Monday, 31 October 2011

Edward O'NEILL

Last night I discovered my Great, Great Grandfather's, Edward O'Neill, address. I won't mention the actual address because it still exists and there might be people living there but I will mention he lived in Co. Cork, Ireland. I found him on the 1901 Census for Ireland on The National Archives of Ireland Census Page a while ago and I hadn't noticed until yesterday that on the main census page that I have, it didn't include his address (unlike the England & Wales counterpart, which does mention addresses on the main page) so I went back to The National Archives of Ireland to check if there is anything I can find and as it would have it, I wasn't looking properly when I first found him as below the 'Household Returns' link that takes you to the main census image there are 'Additional Pages' links and it told me on there his home address.

Knowing where he lived helps me pin point where in Ireland he came from or was living at a certain point in time. In this case I used the 1901 Census but the same thing applies to all of my Ancestors.

Just so you know, the 1901 and 1911 Census are available to view FOR FREE on The National Archives of Ireland website (click the above link to be taken directly to it's census page).

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Wollaton Park, Nottingham, WW2 Memorial

Wollaton Park, Nottingham, WW2 Memorial

1939 – 1945

These trees are a Memorial to the soldiers, airmen and prisoners of war who were here in Wollaton Park.






Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Old Photo's

I'm such a bad Blogger of late. But I'm here now and with any luck (not that luck has much to do with it), I'll blog regularly again.

I paid a visit to my Grandparent house recently when my Wife & I met up with my Dad for his birthday. My Dad brought old Family Photo's and he bought over a photo an old photo of my Grandma's Mum, my Great Grandma, Evelyn. It was a copy of an original photo taken probably around 70 years ago but that's only an approximation on my part, it may have be even been taken earlier or later than that. Due to the condition of the original photo it came out quite unfocused but that didn't matter to me, it was a photo of my Great Grandma whom I'd not seen a Photo of before. I asked my Grandma if it was ok if I borrowed the Photo so I could scan it into my Computer so I could make a copy and if I'm honest, so I could help preserve the Photo as I'm a massive believer in preserving as much as possible, especially Photographs, which would explain why I'm a massive hoarder. She told me that, that was fine and I took it home, scanned it and posted it back to her the next day. As I write this, I'm thinking about asking my Grandma if I could see the original photograph, if she still has it, and see if I can help in making a clearer copy of it. If not, I'm happy with what I've got. I don't know why I didn't ask her when I saw her. As I scanned into my Computer on a Saturday evening I wasn't able to print my own copy off until the following Monday and because of how the English Postal System works my Grandma didn't get the Photo back until the following Tuesday as I missed the last post on Sunday, which was at 12:00 I believe but that's irrelevant. I really should've asked about this really but it looks like a wedding photo, not necessarily my Greant Grandma's but Wedding she attended.

The following Tuesday I received a Text from my Dad to tell me that my Grandma received the Photo and to thank me for sending it back. Not that she needed to thank me, it was her Photo. My Dad also told me that my Grandma had gone out and printed me a copy of a Photo of her Dad, my Great Granddad Leonard and she sent it that day. I was absolutely chuffed, if I'm honest. I love, love, love old Photo's. Plus in just a few days I saw 2 of my Great Grandparents for the first time so I was excited. Which to some people makes me a nerd or a geek. When I received the Photo I said thank you to my Grandma and I promptly scanned it into my computer. It's a great copy. So clear. I believe, although I have to make sure, that it was taken either just before of during World War 2 when my Great Granddad joined the Royal Navy. Although him joining the Royal Navy is obvious, I just have to find out the details. Such as date of enlistment, ships served on, etc. If it was taken during World War 2 I'll have to find out if I'm able to apply for his Service Records from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) or if they only give them to the next of kin, which would either be my Grandma any of her siblings. I believe the MoD hold all (or most at least) Military Records after 1923/24 I believe and not The National Archives. Due to privacy as World War 2 is within living memory but don't take that too literally as I'm not 100% sure of dates and reasons why they still hold.

I'll add both to my Old Photo's tab. Besides adding the Photo's, I'm going to end it there for today as I've rambled on about 2 Photo's. But it's because, and I'm not ashamed to admit this, I get excited about finding old photo, stories and facts etc.

Photo's

I'm such a bad Blogger of late. But I'm here now and with any luck (not that luck has much to do with it), I'll blog regularly again.

I paid a visit to my Grandparent house recently when my Wife & I met up with my Dad for his birthday. My Dad brought old Family Photo's and he bought over a photo an old photo of my Grandma's Mum, my Great Grandma, Evelyn. It was a copy of an original photo taken probably around 70 years ago but that's only an approximation on my part, it may have be even been taken earlier or later than that. Due to the condition of the original photo it came out quite unfocused but that didn't matter to me, it was a photo of my Great Grandma whom I'd not seen a Photo of before. I asked my Grandma if it was ok if I borrowed the Photo so I could scan it into my Computer so I could make a copy and if I'm honest, so I could help preserve the Photo as I'm a massive believer in preserving as much as possible, especially Photographs, which would explain why I'm a massive hoarder. She told me that, that was fine and I took it home, scanned it and posted it back to her the next day. As I write this, I'm thinking about asking my Grandma if I could see the original photograph, if she still has it, and see if I can help in making a clearer copy of it. If not, I'm happy with what I've got. I don't know why I didn't ask her when I saw her. As I scanned into my Computer on a Saturday evening I wasn't able to print my own copy off until the following Monday and because of how the English Postal System works my Grandma didn't get the Photo back until the following Tuesday as I missed the last post on Sunday, which was at 12:00 I believe but that's irrelevant. I really should've asked about this really but it looks like a wedding photo, not necessarily my Greant Grandma's but Wedding she attended.

The following Tuesday I received a Text from my Dad to tell me that my Grandma received the Photo and to thank me for sending it back. Not that she needed to thank me, it was her Photo. My Dad also told me that my Grandma had gone out and printed me a copy of a Photo of her Dad, my Great Granddad Leonard and she sent it that day. I was absolutely chuffed, if I'm honest. I love, love, love old Photo's. Plus in just a few days I saw 2 of my Great Grandparents for the first time so I was excited. Which to some people makes me a nerd or a geek. When I received the Photo I said thank you to my Grandma and I promptly scanned it into my computer. It's a great copy. So clear. I believe, although I have to make sure, that it was taken either just before of during World War 2 when my Great Granddad joined the Royal Navy. I'll add both Photo's to this Post and to my Old Photo's tab. Besides adding the Photo's, I'm going to end it there for today as I've rambled on about 2 Photo's. But it's because, and I'm not ashamed to admit this, I get excited about finding old photo, stories and facts etc.

My Great Grandmother, Evelyn May Machin (Nee Bird)

My Great Grandfather, Leonard Machin.
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