Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Trip to a cemetery

Last weekend me and the parents went up into the North York Moors, specifically Egton, to try and find physical proof of the Elders side of the family. I've found generations of the family in the village, and a trip to the cemetery enabled me to see the graves of other families from the village, but no members of the Elders clan.

I wonder if perhaps they were buried on their farm, but I doubt that was the case. More likely, they didn't have the money to pay for a gravestone, or like their descendants, were too cheap to pay for one!

Nevertheless, it was a disappointment to not find them, and leaves me at a loss as to where to go next with my research. I'm waiting for the arrival of my next two certificates, and then hopefully I can look into the Wiseman side of the family, as I believe the Elders side to be exhausted, at least for now anyways.

Friday, 8 July 2011


I got my first marriage certificate sent through the post yesterday, but it's thrown up a few questions.

My great-grandmother Teresa Wiseman has been a problem from the start. I've been told she worked in Edinburgh at one point, and possibly has Irish roots, but I had discovered a Teresa Wiseman in Middlesbrough with parents John and Catherine, however the marriage certificate for Teresa and my great-grandfather John Redvers lists her father as Dick Wiseman (deceased). I can't find a Richard Wiseman in the right area and the right age that has died, so I'm very confused!

John Redvers' father John is listed as a Commercial Traveller, and also deceased. I had his death as 1904, so that I agree with, but I believed his occupation to be a secretary to a company, as listed in the 1901 census.

To try and clarify both of these problems I have ordered the birth certificates for both people. This will give me their parents names and give me a better place to continue my research. I'd hate for all my research that I've done so far to have gone to waste!!

Monday, 4 July 2011

First Post!

Hi everyone! Welcome to my new blog!!

My name is Katelyn and I've just started researching my family tree. I recently visited the local county records office (I'm from the UK) and was the youngest person researching by about 40 years!

This led me to search for any other young genealogists (I'm 20) and there was nothing online (in the UK - there's plenty in the US). So I've set up this blog so other young people will hopefully read this and perhaps comment, letting me know I'm not alone!

I also plan to use the blog to document my discoveries and possibly ask questions of other genealogists to see if you can help! Very excited to begin the journey!