Shared Ancestor Hint: Onion

Recently, Ancestry alerted me to a potential shared ancestor with a tree named jdenny648.  This is based on DNA profiles.  In previous examples of such hints the links shown through people in the respective trees have turned out to be solid, even when the degree of confidence was “moderate”.  This apparent connection was moderate also, but only at about 20% (going on the indicator bar).  Here is an image. Continue reading “Shared Ancestor Hint: Onion”


Boat warming

I have been for a little while the proud owner of an Ecofan.  A bit esoteric, I know, and not something my boatmen ancestors would have known about, or needed.  They lived in a cabin about ten feet long.  I know I am supposed to translate imperial to metric measures, but how many of you have metre-long feet?!

So, for those of you who are not boaters, what, exactly, is an Ecofan?  Well, here is an image. Continue reading “Boat warming”

Lost woman: found bruiser

A while back I found on my Ancestry DNA page a Shared Ancestry Hint.  These hints are developed from the starting point that two contributors have linked DNA, with additional information from the respective trees to find the connection.  In this case the link was to kbhofman’s tree, third cousin once removed, and a connection to second great grandparents Henry Dennis and Dorothy Hogg.

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Shared Ancestor Hint, showing most direct lines in connecting trees.

Continue reading “Lost woman: found bruiser”

R is for …

Continuing my exploration of surname origins in Andrew’s Kindred.

Based on: Reaney, P H, (ed. Wilson, R M), 1997, Oxford Dictionary of English Surnames, 3rd ed., OUP, Oxford, unless otherwise stated.


Earliest in Andrew’s Kindred:  William Rathbone, born about 1793, Coventry, Warwickshire. Continue reading “R is for …”

Nantwich: pub sign crawl

The other day I had a wander round Nantwich, Cheshire, to capture images of pub signs, with the intention of finding out a little about them.  They are in no particular order, and my list may not be comprehensive.

The Black Lion Continue reading “Nantwich: pub sign crawl”

By George!

Howdles Lane is named for George Howdle, who was proprietor of houses in in 1861.  But who was George?  Where did he come from?  And how did he end up in an obscure lane off Watling Street, Brownhills?  George is also related to my Dennis kindred.

In George the Eponymous I wrote: Continue reading “By George!”

Mary, Mary, quite contrary

Thanks to the General Register Office (GRO) continuing its trial for supplying PDF versions of entries of birth, marriage and death, I was able to solve a mystery, but not the one I expected. Continue reading “Mary, Mary, quite contrary”