Publicans & Beer Sellers

Revised to inlclude download link.

This is a bit of hard core local history research, but it might be the sort of project that appeals to other family historians with heritage to do with pubs and beer houses.

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Prince of Wales, Watling Street, Brownhills.

For several years I have been building a dataset of public houses, inns and beerhouses, with particular focus on their proprietors, managers and keepers.  I have focused on the areas inhabited by those ancestors who lived near to my home, that is mainly Brownhills and Chasetown.  I have been in many of them at one time or another, those that were still open in my adult life.  Some were run at one time by Andrew’s Kindred – the “Pub Dennises“, some were, doubtless, frequented by others, and some grew up there.

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Chasing steeples

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Wall from Wall Lane 2016

I first became aware of horse racing fifty years ago, when the Grand National steeplechase was beamed into our living room in grainy black and white (405 lines, the pixel had yet to be invented) from Aintree, Liverpool.  I gather grandfather Ted Brown liked a small bet.  Maybe that is something I have inherited.

The horse I selected, in blissful ignorance of such factors as weight, jockey, trainer, form and going, was Red Alligator, which to a small boy seemed the most appealing name.  As it turned out, most of those who attempted any kind of analytical approach to betting lost their money as 100-1 outsider Foinavon benefited from a melee at the (then unnamed) plain 23rd fence.

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Ancestry Genetic Communities

Ancestry Genetic Communities is a new(ish) service for those who have used Ancestry’s DNA analysis.  The original analysis breaks down into broad groups based on DNA inherited thousands of years ago: in my case Great Britain, Europe West, Scandinavia and Ireland (mainly), and I looked at this in Earlier Origins & DNA.

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My DNA profile. Ancient in pastel shades; modern in orange and red.

Ancestry has now assigned people to genetic communities based on DNA acquired in the last few hundreds of years, during the era of written records.  It would therefore be surprising if these communities did not reflect extensive research going back up to 450-500 years. Continue reading “Ancestry Genetic Communities”

N is for …

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

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St James the Great, Longdon, Staffordshire.


Earliest in Andrew’s Kindred:  John Nevell, father of Mary Nevell, born about 1698, Longdon, Staffordshire.
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M is for …

This set of names is almost a microcosm of Andrew’s Kindred, with three direct lines, including, perhaps, the most ancient, and all but one born in my native Staffordshire or an adjacent county.

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


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Tunnelling Down Under

This is to help with an enquiry from someone in New Zealand who might turn out to be related.  Ancestry DNA suggests we might be 4th-6th cousins.  If 4th cousin the common ancestor would be one of my 32 third great grandparents, on the outside of the chart. Large PDF version here:  AD fan 3rd ggparents

AD fan 3rd ggparents

Note:  This circular image is illegible, it is purely to show the shape of the chart.

Hopefully, this will lead somewhere, but there is some considerable work to be done.  If it turns out to be 6th cousin, there will be 128 targets!


Walsall Archives Opening Hours

Preparations for the move by Walsall Local History Centre to the town centre will temporarily restrict opening hours:  this from Weste via Rootschat:

Walsall Archives (Staffordshire) – RootsChat.Com

Reduced opening hours effective from April 1st 2017

Opening Tuesdays and Wednesdays only to the public from 10 am to 4pm . Other days they will be cataloguing etc ready for the move to Lichfield Street library in Walsall town centre. Don’t know the move date.

It’s not an early April fools joke!

Short term pain for long term gain.