Catchup: WDYTYA Live 2014 London, FHWC and OPS

It has been a busy month.  Read on for translation of the alphabet soup title of this post.

I started February with the intention of publishing a manorial term each day, building a glossary, as my contribution to the Family HistoryWriting Challenge (FHWC).  You may have noticed a lack of posts after the first few days.  I will post at least 28 terms, but at a slower rate.  Life and other genealogical activities intervened, in particular Who do you think you are? Live in London from 20 – 22 February.

Badges worn at WDYTYA Live 2014I helped out on the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) stand and gave advice as of one of the Society of Genealogist’s ‘Ask the Expert’.  It was truly gratifying to read a will for one lady and explain all the manorial land terms it contained.  She had the faded photocopy of the will for several years, and had managed to read parts of it but did not understand the ‘gobbledy-gook’ legalese.  That reminded me of how much my paleaographic skills and legal knowledge have progressed in the last 5 or 6 years.

During the show I joined the Society for One-Place Studies.  Spot the badge!  I have plans to explore the records of a manor in detail, which should help untangle some of my ancestral relationships.  The place name features in the tag cloud.  That’s all  I am going to reveal right now as my first not-so-simple challenge will be to determine the boundaries of the manor.

© Sue Adams 2014

2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,500 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Remembrance of an unidentified soldier

Unidentified Soldier

Unidentified Soldier

This postcard sized photograph is part of a collection of First World War photographs that were inherited by Raymond Walter Coulson (1922-1997).  His father, Albert Walter Coulson (1888-1956), served with the Suffolk and Gloucestershire regiments.  The cap badge looks like that of the Suffolk regiment.  Although this young soldier bears a resemblance to Albert, this photo has a date stamped on the back, the 6 Feb 1917.  This young man looks to be in his late teens or early twenties, so he is clearly too young to be Albert, who by then was a seasoned soldier approaching the age of 30.  On close inspection I can make out the photographers embossed details on the bottom right corner:


According to the Photo Sleuth, Frederick Joseph Seaman operated a photography studio in Doncaster between 1915-1926.

So, there are some clues, which together with details of his uniform may lead to this soldier’s identification.  In the meantime, I’ll remember him as an unidentified soldier.

© Sue Adams 2013


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