In 1905, who became the first and so far the only US president to give an inaugural address without using the word  'I'? Theodore Roosevelt

6. Who is older, Gary Oldman or Gary Numan? Gary Numan

7. 'Here is a myst'ry/ About a little fir tree/ Owl says it's his tree/ And Kanga says it's her tree'.
Who composed those lines? (Two possible answers - either accepted)Winnie the Pooh or A A Milne

8. What did the Spurs, Barcelona and Scotland footballer Steve Archibald memorably describe as 'an illusion glimpsed in the aftermath of victory'? (It's a two-word phrase) Team spirit

9. Which gaseous element was observed on the Sun in 1868 (during a solar eclipse) but not actually found on earth until 1895? Large reserves of it were discovered in US natural gas fields in 1903, and the US is still the largest supplier today.Helium

10. When the present Duke of Edinburgh dies, who will reportedly be given the title?
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex

11. Doug Sanders, Bruce Crampton and Macdonald Smith were each runners-up four times in golf's major championships, without ever winning one. Who was the only man to be be runner-up five times without ever winning?Colin Montgomerie

12. Which British bank, which no longer exists, played a leading role in the Louisiana Purchase of 1802, handling the transaction that saw Napoleon sell 530 million acres of land to the American Government? Barings

13. There are two countries in the world whose names, in English, include three consecutive letters of the alphabet. Name the countries, for a point each.Afghanistan and Tuvalu

14. Which pub chain was named by its founder after a schoolteacher who had told him that he would never amount to anything? Wetherspoon

15. When Jimmy Perry and David Croft were first putting together Dad's Army, which Doctor Who was offered the role of Captain Mainwaring? Jon Pertwee

16.For which crime, in August 1911, was Pablo Picasso questioned by Paris police? He denied all knowledge and was eventually allowed to go free. The theft of the Mona Lisa

17. Which cricketing twins had the nicknames 'Junior' and 'Tugga'? Mark and Steve Waugh

18. In 2015, which American actress revealed that, at the age pf 37, she had been told that she was 'too old' to play the love interest of a 55-year-old man?Maggie Gyllenhaal

19. Whose third symphony, composed between 1893 and 1896, is the longest symphony in the standard orchestral repertoire? Gustav Mahler

20. According to a 2013 biography, which US President suffered from'abdominal cramps, spastic colitis, high cholesterol, urinary tract infections, deafness, and a malfunctioning adrenal gland' - not one of which played any part in his death? John F Kennedy

I hope you enjoyed trying these questions.