Update – I’m Slacking!

Ok, so I’ve decided to do an update, as I am quiet at the moment.  DearMytrle was slightly late bringing 15th – 21st February 2016 up.  So essentially I have been working towards two weeks worth of checklists. I am still also reading Evidence Explained so I can finish the Getting Organized – Checklist 7th Feb – 13th Feb 2016. Currently on the second chapter.  I will report back at a later date regarding the last few weeks worth of checklists.

In other news, I am working towards getting a second blog for other information other than genealogy.  I decided to make a second blog instead of incorporating one big one to keep this separated.  This new blog will be up shortly, just tweaking a few things and will put a link on this blog.

I also ordered a super computer.  Here are the specifications:

Corsair Graphite 760T V2 Windowed Full Tower Case – Black (CC-9011073-WW)
Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz (Skylake) Socket LGA1151 Processor – OEM
Corsair Hydro H105 240mm Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler (CW-9060016-WW )
Asus Maximus VIII Hero Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Motherboard
Samsung SM951 128GB M.2 PCI-e Gen3 8Gbps x 4 AHCI Solid State Drive (MZHPV128HDGM-00000)
Samsung 500GB 850 EVO SSD 2.5″ SATA 6Gbps 32 Layer 3D V-NAND Solid State Drive (MZ-75E500B/EU)
Samsung 500GB 850 EVO SSD 2.5″ SATA 6Gbps 32 Layer 3D V-NAND Solid State Drive (MZ-75E500B/EU)
OcUK 24x DVD±RW SATA ReWriter (Black) – OEM
EVGA GeForce Titan X SuperClock 12288MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card (12G-P4-2992)
Corsair RM Series RMi 850 ’80+ Gold’ 850W Modular Power Supply (CP-9020083-UK)
Asus Xonar DSX 7.1 PCI Express 1.0 Sound Card Retail
Microsoft Windows 10 64-Bit DVD – OEM (MS-KW9-00139)
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 PC4-24000C15 3000MHz Dual Channel Kit – Black (CMK16GX4M2B30
It will take up to 7 days to be built and then another 2 – 5 days to be shipped to Guernsey.  So just waiting for it. It will probably arrive when I am away.  I also got free Tom Clancy’s The Division with the computer and sooooo excited to test it out and play on it.
So I am away from next Saturday for 8 days.  I will have more time to do some Genealogy and catch up on the checklists. I will so do some indexing next Saturday as it is the first Saturday of the month. I should be able to blog more when away.
Anyway back to the checklist.
Cya later

Research and 1939 Records!

So thanks to the Finally Getting Organised Checklist by DearMYTRLE I have finally managed to do some research.  So this week I have been spending my time researching my great grandfather’s family, Idris Frank Hill.  I have come across a half family with the surname Brown.

From the information I have Idris Frank Hill’s mother, Bessie Dinning  (my great great grandmother) was married with children prior to marrying John A Hill.  Therefore I have spent the last few days purely researching this family. I am still eagerly researching both families to make sure that the family I am researching is my family.   **DO NOT TAKE THIS INFORMATION AS DEFINITE AS IT IS STILL BEING RESEARCHED AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE**

Also, the 1939 register became available for all annual subscriptions through findmypast.co.uk. Currently, only the 1911 census has been released.  The 1921 census will be released in 2021 unfortunately, the 1931 census records were destroyed and then no census was taking in 1941 due to the war.  So between 1921 – 1951 the 1939 registers are the only thing to fill in the gap.

I spent a lot of yesterday afternoon searching families on the 1939 register. The only records available are people who passed away prior to 1991 or are over the age of 100. There are a lot of people blocked off, however I do look forward to them opening more records as there are a few people that I think should be unlocked but aren’t as they passed away after 1991.



My apologies in respect of the 52 ancestors in 52 weeks, when I decided to do it, I expected to research an ancestor weekly to write about.  However, my prediction was incorrect.  It can take a long time to research an ancestor, therefore I have no more ancestors I can write about at the moment.  I will continue to write about my ancestors in the future, but it might not be a weekly thing, as first anticipated.

So anyway, back to researching.  Enjoy your Wednesday.


World’s Best Widget

I had a message from The Daily Post with the following question:

“You’ve been granted magical engineering skills, but you can only use them to build one gadget or machine.  What do you build?”

I have really thought about this.   I couldn’t decided between a time machine or teleportation.

I live in Guernsey, which is pretty much on an island in the middle of the Channel.  I’ve been living here for over 6 years, and still finding it hard to deal with not being able to jump onto a train or bus and travelling places.  Instead, have to book a flight or ferry and everytime it comes to travelling fear strikes and I pray that I can get off the island.  So I would love just to teleport to my family and then come back. Might not be soo home sick and would save me money.

However, the idea of a time machine would be amazing.  Would love to go back in time and speak to ancestors see what they were like, how life was back then, the good the bad.

