Genealogy Study Tour UK 2013

This is a heads-up as to my activities for the next 4 weeks. Over this period I shall be blogging with a view to keeping family informed of my adventures and finds, to extend my research network and optimise my use of the social media to form collaborations to build my Family Tree with reliable data covering the lives and times of ancestors.

I have commenced writing this at Sydney Airport waiting the call for the Hong Kong leg of my flight to Heathrow, London to initially join a Victoria University of Wellington, Continuing Community Education, UK Genealogy Study tour. This will place me in London for a week followed by the same period in Edinburgh. The itinerary includes attendance at the Who Do You Think You Are? Conference, Olympia, London, National Archives Kew, London Society of Genealogists, Scotlands People Centre and National Records of Scotland and the Scottish Genealogy Society. Exciting isn’t it!

On conclusion of the Tour I intend to delve deeper into some of the family stories, tentatively, at this stage, in Aberdeen, Norwich, Kings Lynn, Winchester and Dorchester, also to visit in Canterbury, Kent one Francis Victor Peter EDWARDS whose father Sidney George EDWARDS was the brother of my Grandmother, Winifride Annie Vine/Kruse. It is interesting that this contact was established by his daughter Lucy Pienaar who resides in Toronto, Canada and discovered the, unknown to her, Edwards families in Australia and New Zealand on the Net.

My attention at the other sites will concentrate on:
a) Grandfather James Scott Chalmers‘ forebears who resided in the village of Tarves near Aberdeen,
b) in Edinburgh to explore the possibility of finding the means of Christopher Christmas Berry’s passage to Australia (possibly in crew lists of the Orissa Shipping Company which was based at Grangemouth),
c) the history of the two Elizabeth Berry‘s (CCB’s wife and daughter) who were resident in Cramond, Edinburgh at the time of the 1841 Census. Husband and father CCB was in New Zealand at that point fathering another family of 5,
d) to gather further information on the parentage and childhood of Christopher Christmas Underwood/Berry in Norfolk,
e) to sort out the mess, if possible, surrounding the enormous numbers of patently incorrect Tree details of the Crumpliere, Crumpler, Crompliere, etc family, which is the one that I have gone the furthest back on with an entry at date 1457 citing John Crumpliere as a “master archer, with harness” in Henry the 8th’s militia,and
f) to ascertain more of the generations of the Vine family back from John Vine born 1705 in Dorset.

I hit London Town on Tuesday, 19 February with a dinner date with John Sutherland and Kirsty on Wednesday and shall be regularly reporting from there on all those discoveries that I shall make.

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