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Thursday, 30 January 2014

Treasure Chest Thursday: Postcard Book Page 4

So after a whirlwind trip around India we're now into Europe. (For more Postcard posts please click on the postcard label at the bottom of this post.)


Here's page 4 of the postcard book

The top postcard shows West Street in Fareham.

This card was actually posted!! It was postmarked Fareham, 14th October 1911. It was addressed to Mrs Dodds, No 8 A 8 Ward, Chelsea Hospital for Women, Fulham Road, London. I can't quite read the message but it uses initials rather than names and seem to be wishing Mrs Dodds well. It is signed from A K. There is a postcard of the Chelsea Hospital for Women at around this time on the Chelsea Then and Now Blog .

The next card has a description of "Taranto - R. C.T. Impavido, Impetuoso, Intrepido, Insidioso,, Irrequieto, attraversano Il Canale Navigabile" which appears to be italian.

Google translate tells me that this means "Taranto - R. C.T. Undaunted, Impetuous, Intrepid, Insidious, Restless, through the Waterway",  It's blank on the back so not sure what this postcard is about.

The final postcard shows the Chateau de Walzin in Belgium.

On the back it would appear that this was sent from Bruges and it is postmard 29th July 1912. It was sent to Mrs Hogg in Fareham. The sender hasn't written their name but explains that they are leaving for Brussels and then will be contactable at the Grand Hotel in Knock-sur-Mer in West Flanders.

This collection of cards does seem to be quite eclectic - I wonder where the next page of cards are from??

Sunday, 26 January 2014

52 Ancestors: #4 Peter Guthrie (1797-1888)

This weeks 52 ancestors post is a bit different as we've been struck down with colds and illness so I've not really had time to put together a proper post.

I've chosen to focus on Peter Guthrie this week as I've blogged about him before on my old blog. He was the 3xGreat Grandfather of my children.

He was born in 1797 and lived in the townland of Pharis in County Antrim, Northern Ireland as a farmer.

As far as I know he had 9 children with his wife Elizabeth. Their names were Hannah, Mary Jane, William, Robert, Daniel, Samuel, Alice, John and Eliza.

He died on 14th May 1888 in Pharis.

My previous posts mentioning Peter about his appearance on the Griffiths Valuation and his death certificate.

Sorry it's a short one but hopefully normal service will resume next week!

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Treasure Chest Thursday: Postcard Book Page 3

So we are now onto the 3rd page in my Postcard Album. For other posts in this series please click on Postcards in the labels.

 As you  can see from the full page photograph above - we are still in the same series of postcards as the last couple of pages. I think we're still in India - but let's look at the cards in detail to double check.

The first postcard is labelled "Meerut Cantoment Gardens"

The next card depicts the roman catholic church in Meerut

I think this is St Joseph's Cathedral in Meerut looking at the way the tower/belfry is designed.

The 3rd postcard on the page has a slightly different feel and was printed by a different company - Moorli Dhur & Sons, Ambala. The description is "Power House, Meerut".

So the owner so these postcards either spent time in India or knew someone who visited there.

Come back for page 4 next week - we're back to Europe!

Sunday, 19 January 2014

52 Ancestors: #3 Henry Adams (1846-1907)

Henry Adams was born as Henry Hooper on 8th August 1846. His mother was Louisa Hooper and no father was named on his birth certificate. 

According to the baptism records of Isle Brewers, Somerset, Henry was baptised twice. The first time was on 26th August 1846 under the name Henry Hooper and there was a note at the side that he was possibly illegitimate.  The second time he was baptised was 16th December 1849 as Henry Adams. In the years between these baptisms Louisa, Henry’s mother, had married Frederick Adams and the new family had welcomed a daughter Caroline who was also baptised on 16th December 1849.

In the 1851 Census Henry appears aged 4  with Louisa and Frederick  and his younger siblings Caroline and John in the household of George and Sophia Adams. George was Frederick Adams’ father and Henry is described as George’s grandson.
"1851 England Census",[database on-line], ( : accessed 18 Jan 2014) Isle Brewers, Somerset; citing Class: HO107; Piece: 1926; Folio: 639; Page: 5 Registration District: Langport Sub-registration District: Somerton Enumeration District: 8

In the 1861 census Henry is still with George and Sophia in Isle Brewers but the rest of the family are living in another house. By 1861, Louisa and Frederick had had another 4 children. Henry is 14 at this time and described as a lodger and agricultural labourer.

By 1871 Henry had left Isle Brewers altogether and is found in the census in the Infantry Barracks of the 8th Regiment of Foot on Regent Road in Salford as a Private. Henry had enlisted on 29th December 1868 at Taunton after spending some time with the Somerset Militia. When he enlisted he gave his age as 19 which doesn’t match with his age but could be something to do with the timing of Louisa and Frederick's marriage.