Ok, my conclusion will have to be the time machine.  Teleportation would make my life easier, quicker and cheaper however what do I probably benefit out of it?  Whilst the time machine, I will be able to go back and learn about history and my family.

So I ask you ‘What would you build?’.


Getting Organised – Checklist 7th Feb – 13th Feb 2016


First thing is first, I have a little confession.  From Ancestry’s recent announcement about Roots Magic, I went ahead and purchased it last week.  I have been using this instead of Legacy for the time being.  However, I am happy I have both now as I do prefer the amount of Legacy’s reports I can use.  Although, I do prefer how Roots Magic prints the Family group sheet and have been using this to print them for my binders.

1. Did I finish inputting my ancestors siblings?

DearMYTRLE was at Rootstech last week and thankfully, this weeks checklist was put up late. This gave me plenty of time to make sure my ancestors siblings were inputted, sourced and up to date in Roots Magic. Although, I have not done the binders as of yet as the families are not finished, and did not want to waste paper printing family group reports with half the family on.

2.  Print out and study the synopsis of the GPS.

I’ve printed the synopsis of the GPS from their website and laminated the page. I do travel back to Wales a lot and also going to Who Do You Think You Are Live as well in April, I do not think a piece of paper will survive long without it being laminated.  Now I have no fear of it being damage.

3. Read the requested blogs and view the embedded videos.

The videos are related to chapters 1 and 2 of Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills.  I got this book for Christmas but have not managed to read it.  I would prefer to read chapters 1 and 2 prior to reviewing the videos.  Therefore this task will take a little longer to complete.

4. Make research notes and your to-do list where you now realise your evidence is weak.

I have analyzed the information and facts for my 3 HILL generations, and realise that I do have some weak areas.  I have managed to write a sheet of paper for documentation that I need to obtain.  Also, these documentations might lead me to something else.

Anyway that’s it for now.  Got some reading to do!


52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 6

Today, I am writing about my great grand mother, Jenny Eugene Ude (Jenny Eugene Moyst) aka Eugene. I do not have a picture of her unfortunately, however this is the first shocking death I have come across during my research.

Jenny Eugene Ude was born on 19th Janaury 1901 in Wales.  She was one of seven to Theodore Ude and Anne Ude (formerly Lebender). Her parents were German who had immigrated in USA prior to immigrating to United Kindgom.

Her father, Theodore Ude (aka Louis Ude) passed away in Jan 1909 from Lock Jaw.  The information I have found is that Theodore had a issue with his foot and request some cow manure onto his foot, which led to tetanus and lock jaw.

On 7th May 1927, Eugene married William Ernest at Cardiff Registry.  They had seven child during there marriage.

On 20th April 1957, Jenny Eugene passed due to a pulmonary oedema due to aspirin poisoning.  She took her own life.  See below of the newspaper article taken from the Barry & District, dated 9th May 1957 page 2.

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She was buried on 24th April 1957 at Barry cemetery, Plot T277. Picture of the grave is below.

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That’s it for now.



February Indexing

So its finally the first Saturday in February.  Where did January go?  Oh well, the January blues are finally over and done with.

So my one of my resolutions was to index on the first Saturday  of every month for a minimum of 30 minutes.  I indexed for 1 hour today and managed to index 71 records, not as many as last month, but I did do some additional indexing last week for the DearMYRTLE’s checklist.  Here’s my personal goal taken from the indexing program confirming the indexes I did:

index for feb

On that note, time to get on with inputting data of my father’s siblings and to sort out the binders to complete my checklist for this week.

Goodbye for now, Hwyl fawr (Goodbye in welsh)






Getting Organised – Checklist 31st – 6th Feb 2016


I have decided to do this a day early as tomorrow I will be indexing as per my resolution in Janaury (indexing on the first Saturday of every month).  I found this week the hardest out of all the previous weeks.  My thoughts are below:

1. Commence working on you mother’s maiden name binder.

I have completed this and printed off the family group sheets.  I have yet to create an introduction for this. I have also sorted out the digital folders like my binders, so they mirror each other.

2. Pesky Siblings – Make sure siblings of ancestors are typed in my genealogy management software and create additional binders for the married woman.

I found this part the hardest.  I have infact not got this far with transferring my data from FTM to Legacy and therefore I had to input them all over this week.  My father is one of 7, along with my other ancestor siblings, I have not completed this task yet.  I have inputted, sourced and transcribed all the other ancestors except my fathers line, where I have just inputted the data.  I will continue to work on to completely source and transcribe the documentations for my fathers line in the incoming week.

Although I have created binders my brother and his descendants and my father’s sisters.  At this point I realised that I need extra storage room for the binders.  (Nagging the other half for a shelf above my desk).  I have yet to fill these binders together with an introduction.

I am slightly confused on where my cousins will fall in line with all of this.  However, I will leave them for now and wait for the next checklist’s hoping it becomes clear soon.

I will update you on this task next week, when I will be completed.

Goodnight, Nos Da (In welsh)