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Newsletter July 2010

I am running very late with this Newsletter … it should have been a June 2010 issue but it seems to have turned into July already!


My excuse is that not only have we been away for a holiday in Dorset (see left), most of my time has been taken up  in studying an online course on One-Name Studies with Pharos Tutors.  The course only lasted five weeks, but it packed in a lot of reading and assignments which have kept me very busy.  And would you believe it, one of the other participants was also an Adamthwaite descendant – our Jo, who has just registered her very own one-name study on the Baldwin family with the Guild of One-Name Studies.


Pharos Tutors run a range of on-line Genealogy courses, most last between 3 – 5 weeks and cover all sorts of interesting topics.  Take a look at their course list to see if there is anything on there that interests you.  We are never too old to learn something new; I am now full of ideas to extend and improve the Adamthwaite Study, the first of which is detailed below, and have already signed up for the Advanced course next year!

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Preserving our research

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detail from a 1504 document concerning Henry Adamthwait - photographed at NA

One of the targets of all members of the Guild of One Name Studies is to ensure that all the information gathered together in the course of researching a surname should be preserved for future generations.  You may recall that I have been concerned about what will happen to the website when I am no longer able to maintain it.  Well, I thought that I had found the solution in the British Library Web Archive which stores a cached copy of many historical research websites for posterity.  I submitted the Adamthwaite Archive website and although it has been accepted,  the technology they use to capture all the content does not work with the Flash content on the Adamthwaite Archive (and many other sites).  I received an email from one of their researchers just this week explaining that they have retained the link on their database, so that when the archiving technology catches up with today’s web design technology, our site will be included.  So I have to be patient on that aspect.


Another possibility would be to transfer all the information into a printed book and submit copies to the British Library, Society of Genealogists and Guild of One-Name Studies (as well as selling copies at cost price to all interested Adamthwaite descendants of course!)  As we all know, books outlast many modern data storage systems … remember floppy discs?  Nowadays, this is relatively easily achieved using an on-line self publication company like Lulu.  My only reservation with this idea has been the difficulty of presenting all our spreadsheets and family tree charts in printed format as they are so large.  But, as part of the course I have just completed, my attention was drawn to an article published in the Guild of One Name Studies Journal back in 2006 written by Colin Ulph, a member who successfully published his one-name study.  You can read the article in the Journal Archive - it appears on pages 19 and 20.


I do think that Colin’s decision to only include information about the history of the surname and stories about individuals who have held it – along with plenty of illustrations – is a good one.  Not only has it resulted in a book that is interesting to a wider number of people (not just us genealogists) but that is the sort of information which is unlikely to require regular updating in the way that spreadsheets and family trees would.  And copies of all those spreadsheets and family trees could be inserted at the back of the book as CDs – allowing for them to be updated at regular intervals as new data becomes available.

So … lets produce our own book about the Adamthwaites!

I am urging all you closet authors to have a look at your own line of Adamthwaites and think about writing an article about some of them to include in a book.  A number of you have already submitted fascinating stories which are located in the Miscellany section and there are also more on the History pages (some may require a little updating with further details discovered since they were originally written).  The attraction of a printed book as opposed to presenting data on the web, is that it might also be feasible to include more recent information than is generally considered appropriate on the web.  Take a look at a few of the stories we already have on the website, and think about whether you could produce something similar. These are just a few examples of the work all the talented Adamthwaites out there.

The following articles from the Miscellany section have all been submitted by members of the Adamthwaite mailing list, and demonstrate the different lives led by all our ancestors:


Rhoda’s story – memories of a Leeds family (written by Rhoda’s daughter-in- law Toni).  Toni has woven recollections and researched information about her mother-in-law’s childhood and family around a wonderful collection of old family photographs.


Leeanna's story - "things to remember before I forget" based on the research carried out by Lucy Adamthwaite in the 1940s, recently updated by Lucy' s granddaughter, Mary.  This story is also illustrated with family photographs and celebrates the meticulous research that  Leeanna’s daughter Lucy undertook to try to discover more about her disreputable grandfather John Allen Adamthwaite.  


Mary's story - the life of Mary Adamthwaite (1847-1918) of the PINK line of Adamthwaites, written by a descendant of Mary, this illustrated article charts the travels and migration of members of a privileged family which had its 'ups and downs'



The Adamthwaites of Quambatook, Victoria, Australia from 1878-1978 - This epic report has been taken from research carried out in the 1970s.  Copies were presented to family members as a centenary record to celebrate Joseph Adamthwaite’s arrival in Australia in 1878, and the original contains lots of photographs of family members and detailed descendancy charts for each of Joseph’s sons.  Reading this explains why there are so many Australian Adamthwaites today!


Alf Adamthwaite - recollections from Gez and Elizabeth.  These amusing anecdotes from a neighbour and a relative form a much shorter article than those mentioned above, and feature a much loved member of the Quambatook Adamthwaites.  More short items like this would be very welcome both on the website and in the book (and I am sure that most of you have discovered several people through your research that justify being celebrated and read about by future generations!


William Mackever Adamthwaite - an illustrated biography by Paula (William's 4 x great granddaughter).  Paula’s meticulous research has been combined with her considerable talents as a photographer to produce an article recording the difficult times experienced by William’s family in the early nineteenth century in and around Sedbergh .

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The Seven Reverends Adamthwaite – written by Bob for the Cumbria Family History Society Newsletter (we would need their consent to reproduce this) – which documents the backgrounds of our very  interesting Adamthwaite Clergymen and schoolmasters, including the one who was involved in the notorious Yorkshire Academy featured in Nicholas Nickleby.


Death in the Workhouse – also by Bob, which paints a picture of the life and times of some of his less fortunate ancestors.


Adamthwaite Farm – the latest findings of ongoing research by Elizabeth, Bob and myself which aims to establish more about the origins of those families that adopted the surname Adamthwaite all those centuries ago.

There is plenty more material already on the website that could very easily be reworked into suitable format for a publication (I shall of course want to include my own juicy and scandalous story about the ORANGE line of Adamthwaites), but I know that lots of you have come across fascinating details and characters amongst your own lines.


Please let me know if you would like to put pen to paper (if you feel you need some guidance, you could even sign up for an online course on Developing and Writing Your Family History with Pharos Tutors – it lasts three weeks, costs £33, and the next one starts in October with another next March)


And of course, it would also be helpful to know if you might be interested in buying a copy of the eventual masterpiece for future generations of your own family to treasure!



Then we have the pieces of Historical Research that

various members have contributed, such as:

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Please email me with your views on this idea