He transferred to the Royal Artillery on 31st March 1872. Henry then went off to Mauritius, via the Cape of Good Hope, and spent four years abroad. He returned to England in 1876.

On 11th November 1880 Henry married Mary Sait in Woolwich, Kent. The newly married couple can be found in the 1881 census living in Woolwich Arsenal along with their new daughter Annie.

By 1891 the family had moved up to Merseyside and could be found in Litherland. The 
family had also grown with the addition of a son Frederick in 1882 and a daughter Louisa in 1886. 
Henry left the army on 4th July 1891 and the family settled in Hampshire. They can be found on the 1901 census in Wickham. 

"1901 England Census",[database on-line], ( : accessed 18 Jan 2014) Wickham, Hampshire; citing PRO RG13, Piece 1016, Folio 179, Page 17. Fareham registration district
Sadly, Henry is now a widower, as Mary passed away in 1900, with a household of 6 children. Daisy and Nellie were twins born in 1894 and Albert arrived in 1896.

Henry died on 25th October 1907 in Wickham at the age of 59.

While there is no way of proving if Frederick was Henry’s biological father it would appear that Frederick treated Henry as a son and Henry treated Frederick as his father. 
For example, Frederick is given as Henry’s father on his marriage certificate. For research purposes I’m going to use Fredrick Adams as the link back to the previous generation.

I’m hoping to find out more about Henry’s time in the army – especially more about his time in Mauritius. I was lucky enough to spend my honeymoon in Mauritius so I was very surprised to find out that my children’s 3xGreat Grandfather had spent time there 140 years ago!

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Treasure Chest Thursday: Postcard Book Page 2

So this week I'm moving onto the second page of the postcard album that has come into my posession.  If you are interested in the 1st installment it can be found here.

Page 2
It looks like the postcards are still from India

Meerut Reading the Royal Proclaimation

Meerut Deputy Controller's Office

Meerut The Well

 But again all the backs are blank!

Maybe I'll be luckier with page 3??

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Tuesday's Tips - Firefox Addon Snap Links

As I'm a bit of a geek when it comes to things like software and gadgets I decided to share a tip or a new find each week on a Tuesday. They may not be designed for a genealogy use but I will show how I use them to support my research work.

Now if I've lost you at Firefox add on then here's a bit of background. Basically, to look at the internet you use a browser. For years I thought you had to use Internet Explorer as that was the browser installed on most computers. Then I discovered you could use other browsers e.g. Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome etc. I have tried them all to various degrees over the years but Firefox is my current browser of choice.

The cool thing about Firefox (and Chrome) is that you can download addons/extensions that do neat little tricks for you while surfing the web.

One that I struggle without is Snap Links.

This is a brilliant thing that allows me to highlight a list of links and opens each one in a brand new tab. Why is that so useful? Let me show you!

Here we have the results of a search for James Tillin on Census records in Ancestry

The yellow area is full of clickable links to results in each census database.
I could right click on each link in turn and select "Open in New Tab" but this would take a good minute or so and be quite repetitive

Instead what I do is right click and drag with my mouse to highlight the area containing links.

The green dotted line shows the area I've selected while the red boxes highlight all the links. It also tells me how many links I'm about to open. Then when I lift my finger off the mouse it opens up a new tab for each link as shown below.

I use this every single day and find it so useful.

Do you have any extensions or addons you can't live without?

Sunday, 12 January 2014

52 Ancestors: #2 Samuel Gilbert Molloy (1898-????)

Samuel Molloy is a bit of a mystery man in my family tree. He is the 2xgreat-grandfather of my children.

I first spoke about Samuel in my Wibbling Jo blog back in 2011.

Here's Samuel's story as far as I know it....

Samuel Gilbert Molloy was born on 15th March 1898 in Jubilee Cottages in Calow near Chesterfield, Derbyshire to  John Molloy and Ellen Molloy (nee Davison). (1)

Photo of Jubilee Cottage in May 2012 taken with Google streetview
In 1916 he joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR) and served as a signalman.(2) According to his medal card he received the Victory medal and the British War Medal.(3)

In 1919 in Dover he married Margaret Anne Birch at the age of 21. Samuel and Margaret went on to have 4 children - Robert Gilbert in 1919, Margaret Patricia in 1922, Jean in 1924 and John Geoffrey in 1926.

But on 11 June 1927 Samuel, aged 29, can be found on the ships listing of the Megantic arriving in Quebec, Canada. (4)

And that is where I left him in 2011. 

But in writing this post I have found out  a bit more information.

According to the UK record below(5), it shows that Samuel and Margaret Molloy were travelling as husband and wife. I can tell this because their ages are in the column for those travelling "accompanied by husband or wife".

