Harvest Time – John William Herbert Bowditch

Harvest Time – John William Herbert Bowditch

It’s harvest time here in the UK, but you don’t see many scenes like the one above these days. Third from the left in this picture is my Great Grandfather John William Herbert Bowditch (1878-1964). I suspect this was probably taken around 1940, as he looks to be around 60 years old. The crop looks like Oat’s and it’s interesting to see how much taller the old varieties were in the days before modern combine harvesters. I think it’s a…

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A life cut short – Ann Groves

A life cut short – Ann Groves

Ann GROVES, my 3 x Great Grandmother, the daughter of John GROVES (1794-1863) and Jane Humpres TOMKINS (1793?-1851), was baptised on 28 July 1828 in Evershot. She appeared in the 1841 Census living on the Common in Evershot aged 12, the 1851 Census, shows her still with her parents and siblings in Evershot now aged 22, but with no occupation shown. She married Charles MULLINS on 26 May 1851 in Evershot and their son Henry Charles was born on the…

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Improving the WordPress Search

Improving the WordPress Search

Last night I added a new option to the Wordpress engine here on taubman.org.uk,  it now uses the Algolia plug in to search rather than the normal built in one,   all in all the experience seems much better and I hope at some point to come up with a way to add the search to the TNG Sitebuilding that I use for displaying my Family History,  but that will mean I need to put my Programmers head on.

Another Obituary – Charles Mullins

Another Obituary – Charles Mullins

EVERSHOT. —Sudden Death—An inquest was held on Thursday last, at the Acorn Inn, on the body of Charles Mullens, a labourer, who had died suddenly the previous day. It appeared that on Wednesday morning, about 6 o’clock, the deceased came home in liquor and complained of being unwell. He went to bed, and there remained till the afternoon, when, upon some one going to call him, it was found that he was dead. From the evidence of Mr. Clapcott, surgeon,…

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A-Z of Places and Surnames

A-Z of Places and Surnames

Leonna over at LoneTester suggested an A-Z of Places and Surnames geneameme, well I could not resist going for the technical solution to extract my list of places and surnames from Family Historian. I have places in my Tree for every letter other than X so I suppose I need to go to Xian to see the terracotta warriors.

Obituaries – Mullins and Record

Obituaries – Mullins and Record

I have been doing some more Newspaper surfing and in doing so came across a couple of Obituaries.  The first is for Harry Mullins, who is already featured in a 1936 article.  I particularly liked the quote: “Mr Mullins commenced working life as a water boy for Mr T Conway’s father his death at the age of 87 removes another link with the past his knowledge of Evershot before the great fire on September 26th 1865, of the Fete days,…

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Backups and Ransomware

Backups and Ransomware

This week we lost one of the hard drives in our NAS drive (Network Attached Storage).  This is the device which we backup all our data to on a nightly basis.   This meant we needed to replace the drive and while we were at it we decided to review our backup strategy. My really essential files such as my Family History research live in Dropbox,  which has an automatic backup option, all my data including my 60,000 plus photos…

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“Five Faves” Five of my favourite Family History Books

“Five Faves” Five of my favourite Family History Books

Jill Ball at Geniaus has kicked off another geneameme – Five Faves. To participate, just share a blog post “sharing details of five books written by others that you have found most useful in your geneactivities” and let Jill know about it. So here are a few of my favourites Ancestral Trails: The Complete Guide to British Genealogy and Family History This is a great resource for UK genealogy, it’s not web orientated so although published in 2005, it’s not…

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