07 Family History July 2017
We had a good meeting on Friday and were pleased to welcome Norma who is the co-ordinator of all the groups. We had some very interesting stories. Considering we were a relatively small group there were so many bigamists, some keeping two families and one of whom was court martialled for marrying an Indian lady, when serving in India. We also had people who had changed names or added new names [meant to confuse their descendants.] Do remember to try alternative spellings – especially in parish records – your ancestor may have been illiterate and would not recognise if the name was spelt differently in each record. The parish clerk or the vicar would record it as it sounded, so take into consideration local accents. [I have Sewells who were also records as Swells, Suels, etc.] It is also worth searching for the name on Google, in local newspapers, and having a look at www.rootsweb.com – someone may have researched the same person. I have just found records for the Pryor family there with sources, so I can check those. Always be wary about using other people’s research unless you can check it. Our most unusual story was of the spinster aunt who was found to have been married with three children.