My Brick Wall Browns | Charles Healey Will

For thirty years, I’ve been stuck behind a very high and seemingly insurmountable brick wall in the fifth generation of my family tree and I’m on a mission to finally break through it! I plan to use every tool in my genealogy toolbox to break down this brick wall. You can follow my progress my selecting ‘Brick Wall […]

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The Cullen Project

One of the eminent physicians of his time, Dr William Cullen (1710 – 1790) was highly regarded throughout Europe and the Americas. At the age of thirty, he earned an M.D. from Glasgow University in Scotland and while in private practice in Edinburgh, he consulted often on cases through letters exchanged with both fellow physicians […]

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Review of Evidentia

Last week, I decided to do a full review of Evidentia and I’ve downloaded the 14 day trial version to check it out. According to its author, Ed Thompson, the Evidentia software: …makes it easy to collect information, analyze evidence, highlight missed connections and feel confident with your conclusions. Evidentia does not replace your current genealogy software, but […]

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Sheffield Resources at Ancestry

In Thursday’s post, I listed several fantastic websites for Sheffield Family History research. Today I’m visiting Ancestry and searching the card catalogue for Sheffield specific resources. Find them at Ancestry by dropping down the Search menu and choosing Card Catalogue and then doing a keyword search on Sheffield. A complete history of the great flood […]

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Evidentia

In 2012, Ed Thompson created a new type of genealogy program. He felt that while there were a number of good genealogy programs for recording facts about our ancestors, he felt that he didn’t have any resources that would help him solve his research challenges. I can’t help but agree. He needed to: And so he […]

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Sheffield Family History Online Resources

Over the last month or so, I’ve been immersed in researching my Sheffield ancestors and revisiting some long-time favourite online resources and finding some new ones. The Sheffield Indexers The Sheffield Indexers is a brilliant website! Many Sheffield records have been transcribed by volunteers and are available for free on this website managed by Elaine Pickard and […]

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Sheffield Parish Church

My Brick Wall Browns | Part 4c | Search for New Evidence

For thirty years, I’ve been stuck behind a very high and seemingly insurmountable brick wall in the fifth generation of my family tree and I’m on a mission to finally break through it! I plan to use every tool in my genealogy toolbox to break down this brick wall including: In my last two posts, I began to […]

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evidence and witnesses

My Brick Wall Browns | PART 4b| Search for New Evidence

For thirty years, I’ve been stuck behind a very high and seemingly insurmountable brick wall in the fifth generation of my family tree and I’m on a mission to finally break through it! I plan to use every tool in my genealogy toolbox to break down this brick wall including: In my first post, I defined the problem. […]

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Manchester Market Street Improvements 1828

In 1821, an act was obtained in Manchester for widening Market-street, King-street, Nicholas-croft, Toad-lane and Pool-lane. The street widening affected many businesses along those streets, including the Swan Inn and its Inn Keeper Edward Baines (the father of Margaret Healey who was the witness at my great-great-grandparent’s wedding). In 1828, Edward Baines attempted to secure […]

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Robert Unwin Will

In my last post, I shared the newly found marriage certificate of my great grandaunt Caroline Brown and Joseph Unwin.  After the death of her first husband, Walter White, Caroline married Joseph on 23 February 1870 at Christ Church, Pitsmoor. Like Caroline’s father, Joseph was a file cutter by trade and was the son of […]

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How-Old.net

How-Old.net is a demo that was built for the day 2 keynote of Microsoft’s Build2015 developer conference that showcases building apps using Azure services. According to the website: Using our newly released Face detection API’s we set up an age guessing website called http://how-old.net on Azure. This page lets users upload a picture and have […]

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Google’s Perpetual Calendar

I’ve just discovered one more thing that Google is great at. It knows what day of the week it was on any day in history. In the search box, simply type the word day, followed by the date, and it will return the day of the week. Thanks Google!

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My Brick Wall Browns | Certificates Received!

With the magic of scheduled posts, I’ve received the birth, marriage and death certificates that I wrote about ordering in yesterday’s post. Birth of Ann Brown: Sheffield Jun [quarter] 1848, vol 22: 668 I was lucky to get the right certificate for Ann Brown’s birth on the first try, but otherwise there are no surprises. She […]

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My Brick Wall Browns | PART 4a | Search for New Evidence

For thirty years, I’ve been stuck behind a very high and seemingly insurmountable brick wall in the fifth generation of my family tree and I’m on a mission to finally break through it! I plan to use every tool in my genealogy toolbox to break down this brick wall including: In my first post, I defined the problem. […]

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My Brick Wall Browns | PART 3f | Evaluate Evidence

For thirty years, I’ve been stuck behind a very high and seemingly insurmountable brick wall in the fifth generation of my family tree and I’m on a mission to finally break through it! I plan to use every tool in my genealogy toolbox to break down this brick wall including: In my first post, I defined the problem. […]

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