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Adamthwaite Archive

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Have you been helped by the information on this site?  If you would like to contribute to the cost of our DNA project, just £10 would help towards the cost of DNA kits!

September 2009 newsletter

UPDATE - 7 October 2009

The updated spreadsheets for births and marriages now include details found on the London Parish Registers (thank you Ancestry!) - so if you have any London Adamthwaite ancestors, it will be well worth checking the new information.  To quickly find the new details, look at the column on the extreme right of the spreadsheets for the source 'LMA online'


I have also set up an Adamthwaite Group at Genealogy Wise - you have to join as a member of the site first, then you can join the Adamthwaite surname group.  There is a link on the home page.


September 2009

There have been a number of corrections submitted and also one or two photos added to the galleries, plus an update to the article about Thomas Garrett’s elopement – confirming much of the original story.


I have also been attempting to update all the birth, marriage and death spreadsheets, and was just about to upload the latest versions when – quite out of the blue – Ancestry added loads of London parish records from the London Metropolitan Archives onto their site!  If you have London ancestors, this is now a brilliant online resource for anyone who is unable to visit the LMA in person - with a searchable database (with linked images of the actual entries) of baptism, marriage and burial records for many London parishes for the 19th and early 20th centuries and images only dating back in some cases to 1538! So I am in the process of hunting out and adding details from all the registers relating to London Adamthwaite families (mainly BLUE, YELLOW and ORANGE lines) and will upload the latest versions to the website within a couple of weeks - now completed.


There has also been a small flurry of activity relating to some records for a certain Thomas Adamthwaite RUDD that were found on an Australian site.  It took a while to work out quite why this gentleman (along with his son and grandson) held the middle name of Adamthwaite, but that mystery has now been solved and in the process has led to some corrections being necessary to the OLIVE family tree.   I also hope to be adding an article about this family in the near future.


There has also been the announcement that Find My Past will very shortly be adding a subscription access to the 1911 census – I shall certainly be taking them up on the special offer of a 20% reduction for existing subscribers  as soon as it becomes available, so I will be able to access the images of all the Adamthwaites who appear in 1911, along with the very revealing enumerator’s pages showing the names of their near neighbours.  All interesting snippets will of course be added to the website.


I don’t know how many of you have had a peek at the photos taken at the mini Adamthwaite reunion in Ravenstonedale back in July?  As well as pictures of those who attended and the various places we visited on our tour of the village, there is a link to a fascinating map of the village which was produced as part of their Millenium celebrations … it illustrates some of the history of the area and shows the location of many of the farms where our early Adamthwaite ancestors lived and worked.  It is a large file, so may take some time to download, but is well worth the wait.


DNA Project update Our first successful match is between the yDNA samples from our two GREY line volunteers, whose closest shared ancestor is John Adamthwaite (b.~1794 in Brough) who married Sarah Steel:

  • our Canadian volunteer is John's great great grandson, whose own grandfather Joseph Richard Adamthwaite emigrated to Canada in 1905 and married Lizzie Wakelyn

  • our Australian volunteer is John's 4xgreat grandson, whose grandfather Joseph Armstrong Adamthwaite emigrated to Australia with his wife Edith Tappenden and their young family in 1961.


This provides absolute proof not only that DNA testing is an accurate tool for genealogy, but also that our family trees for this line have been correctly researched! But we really do need more male Adamthwaites to come forward – there are still four FREE yDNA test kits available for the first volunteers to contact me who meet the selection criteria.  Please, please help me with this project!  It could reveal such interesting data if we only had more volunteers.  We especially need to find men from the VIOLET, BLUE and ORANGE lines, and also from branches of the YELLOW and OLIVE lines that have not already been tested.  Please try to persuade a male Adamthwaite relative to take the test!  There is more information about exactly which lines we need to test in the DNA section of this site, or you can email me for further details.


Possibly as a result of winning the award for best website in the Guild of One-Name Studies Publication Award for 2009, we do seem to have quite a following … the latest statistics show that there have been over 22,500 hits since January 2009 (though I think that figure must include the number of times the site comes up on search engine ‘finds’) – but on the site analytics I can see that we have on average 250 visitors every month, who each look at an average of 6 pages on each visit and each spend an average of nearly 6 minutes on the site.  Of these visitors, just under half are regular visitors to the site.  The most popular pages visited are the photo galleries, followed by family trees  and the spreadsheets showing births, marriages and deaths and census data.


We also have several new members of our Adamthwaite mailing list on rootsweb - why not send a short email to [email protected] to tell everyone who you are and how you link in to the Adamthwaite family trees?  You never know, you could have a distant cousin on the list that you could share information with!  And if you have any queries or interesting information, why not add a topic to our new Adamthwaite Forum?  There is also a gallery of mugshots of forum users ... to add yours, just email me a photo and I'll add it straight away.


Talking of cousins, I don’t often recommend sites to join, but you may find it worthwhile to register with Lost Cousins.  After the initial time spent entering all your family’s entries as they appear in the 1841 and 1881 census (plus Canadian and US censuses if applicable), you can make contact with anyone else that enters the same family.  So it is a much more precise way of contacting relatives than Genes Reunited.  They also have a very useful blank chart which you can download from the site to record five generations of your ancestors.  Once you have registered, you receive a monthly newsletter with lots of useful links and hints.  And best of all, its FREE!


Another great site which I have been using regularly in the past month as I attempt to trace my son-in-law’s family who hail from Lancashire, is the Lancashire On Line Parish Clerk Project  which contains simply thousands of transcriptions of parish records.  I am sure many of you must have ancestors in your family trees from this part of the world - take a look and see what you can find!

little lucy

Finally – the main reason for my lack of productivity on the Adamthwaite front – is little Lucy, Granny Sue’s bundle of joy now aged five weeks (and the latest addition to the OLIVE line!)





With best wishes



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