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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My First Job

My First Job

On Twitter this week I saw a suggestion by GeneBloggers “November 14: Do you remember your first job? Where was it and what type of work did you do?” Well I suppose my first real job,  as opposed to picking up apples for the neighbours was working in the Cafe at the old Cricket St Thomas Wildlife Park.  I got the job thanks to my Aunt Rita, who already worked there as her husband was the dairyman on one of the…

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Thomas Purcell and the Sinking of the Llandovery Castle

Thomas Purcell and the Sinking of the Llandovery Castle

Thomas James Purcell, was born in Liverpool on the 7th May 1886, the Son of Rose Anne Purcell.  Rose Anne married William Mitchell three years later in 1889 and the 1891 census finds Thomas living with his Mother, William, step brother William James and step sister Elizabeth.  Two more step sisters would join the family Esther and Margaret. By 1901, the 14 year old  Thomas was working as a Railway Carter, probably in Docks near the family home at 1…

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