Friday, September 22, 2006

Locating all by a surname in a certain parish

DearMYRTLE, your friend in genealogy
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Locating all by a surname in a certain parish

DearREADERS,
Suppose you find an ancestor in the IGI (International Genealogical Index)
database at http://www.familysearch.org

Suppose it is the more desirable "extracted" entry, rather than a patron
entry.

Suppose you want to know the number of years included in the extraction
process.

Suppose you want to find others by the same surname in the same parish in
England.

Experienced British researchers have turned to the work of one Hugh Wallis.
I found him by Googling "hugh wallis +batch" without the quote marks, and
found this lengthy URL: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~hughwallis

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: The patron at our FHC on Thursday night is looking
for the surname "HUSBAND" in the Gorran, Cornwall, England parish, so when
we got to Hugh's web site, listed above we:

1. Clicked on "England including the Isle of Man"

2. Clicked on "Cornwall"

3. Scrolled down to make note of the entries for the parish of Gorran which
read:
C023201 1681-1694
C023202 1700-1773
C053351 1661-1837
M053351 1668-1837
E053351
The "C" stands for christenings, the "M" for marriages and the "E" for a
mixture of christenings and marriages. Note all extraction batches include
the time period of the original records, except the "E" selection.

4. Clicked on the C053351 which covered the anticipated 1786 christening of
her known ancestor, William HUSBAND.

5. Typed in the surname "HUSBAND" without quote marks, and clicked to query
button.

6. On review of the following hit list (which is confined only to this one
extraction batch from the parish at Gorran, Cornwall, England) we find
several possible siblings and descendants.

NOTE: The following information is located in the International Genealogical
Index / British Isles - 10, as searched through Hugh Wallis' website.

1. JOHN HUSBAND - International Genealogical Index
Gender: Male Christening: 26 DEC 1830 Gorran, Cornwall, England

2. HANNAH HUSBAND - International Genealogical Index
Gender: Female Christening: 28 DEC 1790 Gorran, Cornwall, England

3. PETER HUSBAND - International Genealogical Index
Gender: Male Christening: 26 DEC 1830 Gorran, Cornwall, England

4. ELIZABETH HUSBAND - International Genealogical Index
Gender: Female Christening: 11 OCT 1778 Gorran, Cornwall, England

5. JOSEPH HUSBAND - International Genealogical Index
Gender: Male Christening: 26 DEC 1830 Gorran, Cornwall, England

6. MARY HUSBAND - International Genealogical Index
Gender: Female Christening: 23 APR 1781 Gorran, Cornwall, England

7. MARY HUSBAND - International Genealogical Index
Gender: Female Christening: 17 AUG 1783 Gorran, Cornwall, England

8. JAMES HUSBAND - International Genealogical Index
Gender: Male Christening: 10 JUN 1832 Gorran, Cornwall, England

9. WILLIAM HUSBAND - International Genealogical Index
Gender: Male Christening: 01 OCT 1786 Gorran, Cornwall, England

10. WILLIAM HUSBAND - International Genealogical Index
Gender: Male Christening: 30 JUL 1815 Gorran, Cornwall, England

Since our researcher was working on a late 1700 christening, it is entirely
likely that there will be older christenings in the same or closely related
families of the same surname.

WHY USE HUGH'S IGI SEARCH ENGINE? When we look at the IGI at
FamilySearch.org it is fraught with less-than-reliable entries from patrons.
The more reliable blind, double-entry indexing process known as the old
"Name Extraction Program" is what Hugh's search engine will focus on.

-- at FamilySearch.org our list of hits becomes too long, when the patron
entries are part of the list.
-- you can also view middle pages of a 5,000+ listing of hits, rather than
having to start at the beginning of the hit list, and keep hitting the NEXT
button.

SOUND COMPLICATED? It is worth the effort to study this for 30 MINUTES.
Particularly if you are tired of sorting through all-to-lengthy lists at
FamilySearch.org. This is doable! YOU can do it.

WHAT LOCALITIES ARE COVERED?
Channel Islands
England (including the Isle of Man)
Scotland
Ireland
Wales
Special batches in the British Isles (i.e. those that cover many places)

North America
Canada
USA

SEE ALSO: Hugh's "Middle name index" for many English & Scottish counties.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
227 Bellevue Way NE #544
Bellevue, WA 98004
Myrt@DearMYRTLE.com
http://www.DearMYRTLE.com

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