Monday, November 23, 2015

1939 & all that!

The 1939 register that was taken on the 29th September (six months after my Gran had died) has thrown up some more info on the Bobbett family.

Arthur J Bobbett male born 6 November age 60 married Publican retired
Maria A Bobbett female born 12 September age 77 married Incapacitated
Cecily M Batson female born 2 August age 67 widow  Paid Domestic Duties
How do I know Cecily is part of my family? She is the younger sister of Maria (nee Jackson), my Gran, Emma Louisa family. So - my great Aunt.
The address is 36 Kingston Road, Teddington, I wonder if this is the house I went to. Maria (who I called Auntie Marie) died in 1941, Arthur died in 1945 & Cecily died in 1954.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

message from Find My Past

An important announcement from Findmypast
Dear Angie,
We always want our members to be the first to hear our marvellous news, and today I’m delighted to let you know that on Monday 2nd November 2015, the 1939 Register will be made available online for the very first time, only on Findmypast.
Simply put, it’s the most comprehensive survey ever recorded of the civil population of England and Wales. With the lives of 41 million people captured in one day in September 1939, it’s a fascinating snapshot of a nation on the eve of war.
The 1939 Register contains the names, addresses and occupations of everyone in England and Wales at the time, and was used as the basis for rationing, identity cards and, in post-war Britain, the NHS.
You’ll be able to discover unique insights into where your family was and what they were doing when the register was taken at the outbreak of World War II, and we cannot wait to make this monumental collection available to

Thursday, September 10, 2015

National School Register

Found today on Find My Past

National School Admission Registers & Log-books 1870-1914 Transcription

I was looking for William Cotchin FAUNCH - not sure if this was him under W FAUNCH.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Henry Gerald Seymour BUTLER

Born 18 August 1904 in Croydon. 

That's him on the left, his brother Ted is on the right.
He went to Bristol Grammar School in 1919 for a short time.
He travelled to Jamaica in 1927, '28 & '30

In 1934 he was the manager of a shoe shop, having served his time in his fathers shop in Bath.

He married my mother Cecily Maud Beck on 2nd June 1934.
When the 2nd world war began he enlisted in the Royal Artillery, and served in India as a Regimental Sergeant Major.

On leaving the army he became a 'butler' to a number of high class people.
When we came out to Australia in 1969 he went back to the shoe trade.
He died on the 27th January 1992.
For more on the history of the Butler Family click here.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Writing a Family History

After our Ancestry group on Wednesday we will be chatting about writing family history. 
A very informal look at the way you can proceed! Later in the year we will be having visiting writers but for now it is just me. You can read some of my BECK, BUTLER & ROSE history by clicking on the surnames. 
The Family Search site has some good tips here.
See you there, Angie