But this isn't Margaret Molloy (nee Birch) as she would have been 32 at the time - the Margaret on this manifest was 21! 

So, I'm off to investigate further - thanks to "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" I've got another puzzle to solve!!

(1)  England, birth certificate for Samuel Gilbert Molloy, born 15 March 1898; citing Chesterfield subdistrict, Chesterfield registration district; Registrar General
(2)  "Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve service records 1903-1922",[database on-line], The National Archives, Kew ( : accessed 17 Oct 2013)  Public Record Office ADM 337/9/53 MOLLOY Samuel Gilbert
(3) "Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve medal roll 1914-1920",[database on-line], ( : accessed 12 Jan 2014)  Public Record Office ADM 171/127 Page 578 MOL
(4) "Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935" [database on-line] ( : accessed 12 Jan 2014)  SS Megantic Sailing from Liverpool 3 Jun 1927 Arriving to Quebec 11 Jun 1927 Third Class Vol 9 Page 185 Sheet 12
(5) "UK, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960",[database on-line], ( : accessed 12 Jan 2014) Megantic 2 Jun 1927, Bound: Quebec & Montreal, Port of Departure: Liverpool, Steamship Line: Whitestar

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Treasure Chest Thursday: Postcard Book

The last time I visited my father-in-law he gave me this old book of postcards. I have decided to use the Treasure Chest Thursday prompt from Geneabloggers as I work my way through the pages of the album.

Front Cover
 As you can see the album is in reasonably good condition and the binding is holding up well.

Page 1

Here we have the 1st page of the album. The postcards are slipped in rather than stuck with glue so they are easy to take out and check if there's anything on the back.

Meerut The Allahabad Bank

Meerut Banboo Grove Bhola

Mussoorie The Snows
 I then turned over the postcards - but they were all blank!

However, in very small writing you can see the words "Nestor Gianaclis, Ltd, Calcutta" so I know they are views of India.

A quick google produces these results from Wikipedia:

"Meerut is a city in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is an ancient city with settlements dating back to the Indus Valley civilization having been found in and around the area." Wikipedia
"Mussoorie is a hill station and a municipal board in the Dehradun District of the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is located about 35 km from the state capital of Dehradun and 290 km north from the national capital of New Delhi". Wikipedia
So I have an unexpected link to India - I wonder what the next page will bring.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Wibbling Jo

Although this blog has only just begun I have dabbled with blogging before.

My old blog is still available to view at and has posts going back to 2009. It's older than my youngest child!

From time to time I'm going to link back to old blog stories and update them where I can.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

52 Ancestors: #1 Richard Tillin (1825-1884)

I've decided to take up the challenge set by Amy Johnson Crow in her blog to have one blog post each week in 2014 devoted to a specific ancestor. It's called 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.

For my 1st post I've chosen Richard Tillin - he is the 5xGreat-Grandfather of my children. Richard is one of a few ancestors I have found in newspapers.

Richard was born and baptised in Ruislip in 1825. His parents were Richard Tilling and Mary Barker. He appeared on the 1841 census as a printer in the city of London. He married Sarah Lewis in 1847 and had 6 children - Thomas, John, George, Eli, Ann and Sarah. He appeared on the census for 1851, 1861, 1871 and 1881 in Berkshire as an agricultural labourer. He died in 1884.

Unfortunately Richard's entry in the Reading Mercury is a tragic tale as it describes his "Fatal fall from a load of hay at Padworth".

"British Newspapers 1710-1953", [database on-line], ( : accessed 7 Jan 2014) Reading Mercury Saturday 13th September 1884

 Richard presents 2 puzzles for me.

I wonder why Richard was born and baptised in Ruislip but his brother's and sisters were baptised in Beenham, Berkshire. The only theory I can come up with is that Richard Tilling (Richard's father) may have returned to Berkshire because his mother Elizabeth Tillin (nee Bernard) died in 1826 and maybe he was needed by his family?

In 1841 Richard could be found in the Allhallows the Great in London. If his occupation was a printer then he would have had to belong to a guild - maybe this one? But then a few years later he was back in Berkshire and then spent the rest of his life as an agricultural labourer. I would love to be able to find out what twist of fate led to this change in his life.

Monday, 6 January 2014

Hello and Welcome

Welcome to the new +Full Circle Family History  blog.
I'm hoping that this will be the place you can keep up to date with the latest news from Full Circle and the Genealogy world in general.
I will be including hints and tips, gadget and tech ideas, information about my one name study and the odd story I've found interesting in my own personal research.
I also have a website at which I'm hoping to add to in the future.
Please feel free to comment/email me if there's anything you'd like me to focus on.