Monday, April 18, 2016

10 Easy Tips for Using

Following on from the talk last Wednesday, go here for 10 easy tips for using 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Find My Past & Lost Cousins

Findmypast are having a flash sale, with 20% off all 12 month subscriptions - however it ends at midnight (London time) on Saturday 27th February, hence this rather rushed email.

To take advantage of this offer, which applies at all Findmypast sites around the world, and get a free LostCousins subscription, see my last newsletter. The following link will take you straight to the relevant article:

Alternatively, visit the LostCousins website where there's always a link to the latest newsletter in the menu. Remember, the 1939 Register is included in all 12 month Britain and World subscriptions.

For all the inside information on the 1939 Register see my special newsletter:

It really is the place to go if you have any questions about the 1939 Register - not only will you find exclusive revelations, overall it's more up to date than the information on Findmypast's own website!

A final tip: if you have Irish ancestors remember that Findmypast will be launching their index to the Catholic Parish Registers next month - so it might be worth splashing out a little extra to get a World subscription.

My next newsletter will be out in early March - let's hope the daffodils are too!

Peter Calver

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Last will and Testament of John BECK

I wonder what happened to all this. Would love to know who Mrs Elizabeth TODD is - she ended up with the family bible!!!


I John BECK of Old Brentford in the parish of Ealing in the county of Middlesex formerly carrying on the trade of Linen Draper but now of Gardening do constitute this my last will and testament 

first I give and bequeath to Mrs Elizabeth ? TODD a large family bible

the residue of my property of any or what description that shall or do belong to me at my decease but particularly the household furniture in the dwelling house formerly in my possession as tenant but now tenanted by Mrs Edmund TREDAWAY at which place I now reside the following goods furniture described as follows viz -
  • Goose feather bed
  • 4 good ditto ditto
  • 5 bolsters & 4 pair pillow
  • 5 Bedsteads
  • 3 Mattress
  • 3 Bed funitures
  • 5 (8?) pair sheets
  • 6 pair blankets
  • 6 quilts
  • 6 pair pillow cases
  • 2 large Table Cloths
  • 6 small ditto
  • 1 Double Chest of Drawers
  • 1 Bureau
  • 1 large Mahogany table
  • 3 small Mahogany tables
  • 3 Deal ditto
  • 1 Wainscot ditto
  • 1 Dozen Rush bottomed chairs
  • 6 Mahogany chairs
  • 1 ditto ditto
  • 1 stand
  • 1 painted ditto
  • 1 night chair
  • 1 knife Cast
  • 1 dozen knives and forks
  • 3 tea trays
  • 1 small ditto and Bread Basket + 2 decanters & stands
  • 1 dozen Glasses
  • 6 (runners or rummers) of Salts Cut Glass
  • 2 sets of China cups & Saucers & full set of Blue & White Dinner Service
  • 2 large trunks
  • 4 looking glasses and 1 dressing Glass
  • 40 books various and one Large Family Bible
  • 2 Tea Chests
  • one pair Plated Candlesticks
  • 6 Brass ditto
  • Large Copper
  • 5 Stoves
  • 4 sets Fire irons
  • 4 Fenders
  • 2 large Carpets
  • 3 pair bedside ditto
  • 2 hearth rugs
  • copper coal scuttle and copper tea ? kettle and 2 ? watches with the fixtures of the shop

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Great read

This is such a good read, (print is a bit on the small side).

Monday, December 14, 2015

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

New books at the Library

There are a lot of new 'Family History' books at the library.
Here is one

Go and browse shelve 929.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The ASHER family

The ASHER Family left - right
 Walter Herbert (Bert) b. 31/07/1893 Lincoln 
Alfred E (Ern) b. 1892 Lincoln
William (Sgt Royal Marine Artillary) b.1865 Potter Hanworth
Laura (nee HUTTON) b.1869 York
Laura Cecilia (Polly) b.1905 Portsmouth